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Historical society seeks to grow interest in county museum, library

By Brigid Beatty
Supporters see the Armstrong County Historical Museum and Genealogical Library as a gem that they want others to discover as the county’s historical society prepares to celebrate its 90th anniversary. “It’s the biggest secret in the community,” said Ron Crytzer, …

Dollar General to take place of Spagnolo’s Foodland

By Julie E. Martin
A Ford City grocery store that closed this summer will be a Dollar General by December. Indianapolis-based J and C Commercial Services started gutting the …

Peanut butter festival to whip up family fun

By Brad Pedersen
People in New Bethlehem are nutty for peanut butter — and they plan to show their love for the creamy treat next weekend during the annual Peanut Butter Festival in Gumtown Memorial Park. The festival, sponsored by the Red Bank …

DEP to probe use of Ford City water plant grant

By Julie E. Martin
The state Department of Environmental Protection is investigating whether Ford City is spending a $467,000 grant properly. Interim borough manager Eden Ratliff reported this week that on Aug. 12, two DEP investigators showed up at the borough offices requesting documents …

New Kensington man charged in Leechburg drug sale

By Brigid Beatty
A 22-year-old New Kensington man was arrested on felony drug charges for allegedly selling heroin during a controlled purchase in Leechburg last week. Isaac Jacob …

Armstrong County married dentists passing torch to their children

By Brigid Beatty
A husband and wife dentist team with offices in Worthington and Sarver are poised to retire by the end of the month and will be …

Armstrong School District credits grant with healthy habits

By Brad Pedersen
A federal grant made a lifetime of changes in elementary schools across the Armstrong School District. The district’s Carol M. White Physical Education Program, or PEP, grant closes on Sept. 30, after providing the district $636,600 for fitness equipment and …

FirstEnergy employees picket but keep working

By Brad Pedersen
A dozen FirstEnergy service workers took to the picket line outside of their East Franklin station on Freeport Road this week, after its members shot …

Ford City in market for new accountant soon

By Julie E. Martin
Ford City Council plans to replace the borough’s accountant of 15 years. Certified Public Accountant Susan Lasher Thompson of Butler is moving out of state, officials say. Council expects Thompson to work through the end of the year, or until …

Kittanning keeps 2 part-time public works employees through fall

By Julie E. Martin
Kittanning Borough officials will keep two part-time summer employees working through the fall. The borough renewed agreements with public works employees Benjamin McCanna and Duke Zellefrow to work 30 hours a week at minimum wage, $7.25 an hour, back in …

Class goes full STEAM ahead

By Brad Pedersen
Insects and intricate mechanical devices have always fascinated Leslie Benigni. A junior at Ford City High School, Benigni plans to show how insects move and …

Manor festival offers 75 rock bands over 3 days

By Julie E. Martin
A new festival that starts today in Manor Township promises three days of nonstop rock music in an outdoor setting. Concert Chaos Entertainment’s “Pittsburgh Metal and Hardcore Festival” brings 75 hard rock acts from around the nation together in Falcon …

Remembering 9/11 with commemorative run in West Kittanning

By Brigid Beatty
Bill Hamilton of Manor remembers. He hasn’t been to New York in 13 years. Not since September 2001. Not since the days immediately following the 9/11 terrorist attack on the World Trade Center by members of the Islamic extremist group …

Patients take a vacation from cancer in East Franklin

By Brigid Beatty
Stepping into the lobby of ACMH Hospital’s Richard G. Laube Cancer Center in East Franklin during the “Vacation from Cancer” event on Wednesday was a …

Kittanning rethinking traps as way to solve skunk problem

By Julie E. Martin
Kittanning officials are seeking a humane solution to the borough’s skunk problem, and a national wildlife expert is willing to help. Residents in the borough’s fourth ward have been raising a stink in recent weeks over the striped critters. Some …

Flood-damaged Armstrong bridges getting fixed soon

By Brad Pedersen
Four bridges hit hard by floods in Armstrong County will be shored up before the end of the year. The county has received bids for work to replace rock around the base of bridges that was washed away by heavy …

West Kittanning settles billing rift with auditors

By Brad Pedersen
West Kittanning Council is done with elected auditors. After settling a three-month dispute with the borough’s auditors, West Kittanning officials are reviewing bids to hire an independent firm to review the books for 2014. With no public discussion, West Kittanning …

State awards $745,000 grant for Armstrong school project in Manor

By Brad Pedersen
A $745,500 grant was awarded on Tuesday for a road project at the entrance to Armstrong Junior-Senior High School, which is being built in Manor and set to open next fall. The project at Buffington Drive and Route 422 includes …

Burn law veto overturned in Kittanning

By Brad Pedersen
West Kittanning Mayor Jim Sobiski vetoed the borough’s backyard fire and burning law on Monday, but council reversed his decision moments later. Sobiski said he thought the law was too restrictive and fines not steep enough. He was critical that …

Reading program fun under the stars at West Hills school

By Kathleen Edwards
Families had stars in their eyes and books in their hands at a recent program outside West Hills Elementary School. More than 150 people were …

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