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Hempfield prison film canceled because of Pa. budget impasse

By Jacob Tierney
More than 700 extras from the Greensburg area were ready for their close-ups, but the state budget standoff has resulted in the cancellation of a prison escape film with scenes in a former state lockup, a film office executive said. “Three ...

Boy Scout still working on Hempfield dek hockey rink project

By Renatta Signorini
With help from Hempfield Area School District, a sophomore’s plan to repurpose an old tennis court into a dek hockey rink could come to fruition this fall. District officials promised Brayden LaVerde during a board meeting earlier this month some assistance ...

Youngwood Commons adds Dollar General, Subway is next

By Bob Stiles
A Dollar General store has joined the list of new businesses opening in Youngwood Commons, with a Subway restaurant soon to follow. An opening celebration will start 8 a.m. Saturday at the Dollar General, a company official said. “Dollar General is committed ...

Excela Health has plan in works for orthopedic medical mall in Hempfield

By Renatta Signorini
Excela Health officials are expected to present plans next week for a three-story orthopedic medical mall off Mt. Pleasant Road during a Hempfield planning commission meeting. Health system spokeswoman Robin Jennings said the presentation Wednesday would spell out the “whole scope ...

Hempfield bicyclist's lawyer not appeased by judge recusal

By Rich Cholodofsky
The lawyer for a Hempfield bicyclist charged with obstructing traffic said in court Tuesday that the judge overseeing the case was “biased,” even though she recused herself from the case Monday. David Smith, 56, was indefinitely jailed last month as his ...

Hempfield man charged with beating woman, refusing for 2 days to take her to hospital

By Paul Peirce
A 40-year-old Hempfield man was jailed Monday for allegedly assaulting a woman last weekend, then refusing to get medical treatment for her. Charles J. Fry, whose mailing address is in Wendel, was ordered held in the Westmoreland County jail after failing ...

Marijuana operation evidence can be used in murder case against Hempfield man, judge rules

By Rich Cholodofsky
Evidence that a Hempfield man had a substantial marijuana growing operation in his home can be used against him at his murder trial next month. Eric Fennell, 34, appeared in court Monday as his case was called for trial. Jury selection ...

Hempfield to vote on $16K library boost

By Renatta Signorini
An unexpected lump sum could be coming the Greensburg Hempfield Library’s way. Hempfield supervisors authorized their solicitor Monday night to prepare a resolution that would put $16,100 more in the library’s coffers for this year. “I was very pleased to hear some ...

Hempfield man’s next act: Convert Latrobe gym into theater

By Stacey Federoff
Some scattered gym equipment still sits inside the former Latrobe Athletic Club on Main Street: a few weight machines downstairs, a pink exercise ball upstairs. But ...

Greensburg Youth Football and Cheer Parents’ Association tackles bullying

By Jacob Tierney
Amidst the tackles and chants, the pom-poms and cleats, a group of Greensburg parents are trying to make sure kids practice kindness along with football ...

Changes await Hempfield, Greensburg Salem students

By Renatta Signorini and Jacob Tierney
Summertime means months of idle fun for most kids, but the teachers and administrators at Hempfield Area and Greensburg Salem school districts have kept busy. ...

Rescued dogs will reunite at Twin Lakes Park Saturday

By Bob Stiles
Bobbie Mohar will attend a reunion Saturday a little different from the usual family get-together. At this reunion, some of the guests will slurp water from ...

Library puts forward plan for activities at Hempfield municipal facilities

By Renatta Signorini
Greensburg Hempfield Library officials have begun their quest to secure more financial support from Hempfield. Library director Linda Matey and board President Jeanne Smith outlined for township supervisors Wednesday night some proposed partnership opportunities that would bring activities to township facilities. “We ...

Complicated gun laws explained in free seminar in Hempfield

By Renatta Signorini
Gun safety and rights will be the topic at a popular free seminar next month in Hempfield. The session, hosted by State Rep. Tim Krieger, R-Delmont, has drawn a lot of interest in the past. “People ask about it all the time,” ...

Hempfield area teachers get 5-year contract

By Renatta Signorini
Members of the Hempfield Area Education Association will be working under a new contract beginning Sept. 1. The association’s members and Hempfield Area school directors on Monday night ratified the five-year union contract. “I think we brought back a contract that we ...

At 79, Hempfield man still cycling along

By Greg Reinbold
As long as he’s got his bicycle and a group of friends to ride with, age won’t be creeping up on Barry Premoshis. Premoshis, 79, of ...

Young Greensburg Salem writers roll dice at summer camp

By Jacob Tierney
Greensburg Salem students rolled the dice, passed “go,” and learned about local businesses at a summer writing camp inspired by the Monopoly board game. Children in ...

All kinds of dads celebrated in new guide to fatherhood by Hempfield man

By Jacob Tierney
There’s no one right way to be a father. That’s what Hempfield’s Dominick Domasky realized last year when he had the idea for “The Unofficial Guide ...

Hempfield Area considers renovations at high school

By Renatta Signorini
Hempfield Area school directors are mulling the possibility of forgoing a planned security update to the high school entrance for a bigger project: a renovation ...

Greensburg Salem grad, grandma fulfill dream with trip to Japan

By Jacob Tierney
When Greensburg Salem graduate Courtney Cole and grandmother Joan  Coatz stepped off the plane in Japan earlier this summer, they were fulfilling a dream they ...

