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Unity Twp. Fire Bureau seeks 1-mill fire tax hike to help stave off loss of volunteers

It’s an unsettling trend taking root in volunteer fire departments across the nation: As aging firefighters near retirement, their departments are struggling to recruit and keep young volunteers to replace them. More...

Harvest Dinner farm-to-table event set Aug. 13

On Saturday, Aug. 13, a popular late-summer event in many small communities is coming to the grounds of Ligonier Country Market. More...

General News

Sanders has book deal; will reflect on campaign

NEW YORK (AP) — Just days after ending his campaign and endorsing Hillary Clinton for president, Sen. Bernie Sanders is preparing to take his message to the printed page. More...

Possible glitch sends ‘Pokémon’ players to S. Korean city

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The seaside South Korean city of Sokcho is enjoying a surge of visitors who are wandering the streets at all hours as they look at their smartphones. Why? More...

Groups using popular ‘Pokémon Go’ app to register voters

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A political group in swing-state Ohio is using the game “Pokémon Go” for a purpose beyond catching cute Pikachu: registering voters. More...

Sports

Pevarnik ‘excited’ for first USGA national event

Entered in U.S. Junior Amateur in Tennessee as qualifier medalist

Brady Pevarnik will spend today doing what he’s done many, many times before: Walking around a golf course. Although this time, the walk will be just a bit different than any other time. More...

Denied district title for third time in four years, Latrobe Legion turns attention to regional

That fourth American Legion District 31 (Westmoreland County) baseball championship has been an elusive one for Latrobe.  In the last four years, Latrobe has played for the district title three times. More...

SPORTS BRIEFS

Rec Baseball Latrobe Little League Playoff Finals More...

Lifestyles

Campus Corner

St. Vincent issues updates on two graduates   More...

St. Vincent Archabbey: 1 solemn vows, 2 novices

MAKES SOLEMN VOWS A former resident of Swanton, Vermont, Brother Lawrence (Shawn) Machia, OSB, has made solemn vows, or vows for life as a Benedictine monk of St. Vincent Archabbey, it was announced Wednesday. More...

Westminster College English professor emeritus publishes 21st book

Dr. James Perkins, Westminster College professor of English emeritus, is the author of Bird by Bird Watching published in May by Dawn Valley Press, the New Wilmington campus announced this week.  More...

Ligonier Borough receives $36K to participate in joint plan

With grant money in one hand, Ligonier Borough is extending its other hand to Ligonier Township, ready to partner on a new comprehensive plan for the valley. More...

Westmoreland Manor looking at potential dip in funding

While area members of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) urged Westmoreland County Commissioners on Thursday to reconsider a proposal to subcontract services at Westmoreland Manor as part of recent contract talks, county officials said More...

Police: Use caution when playing Pokémon Go app

Pennsylvania State Police on Wednesday issued a community awareness bulletin regarding “Pokémon Go,” a popular interactive game for mobile devices that utilizes the device’s GPS and camera to allow players to see and virtually capture Pokémon creatur More...

Local & State News

Three hurt in Derry Twp. head-on crash

Three people were transported to separate hospitals following a head-on collision Wednesday night in Derry Township, according to Bradenville fire chief Mark Piantine.  The accident was reported at about 9:30 p.m. More...

Clarification on DBMA water, sewer system

The Municipal Authority of Westmoreland County (MAWC) is interested in purchasing the water and sewer systems of the Derry Borough Municipal Authority (DBMA). More...

Man, 67, seizes last chance to thru-hike Appalachian Trail

QUARRYVILLE, Pa. (AP) — Many of those who hike all 2,189 miles of the Appalachian Trail within 12 months have their climactic celebration on top of Mount Katahdin in Maine, with a knot of other finishers. More...

World News

Truck slams into revelers in Nice; at least 75 dead, 50 wounded

NICE, France (AP) - A truck loaded with weapons and hand grenades drove onto a sidewalk for more than a mile, plowing through Bastille Day revelers who’d gathered to watch fireworks in the French resort city of Nice late Thursday in what some officia More...

Trump postpones VP announcement, citing France attacks

WASHINGTON (AP) - Donald Trump abruptly postponed plans to announce his vice presidential pick following a day of rampant speculation, citing the “horrible attack” in Nice, France, that left scores dead.  Trump had planned to hold hi More...

AP-GfK Poll: More people think life improves under Hillary Clinton

WASHINGTON (AP) - Americans have mixed feelings on which presidential candidate will do better on health care, trade, the economy, terrorism and other important issues. More...

Education

DA Interact Club donates $28K to Make-A-Wish Foundation

The Derry Area High School Interact Club recently presented a check for $28,000 from the annual Derry Area Bachelor Auction to the Make-A-Wish Foundation in Pittsburgh.  More...

St. Vincent College hosts second ‘Grandparents University’

St. Vincent College (SVC) graduated its second class of grandparents and grandchildren from Grandparents University, an educational camp that children ages 7 to 14 attended with their grandparents June 16-17.  More...

SVC senior Erika Hudock raises visibility, team Stanley Cup with Pittsburgh Penguins Foundation

Erika A. Hudock of Unity Township, a senior communication major and marketing minor at St. More...

Entertainment

A look at ‘Pokémon Go’ and how it works

NEW YORK (AP) — Confused by the “Pokémon Go” mania sweeping the world? You’re not alone. For those who don’t know the difference between a Squirtle and a Zubat, here’s a look at the game, how to play it and some of the problems it’s causing. More...

French President criticized for exorbitant haircuts

PARIS (AP) — French President Francois Hollande is facing a scandal over the exorbitant price of his haircuts. More...

‘Game of Thrones’ tops Emmy nods, but streaming makes gains

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Emmy Awards nominations told us what is already evident — the power and reputation of streaming services Netflix and Amazon are on the rise, and broadcast networks and even longtime premium cable star HBO are paying the price. More...

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