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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 business they had purchased only three months ago. “It’s very disheartening,” said Jeremiah Polka, 30. …

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 …

Dollar General to take place of Spagnolo’s Foodland

By Julie E. Martin
A Ford City grocery store that closed this summer will be a Dollar General by December. Indianapolis-based J and C Commercial Services started gutting the …

Peanut Butter Festival to whip up family fun in New Bethlehem

By Brad Pedersen
People in New Bethlehem are nutty for peanut butter — and they plan to show their love for the creamy treat next weekend during the annual Peanut Butter Festival in Gumtown Memorial Park. The festival, sponsored by the Red Bank …

DEP to probe use of Ford City water plant grant

By Julie E. Martin
The state Department of Environmental Protection is investigating whether Ford City is spending a $467,000 grant properly. Interim borough manager Eden Ratliff reported this week that on Aug. 12, two DEP investigators showed up at the borough offices requesting documents …

New Kensington man charged in Leechburg drug sale

By Brigid Beatty
A 22-year-old New Kensington man was arrested on felony drug charges for allegedly selling heroin during a controlled purchase in Leechburg last week. Isaac Jacob …

Armstrong County married dentists passing torch to their children

By Brigid Beatty
A husband and wife dentist team with offices in Worthington and Sarver are poised to retire by the end of the month and will be …

Armstrong School District credits grant with healthy habits

By Brad Pedersen
A federal grant made a lifetime of changes in elementary schools across the Armstrong School District. The district’s Carol M. White Physical Education Program, or PEP, grant closes on Sept. 30, after providing the district $636,600 for fitness equipment and …

FirstEnergy employees picket but keep working

By Brad Pedersen
A dozen FirstEnergy service workers took to the picket line outside of their East Franklin station on Freeport Road this week, after its members shot …

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