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Manorville man gives children gift of fishing

By Julie Martin 11:48 p.m.
Dale Ortmann is hooked on sharing his love of fishing with children in and around Armstrong County. The 39-year-old Manorville resident started giving away fishing rods about a year ago. Last week, he gave away his 150th rod. According to …

Bridge work planned for Route 68 in Brady’s Bend

By For The Leader Times
Traffic will be limited to one lane on Route 68 between Kittanning Hollow and Seybertown roads in Brady’s Bend until October while PennDOT replaces five bridges on the one-mile stretch. New Stanton’s C.H.&D. Enterprises started the $4.7 million project last …

Kittanning man part of wrestling show benefitting Ford City Summerfest

By Brad Pedersen 11:20 p.m.
Rick Marshall is a brooding and merciless professional wrestler from Jerkwater, Pa., who will stand 6-feet 4-inches and weigh in at a solid 270 pounds …

Study to target pool use at Belmont Complex

By Brad Pedersen
Armstrong County is seeking a $60,000 grant to study ways to make its pool at the Belmont Complex in East Franklin more of a splash. “The Belmont Complex needs to start looking toward and planning for the future,” said Belmont …

Survivors in critical condition a day after fifth Armstrong County car crash victim dies

By For The Leader Times
Two survivors of a Wednesday night car crash that killed five people in Armstrong County remained in critical condition Friday in UPMC Presbyterian in Oakland, a hospital spokeswoman said. Robert Edward Kelley Jr., 33, of Avonmore and Kristy Ann Schall, …

Freeport teacher from Ford City honored

By Brigid Beatty
A Freeport High School  biology teacher from Ford City has won a Pittsburgh-area science award after just two years on the job. Janelle Sanders received …

4 dead in ‘horrific’ Armstrong County crash

By Brigid Beatty
A speeding car carrying two Apollo teenagers and a third from Rural Valley slammed head-on into an Avonmore woman’s car, killing her and all three …

Rural Valley postmaster sentenced for embezzling post office funds

By Brian Bowling
An Army veteran told a federal judge on Thursday that he had always planned to be buried with military honors. “I hope I can still do that,” Lawrence F. Stoken III said while wiping away tears. Stoken, 47, of Murrysville …

‘Women Build’ tackles 2 Armstrong Habitat projects

By Brigid Beatty
Attention women. It’s time to grab a hard hat and hammer — there’s work to be done. An Armstrong Habitat for Humanity house in Kittanning …

Apollo Earth Day Dash to benefit trail expansion

By Brad Pedersen
Fundraising to connect the Roaring Run Trail in Apollo to others in southwestern Pennsylvania will be the focus of a Saturday event that features runners …

Bullet strikes Armstrong school van

By Brad Pedersen
Nobody was injured when a bullet hit an Armstrong School District van on Route 422 in Plumcreek on Tuesday morning. State police are trying to determine who fired the bullet that hit the back quarter panel of the van owned …

Kittanning suspect waives prelim on drug charges

By Brad Pedersen
Ashley Remaley, 30, of Kittanning waived her preliminary hearing on drug charges in District Judge James Owens’s court on Wednesday for allegedly selling heroin to Armstrong County Narcotics Enforcement Team informants in March. Remaley is charged with four felony counts …

Punxsutawney driver gets jail sentence for fatal crash

By Leader Times
A 21-year-old Punxsutawney man charged in 2011 in a one-car crash that killed three teens has been sentenced to 12 to 36 months in Armstrong County Jail on three felony counts of vehicular homicide. Blair Ernest Smith in March pleaded …

Ford City steps closer to stopping water plant fines

By Brigid Beatty
Time is of the essence for Ford City council and its engineer to stop fines from accruing against the borough for problems associated with its antiquated water plant. Borough Engineer Jim Garvin hopes to submit a final permit application this …

Leechburg adds 2 part-time police officers

By Braden Ashe
Leechburg Area students won’t be the only ones in the borough seeing their security officer in uniform. Roger Kaufman, 50, of Harrison was one of two people hired by Leechburg Council on Tuesday as a part-time police officer. He joins …

Vandals strike Kittanning doctor’s memorial in picnic area

By Brad Pedersen
Marian Garrott was shaken with disbelief last weekend when she found that vandals had toppled a cement picnic table and benches that were erected as …

Grove City man charged with passing counterfeit bills

By Brad Pedersen
A Grove City man faces forgery and theft charges for allegedly passing a half-dozen counterfeit $20 bills at two East Franklin businesses in March. State …

Ford City must determine solution to pay off $21,000 in water supply fines

By Brigid Beatty
It has been three weeks since Ford City Council voted to move ahead and build a water plant — but it still must resolve how to pay fines levied against the borough by the Department of Environmental Protection because of …

Armstrong County School Board postpones selling delinquent real estate tax claims

By Brad Pedersen
The Armstrong School Board has put plans to sell its delinquent 2013 real estate taxes on hold until next month. School board president  Joseph Close said the board did not have the specific figures required to decide if it wants …

Cowanshannock American Legion loses building but keeps marching on

By Brigid Beatty
Three World War II veterans have been welcomed as lifetime members of the American Legion in Cowanashannock and remain committed to its mission despite dwindling …

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