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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 …

Hempfield auto service center fire under investigation

By Tribune-Review
The cause of a fire Sunday night that damaged an auto repair garage in Hempfield’s West Point neighborhood remained under investigation Monday. Hempfield fire marshal …

Stormwater runoff issues getting worse in Hempfield

By Richard Gazarik
More than half of residents’ complaints to Hempfield Township concern stormwater, and the staff spends one day each week responding to problems, Supervisor Chairman Doug Weimer said. “It’s become an ever-increasing issue in the development of a growing township like …

Hempfield’s All Kids Theater reaches out to special-needs children, too

By Mary Pickels
Students listened to the hushed tones of “The Berenstain Bears Get Stage Fright” during story time at a summer camp session at Hempfield’s All Kids …

Mt. Pleasant Twp. woman killed in Hempfield crash

By Joe Napsha
Speed is believed to be a factor in a single-vehicle crash that killed a Mt. Pleasant Township woman whose vehicle hit a tree in Hempfield early Sunday morning, the Westmoreland County Coroner’s Office said. Sherri A. Knox-Fink, 44, of Lilac …

Bishop consecrated at Greater Parkview Church

By Tribune-Review
Bishop Carl E. Jones Sr. was formally consecrated as bishop during a service held June 27 at Greater Parkview Church in Greensburg. Pastor Nathaniel McCoy …

Preschool learning center opens in South Greensburg

By Alicia McElhaney
Tina Soohey, a business owner in South Greensburg, came up for the name of her Best Day Ever! Learning Center after a play date with …

Midway St. Clair’s fire truck returns for anniversary

By Tribune-Review
Midway St. Clair Volunteer Fire Department celebrated its 70th anniversary with the return of an old friend. On hand for the festivities was the first …

Greensburg is heating up the fun

By Bob Stiles
Westmoreland County residents will get a chance to eat, drink, be merry and maybe buy an early Christmas present during the Summer in the City festival in Greensburg. The Greensburg Business Association sponsors the event July 24 through July 26 …

Southwest Greensburg Police ticket 199 drivers, reduce accidents

By Bob Stiles
Southwest Greensburg Police have issued 199 traffic tickets as they target aggressive drivers to cut down on the number of accidents on Route 119. The borough is one of 109 municipalities statewide receiving $2.5 million in special grant funding passed …

Timber! Trees might go in South Greensburg park

By Bob Stiles
Tara Nalevanko and Suzanne Borza oppose a plan to cut down trees at South Greensburg Community Park. “I was sick over how much they are …

Youngwood school serves up 10,000-plus safe bartenders

By Alicia McElhaney
Dan Clougherty, the owner of Wines, Steins and Cocktails, a professional bartending school in Youngwood, teaches people how to serve alcoholic beverages with a healthy shot of responsibility. Health Communications Inc. recently gave the school the 2014 Training for Intervention …

Seton Hill University appoints VP for finance

By Tribune-Review
David Myron, a certified public accountant, has been appointed vice president for finance at Seton Hill University in Greensburg, university officials said. Myron formerly was an executive with the Regional Industrial Development Corp. of Southwestern Pennsylvania. President Mary C. Finger …

Flirty spouse at issue in trial over wife’s strangling in Hempfield

By Rich Cholodofsky
As Rebecca Stahl lay dead, the husband accused of strangling her was flirting with women in a Greensburg bar, Westmoreland County District Attorney John Peck said on Thursday. The revelation was made during a hearing as defense lawyers asked Judge …

Greensburg artist transforms into clothing designer

By Bob Stiles
Haley Chopich wanted to be involved in the arts ever since she was a little girl. But until she took a class in the Greensburg …

Fundraiser illuminates Greensburg shelter’s ongoing needs

By Bob Stiles
Michelle Vucish of Greensburg wanted to raise awareness about the city’s emergency shelter for women and families and at the same time generate funds for …

All-female jury picked for trial of Hempfield man charged with killing wife

By Rich Cholodofsky
Fourteen women were selected on Monday to hear evidence in the first-degree murder trial of a husband accused of killing his wife, a Derry Area …

SUV crashes into home in Hempfield; no injuries reported

By Joe Napsha
About a half-hour after Chuck and Maria DiPiazza finished planting perennials in the front yard of their Hempfield home, they got an unexpected Father’s Day …

Penn man will not get retrial for killing Hempfield man

By Rich Cholodofsky
A Penn Township man serving life in prison for gunning down a Hempfield man eight years ago along railroad tracks in Manor will not receive a new trial, an appellate court has ruled. The state Supreme Court this week said …

Wendover Middle School announces its billboard star

By Tribune-Review
Coming to Hempfield billboards this summer will be Morgan Podkul. Morgan, who has just completed the sixth grade at Wendover Middle School, is the latest …

Greensburg area service sorority seeks new sisters

By Stacy Skiavo
Since 1931, the sisters of Xi Eta Eta of Beta Sigma Phi International Women’s Club have worked to establish a sisterhood dedicated to helping their community in the Greensburg area. It is now adjusting to a profound change after it …

Luxury apartments augment downtown Greensburg scene

By Bob Stiles
Greensburg’s newest apartment building will bring downtown amenities to its tenants, the company president said. More and more people want to return to city living …

Universal Notre Dame Celebration set at Unity restaurant

By Michele Stewardson
“The Notre Dame Club of Greensburg/Uniontown will feature a Universal Notre Dame Celebration next month for alumni, parents and fans of the Notre Dame community. …

Hempfield rejects proposed cell tower

By Richard Gazarik
The Hempfield Township zoning board has rejected a request from Verizon to build a cellular telephone tower along Middletown Road, an issue that pitted brother against brother. Board members denied the request to build the tower on property owned by …

Hempfield woman pleads guilty in Latrobe post office thefts

By Tribune-Review
A Hempfield woman pleaded guilty Wednesday to a charge of misappropriation of postal funds while employed at the post office in Latrobe. Jessica L. Croyle, 32, took cash and money orders totaling $55,362.90 for her own use, according to a …

Drug charges added against Hempfield man accused of murder

By Renatta Signorini
A Hempfield man accused of fatally shooting his friend in January is facing charges for what police describe as a “very sophisticated” marijuana grow operation …

Hempfield tax hike 1.5 mills

By Richard Gazarik
The taxes for Hempfield Area School District property owners will increase for the third consecutive year, but not as much as school directors had planned. The 2014-15 budget calls for a 1.5-mill tax hike that is down from a previous …

Honey thief -- yes, a bear -- strikes Derry Twp. apiarist

By Mary Pickels
A black bear with a hankering for honey could feel the sting of rubber buckshot if he ventures onto a Derry Township man’s property again …