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4 Democrats seek 3 nods for Latrobe council

By Stacey Federoff
Four Democrats are vying for a chance to run for three open seats on Latrobe City Council. Robert “Stuffy” Forish, Thomas Horwat, John “Jack” Murtha and ...

Palmer airport eyes $2M state grant to improve terminal access

By Stacey Federoff
A $2 million state grant could boost improvements to Arnold Palmer Regional Airport in Unity by improving access to the soon-to-be expanded terminal building. Airport authority members approved a request for the grant last week from the state Department of Community ...

Unity man collects bits of Westmoreland County history

By Jacob Tierney
Tim Welty has a keen eye for the old and the unusual — even a discarded brick can grab his attention. “I saw it in the ...

Derry plan would bypass failing bridge

By Greg Reinbold
Derry Borough Council took an early step in addressing the deteriorating bridge carrying North Ligonier Street over McGee Run. Council last week voted to direct borough engineers Gibson-Thomas Engineering Co. Inc. to apply to PennDOT for a highway occupancy permit, allowing ...

Greater Latrobe, Derry Area high school students offer ideas for economic growth

By Stacey Federoff
If a connecting corridor between the Pennsylvania Turnpike at New Stanton and Arnold Palmer Regional Airport in Unity ever comes to fruition, students from Greater ...

Alcoholic beverage sales canceled for summer concerts in Latrobe’s Keener Park

By Stacey Federoff
Any hopes of sipping on suds while listening to bands this summer in Latrobe’s Legion Keener Park have been dashed by a city ordinance and nixed by the Latrobe Foundation. Latrobe-GLSD Parks and Recreation Director Jeanne Ashley said at last week’s ...

Latrobe pharmacy will offer overdose antidote

By Renatta Signorini
A Latrobe pharmacy is the first in Westmoreland County to offer a drug that can counter the lethal effects of an overdose of heroin, painkillers or other opioids to anyone who walks in the door. Being able to get naloxone without ...

Deputies nixed by county commissioners for Westmoreland Air Show

By Stacey Federoff  and Rich Cholodofsky
Long-simmering tensions between Westmoreland County commissioners and Sheriff Jonathan Held spilled over to the Westmoreland Air Show this week when officials were served notice the sheriff’s office will no longer provide security at the popular summer event. Commissioners, citing cost concerns ...

Seniors assured of continued access to Arnold Palmer Cancer Pavilion in Westmoreland County

By Debra Erdley
UPMC and Excela Health said UPMC’s plan to eliminate network access to Medicare Advantage patients will have no impact on seniors seeking cancer care at ...

Latrobe Historical Society marks 70th anniversary of end of World War II

By Stacey Federoff
During World War II in Latrobe, residents lined up for parades to wish recruits well on their way to the train station, used their ration ...

Temple professor portrays Civil War general at Latrobe library

By Stacey Federoff
One of Pennsylvania’s most courageous Civil War generals was not present during the surrender of Gen. Robert E. Lee and the Confederate Army at Appomattox ...

Derry Area event to display student work, explore opportunities

By Greg Reinbold
Derry Area High School will host its second annual Future Fair to showcase students’ work and give students, parents and community members a chance to check out opportunities available to students after graduation. The inaugural Future Fair attracted more than 500 ...

Latrobe officials, nonprofit work on business plan for refuse transfer station

By Stacey Federoff
Latrobe city officials are working with a local nonprofit organization to prepare a business plan for the city’s refuse transfer station. Council members and public works director Joe Bush recently met with officials from Westmoreland SCORE, a nationwide nonprofit organization that ...

Latrobe council, unionized workers reach agreement

By Stacey Federoff
Latrobe City Council has approved a collective bargaining agreement for 13 public works and office employees after its contract expired in January. During their meeting Monday night, council members voted to accept the contract for members of American Federation of State, ...

18th century techniques are key to Latrobe woodworker’s craftsmanship

By Nicole Chynoweth
The 18th century filters into many of Matthew Stein’s pursuits. The Latrobe resident performs reenactments with the Independent Battalion of Westmoreland County and visits trails ...

Derry woman who ran Latrobe day care convicted of endangerment

By Renatta Signorini
A Derry Township woman stood silently with her hands clasped Friday afternoon as a jury announced it convicted her of 11 felony child endangerment counts. Lisa ...

Unity officials OK stormwater management plan

By Stacey Federoff
Unity supervisors approved a plan that they hope keeps costs low for township residents and moves a resolution forward on stormwater management with Latrobe and Derry Township. At their meeting Thursday, supervisors signed off on an Act 537 plan with the ...

Speedway to try again in Unity

By Stacey Federoff
For the third time, Unity supervisors are set to consider a plan to construct a Speedway gas station and convenience store near the Inn at Mt. View. Supervisors will hold a hearing 3 p.m. Thursday on the proposal to build the ...

Ligonier Valley students, business owners connect at Valley Market

By Nicole Chynoweth
An array of artistic and practical items produced by Ligonier Valley School District students will soon line the shelves of Ligonier merchants as part of ...

Derry Township interested in purchasing shuttered fire department property at May sheriff’s sale

By Greg Reinbold
Derry Township supervisors are interested in purchasing the former Eastern Derry Township Volunteer Fire Department property along Route 217 in hopes of restoring a second active fire department within the municipality. The former Eastern Derry headquarters is one of more than ...

