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Saber pride booming in Ford City’s final year

By Brigid Beatty
It’s the final year of Ford City High School, but not of Saber pride: “Ever in days to come, our fond memories will cling steadfast to purple and gold.” So say the newly designed yellow and purple alumni T-shirts unveiled …

Groups traveling uncharted waters to open Allegheny, Monongahela locks

By Julie E. Martin
There’s good news and bad news for two groups negotiating with the Army Corps of Engineers to open locks to recreational boat traffic on the Allegheny and Monongahela rivers. The good news is they are leading the way for groups …

Pyle goes after state grant

By Julie E. Martin
A state grant to further transportation and economic development may pick up the bulk of the cost of operating Armstrong County locks on the Allegheny River next year. State Rep. Jeff Pyle, R-Ford City, has applied for $120,000 from PennDOT …

2 men charged in $1M arson at Brush Valley business

By Jacob Tierney
Two men are accused of starting a fire in a Brush Valley business that caused more than $1 million in damage. Stepbrothers Tyler Hill, 18, of Homer City and Gage Darney, 20, of Kittanning each were charged with two counts …

Armstrong secretaries approve contract with school district

By Brad Pedersen
After more than a year of negotiations, Armstrong School District and its secretarial union agreed on a contract. The district’s 29 secretaries approved a three-year contract that includes an annual 3 percent wage increase and a high-deductible health care plan, …

Armstrong home repair program receives second grant

By Tribune-Review
Armstrong County has gotten a second grant from the Department of Agriculture to help low-income residents update homes. The $57,400 rural preservation grant will be used to fund projects ranging from installing a roof or furnace, to upgrading siding or …

Ramp work makes travel better for handicapped in Ford City, Kittanning

By Julie Martin
Sidewalk and street improvements in Ford City and Kittanning are making travel easier for residents using wheelchairs and mobility scooters, but some say there are …

Fire ravages Dayton area meat-packing plant

By Julie E. Martin
Owners of a Dayton area meat-processing plant ravaged by fire early Wednesday tracked through the ruins in the afternoon, quietly surveying damage done to the …

United Way turns to small businesses to boost donations

By Brad Pedersen
After four years of not meeting fundraising goals, the United Way of Armstrong County is regrouping and focusing its efforts on reaching out to small …

Rayburn man, 74, dies in Manor Township crash

By Liz Hayes
A Rayburn man died Wednesday afternoon after a two-car crash on Route 422 in Manor Township. Armstrong County Coroner Brian K. Myers said William J. Keener, 74, of Route 85 was a passenger in a Ford Taurus driven by his …

Tractor show debuts in Dayton this weekend

By Brigid Beatty
An antique tractor club has attracted such interest from fans of vintage farm machinery that members figured it was time to host a show this …

Dogs brighten day at Ford City assisted-living facility

By Brigid Beatty
Mary Barker, 96, smiled when he was introduced to 10-week-old Arianna — a Rottweiler and therapy-dog-in-training dressed in a tutu — during a puppy shower …

YMCA program expands to help adults with special needs

By Brigid Beatty
Janet Cravener showed off her bright-pink water shoes minutes before getting into the pool in the YMCA in Kittanning, clutching a pair of foam dumbbells …

Leechburg nears final phase of sewer separation project

By Braden Ashe
Leechburg officials are hoping to break ground in January for the final phase of the borough’s sewer separation project. Ben Bothell of Senate Engineering, which is overseeing the project estimated at  $11 million, will submit a proposal for the work …

Kittanning Township mulls property tax increase

By Brad Pedersen
Kittanning Township is considering its first property tax rate increase in 18 years as a preemptive strike against rising operating costs. Despite having $624,000 in surplus funds in the 2015 budget, the township supervisors are considering a tax increase of …

Drug use, medical problems cited as cause of West Kittanning crash

By For The Leader Times
State police are awaiting lab results to confirm that drugs or alcohol caused a driver to run his car into another waiting at a red light, which started a chain reaction of crashes involving two other cars on Saturday night …

School bus, car crash in Armstrong

By Brigid Beatty
A school bus carrying four Karns City Junior-Senior High School students collided with a car Monday morning in Sugarcreek. The crash happened about  6:50 a.m. on Route 268, said Trooper Eric Maurer of the state police barracks in East Franklin. …

Armstrong bolstering pool of temp workers for Health Center

By Brad Pedersen
Officials are expected to sign agreements on Tuesday with employment agencies to bolster staffing when needed at the Armstrong County Health Center. Agreements are being worked out with American Staffing Services of Ross Township, Arcadia Home Care & Staffing of …

Kittanning’s holiday gifts come early for Ford City group

By Julie E. Martin
Christmas came early this year for Ford City Renaissance Community Partnership with a gift of 40 holiday street banners from the borough of Kittanning. “The …

Historical society seeks to grow interest in Armstrong County museum, library

By Brigid Beatty
Supporters see the Armstrong County Historical Museum and Genealogical Library as a gem that they want others to discover as the county’s historical society prepares …

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