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Derry Area School Board approves Pre-K Counts pact

The Derry Area School Board on Thursday approved a Pennsylvania Pre-K Counts grant partnership agreement with the Ligonier Valley Learning Center for the 2017-18 school year. More...

Controller: Drug crime costing county nearly $19 million per year

Westmoreland County is spending nearly $19 million per year to fight drug-related crime locally, and taxpayers are footing most of the bill, county controller Jeffrey Balzer said. More...

Man sentenced in vehicular death of Latrobe motorcyclist

A New Kensington man pled guilty Thursday for his role in a fatal crash on Route 366 in Washington Township that killed a Latrobe man more than two years ago.  Trib Total Media reports that Dylan Joseph Rockwell, 21, pleaded guilty to a felony c More...

General News

Governors urge keeping US health law’s individual mandate

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A bipartisan governor duo is urging Congress to retain the federal health care law’s unpopular individual mandate while seeking to stabilize individual insurance markets as lawmakers work on a long-term replacement. More...

Energy chief taps emergency oil reserve in wake of Harvey

WASHINGTON (AP) — Energy Secretary Rick Perry said Thursday he is releasing 500,000 barrels of crude oil from an emergency stockpile in a bid to prevent gasoline prices from spiking in the wake of disruptions caused by Harvey.  More...

No charges filed in deadly thrill ride accident at Ohio fair

Prosecutors said Thursday there isn’t enough evidence to bring criminal charges in the deadly thrill ride accident at this year’s Ohio State Fair that killed a high school student and injured seven other people.  More...

Sports

Merlin Old-Timers Senior Division co-champ

The Latrobe-Derry Old-Timers Senior Divison (over-55) recently finished its 2017 season, and two teams — McCabe Funeral Home and Merlin Funeral Home — finished as co-champions with identical 9-1 records.  More...

SVC’s Dolciato expects to see different Alma team this time

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DA boys still perfect in golf; LV, GCC pick up additional victories

The Derry Area boys’ golf team remains perfect while Ligonier Valley, the Greensburg Central Catholic girls and Mount Pleasant boys and girls all secured victories on Thursday.  More...

Lifestyles

Area couple celebrates 50th

Mr. and Mrs. William Walthour celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary Aug. 11 with a dinner for family and friends at Giannilli’s II, Unity Township.  Mrs. More...

Campus Corner

SVC alumnus Constitution Day speaker Sept. 13

The St. Vincent College Center for Political and Economic Thought of the Alex G. McKenna School of Business, Economics and Government will celebrate Constitution Day with a lecture by Dr. Alex Hindman at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 13, in the Fred M. More...

Constitution Day programs Sept. 18 at California University also open to the public

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Roommate of downtown shooter jailed

An adult roommate of the Latrobe teenager charged with killing a 15-year-old with a stolen handgun Tuesday at a downtown apartment started and ended that day in the Latrobe police station.  Now, he is in Westmoreland County Prison charged with r More...

Rams mourn Rev. Bertalan, member of football family

The Ligonier Valley football program this week lost an important member of its family.  He never made a tackle or engineered a game-winning drive, but the Rev. More...

Search continues for missing dog

Gena Berkebile knows the power of getting the word out when a beloved pet goes missing. In 1993, while living in Frederick, Md., her dog was found an hour and a half away after a newspaper article chronicled its disappearance. More...

Local & State News

Pittsburgh mural artist painting over Stephen Foster mural

PITTSBURGH (AP) — A Pittsburgh artist isn’t waiting for protesters — he’s already painting over a building mural depicting American composer Stephen Foster. More...

Robotics investment, switch to LEDs saves light plant jobs

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Pennsylvania parents waive hearing in crib suffocation death

MYERSTOWN, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania couple has waived their right to a preliminary hearing on charges they tied and weighting down a mattress on top of their son’s crib so he couldn’t climb out, leading him to suffocate.  More...

World News

Trump administration slashes funds for health care sign-ups

WASHINGTON (AP) - Affirming its disdain for “Obamacare,” the Trump administration on Thursday announced sharp cuts in programs promoting health care enrollment under the Affordable Care Act for next year. More...

As floodwaters recede, Houston officials look to recovery

HOUSTON (AP) - As floodwaters receded and rescuers searched waterlogged neighborhoods for more potential victims, Houston officials began turning their attention to finding temporary housing for those in shelters and getting enough gasoline for peopl More...

New Orleans’ Katrina challenges may hold lessons for Houston

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - As the murky flood waters of Hurricane Katrina were slowly pumped out of New Orleans in 2005, the challenges the city faced were only beginning to come into focus.  More...

Education

First day of school at CDT

Seventh-graders Trenton Wuenschell and Kyle Young of Christ the Divine Teacher School in Latrobe are all smiles on the first day of school on Monday, Aug. 28.   More...

Public schools feel squeezed by ‘non-boundary’ counterparts

CHESTER, Pa. (AP) — When LeAnn Johnson arrived at Richland High School for the PIAA girls volleyball finals in November 2015, she knew her Fort LeBoeuf squad could be in for a tough time. More...

School districts face dilemma over unpaid lunch tabs

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Coming to school without lunch money could land a student in the principal’s office. Running a tab could land Mom and Dad in small claims court — in at least one local school district. More...

Entertainment

Are consumers really ready to give augmented reality a try?

NEW YORK (AP) — You might have gotten a taste of “augmented reality,” the blending of the virtual and physical worlds, as you chased on-screen monsters at real-world landmarks in last year’s gaming sensation, “Pokemon Go.” More...

From Bullock to DiCaprio, a look at stars’ Harvey donations

HOUSTON (AP) — A pair of Oscar winners, Sandra Bullock and Leonardo DiCaprio, are leading the way in stars’ donations to relief efforts for those affected by Hurricane Harvey in Texas and Louisiana, but they’re not alone. More...

Prince’s other sister: Purple was his color, not orange

NEW YORK (AP) — Prince didn’t have an orange crush — purple was his favorite color, according to his half-sister Sharon Nelson. More...

Police Roundup

POLICE ROUNDUP

Injuries reported in crash   State police at Greensburg report a Greensburg woman and a 10-year-old Greensburg boy were transported to local hospitals with unknown injuries after a crash Wednesday, Aug. 30, in Mount Pleasant Township.  More...

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