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Indiana County to revise some property reassessment notices

By Greg Reinbold
Despite vocal criticism and protest movements opposing Indiana County’s first county-wide property reassessment in 47 years, the firm responsible for conducting the reassessment has had relatively few property owners schedule informal reviews to address factual errors on assessment notices distributed at the beginning of July. Tim Barr, vice-president of Evaluator Services ...

McKnight Road, Susan Drive among areas targeted in Burrell paving

By Gina Delfavero
Improvements are set to finish on several Burrell Township roads after the township supervisors recently opened bids for materials and labor for summer paving projects. Only one bid was received, from Derry Construction Co. of Latrobe, with a cost of $131,015, ...

Blairsville family training poodle mix to help monitor diabetic boy’s blood sugar

By Jeff Himler
Five-year-old Eli Michel loves to share a hug with his best buddy, Murphy, but others who see the Blairsville boy on an outing with his ...

Blairsville-Saltsburg OKs pay hikes for school administrators

By Jeff Himler
After a month-long delay for further review, Blairsville-Saltsburg School Board on July 22 approved 2015-16 salary increases for several administrators and non-union support personnel. In accordance with contracts and agreements already in place, the following administrative pay hikes were approved: superintendent ...

OSHA to investigate Indiana County workers’ exposure to cadmium

By Tribune-Review
The Occupational Safety & Health Administration is investigating the circumstances at a metal and alloys plant that caused a number of employees to be exposed to cadmium, a spokeswoman said Wednesday. The agency was notified Tuesday after fewer than 20 workers ...

Indiana County man dies when ATV strikes corn crib

By Mary Pickels
An Indiana County man was killed early Wednesday in an all-terrain vehicle accident in Rayne Township. Oliver Wendell Holmes IV, 29, of Home was pronounced dead at the scene along Davis Road at 4:35 a.m. by Coroner Jerry L. Overman Jr. According ...

1 hospitalized for cadmium exposure at Indiana County plant; nearly 20 decontaminated

By Renatta Signorini
One person was admitted Tuesday to Indiana Regional Medical Center, and nearly 20 others were treated because they were exposed to cadmium at a metals and alloy plant, according to spokesman Mark Richards. The Occupational Safety & Health Administration confirmed ...

Medical pot has advocate in Pennsylvania House

By Melissa Daniels
For the first time since the issue landed inside the state Capitol, the House has a road map to legalizing medical marijuana. House Majority ...

Blairsville-Saltsburg hires assistant principal, considers junior high track program

By Jeff Himler
Blairsville-Saltsburg School Board Wednesday hired an assistant principal to bolster the district’s administrative team at the Saltsburg school campus but tabled action on employing a music teacher. With members Holly Gibson and Mary Whitfield participating by remote phone connection, the board ...

Blairsville flooding to be addressed with storm drainage study, additional inlets

By Jeff Himler
Blairsville Borough officials are proposing to install more stormwater inlets to help address recent flooding problems along Evans Avenue. Meanwhile, the Army Corps of Engineers is poised to conduct a more comprehensive study of storm drainage issues throughout the town. Borough engineer ...

Blairsville Scout’s project will expand, enhance community garden

By Gina Delfavero
The Blairsville Community Garden has truly become a community effort, with several local organizations and individuals coming together to expand and enhance the site where ...

Indiana County man charged after calling for ambulance, asking for air conditioning repair

By Joe Napsha
An Indiana County man with a history of calling state police and emergency dispatchers with minor complaints when no emergency existed was charged this week after he allegedly called for an ambulance. Travis James Turner, 26, of White is accused of ...

Indiana siblings follow path from cyber school to West Point

By Greg Reinbold
The Henderson family of Indiana has created its own pipeline from cyber charter school to one of the most selective institutions of higher education in ...

Upward Bound program, scholarship boost prospects of two local students

By Gina Delfavero
Two local woman who had their minds set on a college education have been able to realize that goal through the combination of a preparatory ...

Couple takes over leadership of Indiana Salvation Army center

By Debbie Black
The Salvation Army’s Indiana headquarters gained new leadership as captains Geoffrey and Marisabel Swires took over July 1. “There’s a bond here,” said Geoffrey Swires, 42, ...

Indiana County Salvation Army headquarters gets computer equipment, new boiler system

By Debbie Black
Recent infrastructure upgrades and classroom improvements have transformed the Salvation Army’s 66-year-old Indiana headquarters. According to Molly Russell, a member of the Salvation Army of Indiana’s ...

Blairsville dedicates veterans memorial and wall

By Jeff Himler
After four decades, downtown Blairsville once more has a monument memorializing local residents who served their country in times of war — focusing on those ...

Property reassessment notices stir opposition in Indiana County

By Greg Reinbold
Reassessment value notices have reached Indiana County residents, and those whose property tax bills are estimated to increase have taken to the streets and social ...

Director leaves Blairsville Community Development Authority for regional planning position

By Jeff Himler
On Monday, Blairsville resident Leann Chaney will begin a new day job in Pittsburgh. But, at least for now, she plans to remain active in the community where she lives. July 17 is Chaney’s last day as executive director of the ...

Indiana County approves loan for startup brewery

By Greg Reinbold
Indiana County Commissioners took a step to support a new business and approved a measure increasing the daily rate the Indiana County Jail charges to house state inmates. Commissioners voted to extend a $117,500 loan through the county office of planning ...

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