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$612K budget okayed by Latrobe-GLSD

The Latrobe-GLSD Parks and Recreation Commission on Thursday approved an approximately $612,000 budget for 2016.  Commissioner Dan Hennessy, a member of the finance committee who worked to fine-tune the budget with current executive director Jea More...

18-year-old suspect surrenders in man’s street fight slaying

ARNOLD, Pa. (AP) — Police say an 18-year-old suspect has surrendered in the fatal shooting of a 51-year-old western Pennsylvania man has after a street fight earlier this week.  More...

General News

White House promises ‘non-traditional’ State of the Union

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House is promising President Barack Obama will deliver a “non-traditional” State of the Union address next month, eschewing the standard litany of policy proposals for a broader discussion on the challeng More...

VAsets national policy for robotic legs for paralyzed vets

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Paralyzed Army veteran Gene Laureano cried when he first walked again with robotic legs at a New York clinic as part of research sponsored by the Department of Veterans Affairs. More...

UK’s Prince George gets ready for nursery school

LONDON (AP) — Britain’s young Prince George is getting ready to go to nursery school in January.  Kensington Palace said Friday that George will begin attending the Westacre Montessori School Nursery in Norfolk, 110 miles (180 kilome More...

Sports

Lady Wildcats rout Albert Gallatin, 80-18

It wasn’t even close.  Greater Latrobe scored 39 points in the first quarter and added 24 more in the second and rolled to an 80-18 victory against host Albert Gallatin in a WPIAL Section 1-AAAA game on Thursday.  All 13 Greater Latro More...

Lady Trojans rally past Greensburg Salem, stay perfect in section

Rich Zemba can’t recall the last time a Derry Area girls’ basketball team started 3-0 in section play.  “It’s been a while,” Zemba, the Lady Trojans’ fourth-year head coach, said.  More...

Rams win second straight, rout Purchase Line

The Ligonier Valley boys’ basketball team seems to be finding itself after a shaky start to the season.  The Rams won their second straight with a 60-31 victory against visiting Purchase Line during a District 6 Heritage Conference game Th More...

Lifestyles

Twelve to get first DNAP degrees at SVC Saturday

Twelve doctoral candidates are in the first class of graduates of the professional graduate education doctoral completion program that will award the Doctor of Nurse Anesthesia Practice (DNAP) degree at St. More...

Have yourself a merry, little ... wedding

NEW YORK (AP) — From red marzipan bows on the cake to holiday wreaths on tables, December brides and grooms have found many ways to incorporate Christmas into their weddings.  More...

Events of Area Interest

Santa to visit area Saturday   More...

Police Roundup

POLICE ROUNDUP

Derry Township crash reveals drunk driver   More...

County commissioners vote unanimously for 2016 budget

Despite voting snafu, county budget passes

Westmoreland County Commissioners on Thursday voted unanimously to approve the 2016 budget.  Or did they?  More...

Learning origami at Powdermill

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House debate on state pension changes ends abruptly

HARRISBURG, Pa. More...

Shop with a Cop donations accepted

The Pennsylvania State Police are still accepting donations for the seventh annual Shop with a Cop event.  Each child at the event will receive $150 to purchase Christmas gifts (no electronics) at an area Walmart store. More...

Local & State News

Wolf, allies press House GOP for votes on tax increase

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Gov. More...

Kane says she received 1 email, not 11 as prosecutor claimed

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane says she’s found only one email sent to her among the salacious, offensive and humorous emails exchanged among state prosecutors, judges and others.  More...

Birthday gifts for the oldest US polar bear? Ice, pumpkins

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The oldest polar bear in the United States has turned 35.  The Philadelphia Zoo says their polar bear named Coldilocks had her birthday Wednesday. More...

World News

Russia calling the shots as nations lock down Syria plan

WASHINGTON (AP) - As the United States and world powers gather again in a bid to end Syria’s civil war, Russia appears to be calling the shots.  More...

Gun buyer in massacre mused on Facebook of troubles he faced

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (AP) - Less than a month before his friend carried out the San Bernardino massacre, the man who bought the assault rifles used in the attack wondered when the multiple lives he was leading would come crashing down.  More...

Pharma’s bad boy: Livestreaming, rap-fan CEO faces charges

NEW YORK (AP) - He’s the enfant terrible of pharmaceuticals, a 32-year-old CEO who unapologetically raised the price of the only approved drug for a rare disease from $13.50 to $750 per pill.  More...

Education

Lions Club Student of Month

Latrobe Lions Club December Student of the Month Jenna Wiley was recognized by Lions Club 14-E District Governor Lance Remic at the Latrobe club’s meeting on Dec. 8 at Aroma Italiano in Latrobe. More...

DA students collect Toys for Tots

The Derry Area High School World Language Honor Society and Interact Club recently collected Toys for Tots, with participating students including Elaine Cary, Spanish National Honor Society President More...

Westmoreland County 4-H awards scholarships to area youths

Since 1994, 216 4-H youth have received a scholarship from Westmoreland County 4-H. Because of the fundraising efforts of 4-H members, leaders, supporters of 4-H and generous businesses, nine $900 scholarships were awarded this year.  More...

Entertainment

New Orleans-style mirth marks arrival of ‘The Force Awakens’ with parade

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — An Imperial Stormtrooper played trombone and an Ewok wailed on the saxophone as a Mardi Gras parade club heralded the arrival of the latest “Star Wars” movie with a unique mashup of cultures — one from a gal More...

Philadelphia police talk tough about Star Wars spoilers

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Philadelphia’s police department says it would crack down on online Star Wars spoilers if it could. More...

‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’thrills fans, sets records

LOS ANGELES (AP) — After months of secrecy and anticipation, “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” is thrilling fans and theater owners alike.  The most anticipated film in the galaxy opened globally Thursday, setting international an More...

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