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Latrobe woman texts searchers in Linn Run State Park to tell them she’s OK

By Nicole Chynoweth 10:27 p.m.
A 12-hour search for a 34-year-old Latrobe woman in Linn Run State Park was called off shortly before 9 p.m. Friday after she texted emergency responders to say she was fine. Westmoreland County Public Safety spokesman Dan Stevens said the woman, whose identity was not released, told officials she fled …

Graziani hired away from Latrobe as Penn Township’s manager

By Joe Napsha  and Chris Foreman
Latrobe is in the market for a city manager now that its top administrator has taken a similar post in Penn Township. Alex Graziani, 43, …

Pirates Charities 50/50 raffle to benefit We Are FR Fund

By Tribune-Review 10:43 p.m.
The Pittsburgh Pirates and Pirates Charities are encouraging all fans attending the game at PNC Park on Saturday to show their support of Franklin Regional students through the Pirates Charities 50/50 Raffle. All proceeds will benefit the “We Are FR” …

Franklin Regional seeks waiver of days lost in knife attack; victim improves

By Kari Andren
Because of last week’s stabbings, the Franklin Regional School District will ask state education officials to waive the requirement that students attend 180 days of school, according to the assistant superintendent. High school students missed four days of school because …

Bridge work a priority for PennDOT in Westmoreland

By Joe Napsha
State highway officials Thursday updated plans for improvements along highways in Westmoreland County but said the list of projects is longer than the supply of money. Even with the $61.2 million that District 12 is expected to get from Act …

Murrysville woman sues Giant Eagle over burns

By Rich Cholodofsky
A Murrysville woman who bought a rotisserie chicken at a local Giant Eagle said she ended up in a burn clinic a month later, according to a lawsuit. In the suit filed on Thursday in Westmoreland County, Karen Fratangelo, 48, …

Hempfield church offers rides to shut-ins for Holy Thursday service

By Nicole Chynoweth
Ruth Hatfield of Mt. Pleasant, a member of Harrold Zion Lutheran Church for most of her 83 years, got a lift from the pastor himself. …

Judge explains why suspect in East Liberty killings was freed

By Rich Cholodofsky
A Westmoreland County judge on Thursday defended her decision to release a theft suspect who is accused of killing two sisters in Pittsburgh while he was out of jail on nominal bond. Judge Rita Hathaway used a status conference on …

New Alexandria man charged with assaulting boy in 2009

By Tribune-Review
A 39-year-old man was arrested Wednesday on charges of sexually assaulting a boy five years ago at a home in Salem Township. David Holby of New Alexandria is charged with rape, indecent assault, involuntary sexual intercourse, simple assault and endangering …

Former Scottdale minister Stabe honored by Jacobs Creek Faith in Action

By Rachel Basinger
Jacobs Creek Faith in Action organizers took time recently to show appreciation for one of the first board members who helped implement the organization. Matthew …

Greensburg roads will be smoothed with new paver

By Bob Stiles
Greensburg City Council has approved buying a new asphalt paver for the public works department from Cleveland Brothers Equipment Co. Inc. of Murrysville for $143,464. Groff Tractor and Equipment Inc. of Mechanicsburg, Cumberland County, entered a lower bid — $141,215 …

Board scrutinizes safety in Greensburg Salem’s schools

By Bob Stiles
A parent of three Metzgar Elementary School students wants the Greensburg Salem school board to increase security measures at the Salem Township school. Jennifer King told directors on April 9 — the same day a Franklin Regional High School student …

Retired postal worker picks $1M winner

By Craig Smith
Karl Kadi hasn’t made many plans for the $1 million he won on a $20 scratch-off lottery ticket, but there is a new car he’s …

Community turns out for Franklin Regional students’ return to class

By Renatta Signorini
Bill Evans hugged his oldest daughter for an extra few seconds early Wednesday morning. The sun was just rising as they stood inside the front …

Police see no sign Franklin Regional stabbing suspect was bullied

By Paul Peirce  and Renatta Signorini
Investigators have no evidence that a 16-year-old arrested in connection with a stabbing rampage at Franklin Regional Senior High School last week was bullied, Murrysville …

