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Latrobe woman texts searchers in Linn Run State Park to tell them she’s OK

By Nicole Chynoweth
A 12-hour search for a 34-year-old Latrobe woman in Linn Run State Park was called off shortly before 9 p.m. Friday after she texted emergency responders to say she was fine. Westmoreland County Public Safety spokesman Dan Stevens said the …

Graziani hired away from Latrobe as Penn Township’s manager

By Joe Napsha  and Chris Foreman
Latrobe is in the market for a city manager now that its top administrator has taken a similar post in Penn Township. Alex Graziani, 43, …

Derry Area High School students aim to raise piglets for fair

By Greg Reinbold
Spring has finally sprung, and Derry Area High School’s Agriculture/Horticulture building is teeming with new life — specifically, a dozen piglets born last month. The …

Man struck, killed by train in Latrobe

By Renatta Signorini
A Latrobe man was struck and killed by a train early Tuesday. Tyler Lee Quakenbush, 21, was spotted by Norfolk Southern train operators lying face down alongside the Norfolk Southern Railway tracks at about 12:17 a.m., Westmoreland County Deputy Coroner …

City approves deal to supply Greater Latrobe with school resource officer

By Stacey Federoff
In approving an agreement with Greater Latrobe School District to hire a school resource officer, Latrobe Councilwoman Julie Bisi said she hopes students can find a mentor in the city police officer. “I think most often when you hear of …

St. Vincent student killed in ‘unfortunate accident’ in Erie

By Joe Napsha
A St. Vincent College student died early Saturday morning in his hometown of Erie from a gunshot in the head in what a deputy coroner …

Westmoreland County Historical Society explores state’s role in whiskey distillation

By Greg Reinbold
Western Pennsylvania was the bustling center of whiskey distillation in early America for more than a century, but after Prohibition, the industry largely went dormant …

Greater Latrobe schools to revise starting date to Aug. 25

By Stacey Federoff
After receiving online survey results from more than 1,000 people, Greater Latrobe will vote to again revise the 2014-15 school calendar. During a board meeting on Tuesday, Superintendent Judith Swigart reported that the two-question survey — which was posted on …

Ladies Guild maintains Lenten tradition at Bradenville church

By Stacey Federoff
A giant bowl full of butter sticks, two electric skillets heaped with onions and seven huge pots of boiling water all help to fuel pierogi …

Neighborhood watch group meets in Latrobe

By Stacey Federoff
About 30 people gathered on Monday night in Latrobe City Council chambers for the first meeting of a revamped neighborhood watch program. Police Chief James Bumar, reflecting on his nearly 30-year tenure, said the gathering was one of the largest …

Latrobe volunteer learns of Syrian children’s suffering in trip to Jordan

By Stacey Federoff
Hearing the stories of refugee families from Syria crowded into one-room apartments in Jordan with no money for food or education for their children, Amanda …

Latrobe, Ligonier Valley high schools use Carnegie Mellon University programs to teach technology

By Stacey Federoff
Area schools are offering more classes — not just to allow students to understand technology, but to develop it. “They’re still solving a problem, but they’re far easier to engage in solving the problem,” said Wendy Fennell, math and computer …

Verizon cellphone antenna request raises health, safety concerns in Unity

By Stacey Federoff
Members of the Unity Zoning Hearing Board discussed the possibility of added health and safety requirements after concerns arose when deliberating the construction of a Verizon cellphone antenna. After entering a lease with Greater Latrobe School District, the company sought …

Latrobe Eagles club sues over denial of insurance claims

By Stacey Federoff
The Latrobe Fraternal Order of the Eagles has filed a lawsuit against the club’s insurance company because claims for building damage were denied. In documents filed with the Westmoreland County Court of Common Pleas, the civil lawsuit alleges that Nova …

Students’ stained glass brightens St. Vincent College offices

By Stacey Federoff
A little yellow bird took a permanent home recently near the office of St. Vincent College public relations Director Don Orlando. The animal is not …

Latrobe council agrees to hire resource officer

By Stacey Federoff
With the addition of a school resource officer, officials hope improved cooperation between the city of Latrobe and the Greater Latrobe school district can help solve crimes such as the Playland arson in Legion-Keener Park. During Monday’s council meeting, city …

Kayakers hone skills with St. Vincent College ‘winter roll’ classes

By Greg Reinbold
For 11 Tuesday evenings this winter, the pool at St. Vincent College was packed with upside-down kayakers working to right themselves. Jeff Prycl, an avid …

Greater Latrobe school year’s start will conflict with Westmoreland Fair

By Stacey Federoff
Greater Latrobe students participating in the Westmoreland Fair in August may have to adjust their plans after the school board approved an earlier than usual start to the school year. New Alexandria Ag 4-H Club leader Todd Frescura told the …

