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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 …

Golf Channel films ‘Arnie and Me’ program about Palmer in Latrobe area

By Stacey Federoff
With TV cameras rolling, Brother Norman Hipps, president of St. Vincent College, recalled his earliest memory of golf legend Arnold Palmer. As a teenager, possibly …

Kell’s 1922 schoolhouse clock back in action at Keystone State Park

By Chloe Wertz
Much time has passed, but the James A. Kell schoolhouse clock is back where it belongs. In 1914, Kell and his family moved from Franklin …

Westmoreland Fair winners thankful for FFA, 4-H Club

By Greg Reinbold
Summer’s Westmoreland Fair gave local youths a chance to earn recognition for their countless hours of work in raising livestock and crops and preparing arts …

Rainy, cool swim season disappoints at Latrobe, Derry pools

By Stacey Federoff and Greg Reinbold
As residents in the area clamored with optimism and bought passes, pool management in Latrobe and Derry wished the weather had been more cooperative. “Those …

Latrobe council OKs maintenance code

By Stacey Federoff
Latrobe council approved a revised property maintenance code Monday after hearing concerns from landlords. During their meeting, city council members approved an adaptation of the 2012 International Property Maintenance Code to replace the city’s code, which was last updated in …

Golfers notice improvements in Glengarry

By Paul Peirce
Veteran Westmoreland County golfers Dominic Camarote and Tony Zabkar said the improvements at Glengarry Golf Links in Unity are immediately evident, but added jokingly that …

Businesses find new home in old Loyalhanna school

By Stacey Federoff
Even though Derry Area School District sold Loyalhanna Elementary School in 2011, learning is still going on inside the building. Since this time last year, …

Scout’s project helps bring fresh produce to needy

By Greg Reinbold
A Boy Scout hoping to attain the organization’s highest rank must “plan, develop, and give leadership to others in a service project helpful to any …

Updated code would improve enforcement

By Stacey Federoff
Latrobe council plans to consider a new property maintenance code including measures for better enforcement. The city’s code enforcement officer, Ann Powell, has been working with solicitor Jim Kelly to adapt the 2012 International Property Maintenance Code for use in …

Heritage Day offers activities for all ages

By Stacey Federoff
With rides, face painting and a magic show for kids, a battle of the barrel competition for firefighters and complimentary food tickets for veterans, Unity officials hope the sixth annual Heritage Day Festival has something to offer everyone, said Pete …

Derry adds 3 part-time officers to force

By Greg Reinbold
The Derry Borough Police Department should have an easier time coordinating round-the-clock police coverage as a result of council’s vote last week to hire three part-time officers. Council unanimously approved hiring Joseph Albaugh, Alexander Barber and Richard Champion. Barber and …

Greater Latrobe-Laurel Valley Community Chamber of Commerce to honor Arnie’s pal ‘Doc’

By Stacey Federoff
Donald “Doc” Giffin didn’t grow up in the Latrobe area, but the Crafton native has adopted the home of his boss and friend, legendary golfer …

Latrobe law firm’s secretary pleads guilty to income tax evasion

By Paul Peirce
A longtime secretary-bookkeeper at a Latrobe law firm faces up to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine after pleading guilty in U.S. District Court to failing to pay income taxes on at least $150,000 she embezzled. Debra J. …

New bins for recyclables to grace Latrobe area parks

By Stacey Federoff
Children attending the Latrobe summer play camp were among the first to recycle their empty soft drink cans in new bins that will be placed …

Vandalism, diesel fuel theft don’t stop Greater Latrobe opening

By Paul Peirce
Vandals who stuffed caulk into the ignitions of 20 school buses and then siphoned about 9,000 gallons of diesel fuel from a Westmoreland County bus depot’s storage tank during the weekend did not hinder the opening of Greater Latrobe School …

Greater Latrobe schedules will be available online

By Stacey Federoff 11:00 p.m.
Greater Latrobe School District officials said student schedule information will be available online once technology updates are completed by the end of the week. Technology Director Robin Pynos addressed the board at this week’s meeting and said the site has …

Stormwater management plan stuck in stalemate in Unity, Latrobe, Derry Townships

By Stacey Federoff 11:00 p.m.
Officials from Unity, Latrobe and Derry Township continue to be at a stalemate regarding funding for an $8.2 million stormwater management project benefiting all three communities. After months of debate and state mediation, municipal authority board members in the three …

Changes await students at Latrobe, Ligonier Valley, Derry Area

By Nicole Chynoweth Stacey Federoff and Greg Reinbold
Students in the Greater Latrobe, Ligonier Valley and Derry Area school districts might not be excited to give up their summer vacation and return to …

Hostetter family crusades for an end to brain disorder

By Stacey Federoff
Mary Howard of Hostetter has watched a number of family members suffer from Huntington’s disease, including her daughter Christina. “It just gets worse; and when …

Latrobe girl, 4, reaches donation goal from 50 states for Alzheimer fundraising success

By Kari Andren
Two donors in Vermont made for one very excited 4-year-old in Latrobe this weekend. Lilly Myers, who set out to raise money from all 50 …

Westmoreland County Airport Authority OKs $3 million bond issue to expand Arnold Palmer Regional Airport

By Stacey Federoff
The Westmoreland County Airport Authority board on Tuesday approved a $3 million bond issue as part of long-term planning to expand Arnold Palmer Regional Airport, including widening the runway to accommodate larger planes. The money will execute projects in a …

Greater Latrobe hires teachers to prepare for school start

By Tribune-Review
Greater Latrobe school board hired two teachers for Baggaley Elementary school and approved a list of substitute teachers and support personnel ahead of the first day of the 2014-15 school year. Jeffrey Smith, certified in elementary education as well as …

Baggaley Elementary School playground nears completion in Greater Latrobe

By Stacey Federoff
Five-year-old Tyler Wisniewski is looking forward to kindergarten in a few weeks at Baggaley Elementary School, when he will be among the first students to …

New York City children return for visit to Westmoreland countryside under Fresh Air Fund

By Greg Reinbold
A handful of children from New York City bounded off their charter bus on Thursday in Unity for an 11-day vacation in the country sponsored …

Derry sports bar Black and Gold Grill to be featured on reality TV show

By Chuck Brittain
Their 15 minutes of fame may last for only 15 seconds — and maybe not even that long — but for the owners of the …

St. Vincent post office swamped after Steeler's autograph vow

By Stacey Federoff
Mail addressed to Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown has been stacking up at St. Vincent College almost as fast as Brown has been racking up …

Westmoreland County municipalities eye land bank projects to fight blight

By Stacey Federoff
A burned building in Derry Borough, vacant for about 10 years, could be a property that benefits from the Westmoreland County Land Bank, but the borough has not joined the program. Former council President Joe Morton said the borough recently …

Derry district may update policy on electronic devices in schools

By Jacob Tierney
It’s out with the Walkman and in with the iPad in a proposed update for the Derry Area School District’s electronic devices policy, which attempts to modernize the rules dictating students’ gadget use. The proposed policy has not yet been …

Steelers’ training camp brings influx of customers to Latrobe businesses

By Greg Reinbold
For businesses near the Pittsburgh Steelers’ summer home at St. Vincent College in Unity, preparing for the surge in foot traffic of football fans making …