December 13, 2016 RSS feed / Front Page

Female population at prison continues to rise

The escalating number of female inmates at the Westmoreland County Prison dominated the discussion at the county’s prison board meeting Monday as officials consider both internal and external solutions to the population problem. More...

Neighbors donate acres with headwaters to preservation group

LIGONIER, Pa. (AP) — Brown trout thrive in the upper reaches of Loyalhanna Creek, providing a feast for belted kingfishers. More...

General News

Colorado internet-tax case could change online shopping

DENVER (AP) — Buying things online could get pricier after the U.S. Supreme Court rejected a case Monday that could ultimately lead to states collecting billions of dollars in sales taxes lost to increasingly popular internet retailers. More...

Pregnant orangutan’s gift list: Bubble bath, Dolly Parton CD

WACO, Texas (AP) — A Texas zoo has set up a gift registry for an expectant orangutan couple, complete with bubble bath and a Dolly Parton CD.  More...

Police: Fake Florida dentist pulled 10 teeth, made dentures

BRADENTON, Fla. (AP) — Authorities say a 53-year-old Florida man faces charges after he extracted 10 teeth without anesthetic and made dentures during house calls to save people money. More...

Editorial

Commentary

Guys and dolls, not ‘you guys’

There are guys and dolls. And it seems to me that the separation is obvious. Right? More...

Wanderings with Walter Brasch

Music, politics and Hillary Clinton

Five years before the Civil War, Benjamin R. Hanby, a student at Otterbein College, composed “Darlin’ Nelly Gray,” an upbeat ballad from the perspective of runaway slave Joseph Selby whose wife was taken from him. More...

COMMENTARY

Five questions to ask before buying a summer home

My brother’s favorite summer car game was table tennis. Off the back of my head in a minivan, with a rubber bouncy ball on a string. More...

Lifestyles

Cub Scout Pack 345, New Alexandria, honors Hometown Heroes (First Responders)

Cub Scout Pack 345, New Alexandria, recently honored our Hometown Heroes — New Alexandria Volunteer Fire Department Station 77, the Pennsylvania State Police’s Greensburg and Kiski Valley barracks, and Mutual Aid Ambulance in New Alexandr More...

WSO ‘Home for Holidays’ Saturday; tickets available

Tickets are still available for Westmoreland Symphony Orchestra’s annual “Home for the Holidays” concert of choral and instrumental holiday music on Saturday, Dec. 17, in the Palace Theatre, Greensburg.  More...

The American Table

A new and improved way to eat peppermint bark

EDITOR’S NOTE: The American Table celebrates the delicious diversity of Southern cooking and barbecue. I have always loved peppermint and chocolate together and peppermint bark is my favorite way to eat it. More...

Entertainment

‘La La Land’ waltzes off with most Golden Globe nominations

The Golden Globes nominations had their usual quirks. “Deadpool,” really? More...

HGTV’s ‘Flip or Flop’ hosts split months after police called

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The husband and wife team behind HGTV’s “Flip or Flop” have announced their separation six months after police were called to their California home over what the couple called an “unfortunate misunders More...

Blake Shelton helps out fan who crashed bike, missed show

SOMERS, N.Y. (AP) — Country star Blake Shelton is giving two free tickets to a fan who missed an October show after being injured in a motorcycle crash.  More...

Latrobe council OKs $5.5M budget with no tax increase

Free on-street parking Dec. 15-31

City council is spreading some Christmas cheer with an early gift for Latrobe residents after it voted unanimously Monday to approve a $5,524,900 balanced budget for 2017 with no tax hikes.  “Should we say it a few more times? More...

Derry Borough Council approves tentative budget

Derry Borough Council moved forward with its 2017 spending plan on Monday, approving a tentative general fund budget with a 1.5-mill real estate tax increase.  The proposed tax hike would raise the general fund millage from 27 to 28.5 mills; the More...

Dirk Matson named director of regional youth services center

On Monday, Westmoreland County Commissioners appointed Dirk Matson as director of the county’s Regional Youth Services Center. Matson has served as the interim director since October when the previous director left for another county position. More...

Local & State News

Recount efforts end: Trump wins in Wisconsin, Pennsylvania

Presidential election recount efforts came to an end Monday in Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, with both states certifying Republican Donald Trump as the winner in contests that helped put him over the top in the Electoral College stakes.  More...

McKeesport dad who received video of lifeless son headed to trial

PITTSBURGH (AP) — A man accused of not calling 911 when the mother of his toddler son sent him videos of the boy’s lifeless body during hours’ worth of angry text messages is headed to trial on child endangerment charges. More...

Prosecutor: Woman got welfare benefits for nonexistent kids

PITTSBURGH (AP) — A Pittsburgh woman has been jailed on charges she collected state welfare benefits for three children who don’t exist, including a period when she was living outside Pennsylvania.  The Allegheny County district atto More...

World News

Trump selects Tillerson for State, dismissing Russia ties

WASHINGTON (AP) - President-elect Donald Trump has selected Exxon Mobil CEO Rex Tillerson to lead the State Department, dismissing concerns about the businessman’s close ties with Russia, two people close to Trump’s transition said Monday More...

Trump’s criticism of Russia hacking claim could haunt him

WASHINGTON (AP) - Donald Trump held firm Monday to his skepticism of the huge intelligence apparatus he’s about to inherit, doubting anew the CIA conclusion that Russia tried to hack its way into tipping the U.S. election his way.  More...

Top GOP leaders back congressional probes of Russia hacking

WASHINGTON (AP) - Congress’ top Republicans on Monday endorsed investigations into the CIA’s belief that Russia meddled in last month’s election to help Donald Trump win, suggesting potential battles ahead with the incoming commande More...

Sports

Rams’ comeback falls short in double-overtime Heritage Conference loss to West Shamokin

Bulletin Sports Editor All things considered, Ligonier Valley head basketball coach Todd Hepner likes where his team is only a handful of days into the season. First, there was the late start because of the school’s extended football season. More...

GL’s Pletcher works way into starting lineup at Ohio State

Seton Hill’s Lydic takes fifth at PSAC Championships

Assistant Sports Editor  Former Greater Latrobe High School wrestling standout Luke Pletcher has found his way into the starting lineup at Ohio State University.  More...

Crosby leads Pens to 7-0 rout of Coyotes

Assistant Sports Editor PITTSBURGH — For a split second, concern rushed through the mind of Pittsburgh Penguins’ captain Sidney Crosby after taking a high stick to the face. More...

Police Roundup

POLICE ROUNDUP

New Alex woman charged with possession of drug paraphernalia   State police at Kiski Valley report when Angela Shaffer-Bizon, 40, of New Alexandria arrived at the state police station at 12:42 p.m. Nov. More...

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