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Memorial a PennDOT reminder to drive safely in work zones

By Brad Pedersen 12:23 a.m.
Eighty-four white crosses draped with reflective vests and hard hats sat solemnly on the lawn of the Armstrong County PennDOT office Wednesday to remind motorists to drive carefully in work zones. Each cross represented a PennDOT worker killed in an …

Fund started to help sidelined Armstrong K-9 Officer Klif

By Brad Pedersen 12:46 a.m.
An injury could keep Klif, Armstrong County’s only police dog, out of commission through May, and officials are looking to the public to help cover …

Residents seek solution to Ford City truck traffic

By Brigid Beatty 12:23 a.m.
Ford City resident Richard Brandstetter, 71, says he is shaken awake most mornings by vibrations from coal trucks traveling up and down Fifth Avenue. “It’s just terrible,” he said. “When a truck hits a rut in the road, it sends …

Armstrong doles out liquid fuels funding to 19 communities

By Brad Pedersen 12:23 a.m.
Armstrong County commissioners have pledged $240,000 to bolster road programs in 19 municipalities. The awards account for 27 percent of the county’s $873,800 liquid fuels budget for 2014. The state funding comes from gasoline taxes for road repairs and maintenance. …

Move forward on nuke dump cleanup, Casey urges

By Mary Ann Thomas 12:54 a.m.
U.S. Sen. Bob Casey is pushing for three federal agencies to reach an agreement on their responsibilities for a cleanup that could cost up to …

Armstrong Community Theater gets audiences involved in ‘Cold’ whodunit

By Julie E. Martin
A tale of small-town murder offers up big-time laughs in Armstrong Community Theater’s latest dinner-theater mystery show. “The Groom Has Cold Feet,” invites audiences to …

Medical company moves into Northpointe to do clinical testing

By Brad Pedersen
A company at the forefront of developing an early cancer detection system now calls Armstrong County its home. NanoVision Diagnostics, a Freeport company that is doing clinical testing of a high-powered optical microscope that detects cancer-related irregularities in DNA, moved …

DEP halts some fines against Ford City

By Brigid Beatty
As Ford City Council members prepare for a special meeting on Monday to discuss monthly bills — they can do so knowing that at least one daily fine levied against the borough has ceased. However, even as one batch of …

PENNVEST funds aid Armstrong, Clarion sewer project

By For The Leader Times
A sewer expansion project that will eliminate contamination problems in northern Armstrong County and southern Clarion County was awarded $3.3 million in state funding on Tuesday. The Pennsylvania Infrastructure Investment Authority approved a $1,437,705 grant and a $1,905,795 low-interest loan …

Classes resume after Leechburg Area bomb threat

By Mary Ann Thomas
The bomb threat at Leechburg High School on Tuesday — the fifth such threat at a school in Armstrong County this month — has the …

`The Green Man’ sculpture puts life into dying Manor elm

By Brigid Beatty
A North Buffalo wood carver worked his magic with a chain saw to transform a tree stump into a symbol of new growth for a …

Rimer residents given keys to open trails to vehicles in emergency

By Brad Pedersen
Fourteen Rimer families in May will be given keys to gates blocking motor vehicle access to a flood-prone portion of Armstrong Rails-to-Trails where they live. The gates are there to discourage people from driving on the trails, but they could …

Manorville man gives children gift of fishing

By Julie Martin
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 …

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
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 …

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