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Workers shaken by news Kittanning Foodland will close

By Brad Pedersen
The owner of Foodland in East Franklin is keeping his business plans to himself as 85 workers at the store wonder about their futures in light of this week’s announcement that the store will be closed next month. “Supervalu determined …

Funding cuts leave Armstrong food banks operating on ‘wing and a prayer’

By Brad Pedersen
Demand at food pantries in Armstrong County is rising amid cuts in funding to feed the needy families. “We’re dealing with our monthly state money …

Kittanning razes condemned homes it bought at tax sale

By Julie E. Martin
Kittanning started removing blight from neighborhoods one condemned house at a time this week. Houses at 13501⁄2 Sirwell St. and 1600 Johnston St. have been …

Students, ALS win when Shannock Valley principal takes Ice Bucket Challenge

By Brigid Beatty
Chucking a bucket of ice water over the principal’s head won’t land second-grader Edward Stubrick in any kind of trouble. Instead, the act won the …

Festival benefits Light Up Night, fire department in Ford City

By Brigid Beatty
Two volunteer organizations are teaming up to bring a fun-filled festival to Ford City this holiday weekend. A variety of food will be available to buy under cheerful red and white striped tents set up in the parking lot behind …

Traffic from unofficial bridge detour worries Boyd Road residents in Manor

By Julie E. Martin
A crumbling road that is less than a half-mile long has been discovered by drivers as a way to get around a Hill Street bridge …

College courses offered to Armstrong high school students at bargain prices

By Brad Pedersen
Armstrong School District officials want to get more juniors and seniors ready for life after high school by helping them earn college credits before they graduate. School officials are reaching out to parents during Back to School Nights to explain …

Gas company owner admits defrauding Dominion Gas out of $950K

By Brian Bowling
An Armstrong County man admitted on Tuesday in Pittsburgh federal court to stealing about $950,000 from Dominion Gas over 12 years by falsifying gas production reports. David Hilty, 57, of Kiski Township pleaded guilty to a mail fraud conspiracy. U.S. …

Kittanning man withdraws plea after judge rejects sentence recommendation

By Brigid Beatty
A 36-year-old Kittanning man on Tuesday withdrew his guilty plea to a misdemeanor charge of assaulting a 4-year-old girl because a judge did not accept terms of an agreement that called for him to be sentenced to probation and no …

Kittanning Foodland announces it will close

By Brad Pedersen
Kittanning Foodland announced on its website Tuesday that it will be closing its store in the Hilltop Plaza in East Franklin “in the near future.” A message partially spelled out in green and red peppers and broccoli is posted on …

Support group in Ford City offers help to depressed

By Brigid Beatty
When news of Robin Williams’ suicide broke two weeks ago, fans everywhere grieved the loss of the iconic American actor and comedian. Closer to home, the news pushed a 38-year-old Ford City man to take action and find a way …

Annual Light Up Night gets green light in Ford City

By Julie E. Martin
Ford City Renaissance Community Partnership’s worries over delays in approval for its Nov. 29 holiday celebration Light Up Night are over. “They can start working on it. Absolutely. They can make their arrangements,” interim Borough Manager Eden Ratliff said. “Borough …

Apollo-Ridge School District to list tax delinquents on website

By Braden Ashe
The Apollo-Ridge School District’s website will identify residents who still owe property taxes in January and haven’t committed to paying them. The school board voted, 6-0, on Monday to post the list of delinquent property owners on Jan. 1, 2015. …

Erie woman charged second time in a week in Armstrong

By Brad Pedersen
An Erie woman accused last week of hitting and kicking a police officer in East Franklin faces charges in an unrelated incident in which she allegedly used a box cutter to slash a Manor man during an argument on Sunday. …

East Franklin soldier gets first award founded by actor Sinise

By Julie E. Martin
An East Franklin native was recognized this summer with a military college award founded by actor Gary Sinise. In June, Army Maj. Dan Leard, 34, …

7 generations of Jackson family have operated Kiski Township farm

By Brad Pedersen
Seven generations of Robert Jackson’s family have been working the same 50 acres of farmland in Kiskiminetas for 238 years. The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture …

Fire, water training mix for Freeport volunteer company

By Jodi Weigand
Freeport volunteer firefighters have jumped in to become the latest member of the Armstrong County Water Rescue Task Force. For the first time in the …

‘Caring hands’ reach out to Manor woman with crippling disease

By Brigid Beatty
It’s no simple task for Cindy Crissman, 54, to leave her home in Manor — but without a little outside intervention, it will soon become …

Board looking for ways to get West Shamokin activity bus running again

By Brad Pedersen
A bus to take students of West Shamokin High School home from after-school practices or events was not running when classes began this week — a victim of low ridership and high operating costs. Armstrong School District began offering the …

More charges for Kittanning man accused of leading cops on chase

By Julie E. Martin
Bail was increased to $200,000 when new charges were filed against a fugitive who led police on a high-speed chase on Monday and then eluded capture overnight in the Dayton area. Gregory Louis Douglas, 40, of Kittanning had been jailed …

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