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Hempfield man packs it all up for the bright lights of Hollywood

By Jacob Tierney
A Hempfield man left his home behind in May to take a shot at his filmmaking dreams in the City of Angels. Nate LaSor packed up ...

Hempfield Area senior earns Eagle Scout award with monastery project

By Bob Stiles
Kevin Weldon, a Hempfield Area High School senior, found a way to earn his Eagle Scout and enrich his faith. Weldon, 18, organized and encouraged others ...

Southwest Greensburg Girl Scout ups goal to 6,000 boxes of donated cookies

By Renatta Signorini
Emily Milliron Ruggieri reached her goal of 5,000 donated boxes of Girl Scout cookies in mid-February. The 7-year-old Southwest Greensburg girl’s parents looked forward to a respite from the constant, yet exciting emails bearing donations from around the world. They were wrong. “She ...

$7.6M buyout at Hempfield prison site clouds sale

By Debra Erdley and Renatta Signorini
A contract inked more than a decade ago with the Carlisle businessman who submitted the winning bid on the now-closed state prison at Hempfield could ...

Excela center proposal worries residents of Hempfield neighborhood

By Renatta Signorini
Residents of a Hempfield neighborhood who received a newsletter from Excela Health System about its plan to build an orthopedic and spine treatment center told township supervisors they have concerns about traffic and other issues. Several residents this week questioned supervisors ...

Baby sitter arraigned on assault charges; Hempfield woman high on heroin, state police say

By Joe Napsha
A 22-year-old Hempfield woman was hooked on heroin when she beat a friend’s 10-month-old baby girl so severely last year that it caused bleeding on ...

Hempfield officials to hear concerns on St. Johns park maintenance

By Renatta Signorini
Hempfield officials are planning to meet with members of the Fort Allen Volunteers of Recreation to address the group’s concerns about the maintenance of St. Johns park. Supervisors voted to terminate a playground lease with the organization in December. Brian Winters, president ...

Greensburg Salem YWCA program aims to educate, empower girls in robotics

By Alicia McElhaney
Greensburg Salem Middle School girls are enjoying their second session of TechGyrls, a YWCA program that aims to educate and empower girls in robotics. ...

AFS honors Hempfield Area for commitment, open doors

By Renatta Signorini
Since 1959, Hempfield Area High School has welcomed 98 exchange students from more than 50 countries, according to Darlene Frederickson, president of American Field Service Westmoreland County. That decades-long commitment garnered some accolades for the district Monday at a school board ...

Change in Cuba-U.S. relations alters Pitt-Greensburg students’ trip

By Renatta Signorini
David Tamasy had been billing an upcoming trip with the University of Pittsburgh’s Greensburg campus to Cuba as “a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.” But after relations between the ...

New Stanton names 2014 Citizens of the Year

By Bob Stiles
Joan Shaver had no choice but to help start the New Stanton unit of the Salvation Army nearly 15 years ago. At the time, her daughter, ...

4 injured in 2-car crash on Route 119 in Hempfield

By Tribune-Review
Four people were injured in a two-vehicle accident along Route 119 Monday evening. According to state police, Nicolas Ellis, 25, of Jeannette was northbound in the left lane near Technology Drive at 7 p.m., while Kimberly Case, 46, of Mt. Pleasant ...

Carlisle energy company winning bidder to purchase SCI-Greensburg property

By Renatta Signorini
HARRISBURG — A Carlisle-based company that provided electricity to the now-closed state prison in Hempfield was the winning bidder Wednesday for the 103-acre parcel where the empty lockup sits. Energy Management Concepts Inc. was one of two bidders for the defunct ...

Grapeville man charged in high-speed chase

By Paul Peirce
A Grapeville man who led state police on a high-speed chase through multiple Hempfield neighborhoods early Wednesday, crashing into two police cruisers then fleeing on foot, was ordered jailed on multiple charges. Shawn P. McCune, 26, was charged in connection with ...

4 companies ordered to pay $1.2M for cleanup at former Hempfield junkyard

By Liz Zemba
Four companies accused of storing hazardous materials at a former Westmoreland County junkyard will pay a total of $1.2 million to the state to cover cleanup costs, though the companies disputed the allegations. The payments are the result of consent decrees ...

Hempfield supervisor runs for county office

By Tribune-Review
Hempfield Township Supervisor Jerry Fagert has announced he will be a candidate for Westmoreland County recorder of deeds. Fagert, 54, said he will challenge first-term Republican ...

Hempfield senior’s haircut helps raise more than $7,500 for Children’s Hospital

By Alicia McElhaney
A Hempfield Area High School senior and a University of Pittsburgh freshman have raised more than $7,500 for the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh Foundation using ...

Greensburg author provides road map for parents

By Jacob Tierney
A Greensburg man wants parents to learn from his experience. Therapist and author Jay Krunszyinsky has released his second book, “Parenting with Soul.” In it, he ...

