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Ligonier doctor’s appeal to practice rejected

By Rich Cholodofsky
A former Ligonier podiatrist who served 10 years in prison for killing his wife with a dry-cleaning bag won’t be allowed to resume his medical practice, a state appeals court ruled Monday. The court sided with the State Podiatry Board’s rejection of Karl Long’s request to have his medical license reinstated, ...

Ligonier Valley YMCA marks start of 32,000-square-foot expansion

By Nicole Chynoweth
The Ligonier Valley YMCA held a groundbreaking ceremony Friday afternoon marking the start of construction for its 32,000-square-foot expansion project, which will feature a new ...

Fracking foes pack zoning discussion in Ligonier Township

By Nicole Chynoweth
With the clock ticking down on the time allotted for Ligonier Township supervisors to pass an updated zoning ordinance, many residents spoke up at a ...

Little competition in Ligonier Valley’s primary election

By Nicole Chynoweth
Voters in the Ligonier Valley area will see few challenges in the numerous seats up for grabs in May’s primary election, according to Westmoreland County’s unofficial candidate list. The deadline to file petitions for major-party nominations for the primary was March ...

St. Clair man waives hearing

By Ligonier Echo
A 60-year-old man who police said threatened to kill his wife and tried to choke his son at his residence waived his right to a preliminary hearing before District Judge Denise Snyder Thiel on Friday. Richard D. Neuner of Fifth Street ...

‘Twisted Benefit’ supports young girl’s battle against bone cancer

By Cami Dibattista
“A Twisted Benefit,” a fun, family-friendly event benefiting local third-grader Neveah Griffin, will take place from 4-7 p.m. March 28 at SpringHill Suites Pittsburgh in Latrobe. Neveah Griffin, 8, is battling osteosarcoma, a form of bone cancer, “It’s important that ...

Holy Trinity Church youths present 40th Easter pageant

By Cami Dibattista
The Lenten performance of “His Passion Forever,” a pageant depicting Christ’s journey, has become a tradition for youth members of Holy Trinity Church. Performances are slated ...

Ligonier women’s club plans benefit

By Rebecca Ridinger
The Business and Professional Women of Ligonier Valley are preparing for the inaugural “Raffle-Tacular” fundraising event that will take place at Ligonier Town Hall from 1-4 p.m. April 25. Doors open at noon and tickets cost $5. In previous years, the ...

Family of 3 displaced by fire in Ligonier; dog feared dead

By Nicole Chynoweth
A love of animals compelled Suzanne Flower to rush into a burning house Monday afternoon, she said. Flower, 57, of Ligonier was walking her niece’s ...

Lawyer: Ligonier Township ethics ruling inconclusive

By Nicole Chynoweth
The State Ethics Commission didn’t conclusively determine whether a Ligonier Township supervisor who has three oil and gas leases with XTO Energy has a conflict of interest in voting on a proposed ordinance that has provisions for unconventional drilling. In ...

Youth in Business class offers hands-on lessons at Ligonier Valley

By Nicole Chynoweth
Through his job as manager of primary operations at Carpenter Latrobe Specialty Metals, Tom Kantor has noticed a gap in the skills of job applicants. “We ...

Missing woman’s body located in Cook Township

By Joe Napsha and Mary Pickels
A St. Vincent College adjunct chemistry professor whose body was found Sunday morning in a wooded area off Route 711 south of Ligonier was remembered by one of her colleagues as a person liked by everyone – faculty and students. The ...

Ligonier Township drilling moratorium motion fails

By Nicole Chynoweth
The hopes of numerous Ligonier Township residents met disappointment last week when the supervisors did not vote in favor of one board member’s motion to place a moratorium on unconventional gas well drilling until a study can be done to ...

Ligonier library introduces digitized Echoes

By Deborah A. Brehun
Nearly 4,000 visitors a year visit the Pennsylvania Room at the Ligonier Valley Library in search of family histories and other research project information . The library will officially unveil its new digitized research system, providing faster, more efficient research capabilities, ...

Laurel Mountain project bidding process delayed

By Nicole Chynoweth
A renovation project at the Laurel Mountain ski area won’t go out to bid until a third-party cost estimator reviews plans to make sure construction can be completed within the state’s $5.2 million budget. Troy Thompson, press secretary for the Department ...

Ligonier Borough pursues Diamond repairs

By Nicole Chynoweth
Ligonier Borough council is looking to spruce up its front yard. At its March 12 meeting, council approved the purchase of 12 decorative bollards from George Ely Associates of Carlisle for about $3,700 to install around the Diamond. It also authorized ...

Ligonier Valley High School cast presents ‘Little Shop of Horrors’

By Cami Dibattista
Ligonier Valley High School students will present a live performance of “Little Shop of Horrors” 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday. The comedic love story ...

Passenger dies after car strikes tree in Ligonier Township

By Nicole Chynoweth
A Ligonier Borough woman on her way home from church Sunday was a passenger in a one-vehicle crash in Ligonier Township and died in a Johnstown hospital, police said. Laura Fenton, 73, died of a neck fracture from blunt-force trauma, according ...

Former Ligonier Township zoning officer Angelo fined for ethics violation

By Nicole Chynoweth
The State Ethics Commission said a former Ligonier Township zoning officer did not violate the state Ethics Act when she used township computers to operate a personal eBay account during work hours. But she did violate the act when she failed ...

Darlington firefighters reignite popular fundraiser

By Deborah A. Brehun
When Idle Park Volunteer Fire Department and its ladies auxiliary formed in July of 1955, they quickly went to work raising funds to purchase trucks ...