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County receives $50K state grant to update comprehensive plan

State Rep. Joseph Petrarca announced this week that Westmoreland County Commissioners have been awarded $50,000 from the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) to update the county's comprehensive plan.  More...

Leading Unity Township

Unity Township Supervisors for 2017 include Mike O’Barto and John Mylant, who was named chairman at Tuesday’s reorganization meeting. More...

General News

Newspaper carrier lauded for early morning gas leak report

BETHLEHEM, Pa. (AP) — City officials in Bethlehem are honoring a newspaper carrier who alerted authorities last week to a gas leak he noticed in the early morning hours.  More...

Pittsburgh family recovering after plane crashes in Africa

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Five members of a Pittsburgh family are recovering from broken ribs, cuts and contusions suffered in a small plane crash in Tanzania and hope to return home in the near future.  The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported Wednes More...

Group sues to overturn reassessments in Pa. county

HOLLIDAYSBURG, Pa. (AP) — Some citizens are suing one Pennsylvania county and asking a court to prevent property owners from being taxed on new values the group says are unfair.  More...

Editorial

Gas tax the gift that keeps on taking

Pennsylvania’s gasoline tax is the gift that keeps on taking.  Motorists were greeted this week with more pain at the pump when the state’s tax on gasoline increased by 8 cents, making it the third time in four years that the tax has More...

Political Cartoon

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More must be done to protect the Jersey Shore from flooding

At long last, the U.S. More...

Lifestyles

Pitt-Greensburg to present Step Afrika! Jan. 12 as part of Pitt’s Year of Diversity

The University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg will present Step Afrika! 8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 12, in Ferguson Theater on the 150 Finoli Drive, Hempfield Township, campus.  More...

Ligonier Valley BPW plans 2017 opener

The Business and Professional Women’s Club of Ligonier Valley will hold its first dinner meeting of the new year on Tuesday, Jan. More...

Orthodox Christians to celebrate Christmas, Theophany

Unity Township   More...

Entertainment

Denzel Washington treaded carefully in adapting ‘Fences’ to film

NEW YORK (AP) — When August Wilson’s widow first toured the set for the new movie based on his play “Fences,” she carefully examined the modest two-story brick house, the small yard and the tree where a ball hung from a rope & More...

Carnegie Mellon partnering with PwC on risk research hub

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Carnegie Mellon University is partnering with consulting firm PwC to develop a risk research hub.  The Pittsburgh university announced Wednesday that the Risk and Regulatory Services Innovation Center will focus on a vari More...

Ballet dancer says she’s losing job because she’s too tall

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A 5-foot-11 dancer who performed as the Sugar Plum Fairy in the Pennsylvania Ballet’s Nutcracker this season says she’s being dropped from the company because she’s too tall.  More...

DAMS Community Spirit Week

The Derry Area Middle School (DAMS) Student Council is hosting Community Spirit Week from Monday, Jan. 9, through Friday, Jan. 13. More...

Murder charge added against driver in fatal hit-and-run

Prosecutors added a third-degree murder charge against the New Stanton man accused of fatally injuring a pedestrian with his car in East Huntingdon Township and fleeing the scene on Christmas Eve.  More...

Mount Pleasant man charged with stealing, crashing multiple vehicles

A Mount Pleasant man accused of stealing and crashing two vehicles and attempting to steal a third during a crime spree Tuesday is behind bars, but police are still searching for his alleged accomplice.  More...

Hundreds paying respects to state trooper killed in domestic incident

ALTOONA, Pa. More...

Local & State News

Sheriff offers to send inmates to build Trump’s border wall

FALL RIVER, Mass. More...

Florida librarians create fake patron to keep books

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — To keep infrequently used library books on shelves, two Florida librarians created a fictitious person to take out tomes, and now the county has since requested a system-wide audit of its libraries  More...

Western NY woman charged with stealing $1M from employer

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. More...

World News

Top US intelligence officials to testify on Russian hacking

WASHINGTON (AP) - Senior U.S. intelligence officials face questions at a Senate hearing that will be dominated by the intelligence community’s assessment that Russia meddled in the presidential election to help Donald Trump win.  More...

Who hacked? Trump challenges intel agencies he’ll oversee

WASHINGTON (AP) - President-elect Donald Trump escalated his blunt public challenge to the U.S. More...

Analysis: Health care battle could decide balance of power

WASHINGTON (AP) - The messaging battle is over on repealing and replacing President Barack Obama’s health care law, and the balance of power in Washington may be at stake.  More...

Sports

Graytok helps Lady Wildcats top LV, snap skid

It’s no secret that when the Greater Latrobe girls’ basketball team needs a basket, the Lady Wildcats usually turn to Laura Graytok.  “That’s a lot of pressure on her and she does a very good job at it,” Greater Lat More...

’Cats drop fourth straight section match, this one to HA

If this was football, it could be said that the Greater Latrobe wrestling team needs to work on its defense, as in not allowing bonus points and pins.  Regardless of the sport, this much can be said with great certainty: The Wildcats were taken More...

Wildcats set to face Kennedy Catholic, top Class A team in state

The No. 1-ranked boys’ basketball team in the state in Class Ais coming to Latrobe.  The Greater Latrobe boys’ basketball team has a game set against visiting Kennedy Catholic for Monday, Feb. More...

Police Roundup

POLICE ROUNDUP

Latrobe woman arrested for suspicion of DUI  Latrobe police report Samantha Jo Hauser, 24, of Latrobe was arrested for suspicion of DUI after the GMC Terrain she was driving struck a sign on Ridge Avenue near Chestnut Street Saturday, Dec. 31. More...

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