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LTMA accepts sand filter replacement bid

A month after it died at the table without a second, a bid for a sand filter replacement was accepted unanimously by Ligonier Township Municipal Authority (LTMA) board members at Wednesday’s meeting.  More...

Caterpillar that’s new to Pennsylvania can cause skin rashes

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — The bad news is that a Canadian caterpillar now found in Pennsylvania can cause a nasty rash. More...

General News

Drug inmates with long rap sheets among those freed early

WASHINGTON (AP) — A push to overhaul criminal sentencing is prompting the early release of thousands of federal drug prisoners, including some whom prosecutors once described as threats to society, according to an Associated Press review of cou More...

Customer-friendly upgrades for gov’t health insurance site

WASHINGTON (AP) — The government’s health insurance website is getting long-awaited upgrades that should help consumers find out whether their doctors and medications are covered, and get a better estimate of costs.  More...

Company that built Ten Commandments monument still unpaid

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A company that built a granite Ten Commandments monument that was removed from the Oklahoma Capitol grounds says it still hasn’t been paid for its work.  Wilbert Memorials sales manager Gary Mosier said Tuesday t More...

Editorial

Pennsylvania will benefit if casinos are encouraged to get into fantasy football business

We have an amazing patchwork of gambling laws in this country from state to state, made only more complicated by the potential for online gaming.  Pennsylvania needs to be at the forefront of making its laws on gambling clear and then benefittin More...

Police anonymity

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Eureka on mars: Evidence of liquid water boosts hope of life there

During a recent morning press conference NASA announced that, using spectral analysis, the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter detected what scientists believe to be definitive signs of liquid water on Mars.  No, the orbiter didn’t detect water fl More...

Lifestyles

‘Cigars, Sirs, Sirens and Songs’ Oct. 16 in Latrobe

Stage Right! Wednesday announced it will welcome Tim Hartman and a host of others to raise money for a new sound system.  More...

‘Taste of Laurel Highlands’ Tuesday to aid symphony

The Somerset Auxiliary of the Johnstown Symphony Orchestra (SAJSO) will host the fourth annual “Taste of the Laurel Highlands” 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 13, at Green Gables Restaurant, Jennerstown. More...

Western Pa. Salvation Army welcomes new WPD leader

Maj. Deborah Sedlar was recently named the new Divisional Commander of the Salvation Army’s Western Pennsylvania Division.  Maj. Sedlar’s appointment fills the vacancy left by the retirement of former divisional leaders Majs. More...

VFD Open House

Brylee Atkinson, 16 months, of Latrobe, shows off her new hat at Wednesday night’s Latrobe VFD and First Responders Open House outside Family Video in Latrobe. More...

Food for every taste available at 2015 Fort Ligonier Days

Some people can't pass up the hot sausage sandwiches loaded with peppers and onions, served up by the Fairfield Boys Club. More...

Fire engulfs garage, but spares Unity Township home

A fire broke out at a Unity Township property Wednesday afternoon that destroyed a garage and damaged a camper trailer without significantly hurting the home. Crabtree Volunteer Fire Department got the call at 1:19 p.m. Wednesday. More...

New Florence VFD suspends assist. chief amid sex charges

Rocked by allegations that one of its members engaged in sexual acts with a youth, the New Florence Volunteer Fire Company took to social media yesterday to announce it had suspended its assistant chief.  Kenneth Eugene Steiner, 56, of 203 9th S More...

Local & State News

House votes down Gov. Tom Wolf’s new plan for income, drilling taxes

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Gov. More...

Northern Pennsylvania glass factory to close in 1 year

WELLSBORO, Pa. (AP) — Company officials say a century-old glass factory in northern Pennsylvania will close a year from now, affecting about 114 hourly and salaried employees.  More...

Construction begins on new $1M ice rink at PPG Place

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Construction has begun in downtown’s PPG Plaza on a new ice rink that officials said will be 25 percent larger than the previous rink, which had been in use since 2001.  More...

World News

Search for answers begins in sinking of US cargo ship

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — On board the 790-foot El Faro when it set out on its doomed voyage into the path of Hurricane Joaquin were five Polish workers whose job was to prepare the engine room for a retrofitting. More...

Luxury birthing clinics spur cesarean ‘epidemic’ in Brazil

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Thais Faria sank into a leather love seat, relaxing under the ministrations first of a masseuse, then a manicurist and finally a hairdresser-cum-makeup artist. More...

Top general recommends keeping more US troops in Afghanistan

WASHINGTON (AP) — The top U.S. commander in Afghanistan recommended on Tuesday that President Barack Obama revise his plan and keep more than 1,000 U.S. troops in the country beyond 2016, just days after a deadly U.S. More...

Sports

’Cats moving on from lopsided losses

Host Altoona Area in matchup of only two winless conference teams

Once was enough for Greater Latrobe.  Maybe more than enough.  And the sooner the Wildcats can put last week’s football game against Penn-Trafford — with the exception of learning from it — in the past, the better.  More...

Soccer playoff chase continues for GL girls

The chase for a third consecutive trip to the WPIAL Class AAA playoffs continues for the Greater Latrobe girls’ soccer team.  The Lady Wildcats took a step in the right direction following a 6-2 victory against host Connellsville during a More...

Trojans back on track following big win, but face stiff test against McGuffey

The Derry Area football team is back on track.  The Trojans recovered from a 40-point non-section setback against Laurel a week earlier, rebounding with a dramatic comefrom behind road victory vs. Southmoreland.  More...

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