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Ford City Council’s police committee recommends eliminating department

By Julie E. Martin
Ford City Council’s police committee has recommended the borough disband its police department in the hopes of slashing expenses. The three-person committee of council members advised the borough rely on state police coverage instead. Council Vice President Jerry Miklos, who serves on the committee with Scott Gaiser and Vickie Schaub, …

Weather washes out Arts performance in Kittanning

By Brigid Beatty
A free outdoor ballet performance expected to draw crowds to the Kittanning Riverfront Park on Saturday had to be canceled because of unrelenting rainfall. Verb Ballets, a contemporary dance troupe from Ohio, planned to take to the stage at the …

Charges expected in Kittanning warehouse crash

By Brigid Beatty
The 21-year-old pickup driver who sideswiped a street sweeper before plowing into a warehouse in Kittanning early Friday morning is expected to be charged in connection with the crash, police said. Timothy Crytzer Jr. of 903 Orr Ave. turned onto …

West Kittanning Council rejects opening alleyway

By Brad Pedersen
Despite a resident’s request, an undeveloped alleyway on Northern Avenue in West Kittanning will remain unopened. West Kittanning Council on Monday decided to forgo surveying the land between two homes, across the street from the Lisa Bauer Beauty Salon. Opening …

Armstrong groups target childhood obesity with exercise

By Brad Pedersen
Armstrong School District and Healthy Armstrong officials are trying to help elementary school students get more exercise in hopes of steadying and lowering the number of overweight children in the district. Healthy Armstrong began emphasizing elementary school fitness in 2006, …

Annual Rural Valley festival kicks off Thursday

By Brigid Beatty
Thursday kicks off the 25th annual Shannock Valley Community Festival in Rural Valley with plenty of family fun. The three-day festival will be held at the Shannock Valley Park along Route 85 and will offer something for all ages, with …

N.C. churches lend helping hands in Western Pa.

By Megan Henney
Armed with paint, shingles and a myriad of other supplies, 130 volunteers from North Carolina churches took to Western Pennsylvania for their 2014 summer mission …

Rising patient numbers leads to hires at health center in Kittanning

By Brad Pedersen
A rising number of patients will mean more nursing jobs in the Armstrong County Health Center in Kittanning. The health center had 82 patients in June and has had 100 in July, said Daniel Lucovich, the county’s director of human …

Bradys Bend man charged with molesting girl

By Julie E. Martin
A Bradys Bend man was charged with three felonies for allegedly molesting a 5-year-old girl. Clarence Leroy Deitz, 70, of 785 Route 68, is charged with aggravated indecent assault, unlawful contact with a minor and corruption of minors. He also …

Belmont sports camp gives kids a jump on fitness

By Brigid Beatty
Children got a jump start on fitness during this week’s sports camp at the Belmont Complex in East Franklin. “We want kids to be active,” …

Electricity fee may be added onto rental of Kittanning Riverfront Park facilities

By Julie E. Martin
Kittanning is expected next year to start making groups renting facilities such as the amphitheater in Riverfront Park pay for the electricity they use during the event. The borough’s finance committee members hope the additional fee will help cover costs …

Armstrong seeks grant for more upgrades at Belmont Complex

By Brad Pedersen
Armstrong County has applied for a $212,500 state grant to fund construction of a multipurpose room, women’s locker room and an outdoor plaza at the Belmont Complex in East Franklin. The grant requires a $37,500 match from the county, making …

Penn Hills man drowned, Armstrong coroner says

By Tribune-Review
The Armstrong County Coroner said Thursday that drowning was the cause of death for a Penn Hills man whose body was found in the Allegheny River Wednesday. Thomas Duane Uzmack, 40, fell from a personal watercraft Sunday afternoon in the …

Ford City considers options

By Julie E. Martin
Ford City Borough is looking into a range of options for repayment of a defaulted $600,000 federal grant — and several of those extend beyond dollars. The federal Economic Development Administration wants Ford City to repay the money because it …

Ford City wrestling with grant default for years

By Julie E. Martin
Ford City has until the end of the summer to come up with a plan to repay a federal grant it defaulted on, but the problem it must contend with goes back nearly 15 years. The borough owes $581,000 to …

Man from Ford Cliff charged in child porn

By For The Leader Times
A Ford Cliff man faces child pornography charges for allegedly sharing sexually explicit videos of children online. Joshua R. Cramer, 25, of Orr Avenue is charged with four counts of distribution of child pornography, five counts of possession of child …

'American Pickers' coming back to Armstrong County in August

By Brad Pedersen
A pair of guys who travel the country looking to buy rusty treasures and pieces of Americana are making their way back to Armstrong County this summer to film segments for their popular television series, “American Pickers.” Mike Wolfe and …

Elderton, West Kittanning consider burning ordinances

By Brad Pedersen
Two Armstrong County communities are looking at ways to regulate backyard fires. West Kittanning and Elderton councils plan to discuss ordinances prohibiting residents from burning trash, plastic and other items that create foul-smelling smoke or toxic fumes. “A lot of …

East Brady gears up for Riverfest crowds

By Brigid Beatty
Crowds of residents and visitors are expected to flock to Graham Field in East Brady along the upper Allegheny River Friday through Sunday for the 29th annual East Brady Area Riverfest. “The river is a big draw,” said Sally Snow, …

Kittanning looking for PILOTs from nonprofits

By Julie E. Martin
Kittanning Council is going to ask its tax-exempt property owners to help with the costs of running the borough by contributing a voluntary payment in lieu of taxes, or PILOT, next year. Nonprofits, as well as the school district and …

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