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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 …

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 …

St. Vincent College residence hall renovations half finished

By Greg Reinbold
The first phase of St. Vincent College’s $1.8 million, two-part residence hall renovation project is complete, and students staying in Bonaventure Hall are enjoying enhancements …

Corbett wins Greater Latrobe mock election

By Stacey Federoff
Pennsylvania voters won’t visit the polls until Nov. 4, but a gubernatorial election already took place at Greater Latrobe Senior High School. Bill Snyder and …

Latrobe City Council to ax parking permit discount for residents

By Stacey Federoff
Latrobe City Council will consider a measure Monday to reduce the resident discount for parking permits. City Manager Wayne Jones said the 35 percent discount that residents receive is “creating an issue” and that the parking authority needs to earn …

DNA evidence in alleged June 2013 rape leads to Latrobe man’s arrest

By Renatta Signorini
A Latrobe man is facing a rape charge as city police said they recently obtained a match for his DNA from evidence found on the …

Latrobe police officer sues councilman, city for slander

By Rich Cholodofsky
An unnamed Latrobe police officer has sued a councilman and the city for slander, according to court records. In a lawsuit filed Wednesday, the officer who is identified as “Jane Doe” contends that City Councilman Fabian Giovannagelo spread false rumors …

Palmer assistant honored with Latrobe service award

By Stacey Federoff
Golf legend Arnold Palmer handed over the limelight to his personal assistant Donald “Doc” Giffin Tuesday night. Introducing him at the Greater Latrobe-Laurel Valley Community …

Greater Latrobe outsources more computer work, touted to save $60K

By Stacey Federoff
The Greater Latrobe school board approved a nine-month contract to outsource data management, eliminating two positions and saving the district about $60,000 each year. School board members this week approved the contract with Greensburg-based CCL Technologies, effective through June 2015. …

Latrobe, Norwin, Franklin Regional students exercise with aid of grant

By Stacey Federoff
In a frenzy of activity, 19 eighth-grade students at Greater Latrobe Junior High School demonstrated a circuit of exercises while music blared in the gymnasium …

Outdoor farmers market going out of season as Latrobe’s Autumnfest looms

By Stacey Federoff
As the thermometer drops, area farmers market vendors are packing in their wares for the season, but in Latrobe one final celebration is planned for Saturday. The city’s fifth annual Autumnfest from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Ligonier Street …

Latrobe council OKs electronic marquee

By Stacey Federoff
Latrobe will soon sport a new electronic marquee to announce community events to replace a previous sign no longer in use. City Council on Monday approved the purchase from R. K. Neon Co. With funding from Comcast, the sign will …

Arnold Palmer Regional Airport begins moving earth to add 190 parking spaces

By Stacey Federoff
Work crews at Arnold Palmer Regional Airport plowed and piled up dirt Friday to make room for 190 parking spaces at the Unity facility. The gravel lot will provide temporary overflow spaces in the spring during busy times when the …

Westmoreland Walks makes great strides in breast cancer fundraising

By Nicole Chynoweth
It’s a mission that began with a group of women bound by the heartbreak of losing good friends to breast cancer. Thirteen years later, those …

Conservatives urged to refocus Hispanic push at St. Vincent forum

By Joe Napsha
Conservatives don’t help their cause with Hispanic voters when they focus only on illegal immigration and securing the nation’s borders, a senior fellow at a …

Latrobe mother finds outlet for grief in Reality Tour

By Stacey Federoff
Mary Ann Musick wanted to do something to help families from suffering like she did when her son was addicted to heroin. “I watched, and …

Derry Area seeks donation of musical instruments

By Greg Reinbold
The Derry Area music department is getting a lesson in supply and demand. With the stock of school-owned musical instruments available to students exhausted and more students hoping to learn to play, music teachers in the district have reached out …

With move, Greater Latrobe-Laurel Valley Chamber of Commerce to increase visibility

By Stacey Federoff
Even though the Greater Latrobe-Laurel Valley Chamber of Commerce is planning to move out of the city of Latrobe, officials believe opening a visitor and information center on Route 30 will guide more people to stay in and around town. …

Former Latrobe postal worker sentenced for theft

By Tribune-Review
A former postal worker in Latrobe was sentenced last week in U.S. District Court in Pittsburgh to serve six months in a federal prison, plus three years of supervised release, after admitting she stole $55,363 over a nine-month period. Jessica …

Greater Latrobe School District explores options for students’ careers after high school

By Stacey Federoff
A Greater Latrobe School District committee is laying the framework to better prepare students for careers after high school. The committee presented a list of recommendations to the school board recently, including the alignment of junior and senior high school …

