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Extremes in weather hurt crops in Westmoreland

By Jacob Tierney
Palmer’s Farm in Hempfield is known for its sweet corn and dedicates more than half of its 47 acres to neat rows of tall, sturdy stalks bearing thousands of tassel-topped ears. But this year, after a dry spell followed by weeks ...

Derry boy recovering at home after high-profile intestinal transplant

By Ben Schmitt 7:16 a.m.
Angelo Giorno ­— the Derry boy who underwent a high-profile intestinal transplant earlier this month — is out of the hospital and recovering at home. …

Police: Avonmore mayor found stranger’s lost wallet, took cash from it

By Emily Balser 10:41 a.m.
The mayor of Avonmore has been charged with theft after allegedly taking money from a lost wallet in June. According to state police, Avonmore Mayor Barbara Ann DeSimone-Novosel, 72, admitted she found a wallet in a cart while she was …

Driver accused of crashing head-on into Ligonier officer’s SUV, killing him, waives right to preliminary hearing

By Renatta Signorini 10:22 a.m.
An aunt of the Ligonier man accused of slamming a work van head-on into a police vehicle, killing the officer, said her nephew made a ...

Sutersville ready to sell former church

By Joe Napsha
The former Sutersville Presbyterian Church — a small building with bell tower and steeple, pews, pulpit and intact stained-glass windows — will go on sale ...

Man charged with hitting girlfriend with car in East Huntingdon reaches plea agreement

By Bob Stiles
A Johnstown man charged with hitting his girlfriend with a car in an East Huntingdon parking lot reached a plea agreement with prosecutors Wednesday that calls for him to be on probation, his attorney said. Thomas Franklin Beaken, 43, forged the ...

Hempfield murderer serving life sentence promises restitution when he’s released

By Rich Cholodofsky 10:38 a.m.
The husband of a Derry Area Middle School teacher serving a life sentence without parole for killing his wife told a Westmoreland County judge he will pay more than $17,000 he owes in restitution and court costs after he gets ...

Multiple delays to slow travel between Alle-Kiski Valley, Greensburg

By Emily Balser 10:13 a.m.
Starting next week, drivers traveling from the Alle-Kiski Valley to Greensburg will have multiple delays for several months as three road projects begin. After ...

Westmoreland torture-slaying convict Smyrnes says death row isolation too cruel

By Rich Cholodofsky 10:22 a.m.
Convicted killer Ricky Smyrnes wants a job. But with a long waiting list for the few employment opportunities for inmates, Smyrnes sits in his small cell on death row at the State Correctional Institution in Greene County for 23 hours a ...

Police: Scottdale man had child porn on computer

By Tribune-Review
A Scottdale man was arraigned Wednesday and waived his right to a preliminary hearing on charges he possessed child pornography or used his computer to share those images with others. Douglas E. Thomas Jr., 30, will appear in Westmoreland County ...

Westmoreland park police probe report of man who grabbed woman from Twin Lakes trail

By Mary Pickels 10:22 a.m.
Westmoreland County Park Police are investigating a report of a man who grabbed a woman from behind as she walked on a trail at Twin ...

Sewickley Twp. man who received food stamps didn’t disclose gas royalties

By Tribune-Review
A Sewickley Township man pleaded guilty this week for failing to disclose gas royalties when applying for welfare benefits in 2013. John J. Basista, 51, is disqualified from receiving government benefits to purchase food for one year, Judge Meagan Bilik DeFazio ...

Scottdale chamber’s Community Yard Sale to be held Saturday

By Patricia Walker
Scottdale Area Chamber of Commerce’s 14th annual Scottdale Community Yard Sale will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday in various areas of Scottdale. For more information, call the chamber at 724-887-3611. Address lists and maps will be ...

Hempfield cyclist to cool wheels in jail during appeal

By Rich Cholodofsky
The Hempfield bicyclist who is accused of tying up traffic around Westmoreland County during the past several years could have been out of jail late Tuesday. Or David Smith, 56, could have been released after his September trial on misdemeanor traffic-related ...

