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Greensburg Hempfield Area Library board to consider tax referendum

By Renatta Signorini
The Greensburg Hempfield Area Library board of directors plans to research the possibility of a voter referendum to create a tax dedicated to fund the facility, board President Jeanne Smith said this week. If the board decides to go ahead with ...

Hempfield’s Senior Citizen Prom takes attendees back in time

By Chloe Wertz
Larry Keough and Dolores Ryan were Hempfield Area High School sweethearts, but they never got a chance to go to prom. Eventually, the couple from ...

5K to honor late firefighter, benefit Youngwood VFD

By Bob Stiles
Youngwood borough and firefighters will remember one of their own next month in a race. The Jeffrey “Lance” Wentzel 5K Run and Walk will be held ...

Importance of organic eating to battle cancer emphasized in Bike & Hike

By Renatta Signorini
Dealing with cancer is something the Cassidy sisters have done together. Their mother died in 2008 after an eight-year battle with the disease. Three of the five ...

Greensburg church offering free monthly meal

By Marilyn Forbes
Offering nourishment for both the body and the soul, the Men’s Fellowship of St. Michael’s Antiochian Orthodox Christian Church in Greensburg is hosting a monthly ...

Wendel residents hope to come up with the cash to buy park

By Renatta Signorini
A group of Wendel residents is working against a ticking clock in their campaign to keep a small neighborhood park and playground as a community ...

Greensburg doctor writes about personal experiences in ‘I Had Cancer’

By Jacob Tierney
Greensburg’s Matthew Walton has always tried to make the best of a bad situation — even the cancerous brain tumor doctors found when he was 13 years old. He is now 32, cancer free and a doctor himself, and he’s written ...

Greensburg police captain completes 10-week FBI training course

By Jacob Tierney
Greensburg Police Capt. Chad Zucco has returned after 10 weeks of training and bonding with a select group of police officers from around the world ...

Volunteers lending some TLC to rehab Youngwood house

By Bob Stiles
Volunteers in Youngwood will be lending a helping hand to the Westmoreland County Land Bank in hopes of turning a borough property into a home ...

Hempfield Area teen brings ‘Elsa’ to life

By Renatta Signorini
Playing a Disney character is preparing a Hempfield Area ninth-grader for her future. Learning skills working with children while playing Elsa the Snow Queen will help ...

Security checks planned after bomb threats left at Harrold Middle School

By Tribune-Review
Two bomb threats in a boys restroom at Harrold Middle School on Tuesday warned that a bomb will be placed at the school on Friday. That prompted school officials to arrange for bomb-sniffing dogs to go through the school Thursday after ...

First Commonwealth asks to be relieved of Hempfield cemetery trust oversight

By Rich Cholodofsky
The 125-year-old Union Cemetery in Hempfield is still in operation, but an attorney for a bank that maintains the grave sites says the bank wants out of the burial business, which would affect hundreds of plot owners. After a court hearing ...

Regola to file appeal in suit over teen neighbor’s shooting death

By Rich Cholodofsky
A wrongful death lawsuit against a former state senator and his family will take a detour through a state appeals court. The appeal stems from a civil suit filed in connection with the July 2006 death of former Sen. Robert Regola’s ...

Blind woman helps father lead Hempfield Easter service

By Rich Cholodofsky
As parishioners lined up to take communion on Easter morning at Harrold Zion Lutheran Church in Hempfield, many were struck by just how different the ...

Fort Allen VFD getting new engine

By Renatta Signorini
Fort Allen Volunteer Fire Department is set to receive a new fire truck early this summer. The new engine pumper will replace the department’s current 22-year-old model. “We’ve been having problems with it over the last several years,” department President Tom Simon ...

Greensburg, Hempfield reaping benefits of tourism grant program

By Jacob Tierney
Hotels, historical sites and cultural hot spots in Greensburg and Hempfield are hoping to attract visitors with help from the latest batch of funds from the Westmoreland County Tourism Grant Program. The program awarded $401,191 to 71 tourism-related businesses and organizations ...

Unity in the Community to celebrate Westmoreland service organizations

By Jacob Tierney
Greensburg Pastor Almon Birt wants to bring his community together with an event celebrating local service organizations. The Unity in the Community fair will come to the Greensburg Garden and Civic Center on April 17 and 18. It will feature exhibits ...

Vote set for creation of Youngwood Borough manager post

By Bob Stiles
Youngwood council will vote next week on creating the post of borough manager. The board plans to vote Monday on an ordinance that sets up requirements for the job. The position will be filled later through a reshuffling of staff, not through ...

Route 30 death puts spotlight on suicide rise in Westmoreland County

By Paul Peirce
A tragedy that played out in public on Tuesday when a man took his life by jumping off an overpass onto a tractor-trailer on Route 30 in Hempfield put the spotlight on an alarming and growing problem in Westmoreland County, ...

Man dies in jump from Route 130 overpass onto passing tractor-trailer in Hempfield

By Bob Stiles  and Jacob Tierney
A man died Tuesday morning when he jumped off the Route 130 overpass in Hempfield and fell 26 feet onto a passing tractor-trailer, authorities said. The ...

