December 23, 2015 RSS feed / Front Page

They’re all about Christmas cheer

The student section was in a festive mood for the holidays and even more so following Tuesday night’s WPIAL Section 1-AAAA boys’basketball home game against Norwin. More...

General News

AAA: Number of holiday travelers expected to top 100 million for the first time

AAA projects the number of year-end holiday travelers will top 100 million for the first time on record. Nearly one in three Americans will take a trip this holiday season, with 100.5 million expected to journey 50 miles or more from home. More...

Cleaner for Latrobebased company accused of stealing Christmas gifts

A woman who worked as a cleaner for a company located in Latrobe allegedly stole Christmas gifts from a non-profit during her shifts.  Sharon Buckley, 50, of 413 Fairview Ave. More...

A look at the budget plan in the Pa. Legislature

Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf and state lawmakers have largely agreed on a budget package to end the state government’s 6-month stalemate. More votes were expected Wednesday and lawmakers rush to wrap before Christmas. More...

Sports

LV’s Smith, Parrish named to Class AAAll-State team

A pair of Ligonier Valley football players have been recognized statewide for their efforts on the field this season.  Ligonier Valley juniors Collin Smith and Elijah Parrish were named to the 2015 Pennsylvania Football Writers’ Class AA A More...

’Cats pull away from Norwin in second half, 74-51

It’s not often that the head coach of a very good basketball team gets asked about his team not playing very well in a game it wins by 23.  More...

Wrestling series continues for GL, DA

 It has become the must-see high school wrestling event in the eastern part of Westmoreland County. More...

Lifestyles

St. Vincent College to observe Martin Luther King Jr. Day Jan. 18

A day long observance on Monday, Jan. 18, 2016, featuring a memorial Mass, dream center, dinner and guest speaker are planned at St. Vincent College on national Martin Luther King Jr. More...

Food Finds

A little reduction has a big impact on a simple cocktail

EDITOR’S NOTE: Food Finds is an occasional series spotlighting emerging food trends and products, as well as interesting personalities and recipes.   All the best holiday cocktails start with drinks you make for your 11-year-old, right? More...

Dollar Stretchers

Christmas Lights and WiFi  If it seems like your WiFi signal at home isn’t as strong/quick as it usually is, it could be Christmas lights are creating interference. More...

Police Roundup

POLICE ROUNDUP

Unknown suspect(s) commits theft most ‘fowl’   More...

Budget stalemate crumbling, but key disagreements remain

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Democrats and moderate Republicans upended House GOP majority leaders on Tuesday, winning a series of close votes that signaled a potential breakthrough in Pennsylvania’s 6-month-old budget stalemate. More...

Knecht child endangerment conviction upheld

The woman who operated a Unity Township daycare and allowed her sex-offender husband inside had her conviction upheld.  More...

Local & State News

Pennsylvania justice suspended over lewd emails

HARRISBURG, Pa. More...

WCCC will not conduct spring 2016 classes at Mon Valley Center

Westmoreland County Community College (WCCC) will not offer spring classes at the Mon Valley center, located on Fells Church Road in Belle Vernon, which were scheduled to start Jan. 19.  More...

Sergeant from Philadelphia among 6 killed in Afghanistan

PHILADELPHIA(AP) — An Air Force sergeant from Philadelphia was among the six U.S. troops killed in the suicide bomb attack in Afghanistan.  The Department of Defense says in a news release Tuesday that Staff Sgt. Peter W. More...

World News

Democrats grapple with Trump effect as primary draws near

WASHINGTON (AP) - Months of intense focus on the Republican race - and front-runner Donald Trump - have reverberated through the Democratic field, prompting front-runner Hillary Clinton to turn her attention to her would-be GOP challengers and leavin More...

Woman due in court in fatal Las Vegas Strip pedestrian crash

LAS VEGAS (AP) - Awoman from Oregon accused of intentionally plowing her car with her 3-year-old daughter in the back seat through crowds of pedestrians on a Las Vegas Strip sidewalk faces a judge Wednesday on felony murder, hit-and-run and child abu More...

Palestinian eviction case spotlights Jerusalem settler push

JERUSALEM (AP) - Ahmad Sub-Laban’s family has lived for decades under threat of eviction from their home overlooking the gold topped Dome of the Rock in Jerusalem’s Old City. More...

Education

DAMS STAR Students of Month

Derry Area Middle School recently announced its STAR Students of the Month for November, including Kenneth Gilley and James Gilley (grade 8), Elijah Ward and Alisha Mauro (grade 7), and Marissa Weime More...

EWCTC’s machine tool technology program renews national accreditation

Maintaining national industry standards inside the classroom is no easy task; but the faculty and staff of Eastern Westmoreland Career and Technology Center (EWCTC), once again, rose to the challenge and officially renewed the national accreditation More...

DASD Christmas Box Committee

One hundred twenty-five families (with children in grades K-12) in the Derry Area School District will have a merry Christmas because of the Derry Area School District Christmas Box Committee. More...

Entertainment

Man charged with hacking celebs’emails, stealing scripts

NEW YORK (AP) — A Bahamian man hacked into celebrities’ email accounts to steal unreleased movie and TV scripts and private sex tapes and sought to peddle some of the scripts, boasting to an undercover agent that he had dossiers on at lea More...

Hello Kitty owner Sanrio says fan site security leak fixed

HONG KONG (AP) — The Japanese company that owns the Hello Kitty brand said it has fixed a security leak in an online fan site for the character that compromised the personal information of 3.3 million users.  More...

Appeals court says gov’t can’t reject offensive trademarks

WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal appeals court ruled Tuesday that the government can’t refuse to register trademarks that might be considered disparaging or offensive, a decision that could bolster the Washington Redskins in their legal fight More...

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