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Event gets new formal name: Shop ’n Save Westmoreland County Airshow, presented by Xcoal Energy & Resources in Latrobe

By Tribune-Review
The Westmoreland County Airshow at Arnold Palmer Regional Airport featuring the Navy Blue Angels will sport a new name and a sponsor this year as tickets go on sale April 25. Patrons will have to pony up a little more to ...

Latrobe woman charged with open lewdness

By Tribune-Review
A Latrobe woman is charged with open lewdness after she allegedly showed her breasts to a girl at The Salvation Army. Pamela Irene Gigliotti, 51, was at a prayer session in January at The Salvation Army in Latrobe with another woman ...

Unity couple to tackle Iditarod winter marathon

By Stacey Federoff
When Tim and Loreen Hewitt begin their 1,000-mile trek Sunday across Alaska, she will be making her sixth trip on foot while he will be ...

Deck of Lloyd Avenue bridge in Latrobe to be replaced in 2017

By Tribune-Review
The deck of the Lloyd Avenue Bridge carrying Route 981 over Loyalhanna Creek will be replaced in 2017, PennDOT has announced. At one point, officials thought the entire bridge might have to be replaced, but it was later determined that only ...

Latrobe police to form DUI task force

By Stacey Federoff
Latrobe’s police department wants to work with a Harrisburg-based nonprofit to form a DUI task force in the central part of Westmoreland County. Cathy Tress of the Pennsylvania DUI Association addressed City Council on Monday night with police Chief Jim Bumar ...

Unity lawyer to vie for Westmoreland County judgeship

By Rich Cholodofsky
Unity lawyer Jim Silvis said Monday his experience working in nearly all facets of law has prepared him to be a county judge. Silvis, 39, ...

Inquest: Police bullet killed man in 2013 standoff in Latrobe

By Rich Cholodofsky
Bullets started to fly moments after six members of the state police Special Emergency Response Team broke through a second-floor bathroom door to end a ...

Woman, animals escape Unity duplex fire

By Mary Pickels
A female tenant and several animals were able to escape a second-floor fire in a Unity residence Thursday afternoon. The fire, reported at 12:38 p.m. at ...

Unity considers $26K software upgrade

By Stacey Federoff
Unity Township Municipal Authority is considering an update to its billing software — to a system that will enable its 7,000 customers to manage their bills online in real time. Manager Doug Pike said the program, called Muni-Link, will cost ...

Westmoreland County Community College Latrobe campus move delayed

By Stacey Federoff
Westmoreland County Community College officials are waiting for the weather to break to relocate to the Latrobe Education  Center. WCCC President Tuesday Stanley said cold temperatures have contributed to delays in the $10 million building at Jefferson and Depot streets, originally ...

Latrobe OKs STEM funding

By Stacey Federoff
The Greater Latrobe School Board on Tuesday approved $135,000 in grant money, including $60,000 for an elementary program for curriculum focusing on science, technology, engineering and math, or STEM. School officials had announced notice of $45,000 for the senior high school ...

Latrobe revitalization program shifts focus to facade, beautification projects

By Stacey Federoff
Executive Director Jarod Trunzo detailed several projects the Latrobe Community Revitalization Program hopes to advance in the coming year at last week’s Latrobe City Council meeting. Trunzo wanted to give council a “snapshot” of what the group is working on as ...

Latrobe man stabbed during altercation at apartment

By The Tribune-Review
A Latrobe man was treated at a Pittsburgh hospital Saturday after he was stabbed in a city apartment. Derrick Steffon Johnson Jr., 31, of Miller Street, was treated at Excela Health Latrobe hospital and later transferred to UPMC Presbyterian Hospital with ...

Girls on the Run start young at St. Vincent College chapter

By Stacey Federoff
When Molly Grace noticed her 4-year-old daughter Bridget mimicking her as she exercised, she realized girls could benefit from role models to teach them about healthy lifestyles. Grace is now head coach for the new Girls on the Run chapter based ...

Unity teenager’s chickens, photos, rabbit take various honors at Pennsylvania Farm Show

By Jacob Tierney
Hannah Cunnard, 14, knows a few things about life on a farm. The Unity teenager won awards in 15 categories at the Pennsylvania Farm Show last ...

Unity supervisors to update township’s zoning ordinance

By Stacey Federoff
Unity supervisors plan to update the township’s zoning ordinance to include bed and breakfasts, and institute changes  for electronic billboards and gas stations. Supervisors approved advertising the proposed amendments during their meeting last week. The planning commission will review the proposal ...

Coroner’s inquest into Latrobe standoff death set

By Tribune-Review
A coroner’s inquest is set for Thursday in the death of a Latrobe man during a 17-hour standoff in 2013 that left a state trooper injured and paralyzed part of the city. Evidence will be presented during the formal inquiry to ...

