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New Alexandria Borough approves 2017 budget

New Alexandria Borough Council on Wednesday approved a final budget for 2017 with no tax increase for property owners.  Next year’s budget calls for total revenues and expenditures of $119,576, the same as the tentative spending plan previ More...

General News

Aviation Hall of Fame enshrinement moves from Ohio to Texas

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — The National Aviation Hall of Fame enshrinement ceremony held in Ohio for decades is being moved to Fort Worth, Texas, for 2017.  More...

‘Best If Used By’ labels will reduce food waste, USDA says

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The U.S. Department of Agriculture says food sellers who use product dating labels should switch to the phrase “Best If Used By” to help reduce confusion and food waste.  More...

Lawsuit by professor who questioned Sandy Hook dismissed

BOCA RATON, Fla. (AP) — A judge has dismissed all eight complaints in a lawsuit filed against a Florida university by a fired professor known for his claims that the Sandy Hook shooting that killed 20 children was staged.  More...

Editorial

Westsylvania

The great story of Dunbar’s special gift

This column couldn't have been written months ago — because it would not have been well-received. But Pascal’s Seated Torso is a great tale of local heritage that should be told beyond the southern slopes of Chestnut Ridge.  More...

Bulletin Board

My thanks to the Greater Latrobe School District for the seasonal card that I received Wednesday morning:  The credits on the back: “Holiday poem by Maria Lazzaro, grade six. More...

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Lifestyles

Church News

St. James, Youngstown   All are invited to attend the Sunday School Christmas Pageant at St. James Evangelical Lutheran Church, 4329 Route 982 in Youngstown. More...

Nativity on display at Heritage United Methodist Church

This Nativity, on display in fellowship hall of the Heritage United Methodist Church on the Ligonier Diamond during the annual Town Wide Open House coordinated by the Ligonier Valley Chamber of Comme More...

YWCA computer classes have openings

YWCA Westmoreland County’s Technology Center, 424 N. More...

Driver in fatal June crash charged with vehicular homicide

The Indiana County man accused of driving under the influence when he caused a crash on Route 22 that left an 8-year-old Derry boy dead and his father injured in June has been charged.  More...

Hearing postponed for pair accused of stealing VFD funds

A scheduled motions and discovery hearing for a couple who is accused of bilking a former volunteer fire department out of $67,000 in funds was continued Friday. More...

Derry Twp. receives state grant to fund Loyalhanna Trail

State Rep. More...

GL students topple competition in Chain Reaction Contraption Contest

A team of seven Greater Latrobe Senior High School students recently took home a first-place trophy from Carnegie Science Center’s Chain Reaction Contraption Contest, sponsored by Westinghouse Electric Company LLC. More...

Local & State News

Prosecutor: Video shows police shooting likely justified

NEW CASTLE, Pa. (AP) — Police dashcam video shows an officer was likely justified when he shot a man who held a gun to the head of a woman in his car said, a Pennsylvania prosecutor said.  More...

Circle That Date

TUESDAY, DEC. 20  5:30 p.m., Latrobe Municipal Authority, authority office  7:30 p.m., Greater Latrobe School Board, Center for Student Creativity  WEDNESDAY, DEC. More...

Weather delays SVC commencement 2 hours

According to St. More...

World News

Germany threatens to fine Facebook over hate speech

BERLIN (AP) - German officials are stepping up their criticism of Facebook, saying the social network is doing too little to stop hate speech and could face stiff fines unless it deletes illegal content faster.  More...

Obama, rapping Putin, says US could strike back on cyber

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama put Russia’s Vladimir Putin on notice Friday that the U.S. could use offensive cyber muscle to retaliate for interference in the U.S. More...

Democrats eye confirmation fight over Trump’s Treasury pick

WASHINGTON (AP) - Democrats are eyeing the Senate confirmation hearings for Donald Trump’s Treasury secretary pick selection as a prime opportunity to chip away at the Republican’s populist appeal with working-class voters and begin rebui More...

Sports

Steelers can knock defending AFC North Division champion Bengals out of playoff race

CINCINNATI (AP) — The previous time the Steelers came to town, they knocked the Bengals out of the playoffs with a stunning last-minute rally. They’re headed back with a chance to inflict another loss that will leave a lasting mark. More...

West Virginia’s Huggins goes after 800th coaching victory

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — Bob Huggins always wanted to be a basketball player. Coaching wasn’t on his early list of career options.  Huggins will go after coaching win No. 800 on Saturday when No. More...

NCAA promotes Gavitt to new position to oversee basketball

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — NCAA President Mark Emmert has expanded Dan Gavitt’s role to the new position of senior vice president of basketball.  More...

Entertainment

Movie review: Star Wars flick ‘Rogue One’ a dark, exhilarating blast

"Rogue One: A Star Wars Story " seemed suspicious on paper, like any film saddled with the dreaded "spinoff" label.  More...

Ol’ Saint Jim: Author James Patterson gives holiday bonuses

NEW YORK (AP) — Bookstore employees from Los Angeles to Austin, Texas, will have some extra holiday spending money thanks to best-selling author James Patterson.  Patterson announced his latest wave of philanthropy on Thursday — bon More...

‘Dancing with the Stars’ judge Carrie Ann Inaba gets engaged

LOS ANGELES (AP) — ‘Dancing with the Stars’ judge Carrie Ann Inaba and soap opera star Robb Derringer are engaged.  The couple made the announcement on social media Wednesday.  More...

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