More than 100 stamp bags confiscated in Greensburg; 4 arrested

By Jacob Tierney
Four people from Allegheny County were arrested on drug charges and 127 stamp bags of heroin were confiscated in Greensburg last week. City police Officer Henry Fontana responded to a call about four suspicious people repeatedly getting in and out ...

Youngwood playground found to be in violation of disability act again

By Bob Stiles
Youngwood council has agreed to consider buying a specially designed swing and other items for the new community playground in hopes of satisfying a state regulatory agency. In June, a state Labor & Industry inspector found the borough did not comply ...

Unity zoning hearing board OKs addition to Adelphoi home

By Stacey Federoff
The Unity zoning hearing board on Tuesday approved a variance to allow Adelphoi USA to expand one of its homes for delinquent youths. The organization, based on the 20-acre Village Way campus, works with adjudicated youths from juvenile probation and child ...

Latrobe police to host National Night Out

By Tribune-Review
As a part of the National Night Out, Latrobe police will host an event from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Aug. 4 at Latrobe Memorial Stadium. The nationwide event promotes crime awareness and prevention. The Latrobe event will feature informational booths, food, music ...

St. Vincent monk’s Gregorian chant workshops strike chord with students

By Stacey Federoff
Five students filled a classroom at St. Vincent College with music that is more than a thousand years old. Singing in Latin, the students were led ...

Greensburg Police officer taking job in Harmar

By Tribune-Review
Greensburg police officer Greg Bauman is stepping down from the force after less than a year. Chief Walter “Wally” Lyons said Bauman resigned to help care for an injured family member in Allegheny County. Bauman will work for the Harmar police ...

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Your Hempfield
Hempfield murderer serving life sentence promises restitution when he’s released
Hempfield cyclist to cool wheels in jail during appeal
Hempfield library programs at risk as funds dip
Hempfield joins county land bank
Woman who collapsed at Keystone State Park always optimistic despite heart condition, dad says
Your Jeannette
Field trips can motivate good behavior at Jeannette McKee
Jeannette Day of Faith set for Saturday
Monument honors old Jeannette High School at new building
Last option for former Jeannette Glass site: Pa. Supreme Court
Jeannette man arrested in city shooting
Your Latrobe
St. Vincent monk’s Gregorian chant workshops strike chord with students
Latrobe police to host National Night Out
$5M goal in reach for Greater Latrobe Partners in Education Foundation
Unity zoning hearing board OKs addition to Adelphoi home
Your Ligonier
Driver accused of crashing head-on into Ligonier officer’s SUV, killing him, waives right to preliminary hearing
Ligonier planners recommend recycling ordinance
Historic Ligonier Theatre goes up for sale
Ligonier’s ‘Weekend Backpack Program’ continues to extend its reach
Mystery, history will abound at Fort Ligonier event
Your Murrysville
Murrysville man won’t be charged for slitting pit bull’s throat
Back to drawing board for Export park-and-ride plans
PTOs, officials welcome waiver of fees for volunteers
Franklin Regional Soccer Boosters’ 5K set for Aug. 22
Murrysville tattoo parlor to host St. Jude fundraiser
Your Mt. Pleasant
Mt. Pleasant Cemetery Association seeks aid to finance future upkeep
Stahlstown resident shares a love of history for Chestnut Ridge
Michael Vomish Memorial Golf Outing is Aug. 16 near Mt. Pleasant
Mt. Pleasant Borough fire department’s support system dampened
Mt. Pleasant church to welcome newly installed bishop
Your Norwin
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Your Penn-Trafford
Re-enactors to help mark anniversary of Battle of Bushy Run
Penn-Trafford volunteers welcome waiving of background check fees
Penn-Trafford High School library to be open to start new school year
New transformer to be installed at Municipal Park
Unexpected storm water project to cost Manor $20,000
Your Scottdale
Softball tournament pitches in to help Kecksburg woman
Youths rock ‘Jungle Book Kids’ at Geyer
Brooks brings standards to Scottdale concert series
Peter Loucks known for drive, ambition throughout Scottdale
Police: Scottdale man had child porn on computer
Your West Newton
CSX work causes road closures in Sutersville, South Huntingdon
Firefighters respond to West Newton chemical leak