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Bomb threat clears Apollo-Ridge High School

By Valley News Dispatch
Apollo-Ridge Jr./Sr. High School was evacuated shortly after noon today because a bomb threat was found at the high school, said Superintendent Matt Curci. The threat was assessed as “low-risk” Curci said, but the district is taking precautions to ensure student safety. A police dog is being brought in to …

Manor police increase patrols in 2-month trial

By Julie E. Martin
Officers will be on the roads in Manor for 35 more hours a week for a two-month trial beginning in April. “Our guys are busy now, and I think adding these hours is going to have a big impact on a ...

Strike planned at ACMH Hospital in East Franklin on Tuesday

By Brad Pedersen
The 123-member union of licensed nurse practitioners and technicians at ACMH Hospital in East Franklin has planned a one-day strike for Tuesday. The strike is being called to protest “unfair labor practices and bad faith bargaining,” said Curtis Dahn, the union’s ...

Kittanning business gets new revenue stream

By Julie E. Martin
A Kittanning oil and gas company is expanding its distribution business to eastern Pennsylvania. The state’s public utility commission this month approved a request from Snyder Brothers to allow it to provide gas to PECO Energy, UGI Utilities, UGI Central ...

North Buffalo man charged with distributing child porn

By Brad Pedersen
A North Buffalo man was charged with distributing child pornography after agents with the state attorney general’s office raided the home where he was living ...

Armstrong schools put television programming online

By Brad Pedersen
Armstrong School District is trying to make its television programming more accessible by putting it online through the ARIN Intermediate Unit. The district is working with the Indiana-based intermediate unit to stream its student-produced “Education Today” television broadcasts from Kittanning, Ford ...

Letters show Ford City had chance at cutting debt by more than $450K

By Julie Martin
Ford City let an offer to settle a $580,000 debt with the federal government for $116,200 expire in October without a council vote whether to accept it. The Economic Development Administration’s offer was sent to Council President Kathy Bartuccio and Borough ...

Ford City woman injured in crash

By Brigid Beatty
State police are investigating what caused 60-year-old Nancy Leightley of Ford City to lose control of her car and crash head-on into a tree along ...

Few changes on Armstrong primary ballot after withdrawal deadline

By Brad Pedersen
Wednesday’s deadline for withdrawing from the Armstrong County primary ballot saw only two Democrats take themselves out of the running: Ford City Councilman Gene Banks and Sugarcreek Township supervisors candidate James Judge. While few chose to withdraw from the May 19 ...

Incumbent steps aside, mayor enters council race in Ford City

By Julie E. Martin
Only one of three incumbents is left on the Ford City Council primary election ballot because Gene Banks withdrew from the race Wednesday. The stress of serving on the lively and sometimes contentious council got to be too much for the ...

Madison woman seeks help finding fugitive goat, sheep

By Brigid Beatty
A $100 reward is being offered for a couple of four-legged escape artists that have been on the loose in the Boggs area since the ...

Leechburg rescinds councilman’s raise, will revisit issue April 21

By Braden Ashe
A Leechburg councilman’s hourly pay raise as a borough road worker was rescinded Wednesday over potential procedural violations. Council voted to rescind Tom Foster’s pay raise ...

Bond reduction denied for boy accused of fatally shooting Leechburg man

By Brad Pedersen
A judge denied a request to lower bond from $500,000 to $100,000 for a 17-year-old Kittanning Township boy who is being charged as an adult ...

Armstrong jail makes GED diploma an attainable goal for inmates

By Brigid Beatty
For more than half a year, Rick Pyle has been hitting the books and putting in time studying for his high school equivalency tests in ...

Templeton woman acted fast to save dog from plunge into icy pond

By Julie E. Martin
By the time she thought about anything but saving her dog, Mya Varner had plunged through the ice on her pond and was flailing in ...

PennDOT urges caution as road work season starts

By Julie E. Martin
PennDOT officials are reminding residents to stay safe in the growing number of road work zones throughout Armstrong County. “We’re coming out of the winter season and naturally you’re going to see a lot of the orange signs popping up ...

Parker armed and ready for revitalization push

By Brad Pedersen
Parker joined forces with two of its neighbors last year to be named a Blueprint Community — a designation that opened the doors for months of training to show officials the path to revitalizing the city. Participation in the Federal Home ...

Historical society seeking Armstrong school district’s help, property

By Brigid Beatty
Members of the Armstrong County Historical Museum and Genealogical Society hope their request to acquire an approximate half-acre lot from the Armstrong School District won’t ...

Rescuers find lost Mahoning teen using cellphone location

By Julie E. Martin
Emergency responders rescued a lost Mahoning teen Monday by connecting with the girl’s cellphone to track her location. The 14-year-old girl, whose name was not immediately available, called her parents about 7:30 p.m. — two hours after leaving her home on ...

Ford City previews potential update to borough website

By Julie E. Martin
Ford City officials offered a glimpse Monday of what the borough’s new website could be. Borough Manager Eden Ratliff showed a sample at a council work session of an unpublished borough website that he and Councilman Josh Abernathy made. “The ...

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