Latrobe-Unity Parks and Recreation officials respond to financial questions

By Stacey Federoff
Latrobe-Unity Parks and Recreation officials on Thursday addressed remarks made at last month’s meeting regarding the board’s finances. Finance chairman Dan Hennessey said funding reserves are reviewed at each meeting, as they were at Thursday’s meeting. The reserves are at …

More dancing bachelors expected at Derry Area Interact Club’s auction for Make-A-Wish

By Greg Reinbold
Derry Area High School’s most eligible bachelors soon will strut their stuff for a good cause. The Derry Area Interact Club will host its 20th …

Greater Latrobe won’t appeal decision against cellphone tower

By Stacey Federoff
Greater Latrobe school board plans to discourage adding cellphone antennas to the roof of the senior high school. Verizon Wireless’ plan had sparked health and safety concerns from the public. “The district’s intention is not to create or perpetuate any …

Grants from hotel room tax to boost area tourism

By Stacey Federoff
A busload of Canadian museum docents helped inspire Gabi Nastuck, director of the Latrobe Art Center. Nastuck realized that the Ligonier Street gallery and cafe could become a hub for guided group tours visiting the city. “I really strongly want …

Renovations worth $1.1M at Latrobe school OK’d

By Stacey Federoff
A contract awarded for renovations to Greater Latrobe Junior High School will cost the district $1.1 million, but that figure came in under budget after bids were reviewed, officials said. School board members approved three contracts at Tuesday’s meeting totaling …

Derry Area School District to study population shifts

By Greg Reinbold
Derry Area School District needs to explore possibilities for handling shifting student populations in its elementary and middle school classes, Superintendent David Welling said. Welling suggested at last week’s board meeting that the panel form a task force to study …

Coaching veteran Kennedy takes experience to Latrobe soccer team

By Gary Horvath
Just a few months ago, Tom Kennedy remarked to his wife that for the first time in more than 30 years he wasn’t coaching a soccer team. The break from the game was short lived. After stepping down as coach …

St. Vincent College campus post office stays busy

By Stacey Federoff
St. Vincent College junior Stephanie Rukavina picked up a long rectangular box on Valentine’s Day from the campus post office, fairly sure the package contained …

Latrobe hospital source of fuel spill

By Tribune-Review
The source of a fuel spill Saturday was traced to Excela Health Latrobe Hospital, where spokeswoman Robin Jennings said about 30 gallons of fuel leaked into Loyalhanna Creek. The spill stretched about two miles from Latrobe into Derry Township after …

State marker in Latrobe to honor Mr. Rogers

By Stacey Federoff
On some beautiful day in a Latrobe neighborhood, Mister Rogers will be remembered with a blue and gold historical marker. The Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission announced on Tuesday that Fred McFeely Rogers, the children’s television host and Latrobe native, …

Derry officials OK audits for fire departments

By Greg Reinbold
Derry Township’s volunteer fire departments will need to obtain full financial audits for 2013 after supervisors voted on Tuesday to approve a resolution requiring audits of the two fire departments every three years. Chairman Vince DeCario said the departments have …

Latrobe council eyes neighborhood watch program

By Stacey Federoff
Latrobe City Council plans to consider a measure to reinstate a neighborhood watch program after working with police Chief Jim Bumar and Councilwoman Julie Bisi. The program, planned for a vote on Monday, will not require time or funding from …

Retired cop-turned-author shares ghost tales of Route 30, foothills

By Stacey Federoff
Monks, nuns, scorned lovers and soldiers are among the cast of characters who people New Florence native Ed Kelemen’s books. Boniface Wimmer, who founded St. …

St. Vincent counselor promotes education about diabetes

By Stacey Federoff
When Pat Conroy found out his colleague Dave Collins at St. Vincent College was undergoing treatments for cancer, the 71-year-old admissions counselor started giving Collins …

FrogWatch helps volunteers identify frogs, toads in Derry area

By Greg Reinbold
As surprising as it may seem with steady snow blanketing the area, a flurry of activity from Western Pennsylvania’s 13 native species of frogs and …

Unity couple to join Peters man in return to Alaskan wilderness

By Stacey Federoff
Tim and Loreen Hewitt were in thick trees along a bison path, sleeping in the stillness of the Alaskan wilderness, when they heard a frightening …

Latrobe council OKs raises for city employees

By Tribune-Review
Latrobe council approved a 2 percent raise for each of its non-union city employees. The measure, the same as 2013, was approved unanimously at Monday’s meeting through an annual ordinance that establishes the salaries of the employees who are not …

Pugs find guardian angel in Derry rescuer

By Stacey Federoff
Multiply the high-pitched yips, nasal breathing and curly tails of one pug dog by a dozen and you can begin to imagine what a visit …