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Ownerless emu finds ‘buddy’ at new Greensburg home

By Brad Pedersen 2:42 p.m.
No one has claimed an emu that was running loose in Parks last week, so the big bird will likely spend the rest of its days at the Westmoreland County farm where it was taken after being captured. “He’s very ...

Rural Valley judge hanging up robes after 34 years on the bench

By Brad Pedersen
District Judge Samuel Goldstrohm is retiring Friday after 34 years on the bench in Rural Valley. “I can honestly say there hasn’t been a day when ...

Plea withdrawals made harder by Pennsylvania Supreme Court

By Brigid Beatty 12:04 p.m.
A recent state Supreme Court decision is expected to make it more difficult for a defendant to withdraw a guilty plea before sentencing. “The law is still the same — it’s just been tweaked,” Armstrong County President Judge Kenneth Valasek ...

Natural gas fueling station opens in East Franklin

By Brigid Beatty
An Armstrong County oil and gas producer is keeping pace with a growing trend in the alternative fuel industry with its recent opening of a ...

Manor family parting with WWII memorabilia at estate sale

By Brad Pedersen
A widow from Manor is putting half of her family’s large World War II memorabilia collection — some of which is on loan to the ...

Lab Fest in Parks a family reunion of a different sort

By Brigid Beatty
A Parks canine reunion Sunday will set a lot of tails wagging when more than 20 puppies return home to meet their Labrador parents. Audrey Thomas ...

Newest council member aims to make Ford City ‘best it can be’

By Julie E. Martin
Ford City’s newest council member is a borough native who wants to make her home “the best that it can be.” “I don’t have all the ...

5K in Bethel to benefit group that offers horse rides to disabled children

By Brad Pedersen
Members of a nonprofit will crawl, walk and run Saturday so that children with disabilities have the chance to take a therapeutic ride on a horse. The Fort Armstrong Horseman’s Association is hosting the Crooked Creek Crawl, Walk or Run 5K ...

Float for non-motorized craft organized on Allegheny River

By Julie E. Martin
The Allegheny River Development Corporation will get a little help from its river-loving friends Saturday. The Templeton/Adrian Floatation Awareness River Rafting Day has joined forces with the nonprofit that established a public-private partnership to pay for lock operations on the river ...

Amateur singers have time to sign up for Festival Idol at Fort Armstrong Folk Festival

By Brigid Beatty
There’s still time for amateur singers to sign up to compete in the fourth annual Festival Idol next week in Kittanning during the first day of the Fort Armstrong Folk Festival. “But people shouldn’t wait,” said Paul Wright, Festival Idol ...

Expect delays on Route 422 in Manor two days next week

By Brad Pedersen
Motorists can expect delays on Route 422 in Manor for two nights next week when the highway is closed in 15-minute intervals going in both directions while work to replace a bridge is done. The closures will be from  7 p.m. ...

NLRB considering union’s latest complaint against ACMH Hospital in East Franklin

By Brad Pedersen
A discrimination charge filed against ACMH Hospital in East Franklin last month could be joining an earlier union complaint at a trial in front of a federal judge in Pittsburgh in September. An August trial on the earlier charge alleging hospital ...

Annual festival kicks off in Rural Valley

By Brigid Beatty
As workers set up for the 26th annual Shannock Valley Community Festival on Thursday afternoon, vendors and organizers alike were grateful for Mother Nature’s cooperation. “This ...

Committee to address transportation needs in Armstrong, other counties

By Brad Pedersen
Business leaders and elected officials from Armstrong County and nine other Southwestern Pennsylvania counties are forming a committee to begin discussing the region’s long-term transportation needs this fall. “As a region, we need to discuss what we would like to do ...

Armstrong agencies keeping close watch on state budget woes

By Brad Pedersen
A pair of social agencies in Armstrong County are working to ensure services won’t be interrupted if a state budget isn’t adopted soon. The Armstrong County Area Agency on Aging, and Children, Youth & Family Services, which rely on state funding ...

Leechburg Area mulls collection service

By George Guido
The Leechburg Area School District is likely to reinstitute a collection service for delinquent taxes. The school board Wednesday heard a presentation from Jim Geronimo of Municipal Revenue Service of Erie. He outlined his company’s program in which Municipal Revenue ...

Disabled volunteer relates others at Kittanning health center

By Brigid Beatty
A Bradys Bend man who lost a leg more than a year ago to diabetes is using his experience to offer support and hope to ...

Journey takes parents with disabled children to pool in East Franklin

By Brigid Beatty
East Franklin residents Fred and Kim Neal know the challenges of families who have a child with special needs — which is why they continue ...

Ford City councilman says he plans on resigning

By Julie E. Martin
Ford City Councilman Josh Abernathy — when asked during a Monday meeting — said that he will be moving out of the borough and resigning his 2nd Ward post in the summer. But his answer was less clear when the ...

Ford City council bolsters its ranks

By Julie E. Martin
Ford City council is back up to a board of six, but some question the process by which officials selected its newest member. Council voted Monday to appoint Beth Bowser to the 2nd Ward seat left vacant by Scott ...

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