March 11, 2016 RSS feed / Front Page

County commissioners approve code of ethics for employees

Employees of Westmoreland County who don’t adhere to a clear-cut code of “efficiency, appearance and high moral and ethical standards and practices” can be disciplined and fired, according to a written code of ethics approved by cou More...

Homemade fondant Easter eggs

Kathie Smitley, Glenda Campbell and the Rev. Jonathan Fehl get ready as Bethany United Methodist Church prepares to continue its tradition of over 70 years of making homemade fondant Easter eggs. More...

General News

Senate panel confirms 1st openly gay military service leader

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate Armed Services Committee has confirmed the first openly gay leader of a U.S. More...

Officials: 13 bald eagles did not die of natural causes

FEDERALSBURG, Md. (AP) — Federal wildlife officials say 13 bald eagles found dead on Maryland’s Eastern Shore did not die of natural causes. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service spokeswoman Catherine J. More...

Jail bans photos after drug-soaked pictures discovered

SALEM, Va. (AP) — A Virginia jail is no longer allowing inmates to receive personal photographs after officials found inmates were chewing on pictures that had been soaked in a drug.  More...

Sports

No. 9 West Virginia rolls to 20-point win over TCU in Big 12 tournament

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — West Virginia finally won a game in the Big 12 Tournament.  That’s a crucial step when the ninth-ranked Mountaineers’ goal is to win the whole thing.  More...

Mentored youth April 9 —

Inside the Outdoors

Trout season is sure cropping up on us.  With the hint of the warmer temps and anglers scouting the waters, youth are also being energized to wet a line with the help of supervised mentors.  This year, the Mentor Youth Trout Days is schedul More...

Ohio State gets 20th win, holds off Penn State

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — When Ohio State needed a boost Thursday night, Marc Loving and JaQuan Lyle stepped forward.  They made shots. They got to the free-throw line. Eventually, they sealed the game.  More...

Lifestyles

SVC Facebook page, video series win digital awards

Two of St. Vincent College’s digital media projects were winners in the AVA Digital Awards competition.  More...

Events of Area Interest

Seniors to convene March 17   St. Rose Seniors’ monthly meeting will be held 1 p.m. Thursday, March 17, in the church social hall.  Membership dues for 2016 will be accepted at the meeting.  More...

‘Spring Frolic’ reservations accepted until April 1

“Spring Frolic – Classic Games of the 20th Century” will be underway 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday, April 16, at Westmoreland County Courthouse, 2 N. More...

Unity Twp. Supervisors okay revised Excela care center plans

Unity Township Supervisors on Thursday approved revised plans for an Excela Health ambulatory care center along Route 30.  The change to the plan will increase the facility’s size by approximately 10 percent to 115,000 square feet to accom More...

Ligonier Borough considering updated stormwater ordinance

An updated stormwater maintenance ordinance for Ligonier Borough is in the pipeline.  Council voted 7-0 Thursday night to advertise the draft and expects to take action on the new ordinance at its April 14 meeting. More...

Additional charges filed in deer-poaching ring

An investigation into a deer-poaching ring in the area has resulted in additional charges filed against three men and citations and fines levied against a fourth man.  More...

Excela sues over taxes for surgical center

Excela Health has filed a lawsuit against Westmoreland County to have a facility be exempt from paying county taxes.  More...

Psychiatrist to evaluate teen killing suspect

A teenager charged as an adult in the shooting death of a Latrobe man will be evaluated by a psychiatrist to see if the case should be transferred to juvenile court.  Colin P. More...

Local & State News

Witnesses urged to come forward to help catch shooters in deadly cookout ambush

WILKINSBURG, Pa. (AP) — Police were seeking to identify suspects in a deadly ambush attack by two men who methodically shot and killed five people, including a pregnant woman, at a backyard cookout.  More...

Suit: Man held on trumped-up charge after trooper ambushed

SCRANTON, Pa. (AP) — A federal lawsuit alleges Pennsylvania State Police held a man for four days on a trumped-up charge because they falsely suspected him in a trooper’s 2014 ambush.  More...

EPA: Plan to reduce sewage overflow addresses concerns

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Federal environmental regulators have put forth a proposal to use permeable pavements, parks, and other green initiatives to reduce sewage overflow issues in western Pennsylvania.  More...

World News

Obama says Trump’s positions mirror others in GOP

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says Donald Trump’s positions aren’t different from those of the other Republican presidential candidates — he’s just more provocative in talking about them.  More...

Tears, prayers as Japan marks anniversary of tsunami

RIKUZENTAKATA, Japan (AP) - Japanese gathered in Tokyo and along the country’s ravaged northeast coast to observe moment of silence at 2:46 p.m. More...

US appeals court: N. Carolina can print ‘Choose Life’ plates

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A federal appeals court says North Carolina can issue specialty vehicle license plates that express antiabortion sentiment while refusing to also produce tags expressing pro-abortion rights views.  More...

Education

Celebrating 100 Days of School

Derry Area School District second-grade students celebrated 100 Days of School on Thursday, Feb. 4. The entire day was spent with a focus on the number 100. More...

Hempfield Area, Greensburg Salem, Norwin winners in SVC competition

High school student teams from Hempfield Area, Greensburg Salem and Norwin were the top winners in the pasta bridge engineering competition cosponsored by Carbone’s Restaurant of Crabtree and the Herbert W. More...

LVMS Students of the Month

Ligonier Valley Middle School recently announced its Students of the Month for March. More...

Entertainment

‘Spring Break for nerds’ kicks off today in Texas

NEW YORK (AP) — The smell of BBQ is in the air and talk about virtual reality, online privacy and the latest hot apps is on everyone’s minds. More...

Pa. families win $4.24M verdict against gas driller in case that inspired film

(AP) — Two couples were awarded nearly $4.25 million on Thursday after a federal jury found one of the largest natural gas producers in Pennsylvania was responsible for the contamination of their well water, capping a six-year odyssey that turn More...

Warner Bros. answers diversity call with directors program

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Warner Bros. More...

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