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Police gather in Ligonier for Perryopolis officer’s funeral

By Renatta Signorini 8:30 p.m.
Patricia Kunkle often saw Officer Richard Champion and his family at worship services at Kregar Community Church near Stahlstown over the last five years. On Friday, she stood quietly as Champion’s flag-draped casket was wheeled to his funeral service in …

Arbitration decides Westmoreland court workers’ pact

By Tribune-Review 5:50 p.m.
Westmoreland County commissioners this week ratified a new four-year labor deal with the union that represents about 140 court-related workers at the courthouse. John Felice, whose private consulting company has a contract to run the county’s human resources department, said the ...

Icy roads, cold causing school delays, wrecks in Western Pa.

By The Associated Press
Freezing rain and wind chills in the teens have prompted school delays in western Pennsylvania, and scattered vehicle accidents, including an overturned tractor-trailer on Interstate 79 north of the city. That crash, near Wexford, had northbound traffic down to one ...

Plenty of ‘pain’ to share, as Westmoreland County budget OK’d with $8M in cuts

By Rich Cholodofsky
It was a day to “share the pain” as Westmoreland County commissioners adopted a 2015 budget that could force community college students to pay higher tuition and reduces funding for the county’s two airports, its 911 center and 19 libraries. More ...

Youngwood fire department reaches out to homeless family

By Jacob Tierney
Members of the Youngwood Volunteer Fire Department climbed into their trucks Thursday evening to help a family in need get back on their feet in ...

Catholic Diocese of Greensburg bestows $30K to combat poverty

By Tribune-Review
The Catholic Diocese of Greensburg has awarded $30,000 in grants to three agencies that help people in need with beds for children, food and assistance with heating and other utilities. Diocesan Poverty Relief Fund grants of $10,000 each were awarded to ...

11 Westmoreland inmates accused of setting fire put in solitary confinement

By Rich Cholodofsky
Inmates who corrections officials said set off a small fire Wednesday night in the disciplinary unit of the Westmoreland County jail remained in solitary confinement Thursday. Warden John Walton said 11 inmates, who were being monitored for poor behavior, are suspected ...

Sewickley Twp. to pay $10K for service breach

By Joe Napsha
Sewickley Township supervisors this week approved a $10,000 payment to Jeannette EMS Inc. to settle its lawsuit against the supervisors for allegedly breaching its service contract by terminating the agreement. The three supervisors unanimously approved the lump-sum payment to Jeannette EMS ...

Hempfield leaders kill zoning request for townhomes

By Renatta Signorini
Hempfield supervisors this week rejected a zoning change request that would have cleared the way for construction of townhomes in an area designated for agriculture. About two dozen residents attended a zoning hearing in opposition to the plan submitted by members ...

Unity name excised from Latrobe parks, recreation

By Stacey Federoff
While board members are uncertain of a 2015 budget without Unity’s financial support, the name of Latrobe-Unity Parks and Recreation will become Latrobe-GLSD Parks and Recreation. As the 10-year intermunicipal agreement expires at the end of this year without renewed participation ...

New Stanton hopes to pick borough manager within next few weeks

By Bob Stiles
New Stanton Council wants to have a borough manager in place by early 2015, according to the board’s president. “We’re still in the interviewing process,” Scott Sistek said Thursday. “We’re hoping by the beginning of the year (to name a ...

Mt. Pleasant man charged with unlawful restraint

By Paul Peirce
A Mt. Pleasant man was jailed Wednesday on charges that he held a woman against her will for several hours, repeatedly striking her and threatening to kill her with a knife. Charles P. Etling, 33, was arrested by Mt. Pleasant ...

Entrepreneurs added to Museum Shoppe

By Tribune-Review
Just in time for the holidays, the Mt. Pleasant Glass Museum has added local entrepreneurs to its Museum Shoppe. In addition to glass and books the shoppe now sells candy, one of a kind accessories, a few local books and ...

Demolition project at Oliver’s Pourhouse in Greensburg moves ahead

By Jacob Tierney
The owners of Oliver’s Pourhouse in Greensburg are seeking permission to demolish the century-old building adjoining their restaurant to build a modern structure in its ...

