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Hempfield leaders kill zoning request for townhomes

By Renatta Signorini
Hempfield supervisors this week rejected a zoning change request that would have cleared the way for construction of townhomes in an area designated for agriculture. About two dozen residents attended a zoning hearing in opposition to the plan submitted by members ...

Rain can’t dampen ‘Let it Snow’ at Seton Hill campus

By Labrea Pringle
Kids just can’t let Elsa go. The snow-and-ice queen of Disney’s “Frozen” has been a big attraction at events for children, such as the winter walk-through ...

Greensburg Central Catholic grad helps with landmark legal decision

By Marilyn Forbes
A former Hempfield woman was part of the victory when a federal jury in California ordered AutoZone Inc. to pay a former employee nearly $186 ...

Greenburg service groups exemplify the season of giving

By Jacob Tierney
e_SSRqTis the season for giving as two Greensburg service organizations are contributing time and money to help police officers and injured veterans for the holidays. Members of Greensburg Moose Lodge 1151 used $2,000 they raised during a charity golf game earlier ...

New Stanton Borough building should open this spring

By Bob Stiles
Work continues on a New Stanton municipal building with hopes to have the building finished by spring. “They’re hoping to start brick work this week,” said Councilman Dean Clark, a member of the building and real estate committee. The 2,100-square-foot addition to ...

Westmoreland County judge denies appeal of convicted wife killer

By Rich Cholodofsky
A Westmoreland County judge ruled Tuesday there was enough evidence presented during a weeklong trial in June to support the conviction of a Hempfield man ...

Hempfield man accused of threats against troopers

By Tribune-Review
A Hempfield man faces 14 charges each of aggravated assault and terroristic threats for allegedly threatening to “shoot and kill” state troopers responding to a domestic incident at his home on Monday. Police said Frank Russell Esken, 54, of Arona Road ...

Charges added against Hempfield woman in theft from online donation account

By Renatta Signorini
Three more charges were filed Thursday against a Hempfield woman who prosecutors believe took funds donated after a 10-month-old boy’s abuse-related death. Kristi J. Reno, 30, now faces five misdemeanors in connection with about $600 prosecutors say is missing from a ...

Hempfield grad making her mark in health research

By Chloe Wertz
Kate Sadler, a fourth-year biology doctoral student, is the first graduate student from Duquesne University to receive a National Research Service Award from the National ...

New Stanton council takes care of business

By Bob Stiles
New Stanton Borough Council has accepted $104,000 for land needed to make improvements at the community’s interchange on Interstate 70. Council voted this month to accept the sum offered by PennDOT after meeting behind closed doors to discuss real estate. PennDOT wants ...

Skaters twirl into ‘Holiday on Ice’ at Nevin Arena

By Karen Kadilak
Keri and Lance Holton, silver medalists in two events at the Lake Placid Ice Dance Championship in New York last summer, will headline a “Holiday on Ice Show” Thursday at the Kirk S. Nevin Arena in Greensburg. Organizer Trudy Ivory said ...

YMCA takes over Greensburg soccer program

By Jacob Tierney
The Greensburg YMCA will begin administering the city soccer program in 2015, taking over from the Greensburg Recreation Department. City council approved the move 4-0 Monday night. The YMCA will lease Lynch Field and Mt. Odin from the city for free ...

At 95, Hempfield percussionist still keeps the beat

By Mary Pickels
Percussionist Edwin Mason was behind his white bass drum one recent Tuesday evening as other members of the Jeannette Community Band filtered into the city’s ...

Hempfield bombing victim’s parents donate her 1st piano to Seton Hill

By Craig Smith
The small piano that Lockerbie bombing victim Beth Ann Johnson played as a child is dwarfed by the Steinways in the rehearsal hall that bears ...

Firearms expert to test pistol that killed Hempfield teen in 2006

By Rich Cholodofsky
A firearms expert will examine the semi-automatic handgun used eight years ago in the death of a 14-year-old boy whose family has filed a lawsuit against a former state senator and his family. Westmoreland County Judge Chris Feliciani on Thursday signed ...

Pharmacy, retail space planned in Hempfield Twp.

By Renatta Signorini
A Hempfield lot is being prepared for redevelopment that will include a pharmacy and retail space. East Pittsburgh Street Development Co. is planning to erect three buildings at the site, according to plans approved by township supervisors in August. “The ...

Owner of Olive Garden in Hempfield can’t say when fire-damaged restaurant will reopen

By Joe Napsha
No reopening date has been set for the Olive Garden Italian restaurant along Route 30 in Hempfield, where a fire damaged the kitchen late Wednesday night after the business had closed. Darden Restaurants Inc. of Orlando, Fla., which owns the restaurant ...

Hempfield designated as ‘Storm Ready’ by weather service

By Renatta Signorini
Hempfield is officially “StormReady” and the township has the signs to prove it. Officials were presented with the National Weather Service certification during a supervisors’ ...

Group goes ‘hip’ for Greene’s Rhode Island homestead

By Jacob Tierney
A Rhode Island organization devoted to the memory of Greensburg’s namesake has launched a fundraising campaign to improve the museum it operates in his honor. Gen. ...

