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Calm and quick Leechburg bank robber sought

By Brian C. Rittmeyer 9:18 p.m.
Authorities are seeking a robber who calmly and quickly held up the Farmers & Merchants Bank in Leechburg Thursday morning. The hold-up occurred at about 10:42 a.m. at the bank at 160 Market St. Leechburg Mayor Shawn Lerch, who oversees …

Sidewalk sales mark unofficial start of Fort Armstrong Folk Festival

By Brad Pedersen
Roadwork in Kittanning wasn’t deterring Wednesday sidewalk sales that have become the unofficial start of the annual Fort Armstrong Folk Festival that begins today in …

Beloved teacher at 3 Western Pa. schools hears from students across nation

By Megan Harris
Bill DeTillo had a tradition. Whether at Kittanning Middle School, Aquinas Academy or Shady Side Academy, every student in his 30-year tenure joined the Aardvark …

Fees from transportation bill bolster Armstrong road work

By Brad Pedersen  and Chris Buckley
A wish list the Southwestern Pennsylvania Commission will send to the state Transportation Commission comprises a record $4.7 billion in projects, including $77.4 million for work in Armstrong County and more than $400 million for the Mon Valley. The plan …

Sweeney Todd and others hit stage to benefit Ford City Library

By Brigid Beatty
Troy Dinga looked diabolical as he wielded an imaginary razor near a seated Gino Peluso while practicing a scene from “Sweeney Todd” in the Ford …

Rayburn businessman honored for charitable work

By Brad Pedersen
A Rayburn business owner is being recognized on Thursday as a small business hero for his charitable efforts. Walter Aguirre, owner of the L.A. Taco …

Dying trees removed from Ford City park

By Julie E. Martin
Some dying trees are getting the ax to make Ford City Memorial Park safer. R & J’s Tree Care of Clarion on Tuesday cut down …

Kittanning Elks turns into museum during Fort Armstrong fest

By Brad Pedersen
The Kittanning Elks Lodge will be transformed from a restaurant, bar and club into a museum to showcase local military history during the Fort Armstrong …

Armstrong bridge repair more costly than expected

By Brad Pedersen
Repairs to a bridge straddling the Armstrong County line between Madison and Porter townships are going to cost nearly double what was expected when work on the project started in June. The cost of repairing the St. Charles Bridge rose …

Heavy rains pour through Armstrong County

By Brad Pedersen
A lightning show and heavy rains on Sunday kept residents and emergency responders in Armstrong County busy into Monday morning dealing with minor floods and about a dozen downed trees and power wires. “I heard it pouring pretty hard last …

Kittanning considers restricting dock access

By Julie E. Martin
Kittanning Borough hopes to free prime parking spots at Riverfront Park’s public docks by making them off-limits next boating season from midnight until dawn. At …

West Mahoning toddler run over by pickup truck

By Julie E. Martin
A West Mahoning toddler died on Thursday when she was struck by a pickup truck outside her home. The truck’s driver backed over 18-month-old Martha M. Byler of 23745 Route 954 about 5 p.m., according to a statement from Indiana …

Grand opening of West Kittanning community building will merge past, present

By Brad Pedersen
After more than a year of construction, West Kittanning officials are ready to celebrate the grand opening of the borough’s new community building on Arthur Street. Council plans to host an open house on Aug. 3 to give residents their …

Locals urged to report, not kill honeybees

By Brigid Beatty
Arborists and beekeepers, protected by veiling and gloves, worked together for much of the day on Friday to safely remove a honeybee colony from a …

Manor woman trains blood-tracking dogs with hopes of helping state hunters

By Brigid Beatty
When Susan Edwards of Manor gets a call from a hunter looking for help to find a wounded deer, her trained and leashed blood-tracking dogs …

Kittanning firefighters set to muster up a good time in 125th year

By Julie E. Martin
As Kittanning Hose, Hook & Ladder Co. 1 turns 125 this year, its kick-off celebration is deviating from tradition. “We didn’t want to do a parade,” Assistant Fire Chief Kevin Kline said. “A parade is an hour and it’s done. …

Duck Derby helps keep Armstrong theater group afloat

By Brad Pedersen
About 500 rubber ducks are going to help keep a half-dozen theatrical productions afloat in Armstrong County. For the past 10 years, the Armstrong County Community Theater’s Rubber Duck Derby at Falcon Park in Ford City has been one of …

Apollo Borough embarks on rental reform with notices to landlords

By Braden Ashe
Apollo Borough will issue notices next week to landlords who have yet to comply with a newly adopted rental ordinance and allow 10 days before penalties take effect. Council passed a rental ordinance last month designed to give landlords and …

Family to rebuild Manor home destroyed by fire

By Brad Pedersen
A Manor family plans to rebuild their home on Iseman Hill Road that was destroyed by fire late Wednesday afternoon. Homeowner Chris Fetterman on Thursday walked around the remains of his home, where he and his wife, Christi, and sons, …

Armstrong Concert Band performing Saturday in Ford Cliff

By Brigid Beatty
Music lovers will have a chance to listen to local musicians perform a free outdoor concert on Saturday at the Ford Cliff fire hall along Neale Avenue. The Armstrong Concert Band, under the direction of Jason Venesky, will be performing …

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