January 31, 2017 RSS feed / Front Page

Suspected Ligonier Giant Eagle meat thief caught, jailed

A Somerset man accused of stealing more than $700 worth of meat from the Giant Eagle store in Ligonier is in Westmoreland County Prison.  According to police, Jason E. More...

Weather advisory in place

The National Weather Service issued a winter weather advisory for Ligonier and the Westmoreland ridges until 4 p.m. Tuesday.  Ligonier Valley School District operated on a two-hour delay Tuesday, as did the Valley School of Ligonier. More...

General News

4 women charged with anti- Trump graffiti in Boone

BOONE, N.C. (AP) — Police in North Carolina have arrested four women and charged them with painting anti-Trump graffiti.  Local media outlets reported a number of businesses and one police car were painted Jan. More...

Bishops to speak against death penalty in priest’s killing

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — Catholic officials from Georgia and Florida are urging a Georgia prosecutor to reverse her decision to seek the death penalty against a man accused of killing a Florida priest. More...

Insurers won’t pay boat owner’s claim in lost-at-sea case

PROVIDENCE, R.I. More...

Editorial

It’s Ask Dr. Universe!

Commentary

Why does the Earth spin? –Morven, 8, Dundee,Scotland; Judith, 9,Sabah, Malaysia;Mara, 11, USA More...

Wolf expected to take some burden away from state lottery

Pennsylvania legislators made a good bet for themselves when they authorized the state lottery in 1972.  More...

Conflicts of interest hamper state drug treatment efforts

The opioid crisis in our region and throughout Pennsylvania has been in the spotlight for years now, with plenty of outcry from the public, officials and the media urging that something be done to turn the tide. Yet the situation is getting worse. More...

Sports

DA’s Zach Baum, GL’s Taylor Miller set records in meet between backyard rivals

Derry Area’s Zach Baum and Greater Latrobe’s Taylor Miller both set school records when the backyard rivals met during an exhibition swimming and diving meet on Monday at Derry Area.  Miller helped lead the Greater Latrobe girls to a More...

Lady ’Cats knock off Hempfield Area for first section win

This was one of those games when, upon completion, you might wonder how the winning team won. More...

Two U.S. basketball players hope to return to team in Iran

The agent for two Americans who play professional basketball in Iran hopes they will be able to return to the country to finish their season.  More...

Entertainment

Happy Galentine’s Day, ladies! And thanks ‘Parks and Recreation’

NEW YORK (AP) — Move over Friendsgiving. Galentine’s Day is on the way. Designating Feb. More...

Study: Nearly 60 percent of children like reading for fun

NEW YORK (AP) — Nearly 6 out of 10 young people ages 6-17 say they read for fun, according to a new study from Scholastic and YouGov, a percentage that has dipped slightly since a 2010 report. More...

Ben Affleck is not directing Batman, but will produce, star

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Ben Affleck is no longer directing the Batman standalone movie for Warner Bros.  In a statement Monday, Affleck said it “has become clear that I cannot do both jobs to the level they require” and that he and More...

County prison to become first approved to use full-body scanner

After nearly a year, the Westmoreland County Prison has learned it has become the first county prison in Pennsylvania to be able to use a full-body scanner. More...

Murder trial for three Latrobe defendants delayed until spring

The trial of three friends accused in the shooting death of a Latrobe man during a botched robbery attempt has been delayed until at least April. More...

Woman set for sentencing in youth football threats charged for role in recent robberies

A Connellsville woman scheduled to be sentenced Monday for her role in threatening Mount Pleasant Area Youth Football League officials has been charged for her role in recent Fayette County robberies.  More...

Football parent given house arrest for threats against youth league

A former football parent will spend four months on house arrest for making threats against officials of his son’s youth football league, which triggered the cancellation of the remainder of the football season in 2015. More...

Local & State News

Merging 4 agencies seen as way to cut red tape, not programs

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Gov. More...

Nighttime single-lane closures underway on I-70

Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) District 12 is advising motorists of overnight single lane closures of the right-hand travel lane on Interstate 70 West between Junction 79 (Exit 21) and Beau Street (Exit 20) in Washington County.& More...

Toomey wary on how Trump order balances security, refugees

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania’s Republican Sen. Pat Toomey says he supports President Donald Trump’s executive order on immigration, although he criticized as too broad and poorly explained.  More...

World News

As opposition outcry grows, Trump defends immigration order

WASHINGTON (AP) - Defiant in the face of an international backlash, President Donald Trump pressed into his second week in office defending his sweeping immigration ban. Protests persisted at major airports, and concern mounted from U.S. More...

Breaking silence, Obama speaks out on Trump immigrants order

WASHINGTON (AP) - Former President Barack Obama praised protesters who amassed across the country in opposition to President Donald Trump’s immigration orders, breaking his silence on political issues for the first time since leaving office. More...

AP Analysis: Trump travel ban risks straining Mideast ties

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) - Just two days after banning travelers from seven Muslim-majority nations, U.S. President Donald Trump invited the Saudi monarch, whose kingdom includes Islam’s holiest sites, to fly to Washington. More...

Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor: Regarding the permit and appeal of Rustic Ridge Deep Mine, owned and operated by LCT/Robindale, in the Laurel Highlands scenic area of Saltlick and Donegal townships: More...

Lifestyles

Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful affiliates attend national conference

Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful and their affiliates — Keep Erie County Beautiful, Keep Philadelphia Beautiful, Westmoreland Cleanways and Recycling, Keep York Beautiful and Chester Environmental Partnership currently in process of forming a local More...

Happy Anniversary!

Area couple celebrates 50th

Sandy and Tom Walker of Latrobe (Derry Township) celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary Saturday, Jan. 21, at St. Rose Church, Latrobe (Derry Township).  A family dinner followed at the Road Toad in Ligonier Township.  Mr. More...

Bridging the Gap public art project features ‘Analog Scroll’ and poem

The Westmoreland Museum of American Art in collaboration with the City of Greensburg Friday afternoon announced that the installation of artist Janet Zweig’s “Analog Scroll” for the Bridging the Gap public art project on the North Main Street bridge More...

Police Roundup

POLICE ROUNDUP

Pittsburgh pair arrested for drug offenses   Latrobe police report Denise King, 37, and Carl Spino, 37, both of Pittsburgh, were arrested for possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of a small amount of marijuana following a routine traf More...

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