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Wood Center at IUP turns campus trees into art

By Greg Reinbold
Indiana University of Pennsylvania is noted for its iconic Oak Grove and the attendant squirrel population. That scenic heart of the IUP campus has dwindled from 149 trees in 1961 to about 90 today. Many trees the Oak Grove has lost ...

Indiana County doctor who traded drugs for sex to be re-sentenced

By Paul Peirce
A former Indiana County doctor serving up to 10 years in prison for a painkillers-for-sex prescription scheme will be returned to Indiana Common Pleas Court to be resentenced. On Wednesday, a state Superior Court panel overturned the prison sentence given to ...

Liquor Control Board, Pennsylvania universities target problem drinking

By Kari Andren
The state Liquor Control Board is looking to devise a universal plan to help colleges and their surrounding communities combat underage and dangerous drinking by ...

Saltsburg council finalizes 2015 budget, 5-mill tax hike

By Gina Delfavero
Saltsburg’s council has given final approval for a 5-mill property tax increase, raising the rate in the borough to 16.2 mills for 2015. At a special Dec. 12 meeting, President P.J. Hruska, Vice President Kathy Muir and fellow council members ...

Blairsville PNC Bank branch to close in March

By Greg Reinbold
The Blairsville branch of PNC Bank will close its doors on March 20, PNC vice president and senior manager of external communications Marcey Zwiebel confirmed. PNC sent letters to those holding accounts at the Blairsville branch alerting them of the pending ...

Blairsville boosts property tax by 2 mills

By Jeff Himler
Blairsville property owners will have to dig a little deeper into their pockets next year as the borough council Tuesday approved a $1.8 million budget and an attendant 2-mill tax increase for 2015. Council voted 4-1 to finalize the spending plan ...

Access road revision proposed for Tide residents

By Jeff Himler
PennDOT planners are considering a revised version of an improvement project for Route 119 between Homer City and Lucernemines that calls for elimination rather than rehabilitation of a bridge that carries the highway over Tide Road. Local residents and municipal officials got ...

Child porn lie lands Clymer woman in jail

By Mary Pickels
An Indiana County woman who was convicted of trying to frame her estranged husband for putting child pornography on a home computer was sentenced Monday to serve up to two years in prison. Meri Jane Woods, 43, of Clymer was accused ...

Homer City native’s handmade cards bring new dimension to holiday cards

By Gina Delfavero
Those who receive season’s greetings from Ron Fabin have come to expect a special treat when they open the mailbox. Each year, the Homer City ...

Former Westmoreland-Armstrong and Indiana chapter of Red Cross changes name

By Tribune-Review
In an effort to be more inclusive of its service area, the former Westmoreland-Armstrong and Indiana chapter of the American Red Cross has changed its name to the American Red Cross of Chestnut Ridge. The name change reflects the addition of ...

Indiana County teen to be cited for leaving deer parts on car

By Tribune-Review
A 16-year-old from Indiana County will receive a citation for disorderly conduct for leaving deer parts on a woman’s car in rural Cherryhill Township. State police in Indiana said the teen shoved a deer’s leg into the tailpipe and attached internal ...

Indiana County Endowment seeks to boost awareness, donations

By Jeff Himler
Officials with the Indiana County Endowment are looking to increase awareness of the grant-making entity while also boosting the donations it receives — and ...

Fund for Challenger Learning Center passes halfway mark

By Jeff Himler
The countdown is getting nearer for launching simulated space missions in Indiana County as planners have raised more than half the funds needed to construct the proposed Central Allegheny Challenger Learning Center and the complementary STEM Institute for Future Innovators ...

United board OKs gas line extension to high school

By Jeff Himler
United School Board Tuesday authorized district officials to enter into an agreement with Peoples Natural Gas to extend a natural gas line to serve United High School at an estimated district cost of $227,000. Superintendent Barbara Parkins said the district must ...

Blairsville-Saltsburg accepts funding for literacy, security initiatives

By Jeff Himler
Blairsville-Saltsburg School Board will see a decrease in funding for some academic initiatives in 2014-15 but will continue to receive a grant to provide an armed school police officer at each of the district’s two campuses. At its Dec. 3 ...

Foundation CEO touts Indiana County’s community-oriented culture at chamber luncheon

By Jeff Himler
Indiana County is among the areas of Western Pennsylvania where community values aren’t a thing of the past. And that’s a positive sign for a ...

Homer City announces post-holiday tree collection

By Gina Delfavero
Christmas tree pick-up in Homer City Borough will begin after Christmas Day, it was announced at council’s Dec. 2 meeting. Residents are reminded that all lights, ornaments and stands have to be removed, and trees should not be bagged. Police Chief Louis ...

Homer-Center school officials look to boost writing skills

By Jeff Himler
Officials at Homer-Center School District want to improve the school performance profile scores for both the elementary and high school buildings. To do so, they’re focusing on sharpening student writing skills. “Across the board, we need a strong writing component in ...

Indiana County coroner: Hunter accidentally shot self

By Tribune-Review
A 79-year-old deer hunter whose body was discovered Wednesday in a wooded area outside Indiana Borough accidentally shot himself with his rifle, Indiana County Coroner Jerry L. Overman Jr. said. James Turnbull of Indiana was found by another hunter, dead from ...

Josephine man struck by car, critically injured

By Tribune-Review
A 21-year-old Indiana County man who was struck by a car as he walked on Route 286 in rural Green Township Wednesday night is in critical condition at a Pittsburgh hospital. State police said Derrick M. Davis of Josephine was walking ...

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