December 8, 2016 RSS feed / Front Page

Latrobe residents add their voices to county planning initiative

Latrobe area residents identified the county’s increasing aging population, economic development, workforce development and job training, and infrastructure improvement and maintenance as top priorities in carving out a better future for Westmoreland More...

Board members learn of informatics, program specialization at EWCTC

Members of the Eastern Westmoreland Career and Technology Center’s (EWCTC) Joint Area Board (JAB) and industry leaders learned about informatics during Wednesday’s annual reorganization meeting.  More...

Derry Borough Christmas in the Park Friday

Derry Borough’s annual Christmas in the Park will be held 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 9, at Mossback Park.  The Derry Area High School Band will lead Santa Claus to the park. More...

Ligonier Township MA approves budget for 2017  Free Access 

Ligonier Township Municipal Authority members on Wednesday unanimously voted to accept the authority’s 2017 budget. The approved $1.6-million budget will surpass last year’s budget by $100,000. More...

General News

Doughnut chain founder faces federal court tax sentencing

PITTSBURGH (AP) — The founder of a doughnut shop chain based in Pittsburgh faces sentencing in federal court for underreporting his income in 2010 and then hiding the business from bankruptcy proceedings a year later.  Fifty-five-year-old More...

Couple held in death of 76-pound disabled man with bed sores

VERONA, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania couple has been jailed in the death of a disabled man who weighed just 76 pounds when he died last year.  More...

Conduct Board: District judge improperly pursued clerk

AMBRIDGE, Pa. (AP) — The state Judicial Conduct Board says a western Pennsylvania district judge improperly pursued a romantic interest in one of his clerks and otherwise had an improper demeanor.  More...

Editorial

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Our all?

Off The Wall

When I converted to the Roman Catholic Church back in the mid-seventies, I started to notice many things that were new to me. More...

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Lifestyles

Seton Hill University Dance Academy to present ‘Grinchmas’ Dec. 9 and 10

The Seton Hill University Dance Academy will present “Grinchmas," a holiday-themed dance production for all ages, 6:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 9, and 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. More...

PBT’s ‘The Nutcracker’ opens in Pittsburgh

For some of us, it wouldn’t be Christmas without seeing Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre’s annual production of “The Nutcracker.”  The beloved ballet opened on Friday, Dec. More...

LAHAS sponsors 29th annual Lights of Love Light-Up Night

Three trees lined the rotunda with 1,000 cards “Remembering and Honoring the Special People in Our Lives” Tuesday night at the Lights of Love 29th Annual Light-Up Night at Excela Health L More...

Police Roundup

POLICE ROUNDUP

Package stolen from porch  State police at Greensburg report between 5:44 and 6:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 5, someone stole a package from a porch on the 200 block of Arbor Hill Road in Hempfield Township. More...

Don Weiers new plumbing/HVAC instructor at EWCTC

The Eastern Westmoreland Career and Technology Center (EWCTC) hired Don Weiers as its new plumbing/HVAC instructor during Wednesday’s annual reorganization meeting of the Joint Area Board (JAB) and Joint Operating Committee (JOC).  More...

EWCTC celebrates ‘Give Back December’

Eastern Westmoreland Career and Technology Center (EWCTC) will kick off a “Give Back December” campaign on Friday, Dec. More...

Teenager behind bars after stealing truck, leading wrong-way Route 30 chase

A McKees Rocks teenager is in Westmoreland County Prison accused of escaping from a Unity Township juvenile detention facility, stealing a truck and leading state police on a chase during which he drove in the wrong direction on Route 30.  More...

Pet owners alerted after suspected poisoning attempt

State police at Greensburg are warning residents to exercise caution when letting their pets outside.  More...

John Maier re-elected president of LVSD

The Ligonier Valley School Board on Wednesday reorganized for 2017 and made no changes to its current leadership structure, keeping John Maier as president and John McDowell as vice president  Both Maier and McDowell were voted in 8-0 to continu More...

Ligonier Christmas Raffle

Susan Grunstra, executive director of the Ligonier Valley Chamber of Commerce, views the merchandise donated by local businesses for the annual Christmas Raffle on display in the window of the Hair P More...

Local & State News

Pennsylvania highest court grapples with life terms for kids

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A case before Pennsylvania’s highest court on Wednesday could soon produce new sentencing rules for juvenile homicide defendants in the state who are facing the possibility of life in prison without parole.  More...

Charges possible over video of black student eating chicken

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GNC pays $2.25M to settle misbranding claim

PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Pittsburgh-based parent company of vitamin and supplement retailer GNC is paying $2.25 million to settle Justice Department claims that a dietary supplement was misbranded.  The government says GNC’s Oxy Elite P More...

World News

AP source: Trump to tap Oklahoma AG Pruitt to head EPA

WASHINGTON (AP) - President-elect Donald Trump is expected to nominate Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt to lead the Environmental Protection Agency, a source close to Pruitt said Wednesday. More...

Trumps taps retired Marine general John Kelly for DHS

WASHINGTON (AP) - President-elect Donald Trump has chosen retired Marine Gen. More...

Ships, jets, giant crowd mark Pearl Harbor anniversary event

PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii (AP) - Thousands observed a moment of silence before fighter jets streaked across the sky during a ceremony Wednesday at Pearl Harbor marking the 75th anniversary of the attack that plunged the United States into World War II and More...

Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor:   I just received my copy of Community News and was glad to see the progress being made on the Excela Health project and the Route 981 construction, both of which will benefit the citizens of Latrobe and surrounding areas. More...

Sports

Bearcats hand Catholic (D.C.) first loss, 69-64

Tom Kromka poured in 17 points to help the St. More...

With two of three top players back from one of best seasons in school history, Wildcats look to be strong again

It goes without saying that Greater Latrobe, in returning two of its top three players from one of the two best years in school boys’ basketball history, is going to be a pretty good team again this season.  More...

U.S. women break world short-course 200 relay record

WINDSOR, Ontario (AP) — Americans Ali DeLoof, Lilly King, Kelsi Worrell and Katrina Konopka broke the short-course world record in the 200-meter medley relay, finishing in 1 minute, 43.27 seconds Wednesday night in the FINAWorld Championships.& More...

Entertainment

Megyn Kelly, Tina Fey talk empowerment in the time of Trump

LOS ANGELES (AP) — “What an amazing year it’s been for women,” Tina Fey shouted out Wednesday morning before she buckled over with a sustained and slightly maniacal laugh.  More...

Congress cracks down on ‘bots’that snap up concert tickets

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress sent legislation to President Barack Obama that could make it easier to get tickets to popular shows, sports events and concerts.  More...

Leonardo DiCaprio meets with Trump on green jobs to boost economy

NEW YORK (AP) — Leonardo DiCaprio and the head of his foundation met Wednesday with President-elect Donald Trump to discuss how jobs centered on preserving the environment can boost the economy.  More...

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