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Ford City must determine solution to pay off $21,000 in water supply fines

By Brigid Beatty
It has been three weeks since Ford City Council voted to move ahead and build a water plant — but it still must resolve how to pay fines levied against the borough by the Department of Environmental Protection because of project delays. The borough is continuing to amass $250 in …

Punxsutawney driver gets jail sentence for fatal crash

By Leader Times
A 21-year-old Punxsutawney man charged in 2011 in a one-car crash that killed three teens has been sentenced to 12 to 36 months in Armstrong County Jail on three felony counts of vehicular homicide. Blair Ernest Smith in March pleaded …

Ford City steps closer to stopping water plant fines

By Brigid Beatty
Time is of the essence for Ford City council and its engineer to stop fines from accruing against the borough for problems associated with its antiquated water plant. Borough Engineer Jim Garvin hopes to submit a final permit application this …

Vandals strike Kittanning doctor’s memorial in picnic area

By Brad Pedersen
Marian Garrott was shaken with disbelief last weekend when she found that vandals had toppled a cement picnic table and benches that were erected as …

Grove City man charged with passing counterfeit bills

By Brad Pedersen
A Grove City man faces forgery and theft charges for allegedly passing a half-dozen counterfeit $20 bills at two East Franklin businesses in March. State …

Armstrong County School Board postpones selling delinquent real estate tax claims

By Brad Pedersen
The Armstrong School Board has put plans to sell its delinquent 2013 real estate taxes on hold until next month. School board president  Joseph Close said the board did not have the specific figures required to decide if it wants …

Cowanshannock American Legion loses building but keeps marching on

By Brigid Beatty
Three World War II veterans have been welcomed as lifetime members of the American Legion in Cowanashannock and remain committed to its mission despite dwindling …

Parker names city’s Citizen of theYear

By Brigid Beatty
Parker Fire Chief Richard Amsler has been named the city’s Citizen of the Year. Amsler, 46, was one of six candidates for the award. “I …

West Kittanning getting bids for mowers of overgrown lawns

By Brad Pedersen
West Kittanning will solicit bids from landscapers for its annual program to cut lawns of properties not kept up by their owners. Councilman Ken Trudgen said the borough usually mows six or seven properties per summer, paying contractors upfront and …

Auditor takes West Franklin to court

By Brad Pedersen
A West Franklin auditor has filed a lawsuit seeking to have an independent firm review the township’s financial records for the last three years. Auditor Darryl Alwine said he filed the suit in Armstrong County Court of Common Pleas after …

Boggs man avoids ‘too good to be true’ scam

By For The Leader Times
In the last few days, a quick-thinking Boggs Township resident avoided a phone scam that could have cost him hundreds of dollars. Armstrong County District Attorney Scott Andreassi said the would-be victim remembered the valuable old saying: “If it sounds …

Armstrong board considers selling delinquent tax claims

By Brad Pedersen
Armstrong School Board could sell off its delinquent real estate tax claims from 2013 in hopes of boosting its coffers for the 2014-15 school year. During Monday’s meeting, the board plans to decide whether it wants to sell the district’s …

Leechburg Area school board ponders deal to help reduce energy costs

By Braden Ashe
The Leechburg Area School District could receive between $35,000 and $68,000 over the next five years if it enters into an agreement with a global energy technology provider. The board will vote on April 24 to approve the five-year agreement …

Pittsburgh pair have drug charges dropped in Kittanning

By Brad Pedersen
District Judge James Owen has dismissed cases against two Pittsburgh men charged with drug and weapons offenses during a Feb. 8 traffic stop. Owen said there wasn’t enough evidence against Quinton Dashawn Avery, 19, and Shaunn Louis White, 23, who …

Freeport Area to ask to arm school guard

By Brian C. Rittmeyer
A Freeport Area School District guard could be armed as early as May. The school district will ask county judges in Armstrong and Butler, which the district spans, for permission for its in-house police officer to carry a gun while …

Teen arrested after third bomb threat at Ford City schools

By Brad Pedersen
A 16-year-old Ford City girl was charged on Wednesday with making three bomb threats in a week at Ford City Junior-Senior High School. The girl, whose name was not released because of her age, was arrested for allegedly making a …

Armstrong County towns consider consolidated police force

By Brad Pedersen
Officials from six Armstrong County towns are exploring a regionalized police force. Elected officials from North Buffalo, Manor, Rayburn, East Franklin, West Kittanning and Ford Cliff plan to form a committee to consider sharing the costs, coverage and legal ramifications …

Kittanning Council looks at options for bridge traffic during repairs

By Brigid Beatty
Since repair work began in March on the Kittanning Citizens Bridge, business owners say they are being hurt by detours that are rerouting traffic — …

Senior care company adding 30 jobs in Armstrong

By Brigid Beatty
A senior care company will add 70 jobs to its workforce in Armstrong, Beaver, Butler and Indiana counties. The Home Instead Senior Care network is looking to hire up to 30 home-care professionals in Armstrong County, said Mike Lyon, co-owner …

Armstrong road work bolstered by Act 89 funds

By Brad Pedersen
Work on Armstrong County roads and bridges this summer will be bolstered by  $12.38 million in funds generated by Act 89 in the state’s transportation …

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