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Feds to Ford City: 60 days to repay $581,000 grant default

By Julie E. Martin 9:46 p.m.
Ford City has less than two months to pay off a $581,000 debt or come to an arrangement with the federal agency levying it. In a letter dated April 22 Paul Matyskiela, interim regional director of the U.S. Economic Development Administration, told the borough it has breached its grant agreement …

Harrisburg priest named bishop of Greensburg diocese

By Debra Erdley 9:48 p.m.
Reality was still setting in for the Rev. Edward Malesic, bishop-elect of the Diocese of Greensburg, as he met Friday morning with representatives of his …

Leechburg man held for trial in fatal wreck

By Chuck Biedka 9:25 p.m.
A Leechburg man was ordered to stand trial Friday for allegedly killing another driver in Kiski Township in February. Jeremy Jonathan Blystone, 34, is accused …

Ford City family’s war collection being featured at Pittsburgh museum

By Brad Pedersen
A Ford City family’s collection of items from World War II will soon be featured at the Heinz History Center’s newest exhibit, “We Can Do It! WWII.” Before he died in 2012, Larry Shedwick and his wife, Kay, built an ...

Burglary suspect arrested in Kittanning

By Julie E. Martin
A cell phone found near where a stolen motorcycle was ditched on Troy Hill Road led police to a suspect in a rash of break-ins ...

Armstrong candidates tackle issues during forum

By Brad Pedersen
Candidates vying for a seat on the Armstrong County commissioners tackled more than agricultural issues during a candidate forum sponsored by the county Farm Bureau ...

Spices make the difference for thriving Armstrong County chip company

By Brigid Beatty
One of an occasional series of stories in which the Leader Times features companies or people who manufacture products in Armstrong County. The Boyers ...

State approves low-interest loan for Ford City water plant project

By Julie E. Martin
At least one Ford City councilman will push for shopping around for a better deal before accepting a $3.2 million low-interest loan approved by the state Wednesday for construction of a borough water plant. The 20-year Pennsylvania Infrastructure Investment Authority loan ...

CEO leaving Kittanning’s Progressive Workshop after 36-year run

By Julie E. Martin
Len Meneely is retiring after 36 years as CEO of the Progressive Workshop vocational rehabilitation program in Kittanning. The Sagamore resident, 63, has guided the ...

North Buffalo music camp canceled this year

By Brad Pedersen
The Armstrong County League of Arts in North Buffalo can no longer afford to put on its long-running music camp in June. “It takes money – a lot of it – to put on something like this, and we just don’t ...

High school vandalism captured on video in Ford City

By Brad Pedersen
Two Ford City students shown in a video smashing trophies at the high school will face disciplinary action but no criminal charges when they are identified and caught. “I basically watched a video of a video, so the quality was ...

Batteries ordered for Armstrong 911 backup system

By Brad Pedersen
The 36 batteries blamed for a 45-minute service loss to the Armstrong County 911 Center earlier this month will be replaced. County commissioners at a Tuesday work session approved spending $11,400 to purchase the batteries from Schneider Electric in Pittsburgh. The ...

Rash of break-ins reported in Kittanning

By Julie E. Martin
Tom Close woke up Tuesday morning to find the door of his pickup truck hanging open and someone banging on the front door saying his motorcycle had been stolen. “I went outside and looked and said, ‘my God, they did,” Close ...

Ladies step up to form 1st auxiliary in 40 years at Schenley Legion

By Maria Guzzo
Fixing up the veterans’ memorial on the hill overlooking American Legion Carl J. Franklin Post 775 near Schenley is going to be one of the first jobs for a recently formed ladies auxiliary. Bob Black, 66, post commander, said members are ...

Fire sparks movement to stop vandalism in Ford City

By Brad Pedersen
A pavilion along the Armstrong Trail in Ford City was destroyed by fire started by someone who put a wooden trash can on top of a picnic table and ignited it early Sunday morning. “It’s definitely suspicious and I believe this ...

Ford City officials mum about litigation related to grant default

By Julie E. Martin
Ford City officials say possible litigation is the reason they did not accept an offer to settle a nearly $600,000 federal debt for $116,200 in October. What the officials aren’t saying is what the litigation is about or how it is ...

Avonmore man jailed on charges of stealing 3 cars Sunday

By Brigid Beatty
State police arrested a 21-year-old Avonmore man in Cowanshannock for allegedly stealing three cars and crashing two while driving under the influence of drugs before ...

Question Armstrong County candidates at forum in Manor

By Brad Pedersen
Candidates for Armstrong County Commissioners and several row offices are going to address the public during a forum Thursday evening at the Manor fire hall, 167 Byron St. The Armstrong County Farm Bureau is sponsoring the “Meet the Candidates” forum. “This ...

Armstrong’s roads less-traveled get funding for drainage improvements

By Brad Pedersen
Drainage on seven less-traveled Armstrong County roads will be upgraded with $100,000 in state funding this year. “Water is really the enemy of any road,” said Gregg Smith of the Armstrong County Conservation District. “The goal is to help divert water ...

Golf outing bolsters cancer patient fund at Kittanning hospital

By Brigid Beatty
Organizers of an annual golf fundraiser in Manor hope plenty of golfers hit the greens to generate lots of greenbacks for a fund set up to aid cancer patients. Planning is under way for the fifth annual Tom Desiderio Memorial Golf ...

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