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Casey: Millions in funding coming to Pa. schools and students

U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) recently announced several education based wins he secured with the passage of the Omnibus Bill.  More...

Historic PNC Station at Greensburg sold to local investment group

Westmoreland Cultural Trust this week announced the sale of PNC Station at Greensburg, a historic train station in the heart of downtown Greensburg, to StoneKim Properties LLC, a local private investment group, for an undisclosed amount.  The mo More...

General News

Rockefeller tree to be used by Habitat for Humanity

ATLANTA (AP) — Even the iconic Rockefeller Center Christmas tree has to come down after the holidays.  For the ninth year in a row, the tree set aglow during a televised ceremony and visited by an estimated 500,000 people each year, will b More...

Man writes Star Wars-filled excuse note for son

WASHINGTON BORO, Pa. (AP) — The head of a central Pennsylvania school district says a student received an unexcused absence after his father wrote a three-page note that included references to Star Wars moves.  More...

Blind Salvation Army bell ringer attacked on lunch break

GREENBURGH, N.Y. (AP) — A blind Salvation Army bell ringer was beaten up when a lunch break turned into a dispute with other customers at a suburban New York burger joint, police and the victim said.  More...

Editorial

Wanderings with Walter Brasch

Christmas again wins the annual war

The mythical War on Christmas is over and once again Christmas won.  The war was created out of fairy dust, and then neatly wrapped up and delivered to religious right-wing extremists by pretend-generals Bill O’Reilly, Sean Hannity, Glenn More...

BULLETIN BOARD

I cherish the many wonderful memories I have of the 60 Christmastimes (1949-2009) when Mother, Dad, my brother and I were all together, including:  — Mother and I baking cookies in our cozy kitchen, especially the time-consuming raisin-, a More...

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Lifestyles

McCoy donation given to AML Children’s Dept.

The fourth annual Victor McCoy Memorial Golf Outing was held in August 2015. More...

KitchenWise

Some like it hot! Cheesecake, that is. Trust us and try it!

EDITOR’S NOTE: KitchenWise is a weekly column that uses delicious recipes to teach basic cooking skills.   Cheesecake is usually served cold. So brace yourself for something a little different.  More...

Red Cross seeks holiday blood/platelet donations

This holiday season the American Red Cross reminds eligible donors to give the most meaningful gift of all - the gift of life - by donating blood or platelets.  More...

County, Latrobe still short of Salvation Army Red Kettle goals

Time is running out for Westmoreland County to reach its goal for the Salvation Army’s Western Pennsylvania Division’s Red Christmas Kettle Campaign.  As of the end of last week, the organization is more than $500,000 behind its $2,6 More...

ATI lockout still dragging on

Latrobe residents Don Bungard and Bill Powell are hoping that the new year will bring some progress on contract talks after the locked out employees of the Allegheny Technologies Inc. More...

Homer City man killed in Route 22 accident in Indiana County

Toby Samuel McCauley, 22, of Homer City, was killed in an automobile accident early Thursday morning in the westbound lane on Route 22 near its intersection with Route 403, Indiana County, according to the Indiana County Coroner’s Office.  More...

Local & State News

Circle That Date

WEDNESDAY, DEC. 30   4 p.m., Ligonier Township Municipal Authority, work session, municipal building   More...

Legislature leaves Wolf with decision on budget he opposes

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Efforts to resolve Pennsylvania’s 6-month-old budget stalemate hit a holiday pause Thursday after several days of fast-paced developments, with lawmakers waiting to hear whether Democratic Gov. More...

Car sought in holiday slaying in Pittsburgh found

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Police in western Pennsylvania say they have found a car they were seeking in the shooting death of an 18- year-old gunned down on a Pittsburgh street on Christmas Eve.  Officers were called to the Garfield neighborhood s More...

World News

Pope urges Christmas prayers for Syria, Libya peace

VATICAN CITY (AP) - Pope Francis issued a Christmas Day prayer that recent U.N.-backed peace processes for Syria and Libya will quickly end the suffering of their people, denouncing the “monstrous evil” and atrocities they have endured an More...

2 dead, 12 injured as 200 migrants try to enter Spain by sea

MADRID (AP) - Two people drowned and at least 12 others were injured when they tried to get to a small patch of Spanish territory in North Africa by swimming from Morocco and scaling a barbed-wire fence that juts into the sea, Spanish and Moroccan ne More...

Late-night earthquake rattles Pakistani capital, Afghanistan

ISLAMABAD (AP) - A strong earthquake shook parts of Pakistan and Afghanistan early Saturday, rattling buildings and forcing sleeping residents out of their homes.  More...

Sports

Lady Trojans even season record with non-section victory over Knoch

With three players — Lauren Felix, Rachel Garris and Destiny Roberts — combining for 49 points, the Derry Area girls’ basketball team evened its season record at 4-4 with a 69-53 nonsection win at Knoch on Wednesday.  Derry Are More...

Double-doubles from Miller, Petrof lead Lady Rams over PMA

Getting double-doubles from Olivia Miller and Lexi Petrof, Ligonier Valley picked up a District 6 Heritage Conference girls’ basketball road victory, 71-57, Wednesday over Penns Manor Area.  Miller tossed in 25 points and grabbed 14 reboun More...

Roethlisberger, Steelers seek to stay on roll against AFC North Division rival Ravens

BALTIMORE (AP) — An injured Ben Roethlisberger watched from the sideline in October when the Pittsburgh Steelers lost at home to their division rivals, the Baltimore Ravens.  Big Ben is back for the rematch Sunday, looking to secure a play More...

Entertainment

‘StarWars’ named Associated Press Entertainer of Year

LOS ANGELES (AP) — “Star Wars” isn’t just strong. It’s unstoppable.  The revival of the nearly 40- year-old space saga has already dominated the box office and toy shelves. More...

Colbert respects Trump’s populist appeal

NEW YORK (AP) — Stephen Colbert may not respect much of what Donald Trump says, but he does admire the Republican’s ability to craft a message that many voters are responding to. More...

Bieber: Fans should back rival charity song in UK No. 1 race

LONDON (AP) — Justin Bieber is sharing some love with Britain’s National Health Service.  The Canadian singer says he does not want to be No.1 on Britain’s Christmas charts, and has urged his fans to support a charity single in More...

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