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Greensburg Salem student takes national platform

By Jacob Tierney
A Greensburg Salem senior was one of three students to speak at a national conference for teachers and education professionals in Washington, D.C., on Sunday. …

Hempfield church marks anniversary of unique building

By Marilyn Forbes
Harrold Zion Lutheran Church will be marking its 50th anniversary at its present site in Hempfield on Saturday and Sunday. “It’s an exciting time,” senior …

Youngwood playground blossoms

By Bob Stiles
Youngwood’s new community playground will get some beautification touches, thanks to volunteers. Boy Scout Jason Stack, 16, aided by Jason Wilkinson Nursery and other Scouts from Troop 457 in New Stanton, and volunteers from Alcoa have planted trees and added …

Dogs rule at WCCC’s Canine Week

By Tribune-Review
Canine officers from area law enforcement agencies and their dogs will participate in Canine Week at Westmoreland County Community College. The public is invited to attend the free presentations to be held Monday through Friday in Founders Hall on the …

Corbett rips Wolf tax proposals during Hempfield campaign stop

By Joe Napsha
Gov. Tom Corbett Wednesday hammered Democrat Tom Wolf over his proposal to raise the state income tax during a campaign stop in Westmoreland County, claiming …

Kin of 2013 DUI crash victim in Hempfield lose young family in fire

By Renatta Signorini
Lisa Lakenan has waited for nearly a year and a half to begin the process of finding justice for her son. “He was a wonderful …

Hempfield killer Stahl ordered to pay for slain wife’s funeral

By Rich Cholodofsky
A Hempfield man convicted of murdering his wife will have to pay her family more than $14,000 to cover her funeral expenses, a Westmoreland County …

Humane Society of Westmoreland County expands kennels

By Marilyn Forbes
With plans drawn and excavation started, the Humane Society of Westmoreland County has launched a project to add additional space to house more dogs at …

Animal hospital moving to new South Greensburg digs

By Jacob Tierney
K Vet Animal Care’s approximately 4,000 patients will soon be treated in a new location. The animal hospital is moving out of its four-year home …

Oktoberfest brews support for Youngwood community events

By Bob Stiles
A male member of the Youngwood Area Business Association made the suggestion during a group meeting. “We had wine tasting, and he said, ‘Let’s do beer tasting,’” Tina Nobile, association president, remembered. “We were all in agreement right away.” The …

Greensburg-South Greensburg youth football ‘Battle’ ends in draw

By Jacob Tierney
It’s a tie. The hard-fought “Battle of the Burgs,” a series of three youth football games played between Greensburg and South Greensburg on Sept. 28, has been ruled a tie. The decision was made soon after the final game, after …

Hempfield zoning board OKs variances for gas station, store

By Renatta Signorini
A gas station and convenience store is a step further to replacing a restaurant along Route 119 in Hempfield. The township zoning board on Tuesday approved several variances sought by Speedway for a 1.67-acre lot at the highway’s intersection with …

House to recognize late Youngwood fireman

By Bob Stiles
E. Jeffrey “Lance” Wentzel and his service to Youngwood as a volunteer firefighter have not been forgotten. On Tuesday, family, friends and fellow firefighters will …

Woman held up at knife point at Hempfield ATM

By Tribune-Review
State police said a 59-year-old woman was robbed early Wednesday as she attempted to withdraw money from an ATM at First Commonwealth Bank, Route 119, outside New Stanton. Police said the woman was confronted at 5:20 a.m. by a white …

Scout gets OK from Youngwood council

By Bob Stiles
A Boy Scout will be planting shrubbery at the new Youngwood playground for his Eagle Scout project. Lloyd Crago, borough council president, updated council on the project during a meeting Monday. Council approved the project and related cost. Jason Stack, …

Help sought to ID flashing suspect at Gabriel Brothers in Hempfield

By Greg Reinbold
State police at Greensburg are seeking the public’s help to identify a man accused of exposing himself to a 67-year-old woman shopping at the Gabriel …

Armbrust Bridge work to be finished early

By Bob Stiles
Motorists will be able to use the Armbrust Bridge and the related section of Route 819 sooner than forecast, PennDOT officials said. Plum Contracting Inc. will finish the $1.1 million project sooner than scheduled on the bridge that spans Sewickley …

Police: East Huntingdon man dead of gunshot had fired at state troopers during pursuit

By Renatta Signorini  and Mary Pickels
A Westmoreland County man who died in a high-speed police chase and gunbattle Wednesday night had been cited twice in September by University of Pittsburgh …

Man trapped under tractor is rescued

By Tribune-Review
A 78-year old Hempfield man was briefly trapped under an antique tractor Thursday afternoon and was taken to the hospital with ankle injuries. Ron Smith of Middletown Road was mowing his lawn with a tractor from the 1940s when it …

