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Late afternoon fire destroys Manor home

By Brad Pedersen
Fire destroyed a home on Iseman Hill Road in Manor late Wednesday afternoon. Firefighters from several companies responded to the home of Christopher and Christi Fedderman but were unable to save the structure. Crews from Manor, Ford City, Ford Cliff …

Rural Valley day care opening in former American Legion building

By Brigid Beatty
A new Rural Valley day care and preschool facility will host an open house on Saturday in a yellow brick building along Line Street previously …

Armstrong sheriff replaces patrol cars with newer models

By Julie E. Martin
The Armstrong County Sheriff’s Department’s fleet of vehicles was back up to full force on Tuesday with the addition of two used police cars. The department replaced its two out-of-commission Chevy Impalas with two 2011 Ford Crown Victorias. The cars …

Stuff the Bus in East Franklin Saturday

By Brad Pedersen
With the first day of school just under a month away, two nonprofits are getting ready to send Armstrong County students back to class loaded with supplies. The Kittanning Salvation Army and New Life Center in Ford City are collecting …

Kittanning event raising money for Drugs Kill Dreams

By Julie E. Martin
Walter Aguirre wants his young children to grow up in a neighborhood that’s safer and better than the one where he was raised in Los Angeles. The Rayburn resident is working to make that happen by hosting an event on …

Leechburg lands $11M package for sewer separation project

By Braden Ashe
A $6.7 million state grant Leechburg received on Tuesday to separate its sewer lines will soften any increase in sewage fees residents would pay to complete the project. The Pennsylvania Infrastructure Investment Authority, or PennVEST, approved nearly $11 million in …

Ford City wrestles with $600K question

By Julie E. Martin
A veritable who’s who of Ford City turned out on Tuesday to suggest solutions to Ford City’s $600,000 question. But there are no answers yet. The borough has until  Aug. 31 to propose repayment options for a $581,000 federal grant …

West Kittanning increases security around its dumpster

By Brad Pedersen
West Kittanning officials are going to monitor what goes into its dumpster, and who is putting it there, after finding it nearly full of vinyl siding last weekend. Council will fence in the dumpster, which has sat behind its public …

Judge rejects proposed sentence for Leechburg sex offender

By Brigid Beatty
An Armstrong County judge on Tuesday rejected the district attorney’s sentencing recommendation of probation for a 36-year-old man who pleaded guilty in May to indecent assault of a 4-year-old girl. William Kenneth Brown, formerly from Leechburg and now living in …

Mayflies making Ford City roads slick for drivers

By Julie E. Martin
It’s hard to believe that some Ford City roads are being described as “slick as ice” with temperatures hovering near  90 degrees on Tuesday. Blame …

Allegheny County warns of uptick in Lyme disease cases

By Aaron Aupperlee
Allegheny County health officials warned residents on Tuesday to watch out for ticks because cases of Lyme disease have spiked in Western Pennsylvania. Dr. Karen …

Ford City Council’s police committee recommends eliminating department

By Julie E. Martin
Ford City Council’s police committee has recommended the borough disband its police department in the hopes of slashing expenses. The three-person committee of council members advised the borough rely on state police coverage instead. Council Vice President Jerry Miklos, who …

Weather washes out Arts performance in Kittanning

By Brigid Beatty
A free outdoor ballet performance expected to draw crowds to the Kittanning Riverfront Park on Saturday had to be canceled because of unrelenting rainfall. Verb Ballets, a contemporary dance troupe from Ohio, planned to take to the stage at the …

Charges expected in Kittanning warehouse crash

By Brigid Beatty
The 21-year-old pickup driver who sideswiped a street sweeper before plowing into a warehouse in Kittanning early Friday morning is expected to be charged in connection with the crash, police said. Timothy Crytzer Jr. of 903 Orr Ave. turned onto …

West Kittanning Council rejects opening alleyway

By Brad Pedersen
Despite a resident’s request, an undeveloped alleyway on Northern Avenue in West Kittanning will remain unopened. West Kittanning Council on Monday decided to forgo surveying the land between two homes, across the street from the Lisa Bauer Beauty Salon. Opening …

Armstrong groups target childhood obesity with exercise

By Brad Pedersen
Armstrong School District and Healthy Armstrong officials are trying to help elementary school students get more exercise in hopes of steadying and lowering the number of overweight children in the district. Healthy Armstrong began emphasizing elementary school fitness in 2006, …

Annual Rural Valley festival kicks off Thursday

By Brigid Beatty
Thursday kicks off the 25th annual Shannock Valley Community Festival in Rural Valley with plenty of family fun. The three-day festival will be held at the Shannock Valley Park along Route 85 and will offer something for all ages, with …

N.C. churches lend helping hands in Western Pa.

By Megan Henney
Armed with paint, shingles and a myriad of other supplies, 130 volunteers from North Carolina churches took to Western Pennsylvania for their 2014 summer mission …

Rising patient numbers leads to hires at health center in Kittanning

By Brad Pedersen
A rising number of patients will mean more nursing jobs in the Armstrong County Health Center in Kittanning. The health center had 82 patients in June and has had 100 in July, said Daniel Lucovich, the county’s director of human …

Bradys Bend man charged with molesting girl

By Julie E. Martin
A Bradys Bend man was charged with three felonies for allegedly molesting a 5-year-old girl. Clarence Leroy Deitz, 70, of 785 Route 68, is charged with aggravated indecent assault, unlawful contact with a minor and corruption of minors. He also …

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