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Greater Latrobe passes resolution to move forward on building new Latrobe Elementary School

By Stacey Federoff
Greater Latrobe school board members passed a resolution to move forward with the construction of a new Latrobe Elementary School. About 50 people attended the meeting, including two teachers who spoke in favor of a building to replace the 101-year-old school ...

New faces, technology to greet returning students in Derry, Greater Latrobe, Ligonier Valley schools

By Nicole Chynoweth Stacey Federoff and Greg Reinbold
On Monday, students will head back to classrooms in Derry Area, Greater Latrobe and Ligonier Valley schools to be greeted by some new faces, programs ...

Latrobe’s Great American Banana Split Celebration promises weekend of sweet treats

By Stacey Federoff
In 1904, at a pharmacy on Latrobe’s Ligonier Street, an iconic dessert, the banana split, was born. Now in its third year, the Valley Dairy ...

Latrobe council picks lowest bidder to pave streets

By Stacey Federoff
Latrobe City Council approved a resolution for the lowest apparent bidder to pave streets this year. Derry Construction Co. was approved for the project with a bid of $160,044 to pave portions of six streets and one alley. Council had rejected three ...

Latrobe leaders keen on keeping school in town

By Stacey Federoff
As Greater Latrobe School Board members consider construction of an elementary school, city officials said they hope to work with the district to keep the school within the community’s boundaries. School board members will meet Tuesday with measures on the agenda ...

‘Caretaker of the Loyalhanna’: Latrobe volunteer clears creek

By Stacey Federoff
Wading in the Loyalhanna Creek might seem like the perfect way to cool off on a hot summer day, but for Tim Vechter, it was ...

Hempfield man’s next act: Convert Latrobe gym into theater

By Stacey Federoff
Some scattered gym equipment still sits inside the former Latrobe Athletic Club on Main Street: a few weight machines downstairs, a pink exercise ball upstairs. But ...

Westmoreland County Community College’s Latrobe Center ready to open

By Stacey Federoff  and Kari Andren
From the inside of Westmoreland County Community College’s new Latrobe Center, walls of windows above student lounge areas look out to the city’s downtown on ...

Addition of park police officers approved for Palmer airport

By Rich Cholodofsky
Westmoreland County commissioners on Wednesday agreed to increase the size of the county’s park police force to enable the agency to start law enforcement duties next week at Arnold Palmer Regional Airport. Commissioners last week finalized a deal with the airport ...

Elementary school construction in Latrobe on district’s agenda

By Stacey Federoff
Greater Latrobe School Board members plan to move ahead next week with a plan to build a new Latrobe Elementary School. Measures at the board meeting would authorize the hiring of an architect and begin discussions about purchasing property to build ...

Fencing, access road suggested for Latrobe tower

By Tribune-Review
Latrobe Municipal Authority officials plan to request security and access upgrades surrounding a communications tower before any further discussion with a contractor. During their meeting Tuesday, board members agreed that California-based TowerPoint Capital might be dissuaded from further negotiations if responsible ...

Keystone State Park No. 5 in nation for family fishing, boating

By Greg Reinbold
Fishing in a Derry Township park is among the nation’s best, according to the Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation’s recently released list of America’s Top ...

Latrobe to install turtle images warning of ‘no dumping’ next to storm drains

By Stacey Federoff
Latrobe code enforcement Officer Ann Powell hopes images of little turtles on the sidewalks will keep residents from dumping chemicals into or clogging catch basins ...

Passengers lament loss of Spirit flights from Latrobe to Chicago, Las Vegas

By Stacey Federoff
Tamara Troup twice has driven from Perryopolis to Arnold Palmer Regional Airport in Unity to drop off her son so he can fly home to ...

Brothers spruce up Latrobe Post Office fence with tax credit

By Stacey Federoff
Entering the city of Latrobe on Route 981, every driver passes the fence that Drew and Nate Clair helped to revamp in the past few ...

Sign would honor late Latrobe fire chief

By Trib Total Media
After a request from one of Latrobe’s fire companies, city council plans to consider a memorial sign for a former fire chief. Charles McDowell Jr., captain of Hook and Ladder Company No. 2, made a request to place a sign for ...

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
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 ...