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Apollo to contact owners of vacant properties, issue fines

By George Guido
Apollo is getting set to enforce its vacancy ordinance. The borough will send applications to owners of vacant structures this week. The mailing will include a review of the ordinance. Each owner of a vacant property must fill out an annual application with the borough and make their structures available for ...

Priest celebrates first Mass in Ford City hometown church

By Brigid Beatty
A 26-year-old newly ordained Catholic priest from Manor celebrated his first Mass on Father’s Day in his hometown church of Christ, Prince of Peace in ...

Former Applewold president files stalking complaint against Kittanning man

By Julie E. Martin
A Kittanning man has been accused of stalking, harassing and threatening a public official for the third time in about a year. Charles E. Zimmerman, 25, of Kittanning was charged this month with several misdemeanors following a complaint filed with ...

Bell teen named queen of Fort Armstrong rodeo

By Brigid Beatty
A queen has been crowned to reign over this year’s 20th annual Fort Armstrong Championship Rodeo at Crooked Creek Horse Park in Manor. Caleigh Anderson, 17, ...

Gilpin man to stand trial for child luring

By Chuck Biedka
A Gilpin man will stand trial for allegedly trying to lure two boys into his car last month. Mark L. Diller, 38, of Grafton Road, Gilpin ...

Former Kittanning bar band gets shot on big stage as opener for Sister Hazel

By Brad Pedersen
The Free Peanuts Band — a popular group that played at local bars before taking a break three years ago — will make its return ...

West Kittanning sinkhole tracking toward repair

By Brad Pedersen
Construction is expected to begin this fall to repair a sinkhole at a former service station at 357 Butler Road in West Kittanning. Ben Bothell of Senate Engineering in Harmar said officials are finalizing plans to repair the sinkhole and expects ...

Leechburg home invasion charges dismissed

By Chuck Biedka
Yvonne Sue Shotts smiled as she lit up a cigarette. She and her spouse, Audrey Jo Halverson, are no longer accused of hurting a 91-year-old Leechburg woman in a home invasion in early May. Robbery, conspiracy and all other charges were dismissed ...

Feeney — Applewold president and East Franklin fire chief — steps down

By Julie E. Martin
Mark Feeney has stepped down as Applewold council president and the chief of the East Franklin Fire Department. Feeney said he made the decision so ...

Storms crash Kittanning fire company’s fundraiser

By Brad Pedersen
Heavy rains this year crashed Kittanning Hose Co. 1’s annual Waves of Thunder car and motorcycle show fundraiser. “Unfortunately, Mother Nature showed us that rain, ...

Washington Township community cleaning up after floods, rockslides

By Brigid Beatty
Recent heavy rains will mean months of cleanup for several Washington Township homeowners dealing with the aftermath of a flash flood that sent boulders careening ...

West Kittanning crime watch organizers hoping for continued support

By Brad Pedersen
Crime watch organizers are hoping residents have not lost interest as they prepare for their third meeting at 7 p.m. on July 11 at the West Kittanning Community Building. “It takes an entire community working together to be an effective crime ...

ARDC leader touched by unexpected federal honor

By Julie E. Martin
When Allegheny River Development Corporation President Linda Hemmes visited a Beaver County river lock Wednesday, she had no idea that she would be taking home an award from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. But that is just what happened during ...

Worthington carnival’s success has organizers looking to next year

By Brigid Beatty
Last week’s 66th annual Worthington-West Franklin Carnival was so successful, organizers are already looking for ways to accommodate next year’s crowd. The carnival is a ...

None hurt in East Franklin mobile home fire

By Leader Times
No one was hurt in a fire that broke out just before midnight in East Franklin, according to Armstrong County 911 dispatchers. Fire crews were still on the scene of the mobile home fire at 114 Boltz Road around 1 ...

Low ridership kills West Shamokin after-school bus service

By Brad Pedersen
Jaden DiFilippo relied on a daily activity bus to make the 21-mile trip from West Shamokin High School to her home in South Bend after softball and basketball practices last year. With the school board’s cutting of the service Monday, ...

Lack of quorum quashes Ford City special meeting

By Julie E. Martin
A special meeting of Ford City Council was canceled Monday night because the board did not have a quorum. The session was to have been after a town hall meeting at the Latin American Club, but Councilmen Josh Abernathy and Gene ...

East Franklin mobile home fire traced to cooking mishap

By Tribune-Review
A cooking accident is to blame for a fire that destroyed a mobile home in East Franklin late Monday night. Patricia Leas, 57, escaped the home at 114 Boltz Road after a fire started while she was cooking, according to East ...

Anger, issues raised in 3-hour Ford City town hall meeting

By Julie E. Martin
Ford City’s three-hour town hall meeting Monday provided a good introduction to borough politics for newcomer James Johnson. The Third Avenue resident said he came to the meeting because he wanted to get more involved in his community. After presentations ...

Armstrong School District holds line on taxes despite $2.6M deficit

By Brad Pedersen
Property taxes in the Armstrong School District won’t be going up for next school year, despite a $2.6 million deficit in the 2015-16 budget. The board kept the tax rate at 58.24 mills after unanimously approving the $93.4 million spending plan. It ...

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