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Wintry mix makes for slick roads in Armstrong County

By Brad Pedersen
A midday mixture of rain and snow Thursday left crews scrambling to treat slippery roads throughout Armstrong County. The county received less than a half-inch of snow, but the cold temperatures made driving hazardous and led to eight minor accidents between noon and 3 p.m. “There was a lot of black ...

Beauty Bash will help send cancer patient, family to Florida

By Brigid Beatty
Beauty stylist Lisa Waldor is trying to turn a casual conversation into a dream vacation in Florida for a customer who has cancer and her ...

EPA urges further review of nuclear waste dump in Parks Township

By Jodi Weigand 11:48 a.m.
There’s enough anecdotal information about additional radioactive contamination at the Parks Township nuclear waste dump to “warrant further investigation,” a recent federal Environmental Protection Agency report concluded. The report summarized a review of documents related to questionable former disposal practices associated ...

Ford City waiting on road salt as storm blows in

By Julie E. Martin
Well into winter — and on a day when a cold mix of rain and snow hit Armstrong County — Ford City was still waiting ...

Klingensmith’s Drug Stores offers monthly supply of vitamins to families who enroll children

By Brigid Beatty
Klingensmith’s Drug Stores is offering families a way to boost the health of children by providing them with free vitamins. The neighborhood pharmacy chain — with stores in Ford City, Kittanning, Leechburg, Shelocta, Rimersburg, NuMine, West Kittanning and New Bethlehem — ...

Armstrong controller announces bid for fourth term

By Brad Pedersen
Armstrong County Controller Myra Miller has announced that she will run for a fourth term in the office where she has worked for almost two ...

Burrell Township man killed in backhoe accident

By Julie E. Martin 11:35 a.m.
A man who lost his mobile home in a fire last week died in a backhoe accident Monday while working at the Creek Road property in Burrell Township where he had lived. Thomas Shellhammer, 49, was crushed between the backhoe’s boom ...

Armstrong targets savings by refinancing debt

By Brad Pedersen
Armstrong County officials are working to refinance a loan and save about $1.3 million in interest payments over the next 15 years. The $16.5 million loan was taken out in 2010 to build the county’s 911 center. Refinancing the debt from ...

Man robs Kittanning convenience store early Tuesday

By Leader Times
A man wearing a ski mask, sunglasses and brandishing a pistol robbed the Honey Bear Mini Mart in Kittanning early Tuesday and escaped with an ...

Workers eager to get started on Kittanning trail project

By Brigid Beatty
A trail project in Kittanning linking the Richard G. Snyder YMCA campus with the Armstrong County Progressive Workshop will require coordination among several groups if it is to stay on track to be ready by Earth Day in April as ...

Army Corps of Engineers asks for more input on Parks Township nuclear dump plans

By Tom Yerace
The tenor of citizens comments at Tuesday’s public hearing on the Parks Township nuclear waste dump cleanup was unmistakeable. Perry Roberts of Gilpin may have expressed it best: “We need to get it done this time, and we need to get ...

Snyder makes offer for mineral rights under polluted Ford City land

By Julie E. Martin
A Kittanning natural gas and oil producing company has offered Ford City $150,000 for mineral rights to several polluted properties owned by the borough. Snyder Brothers made the offer late last year for mineral rights at a closed dump across ...

Ford City police coverage sparks concern from EMS director

By Julie E. Martin
Ford City’s emergency medical services director is predicting bad things if budget cuts to the police department are not restored to enable the force to return to full-time coverage of the borough. “I feel that it is only a matter of ...

Cowansville veterans center closing in on roof project funding goal

By Brad Pedersen
The new year brought the Mechling-Shakley Veterans Center an unexpected gift – a surge in donations to help cover the costs of replacing its dormitory roof. Since the end of December, the center in Cowansville has received about $35,000 in donations ...

Armstrong spared worst of nor’easter’s wrath

By Brad Pedersen
A steady snowfall kept plows on the roads, but only caused problems for a couple of motorists in Armstrong County Monday. Most of the county’s main ...

Paving funds could go to housing repairs

By Brigid Beatty
It’s likely that grant money, which could have been used to pave a Kittanning street, will be funneled into housing rehabilitation projects. Borough officials had hoped to use the nearly $70,000 in federal Community Development Block Grant money from last year ...

Ford City officials discuss code enforcement

By Julie E. Martin
Ford City Council on Monday discussed concerns about safety and code enforcement in the borough. The topic came up when a resident sought input from council on an issue with neighbors. The woman, who declined to provide her name because of ...

Plan hatched to make storefront hub of Armstrong event, services news

By Brad Pedersen
A Kittanning storefront exclusively housing the tourist bureau could become a hub for several Armstrong County organizations. Representatives from the Allegheny River Development Corp., Arts on the Allegheny, Downtown Kittanning Inc., Allegheny Land Trust, the Alle Kiski Strong Chamber of Commerce ...

Armstrong beekeepers banding together in Kittanning

By Brigid Beatty
Raising healthy honeybees— keeping them productive and free from disease and the effects of harmful herbicides and pesticides — is an ongoing challenge for beekeepers, especially for those just starting. That’s why a few Armstrong County beekeepers are planning to ...

Kiski man’s death sparks calls for safety when ice fishing

By Julie E. Martin
The recent drowning death of a fisherman on Keystone Lake has increased awareness of how dangerous it can be to angle through the ice. “With the ...

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