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Program helping Armstrong jail inmates earn GED diplomas

By Brigid Beatty 1:27 a.m.
Armstrong County Jail inmate Elizabeth Duncan, 29, has been doing time keeping busy with plenty of reading, writing and arithmetic so she can pass her high school equivalency test. Duncan is among 15 inmates who attend classes once a week …

East Franklin artist featured at Crooked Creek’s monthly speaker program

By Brad Pedersen
An East Franklin artist will share his love of nature and painting during a program Sunday in Crooked Creek Environmental Learning Center. Larry Smail will …

6 high school bands marching in West Shamokin at annual show

By Brad Pedersen
West Shamokin High School will be this year’s host of the Armstrong County Marching Band Festival Wednesday evening. The 14th installment of the annual show …

Conflicting stories leave police seeking answers in Ford City shooting

By Julie E. Martin
Police are sorting through conflicting stories in a search for answers in the case of a Clarion County teen who called 911 from a Ford City home to report he had been shot in New Kensington on Sunday. “This is …

Proposals submitted for use of Armstrong’s federal grant money

By Brad Pedersen
Several municipalities and authorities are vying for a portion of Armstrong County’s federal Community Development Block Grant money this year. About a dozen organizations submitted plans for improvements using funding from the $247,346 Department of Housing and Urban Development grant. …

Apple butter festival keeps tradition alive

By Brigid Beatty
Preparations are under way in Elderton for its annual fall festival featuring the sweet smell of simmering apples and other tasty treats. The Friday and Saturday event marks the town’s seventh annual Apple Butter Fall Festival hosted by the volunteer …

Ford City program educates children about fire safety

By Brigid Beatty
Ford City Fire Department will host its annual family-friendly event to teach kids about fire safety at 5:30 p.m. Thursday evening. “We get a lot of positive feedback. Kids do remember our message,” said Dr. William A. Oleksak, assistant fire …

Ford City police investigate shooting

By Braden Ashe
Police are trying to determine where a Clarion County man was shot on Sunday before calling for help from a house in Ford City. Zack …

Fall colors, Allegheny River the stars of Armstrong Tourist Bureau cruise

By Julie E. Martin
Tickets will go on sale Wednesday for a riverboat tour of Armstrong County designed to showcase the beauty of the region’s main waterway. The Armstrong County Tourist Bureau is bringing Pittsburgh’s Gateway Clipper to the area Oct. 12 for a …

Gilpin police suspensions rescinded, but officers return unclear

By Brian C. Rittmeyer
Gilpin has rescinded all disciplinary actions taken against two suspended police officers and reinstated them with full back pay. No one from the township would say whether officers Daniel G. Clark Sr. and Ralph Varrato will actually return to work. …

Armstrong boroughs getting ready for winter

By Brad Pedersen
West Kittanning had to cut a Cleveland Street paving project to pay for salt to keep roads clear this winter. The borough has $34,000 in liquid fuels funding, which is used for paving projects and to purchase road salt. The …

Improvements to Rails to Trails in Kittanning set for spring

By Brigid Beatty
A project to add handicapped accessibility, a garden and a bird-watching area along the Armstrong Rails to Trails in the borough of Kittanning is set to ramp up in the spring. The project is being funded by a $36,000 grant …

CWM Environmental building headquarters at East Franklin industrial park

By Brad Pedersen
A Rayburn environmental company will build its headquarters in the West Hills Industrial Park in East Franklin. CWM Environmental purchased a 5.2-acre lot in the Armstrong County-owned industrial park and plans to build a 10,000-square-foot building to house its administrative …

Group makes push for skatepark in Ford City

By Julie E. Martin
Though the weather is still pleasant and leaves have barely begun to change, Cody Hileman is looking forward to next summer. By then, he and his friends hope Ford City will have its own skatepark. Hileman and his friends plan …

Mobile barbecue vendor opening storefront in West Kittanning

By Julie E. Martin
After six months of roaming, Big Andy’s Fatback BBQ has found a home. Andrew Leonard has been serving pulled pork sandwiches and side dishes to …

FLAG — the Freeport, Leechburg, Apollo Group — has $47,000 to help businesses renovate

By Braden Ashe
An organization dedicated to the economic revitalization of three Alle-Kiski Valley communities is looking to put around $50,000 into business renovations. The nonprofit organization, called the Freeport Leechburg Apollo Group (FLAG), was recently awarded a $47,000 state Department of Community …

Couple ends long, fruitful work on Ford City library board

By Julie E. Martin
From renovations to referendums, Lou and Natalie Vergari played an instrumental role in keeping Ford City Public Library moving ahead. The couple stepped down from …

Church to help longtime Dayton businessman get bikes out of the brush

By Brad Pedersen
A Kittanning church is going to help a businessman rediscover hundreds of motorcycles overtaken by weeds on property outside his shop in Dayton. Kenneth Knestrick, …

Tractor show a hit in Dayton

By Brigid Beatty
It’s been one week since the Smicksburg Antique Tractor and Machinery Club hosted its debut antique tractor, truck and equipment show at the Dayton Fairgrounds …

Harrison man accused of selling drugs near Leechburg Area High School

By Chuck Biedka
A Harrison man is accused of selling 1,500 packets of heroin near Leechburg Area High School on Sept. 6 and having 1,500 more when arrested …

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