April 11, 2017 RSS feed / Front Page

Blairsville woman bus crash victim

ABlairsville woman was killed and a truck driver was injured Monday morning when a tri-axle truck hauling a full load of stone rear-ended a school bus which was slowing down to pick up a student on Route 22 in Derry Township.  State police at Ki More...

LV school board approves energy audit agreement

Ligonier Valley School District will have a firm scour its facilities searching for potential ways the district can save money on energy costs.  The school board at its regular meeting Monday approved entering into an energy audit services agree More...

Police seek Burrell Twp. robbery suspect

State police at Indiana are searching for a suspect accused of forcing his way into a home on Chestnut Ridge Road in Burrell Township and robbing a woman Sunday morning.  More...

General News

93-year-old man dies trying to rescue dog from icy pond

CHITTENDEN, Vt. (AP) — Police say a 93-year-old man fell into an icy Vermont pond while trying to rescue his dog and died. The dog died, too. State police say William R. More...

Five hikers found dead in Canadian mountains after fall

LIONS BAY, British Columbia (AP) — Authorities in British Columbia say the bodies of five hikers have been found after they fell more than 1,600 feet (500 meters) to their death in the mountains north of Vancouver.  More...

2 people find dead bat in salad they were eating

MIAMI (AP) — A recall has been issued after two people in Florida found a dead bat in the packaged salad they were eating.  The Miami Herald reports that Fresh Express has recalled its Organic Marketside Spring Mix, which was shipped to Wa More...

Editorial

State budget proposal concerns

The County Commissioners of Pennsylvania (CCAP) have expressed concerns with House Bill 218, the proposed 2017-2018 commonwealth budget under consideration by the Pennsylvania House of Representatives. More...

Tighter gun laws would reduce black homicide rate

Poverty, joblessness, and other societal problems may form the roots leading to a higher murder rate when African Americans are the victims, but too many guns are the fertilizer that makes that statistic grow.  Anew report released in March show More...

Congress must respond to CDBG funding threat

President Donald Trump has left the $3 billion Community Development Block Grant program out of his 2018 federal budget proposal, accounting for nearly half of the $6.2 billion in spending decreases the administration proposes for the Department of H More...

Lifestyles

Campus Corner

SVC students attend annual Sigma Tau Delta Honor Society conference

Six St. Vincent College students attended the annual Sigma Tau Delta English Honor Society conference in Louisville, Kentucky, March 28 to April 2.  More...

Church news

St. James, Youngstown   St. James Evangelical Lutheran Church, 4329 Route 982, Youngstown, announced the following Holy Week worship schedule:  • April 13, Maundy Thursday 7 p.m. More...

‘Remember When...’ deadlines April 17, 24

Westmoreland County Historical Society invites the public to “Remember When - We Were Young” noon - 2:30 p.m. More...

Entertainment

Jets zip through narrow Star Wars Canyon, drawing visitors

DEATH VALLEY NATIONAL PARK, Calif. (AP) — Silence and stillness settled over the deep, sunbaked gorge as a pair of photographers sat on a cliff, waiting. Then the rumbling started. As it grew louder, they scrambled into position. More...

21st Century Fox investigating harassment claims

NEW YORK (AP) — As advertisers flee Bill O’Reilly’s nightly talk show amid mounting allegations of sexual harassment, Fox News parent 21st Century Fox is investigating one of those claims against its popular TV host. More...

Drake, Chainsmokers lead with 22 Billboard Award nominations

NEW YORK (AP) — Rapper Drake and EDM duo The Chainsmokers are the top contenders at the Billboard Music Awards with 22 nominations each. Dick Clark productions announced Monday that the performers set a record for most nominations in a year. More...

‘The nightmare has started’: Latrobe officials urge caution as bridge closure takes toll

PennDOT set to re-evaluate traffic detour situation

Latrobe’s leaders are warning everyone to use extra caution because the closure of the southbound lane of Route 981 going across the Lloyd Avenue Bridge already has started to cause headaches and dangerous situations for motorists and pedestria More...

Prayer service to address opioid addiction problem

Latrobe Police Chief James Bumar on Monday said that he is working with other members of the community to set up a special interfaith prayer service to address the opioid addiction problem.  The event tentatively is being planned for 6 to 8 p.m. More...

Waitress sentenced for youth football threats

A Connellsville woman will serve six to 23 months in jail for the part she played in a series of threats that eventually led to the cancellation of a youth football league’s season two years ago. More...

Some Derry councilmen again upset with code officer

Several Derry Borough Council members — in what has become a recurring theme — again voiced their displeasure Monday with the borough’s current code enforcement officer.  More...

The life of Riley

Tom Moore of Stahlstown holds his dog, Riley, as veterinarian Hank Croft of the Loyalhanna Veterinary Clinic administers a rabies shot at last Saturday’s Ligonier Agway Rabies Clinic. More...

Local & State News

Pittsburgh mayor candidate’s ride on circus elephant chided

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Pittsburgh City Councilwoman and mayoral candidate Darlene Harris is defending a Facebook picture of herself riding a circus elephant.  More...

Pennsylvania man gets 26 to 60 years in revenge slashing

WILKES-BARRE, Pa. More...

Police release video of biking robbery suspect dropping cash

YORK, Pa. (AP) — Police have released video of a man suspected of robbing a Pennsylvania credit union that shows him dropping some of the money while bicycling away from the crime scene.  More...

World News

Tillerson, top diplomats hold urgent meeting on Syria crisis

LUCCA, Italy (AP) - With fresh urgency but scant solutions, U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and top foreign diplomats held an urgent meeting Tuesday to strategize on a way forward to end the protracted civil war in Syria. More...

Brief marriage precedes fatal San Bernardino school shooting

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A brief marriage and quick estrangement came before a man walked into his wife’s elementary school class and opened fire without saying a word, killing her and an 8- year-old student and wounding a 9-year-old student before fatally More...

US Official: Russia knew Syrian chemical attack was coming

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States has made a preliminary conclusion that Russia knew in advance of Syria’s chemical weapons attack last week, but has no proof of Moscow’s involvement. That’s according to a senior U.S. More...

Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor: I would like to draw everyone’s attention to the fact that another local business is closing. That being Payne & Dumont Appliance. More...

Sports

Lady Rams beat up on Blairsville

An early outburst allowed the Ligonier Valley girls’ softball team to get by host Blairsville, 18-0, during a District 6 Heritage Conference game Monday. More...

Wildcats win sixth straight, rout McKeesport Area

The Greater Latrobe baseball team experienced little trouble with McKeesport Area, routing the host Tigers, 16-1, during a WPIAL Class 5A Section 3 game Monday.  More...

Trojans put away Yough in later innings

Just when it looked like Yough had some momentum, the Derry Area baseball team put the Cougars away.  Derry Area took an early lead and poured it on late, defeating host Yough, 15-5, during a WPIAL Section 1- AAAA game Monday.  More...

Police Roundup

POLICE ROUNDUP

Teens charged with disorderly conduct   State police at Greensburg report two girls, ages 16 and 14, were charged with disorderly conduct after they attempted to destroy property and fight each other and other people at an Adelphoi facility on M More...

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