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Ligonier Valley Library is on the move to temporary home

Plans for a major building renovation at the Ligonier Valley Library are set to begin later this summer.  More...

Lawyer preparing appeal for man convicted of 2009 triple murder

The lawyer for a Conemaugh Township man sentenced to death for killing his mother, sister and aunt at the family’s Loyalhanna Township auto glass repair shop was granted more time to review trial evidence to craft an appeal. More...

General News

Parents sentenced in boy’s fatal shooting of sister

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — A judge has sentenced the parents of a 2-year-old girl fatally shot by her 6-year-old brother to probation and community service. More...

Facebook blames glitch for shutdown of Catholic pages

MENLO PARK, Calif. (AP) — Facebook is blaming a technical glitch for knocking several Catholic-focused Facebook pages with millions of followers offline for more than a day.  More...

Tot survives 3-story fall from balcony, missing spiked gate

PATERSON, N.J. (AP) — A toddler has survived a three-story fall off a New Jersey balcony, landing on the grass and barely missing a spiked metal gate. More...

Sports

’Cats, Trojans at WCCA 7-on-7 tourney

Greater Latrobe head football coach Jason Marucco (right) gathers his players in a huddle for a talk before one of the Wildcats’ games during the annual Westmoreland County Coaches’ Association 7-on-7 football tournament, which took place Thursday at More...

Brooks Koepka tied for lead to start British Open

The oldest son of Ligonier native Bob Koepka

SOUTHPORT, England (AP) — The wind off the Irish Sea pushed away the rain clouds and bathed Royal Birkdale in sunshine, Stars and Stripes.  The British Open began Thursday with an All-American flavor.  More...

Alex Bowman to replace Earnhardt Jr. in No. 88 car in 2018

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Dale Earnhardt Jr. got the replacement he wanted. Alex Bowman got his dream job. Hendrick Motorsports announced Thursday that the 24-year-old Bowman will replace one of the series’ biggest stars in the No. More...

Lifestyles

Stage Right students ready ‘Disney’s Aladdin Jr.,’‘The Wedding Singer’

Next weekend, students at Stage Right’s second summer camp will present the stories of two young men and their journey to become heroes in their own worlds, to save themselves and the people they care about.  More...

Campus Corner

Kent State University students lauded for academic achievement

A total of 9,250 Kent State University fulltime students were named to the dean’s list for “superior academic achievement” during the 2016-17 spring semester, the Ohio campus reported Thursday.  More...

University of Rhode Island graduate

At the University of Rhode Island's 131st commencement on Saturday and Sunday, May 20-21, 2017, about 2,600 undergraduate and 650 graduate degrees were awarded, the Kingston, Rhode Island, campus reported Thursday.  Tim David Myers of Ligonier r More...

Portion of Route 981 project near airport delayed

Route 982 bridge input sought

A Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) official said Thursday that a small portion of a Route 981 improvement project in Unity Township has been delayed and won’t be completed until next year. More...

Food drive slated July 28 at Steelers training camp

The Westmoreland County Food Bank will be at Pittsburgh Steelers training camp at St. Vincent College from noon to 6 p.m. Friday, July 28, for a food drive to help those in need.  More...

Route 981 project open house set July 26

The latest plans for the Laurel Valley Transportation Improvement Project (LVTIP) will be on display at a public open house from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 26, at Roosevelt Hall, 2325 Mount Pleasant Road, Norvelt.  More...

USW members hold informational picket at Latrobe Specialty Metals

With less than two weeks until the expiration of their contract, members of United Steelworkers Local 1537 rallied for an informational picket line Thursday outside the Carpenter Technology Corp. Latrobe Specialty Metals plant in Latrobe. More...

Local & State News

Police: Woman steals taxi, picks up paying passengers

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Police say a woman stole a taxi in Philadelphia and picked up a fare.  They say the 65-year-old woman caught the cab around midnight Thursday and asked to be taken to the SugarHouse Casino. More...

House to hold session amid swirling budget disagreements

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The Pennsylvania House of Representatives prepared to return to Harrisburg for an unusual weekend session amid a three-week stalemate with the Senate and Democratic Gov. More...

Man tells federal officials he stole $40 million in bitcoin

HATFIELD, Pa. (AP) — A self-described computer hacker claims he stole over $40 million in the virtual currency bitcoin, and told officials he was planning to flee to London by using a fake passport in the name of actor Jeremy Renner.  More...

World News

Trump legal team looking to investigate Mueller aides

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Donald Trump’s legal team is evaluating potential conflicts of interest among members of special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigative team, according to three people with knowledge of the matter. More...

Earthquake kills 2 on Greek island, sends tourists panicking

KOS, Greece (AP) - A powerful earthquake sent a building crashing down on tourists at a bar on the Greek holiday island of Kos early Friday, killing two and striking panic that reached the shores of nearby Turkey. More...

Congressional GOP coming to grips with failure

WASHINGTON (AP) - A brutal reality is settling over Capitol Hill: The Republican effort to repeal and replace “Obamacare,” which has consumed the first six months of the Trump administration, may never yield results. More...

Education

LVMS Principal Award winners

The Principal Award winners were recently announced at the Ligonier Valley Middle School awards assembly. The award is given for outstanding leadership, scholarship, character and citizenship.  More...

Retiring jackets

Derry FFA member Phil Winklosky and Paul Newhouse hung up their jackets to retire them at the annual FFA Banquet May 11. This was Winklosky’s last year as a member of the Derry FFA as he graduated this year.  More...

Derry Lions Club honors DA Student of the Month

Maya Hackman, daughter of Ken and Melissa Hackman of Derry, was honored by the Derry Lions Club at its May meeting as the club’s Student of the Month for May.  More...

Entertainment

O.J. Simpson triumphant, others devastated as he gets parole

LOVELOCK, Nev. (AP) — Barring any last-minute snafus, O.J. More...

Bennington’s death mirrors that of close friend Cornell

NEW YORK (AP) — The death of Linkin Park frontman Chester Bennington came as a surprise to the world when it was announced, but it also struck similarities to the death of fellow rocker and close friend Chris Cornell, who killed himself in May. More...

Exhumation of Dali’s remains finds his mustache still intact

FIGUERES, Spain (AP) — Forensic experts in Spain have removed hair, nails and two long bones from Salvador Dali’s embalmed remains to find genetic samples for a paternity test — a move that opens the possibility for a woman who says More...

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