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Unity name excised from Latrobe parks, recreation

By Stacey Federoff
While board members are uncertain of a 2015 budget without Unity’s financial support, the name of Latrobe-Unity Parks and Recreation will become Latrobe-GLSD Parks and Recreation. As the 10-year intermunicipal agreement expires at the end of this year without renewed participation ...

Judge dismisses Latrobe man’s appeal in ’08 strangulation

By Rich Cholodofsky
Allegations raised in the appeal of a Latrobe drug dealer’s 2009 conviction for first-degree murder were called “ludicrous” in a court opinion released Wednesday. Westmoreland County Judge Meagan Bilik-DeFazio denied the hand-crafted appeal of Jay Jones Baird, 35, who was found ...

Route 981 sewage project could cost less

By Tribune-Review
Unity Township Municipal Authority members Wednesday discussed a lower cost estimate than anticipated for relocating lines during a major project to widen Route 981 near Arnold Palmer Regional Airport. As a part of the two-year, $12 million PennDOT project slated to ...

Ligonier Valley, Greater Latrobe high schoolers learn 3-D modeling

By Nicole Chynoweth and Stacey Federoff
Students in local design classes at Ligonier Valley and Greater Latrobe high schools are taking their work to another dimension with the use of 3-D ...

Latrobe Ministerial Association organizes Christmas meal for ninth year

By Stacey Federoff
Warmth from the community Christmas dinner in Latrobe doesn’t just come from the kitchen where meals are prepared for 150 people. Cathie Camarote said the spirit of giving and compassion of the holidays is what has encouraged her to volunteer for ...

Latrobe Municipal Authority board OKs work in advance of pump replacement

By Tribune-Review
The Latrobe Municipal Authority board approved $77,000 in work as a part of a $489,000 project to replace raw sewage pumps at their facilities on Lattanzio Road. The board signed off on a $7,766 payment to Gibson-Thomas Engineering of Latrobe for ...

Latrobe campus might not be ready for spring

By Kari Andren
It’s unclear whether Westmoreland County Community College’s new campus in Latrobe will open in time for the start of the spring semester next month, president Tuesday Stanley said on Wednesday. Stanley said construction of the new Latrobe Education Center continues to ...

St. Vincent College’s outdoor basketball court fills longtime request

By Greg Reinbold
St. Vincent College students have a new outdoor recreational option, thanks to the Student Government Association’s most recent capital project. Between the end of the Pittsburgh ...

App lets parents access Greater Latrobe School District student grades, other info

By Stacey Federoff
Parents and guardians now have access to grades, attendance and information about their Greater Latrobe School District students at their fingertips. The district, along with development company SunGard K-12 Education, introduced the eSchoolPLUS FamilyApp at last week’s school board meeting. The program ...

Latrobe council holds line on taxes

By Stacey Federoff
Latrobe council on Monday passed a final budget with no real estate tax increase and no changes from the preliminary budget. The 2015 spending plan of about $5.3 million will not use any reserve funds and is the same as presented ...

Latrobe woman will serve prison term for embezzling law firm

By Paul Peirce
A longtime secretary-bookkeeper who failed to pay taxes on more than $150,000 she embezzled from a Latrobe law firm was sentenced Friday to serve two years in prison for tax evasion. Debra J. Feather, 63, of Latrobe asked U.S. District ...

Former Latrobe mayor ordered to pay former business partners $692K

By Rich Cholodofsky
The former owner of the Inn at Mountain View in Unity owes nearly $700,000 to his former business partners, according to court documents filed Wednesday. James and Daniel Snyder, brothers from Upper St. Clair, contend Tom Marflak, the former mayor of ...

Greater Latrobe school board considers equipment purchase

By Tribune-Review
Greater Latrobe school board may spend about $83,000 on new equipment for the athletic complex before spring sports begin. The board Tuesday discussed a transfer of $100,000 from the capital reserve fund to the athletic fund to pay for the equipment. ...

Students select Oplinger painting for Greater Latrobe school art collection

By Stacey Federoff
Barbara Nakles, chairwoman of the Greater Latrobe School District Art Conservation Trust, understands why student council officers selected “i dreamed of stars,” by Stephanie Oplinger, ...

Latrobe freshman’s Eagle Scout’s veterans memorial inspired by grandfather

By Greg Reinbold
When Greater Latrobe freshman Alejandro “Alec” Barlock noticed that his grandfather Eugene Jones, 89, a World War II veteran who fought in the Battle of ...

Greater Latrobe, Derry Area, Ligonier Valley officials weigh latest state statistics

By Nicole Chynoweth Stacey Federoff and Greg Reinbold
Administrators and teachers in the Greater Latrobe, Derry Area and Ligonier Valley school districts have been scrutinizing performance numbers recently released by the state Department of Education. The School Performance Profile scores are based on factors such as standardized test results, ...

Latrobe’s Rossi Field shines as host of WPIAL football playoffs

By Stacey Federoff
Greater Latrobe Athletic Director Mark Mears said visiting football teams were treated to the “black-and-orange carpet” treatment at the school district’s new $9 million athletic complex, which has financially sustained itself during its first fall season. The administrator gave a presentation ...

Latrobe wrestler’s championship comes straight from the heart

By Greg Reinbold
By the time Mark Marshall touched down after the 15-hour flight to Belgrade, Serbia, in late August, he had already won his first Veterans World ...

