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Both candidates for governor visiting Armstrong County on Saturday

By Valley News Dispatch
Both gubernatorial candidates will be holding public events in Armstrong County on Saturday. Democratic challenger Tom Wolf will be making a campaign stop in Leechburg in the afternoon, while incumbent Republican Tom Corbett will attend a public rally near Elderton. …

Car crashes into house on East Brady Road in East Franklin

By Julie E. Martin  and Brigid Beatty 7:45 p.m.
Two are hospitalized after a car crashed into the living room of an East Franklin home Thursday night when its driver lost control on a bend in East Brady Road that is locally known as “dead man’s curve.” A Hyundai …

Pickleball ambassador gets sport a spot at YMCA in Kittanning

By Julie E. Martin
October may be Lisa Brochetti’s first month as an official pickleball ambassador, but she set the ball in motion to bring the game to Armstrong …

Living Water Church takes over Knights of Columbus building in Kittanning

By Brigid Beatty
Members of Living Water Church, who have been transforming the former Knights of Columbus building into their new house of worship along Kittanning’s Woodward Avenue, …

Program bridges several disciplines for Kittanning students

By Brad Pedersen
A physics class changed the way Kittanning High School junior Natalie Foster looks at bridges. “When I drove across a bridge before, there was never …

Apollo-Ridge school bus safety program aims to drive message home

By Braden Ashe
They’re sometimes not given the respect they deserve, but when motorists don’t heed the message on the stop arm of a school bus, the results …

Run with ‘zombies’ at West Shamokin fundraiser

By Brigid Beatty
Ever wondered how much speed it would take to out- run a bunch of zombies? Those who want to put that question to the test can do so on Saturday during a 2-mile Zombie Survival Run at West Shamokin Junior-Senior …

Grievance holding up police hiring in Ford City

By Julie E. Martin
Ford City’s mayor is asking borough council to hire more part-time patrolmen, but a member of its police committee says that cannot happen until an arbitration hearing for a labor grievance filed by full-time officers is finished. The grievance was …

Lenape Tech opening center for adult training Thursday in Manor

By Brad Pedersen
Lenape Technical School in Manor on Thursday will open its nearly $2 million adult education center that has been under construction for a year. The …

Hearing addresses questions about proposed West Franklin limestone mine

By Brigid Beatty
Questions about dust and the impact a proposed Armstrong County limestone mine would have on water quality were the focus of a public hearing attended by about 20 people Tuesday in the Worthington-West Franklin fire hall. The hearing was part …

Leechburg councilwoman resigns; applicants sought

By Braden Ashe
Leechburg Borough is seeking applicants interested in filling a vacancy left by Councilwoman Sheran Kupas’ resignation. Kupas submitted a brief letter of resignation to council on Tuesday, citing “personal issues” as reason for her departure. She provided no additional details …

Kittanning paving projects starting; completion expected within a week

By Julie E. Martin
Paving begins Wednesday on Kittanning’s latest street improvement project, and the bulk of the work is expected to be finished by the end of next week. Pittsburgh’s Tresco Paving is updating eight sections of borough streets, taking them down to …

Grants boost tunnel, trail work in Clarion and Armstrong counties

By Brigid Beatty
The Allegheny Valley Land Trust has more than $1 million in funding to fix a defunct and run-down train tunnel and transform it into a safe passage along a recreational trail after being awarded a $500,000 grant from the Department …

VA seeks input on services at Ford City clinic

By Brad Pedersen
Increased services and a possible change in location are in the works for a Ford City outpatient clinic for veterans. Veterans Affairs will host a meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesday in the National Guard Armory, 108 Valley View Drive, Ford …

Ford City joining growing fight against blight

By Julie E. Martin
An effort to restore rundown properties and return them to the tax rolls is being tagged as the “Blight to Life” initiative by the Ford City planning commission. “If we get rid of some of the blight, I think Ford …

Armstrong County to try Welshman on indecent assault, related charges

By Chuck Biedka
A citizen of Wales residing in Leechburg will stand trial in Armstrong County Court on charges that he inappropriately touched two young girls on several …

Valley Township couple goes all out for Halloween

By Brigid Beatty
On a lonely stretch of road in Valley Township, motorists slow to a crawl as ghoulish scarecrows, witches, evil clowns and other ghastly apparitions loom …

Progressive Workshop open houses Thursday in Kittanning, Rayburn

By Brigid Beatty
Staff and employees at the Progressive Workshop of Armstrong County’s three facilities in Kittanning and Rayburn are looking forward to showing folks what the organization …

Volunteers answer call to duty at veteran’s center in Cowansville

By Brad Pedersen
Derrick Paco Littlejohn quietly watched a group of 75 Home Depot employees work Friday to fix up the Mechling-Shakley Veterans Center in Cowansville. Littlejohn, who …

Armstrong commissioners leery about Wolf’s severence tax proposal

By Brad Pedersen
Armstrong County commissioners are not ready to support Democratic gubernatorial candidate Tom Wolf’s proposal to add a tax on natural gas production because of uncertainties of how that extra revenue would be distributed in the state. “With a severance tax, …

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