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Wolf gets main Pennsylvania budget bill but tax issue looms

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The Pennsylvania Legislature on Thursday sent Democratic Gov. More...

Heritage UM Church planning renovation of community building

Heritage United Methodist Church has served the Ligonier Valley since the church was first established in 1857. More...

Westmoreland Arts & Heritage Festival underway

The 42nd annual Westmoreland Arts & Heritage Festival will continue Friday, July 1, through Sunday, July 3, at Twin Lakes Park in Hempfield Township. Festival hours are from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. More...

General News

Nuts to that; Hershey rejects kiss from chocolate competitor

NEW YORK (AP) — Hershey on Thursday rejected a takeover offer from Oreo maker Mondelez that would bring some of the world’s best known cookies and chocolates under one company. More...

Planned Parenthood seeks repeal of abortion laws in 8 states

NEW YORK (AP) — Planned Parenthood says it will work with its abortion-rights allies in eight states to repeal laws that may be vulnerable following the recent U.S. More...

Government urges owners of old Hondas to get air bags fixed

DETROIT (AP) — The U.S. government is urging owners of 313,000 older Hondas and Acuras to stop driving them and get them repaired after new tests found that their Takata air bag inflaters are extremely dangerous. More...

Sports

St. Vincent College names former standout Wanichko as women’s cross-country, track coach

St. Vincent College has hired former standout Kevin Wanichko as its new head coach for the women’s cross-country and track and field programs. More...

Half of SHU student-athletes earn PSAC honors

A little more than 50 percent of Seton Hill University student-athletes were honored as Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference Scholar-Athletes as 256 Griffins have earned the award. More...

NCAA: Baruch gave players $255,000 in improper benefits

NEW YORK (AP) — Baruch College gave 30 student-athletes more than $255,000 in improper benefits over the course of five years, NCAA officials said in a decision issued Thursday. More...

Lifestyles

WCCC announces recent graduates for summer, fall, spring semesters

The following area students graduated from Westmoreland County Community College (WCCC) during the summer 2015, fall 2015 and spring 2016 semesters:  • Acme — Rebekah L. Cerra, Katrina M. Whipkey, Danna M. Vegoda, Kaitlin A. More...

Americans still planning trips to European

Demand for travel to Europe remains strong, and AAA summer travel bookings show that Rome and London are at the top of many international travelers’ itineraries this summer. More...

Penn State Extension ‘Total Veggies Resource Guide’ now available

Many people struggle to find ways to incorporate vegetables into their diets. More...

Police Roundup

POLICE ROUNDUP

Bush cut at home in Loyalhanna Township   State police at Kiski Valley report at 2:27 p.m. Thursday, June 30, in Loyalhanna Township, someone cut a bush at the Clubhouse Drive home of Keirsten L. Gibbons. More...

Derry Area School Board approves final budget with tax hike

Residents of the Derry Area School District will see higher real estate taxes this coming school year, as school board members on Thursday approved a final 2016-17 budget with a 2.5-mill increase in property taxes.  The increase raises the tax r More...

Ligonier Township farmer found guilty of animal cruelty

On March 18, when humane officers raided his Ligonier Township farm, Daniel Weimer, 72, was upset and lashed out at township officials, humane officers and even the media. More...

Longtime St. James secretary retires after 36 years on the job

After serving a bishop, three monsignors and three generations of parishioners at St. More...

Camera work within DTMA system continues

Gibson-Thomas Engineering Co. Inc. is continuing camera work within the Derry Township Municipal Authority (DTMA) system, authority manager Carol Henderson said on Thursday. More...

Local & State News

PennDOT centers closed for Independence Day

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) recently announced that all driver license and photo centers, including its full-service center in Harrisburg, will be closed Saturday, July 2, through Monday, July 4, in observance of Independe More...

Tesla driver killed in crash while using car’s ‘Autopilot’

WASHINGTON (AP) — The first person to die in a U.S. crash involving a car in self-driving mode was the tech-savvy 40-year-old owner of a Tesla Model S who nicknamed his car “Tessy” and praised its sophisticated “Autopilot” system. More...

Corps, EPA test groundwater in area of nuclear waste dump

VANDERGRIFT, Pa. (AP) — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Environmental Protection Agency are conducting routine groundwater testing this week in the area of a nuclear waste dump about 25 miles northeast of Pittsburgh. More...

World News

Hurricane-proof welcome center opening on Alabama coast

GRAND BAY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama is adding a new tool in its plan to prepare for tropical weather: a hurricane-proof welcome center near the coast.  Gov. More...

Army Corps to reduce lake flows fueling Florida algae bloom

STUART, Fla. (AP) — As a noxious algae bloom fouls beaches on Florida’s Atlantic coast, the U.S. More...

Man killed by bear had plenty of backcountry experience

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The Montana man killed by a bear near Glacier National Park was intimately familiar with both the beauty and the danger of the wild forest that spreads from the shadows of the park’s rugged peaks.  More...

Education

Baggaley students honored

Five sixth-grade students from Baggaley Elementary School, including Autumn Stemmler, Timmy Shafron, Emily Pierce, Jaden Alesi and John Howland, recently were honored with the Superintendent’s Award, which was presented to them by superintenden More...

R. K. Mellon Elementary students recognized at awards assembly

The annual R. K. Mellon Elementary School Awards Assembly was held on May 25. Numerous students received recognition for their outstanding performance during the past school year. More...

Grandview art show

Ella Sylvis, grade 3, looks for her artwork with her parents Leanne and Steve Shaw at Grandview Elementary School’s annual elementary art show in May. Every student in grades K-5 had art in the show. More...

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