Trail between St. Vincent College, Latrobe a step closer to reality

By Stacey Federoff
A 1,000-foot path through the trees on Devereaux Drive in Unity was taken as the first step last week toward a 1.9-mile trail between the ...

Derry native marks 104th birthday, surprised at the celebration and commendation

By Stacey Federoff
On his 104th birthday, Joe Ziegler was glad to see his family, but never expected a celebration and commendation from Derry Borough. “Even this meal here, ...

Latrobe man stole brother’s pickup, tried to run down troopers, police say

By Paul Peirce
A 19-year-old Latrobe man allegedly driving a stolen pickup is accused of striking a police cruiser, then trying to run down two state troopers Sunday ...

Latrobe ear-biting suspect loses bid for reduced bail

By Renatta Signorini
A request to reduce bail for a Latrobe man jailed on charges of biting off another man’s ear was denied by a judge Tuesday. Wesley David Kimmick, 23, has been held in the Westmoreland County Prison since February on $15,000 bond ...

Request for documents delays Speedway hearing in Unity

By Joe Napsha
About 25 people who packed the Unity meeting room Tuesday will have to wait six more weeks for a hearing on Speedway LLC’s appeal of the township’s rejection of its application to build a convenience store and gas station on ...

Westmoreland County tourism grants promote banana splits, breweries, trolley, railroad

By Nicole Chynoweth  and Stacey Federoff
The banana split celebration will get a boost in luring visitors to the Latrobe area, along with local breweries, St. Vincent College’s training camp trolley ...

Unity couple battles snow, cold, hunger on Alaska’s Iditarod trail

By Stacey Federoff
Despite possibly losing the top of her thumb to frostbite, Loreen Hewitt enjoyed her trip to Alaska last month to compete in the Iditarod Trail ...

Greater Latrobe schools to save $288K with bond refinancing

By Stacey Federoff
Greater Latrobe school board approved the refinancing of a $10 million bond, a subject of discussion since December. A lower interest rate is expected to save the district $288,000, down from just over 5 percent to about 0.56 percent, said financial ...

Latrobe weighs hike in roll-off container rates

By Tribune-Review
Latrobe council may consider an increase in rates for roll-off container rentals from the city’s transfer station. During a meeting Monday, city manager Wayne Jones said rising rates at the landfills in Scottdale and Penn Township, where the city disposes of ...

Unity man’s bar pays homage to Latrobe’s Rolling Rock

By Stacey Federoff
From the street, the home in Lloydsville looks like any other ranch-style house in the Unity village. Even from the outside, there are only a ...

Greater Latrobe board tweaks school calendar

By Stacey Federoff
Greater Latrobe school directors approved changes to the district calendar to make up for three snow days, adding a teacher in-service day discouraged by the teachers union. April 2, which was a holiday for teachers and students, is now an Act ...

Suspected drug dealers arrested by Westmoreland County task force

By Jacob Tierney
Five suspected drug dealers were arrested and a warrant issued for a sixth person Friday morning, the result of a six-month investigation by the Westmoreland County Drug Task Force. Latrobe Police Detective John Sleasman said members of the task force — ...

Orthodox Christians assemble kolaci in Latrobe

By Stacey Federoff
Every Tuesday and Saturday during Lent, the small fellowship hall at St. Stephen the Protomartyr Orthodox Church in Latrobe is a flurry of activity. With the ...

All things Mister Rogers celebrated this week at St. Vincent College

By Greg Reinbold
St. Vincent College is holding a week of activities to mark the 87th anniversary of Fred Rogers’ birthday. The college’s first Fred Fest celebration is sponsored by the Fred Rogers Center for Early Learning and Children’s Media, the St. Vincent College ...

Latrobe Art Center fundraiser Taste of the Neighborhood to showcase local eateries, breweries

By Stacey Federoff
Small bites will be served at a fundraiser for the Latrobe Art Center, but organizers hope those nibbles lead to a big catch for the center. Director Gabi Nastuck said all proceeds from Taste of the Neighborhood, showcasing six local eateries ...

Latrobe authority raises water rates, fee

By Stacey Federoff
Latrobe Municipal Authority customers will pay an average of $4 more per month on their bills as of June 1, because the authority board approved increases to water rates and a water-line replacement fee. Board members approved the increases at ...

Latrobe man charged with holding woman in captivity, assaulting her with hammer, bleach

By Renatta Signorini
A Latrobe man allegedly held a woman captive for days, repeatedly beat her with a hammer and poured bleach into her eyes, according to police. The ...

Missing woman’s body found in Cook Township

By Joe Napsha  and Mary Pickels
A St. Vincent College adjunct chemistry professor whose body was found Sunday morning in a wooded area off Route 711 south of Ligonier was remembered ...

Latrobe cleaning woman allegedly steals, sells $193K in jewelry

By Stacey Federoff
A Latrobe woman working as a housekeeper for a Unity family also cleaned out the jewelry box, stealing nearly $200,000 worth from the client’s collection, state police said. Deborah Decker, 47, of Ligonier Street is charged with selling a number of ...