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Southmoreland students go outdoors for lessons

By Marilyn Forbes
What better way to learn about the environment then to go outdoors and engage in hands-on activities. For the past 12 years, that is exactly what the students from the Southmoreland High School earth and science classes have done. Learning about the ...

Scottdale girl learns blacksmith trade

By Kelly Vernon
Madyson Kosor, 11, of Scottdale began learning the craft of blacksmiths from her grandfather two years ago and has taken to it well, participating in ...

Eagle Scout project benefits Scottdale church

By Marilyn Forbes
When looking for an idea for his Eagle Scout project, Justin John of Scottdale did not need to look any further than his own church ...

Southmoreland ‘track kid’ throws way to success

By Paul Paterra
Mikayla Rhodes has been around track and field for as long as she can remember. Her father Mike is the throwing coach at Mt. Pleasant Area ...

Scottdale-area communities plan Memorial Day events

By Marilyn Forbes
Memorial Day will be celebrated across the country Monday. The holiday, observed every year on the last Monday of May, was formerly known as Decoration Day and originated after the Civil War to commemorate the Union and Confederate soldiers who died ...

Southmoreland Superheroes succeed with Walk for Autism

By Linda Harkcom
Once again, the Southmoreland Superheroes Walk for Autism team exceeded its goals for the annual fundraising event. The team, which is headed up by Southmoreland School ...

Man killed after car leaves Route 819, veers through East Huntington parking lot

By Debra Erdley
An East Huntingdon man died Monday afternoon of injuries he suffered when a woman lost control of her vehicle and careened through the parking lot ...

Scottdale police to get new firearms in trade-in

By Marilyn Forbes
Scottdale Council passed a motion for new firearms to be acquired for the police department. However, the weapons will not be of any cost to the taxpayers, because they will be acquired by trading in weapons owned by the borough. Scottdale Police ...

Scottdale man completes 5th straight Boston Marathon

By Paul Paterra
Joe Bierhals admits he “can never get enough” of running in the heralded Boston Marathon. That seems to be quite true since the Scottdale resident completed ...

Southmoreland trio’s letters to authors draw state honors

By Paul Paterra
There were 1,756 entries into the Pennsylvania Letters About Literature Contest from across the state and of those just nine were selected as honorable mention. Three of those nine just happen to be freshmen at Southmoreland High School. Receiving this prestigious ...

West Overton letter gets historical conservation

By Rachel Basinger
Last week, the conservation efforts done to an 1823 letter written by Albert Gallatin were shown off to West Overton Village & Museums Registrar Stephanie ...

West Overton hosts May Mart

By Marilyn Forbes
Gardeners and plant lovers from all over the area will converge upon the West Overton Village & Museums this weekend for the annual May Mart that will once again offer an abundance of plants to select from for garden planting ...

Scottdale Mennonites alternative service recalled

By For The Independent-observer
Most nations maintain armies and some of them allow civilian service options for conscientious objectors to war. The U.S. has had no military draft since 1793, ...

Walker: Free ‘Aging in Place with Life’ seminar set for May 7 in Scottdale

By Patricia Walker
Senior LIFE Greensburg is hosting an “Aging in Place with Life” free seminar at Scottdale Public Library at 7 on May 7. Topics include the benefits of Senior LIFE and solutions for seniors living at home. Learn about the national ...

Ballot for Southmoreland school board race crowded

By Paul Paterra
It’s a very crowded election ballot in the race for positions on the Southmoreland School Board. There are 11 candidates vying for the five vacancies on ...

Golf outing benefit planned to benfit Southmoreland alum

By Paul Paterra
For the second straight year, the golf benefit for Beth Ann (Wisniewski) Lee has simple goals. Sure, funds that will be raised will help to offset the rising medical costs for the 2004 graduate of Southmoreland High School. There’s another goal ...

Southmoreland High School play receives favorable view

By Emily Donovan 9:00 p.m.
“A Dark and Stormy Knight” by Christopher Burruto is a “Monty Python-esque” production of a young princess days away from coronation, but her tempered heart ...

Walker: Dog wardens canvassing homes in Westmoreland County

By Patricia Walker 4:05 p.m.
Dog wardens are canvassing homes in Westmoreland County this week to ensure dog owners have licenses and rabies vaccinations, said Jared Squires, county treasurer. State law requires that dogs 3 months or older be licensed by Jan. 1 each year. ...

Southmoreland repeats as top overachieving district

By Paul Paterra
For the second straight year, Southmoreland is the region’s top overachieving school district according to rankings by the Pittsburgh Business Times. The overachiever rank uses a formula that takes into account three years of Pennsylvania System of School Assessment exam scores, ...

‘Sip and Sing’ event planned at Geyer in Scottdale

By Rachel Basinger
The Geyer Performing Arts Center will be hosting its first “Sip and Sing” wine festival event from 6-9 p.m. May 2 at the Scottdale Fireman’s ...