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No one hurt when Indiana school bus hits pole in Shelocta

By Brad Pedersen 12:45 a.m.
An Indiana Area School District bus carrying one student went over an embankment and hit a pole on Route 156 near Gobblers Run Road in Shelocta on Tuesday. The unidentified bus driver suffered a medical problem that caused him to …

Ford City group focuses on health of park’s trees

By Julie E. Martin 12:46 a.m.
When it comes to Ford City trees, Stacy Klukan’s roots run deep. “I’ve always loved trees, ever since I was a little girl,” said Klukan, …

Guitar added to course list at Ford City High School

By Brad Pedersen 12:46 a.m.
Armstrong School District officials used a grant to expand the music program at Ford City High School with an elective course to teach seventh- and eighth-graders how to play guitar. A $5,000 grant from the Armstrong School District Foundation was …

Kittanning to crack down on dock hogs

By Julie E. Martin 12:46 a.m.
The docks in front of Kittanning’s John P. Murtha Amphitheater will be off-limits to boaters from midnight to 6 a.m. in an effort to keep boaters from hogging the space. Kittanning prohibits 24-hour mooring at the 200-foot dock below Riverfront …

Castle raffle in Ford City will benefit Make-a-Wish

By Brigid Beatty 12:48 a.m.
Teen and young adults from Armstrong County finished a project fit for royalty that they hope to raffle off to make someone else’s dream come …

New Dayton food pantry sees more people each week

By Kathleen Edwards
Jackie Bussard places a can of peas on a shelf. Canned goods, bottles of juice and boxes of cereal sit neatly in rows nearby. It’s …

RX Fit brings cross-training to Ford City

By Julie E. Martin
With a move to a new building and an increasing interest in cross-training workouts, things are starting to shape up for a Ford City gym. …

Apollo Council, solicitor prepare vacancy ordinance

By Braden Ashe
Apollo Council hopes to finalize a vacancy ordinance by the end of the year. A preliminary draft would require the owners of all vacant properties to immediately register them with the borough. If within a year of the registration date, …

Apollo couple giving back with fundraiser for Armstrong cancer center

By Brigid Beatty
When Doris McDivitt, 60, of Apollo was diagnosed with cancer in December and started treatment at ACMH Hospital’s Richard G. Laube Cancer Center in East …

Ford City explores beefing up code enforcement

By Julie E. Martin
Ford City may add a compliance officer to its roster to help clean up the borough. Ford City contracts with Lawrence County’s Richardson Inspection Services to issue building permits and enforce building codes. A compliance officer would enforce codes to …

Armstrong School District works out contract with cafeteria workers

By Brad Pedersen
Armstrong School District’s cafeteria staff and administrators agreed to terms of a three-year contract on Thursday after five months of negotiations. The contract guarantees the district’s 65 cafeteria employees an annual 3 percent wage increase and a high-deductible health care …

Manor appliance store owners retire after 45 years in family’s business

By Brad Pedersen
After 45 years, Barker’s Appliances in Manor will have new owners. Tom and Mary Ann Barker of Rayburn have sold the store on Wray Plan …

‘Victory’ for ARDC; Armstrong locks to open in 2015

By Julie E. Martin
A one-word email virtually ended the fight for the leader of a group that’s been pushing for years to have the Allegheny River locks in Armstrong County reopened to recreational boaters. “ ‘Victory.’ That’s all it said,” Allegheny River Development Corp. …

Funding cuts leave Armstrong food banks operating on ‘wing and a prayer’

By Brad Pedersen
Demand at food pantries in Armstrong County is rising amid cuts in funding to feed the needy families. “We’re dealing with our monthly state money being cut in half,” said Ken Heilman, director of Armstrong County Community Action. “With more …

Online student monitoring made easier in Armstrong

By Brad Pedersen
Armstrong School District parents can now go to one place online to monitor how their children are doing in the Armstrong School District. The district’s eSchoolbook Parent Portal allows families to use the Internet to monitor grades, assignments, attendance, cafeteria …

Apollo hires 3 part-time police officers

By Braden Ashe
The Apollo Police Department is getting more equipment and manpower. Borough Council on Thursday hired three new part-time police officers. They’ll be paid $12 per hour until their probationary period expires in six months, at which point their hourly rate …

Students, ALS win when Shannock Valley principal takes Ice Bucket Challenge

By Brigid Beatty
Chucking a bucket of ice water over the principal’s head won’t land second-grader Edward Stubrick in any kind of trouble. Instead, the act won the …

Festival benefits Light Up Night, fire department in Ford City

By Brigid Beatty
Two volunteer organizations are teaming up to bring a fun-filled festival to Ford City this holiday weekend. A variety of food will be available to buy under cheerful red and white striped tents set up in the parking lot behind …

Kittanning razes condemned homes it bought at tax sale

By Julie E. Martin
Kittanning started removing blight from neighborhoods one condemned house at a time this week. Houses at 13501⁄2 Sirwell St. and 1600 Johnston St. have been …

Workers shaken by news Kittanning Foodland will close

By Brad Pedersen
The owner of Foodland in East Franklin is keeping his business plans to himself as 85 workers at the store wonder about their futures in …

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