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Greensburg student is new Miss Teen of Pa.

By Marilyn Forbes
Julianna Franzino, a junior at Greensburg Salem High School, is the new Miss Teen of Pennsylvania. Franzino, 16, said that entering a pageant was not …

Facebook fans fancy ‘I’m So Greensburg’

By Dave Knoepfle
Devotees fancy the Facebook phenomenon “I’m So Greensburg.” Started as a friendly challenge in July between friends Erik Masaln and Joey Ramsey to determine who …

St. Michael’s volunteers cook up festival delights

By Marilyn Forbes
From the hand-rolled goodness of the grape leaves to the flaky layers of the sweet baklava, the volunteers at St. Michael’s Antiochian Orthodox Church have …

Hempfield man admits to pornography charge

By Tribune-Review
A Westmoreland County man admitted in federal court on Thursday that he asked another adult to take and send him images of a 12-year-old child being sexually exploited. John S. Longo, 57, of Hempfield pleaded guilty to a count of …

Trooper: Suspect confessed to fatal Hempfield shooting

By Rich Cholodofsky
A Hempfield man contends his alleged confession about a fatal shooting in his home occurred while he was being held by police in a hospital …

Hempfield approves prison site subdivision

By Renatta Signorini
Hempfield supervisors cleared the way on Monday for legislators to put the former SCI Greensburg up for sale, nearly 14 months since its closure. Supervisors voted unanimously to approve a subdivision plan for the approximately 123-acre tract that houses the …

Hempfield teen builds new benches for high school pool

By Alicia McElhaney
Swimmers at Hempfield Area High School’s pool will soon be able to rest on new, unbroken benches, thanks to sophomore Cole Stinebiser. Stinebiser, a member …

Hempfield celebrates Community Days

By Marilyn Forbes
Members of the Hempfield community will gather Sept. 6 and 7 for camaraderie and some good times. That’s when Hempfield Township will be celebrating its …

9 displaced by fire in Grapeville

By Tribune-Review
A fire early Thursday caused extensive damage to a home in the Grapeville area of Hempfield, displacing nine occupants and killing their two pets. Authorities believe the 5:30 a.m. blaze started in the kitchen of the three-story home at 2605 …

Fun Party Stores in Hempfield are last 2 shops to close

By Joe Napsha
Fun Party Stores will close its two remaining stores in Hempfield this fall, ending 31 years of selling party supplies, children’s costumes and holiday items to customers, the family owners said. The Fun Party Stores outlet at Eastgate Plaza and …

South Greensburg on easy street for getting grant funding

By Bob Stiles
South Greensburg will have an easier time using money from a federal program to pay for street work. Borough officials learned this month that the entire community is considered low-to-moderate income under the Community Development Block Grant program. Federal officials …

Greensburg considers eminent domain

By Bob Stiles
Greensburg City Council is expected to vote next month on a proposed ordinance that would give the city solicitor the go-ahead to use eminent domain powers when needed to take properties for the Northmont Flood Protection Project. Council introduced the …

Hempfield students, community accept Rachel’s Challenge

By Alicia McElhaney
Hempfield High School will start off the 2014-2015 school year by giving everyone a lesson on kindness. On Sept. 3, the school will hold a presentation on kindness, not only for students during the school day, but also for the …

Police seek 2 con men who robbed Hempfield woman

By Tribune-Review
State police are seeking information on two men who conned an elderly Hempfield Township woman out of a large amount of money Wednesday. Police said about 2 p.m. two males, believed to be Hispanic, went to the 80-year-old woman’s home …

$66K sought from Hempfield man’s retirement account by victim’s family

By Rich Cholodofsky
While wife killer David Stahl tried to get his conviction dismissed on Monday, prosecutors asked that Stahl be ordered to pay more than $66,000 to his wife’s family and their lawyers. “He’s responsible for the costs incurred as a result …

Unity Boy Scout makes improvements to 5 Star Trail

By Marilyn Forbes
Bikers, hikers and joggers using the Five Star Trail will benefit from a project undertaken by James Weaver, 16, a Greater Latrobe High School junior. …

VFW Post 33 marks 100 years serving Greensburg

By Bob Stiles
VFW Post 33 thrives in Greensburg, fostering a deep respect for veterans and a love of community. The Greensburg post has remained strong, while others …

Youngwood K-9s get some job protection

By Jacob Tierney
Two Youngwood rescue dogs are putting safety first with their new bulletproof vests. The vests came from Vested Interest in K9s, a Massachusetts-based nonprofit that …

Slide stabilization project delayed in Hempfield

By Tribune-Review
A slide stabilization project scheduled to begin next week is now planned to start on Aug. 11, PennDOT officials said. Work planned on Penn Adamsburg Road (Route 3077) will result in a road closure and detour for more than a …

Greensburg Salem students use active journalism to improve city

By Bob Stiles
Greensburg Salem School District student Kasey Storkel, 12, helped others while getting a taste of a journalist’s life during the district’s Young Writers’ Camp. The …

