Latest News

  • 0

CLARION – A second five-year extension for approval of a 49-unit housing development, a business expansion, and an office addition were given a stamp of approval by the Clarion County Planning Commission at its April 17 meeting.

featured
  • 0

RIMERSBURG – With April being Autism Awareness Month, one local student is proving that a diagnosis of autism doesn’t mean that he can’t accomplish his dreams.

  • 0

NEW BETHLEHEM – New Bethlehem officials are looking to make the town a little greener, while at the same time staying out of the debate regarding the legalization of recreational marijuana.

  • 0

KITTANNING – The on-again, off-again battle between the Armstrong County commissioners and county tax collectors resurfaced last week, prompting the commissioners to issue a statement defending their 2018 action to reduce the pay for tax collectors.

  • 0

CLARION – Not only is the Clarion Area, Clarion-Limestone and North Clarion football cooperative likely to generate a new team of 40 to 50 members, add in a band that will include 40-45 participants for each unit, and a cheerleading squad of 20 (17 C-L and three from Clarion Area) — not to m…

  • 0

NEW BETHLEHEM – If you need an excuse — besides the obvious ones — for taking part in New Bethlehem’s first-ever Nutty Wine, Shine & Brew Fest in a couple of weeks, just tell yourself that doing so is all about being patriotic.

featured
  • 0

NEW BETHLEHEM – What happens when you mix together a bright May morning, several young anglers with a collection of fishing gear and members of area law enforcement? You get the perfect recipe for New Bethlehem Police Department’s first annual “Cops and Bobbers” Fishing Derby.

featured
  • 0

NEW BETHLEHEM – Saturday marked opening day for a newcomer to The Block along Arch Street in New Bethlehem. Valley Bike Shop, the brainchild of Rhett Atwood, is still in its formative stages, and the day’s event was an opportunity to raise some seed money for a much-needed area business.

  • 0

RIMERSBURG – During a school board meeting that ended with many actions begin denied or tabled due to cost concerns, one Union School Board official spoke out about what he sees as a budget crisis headed for the local district if changes aren’t soon made.

featured
  • 0

CLARION TWP. – A combination of larger farm machinery and many drivers who are distracted by texting promoted a group of local farmers and law enforcement officers to gather Monday to urge motorists to slow down and be aware of slow moving farm vehicles.

  • 0

EAST BRADY – Among the events planned to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the incorporation of East Brady Borough, council officials recently announced that the milestone anniversary will be commemorated with a special ornament.

featured
  • 0

RIMERSBURG – Clarion High School principal John Kimmel was hired last week as superintendent of the Union School District, effective July 1.

featured
  • 0

KITTANNING – Volunteers and their vital role with numerous Armstrong County organizations were highlighted last week by county officials as they proclaimed April 7-13 as Volunteer Recognition Week.

  • 0

EAST BRADY – A large paving project along Route 68 through East Brady Borough is set to begin later this month and continue through the fall.

  • 0

GLASSBORO, N.J. – A New Bethlehem native working at a university in New Jersey recently received an award from the National Intramural and Recreational Sports Association (NIRSA).

  • 0

NEW BETHLEHEM – One story and three special sections that appeared in The Leader-Vindicator last year were recently announced as winners of Keystone Press Awards.

featured
  • 0

HAWTHORN – Before junior reels in his first-ever trout catch, or before a group of lifelong friends decide to wade hip-deep into Red Bank Creek to wet a line, a group of local volunteers make sure there will be fish swimming around worthy of being caught on the opening day of trout season.

  • 0

NEW BETHLEHEM – State Rep. Donna Oberlander (R-Clarion) and Sen. Scott Hutchinson (R-Franklin) recently met with Redbank Valley School District superintendent Dr. John Mastillo and members of the school board’s legislative committee.

  • 0

SLIGO – With Sligo Borough’s elimination of contracted police coverage for 10 hours per week by the New Bethlehem Police Department for budget reasons, borough officials continue to look for alternative methods of code enforcement.

  • 0

CLARION – As a young girl, Dr. Dale-Elizabeth Pehrsson never had any expectations of attending college, but on Friday she was inaugurated as the 17th president of Clarion University of Pennsylvania.

featured
  • 0

KITTANNING – In what he called one of the most “civil” stops along his 67-county listening tour, Pennsylvania Lt. Gov. John Fetterman said he took note that the large majority of those on hand for last Thursday’s public forum in Kittanning were in favor of legalizing the recreational use of …

  • 0

RIMERSBURG – Not satisfied with the results of paying an outside company to come in and sweep borough streets, Rimersburg officials Monday night considered options for the possible purchase of a new street sweeping machine.

featured
  • 0

RIMER – Local, county, state and federal officials toured the flood damaged Rimer community on Monday morning, prior to a meeting in which ideas were discussed for stemming what has been a growing issue each winter for the Madison Township (Armstrong County) riverfront village.

  • 0

MELINDA WARNSING (RIGHT) WAS officially sworn into service as a new part-time officer for the New Bethlehem Police Department by District Judge Jeffrey C. Miller at Miller’s New Bethlehem office on March 26. Warnsing was hired at the Feb. 19 meeting of New Bethlehem Borough Council and began…

  • 0

SOUTH BETHLEHEM – Infrastructure concerns and the continuing impasse over police coverage in the region took center stage at South Bethlehem Borough Council’s monthly meeting on Monday night. Offering tax breaks to firefighters living within the borough was also discussed.

featured
  • 0

NEW BETHLEHEM – A new bike shop will soon open along the Redbank Valley Trail in New Bethlehem, with plans to eventually develop an indoor bike and skate park.

  • 0

SLIGO – Signs announcing the closure of the Family Dollar in Sligo were recently put up in the store, just weeks after the discount chain announced it would close nearly 400 stores across the United States.

  • 0

NEW BETHLEHEM – In order to help the local fire company keep and recruit members, New Bethlehem Borough officials last week moved forward with offering tax breaks for volunteer firefighters living in the borough.

  • 0

NEW BETHLEHEM – Discussion of the proposed budget for the 2019-2020 school year continued as the Redbank Valley School Board met last week for a work session dedicated to the topic.

  • 0

HARRISBURG – Nearly $30,000 in state grant funding approved Tuesday will help two local entrepreneurs establish a local dairy in northern Armstrong County, state Rep. Donna Oberlander (R-Clarion) announced this week.

  • 0

NEW BETHLEHEM – Penalty fees were on the mind of a local landowner as she addressed the Redbank Valley Municipal Authority at its monthly meeting last Thursday evening.

  • 0

KITTANNING – The deadline is approaching for low income Armstrong County property owners to apply for financial help for home repairs, county officials announced last week.

  • 0

CLARION – Amanda Lewis was a potter when she discovered that cold porcelain made better flower sculptures than potter’s clay. What was once a simple kitchen process using cornstarch, vinegar, glue and baby oil to create regional wildflowers turned into Petal, a Clarion-based home business.

featured
  • 0

NEW BETHLEHEM – It is Lent, and one tradition that accompanies the season in many towns and cities throughout western Pennsylvania is annual fish fry dinners — and New Bethlehem is no exception.

  • 0

NEW BETHLEHEM – With the spring planting season just around the corner, the New Bethlehem Garden Keepers group is hoping to add a few more green thumbs to their arsenal this year.

  • 0

KITTANNING – Several county-level races will present choices for Armstrong County voters, according to candidate lists for the May 21 primary election that were released by the county last week.