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Three escape North Apollo fire

By Chuck Biedka
Three people escaped an early afternoon house fire in North Apollo Tuesday. Fire Chief Cliff Rearic said Trisha Blumeraitis, her daughter, Darby Blumeraitis, and Darby’s 2-year-old daughter, all of 1213 Birch Avenue, were not injured. Rearic said firefighters helped Trisha …

McGrann family to see ‘angel’s’ dream come true

By Julie E. Martin
Shanna Mechling’s fiance and their young daughter will celebrate the McGrann woman’s life, spirit — and birthday — in the Florida locale she longed to ...

West Kittanning still wrestling with whether to fix or replace patrol car

By Brad Pedersen
West Kittanning’s police car will remain parked at the borough garage for at least another month while council continues debating whether to fix or replace it. Even after receiving a $1,500 donation from the Kittanning Eagles to help cover costs of ...

Kittanning man the third sentenced in St. Patrick’s Day fatal beating

By Julie E. Martin
Despite an eleventh hour request to withdraw his plea and stand trial, a Kittanning man Tuesday was given the maximum sentence of 20 to 60 months in Armstrong County Jail for his role in the 2013 beating death of a ...

Newest union plans picket outside ACMH Hospital in East Franklin

By Brad Pedersen
Union nurses and other health care professionals will picket Wednesday to protest what they say are “unfair labor practices and unsafe staffing levels” at ACMH Hospital in East Franklin. The informational picket is planned from 4 to 7 p.m. by the ...

Kittanning Dance-a-Thon to help boy’s family

By Brad Pedersen
A Kittanning High School tradition is turning into a community affair to benefit a child with cancer. The school’s annual Dance-a-Thon on April 10 will feature ...

Kittanning to buy new squad car

By Brigid Beatty
The Kittanning Police Department is getting a new patrol car to replace one in need of major repairs. Council approved the purchase Monday after police Chief Bruce Mathews told them that one of the three squad cars, a 2007 Crown Victoria, ...

West Kittanning approves sign moratorium

By Brad Pedersen
West Kittanning Council has ordered that no new commercial signs or billboards be erected and that no structural changes be made to existing commercial signs. Council made the move Monday night to allow time to develop a sign ordinance. The ban ...

Armstrong commissioners race growing each day

By Brad Pedersen
A Kittanning Republican is joining the race for election to the Armstrong County Commissioners. Scott Davis, 56, is the fifth Republican candidate to announce plans to ...

Water lines being replaced in Kittanning

By Brigid Beatty
Pennsylvania American Water is gearing up to begin replacing sections of aging water mains in Kittanning and Applewold. “Pennsylvania American Water is making these investments to prevent emergency repairs and improve fire flows,” Jake Gentile, company operations superintendant said in a ...

Armstrong industrial park taking steps to lure developers

By Brad Pedersen
Officials at the Armstrong County Industrial Development Council are looking for contractors to grade two lots and make them ready to build on near the entrance of Northpointe Industrial Park to attract retail and commercial developers. “We see this as an ...

West Kittanning church fights through frozen pipe problems

By Julie E. Martin
Frozen pipes are causing problems at Harvest Community Church in West Kittanning, but that is not going to stop events and services planned there this ...

Armstrong students slow to apply for scholarships

By Brigid Beatty
Two Armstrong County-based nonprofits have scholarship money to award to eligible students — but application deadlines are fast approaching and time is running out for procrastinators hoping for tuition help for the 2015-16 academic year. “It’s a process, so applicants need ...

Bower won’t seek second term as Armstrong County commissioner

By Brad Pedersen
Armstrong County Commissioner Bob Bower is set to retire after 41 years as an elected official. Bower, 66, after earlier saying he was going to wait ...

Ford City takes step toward hiring third full-time police officer

By Julie E. Martin
Ford City has taken a step toward hiring a full-time police officer required by an arbitrator’s ruling in favor of a union grievance filed last year. The borough this month advertised for volunteers to serve on a civil service commission — ...

Kittanning authority moving forward in shadow of borough’s takeover bid

By Julie E. Martin
The Kittanning Municipal Authority is taking a “business as usual” approach to life — going forth with plans to unveil a new billing system — while attorneys sort out whether the borough will be able to disband the agency and ...

Apollo targets owners who fail to maintain vacant properties

By Braden Ashe
Apollo Council is proposing an ordinance that would penalize those who fail to improve or maintain their vacant properties in the borough. If council votes next month to implement the ordinance, it would take effect immediately and require property owners to ...

Pizza, other sweet treats offered at new Worthington restaurant

By Brigid Beatty
A pizza joint offering more than the savory Italian pies has opened in Worthington. Cooper’s Pizza & Pastry Shop along East Main Street features pizza and ...

Snow sculptures brighten family’s West Kittanning yard

By Julie E. Martin
A West Kittanning man has been making the cold and dreary winter a bit brighter for passersby with his larger-than-life snow sculptures. Since January, Ben ...

Kiskiminetas Democrat enters controller race

By Brad Pedersen
Kiskiminetas resident Calvin Creighton has announced plans to run for Armstrong County controller. Creighton, 59, is the only Democrat running. “I want to provide a public service ...

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