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Kennametal plans plant closings, job cuts in fallout from oil and gas decline

By Alex Nixon
Kennametal Inc. is accelerating layoffs and plant closings and may unload business units as the Unity-based toolmaker becomes the latest company to take a financial beating from production cuts by the oil and gas industry. The company declined to say ...

Westmoreland road salt stockpiles full, ready for whatever winter brings

By Alicia McElhaney
Thanks to a mild winter, local communities have been able to enjoy financial savings and hold on to road salt stockpiles. In a typical year, Pittsburgh ...

Greater Latrobe to get new security systems in junior, senior high schools

By Stacey Federoff
New security systems will be up and running in Greater Latrobe Junior and Senior High schools by the next school year. School board members passed a resolution to purchase and install the security cameras for both buildings at their Jan. 20 ...

Electricity deal eyed for Latrobe

By Stacey Federoff
Latrobe City Council may lock in rates for electricity that could save about $6,000 per year. City manager Wayne Jones said at Monday’s council meeting he’s considering preliminary figures for a two-year contract that could save the city about half a ...

Latrobe police seek driver of red cargo van

By Tribune-Review
Latrobe police department are looking for a man driving a red cargo van after he followed a 13-year-old girl Thursday. The man is described as white, in his late 50s and partially bald with a beard, according to a post …

Exception sought by Latrobe Municipal Authority

By Tribune-Review
The Latrobe Municipal Authority board adopted a resolution this week asking Ligonier Township supervisors to prohibit fracking operations in the authority’s watershed. The resolution, passed at the board meeting Tuesday, states that the natural gas industry has brought jobs and tax ...

Latrobe, Derry, Ligonier Valley students’ cursive skills fall victim to tech revolution

By Trib Total Media
Children in the Greater Latrobe, Derry Area and Ligonier Valley school districts still learn to write the swooping, elegant letters of cursive, but the focus ...

Few structure blazes, but many vehicle accidents, ambulance assists busy Latrobe-area’s fire departments

By Greg Reinbold
Local fire departments were busy in 2014, but emergency call totals across the region were generally at or below average in most municipalities. The New Alexandria Volunteer Fire Department responded to 311 calls in 2014, which was about on par with ...

Latrobe seeks to fill 2 police openings

By Stacey Federoff
Latrobe is searching for two police officers because one resigned and one retired. Council members discussed the turnover at their meeting Dec. 12 and approved the retirement of a police sergeant. Resident Jim Miller asked during public comment if the city could ...

Latrobe-GLSD Parks and Recreation Commission hopes for best with budget

By Nicole Chynoweth
The Latrobe-GLSD Parks and Recreation Commission met Thursday night for the first time since adopting a new moniker and absent Unity’s presence. The board unanimously passed a balanced $680,000 budget for 2015, with Commissioner and Treasurer Dan Hennessy calling on community ...

Greater Latrobe board warned of shortfall

By Stacey Federoff
Greater Latrobe officials have used early figures to predict a budget shortfall for the 2015-16 school year but aren’t sure whether that will translate into a tax increase. Business administrator Dan Watson gave a preliminary budget report to the school board ...

Firefighters to train with pet oxygen masks by Westmoreland County Animal Response Team

By Stacey Federoff
The Westmoreland County Animal Response Team wants to add pets from throughout the county to the list of four-legged friends it has helped during emergencies, ...

Eastern Derry Township volunteer firefighters work to reopen station

By Greg Reinbold
The eastern portion of Derry Township has been without its local fire department since late July after the Eastern Derry Township Volunteer Fire Department defaulted on its vehicle insurance and was removed from the Westmoreland County Public Safety call list. Neighboring ...

Laurel Highlands Visitor’s Bureau to feature contest winners’ photos in 2015 destination guide

By Stacey Federoff
Melissa Robinsky was wrapping up a visit to Idlewild Park and Soak Zone in Ligonier Township last summer when she and a friend took a ...

