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Hempfield votes to fill public works job with interim director Cisco

By Renatta Signorini
Hempfield supervisors voted Monday to fill an open post with a township employee. Doug Cisco, 42, is the new director of the public works department. Cisco had been appointed interim director in October in response to the departure of former director Mike ...

Judge sentences Hempfield man to 15 years on child porn charges

By Brian Bowling
A Westmoreland County man who persuaded a woman to take sexually explicit photos of a girl will spend 15 years in prison, a federal judge ruled Friday. Former Turnpike Commission worker John S. Longo, 58, of Hempfield pleaded guilty in ...

Greensburg Salem, Hempfield kids buck trend by learning cursive

By Jacob Tierney
Children in the Greensburg Salem and Hempfield Area school districts still learn to write the swooping, elegant letters of cursive, but the focus on handwriting ...

Hempfield Area yearbook staff gears up for Prom Expo

By Alicia McElhaney
Hempfield Area High School’s yearbook staff is gearing up for its fifth annual Prom Expo, which will be held at the school on Jan. 25. The event will include a fashion show during which students will model gowns and tuxedos from ...

Greensburg Antique Show and Sale is this weekend

By Alicia McElhaney
For a market driven by old items, it may come as a surprise that antiquing trends shift as quickly as fashion styles. “One of the things ...

Keep resolution past 3-month mark to ‘rewire’ brain

By Alicia McElhaney
So you made a resolution on Jan. 1, but you’re already tempted to reach for that cigarette, quit your brand new gym routine or throw ...

Author advises Seton Hill students to ‘dream big dreams’

By Alicia McElhaney
Kate Carlisle, author of more than 17 mystery and romance novels, spoke at Seton Hill University in Greensburg last week about the necessity of self-promotion ...

Hempfield woman accused of starving puppy admitted to probationary program

By Bob Stiles
A Hempfield woman accused of starving a female puppy and dumping her into the trash reached an agreement with prosecutors Wednesday that calls for her ...

Police charge 3 in Hempfield trailer court burglary

By Tribune-Review
State police at Greensburg are looking for a Jeannette man wanted in connection with a burglary in Hempfield. A residence at Hempfield Highlands Trailer Court on Cardinal Drive in Lincoln Heights was burglarized Jan. 4., according to police. Two of the suspected ...

Hempfield restores 1 of 2 aides to West Point kindergarten

By Renatta Signorini
Several parents got results Monday after voicing their opinion at a Hempfield Area School District board of directors meeting. As a result of about 10 parents questioning the recent removal of two classroom instruction assistants from kindergarten classrooms at West Point ...

Hempfield Area to boost high school security

By Renatta Signorini
Security updates are in the works at Hempfield Area High School. Representatives from three area architectural firms are visiting the school during the next several days to assess the school’s entryway and make suggestions for possible improvements, said Wayne Wismar, business ...

Hempfield Area senior ‘trying to get over’ robbery by man in clown mask

By Renatta Signorini
A scary experience led a 17-year-old girl on Friday to face a man who wore a clown mask when he allegedly robbed her of $2 at a Hempfield restaurant. Nicole White, a senior at Hempfield Area, didn’t have to testify against ...

Unity man to appear in ‘Broken Skull Challenge’ reality TV competition

By Stacey Federoff
As a student at Hempfield Area School District, Chris Reese’s behavior resulted in his mother being on the speed dial of administrators. Reese, 21, has ...

Emergency management agency launches #ReadyHempfield2015

By Renatta Signorini
The Hempfield Township Emergency Management Agency is challenging residents and businesses to create individual emergency plans in 2015. A recently launched campaign — #ReadyHempfield2015 — will spread awareness of the need for a community approach for emergency management, said Robert ...

Hempfield, Greensburg students honored for academic excellence

By Alicia McElhaney
Several local students were recognized by the National Merit Scholarship Program for their excellence in academic performance. These students were among the top 50,000 scorers on the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. Semi-finalists Jaimie Arthur is a ...

Onetime head of Pagans motorcycle club, Hempfield resident appeals drug conviction

By Rich Cholodofsky
The former head of the Pagans outlaw motorcycle club, who is serving an 80-month prison sentence for drug possession, wants his conviction to be overturned, claiming it was based on an illegal search of his Hempfield home. In court documents filed ...

Hempfield authorities work to track humane society ‘cat burglar’

By Tribune-Review
State police are investigating a break-in Sunday at the Humane Society of Westmoreland County in Hempfield that caused approximately $2,500 damage. Executive Director Kathy Burkley said the burglar damaged a screened-in porch in an attempt to enter the building located off ...

Burglary suspect charged in Hempfield heist

By Paul Peirce
A man charged with stealing more than $58,000 worth of items in a home burglary last month in North Huntingdon was arraigned Tuesday on charges related to a burglary in Hempfield on Dec. 19 that netted more than $10,000 worth ...

Memories of captain keep Hempfield swimmers afloat

By Kevin Lohman
It’s been little more than two weeks since the death of Hempfield senior swim team captain Judson Shiffler in a traffic accident. On Tuesday, the Spartans ...

Birthday card found in stolen van in Hempfield cracks alleged theft ring

By Paul Peirce
A birthday greeting left behind in a stolen van recovered in the parking lot of a Hempfield tire store last month helped investigators crack a two-county theft ring that included a pre-Christmas heist of more than $58,000 from a home ...

