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IUP backtracks on per-credit tuition plan

By Debra Erdley
Indiana University of Pennsylvania is backtracking on a plan to begin charging tuition on a per-credit basis this fall, since a vote last week by the State System of Higher Education’s oversight board to freeze tuition at the 14-state-owned universities. The system-wide tuition freeze was part of a trade-off with the ...

Homer City man charged in fatal crash

By Tribune-Review
A Homer City man was arrested on homicide and related drunken-driving charges stemming from a fatal crash March 27. Scott Kenneth Esteb, 39, was arrested Friday and posted $50,000 bond. Investigators said Esteb pulled out of a parking lot at Sanso’s pizzeria ...

Blairsville Farmers Market to expand hours

By Jeff Himler
The Blairsville Farmers Market will have expanded hours this year, and Pine Ridge Park, just east of town, is being eyed as the site of a proposed new Fourth of July race. Those were among plans announced April 9 at the ...

Indiana County to seek additional grant for pedestrian bridge

By Greg Reinbold
The vision of a pedestrian bridge carrying the Hoodlebug Trail over Route 22 in Burrell Township could get a substantial boost if Indiana County officials are successful in obtaining a sizeable state grant. The commissioners voted April 8 to apply for ...

Blairsville-Saltsburg School Board debates early Friday dismissal

By Jeff Himler
Reviews are mixed for Blairsville-Saltsburg School District’s early Friday dismissals. So, the school board will consider three proposed versions of the 2015-16 school calendar at its May 20 meeting. Superintendent Tammy Whitfield said she’ll present a version of the calendar that ...

United approves contract for extending natural gas service to high school

By Jeff Himler
United School District officials are moving forward with a shift from oil to natural gas as heating fuel for the high school as a cost-saving measure. At its Tuesday meeting, the school board approved a contract with Peoples TWP, which will ...

Newsmaker: Pao Ying Hsiao

By Bill Vidonic
Noteworthy: She was named a finalist in the American Society for Nutrition’s Emerging Leaders in Nutrition Science Competition last month. The program recognizes the highest ...

Elderly Indiana County man dies in tractor accident

By Tribune-Review
An elderly Indiana County man was killed Monday in a tractor accident. Coroner Jerry L. Overman identified the victim as 87-year-old Clarence Coleman of 84 Hine Lane, Saltsburg. Overman said the accident occurred at the Coleman family farm just before 6 p.m. ...

Lack of hydrants hinders efforts to quash fire in Young

By Nicole Chynoweth
Firefighters faced a challenge in battling a house fire in Young Township Saturday night, as the closest fire hydrant to the blaze was about 2 miles away. Lieutenant Brad McClure of the Cole Run/McIntyre Volunteer Fire Department said the blaze along ...

Tuition freeze by 14 Pennsylvania-owned universities gets OK

By The Associated Press
The board that oversees Pennsylvania’s 14 state-owned universities narrowly endorsed a tuition freeze Thursday sought by Gov. Tom Wolf in exchange for a $45.3 million ...

Smart Transportation funds approved for Route 22 pedestrian bridge

By Jeff Himler
Local officials have come a step closer to closing a gap in a regional trail system with the award of funding to help design a proposed bridge that would allow pedestrians and bicyclists to safely cross Route 22 in Burrell ...

Saltsburg council urges property owners to maintain sidewalks

By Gina Delfavero
Saltsburg Council is urging borough property owners to become more aware of the condition of their sidewalks and the curb appeal of their homes, especially with June’s annual Canal Days festival expected to attract visitors from throughout the region “Right now, ...

Officials at Homer City Roadshow stop call for long-term federal highway and bridge funding

By Jeff Himler
Congressman Bill Shuster led a group of state and federal officials to the outskirts of Homer City Tuesday morning on the second stop of his Pennsylvania Roadshow trip. The two-day trek across the state was meant to call attention to ...

Homer City proposes summer paving, hike in parking fines

By Jeff Himler
Homer City Council took preliminary steps Tuesday to prepare for a summer street paving project and to increase fines for overparking in metered spaces downtown. Council agreed to seek bids for 400 tons of asphalt, more or less, to be placed ...

Manor bank robbery suspect caught in Indiana

By Julie E. Martin
An Indiana County man has been arrested on a charge of robbing a bank in Manor in February. Matthew James Crossman, 28, of Marion Center, ...

Special Olympics Equestrian Team of Indiana and Armstrong counties prepares for horse show

By Brigid Beatty
The Special Olympics Equestrian Team of Indiana and Armstrong counties has been training since October for its second annual horse show competition this month. And even ...

Five Indiana County bridges to be replaced through public-private partnership

By Jeff Himler
Updating Pennsylvania’s aging bridges is a constant battle for PennDOT. George W. McAuley Jr., assistant district executive for maintenance with PennDOT District 10, told local officials and media attending the district’s annual outreach meeting March 26 that PennDOT has a backlog of ...

Indiana County commissioners urge agencies to withhold permits for injection wells

By Greg Reinbold
Indiana County’s commissioners are urging state and federal agencies to reject permit applications from companies seeking to dispose of hydraulic fracking waste using injection wells in the county. Commissioners Chairman Rodney Ruddock said vocal opposition from residents and supervisors in Grant ...

Possible child luring investigated in Indiana County

By Tribune-Review
State police at Indiana are looking for a suspect in a possible child luring this week. The man, described as being in his 50s with a medium to heavy build and driving an orange pickup truck, asked a 10-year-old girl ...

Clymer woman dies in 2-vehicle crash in Homer City

By Jacob Tierney
A 75-year-old Clymer woman was killed in a crash on Route 119 in Homer City on Friday night. Madeline Ralston was the passenger in a vehicle driven by her husband, traveling north near Sanso’s Italian Deli, according to the Indiana County ...

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