Youngwood council envisions steering committee to devise community plan

By Bob Stiles
Youngwood council wants to form a steering committee to help devise a community plan for the borough of about 3,000 people. During a meeting this week, council discussed setting up the committee, which will consist of two council members and three ...

Youngwood Shop ‘n Save donates to veterans’ foundation

By Stacey Federoff
Customers at the Youngwood Shop ‘n Save store helped raise more than $6,000 toward $20,957 donated to a foundation that helps combat-wounded veterans. Officials from the ...

Final preparations under way for Hempfield Township Community Days

By Renatta Signorini
Final preparations are under way for Hempfield Township’s annual Community Days, which features children’s activities, music acts, a foot race and fireworks. The 17th annual festivities will have a few new offerings and changes for its two-day run in September at ...

Hempfield murderer serving life sentence promises restitution when he’s released

By Rich Cholodofsky
The husband of a Derry Area Middle School teacher serving a life sentence without parole for killing his wife told a Westmoreland County judge he will pay more than $17,000 he owes in restitution and court costs after he gets ...

Hempfield cyclist to cool wheels in jail during appeal

By Rich Cholodofsky
The Hempfield bicyclist who is accused of tying up traffic around Westmoreland County during the past several years could have been out of jail late Tuesday. Or David Smith, 56, could have been released after his September trial on misdemeanor traffic-related ...

Hempfield library programs at risk as funds dip

By Jacob Tierney
Greensburg Hempfield Library has not needed to cut programs despite a tough budget year, but the institution’s financial future remains murky, according to library Director Linda Matey. Officials were surprised this year to discover Hempfield had slashed its contribution to ...

Hempfield joins county land bank

By Renatta Signorini
Hempfield is the latest municipality to join the Westmoreland County Land Bank. Supervisors voted unanimously Monday night to participate in the initiative, which will help address blighted properties identified by township officials. “We have a list of around 20 properties right ...

Woman who collapsed at Keystone State Park always optimistic despite heart condition, dad says

By Bob Stiles
Megan Michelle Zubalik did her best to live life to the fullest despite a congenital heart condition, her father said Friday. “We never raised her to ...

Shooting at Hempfield Towers ‘absolutely’ justified, trooper testifies at inquest

By Bob Stiles
A state police trooper said he took deadly aim and fired his gun twice in self-defense as Rodney Golden charged at him, wielding a butcher knife with a bloody, 9-inch blade. “I thought he was going to stab me,” Trooper Brian ...

Youngwood businessman’s bocce project finally gets rolling

By Matt Faye
A mainstay in the Youngwood community through his multiple businesses, Ed Christofano has turned his attention to something a bit more fun; bocce. The Youngwood ...

Soggy summer rough on Western Pa. farmers markets

By Jacob Tierney
A summer of endless rain has hit farmers in the fields and at the markets. Conditions this spring had farmers expecting drier weather, and the downpour ...

Tattoo artist’s ‘Paws for a Cause’ helps Animal Friends of Westmoreland

By Renatta Signorini
Frank Zedek is using his talents to give back to a Youngwood animal shelter. The tattoo artist doesn’t always have time to volunteer at Animal Friends of Westmoreland, but he does have plenty of ink. “I just want to help out animals,” ...

Youngwood, New Stanton community picnics Aug. 1

By Bob Stiles
Youngwood and New Stanton residents will have an opportunity next month to meet neighbors they don’t know, chat with those they do know, eat good food and have fun. The two boroughs will hold their annual community picnics at noon Aug. ...

Hempfield bicyclist to stay in Westmoreland jail until July 28 hearing

By Rich Cholodofsky 6:59 p.m.
A Hempfield bicyclist charged with obstructing traffic on several roadways will spend at least the next week in jail after being taken into custody Tuesday ...

North Huntingdon man dead after motorcycle crashes into SUV in Hempfield

By Paul Peirce
A North Huntingdon man was killed Tuesday morning when his motorcycle collided with a sport utility vehicle on Arona Road in Hempfield, state police said. Paul M. Stephan, 39, was pronounced dead at the scene, Westmoreland County Deputy Coroner Sean Hribal ...

Judge revokes bond for wayward Hempfield bicyclist

By Paul Peirce
A controversial Hempfield bicyclist, charged with obstructing traffic on local roadways and threatening a district judge’s staff, used his “one more chance” with a Westmore­land County judge, who ordered him to be sent to jail while awaiting trial. Judge Rita Hathaway ...

Greensburg Garden Centers plans a self-guided tour of lush gardens

By Chloe Wertz
After a stressful day, Sonnie Miller of Greensburg heads to her garden. “I can walk out and just start digging in the dirt,” Miller said. “It’s ...

Greensburg woman kicking up her heels for a good cause

By Bob Stiles
Candy Nelson wanted to do something challenging and a little unexpected. So when she was asked to do some fancy footwork for a charity, the founder ...

Greensburg residents launch online guide to city

By Jacob Tierney
Two Greensburg residents have launched an online guide to the city. Co-founders Ashley Reefer and Jessica Hickey are Western Pennsylvania natives, but they both moved to Greensburg within the last few years. They noticed a lack of one-stop websites to find ...