Home of LeNature’s exec up for sale

By Bob Stiles
The Ligonier Township home of a man sentenced to federal prison in the LeNature’s Inc. fraud case is up for sale, and some of the ...

Fire at Westmoreland prison extinguished

By Tribune-Review
A fire in one of the buildings at the Westmoreland County Prison in Hempfield was quickly extinguished Wednesday night, officials said. The fire was reported shortly after 9:30 p.m. Responding fire departments reported a “quick knockdown” and began clearing the site ...

Ligonier Township residents concerned about hydraulic fracturing amid draft zoning ordinance

By Nicole Chynoweth
Hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, was the chief worry of Ligonier Township residents who commented on a draft of a zoning ordinance under review by the township planning commission. At its meeting Tuesday, the board received a draft zoning ordinance and draft ...

Judge dismisses Latrobe man’s appeal in ’08 strangulation

By Rich Cholodofsky
Allegations raised in the appeal of a Latrobe drug dealer’s 2009 conviction for first-degree murder were called “ludicrous” in a court opinion released Wednesday. Westmoreland County Judge Meagan Bilik-DeFazio denied the hand-crafted appeal of Jay Jones Baird, 35, who was found ...

Ligonier man’s sentences for slayings upheld

By Paul Peirce
A state appellate court panel has upheld the first-degree murder convictions and life sentences imposed on a Ligonier man a year ago for murdering a couple in Washington Township. State Superior Court this week affirmed the life sentences imposed by Westmoreland ...

Route 981 sewage project could cost less

By Tribune-Review
Unity Township Municipal Authority members Wednesday discussed a lower cost estimate than anticipated for relocating lines during a major project to widen Route 981 near Arnold Palmer Regional Airport. As a part of the two-year, $12 million PennDOT project slated to ...

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Your Hempfield
Hempfield leaders kill zoning request for townhomes
Rain can’t dampen ‘Let it Snow’ at Seton Hill campus
Greensburg Central Catholic grad helps with landmark legal decision
Greenburg service groups exemplify the season of giving
New Stanton Borough building should open this spring
Your Jeannette
Jeannette’s Cynthia Sanders in 50th year as bell ringer
Fellow veterans come to aid of Jeannette Air Force amputee
Jeannette mayor wants council to consider garbage fee hike
Your Latrobe
Unity name excised from Latrobe parks, recreation
Judge dismisses Latrobe man’s appeal in ’08 strangulation
Route 981 sewage project could cost less
Ligonier Valley, Greater Latrobe high schoolers learn 3-D modeling
Latrobe Ministerial Association organizes Christmas meal for ninth year
Your Ligonier
Police gather in Ligonier for Perryopolis officer’s funeral
Home of LeNature’s exec up for sale
Ligonier man’s sentences for slayings upheld
Ligonier Township residents concerned about hydraulic fracturing amid draft zoning ordinance
‘Let It Snow’ filming on Ligonier Diamond
Your Murrysville
Twins keep trains on track at Western Pa. malls
Franklin Regional works to boost auto call system participation
Murrysville Medic One named Agency of the Year
Donors help Delmont-based food bank rebound
Murrysville’s Jenkins starts recording EP
Your Mt. Pleasant
Mt. Pleasant man charged with unlawful restraint
Scribe opens eyes to another historical Mt. Pleasant-area passage
Mt. Pleasant student wins Red Ribbon Photo Contest
Gingerbread houses are on display in Mt. Pleasant
Mt. Pleasant Township adopts 2015 budget
Your Norwin
Irwin council backs off planned tax hike
North Irwin Council OKs budget, replaces mayor
Irwin council member blocks recording of public meeting
Local experts share holiday gift ideas for everyone on your list
Your Penn-Trafford
Sunoco mistakenly puts part of pipeline on Penn Township land
Penn Township officials move to ban fracking ponds
Level Green VFD nears closing on Proskin rec center
Penn Township homemaker to seek district judge position
Your Scottdale
Southmoreland reading buddies come together over carols
Geyer players bring Christmas Road show home to Scottdale
Alverton church’s back pack program gets $500 boost
Mt. Pleasant Wal-Mart hosts ‘Shop With a Cop’ event
Santa’s Shop open at Southmoreland High School
Your West Newton
West Newton foster father faces child sex charges
Property tax to stay flat in Sutersville