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Ligonier Township planners offer suggested changes to zoning proposal

By Nicole Chynoweth 12:01 a.m.
Ligonier Township’s planning commission is suggesting to the supervisors several changes to the proposed zoning ordinance. During its meeting on Thursday, the board voted to recommend increasing the 200-foot buffer zone around unnamed perennial streams to 325 feet, increasing the setback from a well site to a protected structure from 650 ...

Ligonier Township K-9 Unit purchases thermal imaging camera

By Nicole Chynoweth
The Ligonier Township Police K-9 Unit is adding an extra level of safety to its operations. Thanks to grants from the Ligonier Valley Endowment and the ...

Ligonier news anchor looks forward to retirement

By Cami Dibattista
Ligonier’s Bill Brown, a fixture on the Channel 6 WJAC news team for the last 32 years, will be retiring from the station at the ...

Van driver charged for hitting Valley School bus

By Mary Pickels
Gregory N. Freed of Mt. Pleasant was charged with four motor vehicle violations after a van he was driving struck a school bus in Somerset ...

Randall trial in bludgeoning death is delayed

By Rich Cholodofsky
The attorney for a Laurel Mountain man accused of bludgeoning to death his girlfriend last year told a judge Feb. 17 the trial could begin in June. Gregory Randall, 57, appeared in court for a brief hearing before Judge David Regoli ...

‘Food 2 Go 4 Kids’ helps Ligonier Valley students in need

By Nicole Chynoweth
A program designed to provide Ligonier Valley children in need with food on the weekends is thriving, but organizers need ongoing funding to sustain it. Ligonier ...

Ligonier Borough OKs Wigle Sisters opening

By Nicole Chynoweth
Ligonier Borough Council has given Wigle Sisters Kitchen the go-ahead to open shop at 321 W. Main Street. At a conditional use hearing Thursday, council voted unanimously to approve Elise Wells’ request to open a comfort foods restaurant in a building ...

Ligonier Valley student club focuses on family, career, community

By Nicole Chynoweth
For almost half a century, the Family, Career and Community Leaders of America organization has motivated students to solve community issues through family and consumer ...

Ligonier Township man plans Kenya medical mission

By Deborah A. Brehun
Ken Clark has accomplished many things in his life including travels to many countries for work, vacation and most recently, humanitarian missions. “I can remember when ...

Valley School bus collides with van, 6 injured

By Paul Peirce
A small bus carrying 13 students to Valley School of Ligonier collided with a van on an icy roadway Monday morning, sending the van driver and five students to hospitals, state police said. The accident occurred at 7:34 a.m. on ...

SAMA lunch a l’Art fuses fishing with art

By Rebecca Ridinger
Pectoral fins and Picasso? Rod Flex and Rembrandt? It’s all coming together on Feb. 26 at the Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art’s latest lunch a l’Art, featuring fly fishing aficionado Monty Murty, who will be discussing the relationship between fishing ...

Fracking foes pack Ligonier Township hearing

By Nicole Chynoweth
With more than 100 people filling the Ligonier Valley High School auditorium, the Ligonier Township supervisors and planning commission listened to more than three hours ...

Darlington woman shares culture through cooking

By Nicole Chynoweth
Elizabeth Kastal came to the Unites States with her two daughters in 1984 in the pursuit of freedom, a few years after her husband, Laszlo “Leslie” Kastal, immigrated though sponsorship from the Hungarian Reform Federation. Since then, she has used the ...

Paranormal group investigates Ligonier Theatre

By Cami Dibattista
Amidst dusty props in the basement and the crowded costume room of the Ligonier Theatre, members of the Westmoreland Paranormal Society conducted a recent investigation ...

Fort Ligonier lecture commemorates Washington’s birthday

By Deborah A. Brehun
George Washington loved dancing. It can be presumed that Washington, who’s 283rd birthday will be commemorated on Feb. 22, was looking forward to his inaugural ball ...

Ligonier Township forwards proposed zoning changes to Westmoreland County planners

By Nicole Chynoweth
Ligonier Township’s draft zoning ordinance and map will be sent to the Westmoreland County Planning Division for review. Township supervisors voted unanimously Tuesday to pass second versions of the documents on to county planners to collect input, with Supervisor Bruce Robinson’s ...

Ligonier Valley votes to sell school

By Nicole Chynoweth
Ligonier Valley School District will enter into negotiations with Western PA Coal Resorts LLC, an entity of Coal Capital Holdings LLC, for the sale of the defunct Laurel Valley Middle High School. The school board voted, 5-4, Monday night to ...

Ligonier man accused of assaulting girls, providing them with liquor

By Tribune-Review
A 51-year-old Ligonier man was arrested Saturday on charges of providing liquor to two teenage girls last month and assaulting them. Fred Emerson Harlan III is charged with multiple counts of indecent assault, indecent exposure, open lewdness, furnishing liquor to minors, ...

Ligonier Valley YMCA expansion work to begin by end of March

By Nicole Chynoweth
The Ligonier Valley YMCA will break ground on its 32,000-square-foot expansion project in March. Executive Director Larry Stormer said general contractor Fort Construction Group and ...

Ligonier Township family has home ice advantage

By Deborah A. Brehun
When he was growing up in Elizabeth, Jeffrey Hunt always wanted to put an ice hockey rink in his backyard. Years later, after moving to ...