Hempfield man accused of setting Dumpster ablaze in Fayette County

By Tribune-Review
A Hempfield man is accused of setting a Dumpster full of wood paneling ablaze to make room for roofing shingles, then failing to call for help when flames shot 6 to 8 feet above the metal trash container. James Artman, 28, ...

Hempfield infant fights rare disease

By Renatta Signorini
Like any parents, Haley Flores and Matt Hoffer are planning for their son’s future. But 4-month-old Sage’s immediate needs will come in the form of medical ...

Couple taken into custody after 8-hour standoff in Hempfield

By Brian Bowling and Paul Peirce
Charles Cottle was on the lam from a court-ordered mental health treatment program when he engaged police in another standoff Friday. The West Homestead man, on ...

Hempfield Scout hopes to convert deteriorating tennis courts into dek hockey rink

By Renatta Signorini
Tennis courts overgrown with weeds in Hempfield could see a new life later this year as a dek hockey rink. Brayden LaVerde received approval from Hempfield ...

Youngwood residents, volunteers to hit the streets for annual Earth Day spring cleanup

By Bob Stiles
Youngwood residents and volunteers with the Sewickley Creek Watershed Association will hit the streets and a recreation area to kick off Earth Day activities next month. Youngwood will hold its annual Earth Day cleanup April 18 in the borough. The watershed ...

Youngwood Lions Club seeks new members with a heart to help the community

By Bob Stiles
John Millward liked what he heard when a friend asked him to join the Youngwood Lions Club 13 years ago. The friend explained that a Lion “goes out and helps people,” Millward said. “That, at least for me, is the best part ...

Hempfield to give $13K to Greensburg Hempfield Area Library

By Renatta Signorini
Hempfield will contribute $13,900 to the Greensburg Hempfield Area Library this year. But Supervisor Doug Weimer warned library supporters during a meeting Monday that they should not count on future donations. The supervisors voted 3-1 to donate the surplus funds from a ...

Ex-Hempfield vet clinic worker charged in theft of $269K

By Paul Peirce
The former office manager of a Hempfield veterinary clinic has been charged with stealing $269,447 from its accounts over four years, Westmoreland County detectives said Monday. Jill M. Lender, 45, of New Stanton is charged with theft and related charges for ...

Police: No leads in search for suspect in Hempfield shooting

By Trib Total Media
State police said they have no leads in the search for the man who shot a 67-year-old Hempfield man outside his home. Harold J. “Butch” Marietta is conscious and can communicate after he was shot in the neck with a ...

Man dies in Hempfield motel blaze

By Bob Stiles 9:26 p.m.
Authorities have identified a man whose body was found in a burning Hempfield motel complex off Route 30 on Thursday morning as firefighters searched door-to-door. Timothy ...

Contests will test Greensburg Salem students’ speaking

By Jacob Tierney 4:06 p.m.
Members of the Greensburg Salem speech and debate team will need to choose their words carefully to prevail at this weekend’s state championships at Susquehanna University in Selinsgrove. The students are judged on their spoken performances in a host of categories, ...

Westmoreland college lands Cat Fanciers annual show

By Renatta Signorini 4:06 p.m.
Cats known around the country in the feline community will be judged in Westmoreland County this weekend. And a Youngwood animal shelter will be reaping benefits. “It should be a good event for the public to see,” said Ron Pastor, show manager. The ...

2 Hempfield residents will be recognized for achievements

By Jacob Tierney 4:04 p.m.
Greensburg Salem Education Foundation will honor two alumni next week who have strived to improve their community, one from behind a judge’s bench, the other from behind the scenes. Judge John Driscoll, 73, and retired Monongahela Valley Hospital manager Anita Cremonese ...

Hempfield offials mum on outlook for funding for Greensburg Hempfield Area Library

By Renatta Signorini 10:31 a.m.
Hempfield supervisors gave no indication during a work session Wednesday of whether they might be willing to contribute funds to the Greensburg Hempfield Area Library this year. Township board members were quiet when the subject was brought up. “I suggest everyone take ...

Hempfield Area picks firm to redo entrance

By Renatta Signorini
Hempfield Area school directors Monday selected an architectural firm to increase security at the high school’s entryway. The Foreman Group will provide professional services to the district, approved by a 7-2 vote. Superintendent Barbara Marin said that the firm, one of ...

Missing woman’s body found in Cook Township

By Joe Napsha  and Mary Pickels
A St. Vincent College adjunct chemistry professor whose body was found Sunday morning in a wooded area off Route 711 south of Ligonier was remembered ...

Grieving Hempfield parents speak on son’s death, organ donation

By JoAnne Klimovich Harrop
Meg and Bill Shiffler faced a  sudden, wrenching goodbye. As their teenage son fought for his life at UPMC Presbyterian, doctors told them swelling had ...

Hempfield Area High School showcases art of 2 talented alumni

By Renatta Signorini
Art on display at Hempfield Area High School showcases current and former student works as well as those selected by seniors as part of their ...

Greensburg College Club Travelogue Series still going strong after 60 years

By Jacob Tierney
For six decades, the Greensburg College Club Travelogue Series has allowed people to see the world from the comfort of their hometown. The series is celebrating ...