Derry Area High School biology teacher recognized by St. Vincent College program

By Greg Reinbold
Derry Area High School biology, anatomy and physiology teacher Alisha Ungvarsky prides herself on pushing students to meet high expectations. Her rigorous teaching style made enough of an impact for Ungvarsky to be one of 23 teachers recognized by the ...

With new Fla. flights, Arnold Palmer Regional forced to use overflow parking

By Stacey Federoff
Crews at Arnold Palmer Regional Airport in Unity put their air show parking plan into effect during the Christmas holiday with the influx of passengers to new Florida destinations. At the Westmoreland County Airport Authority meeting Tuesday, Executive Director Gabe Monzo ...

Latrobe’s revenues beat guess

By Stacey Federoff
Latrobe officials reported the city will have about  5 percent more in revenues than expected in 2014 and save $16,000 on insurance as a result of a review of city policies. During a council meeting Monday, city manager Wayne Jones said ...

Unity supervisor to join township authority’s board

By Stacey Federoff
A Unity supervisor will serve on the township’s municipal authority board in a move that’s common statewide. Supervisor Mike O’Barto was appointed to replace authority board chairman Ron Carey, who resigned this week. “It’s definitely not unusual at all,” said Holly Fishel, ...

Resources around Westmoreland County aid resolutions for self-improvement

By Nicole Chynoweth Stacey Federoff  and Greg Reinbold
Losing weight, quitting smoking and reducing stress are popular new year’s resolutions that many people make but few are able to accomplish. A study by the ...

Latrobe, neighboring municipalities set new year’s goals

By Nicole Chynoweth Stacey Federoff  and Greg Reinbold
Just as individuals make resolutions and set goals in the new year, so do municipal leaders. Some take on the task as a challenge, while others look forward to continuing to provide public services while managing budgets. Latrobe Latrobe City ...

Union Mission in Latrobe extends holiday spirit of giving through year

By Stacey Federoff
What started as an act of Christmas giving to the Union Mission in Latrobe now stretches throughout the year for a group of families in the area. Sherry Bialas of Bradenville in Derry Township said the food and clothing donated Dec. ...

Latrobe family welcomes county’s 1st baby of 2015

By Stacey Federoff
Kimberly Gunter drove to her mother’s house on New Year’s Day with doubts that her son would wait until his Jan. 6 due date. She wanted ...

Neighbors save 2 dogs from Unity blaze

By Stacey Federoff 11:03 p.m.
No one was inside a home Thursday afternoon in the Wimmerton plan in Unity when a fire broke out, but neighbors were able to rescue ...

State sues Unity man because of home improvement problems

By Renatta Signorini
A Unity man is the focus of a lawsuit in Westmoreland County court stemming from a home improvement operation in which customers — some elderly — allegedly paid for work that was never done or done poorly, according to the ...

AmeriCorps members work as tutors, mentors in Greater Latrobe, Ligonier Valley school districts

By Nicole Chynoweth and Stacey Federoff
Alissa Jones likes to work with students in small groups at Mt. View Elementary, focusing one-on-one with them to improve reading and math skills. “You really ...

Unity woman’s memory lives on through artwork, fundraising

By Stacey Federoff
Barbara Grimm enjoyed sharing her work with others so much that she wanted the Dairy Queen on Route 981 in Unity where she worked to ...

‘12 Days of Christmas’ gifting with modern twist, local flair

By Nicole Chynoweth Stacey Federoff and Greg Reinbold
Gifting on a grand scale is encouraged in the song, “The 12 Days of Christmas.” The traditional tune we listen to today is a 1909 arrangement ...

Adviser touts his services in Greater Latrobe school bond’s refinancing

By Stacey Federoff
Greater Latrobe school board members heard from a financial adviser who touted the benefits of his services when refinancing a 2005 bond issue early next year. The $10 million bond is eligible for refinancing in April, a move that could save ...

Latrobe to consider 3 percent raise for management

By Tribune-Review
Latrobe city council may vote on a 3 percent salary increase for its management employees. City manager Wayne Jones said at council’s meeting Monday that an ordinance has been advertised to give a 3 percent raise to those “members of management ...

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 ...