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Westmoreland County Land Bank targets first Latrobe building for demolition

By Stacey Federoff
A former bakery is slated to become the Westmoreland County Land Bank’s first redeveloped property in Latrobe and sixth in the county. Prospective bidders for demolition ...

Proposed trucking repair facility at air park gets Unity planners’ OK

By Tribune-Review 12:15 a.m.
Unity’s planning commission on Tuesday recommended approval to township supervisors of a 18,960-square foot truck repair center at the Westmoreland Airpark. Freightliner Trucks plans to build on a vacant 6.6-acre lot on Bayhill Road just off Route 981 at the industrial ...

Adaptive bikes, trikes add to Westmoreland kids’ mobility

By Stacey Federoff
Lindsay Klein relished the expression of joy on her son Ethan’s face after he got to ride a new tricycle for the first time. “This smile ...

New Derry native wins big at N.C. drag racing event

By Greg Reinbold
In the sport of drag racing, quick reactions are imperative and drivers must adapt quickly to succeed. Sarah Boyce, 19, of New Derry demonstrated her ability ...

Spirit ending nonstop flights from Arnold Palmer Regional to Chicago, Las Vegas

By Stacey Federoff
Spirit Airlines will discontinue nonstop flights to Chicago and Las Vegas from Arnold Palmer Regional Airport in Unity effective Nov. 12, officials said Monday. “They just didn’t catch on as we would’ve hoped,” said Spirit spokesman Paul Berry. Flights on the ...

St. Vincent monk’s Gregorian chant workshops strike chord with students

By Stacey Federoff
Five students filled a classroom at St. Vincent College with music that is more than a thousand years old. Singing in Latin, the students were led ...

Latrobe police to host National Night Out

By Tribune-Review
As a part of the National Night Out, Latrobe police will host an event from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Aug. 4 at Latrobe Memorial Stadium. The nationwide event promotes crime awareness and prevention. The Latrobe event will feature informational booths, food, music ...

$5M goal in reach for Greater Latrobe Partners in Education Foundation

By Stacey Federoff
In just over 21⁄2 years, Greater Latrobe Partners in Education Foundation is nearing the $5 million goal of its first capital campaign. The A+ Campaign to support the district’s “three As” of academics, arts and athletics has raised $4.8 million. ...

Unity zoning hearing board OKs addition to Adelphoi home

By Stacey Federoff
The Unity zoning hearing board on Tuesday approved a variance to allow Adelphoi USA to expand one of its homes for delinquent youths. The organization, based on the 20-acre Village Way campus, works with adjudicated youths from juvenile probation and child ...

Training camp draws Steelers faithful to St. Vincent College

By Matt Faye
As the first day of Steelers training camp at St. Vincent College in Unity marked a true “Christmas in July” for devotees, neither distance nor ...

Unity house destroyed by fire

By Jacob Tierney
A Unity house was destroyed by fire Wednesday evening. Larry Woodward was welding in the front yard of his home at 1629 Route 130 when sparks ...

Greater Latrobe urged to build elementary school

By Stacey Federoff
After 101 years, a Greater Latrobe school building on Ligonier Street might end its service to generations of students. District administrators recommended construction of a school at a cost of $28.7 million to the school board this week to replace the ...

Latrobe authority OKs bids for tank-painting project

By Tribune-Review
The Latrobe Municipal Authority plans to have a 3-million gallon water storage tank painted. At their meeting Tuesday, board members accepted a $600,920 bid from R & M Sandblasting, Gibsonia, the lowest apparent bidder of three. Manager Tom Gray said the bids ...

Derry Township Agricultural Fair queen revels in new duties

By Greg Reinbold
The 28th Derry Township Agricultural Fair may have concluded, but its newest queen’s responsibilities have just begun. Sierra Shearer, 17, of Cook Township was crowned ...

Lack of Derry fair entries shows sad state of local produce

By Stacey Federoff
A few kohlrabi and one zucchini were among a handful of vegetable entries at this year’s Derry Township Agricultural Fair, evidence of the excessive rain ...

Nigerian artist opens eyes, horizons at Latrobe Art Center

By Stacey Federoff
Standing in front of a large painting, colorfully depicting the sky above a blue horizon, artist Ibiyinka Alao told about 40 children at the Latrobe ...

Latrobe plastic surgeon fired workers for talking to investigators, suit claims

By Rich Cholodofsky
Two former employees of a Latrobe plastic surgeon claimed in a lawsuit made public Monday that they told investigators their boss improperly prescribed drugs to ...

Greater Latrobe’s choices: Renovate Latrobe Elementary or construct new building

By Stacey Federoff
A proposal detailing a possible $22 million renovation to Latrobe Elementary School or a nearly $30 million construction of a new building will be presented Tuesday at the Greater Latrobe school board meeting. A 200-page Comprehensive Facility Assessment Report obtained by ...

Unity day care operator fights lengthy sentence for child endangerment

By Rich Cholodofsky
The lawyer for a former Unity day care operator who is serving up to 27 years in prison for endangering children by allowing them to have contact with her husband, a convicted sex offender, said in court on Thursday her ...

St. Vincent president recalls early days of Steelers training camp’s 50-year run

By Joe Napsha
Former Pittsburgh Steelers running back Dick Hoak remembers the team’s first training camp at St. Vincent College near Latrobe in 1966 as an improvement over ...

