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West Kittanning church fights through frozen pipe problems

By Julie E. Martin
Frozen pipes are causing problems at Harvest Community Church in West Kittanning, but that is not going to stop events and services planned there this weekend. The freeze at the church at 143 Reed Road started in an outbuilding Sunday. As ...

Armstrong students slow to apply for scholarships

By Brigid Beatty
Two Armstrong County-based nonprofits have scholarship money to award to eligible students — but application deadlines are fast approaching and time is running out for procrastinators hoping for tuition help for the 2015-16 academic year. “It’s a process, so applicants need ...

Bower won’t seek second term as Armstrong County commissioner

By Brad Pedersen
Armstrong County Commissioner Bob Bower is set to retire after 41 years as an elected official. Bower, 66, after earlier saying he was going to wait ...

Ford City takes step toward hiring third full-time police officer

By Julie E. Martin
Ford City has taken a step toward hiring a full-time police officer required by an arbitrator’s ruling in favor of a union grievance filed last year. The borough this month advertised for volunteers to serve on a civil service commission — ...

Kittanning authority moving forward in shadow of borough’s takeover bid

By Julie E. Martin
The Kittanning Municipal Authority is taking a “business as usual” approach to life — going forth with plans to unveil a new billing system — while attorneys sort out whether the borough will be able to disband the agency and ...

Apollo targets owners who fail to maintain vacant properties

By Braden Ashe
Apollo Council is proposing an ordinance that would penalize those who fail to improve or maintain their vacant properties in the borough. If council votes next month to implement the ordinance, it would take effect immediately and require property owners to ...

Pizza, other sweet treats offered at new Worthington restaurant

By Brigid Beatty
A pizza joint offering more than the savory Italian pies has opened in Worthington. Cooper’s Pizza & Pastry Shop along East Main Street features pizza and ...

Snow sculptures brighten family’s West Kittanning yard

By Julie E. Martin
A West Kittanning man has been making the cold and dreary winter a bit brighter for passersby with his larger-than-life snow sculptures. Since January, Ben ...

Kiskiminetas Democrat enters controller race

By Brad Pedersen
Kiskiminetas resident Calvin Creighton has announced plans to run for Armstrong County controller. Creighton, 59, is the only Democrat running. “I want to provide a public service ...

Rayburn considers tax break for business renovations

By Brad Pedersen
Rayburn is considering offering tax breaks to encourage business owners to renovate their properties. A special meeting to discuss the 10-year tax breaks that would be offered through the Local Economic Revitalization Tax Act will take place at 5:30 p.m. Monday ...

Teenage suspect in Leechburg killing held for trial

By Chuck Biedka
An Armstrong County teenager will stand trial on homicide and other charges stemming from a fatal shooting in Leechburg. Todd A. Johnson, 17, of Kittanning Township ...

Leechburg man charged with molesting girls, watching child pornography

By Chuck Biedka
A 38-year-old Leechburg man was accused on Wednesday of sexually molesting two teenage Alle-Kiski Valley girls and viewing child pornography. District Judge James Andring formally ...

DEP seeks origin of toxic chemicals left on road in Kittanning Twp.

By Julie E. Martin
The state Department of Environmental Protection is looking for the owners of eight metal drums filled with toxic solvents that were left alongside Pyrra Road in Kittanning Township. A caller in October tipped off the DEP about the 16-gallon containers filled ...

Armstrong school merger will result in job cuts

By Brad Pedersen
Twenty-five jobs will be cut when schools in Kittanning and Ford City are merged in the fall at Armstrong Junior-Senior High. Armstrong School District officials hope to avoid layoffs by not filling posts when someone quits or retires, said Business Manager ...

Fire destroys Kittanning Township trailer

By Brad Pedersen
A Wednesday afternoon fire destroyed a trailer at 370 Silvis Hollow Road in Kittanning Township. Firefighters believe the fire started in the trailer’s furnace room, said ...

Family, community, police seek closure in Distant deaths

By Julie E. Martin
Friends and family clustered in the bitter cold Tuesday outside the home where a couple was found dead and covered in snow just a few feet apart from each other two days earlier. The group appeared to be talking among ...

Record lows put freeze on many in Armstrong County

By Brad Pedersen
Parker can add being one of the coldest areas in the region to its proud boast as one of the smallest cities in the country. While ...

Man, woman found dead outside Armstrong County home

By Julie E. Martin
Autopsies did not immediately determine what caused the deaths of a Mahoning Township couple whose bodies were discovered outside their home Sunday afternoon. A report from ...

Apollo-Ridge puts delinquent taxpayers on notice online

By Braden Ashe
The Apollo-Ridge School District website now lists the names of delinquent property owners who haven’t committed to paying their taxes. The school board decided in August that the district would post the list in early 2015 to prod delinquent property ...

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