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Ford City’s Light Up Night may get go-ahead from council Monday

By Julie E. Martin
Ford City Renaissance Community Partnership members say they’ve been left in the dark about whether they will be allowed to decorate the borough this year for Light Up Night festivities. At the beginning of this year, the group asked Ford City Council for permission to decorate the borough for Christmas …

Trail ride benefits Pine-Templeton Volunteer Fire Department

By Brigid Beatty
Off-road vehicle riders will be revving up their engines on Saturday to benefit the Pine-Templeton Volunteer Fire Department. The fifth annual Ride on the Ridge …

Armstrong tax records moving online

By Brad Pedersen
Officials will start putting property tax records online by the end of the year to make them available without having to make a trip to the Armstrong County Courthouse. The goal is to help the public, as well as county, …

Charitable softball tourney for fallen friend this weekend in Schenley

By Julie E. Martin
If someone would have told Amber Phillips 10 years ago that her fledging charity softball tournament would go on to raise $50,000, she wouldn’t have …

Armstrong commissioners take stand against proposed power plant regulations

By Brad Pedersen
The Armstrong County Commissioners threw their support behind the coal industry on Thursday by voicing their opposition to proposed federal power plant regulations. The commissioners unanimously approved a resolution that calls for the Environmental Protection Agency to withdraw or revise …

Woman accused of hitting trooper in East Franklin cemetery

By Leader Times
An Erie woman was charged with felony aggravated assault for allegedly hitting and kicking a police officer checking on her welfare in an East Franklin cemetery. Brenda Marie McMahon, 42, was discovered unconscious at 10:50 p.m. Aug. 14 in a …

Armstrong 911 service restored after 90 minute power loss

By Brad Pedersen 5:09 p.m.
Emergency officials are trying to determine what knocked Armstrong County’s 911 Center out of service for 90 minutes on Wednesday morning and why a battery backup system failed to keep things running. Officials suspect a power surge knocked all of …

Kittanning man charged with selling heroin in Ford City

By Brigid Beatty 5:09 p.m.
A Kittanning man was charged on Tuesday with selling heroin in Ford City. Jason McIntyre, 23, of 1049 Orr Ave., was arrested on drug charges …

Fugitive captured in Washington Township after eluding police overnight

By Julie E. Martin
The search for a man who led police on a high speed chase on Route 839 Monday night and then fled on foot into the …

Free program in Kittanning helps adults spot teen drug use

By Brad Pedersen
Drug prevention starts at home, and local police want to teach parents and guardians how to spot signs that their teens may be using. “Teen Scene” on Thursday aims to educate adults about the symptoms of drug use, trends in …

Leechburg Area postpones decision to lease property for natural gas drilling

By Braden Ashe
The Leechburg Area School Board has postponed until September its decision to lease district property in West Leechburg for natural gas drilling. A vote was scheduled for Tuesday to enter into an oil and natural gas agreement with EQT Production …

Rural Valley man jailed on charges of breaking into house twice

By Trib Total Media
A Rural Valley man was committed to Armstrong County Jail on $100,000 bond when he was charged with breaking into a woman’s house twice and …

Police seek pair who broke into Manor home

By Julie E. Martin
Police are searching for two men who broke into a Manor home and fled after being surprised by the granddaughter of its late owner on Monday afternoon. “She walked upstairs and there were two gentlemen rooting through the drawers,” Cody …

Charges pending results of toxicology tests in Rayburn crash

By Julie E. Martin
State police are awaiting toxicology results to determine if alcohol was a factor in a three-vehicle crash that injured three people last week on Route 28/66 in Rayburn. The accident happened just before 6 p.m. Friday when a Chevy pickup …

McVille Airport gets grant to build hangar

By Leader Times
South Buffalo’s McVille Airport is among 20 airports across the state slated to receive funding through PennDOT’s aviation development program for upgrading facilities. McVille Airport has been allocated $200,000 to construct a hangar. “Providing transportation options is vital to moving …

Ford City may turn to county for input

By Julie E. Martin
Ford City Council wants help with economic development, and officials are considering turning to sources outside the borough to get it. Looking beyond its financial woes, council and a handful of residents on Monday night discussed the borough’s assets — …

Events to raise money, boost spirits in Ford City

By Brigid Beatty
Organizers of several upcoming events want to inject Ford City with a dose of community spirit. The Ford City Renaissance Community Partnership is hosting its third annual Heart and Sole 5K and duathlon on Saturday. The event will help fund …

Apollo-Ridge board considers publishing tax deadbeats’ names

By Braden Ashe
The Apollo-Ridge School District may post on its website a list of residents who still owe property taxes after the Dec. 31 deadline. The board will vote on Monday whether to post the list in January in an effort to …

Boaters have run of Allegheny River as Army Corps temporarily reopens 4 locks

By Julie E. Martin
Boaters descended en masse on Saturday upon the Upper Allegheny River, taking advantage of a rare chance to pass through locks that have been closed …

Millions approved for rail improvements in Western Pennsylvania

By Tribune-Review
The Allegheny Valley Railroad Co. will receive $1.9 million in state money to rehabilitate its 36th Street bridge, increasing its weight capacity and reducing a curve on the bridge, the governor’s office announced. It was among 39 rail freight projects …

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