‘Family atmosphere’ kept South Huntingdon woman on job

By Bob Stiles
After Dorothy Bibby started working at Hepler’s Hardware, she liked the family atmosphere so much she decided to stay. A half century later, she’s still …

Builder eyes development in Hempfield

By Jacob Tierney
Pellis Construction has nearly completed its three housing developments in Unity, and has now turned its attention to Hempfield as the site for its next planned residential community. The company is building roads and putting utility lines at the property …

Greensburg Lions capture ‘Battle of the Burgs’

By Jacob Tierney
The hard-fought final moments of the second “Battle of the Burgs” youth football showdown was marred by injuries Sunday, but Greensburg kept its claim to …

Greensburg artist follows unusual path to creative career

By Greg Reinbold
Only an artist could assemble such an eclectic résumé. Jim Miller, 71, of Hempfield has been a monk, an author and an archaeologist, and a …

Greensburg Salem grads make mark at Air Force Academy

By Jacob Tierney
Two Greensburg Salem High school graduates are on track to become Air Force officers, studying and training together at the U.S. Air Force Academy in …

I-70 changes force New Stanton to look for a plan

By Bob Stiles
A comprehensive plan for New Stanton is a must as PennDOT moves forward on a $50 million improvement project to the Interstate 70 corridor in the borough, a Westmoreland County planning official said. “When you have a major infrastructure change …

Hempfield public works director’s job in limbo

By Renatta Signorini 11:39 p.m.
The Hempfield Township public works director’s job apparently is in limbo. Township supervisors on Monday did not approve a contract extension for Mike Volpe, a 14-year employee. Supervisor Jerry Fagert made a motion for the five-year extension during a time …

2 suspects charged with second robbery in Hempfield

By Tribune-Review
Two men accused of leading police on a pursuit after a gas station burglary this month are now facing charges in connection with an August robbery in Hempfield. Adam Scott Knerien, 32, of Jeannette, allegedly drove Jason Thomas Stevenson, 38, …

Hempfield teen masterminds Youngwood landscaping

By Bob Stiles
Jason Bush, a Hempfield Area High School sophomore, figured he could help Youngwood with his work toward becoming an Eagle Scout. Bush, 15, a member …

Bowling tournament honors Hempfield coach

By Chloe Wertz
The Larry Shively Memorial Singles No-Tap Tournament is the kind of event bowlers and non-bowlers can enjoy, organizers say. The annual tournament will be held …

Students carve out a corner of Internet for Greensburg

By Jacob Tierney
Greensburg residents looking to swap news about favorite restaraunts or learn about the latest local festivals have a new corner of the Internet to check out, thanks to two Greensburg Salem High School students. The Greensburg “subreddit” of Reddit.com was …

Police investigate Hempfield fight

By Renatta Signorini
State police are investigating a fight among three high school boys on Friday, according to Hempfield Area School District Superintendent Barbara Marin. Police were “contacted immediately” after the altercation, and the boys face discipline within the district, Marin said. She …

Greensburg fashionistas offer 9 decades of style at YWCA shop

By Marilyn Forbes
Devotees of the YWCA Thrift Shop in Greensburg on Friday mornings may be familiar with the wit and wisdom of Ruth Lightcap, one of the …

Hempfield plans $5 million in updates for parks

By Jacob Tierney
Hempfield’s parks have been slated for a $5 million update that will take at least five years to complete, with a master plan calling for …

Standard Bank helps ‘Feeding the Spirit’ at Greensburg church

By Tribune Review
Standard Charitable Foundation has awarded a $2,400 grant to Feeding the Spirit in Greensburg to help with weekly meals provided on Thursdays to more than 100 people in need. To date, the program at Otterbein United Methodist Church has served …

Cook-off benefits Youngwood Park & Pool

By Bob Stiles
So you think you make good chili? Here’s a chance to put some up and benefit a good cause. Youngwood Park & Pool is hosting …

Water service to be restored in portions of Hempfield, Unity

By Tribune-Review
The Municipal Authority of Westmoreland County crews completed repairs late Tuesday night on a 16-inch line in Unity and water service was being restored to residents in the Pleasant Unity area. A leak discovered in the line affected customers in …

Woman drives Hempfield event connecting those with illnesses, disabilities

By Nicole Chynoweth
Judith Huber’s life was “moving along very smoothly” before she was diagnosed with Devic’s disease, a type of multiple sclerosis, at age 29. She was …

Woman robbed in Hempfield

By Tribune-Review
A 21-year-old woman was robbed early Thursday morning along White Rock Road, state police at Greensburg said. The woman was listening to music on headphones as she walked home about 2:15 a.m. when four people attacked her and stole her …

It’s ice, ice baby for Greensburg Salem Class of ’78

By Jacob Tierney
One Greensburg Salem grad wants his whole class to rise to the ice bucket challenge. Darrell Welsh of Jeannette graduated in 1978. His classmates have kept close, meeting up frequently over the last few years. On Saturday they will gather …