New pair serving up lunch in Greensburg Salem School District

By Jacob Tierney
The Greensburg Salem School District has two new food service employees who will take over for a pair of familiar faces. Denise Grandinetti and Scott Hudak will fill the positions vacated when food service manager Pam Fink and high school cafeteria ...

Choir seeking more Westmoreland County kids

By Alicia McElhaney
The Westmoreland County Children’s Chorus is looking to expand this month by auditioning new members. The chorus, which was started in 1990 as an educational outreach by the Westmoreland Choral Society, is for children in Westmoreland County in grades one through ...

New Stanton hires 1st borough manager

By Bob Stiles
New Stanton has selected its first borough manager. In a 4-2 vote this month, council picked Jeff McLaughlin, 53, of North Braddock to be manager at ...

Youngwood-area group fosters pets until owners back on their feet

By Bob Stiles
Valerie Hoegel could no longer watch people with extended hospital stays in their future surrender beloved pets to a shelter. “People were coming in and leaving ...

Youngwood is looking to the future with new logo

By Bob Stiles
Youngwood has a new logo. During a meeting this week, council approved a design to represent the borough on community trucks and possibly other items. The design ...

Comedy shows to benefit Westmoreland trails and parks

By Renatta Signorini
Tickets are likely to go fast for comedy shows in February and March that benefit local trails and parks. “We actually had a waiting list for tickets last year,” said Westmoreland County Parks and Recreation program coordinator Brandon Simpson. “I don’t ...

Hempfield restaurant to reopen after fire

By Tribune-Review
Company officials anticipate Longhorn Steakhouse in Hempfield will be open for business this weekend, after an apparent wall fire resulted in the restaurant’s evacuation Wednesday night. No injuries were reported in the 8 p.m. incident. “We had a full house. Once the ...

Hempfield man posed as fire policeman, according to troopers

By Renatta Signorini
A Hempfield man has been charged with impersonating a public servant because state police said they found him patrolling two township neighborhoods in a vehicle identifying him as a fire policeman. Guy Frank Rubei, 58, said Wednesday he is part of ...

Flutter Forever Gala to honor late nurse McGrath in style

By Stacey Federoff
Friends of Bridget McGrath wanted to do something extra to remember her in the fifth year after her death. “I think it’s a good time to ...

Dispute over Hempfield Township fire siren rekindles

By Renatta Signorini
A dispute over a fire siren in Hempfield has been reignited. A resident of the West Point neighborhood has asked township supervisors that the length of time the siren sounds at the fire department near his home be reduced from one ...

Hempfield man receives long-overdue Bronze Star for World War II service

By Greg Reinbold
Daniel Romano wasn’t sure his congressman’s office had the right guy. Romano, 92, a World War II veteran, said he was surprised when he learned he ...

3 in Westmoreland charged in painkiller ring

By Joe Napsha 11:37 a.m.
A North Huntingdon woman is accused of stealing at least 12,000 prescription narcotic pills with a street value estimated at $360,000 while working at Norwin ...

Youngwood officials worry about too many tenants in homes

By Bob Stiles
A Youngwood councilman expressed concerns this week about too many tenants living in borough buildings constructed for fewer occupants. “We have multiple hotels in our borough,” Dave Hixson said. “We have houses built to be single-family that have six to eight ...

Southwest Greensburg girl works to get 5,000 boxes of cookies donated

By Renatta Signorini
Most nights, Emily Milliron Ruggieri slides a wooden dining room chair into a corner of her parents’ living room with a crayon in her hand. ...

Youngwood firefighters were busiest on Wednesdays last year

By Bob Stiles 9:56 p.m.
Youngwood fire Chief Lloyd Crago did a double-take after he compiled statistics about emergency calls his department handled in 2014. Fire department volunteers went out on the largest percentage of dispatches for any day of the week on Wednesdays — 16.4 ...

Westmoreland humane society slates ‘Have a Heart’ event

By Alicia McElhaney
The Westmoreland County Humane Society’s favorite rescue dog, Fawna Belle, will make an appearance at the group’s Have A Heart Pasta Palooza on Feb. 15. ...

Special Olympians to take to center court at Pitt-Greensburg

By Renatta Signorini
The intense competition won’t be on hold Saturday while University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg men’s basketball players take a breather during halftime. Twenty athletes from the Special Olympics Pennsylvania will keep the excitement going with an exhibition match. “Every single year they’ve ...

Mild winter goes easy on W.Pa. communities’ salt supplies

By Alicia McElhaney
Thanks to what has so far been a mild winter, local communities have been able to enjoy financial savings and hold on to road salt ...

3 injured in 2-vehicle accident on Arona Road in Hempfield

By Jacob Tierney
Three unidentified people were taken to the hospital after an accident on Arona Road in Hempfield Thursday evening. A sport utility vehicle collided with a pickup ...

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 ...