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Armstrong trying new program to have instruction when weather closes schools

By Brad Pedersen
Armstrong School District students may no longer get an unexpected day off because of harsh weather in the winter. The district is developing plans to join the state’s inaugural flexible instruction days program to provide lessons at home to students during days schools are closed for bad weather. “Last year …

Engineer seeks pay for Ford City work before being fired in April

By Julie E. Martin
Ford City’s former engineer has hired an attorney to help him get $9,000 he says the borough owes him for work done before he was fired in April. “I’d like to get my money and move on,” said Jim Garvin …

Writers take on novel challenge in Ford City

By Julie E. Martin
A journey of more than 300,000 words started six years ago for Paula Wyant. In that time, she has completed a 50,000-plus word novel every November for National Novel Writing Month. Wyant, 53, of Kittanning has brought at least 50 …

Armstrong nonprofit making holidays bright for those in need

By Brigid Beatty
Thanksgiving Day is still weeks away, but Lori Murphy has been busy seeking donations to help prepare hundreds of turkey dinners to deliver to shut-ins Nov. 27. “I’ve been asking businesses for donations and calling people asking if they need …

Elsa from ‘Frozen’ popular for kids in Halloween parades at Armstrong schools

By Brad Pedersen
Characters from the blockbuster movie “Frozen” walked alongside kids dressed as vampires and superheroes in annual parades Thursday at five elementary schools in the Armstrong …

Apollo fills solicitor job with Leechburg-based attorney

By Braden Ashe
Apollo Borough has a new solicitor. Timothy Miller from the Greensburg law firm of DeBernardo, Antoniono, McCabe & Davis will fill  the post left vacant by Chuck Pascal’s resignation on Thursday. Pascal, who submitted his resignation hours before Miller was …

Leechburg man’s lawsuit against borough, police officers dismissed

By Chuck Biedka
A federal judge has dismissed a Leechburg man’s lawsuit alleging that he was improperly convicted and sentenced to prison after his arrest by Leechburg Borough police. Travis Lasko’s 2013 lawsuit was dismissed with prejudice on Wednesday. That means he can’t …

Smicksburg businesses get jump on Christmas

By Brad Pedersen
While children around Armstrong Country will be going door-to-door for candy on Halloween, several Smicksburg businesses will be busy lighting the first Yule log of the season. The Smicksburg Old Fashioned Country Christmas celebration will be held today through Sunday …

Armstrong County keeps commissioner raises tied to non-union employees’ pay

By Brad Pedersen
Armstrong County’s next round of elected officials won’t be guaranteed an annual raise. During a public hearing on Wednesday, the commissioners agreed to tie raises for the county’s 11 elected officials to annual increases of its non-union employees, such as …

‘Bend and dent’ store opening in Rural Valley

By Brigid Beatty
A discount food store is stocked and ready to open Saturday at 701 Main St. in Rural Valley, offering low prices and an ever-changing inventory …

Ford City postpones town hall meeting about police, finances

By Julie E. Martin
A town hall meeting to discuss the future of the Ford City Police Department and other financial matters has been postponed. The meeting was scheduled for 7 p.m. Nov. 6 at the Latin American Club on Third Avenue. “I don’t …

Kittanning thrift shop giving away coats Sunday

By Brigid Beatty
Volunteers at the St. Vincent de Paul Thrift Store in Kittanning will be spreading warmth through the community Sunday during the store’s third annual coat …

Kittanning, Ford City parades feature school bands for last time

By Julie E. Martin
Two more traditions will come to a close tonight in Ford City and Kittanning. Bands from Ford City and Kittanning high schools will march for the last time in their respective boroughs’ Halloween parades. Ford City’s parade starts outside the …

Kittanning gets $3 million grant for downtown improvements

By Julie E. Martin
Kittanning borough on Tuesday was given a $3 million grant from PennDOT’s Multimodal Grant fund to continue improvements on Market Street. The money will cover the costs of traffic signal upgrades, curb extensions, new pedestrian crossings and other improvements downtown. …

Grant awarded to fund Armstrong locks summer operations

By Julie E. Martin
A $120,000 PennDOT grant has been awarded to assist a nonprofit in its efforts to open the Allegheny River locks in Armstrong County to recreational …

Preliminary hearing postponed again for Ford City man accused of wiretapping

By Julie E. Martin
A Ford City man facing felony wiretapping charges for recording a parking dispute outside his home said Tuesday after a second preliminary hearing was postponed that the ordeal is taking its toll on him and his family. “We’re going crazy. …

Lawsuit against Armstrong County ‘voluntarily dismissed’

By Brigid Beatty
A federal civil lawsuit brought against Armstrong County by the family of a man who committed suicide in 2011 while in solitary confinement at the Armstrong County Jail has been “voluntarily dismissed,” according to U.S. District Court Western District documents. …

Armstrong churches aid thousands in Ebola-stricken Africa

By Julie E. Martin
Twenty-thousand packets of food donated to the Stop Hunger Now organization by Armstrong County churches in September will aid those in the grips of West Africa’s Ebola crisis. Kittanning First United Methodist Church member Janet McKelvey, one of the effort’s …

Council members dissent on future of blighted properties in Ford City

By Julie E. Martin
Not all Ford City Council members are convinced that buying blighted properties from Armstrong County and demolishing them is the best way to fight blight. The borough’s planning commission recently recommended the move. Councilman Josh Abernathy wants to know why …

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