December 15, 2015 RSS feed / Front Page

Derry council okays 2016 budget with half-mill tax bump

As expected, Derry Borough Council on Monday approved a 2016 general fund budget with a half-mill tax increase.  But perhaps what wasn’t expected was how council got there. More...

Prison program doles out gifts to children of inmates

The inmates at Westmoreland County Prison often times leave behind a family and having a parent institutionalized can be an immense strain for a child.  The prison’s annual Wrapped in Love program helps alleviate some of that stress during More...

General News

Woman reported dead in southwestern Pennsylvania house fire

CAIRNBROOK, Pa. (AP) — Emergency dispatchers say a woman has died in a house fire in a tiny village in rural southwestern Pennsylvania.  Somerset County 911 dispatchers say the fire was reported shortly after 4 a.m. in Cairnbrook. More...

Police: Boy in all-terrain vehicle crash not wearing gear

HARRISVILLE, Pa. (AP) — State police say a 12-year-old boy killed in an all-terrain vehicle crash was riding alone without a helmet or other safety equipment.  More...

Pittsburgh council to hold hearing to decriminalize pot

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Pittsburgh City Council will hear what residents think about a measure that would decriminalize people found with small amounts of marijuana or hashish.  Tuesday afternoon’s hearing is prompted by an ordinance propo More...

Editorial

Stressful Christmas? At least you’re not crossing the Delaware

Christmas is approaching and it’s time to get into the holiday spirit. For some, this is stressful. But cheer up! At least you’re not George Washington. That man had real problems.  More...

Political Cartoon

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Don’t let the last minute holiday rush crush your budget

For all the planning we do during the holidays, the last couple of weeks before the big parties and family gatherings can trip up the best of budgets. Perhaps what's needed is some last-minute tricks to keep overspending to a minimum. More...

Lifestyles

Red Cross lists blood donation opportunities Dec. 16-30 in area

The American Red Cross encourages eligible donors to end the year with real meaning by donating blood for hospital patients in need.  More...

Duquesne University Tamburitzans at Palace Theatre Jan. 31; tix on sale

The longest-running live stage show in America, the Duquesne University Tamburitzans will take the stage at The Palace Theatre 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. More...

Westmoreland Jazz Society concert Thursday evening at WMAA

The renovated and expanded Westmoreland Museum of American Art, 221 N. Main St., Greensburg, will host the Westmoreland Jazz Society concert featuring Lisa Ferraro 7:30 to 10 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 17. More...

Latrobe council OKs $5.4M budget with no tax increase

Free parking for Christmas

The City of Latrobe is giving residents and businesses a couple of early Christmas presents this year.  First, Latrobe City Council voted Monday to approve a balanced $5,470,239 budget for 2016 with no tax increases.  Outgoing deputy mayor More...

‘Caroling for Coats’ drive to spread warmth through charity

Spread the warmth this holiday season by donating winter coats to benefit children and families in need throughout Westmoreland County during the second annual “Caroling for Coats” drive.  Area residents are encouraged to bring new o More...

Mary Stynchula: ‘I just love people’

When Mary Stynchula planned the annual Christmas party for the Greater Latrobe Community Chorus, she suggested that instead of members buying something for the gift exchange that they should re-gift something they already had, and then donate money t More...

Local & State News

Kane, aides sued with whistleblower claims

HARRISBURG, Pa. More...

Pa. school districts may lose ability to borrow

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania’s long budget stalemate could soon make it impossible for some of the state’s poorest school districts to get another loan to stay open.  More...

Cops: Head may be that of ill woman

ECONOMY, Pa. (AP) — A woman whose embalmed head was found in the western Pennsylvania woods more than a year ago may have died of a heart ailment, police said Monday.  More...

World News

Americans want to get tougher with the Islamic State

WASHINGTON (AP) - After terrorist attacks at home and abroad, more Americans than ever - but still less than half - support sending U.S. ground troops to fight the Islamic State, according to a new Associated Press-GfK Poll. More...

Saudi Arabia forms Islamic counter-terrorism coalition

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) - Saudi Arabia said Tuesday that 34 nations have agreed to form a new “Islamic military alliance” to fight terrorism with a joint operations center based in the kingdom’s capital, Riyadh. More...

Egypt’s finding on Russian jet crash conflicts with others

CAIRO (AP) - Egypt said Monday it has not yet found any sign of terrorism in the deadly Oct. 31 crash of a Russian passenger jet in the Sinai desert, a preliminary finding that conflicts with Russian, U.S. More...

Sports

Zemba, Garris help Lady Trojans stay perfect in section

Danielle Zemba and Rachel Garris came alive in the second half to help spark the Derry Area girls’ basketball team to its second straight WPIAL Section 3- AAA victory, 51-42, at Laurel Highlands on Monday.  More...

Lady Wildcats slow down Connellsville for 71-52 win

It wasn’t easy, but the Greater Latrobe girls’ basketball team managed to cover for its leading scorer and slow down Connellsville’s taller top threats to improve to 2-0 in WPIAL Section 1-AAAA play.  More...

Steelers eyeing another December push

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Maybe the Cincinnati Bengals were trying to send a message. More...

Entertainment

‘Star Wars’ premiere crowd cheers for familiar, new faces

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The reaction was strong to “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” at the film’s world premiere in Hollywood.  Inside the TCL Chinese Theatre, the audience began cheering Monday from the moments the movie&rsquo More...

Merriam-Webster declares ‘ism’ as word of the year for 2015

NEW YORK (AP) — Merriam-Webster has picked a small but powerful suffix as word of the year: ism.  But not just any ism. More...

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