Response to Franklin Regional stabbings earns official top public safety spot

By Rich Cholodofsky
Westmoreland commissioners on Wednesday praised the county’s emergency response to last week’s knife rampage at Franklin Regional Senior High School by promoting the public safety department’s interim director. Commissioners hired Brian Jones to the department’s top job, a position he …

Veteran North Huntingdon police officer fired

By Tony LaRussa
North Huntingdon commissioners on Wednesday voted to fire a veteran police officer who was accused by the township’s police chief of undermining his authority and …

Derry Borough councilwoman pleads guilty in missing-money case

By Rich Cholodofsky
Derry Borough Councilwoman Kristine Melville pleaded guilty on Wednesday to a misdemeanor count of receiving stolen property in connection with money that went missing from the borough swimming pool. Melville, 33, was sentenced to two years on probation and ordered …

Ligonier Township to consider zoning for ‘agricultural tourism’

By Nicole Chynoweth
A proposed agricultural tourism amendment to Ligonier Township’s zoning ordinance will come before township supervisors for consideration when they meet next month. Attorney Mark Hamilton, who serves as the township’s special counsel on Foxley Farm matters, submitted the proposed amendment …

Police: Volunteer firefighter admits to setting fires

By Tribune-Review
A mentally challenged Penn Township man is accused of setting fire to a trash can at a playground at Sunrise Elementary School and in a cup in a nearby tree on April 2. Robert Felipe Grolemund, 19, told police he …

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Your Hempfield
Hempfield native, 22, publishes with local independent press
‘Voice of Hempfield’ departs with Class of 2014
Board scrutinizes safety in Greensburg Salem’s schools
Greensburg roads will be smoothed with new paver
Hempfield Area superintendent, business manager quit
Your Jeannette
Jayhawks say ‘We are FR’
Safety always in forefront for Jeannette officials
Jeannette School Board begins putting together 2014-15 budget
Jeannette woman aims to raise funds for Komen Foundation
Community services an option this Easter in Jeannette
Your Latrobe
Latrobe woman texts searchers in Linn Run State Park to tell them she’s OK
Graziani hired away from Latrobe as Penn Township’s manager
Derry Area High School students aim to raise piglets for fair
Man struck, killed by train in Latrobe
City approves deal to supply Greater Latrobe with school resource officer
Your Ligonier
Fort Ligonier offers hands-on history
Valley Center members learn about European customs
Library plans 2nd Novel Art reception
Local proprietor celebrates 40 years in business
Ligonier Township farm owner says parties did not violate judge’s consent order
Your Murrysville
Pirates Charities 50/50 raffle to benefit We Are FR Fund
Franklin Regional seeks waiver of days lost in knife attack; victim improves
Community turns out for Franklin Regional students’ return to class
Police see no sign Franklin Regional stabbing suspect was bullied
Rural Valley postmaster sentenced for embezzling post office funds
Your Mt. Pleasant
Mt. Pleasant man charged in 2 Connellsville robberies
Mt. Pleasant Area students win at Westmoreland IU competition
G-11 Conference to be held April 24-26 near Mt. Pleasant
Program enables trainee at Mt. Pleasant Glass Museum
Donegal Township riding center to host Special Olympics
Your Norwin
Veteran North Huntingdon police officer fired
North Huntingdon scout will repaint fire hydrants
Land bank vote delayed by North Huntingdon leaders
Norwin vigilant after Franklin Regional school stabbing
Your Penn-Trafford
Penn Township picks Latrobe manager to replace Light
Franklin Regional tragedy prompts Penn-Trafford to review safety plans
Penn-Trafford officials consider lobbying for restoration of PlanCon
‘Huge shock’ from prevailing-wage cost for Penn-Trafford
Your Scottdale
Owensdale brothers’ prisoner of war tales from WWII told
Good Friday, Easter Sunday programs planned in Scottdale
Scottdale council asked to reconsider complaint forms
Pennsylvania Pre-K Counts coming to Southmoreland
Your West Newton
Artifacts put history in Belle Vernon students’ hands
Yough drug symposium attracts full house
Smithton council continues drive for pedestrian safety
Yough postpones land bank decision
West Newton Council approves seismic testing for natural gas — without trucks