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3 charged with heroin trafficking in Indiana County

By Richard Gazarik
Derrick Clemons of Indiana County once tried to outsmart police by hiding cocaine in his crotch during an arrest for drug dealing, narcotics agents said. Clemons, 36, never held a job but owned luxury cars, including two BMWs and a …

New Florence woman hurt in crash

By Tribune-Review
A New Florence woman remained hospitalized Tuesday following a two-car accident Monday. Sandra Caparimo’s Ford truck collided with a Chrysler sedan operated by Gustavo Perz of Laurel, Md., on Route 22 at the Clay Pike Road intersection at 1:35 p.m., …

Sale, not shutdown, expected for WyoTech

By Jacob Tierney
WyoTech’s campus in Indiana County likely will survive the shutdown of its parent company, according to campus President Art Herman said. Corinthian Colleges, the cash-strapped corporation that owns WyoTech, Everest Colleges, Heald Colleges and others, struck a deal with the …

Saltsburg coal, gas drilling waste plant closes, leaves mess

By The Associated Press
A Saltsburg company that treated wastewater from coal mines and gas drilling operations has closed, and state officials are scrambling to clean up a mess that’s still there. The majority of the waste is coal-related, but a “considerable amount of …

Homer City participant moved by PA Hero Walk encounters

By Jeff Himler
The PA Hero Walk recently completed its sixth yearly trek across the state to benefit veterans, including the third annual Hometown Hero Walk parade June 26 …

Blairsville-Saltsburg School Board holds tax line, approves erosion repair at stadium

By Jeff Himler
Blairsville-Saltsburg School Board has approved work to repair soil erosion at Blairsville’s football stadium while also agreeing to hold the line on district property taxes for the sixth year in a row. At its June 24 meeting, the board moved …

Route 217 curve shift proposed in Blacklick Township

By Jeff Himler
Local residents recently got a preview of what PennDOT engineers have in mind to improve safety at a sharp bend in Route 217 in Blacklick Township. At a June 24 open-house plans display at the Blairsville Community Center, PennDOT project …

United School District eliminates facilities coordinator

By Greg Reinbold
United School District’s budget crunch has led to the elimination of two supervisory positions and their replacement with a new one. School directors voted Monday to eliminate the positions of facilities coordinator and assistant facilities coordinator, replacing them with the …

Computer backup contract approved to protect Indiana County data

By Greg Reinbold
Indiana County Commissioners have taken action to protect data on county computer servers, approving a contract with Link Computer Corporation to provide backup services and equipment. The contract will pay Link $23,260 for three years of the service. Data on …

VA outpatient clinic slated for Regency Mall near Indiana

By Greg Reinbold
Indiana County veterans will soon have a Department of Veterans Affairs community-based outpatient clinic closer to home. CRAssociates, Inc., of Newington, Va., will build an 8,200-square foot clinic in the Regency Mall Plaza space in White Township that once housed …

Wyotech owner fails to reach agreement

By Tribune-Review
Wyotech parent company Corinthian Colleges failed to reach an agreement with the state Department of Education Tuesday, missing its deadline and leaving the fate of its campuses in limbo. This includes Wyotech Blairsville in Burrell Township, which will either be …

Doubts cloud WyoTech’s future in Indiana County

By Jacob Tierney
Uniform-clad students started classes at WyoTech in Indiana County last week, but financial woes and an uncertain future make things at the automotive school anything but business as usual. A deal between the federal Department of Education and Wyotech’s parent …

Homer-Center School Board stays with 2-mill tax increase

By Jeff Himler
Homer-Center School Board has approved a final 2014-15 budget that includes a 2-mill increase in the district’s real estate tax. “Two mills is not a large tax increase,” said board President Vicki Smith. “We worked very hard to keep it …

Votes sought to win renovation funds for Homer City pool

By Gina Delfavero
The Homer City community pool is looking to make a splash in a nationwide challenge that could land a big windfall to be used to …

Blairsville WyoTech campus’ fate tied to parent company’s phase-out plan

By Jeff Himler
The future of WyoTech automotive school and its Blairsville campus were unclear this past week as its financially stressed parent company, Corinthian Colleges, contemplated phasing out its post-secondary sites under a memorandum of understanding with federal education officials. According to …

Blairsville gains national retailer with appeal for farmers, horse owners

By Jeff Himler
Tractor Supply Company celebrated the grand opening of its Blairsville store on June 21 by welcoming customers to a petting zoo in the parking lot …

Conjoined twins die at Indiana home

By The Associated Press
Conjoined twin brothers have died in their Indiana home a little more than two months after they were born. The Indiana County coroner’s office said the boys had been receiving hospice care at their home before they died Tuesday. Andrew …

Indiana County jury convicts mother of manslaughter in toddler’s drowning

By Renatta Signorini
Supporters of an Indiana County mother convicted Wednesday in the accidental bathtub drowning death of her son claimed moments after the verdict was read that the trial was unfair, but declined to elaborate. The claim was made as Tonya Thomas, …

Indiana County mother goes on trial for murder in toddler’s drowning

By Renatta Signorini
Wesley Thomas testified on Tuesday that he doesn’t remember much about the day his 13-month-old son drowned in a bathtub at his former White apartment. But he does recall hearing his now-estranged wife Tonya Thomas, 27, asking him to “keep …

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