Youngwood tax rate holds steady

By Bob Stiles
Youngwood Borough Council will set the millage rate for 2015 during a Dec. 22 meeting. No increase in property taxes is proposed, Councilman Kris Long, finance committee chairman, said this week. Residents pay 17 mills in real estate taxes to the borough. ...

2 men sought in home invasion

By Tribune-Review
A Hempfield man was assaulted by two men who entered his home and robbed him, according to state police at Greensburg. The home invasion on the 3700 block of Route 136 occurred about 1 a.m. Thursday when cash, jewelry and ...

Kitchen fire damages Olive Garden Italian restaurant in Hempfield

By Joe Napsha
The Olive Garden Italian restaurant along Route 30 in Hempfield was damaged by a kitchen fire late Wednesday night that spewed smoke through the building, ...

Hempfield lawyer to seek district judge seat

By Tribune-Review
A Hempfield Township lawyer will seek to replace District Judge James Falcon, who is retiring at the end of the year. Anthony Bompiani, an assistant Westmoreland ...

Hempfield Area HS senior Richason creates Before I Die wall in Greensburg

By Jacob Tierney
A wall beckons with two boxes of chalk and a six-word prompt: “Before I die, I want to ...” The spaces below are filled with handwritten ...

Aerobics center offers services to Greensburg VFD

By Chloe Wertz
The year is 1987, “Walk Like an Egyptian” by The Bangles is topping the charts, and a group of Greensburg firefighters is aerobic dancing at ...

Westmoreland County, state AG to get funds from illegal lottery

By Renatta Signorini
Westmoreland County and the state attorney general’s office will reap the benefits of an illegal lottery operation that was dismantled last year. Assistant District Attorney Leo Ciaramitaro said about $34,000 that was seized by police from Daniel Gerard Petrella, 62, of ...

Historic Greensburg Art Center joins Cat’s Meow collection

By Marilyn Forbes
The Greensburg Art Center is now represented by an official Cat’s Meow collectible. Members decided to have the historic building turned into one of the wooden ...

Youngwood gets 1st full-size grocery in nearly 20 years

By Bob Stiles
The opening of Youngwood’s Shop ‘n Save — the first full-sized grocery in the borough in nearly 20 years — will occur next month. “We’re planning on opening on Dec. 11,” said Jamie Fincke, vice president for Jamieson Family Markets. “We’ll ...

Greensburg police captain to attend highly selective academy

By Jacob Tierney
Greensburg Police Capt. Chad Zucco is going back to school next year for three months at the highly selective FBI National Academy. Zucco will be in ...

Man taken to hospital from scene of Hempfield house fire

By Tribune-Review
A man found outside a Hempfield house that was the scene of a fire Thursday night was transported to UPMC Mercy hospital in Pittsburgh, officials said. Adamsburg fire Chief Don Thoma declined to identify the man or any injuries he may ...

Education program comes full circle at UPG

By Jacob Tierney
Kelsey Campbell was in fifth grade at Hutchinson Elementary School when college students from the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg led her and her classmates in a reading program. “These were people that I looked up to, these college ...

Hempfield Hunt Club to break ground in New Stanton

By Bob Stiles
Hempfield Hunt Club members hope to construct a new building on recently purchased land in New Stanton. “We’re hoping to break ground this week or next week,” said Sue Hood, club treasurer. The club, celebrating its 80th anniversary this year, was forced ...

Artists showcasing work at Greensburg Art Center’s Snowflake Showcase

By Marilyn Forbes
About 30 different artists are offering unique gifts at the Greensburg Art Center’s Snowflake Showcase. “You can come here, where shopping is a fine art,” ...

Students learn risks of digital lives at middle school presentation in Hempfield

By Renatta Signorini
When the eyes of middle-schoolers get big, Philip Little knows he’s getting through to them. The education and outreach specialist with the state attorney general’s office ...

3 gunmen sought in Hempfield home invasion

By Paul Peirce
A Hempfield couple was watching the Steelers game Monday night when three masked men, all brandishing handguns, burst through their front door “demanding drugs, money, guns and jewelry,” state police said. “Fortunately, no one was injured. But we’d like anyone who ...

Trio invade Hempfield home, flee in sports car

By Tribune-Review
State police at Greensburg Monday night were looking for three men who reportedly were involved in a home invasion in Hempfield. Initial reports indicated the men, carrying automatic weapons and wearing ski masks and dark clothing, fled the scene in …

‘Calendar Girls’ show love for friend by taking it all off

By Marilyn Forbes
Traci Beitz Kaminsky’s friends would take the clothes off their backs for her. And then pose for a calendar. When Kaminsky began to feel ...

Greensburg VFD burns to sign up new members

By Jacob Tierney
The ranks are getting thinner at the Greensburg Volunteer Fire Department, which is pondering new recruitment tactics to bolster its dwindling roster. Firefighter and city Councilman Randy Finfrock used to maintain the list of department members. Three years ago, the department ...

Line break cuts water to Hempfield nursing home

By Tribune-Review
Water was set to be turned on Tuesday evening for Westmoreland Manor after a water main break in the morning was repaired, according to Municipal Authority of Westmoreland County spokeswoman Gina Cerilli. The authority provided residents and employees of Westmoreland ...