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State agents arrest Ford City man on child porn charges

By Brigid Beatty
A 44-year-old Ford City man was arrested on child pornography charges Thursday morning by agents from the state Attorney General’s Office. Shawn Eugene Kunkle was arrested after agents searched his apartment at 314 Ford St. on a warrant issued as part ...

Christian radio station off air while on the market

By Brad Pedersen 1:14 p.m.
A 68-year-old Christian radio station licensed in Apollo and off-air since July 31 will be silent for at least six months. Management at WAVL-AM 910 applied for a permit from the Federal Communications Commission to remain off-air while its owner, the ...

Apollo fountain to return

By George Guido
After being dry for nearly three years, Apollo’s fountain is due to come back on by the end of next week. The fountain is at the town’s gateway near the Apollo Plaza. Several delays, including a search for a backflow valve, have ...

Ford City offers 50-year payment plan for its $581,000 federal debt

By Brad Pedersen
Ford City has asked the U.S. Economic Development Administration to allow it to pay off a $581,000 federal debt in $1,000 increments over the next 50 years. The letter to the EDA sent by Ford City Council President Kathy Bartuccio on ...

Search warrants aim to tie Rayburn killing to Armstrong jail escapee

By Brad Pedersen
As state police amass evidence to build a murder case against Robert Edward Crissman of Boggs, the Armstrong County district attorney’s investigation of the inmate’s escape on the day he is charged with killing a Rayburn woman is expected to ...

Lenape adult learning center in Manor offers free job-readiness classes, job training

By Brigid Beatty 1:12 p.m.
Career prospects can be grim for people trapped in a cycle of poverty – especially for young parents struggling to earn a living wage. But ...

Gateway Clipper making 2 Armstrong County cruises in October

By Brigid Beatty 1:21 p.m.
Fall’s brilliant colors will again be on display for passengers aboard cruises on the Allegheny River being sponsored for the second year by the Armstrong County Tourist Bureau. “Last year, we sold out in less than a day,” said Tourist Bureau ...

Ford City slow to accept offer to lease closed school parking lot

By Brad Pedersen
Ford City Council has yet to consider a contract approved by the Armstrong School Board on Aug. 10 to lease for $1 a year the faculty parking lot at the closed high school in the borough. The lease was drafted after ...

Program in Ford City helps girls build confidence, self-esteem

By Brigid Beatty
Nashea Kuntz didn’t hesitate Tuesday when asked during a program at the Ford City Library what girl power meant to her. “Girls are awesome and just ...

Police ‘saturation patrols’ float through Ford City

By Julie E. Martin 1:19 p.m.
State police beefed up its presence in Ford City on Tuesday and will continue its “saturation patrols” to try and curb increasing crime in the region. “We’ve seen an upswing in break-ins, domestics and similar activity,” said Cpl. Christ Robbins, ...

State Rep. Pyle: Ford City debt repayment letter should be made public

By Julie E. Martin
Ford City President Kathy Bartuccio’s refusal to release a letter she sent to a federal agency regarding repayment of a $581,000 grant the borough defaulted on has spurred state Rep. Jeff Pyle to take steps to get the information being ...

Police determine which car was going wrong way in fatal Manor crash

By Julie E. Martin
A Worthington man was driving his car in the wrong direction on Route 28/66 when it struck a small SUV head-on, killing him and two others in Manor early Sunday morning, state police said after two days of investigation. Gregory Johns, ...

Thieves destroy PennDOT front-end loader parked in Valley

By Brigid Beatty
Thieves stole two batteries from a PennDOT front-end loader and then set it on fire when it was parked near a job site in Valley shortly after midnight Sunday. “They poured some type of accelerant on it and set it on ...

Kittanning fundraiser targets purchase of drug-sniffing dog for sheriff’s department

By Brad Pedersen
The first fundraiser to bring a drug-sniffing dog into the ranks of the Armstrong County Sheriff’s Department will take place Sept. 6 at Riverfront Park in Kittanning. The department is working with the Kit-Han-Ne Region of the Antique Automobile Club of ...

Police probe slowed by van that hit cars after fatal crash in Manor

By Julie E. Martin
State police efforts to reconstruct the scene of a fatal crash over the weekend are being slowed because one of the two cars that hit head-on was struck by a van as it sat in the middle of Route 28/66. “With ...

Ford City council president refuses to share correspondence to Economic Development Administration

By Julie E. Martin
Ford City’s council president refused Monday to reveal the contents of a letter the borough sent to a federal agency that is demanding half a million dollars to repay a grant. But some borough officials had no trouble at Monday’s work ...

Dog day of summer at East Franklin pool

By Brigid Beatty
A dog day of summer is coming to the Belmont Complex on Sept. 5. No humans will be allowed in the pool at the East Franklin complex that day when a dogs-only swim event has been scheduled to give pet owners ...

Auctioneer expects quick sales at Ford City High School

By Brad Pedersen
Everything from lockers to furniture to jars containing preserved animals you might have studied as a Ford City High School student in science class will ...

3 killed in head-on crash in Armstrong County

By Tony Raap
Three people died and three were hurt early Sunday in a head-on crash in Armstrong County. The crash happened about 2:50 a.m. on Route 28/66 in Manor when a Chrysler 200 collided with a Subaru Outback, state police said. ...

Students, parents, alumni peek inside $55M Armstrong Junior-Senior High School

By Jodi Weigand
A mix of alumni and current students filled the hallways of the new Armstrong Junior-Senior High School on Saturday. It was the public’s first look inside ...

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