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Kittanning house renovation project receives help from afar

By Brigid Beatty
A Kittanning house renovation project has drawn out-of-state help and support from local nonprofits and churches this week in what some consider a true labor of love. Armstrong Habitat for Humanity is renovating a two-story house at 1154 Orr Ave. …

West Kittanning coordinator wants to bolster emergency management operation

By Brad Pedersen
West Kittanning’s emergency management coordinator, Joe Mores, wants to have more of a presence in the borough. Mores wants to work with council to establish an emergency management staff of at least six volunteers and be included in the borough’s …

Kittnning seeks volunteers to help cleanup of Riverfront Park

By Julie E. Martin
Borough officials are hoping many hands will make for light work at Kittanning’s Riverfront Park. Council is putting out a call for volunteers for a cleanup project from 4 to 9 p.m. Thursday at the park, which lies between Water …

Templeton/Adrian Flotation Awareness River Rafting Day draws 160 river lovers

By Julie E. Martin
The sun shone on Pam Everett on Saturday. Her rafting event — the Templeton/Adrian Flotation Awareness River Rafting Day — overcame high waters, bad weather …

Kittanning to add another batch of digital parking meters

By Julie E. Martin
By the fall, Kittanning Borough will be one step closer to modern times. Or at least another part of Market Street will be. Council decided on Monday to replace mechanical parking meters in Market Street’s 300 block with digital ones. …

Auditors may take West Kittanning to court

By Brad Pedersen
For a second consecutive month, West Kittanning Council refused to pay the borough auditors, which could end up landing the borough in court. On Monday night, council acknowledged a letter from Leechburg-based attorney Chuck Pascal, an attorney for the auditors, …

2 ‘Millionaire’ lottery tickets sold in A-K Valley

By Trib Total Media
Two of the four $1 million prize winning tickets in the Pennsylvania Lottery’s July 5 Millionaire Raffle drawing were sold in the Alle-Kiski Valley. The …

Armstrong libraries offer technological helping hand

By Julie E. Martin
At Ford City Library, patrons are just as likely to ask staff to check out their new smartphone as they are to check out a book. Oftentimes, it’s people who are over 40 and may have just purchased their first …

Paving project under way in Ford City

By Julie E. Martin
Work started last week on a project to resurface Ford City’s main thoroughfare. The PennDOT project will span Fifth Avenue — Route 128 — from Ford City Veterans Bridge to the Route 66 intersection. PennDOT officials expect the $1.5 million …

Woman dies in Armstrong County house fire; 3 survive

By Natasha Lindstrom
A woman died and three people escaped by jumping out of a second-floor window when a house fire tore through an Armstrong County home early …

Program aids Armstrong’s homeless

By Brad Pedersen
Armstrong County officials plan to fight homelessness in the area with state housing funds. The Community Action Agency of Armstrong County applied for $310,000 in Emergency Solution Grant funding from the state Department of Community and Economic Development, which will …

North Buffalo finds family, Civil War links in Kittanning

By Brigid Beatty
Robert Lehner, an 89-year-old Civil War history buff from North Buffalo, recently discovered a family connection to the Battle of Gettysburg when his son, Mark, …

Home improvement grants coming to Armstrong

By Brad Pedersen
A housing grant could help about a dozen low-income families in Armstrong County fix up their homes. Officials in the Armstrong County Department of Planning and Development applied for a $65,000 housing preservation grant from the Department of Agriculture. The …

Armstrong Co. sergeant gets proper funeral 62 years after his death

By Brad Pedersen
Air Force Staff Sgt. James Herbert Ray will get a military burial in his hometown of Worthington on Saturday — 62 years after his death …

Questions about mineral rights halt Armstrong land sale

By Brad Pedersen
Armstrong County Commissioners halted the sale of a 34.83-acre piece of property along Route 85 in Rayburn because it could not be determined if the county would retain its mineral rights if sold. The board unanimously rejected an $80,000 bid …

Ford City man pleads guilty in beating death

By Brigid Beatty
A 28-year-old Ford City man, who is one of four men accused in the beating death of a Chicora man last year, wept in an Armstrong County courtroom on Thursday while pleading guilty to crimes stemming from that case. Dennis …

Rafting event to draw 200 to Allegheny River

By Julie E. Martin
Some months ago, Pam Everett floated the idea to her friends that they should spend a lazy summer day drifting down the Allegheny River buoyed …

Bill passage aids ARDC quest to open locks

By Julie E. Martin
A small provision in a recently passed federal bill could mean reopened locks for boaters heading up the Allegheny River. The law passed in June allows the Army Corps of Engineers to accept donations from private groups to support river …

Woman pleads guilty to growing marijuana in Elderton

By Brigid Beatty
A 40-year-old Indiana County woman on Wednesday pleaded guilty to her involvement in a marijuana-growing operation two years ago in an Elderton trailer. Darla Darlene Connors of Home appeared before President Judge Kenneth Valasek in orange jail-issued clothing and pleaded …

Ceremony, stone recognizes Ford City’s Lower End settlers

By Kathleen Edwards
As Steven Heffner takes a leisurely walk through the streets of the Lower End of Ford City on a humid summer afternoon, he’s quick to …

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