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Elderton losing its top cop

By Julie E. Martin 12:01 a.m.
Friday will be the last day of work in the borough for Elderton’s police chief. Sgt. Mike Pearson is stepping down from the part-time post to spend more time with his wife, who has a serious illness, he said. The Butler ...

Fire destroys Armstrong County tavern

By Brigid Beatty
Fire destroyed the former Greendale Tavern and Bowling Lanes in Valley Township shortly after it was burglarized just before midnight Monday. “There was a theft between ...

Grant funds lessons in etiquette, job interviewing for Ford City students

By Brad Pedersen
Ford City High School students brushed up on their manners and job interviewing skills last week during a luncheon with business people funded by a ...

Off-road Toy Run in Templeton to raise money for charity

By Brad Pedersen
A Manor business is getting ready for a second round of off-roading to collect toys and raise money for several charitable organizations. Stiller Motorsports owner Steve Stiller will host the Toy Run that will include larger vehicles on Dec. 14 at ...

‘Turkey Wars’ food drive at Lenape Elementary benefits needy

By Brad Pedersen
Students and their families exceeded expectations by collecting 4,155 cans of food for Lenape Elementary School’s annual “Turkey Wars” food drive last week. “This is ...

Coupons fuel food bank donation for Kittanning Township family

By Brad Pedersen
Mary Dunbar’s experience as an “extreme couponer” was a boon to Lenape Elementary School’s recent food drive for the Armstrong County Community Action Agency. Her son ...

Ford City planning commission rebounds from member’s resignation

By Julie E. Martin
Ford City’s planning commission is back up to the required number of members a week after the resignation of its newest member at a town hall meeting. Council voted 3-2 on Monday to appoint Matt Lerner to the commission. Vice President ...

Freeport sewage rates to jump 25 percent

By George Guido
Freeport Borough sewage rates will be jumping 25 percent next year, but real estate taxes and trash collection rates will be staying the same. Council plans to give final approval Monday for a $603,000 budget that will keep the real estate ...

Apollo-Ridge to limit any tax hike to 2.8 percent

By Braden Ashe
Any increase in Apollo-Ridge School District property taxes for the 2015-16 school year will not exceed 2.8 percent. That’s the inflation-based index the state Department of Education established for the district next year through the Taxpayer Relief Act, which became law ...

Lenape Technical students prepare 23 turkeys for free Thanksgiving dinners

By Brad Pedersen
Thanksgiving isn’t until Thursday, but Kay Lynn Crissman, a senior at Lenape Technical School in Manor, is already sick of turkey. “I don’t want to see ...

Chances dwindling for Kittanning residents’ feedback on Jefferson Street changes

By Julie E. Martin
Next week will be the last chance for Kittanning residents and business owners to weigh in about traffic changes on Jefferson Street. Though plans to change the street from one-way to two-way traffic with the next phase of Kittanning’s Downtown ...

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 ...

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 ...

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