Hempfield Republican to seek opening on Common Pleas bench

By Rich Cholodofsky
For the last five years, Hope Aston has been hearing family court cases, listening to evidence and witness testimony. As a domestic relations hearing officer, her ...

Hempfield ‘clown robber’ arrested

By Renatta Signorini
A Grapeville man with a lengthy criminal history is accused of wearing a clown mask and taking a cash register from a Hempfield restaurant and ...

Community effort, loyal volunteers credited in Youngwood pet rescue

By Bob Stiles
Candy Nelson, president of Animal Friends of Westmoreland, credited a community-wide effort and volunteers for helping save dogs and cats her group took in last year from a closed Fayette County shelter. As of a few days ago, fewer than a ...

Animal Friends spotlights pets in new calendar

By Alicia McElhaney
Volunteers at the Animal Friends of Westmoreland shelter are kicking off the new year by selling calendars featuring animals the group housed in 2014 ...

St. Vincent College honors ‘Great Teachers’

By Jacob Tierney
Greensburg has some great teachers, according to freshmen at St. Vincent College. Every year since 1998 the college has recognized high school educators with the “Great Teacher Awards.” Freshmen can nominate their favorite teachers. “It’s an opportunity for our freshmen to maybe ...

Hempfield domestic call leads to arrest

By Paul Peirce
Troopers who responded to an early New Year’s Day call to a potential domestic dispute in Hempfield uncovered a loaded AR-15 rifle, a large cache of ammunition, body armor and a large amount of crack cocaine, according to court documents. On ...

2 who allegedly tried to steal teeth whiteners from Hempfield Target in custody

By Tribune-Review
A Cambria County couple who scuffled with a security officer at the Hempfield Target store while attempting to steal $1,200 in teeth-whitening products was arrested this week by state police in Greensburg. Christine A. Altschuh, 31, and Richard G. Mitchell, 42, ...

Early morning fire claims life of Hempfield Township woman

By Tribune-Review
A 77-year-old Hempfield woman died early Sunday morning when an electrical fire spread from the basement of her Corbett Avenue home, despite a neighbor’s attempt to awaken her, officials said. Betty L. Houston of 80 Corbett Ave. was pronounced dead at ...

State police: Man in clown mask robs Hempfield Subway restaurant

By Tribune-Review
An armed robber wearing a clown mask stole the cash register from Subway restaurant along Route 30 just west of Jeannette on Saturday night, state police at Greensburg said. The robber was wearing a parka with a fur collar, tan pants ...

Youngwood to adopt new logo

By Bob Stiles
Youngwood officials may soon adopt a logo to represent the community on public works and sewage department vehicles, along with official paperwork and other government-related items. For about the last four months, borough council has been discussing the importance of a ...

Improvements slated for South Greensburg Park

By Jacob Tierney
South Greensburg will devote the $4,000 it received from a lumber company to improve South Greensburg Park after a tree-felling operation was cut short. Mountain View Lumber of Smicksburg, Indiana County, paid the borough $10,000 earlier this year to cut down ...

Teen trio coordinates volunteers at Overly’s Country Christmas

By Les Harvath
Spanning more than 50 years of family holiday excitement and fun, Overly’s Country Christmas at Westmoreland Fairgrounds in Mt. Pleasant Township brings to life an ...

1 injured in turnpike crash in Hempfield

By Jacob Tierney
An accident on the Pennsylvania Turnpike between the Irwin and New Stanton interchanges in Hempfield slowed traffic and sent one victim to the hospital Wednesday evening. The single-car crash occurred near milepost 70 eastbound at about 5:30 p.m. The cause of ...

Hempfield swim team captain dies of car crash injuries

By Renatta Signorini
Hempfield Area High School’s swim team lost its captain Tuesday, a senior described as an accomplished and popular athlete and scholar. Judson Shiffler, 18, of West ...

Driver critically injured when car leaves Route 136, runs up hillside

By Jacob Tierney  and Joe Napsha
A Hempfield Area High School senior was hospitalized with life-threatening injuries Monday morning after the car he was driving smashed into a hillside along Route ...

Commercial growth, increased revenue help Hempfield keep tax rate steady

By Renatta Signorini
Despite a population that has grown to more than 43,000, higher fuel costs and 255 miles of roads to maintain, one thing has remained constant in Hempfield — its millage rate. Township supervisors on Monday are set to approve a 2015 ...

Hempfield gets green light for traffic study at Route 30 intersections with Mt. Pleasant Road

By Bob Stiles
A consultant will look for ways to end or reduce traffic backups at two spots where Mt. Pleasant Road in Hempfield intersects with exit and entrance ramps of Route 30. PennDOT has approved forwarding $21,500 in Green Light-Go funding to ...

Seton Hill art student studies scribbles, scrawls

By Jacob Tierney
Almost everybody doodles. It’s a nearly universal trait, and studying the seemingly random scrawls in the margins of a notebook could lead to a better ...

Music minister marks 5 decades with Greensburg church

By Marilyn Forbes
Driving through Greensburg as a young boy, Edgar B. Highberger told his mother that one day he would be the organist and music director of ...