Airport authority hopes to land slots at Unity’s Palmer airport

By Stacey Federoff
An official at Arnold Palmer Regional Airport said a state lawmaker’s plan to permit slot machines in airports couldn’t come at a better time for the rapidly expanding Unity facility. The addition of gaming would be well-timed and easily accommodated because ...

United Way’s ‘summer reading backpacks’ welcome Grandview Elementary kindergartners

By Greg Reinbold
Incoming students at Grandview Elementary School are getting a jump-start on kindergarten readiness this summer from the United Way and volunteers from Carpenter Technology’s Latrobe Specialty Metals. A group of about five employees from the company volunteered to stock and deliver ...

Latrobe eyes truck limits for portion of Ligonier Street

By Stacey Federoff
Latrobe City Council wants to restrict truck traffic through the business district to certain streets. Council members voted Monday to advertise a proposed ordinance that would restrict any trucks weighing more than 26,000 pounds on Ligonier Street between Gertrude and ...

4 Latrobe students win $1,000 scholarships

By Stacey Federoff
Four Latrobe students were honored with $1,000 scholarships for their academic achievement and service to the community. The students received the awards from the Carson Scholars ...

Fallingwater-inspired home in Unity offers striking design, privacy

By Bob Karlovits
Mildred and Raymond Smith went the Wright direction when they decided to use a piece of property they owned. “I just wanted Fallingwater,” Mildred said of ...

1 injured in motorcycle accident in Unity

By Tribune-Review
A man was taken by ambulance to Excela Health Westmoreland on Saturday night following a motorcycle accident in Unity, according to Marguerite Fire Chief Scot Graham. The accident, along Marguerite Road near Bernie Stone Road and Coke Oven Hill Road, …

Unity officials reject Speedway plans

By Stacey Federoff
Unity supervisors Thursday unanimously denied a plan for a Speedway gas station near the Inn at Mt. View after residents voiced concerns about traffic during months of meetings. “Businesses, they come in to Unity Township every day, but we can’t let ...

Fulbright award to send Greater Latrobe speech pathologist Brandt to Finland

By Stacey Federoff
Greater Latrobe speech and language pathologist Ann Brandt is one of 49 U.S. citizens who will travel abroad through the Fulbright Distinguished Awards in Teaching ...

Derry Township Agricultural Fair to feature debut of Farmer Olympics

By Greg Reinbold
The Derry Township Agricultural Fair is gearing up for its 28th installment, and organizers hope for an old-fashioned feel with an addition to the entertainment slate. New for this year will be a Farmer Olympics event, scheduled for July 16, in ...

Derry schools recognized for promoting literacy

By Greg Reinbold
For the second year in a row, the Derry Area School District has been recognized as one of the best in the state at promoting literacy through the Keystones to Opportunity grant program. Last year, Derry’s Keystones to Opportunity team placed ...

Unity planners OK hangar addition

By Stacey Federoff
A hangar at Arnold Palmer Regional Airport may get an addition as recommended for approval by Unity’s planning commission. Project engineer Tim Fyock represented L.J. Aviation at the board’s meeting Tuesday night. The private charter aircraft company that operates at the airport ...

Purple Heart recipient Krinock to lead July Fourth parade in Latrobe

By Craig Smith
In a room filled with plaques and citations from Congress, the state House and Senate and the Joseph A. Dugan Jr. Hall of Valor, Paul ...

Group takes veterans, seniors in WWII-era planes at Unity airport

By Stacey Federoff
Florence “Shutsy” Reynolds climbed into the front seat of a blue-and-yellow 1940 Boeing Stearman biplane Wednesday at Arnold Palmer Regional Airport in Unity, the same ...

Coroner: Police-involved shooting in Latrobe was justified

By Rich Cholodofsky
Westmoreland County Coroner Ken Bacha ruled Tuesday that the police-involved fatal shooting of a Latrobe man nearly two years ago was justified. “We have seen several ...

Parade, pageant among July Fourth activities in Latrobe

By Stacey Federoff
Mary Person wobbled onto the stage at the Latrobe Miss Fourth of July dressed as a can of tomato soup to illustrate the work of ...

New Alexandria volunteer firefighters get new rescue boat

By Greg Reinbold
The New Alexandria Volunteer Fire Department’s swift water rescue team has a new and improved method for navigating flooded waterways. Through a grant from the Foundation ...

Unity to decide July 9 on disputed gas station

By Stacey Federoff
Unity supervisors will make their final decision July 9 about a controversial plan to build a Speedway gas station in the township. The decision will be made after months of debate and hearings held by officials to solicit input about the ...

St. Vincent professor, students use interviews for drug addiction data

By Renatta Signorini
Eric Kocian is looking for answers. With the backdrop of people dying from drug overdoses in record numbers throughout Westmoreland County, he wants those answers sooner, ...

Westmoreland County coroner scheduled to announce ruling in fatal 2013 police standoff

By Tribune-Review
Westmoreland County Coroner Ken Bacha on Tuesday will announce his ruling on whether the 2013 fatal shooting of a Latrobe man during a 17-hour standoff with police was justified. Testimony during a daylong coroner’s inquest Feb. 19 revealed that Scott M. ...