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Derry Township man denies charges

A Derry Township man on Wednesday denied the charges against him stemming from an undercover operation at Laurel Ridge State Park in St. More...

Airport receives new screening equipment

A new full-body scanner installed this week is expected to improve the passenger experience at Arnold Palmer Regional Airport in Unity Township.  The new technology, used by U.S. More...

General News

High school student removed from team after helmet incident

LINDEN, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey high school football player who was captured on video apparently hitting an opposing player with that player’s own helmet was removed from the team on Wednesday while police investigate the incident.  More...

Transgender girl is Missouri high school’s homecoming queen

KANSAS CITY, Mo. More...

Prosecutor labels synthetic marijuana a public health crisis

NEW YORK (AP) — New York law enforcement officials have announced a crackdown on synthetic marijuana use, saying it has become a health crisis of near epidemic proportions nationwide.  At a news conference Wednesday, officials announced th More...

Editorial

Born that way

Off The Wall

As I circled around the rooftops, I spotted one on a garage and decided to rest there a few minutes. The building was located at the junction of Pee Vee Alley and a perpendicular throughway.  More...

Let’s be clear what’s sexism and what’s not in politics

With two women running for the presidential nominations in their respective parties, and with Pennsylvania’s first female attorney general charged with criminal perjury and hearing calls to step down, there has been a lot of discussion lately i More...

What’s the real reason?

The budget impasse in Harrisburg continues without any end in sight.  Republicans are talking about passing a stopgap budget to provide some much-needed funding for human service agencies and school districts.  More...

Lifestyles

Kids’ Day Out program to kick off at Trinity

  Vincent Wirick, Carson McDowell and Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church in Latrobe invite all children age 4 through grade six to the Fall Kids’ Day Out session. Tuesday evenings Sept. 29- Nov. More...

Voss / Zorch

Megan Katherine Voss is engaged to Michael Dale Zorch. The bride-elect is the daughter of Dr. Harold Voss Jr. and Kimberly Voss of Tulsa, Oklahoma. The prospective bridegroom is the son of Dr. More...

Campus Corner

St. Lawrence University welcomes Brenden Walch of Greensburg as a member of the Class of 2019, the Canton, New York, campus reported Wednesday. More...

Top volunteer

Jerry Supko (right) was announced as the Greater Latrobe-Laurel Valley Community Chamber of Commerce Volunteer of the Year by Chamber president Dave Martin (left) at a luncheon held Wednesday, Sept. More...

DBMA demolishes unused pump station

Derry Borough Municipal Authority (DBMA) has finished tearing down an unused pump station building on Railroad Street.  Authority manager Amy Forsha on Wednesday said demolition work wrapped up last week on the abandoned property where the aging More...

Flax Scutching Festival returns to Stahlstown this weekend

Bryce Pletcher first attended the Stahlstown Flax Scutching Festival when he was 2 years old and became a festival volunteer three years ago, when he was 10 years old. He is a fifthgeneration participant.  More...

WCCC-Latrobe community open house Friday

Westmoreland County Community College (WCCC) will hold a community open house from 2 to 6 p.m. Friday, Sept. 18, for residents to tour the facility and talk with college staff about WCCCLatrobe offerings.  More...

Local & State News

Tom Wolf, GOP spar; governor vows veto of stopgap spending bill

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Gov. More...

Family Fun Fair to be held in celebration of Kraft Hockeyville 2015

A day of free fun and games for all will be held on Sunday, Sept. 27 from 2 to 5 p.m. at Peoples Natural Gas Park in downtown Johnstown. More...

Pittsburgh mayor wants to save items from Macy’s

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Pittsburgh’s mayor wants to make sure holiday window relics, an icing bag that was used to make thumbprint cookies, and other artifacts from the downtown Macy’s store live on after it closes later this month.  More...

World News

Analysis: Donald Trump underwhelms as another outsiders stars in debate

SIMI VALLEY, Calif. More...

Fact Check: GOP candidates bobble their claims about Planned Parenthood, vaccination risks

WASHINGTON (AP) — Viewers of the second Republican presidential debate heard inflated claims about Planned Parenthood abortion practices and the risks of vaccines, as well as a dubious assertion by Donald Trump that he wasn’t interested i More...

Top general: Only a handful of US-trained Syrian fighters remain in battle against IS

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans and Democrats lambasted the Obama administration’s strategy to combat the Islamic State group after a top U.S. More...

Sports

Wildcats hope to get intensity back vs. Falcons in matchup of winless teams

Greater Latrobe’s Jason Marucco says that last week’s 49-7 loss to Kiski Area, which ended an 11-game losing streak in football after going winless a year ago, was more about I’s and E’s than X’s and O’s.  Tha More...

DA’s Palombo takes second in section singles’ tourney

Maria Palombo rallied to reach the finals, but came up just short in her bid to become Derry Area’s first-ever WPIAL section singles’ champion.  More...

Sweeney looking for physicality from Trojans against Charleroi Area

BY DAN SCIFO Assistant Sports Editor  Derry Area head football coach Tim Sweeney wants to see his team play a more physical brand of football.  It’s the only way he feels his Trojans are going to break out of their current funk.  More...

Entertainment

Target, developing healthier habits, hands workers Fitbits

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Target is going on a health kick, aimed at both customers and its employees.  The discount-store chain will push granola bars and healthy grab-and-go snacks over candy at the checkout and hand out free basic activity tra More...

Retailers and shippers gear up for holiday hiring spree

NEW YORK (AP) — The holidays are still months away, but retailers and shipping companies have begun announcing their hiring plans for the busy holiday season. More...

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