Woman admits to theft of 2 weapons in Latrobe shooting case

By Rich Cholodofsky 11:01 p.m.
A Latrobe woman pleaded guilty Friday to charges that she stole a gun used by a man last year in a pharmacy robbery and during ...

7 arrested in Latrobe-area drug dealing

By Joe Napsha
Seven suspected drug dealers in Westmoreland County were arrested Friday morning in a sweep by members of the Westmoreland County Drug Task Force, who had been working the cases since the spring. The suspects allegedly were dealing heroin, methamphetamine and prescription ...

2 groups yet again hosting free Thanksgiving meals in Latrobe

By Stacey Federoff
With the tradition of giving thanks each year comes the tradition of giving back for two local groups hosting free dinners on Thanksgiving Day. Both Latrobe dinners serving pounds of turkey, mountains of mashed potatoes and pots of green beans have ...

Kennametal names replacement for retiring CEO

By Alex Nixon
Kennametal Inc. hired an executive with broad experience in specialty materials to replace retiring Chief Executive Carlos Cardoso. The Unity-based toolmaker said Don Nolan became ...

Ligonier native Christensen works on Ebola as CDC epidemiologist

By Stacey Federoff
As health care workers in West Africa work to develop new methods to contain and combat the deadly Ebola virus, a St. Vincent College graduate ...

Fire at Latrobe plant contained

By Tribune-Review
A fire Friday evening at Latrobe Specialty Steel in the city was contained to a control room. The blaze was discovered about 7:05 p.m. near a compressor in the melt shop section of the plant owned by Carpenter Technology at 2626 ...

Victims of bullying will get support in Derry Area School District

By Greg Reinbold
Derry Area School District has a new plan for helping provide support to students who are victims of incidents at school. After noticing the district’s post-incident efforts focused mainly on the aggressor in fighting or bullying incidents, high school Principal Kathy ...

Greater Latrobe students, staff welcome school resource police Officer Tempo

By Stacey Federoff
When Greater Latrobe school resource police Officer Frank Tempo asked a classroom of eighth-graders who had friends who had tried alcohol, about 10 hands went ...

Latrobe greenspace planner Keith named 1st Jack Robertshaw Fellow

By Stacey Federoff
Dana Keith is so proud of her work to help plan the greenspace at the corner of Main and Ligonier streets in Latrobe, she sometimes ...

Penn Township seamstress happy to boost cancer patients’ spirits

By Mary Pickels
Cancer patients arriving at Arnold Palmer Pavilion take a pleasantly surprising detour before being led to treatment. “We say, ‘Let’s go shopping first,’ ” said Nancy ...

Jeannette native’s painting to join Latrobe’s art gala display

By Stacey Federoff
An idyllic farm scene painted by a Jeannette native will be featured at Greater Latrobe’s Art Gala on Thursday night, displayed beside two others in ...

Veterans Memorial unveiling nears at Grandview Elementary School in Derry

By Greg Reinbold
Derry Area School District’s new Veterans Memorial will be unveiled Thursday afternoon when Grandview Elementary School holds its annual program to honor local veterans. The high ...

Greater Latrobe Junior High School’s $1.1M hallway renovation project displays art selections

By Stacey Federoff
Where Greater Latrobe Junior High School principal Chad Krehlik once was reminded of a desolate airport gate, he now sees the main corridor of the ...

Spirit adds direct flights to Las Vegas from Arnold Palmer Regional Airport

By Stacey Federoff
Spirit Airlines will begin nonstop flights to Las Vegas from  Arnold Palmer Regional Airport near Latrobe starting April 16. Tickets are available online for the five-hour, nonstop flights, which will depart daily at 7 a.m. “We’re excited about Vegas. It’s going to ...

Latrobe boy with rare birth defect to undergo surgery again

By Stacey Federoff
Amanda Mattioli of Latrobe calls her 9-month-old son her “one in 7 billion” baby, born with a rare condition called heterotaxy. The condition affects four ...

Airport,  St. Vincent receive transit cash

By Stacey Federoff
A Boeing Business Jet soon will be stored in a 30,000-square-foot hangar at Arnold Palmer Regional Airport in Unity before it takes flight over new street lights and pedestrian walkways at St. Vincent College, both projects partially funded by state ...

Coal mine chronicler Washlaski wins Derry Area Historical Society award

By Greg Reinbold
Derry Township resident Raymond Washlaski stood out to the Derry Area Historical Society board when selecting recipients for the annual John Pomeroy Awards for Historic ...

Latrobe will appeal stormwater ruling

By Stacey Federoff
Latrobe officials approved a measure to appeal an administrative order from the state Department of Environmental Protection after similar action was taken by the Latrobe Municipal Authority. The administrative order regarding coordinated stormwater management was sent to Latrobe, Unity and Derry ...

The real Captain Phillips brings story of piracy to St. Vincent College

By Joe Napsha
The American ship captain held hostage for four days by armed Somali pirates off the coast of Africa in 2009 said he expects that shipping ...

Greater Latrobe teachers, school board approve 5-year contract

By Stacey Federoff
Greater Latrobe School District’s teachers union and school board brought an end to 14 months of negotiations after both sides approved a new five-year contract Tuesday night. The deal will cost the district about 2.75 percent more than the previous contract ...

Second phase of Westmoreland Airpark in Unity opens

By Joe Napsha
The second phase of the industrial park near Arnold Palmer Regional Airport in Unity is ready to be marketed by Westmoreland County officials who hope ...