Lack of updated sewer plans shuts off flow of sewer taps to Latrobe, Unity, Derry Township

By Stacey Federoff  and Greg Reinbold
While competing stormwater plans for Unity and Derry townships and Latrobe have been sent to the state for a second time, the continuing dispute is affecting construction in the two townships. The municipalities are required by the Department of Environmental Protection ...

Kennametal offers buyouts to 1,000 U.S. white-collar workers

By Alex Nixon
Kennametal Inc. is offering buyouts to 1,000 U.S. workers, a fifth of its domestic workforce, as the toolmaker takes the first steps on plans it announced last month to accelerate downsizing because of a slump in the energy industry. The Unity-based ...

Palmer airport in Unity honored by Spirit Airlines

By Stacey Federoff
Spirit Airlines has recognized Arnold Palmer Regional Airport in Unity for the quality of its customer service and commitment to the flight provider’s standards. Jeff Minkovich, manager of airline operations at the airport, announced at the Westmoreland County Airport Authority meeting ...

Latrobe pulls appeal against DEP plan

By Stacey Federoff
Latrobe Municipal Authority board members authorized their solicitor to withdraw an appeal to the state Environmental Hearing Board in an ongoing effort to satisfy requirements for a cooperative stormwater management plan with Unity and Derry townships. During the authority’s meeting Tuesday, ...

Greater Latrobe board gets grant to implement engineering curriculum

By Stacey Federoff
Greater Latrobe school board may approve $75,000 in grant money to implement an engineering curriculum to boost focus on science, technology, engineering and math, or STEM. Georgia Teppert, assistant to the superintendent, announced the grants from nationwide nonprofit Project Lead The ...

Chamber’s new center shows area’s past, looks to future

By Stacey Federoff
Greater Latrobe-Laurel Valley Chamber of Commerce wants to bring the neighborhood to everyone visiting the Latrobe area with its new location. The Neighborhood Visitor and Information ...

Derry Area hosting band competition

By Greg Reinbold
Derry Area High School’s indoor percussion team has been competing in the Tournament of Bands Tournament Indoor Association for the past two years. This weekend, the group will enjoy home-court advantage for the first time. Derry Indoor Percussion will host its first ...

Teacher’s book ‘Legendary Locals of Latrobe’ chronicles rise of 200 area residents

By Stacey Federoff
Some familiar faces grace the cover of Joe Comm’s book “Legendary Locals of Latrobe,” but others — such as the first congressman elected from Pennsylvania, ...

Latrobe police: Man’s ear, woman’s leg bitten during fight

By Tribune-Review
A Latrobe man is accused of biting off part of a man’s ear during a dispute over Xanax pills. Wesley Kimmick, 22, of 508 Miller St., was at home when the alleged male victim was upstairs taking a nap, according to ...

On 2nd try, man named to Latrobe Municipal Authority board

By Stacey Federoff
Latrobe officials have named a representative to the Latrobe Municipal Authority board. After rejecting a nominee in January, city council voted Monday to appoint Don Clair, who was nominated by Mayor Rosie Wolford, to fill the vacancy on the panel ...

Final plea entered in abetting of runaways from Latrobe foster home

By Liz Zemba
The last of three men accused of helping five girls run away from a Latrobe foster home has entered into a plea bargain with prosecutors. All three pleaded guilty to five counts of concealment of the whereabouts of a child. In ...

Unity commission clears hangar at Palmer Airport

By Stacey Federoff
Unity’s planning commission recommends that supervisors approve a 30,000-square-foot hangar at Arnold Palmer Regional Airport as well as a 3,300-square-foot addition to an existing hangar. At the commission’s meeting Tuesday, Raena Lindemuth of GAI Consultants presented the plan for the hangar, ...

Civil War anniversary inspires ‘Coverlet Casualty’ exhibit at St. Vincent College gallery

By Stacey Federoff 9:09 p.m.
Even as their handiwork was being tucked onto the beds of wounded Civil War soldiers, the weaver’s life in the 1860s was beginning to unravel ...

Business ventures, nonprofits look to Westmoreland County SCORE counselors

By Stacey Federoff
Ann Dittmar knew she wanted to start her own business six years ago, but was unsure if her business plan was good enough to help ...

Area 4-H Club members shine at state farm show

By Greg Reinbold
Local participants in the 2015 Pennsylvania Farm Show made their way home from Harrisburg recently with plenty of accolades. Christopher Rob, 22, of Cook Township brought ...

Flutter Forever Gala to honor late nurse McGrath in style

By Stacey Federoff
Friends of Bridget McGrath wanted to do something extra to remember her in the fifth year after her death. “I think it’s a good time to ...

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 ...