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Kittanning Light Up Night a celebration of holiday spirit, bittersweet endings

By Julie E. Martin
For 20 years, Pat Cavanaugh has been part of the musical magic of Kittanning’s holiday season kick-off. But Friday evening, he had the chance to really light up the town. Cavanaugh, Kittanning High School’s band director, was selected as Light ...

Kittanning men’s club donates $1K to foundation for sick children

By Julie E. Martin
A new tradition of holiday generosity got a boost at Light Up Night from the Kittanning Men’s Club. The group Friday evening presented a $1,000 check to the Lillie Kay Foundation, which collects Christmas presents for kids at Children’s Hospital of ...

Police probe Kittanning Cemetery scam

By Brigid Beatty
State police are investigating a burial plot scam going back three years in which Kittanning residents were swindled out of cash from a man selling plot and burial arrangements for the Kittanning Cemetery. The victims reported that in 2011, they purchased ...

West Kittanning health center could reopen after Pa. Supreme Court ruling

By Stacy Wolford  and Brad Pedersen
The shuttered state Department of Health office in West Kittanning might reopen in the wake of a Pennsylvania Supreme Court decision Thursday. The court sided with a union that represents nurses and put a halt to plans by Gov. Tom Corbett’s ...

Armstrong students put Thanksgiving feasts on the table

By Brad Pedersen
Thanksgiving may have been more than a week away, but West Shamokin senior Scott Bish had his sights set on one thing as teacher Angela ...

Program energizes students at Manor elementary school

By Brigid Beatty
If there were a way to capture the energy and enthusiasm produced by fourth-grade students during a science program at Lenape Elementary School Thursday, it ...

Football game DVD raising money for Armstrong school program

By Brad Pedersen
The final football game of a 100-year rivalry between Kittanning and Ford City high schools is going to be a win for students at Armstrong Junior-Senior High School. A DVD of the historic game played Oct. 24 — which Kittanning won ...

Armstrong’s proposed budget increases spending, holds tax rate steady

By Brad Pedersen
Armstrong County Commissioners on Thursday adopted a $20.8 million preliminary budget that includes a 7.6 percent increase in spending and keeps the tax rate at 17.5 mills. The amount of taxes collected will be $17.1 million, about $100,000 more than ...

Armstrong adds fee for assessment challenges

By Brad Pedersen
Property owners in Armstrong County who challenge their assessment can expect to pay a fee to have their case heard. Armstrong County Commissioners approved a plan Thursday to charge property owners $25 to challenge residential property assessments, and a $100 fee ...

Apollo plans no tax increase

By Braden Ashe
Despite plans to heighten the borough’s police coverage by about 15 percent, Apollo’s 2015 tentative budget calls for no tax or service fee increases. Council approved the tentative budget on Thursday, holding the borough’s tax rate at 10.9 mills for the ...

‘Thanksgiving miracle’ brings turkeys to Armstrong needy

By Brad Pedersen
Two anonymous donors are making sure nobody receiving assistance from the food bank in Armstrong County has to go without a Thanksgiving turkey. Salvation Army Lt. Amber Imhoff said the donors gave $10,000 Wednesday morning to be used to purchase $10 ...

Light-Up Night sparkles with special meaning in Ford City

By Julie E. Martin
Ford City Renaissance Partnership is out to send a message to its ailing chairman— “this Light-Up Night’s for you.” Steve Heffner, 61, a co-chairman of the Renaissance group, was hospitalized last week with heart problems and is recovering in Allegheny General ...

ACLU lawsuit says Allegheny County denied foster care payment to Leechburg woman

By Brian Bowling
The American Civil Liberties Union said in a federal lawsuit filed Wednesday that an Allegheny County agency illegally denied a Leechburg woman foster care payments and other support for the past two years because the four children she’s taking care ...

Leechburg Area plans to hire business manager

By Braden Ashe
The Leechburg Area School Board is expected to contract a new business manager next month. The position held by Mark Lukacs will be vacated at the end of November, when he retires after six years serving the district. He is retiring ...

Model trains on display to help Ford City food bank

By Brigid Beatty
An annual train display in Manor is going full steam ahead from Saturday through Thanksgiving to help a Ford City food bank keep its shelved ...

Leechburg won’t raise taxes

By Braden Ashe
Real estate taxes are expected to hold steady next year for Leechburg home-owners. Council approved a tentative 2015 budget on Tuesday that retains the borough’s tax rate of 15.32 mills for the sixth consecutive year. The budget calls for $1.12 ...

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