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Apollo couple giving back with fundraiser for Armstrong cancer center

By Brigid Beatty
When Doris McDivitt, 60, of Apollo was diagnosed with cancer in December and started treatment at ACMH Hospital’s Richard G. Laube Cancer Center in East Franklin, she got help paying for gas, nutritional supplements and a wig — thanks to …

Online student monitoring made easier in Armstrong

By Brad Pedersen
Armstrong School District parents can now go to one place online to monitor how their children are doing in the Armstrong School District. The district’s eSchoolbook Parent Portal allows families to use the Internet to monitor grades, assignments, attendance, cafeteria …

Armstrong School District works out contract with cafeteria workers

By Brad Pedersen
Armstrong School District’s cafeteria staff and administrators agreed to terms of a three-year contract on Thursday after five months of negotiations. The contract guarantees the district’s 65 cafeteria employees an annual 3 percent wage increase and a high-deductible health care …

Manor appliance store owners retire after 45 years in family’s business

By Brad Pedersen
After 45 years, Barker’s Appliances in Manor will have new owners. Tom and Mary Ann Barker of Rayburn have sold the store on Wray Plan …

‘Victory’ for ARDC; Armstrong locks to open in 2015

By Julie E. Martin
A one-word email virtually ended the fight for the leader of a group that’s been pushing for years to have the Allegheny River locks in Armstrong County reopened to recreational boaters. “ ‘Victory.’ That’s all it said,” Allegheny River Development Corp. …

Funding cuts leave Armstrong food banks operating on ‘wing and a prayer’

By Brad Pedersen
Demand at food pantries in Armstrong County is rising amid cuts in funding to feed the needy families. “We’re dealing with our monthly state money being cut in half,” said Ken Heilman, director of Armstrong County Community Action. “With more …

Apollo hires 3 part-time police officers

By Braden Ashe
The Apollo Police Department is getting more equipment and manpower. Borough Council on Thursday hired three new part-time police officers. They’ll be paid $12 per hour until their probationary period expires in six months, at which point their hourly rate …

Students, ALS win when Shannock Valley principal takes Ice Bucket Challenge

By Brigid Beatty
Chucking a bucket of ice water over the principal’s head won’t land second-grader Edward Stubrick in any kind of trouble. Instead, the act won the …

Festival benefits Light Up Night, fire department in Ford City

By Brigid Beatty
Two volunteer organizations are teaming up to bring a fun-filled festival to Ford City this holiday weekend. A variety of food will be available to buy under cheerful red and white striped tents set up in the parking lot behind …

Kittanning razes condemned homes it bought at tax sale

By Julie E. Martin
Kittanning started removing blight from neighborhoods one condemned house at a time this week. Houses at 13501⁄2 Sirwell St. and 1600 Johnston St. have been …

Workers shaken by news Kittanning Foodland will close

By Brad Pedersen
The owner of Foodland in East Franklin is keeping his business plans to himself as 85 workers at the store wonder about their futures in …

River tour offers views of Armstrong foliage

By Julie E. Martin
There’s one more chance for people to pass through the locks on the Allegheny River in Armstrong County this year, but only if you are on the Gateway Clipper tour boat when it makes its way north on Oct. 12. …

Traffic from unofficial bridge detour worries Boyd Road residents in Manor

By Julie E. Martin
A crumbling road that is less than a half-mile long has been discovered by drivers as a way to get around a Hill Street bridge …

College courses offered to Armstrong high school students at bargain prices

By Brad Pedersen
Armstrong School District officials want to get more juniors and seniors ready for life after high school by helping them earn college credits before they graduate. School officials are reaching out to parents during Back to School Nights to explain …

Gas company owner admits defrauding Dominion Gas out of $950K

By Brian Bowling
An Armstrong County man admitted on Tuesday in Pittsburgh federal court to stealing about $950,000 from Dominion Gas over 12 years by falsifying gas production reports. David Hilty, 57, of Kiski Township pleaded guilty to a mail fraud conspiracy. U.S. …

Kittanning man withdraws plea after judge rejects sentence recommendation

By Brigid Beatty
A 36-year-old Kittanning man on Tuesday withdrew his guilty plea to a misdemeanor charge of assaulting a 4-year-old girl because a judge did not accept terms of an agreement that called for him to be sentenced to probation and no …

Kittanning Foodland announces it will close

By Brad Pedersen
Kittanning Foodland announced on its website Tuesday that it will be closing its store in the Hilltop Plaza in East Franklin “in the near future.” A message partially spelled out in green and red peppers and broccoli is posted on …

Support group in Ford City offers help to depressed

By Brigid Beatty
When news of Robin Williams’ suicide broke two weeks ago, fans everywhere grieved the loss of the iconic American actor and comedian. Closer to home, the news pushed a 38-year-old Ford City man to take action and find a way …

Annual Light Up Night gets green light in Ford City

By Julie E. Martin
Ford City Renaissance Community Partnership’s worries over delays in approval for its Nov. 29 holiday celebration Light Up Night are over. “They can start working on it. Absolutely. They can make their arrangements,” interim Borough Manager Eden Ratliff said. “Borough …

Apollo-Ridge School District to list tax delinquents on website

By Braden Ashe
The Apollo-Ridge School District’s website will identify residents who still owe property taxes in January and haven’t committed to paying them. The school board voted, 6-0, on Monday to post the list of delinquent property owners on Jan. 1, 2015. …

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