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Classes resume after Leechburg Area bomb threat

By Mary Ann Thomas 1:12 a.m.
The bomb threat at Leechburg High School on Tuesday — the fifth such threat at a school in Armstrong County this month — has the district attorney considering tougher penalties. No bomb was found and no one was injured. But …

Medical company moves into Northpointe to do clinical testing

By Brad Pedersen 1:12 a.m.
A company at the forefront of developing an early cancer detection system now calls Armstrong County its home. NanoVision Diagnostics, a Freeport company that is doing clinical testing of a high-powered optical microscope that detects cancer-related irregularities in DNA, moved …

DEP halts some fines against Ford City

By Brigid Beatty 1:12 a.m.
As Ford City Council members prepare for a special meeting on Monday to discuss monthly bills — they can do so knowing that at least one daily fine levied against the borough has ceased. However, even as one batch of …

PENNVEST funds aid Armstrong, Clarion sewer project

By For The Leader Times 1:12 a.m.
A sewer expansion project that will eliminate contamination problems in northern Armstrong County and southern Clarion County was awarded $3.3 million in state funding on Tuesday. The Pennsylvania Infrastructure Investment Authority approved a $1,437,705 grant and a $1,905,795 low-interest loan …

`The Green Man’ sculpture puts life into dying Manor elm

By Brigid Beatty
A North Buffalo wood carver worked his magic with a chain saw to transform a tree stump into a symbol of new growth for a …

Rimer residents given keys to open trails to vehicles in emergency

By Brad Pedersen
Fourteen Rimer families in May will be given keys to gates blocking motor vehicle access to a flood-prone portion of Armstrong Rails-to-Trails where they live. The gates are there to discourage people from driving on the trails, but they could …

Manorville man gives children gift of fishing

By Julie Martin
Dale Ortmann is hooked on sharing his love of fishing with children in and around Armstrong County. The 39-year-old Manorville resident started giving away fishing …

Bridge work planned for Route 68 in Brady’s Bend

By For The Leader Times
Traffic will be limited to one lane on Route 68 between Kittanning Hollow and Seybertown roads in Brady’s Bend until October while PennDOT replaces five bridges on the one-mile stretch. New Stanton’s C.H.&D. Enterprises started the $4.7 million project last …

Kittanning man part of wrestling show benefitting Ford City Summerfest

By Brad Pedersen
Rick Marshall is a brooding and merciless professional wrestler from Jerkwater, Pa., who will stand 6-feet 4-inches and weigh in at a solid 270 pounds …

Study to target pool use at Belmont Complex

By Brad Pedersen
Armstrong County is seeking a $60,000 grant to study ways to make its pool at the Belmont Complex in East Franklin more of a splash. “The Belmont Complex needs to start looking toward and planning for the future,” said Belmont …

Survivors in critical condition a day after fifth Armstrong County car crash victim dies

By For The Leader Times
Two survivors of a Wednesday night car crash that killed five people in Armstrong County remained in critical condition Friday in UPMC Presbyterian in Oakland, a hospital spokeswoman said. Robert Edward Kelley Jr., 33, of Avonmore and Kristy Ann Schall, …

Freeport teacher from Ford City honored

By Brigid Beatty
A Freeport High School  biology teacher from Ford City has won a Pittsburgh-area science award after just two years on the job. Janelle Sanders received …

4 dead in ‘horrific’ Armstrong County crash

By Brigid Beatty
A speeding car carrying two Apollo teenagers and a third from Rural Valley slammed head-on into an Avonmore woman’s car, killing her and all three …

Rural Valley postmaster sentenced for embezzling post office funds

By Brian Bowling
An Army veteran told a federal judge on Thursday that he had always planned to be buried with military honors. “I hope I can still do that,” Lawrence F. Stoken III said while wiping away tears. Stoken, 47, of Murrysville …

‘Women Build’ tackles 2 Armstrong Habitat projects

By Brigid Beatty
Attention women. It’s time to grab a hard hat and hammer — there’s work to be done. An Armstrong Habitat for Humanity house in Kittanning …

Apollo Earth Day Dash to benefit trail expansion

By Brad Pedersen
Fundraising to connect the Roaring Run Trail in Apollo to others in southwestern Pennsylvania will be the focus of a Saturday event that features runners …

Bullet strikes Armstrong school van

By Brad Pedersen
Nobody was injured when a bullet hit an Armstrong School District van on Route 422 in Plumcreek on Tuesday morning. State police are trying to determine who fired the bullet that hit the back quarter panel of the van owned …

Kittanning suspect waives prelim on drug charges

By Brad Pedersen
Ashley Remaley, 30, of Kittanning waived her preliminary hearing on drug charges in District Judge James Owens’s court on Wednesday for allegedly selling heroin to Armstrong County Narcotics Enforcement Team informants in March. Remaley is charged with four felony counts …

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 …

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