Weekend event in Latrobe offers opportunity for adoptions

By Stacey Federoff
Life has been busy, but happy beyond words since Debbie and John Klinvex’s son David came into their lives five years ago. That’s when the North Huntingdon couple adopted the now-13-year-old boy who loves football, spending time with John’s mother …

Glengarry will hold on to tradition as clubhouse renovated

By Paul Peirce
The chicken coop and silo are long gone from the former Earl Lentz farm in Unity. But beneath the fieldstone base and concrete stucco exterior …

Latrobe day care operator pleads guilty to allowing sex-offender husband near children

By Rich Cholodofsky
A Unity woman could serve as many as 70 years in prison when she is sentenced in about 90 days for allowing her sex-offender husband to have contact with children at a Latrobe day care she operated. Lisa Knecht, 53, …

Fire prevention tips spread across Latrobe

By Stacey Federoff
A legion of red vest-clad volunteers helped Latrobe Volunteer Fire Department spread the word door-to-door recently about fire prevention. The Westmoreland-Armstrong Chapter of the American …

Latrobe school crosswalks project complete

By Stacey Federoff
A $400,000 project to help crosswalks in Latrobe stand out to motorists is finally complete after more than five years. The funds were acquired as …

Residents invited to attend Latrobe Citizens Police Academy

By Renatta Signorini
When a Latrobe Citizens Police Academy course reached maximum capacity about a decade ago, Dr. Steve Selip was disappointed to have missed out on the opportunity. Now he gets another shot as the city’s police department has revived the offering …

Grant program targets 7 Westmoreland County towns, including Greensburg, for revitalization

By Bob Stiles
Latrobe could become an easier place to get around, thanks to a Community Foundation of Westmoreland County grant program, the city manager said. Several curb cuts made years ago need repairs, and a foundation grant program could help with the …

Latrobe-Unity parks department seeks grant; revamp to cost $112K

By Stacey Federoff
Latrobe council on Monday approved a $10,000 contribution to a $112,000 project that will renovate the athletic field through the parks and recreation department. Latrobe-Unity Parks and Recreation is applying for a state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources grant …

Latrobe school directors won’t forgive bill for WCCC land

By Stacey Federoff
The Greater Latrobe School Board this week voted against forgiving a real estate tax bill for Westmoreland County Community College on land where the school’s Latrobe Education Center is being built. After purchasing the 1.8-acre tract between Jefferson and Depot …

Hobos to invade Derry Railroad Days festival

By Greg Reinbold
The annual Derry Railroad Days festival is approaching, and so are the hobos. John Dickey, owner of Sugar Bear’s Discount Store on South Chestnut Street, said former King of the Hobos “Red Bird Express” plans to attend the festival again …

Volunteers give Latrobe parks a face-lift

By Stacey Federoff
Gary Stemmerich of Unity has worn the same shorts for the past several years while volunteering for the United Way’s Day of Caring with Latrobe-Parks …

Latrobe Municipal Authority to replace solicitor

By Stacey Federoff
Latrobe Municipal Authority plans to hire a solicitor when the board reorganizes in February. Members discussed the personnel move in a short executive session at their meeting on Tuesday before approving the change, which would replace solicitor Richard Jim, a …

Greater Latrobe elevates lacrosse teams

By Stacey Federoff
Lacrosse players and parents applauded on Tuesday night when the Greater Latrobe school board approved a measure to recognize the boys and girls lacrosse club teams as fully funded sports. The official recognition will lift the financial burden for transportation, …

Judge: Former Latrobe man can proceed with civil rights action

By Richard Gazarik  and Brian Bowling
A former Latrobe man who spent 27 years in prison before being exonerated of a double murder can pursue his federal civil rights claims against two former Fayette County prosecutors and the estate of a former state police investigator, a …

40-year-old Latrobe woman used boy, 13, for sex, drugs, police say

By Joe Napsha
A Latrobe woman, 40, allegedly had sex with a 13-year-old boy in her home and took prescription painkillers prescribed to him on three occasions under the pretense of toothache pain, city police said. Jesse L. Kuhns of Thompson Street is …

Palmer Field House dedicated on golf legend’s 85th birthday

By Stacey Federoff
A sea of 1,400 students waved black-and-orange pompoms in the stands at the new Greater Latrobe Athletic/Wellness Complex on Wednesday and sang “Happy Birthday” to …

St. Vincent’s historical marker returns

By Stacey Federoff
Recognition of Latrobe’s most famous dessert last year got St. Vincent College officials wondering about the historical significance of the campus and if it could …

Greater Latrobe food service workers get 3-year contract

By Stacey Federoff
Greater Latrobe School Board approved a food-service worker contract for 39 employees that will include contributions to health care for the first time. Board members this week unanimously approved the three-year Service Employees International Union contract for 18 full-time and …