Leader of Millstein Library’s digital revolution will retire

By Tribune-Review
Patricia M. Duck of Export has retired as director of Millstein Library at the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg. Duck has been the director since …

Greensburg YMCA makes a splash at Veterans Memorial Pool

By Bob Stiles
Attendance has taken a slight dip this summer at Veterans Memorial Pool in Greensburg, but a city YMCA official remained optimistic about his agency’s involvement at the recreation facility. The Greensburg Y began operating the pool this summer as part …

Future stars welcome at Stage Right! camp in Greensburg

By Marilyn Forbes
What viewers see up on the stage gives only a glimpse into the purpose of Stage Right!, a performing arts school in Greensburg. “The whole …

Yarn brigade envelops South Greensburg

By Dave Knoepfle
A quiet storm has settled over South Greensburg. An explosion of fabric and color drapes fences, concrete pillars, street lamp posts, trees and shrubs along …

Report of attempted child luring in Hempfield a hoax, police say

By Renatta Signorini
A 15-year-old boy fabricated his claim that a man tried to lure him into his vehicle Wednesday afternoon in Hempfield, state police said Thursday evening. The boy told police the man was driving a white Ford van, police reported in …

In Southwest Greensburg baseball league, no one is ever out

By Alicia McElhaney
While which anniversary the Southwest Greensburg Adaptive Baseball League is celebrating this year is unclear — it could be the league’s 20th or 25th year …

Man snatches purse behind Westmoreland Mall

By Tribune-Review
A Florida woman was the victim of a purse snatching Wednesday afternoon in a parking lot behind Westmoreland Mall, according to state police. The suspect, described as a white man in his 20s, grabbed the 65-year-old woman’s purse at 4 …

Hookah bar on tap for Greensburg

By Bob Stiles
Ben Pardus of Hempfield will open Greensburg’s first hookah bar, just a few steps away from his target market. The Stack Hookah Lounge, where patrons …

PennDOT to stabilize rock slide along Penn Adamsburg Road in Hempfield

By Tribune-Review
A slide stabilization project on Penn Adamsburg Road (Route 3077) will result in a road closure and detour for several weeks next month, PennDOT officials said. The project, between the PennDOT stockpile and Gratz Street, will include excavation, rock backfill, …

State grant to aid Excela plans for orthopedic center in Hempfield

By Richard Gazarik
Excela Health has received a $3 million state grant to pay for the design and construction of an orthopedic treatment center in Hempfield, according to the state. Now, all the Greensburg-based health-care system has to do is find a location …

Charity walk at Twin Lakes Park seeking corporate sponsors

By Kaidia Pickels
The Second Chance Walk to promote awareness of organ donation will be held Sept. 27 at Twin Lakes Park. Event organizers are seeking corporate sponsorships from the local community. The walk was established in August 2006 in memory of Kimberly …

Southwest Greensburg to review permit parking request

By Bob Stiles
Southwest Greensburg officials will consider allowing permit parking on sections of Green and Sidney streets. Joe and Marta Maher, who live on Green Street, presented a petition to council July 9 seeking permit parking. The petitioners cited demands for more …

South Greensburg residents can use cards to pay fees for trash, rentals, permits

By Bob Stiles
South Greensburg residents will be able to pay trash and other bills using a debit or credit card at the borough building — for a fee. Council approved Monday spending nearly $350 to purchase either a transaction machine or tablet …

After 27 years leading Greensburg Hempfield library, Muccari moving on to lead county network

By Joe Napsha
Cesare Muccari, who has directed the Greensburg Hempfield Area Library for 27 years, will take on the challenge of leading Westmoreland County’s library network and …

Westmoreland County fireman dies after motorcycle crash

By Tribune-Review
A firefighter from Hempfield died after a motorcycle accident in Hempfield Township Thursday afternoon. Joseph Muller, 54, was riding his Harley-Davidson motorcycle south on Route 119 at about 2:40 p.m. according to state police. As he approached an intersection, a …

Fire marshal rules arson in Hempfield repair shop blaze

By Tribune-Review
The state police fire marshal at Greensburg has ruled that a fire that damaged an auto repair shop in West Point was intentionally set. Trooper Seth Helman reported that the blaze at S and S Auto at 110A West Point …

Pitt-Greensburg grads document health initiative in Honduras

By Kaidia Pickels
A group of recent graduates from the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg has released a documentary about emerging health initiatives in parts of hurricane-devastated Honduras. …

United Church of Christ welcomes new conference minister

By Bob Stiles
The Rev. David Ackerman will be on familiar ground when he begins work next month in Greensburg as conference minister for the Penn West Conference …

Greensburg rallies to save bell tower for Hose Company No. 8

By Bob Stiles
Greensburg firefighters are continuing fundraising efforts to repair the bell tower at Hose Company No. 8 on Highland Avenue. “We’re in the process of turning to foundations,” said Clyde Snyder, who is helping to spearhead the effort. “We figure it’s …