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Fire ravages Blairsville; 2 buildings destroyed, one person still missing

Fire ravages Blairsville; 2 buildings destroyed, one person still missing

- RANDY WELLS

BLAIRSVILLE — One person was missing and unaccounted for this morning following a blaze that destroyed two buildings in downtown Blairsville and heavily damaged two more.

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INDIANA COUNTY ENTERTAINMENT CENTER INDIANA COUNTY ENTERTAINMENT CENTER
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Every Thursday, get the Gazette's complete listing of concerts, films, theater, music, dance and other performing arts. It's all one click away in the entertainment center. [Read More]
REGIONAL ENTERTAINMENT CENTER REGIONAL ENTERTAINMENT CENTER
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Every Thursday, get the Gazette's complete listing of concerts, films, theater, music, dance and other performing arts. It's all one click away in the entertainment center. [Read More]
Books wanted for collection
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The Indiana County Department of Human Services is sponsoring a children’s book drive through Aug. 20. [Read More]
Democratic picnic set for Aug. 15
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The Indiana County Democratic Committee will hold its summer picnic at 5:30 p.m. Aug. 15 at the Red Barn Sportmen’s Club, 1250 Six Flat Road, south of Homer City. [Read More]
Watershed group to meet Wednesday
46 minutes ago -
KITTANNING — The monthly meeting of the Cowanshannock Creek Watershed Association will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday in conference room 103 of the Armsdale Administration Building. The public is invited. For more information, contact Pam Meade at (724) 783-6692. [Read More]
Gazette readers' birthdays, July 31
1 hour ago -
Be sure to wish a happy birthday to these Gazette readers when you see them today ... [Read More]
County jobless rate drops to 5.1 percent
1 day ago -
The June seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for Indiana County fell one-half percent to 5.1 percent, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry. [Read More]
Man named as Lion of the Year Man named as Lion of the Year
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The Indiana Lions Club selected King Lion James R. Irwin as the recipient of the 2013-14 Lion of the Year award at a club meeting Monday. [Read More]
Upcoming community events announced
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The Gazette today presents this roundup of fundraising events, dinners, family days, senior citizen meetings, dances, class reunions and other events planned in the coming days and weeks in the Indiana County area. [Read More]
Area agencies welcome youth volunteers
1 day ago -
Teens, did you know volunteer service can transfer to work experience and looks great on your college application? Volunteering is fun because you get to decide to work in a field that interests you. [Read More]

All Indiana Sports News

 
ICL BASEBALL: Colts take 2-1 lead in semifinals
1 hour ago -
BLAIRSVILLE — Blairs-ville’s Jarred Pennavaria tossed a two-hitter, and the Colts managed only one hit but took advantage of five errors and seven walks in a 4-2 win over New Derry in Game 3 of their best-of-five series semifinal series in the Indiana County League playoffs Wednesday at One Rive [Read More]
HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL: Handful of Heritage teams have experience HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL: Handful of Heritage teams have experience
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ARMAGH — One thing is certain following the Heritage Conference’s football media day Wednesday morning — experience will be a key factor in the league’s final standings. [Read More]
INDIANA COUNTY LEAGUE PLAYOFFS: Blairsville forges tie in series
1 day ago -
Blairsville’s Ben Doak drove in the eventual game-winning run with an RBI sacrifice fly in the top of seventh inning to spoil a New Derry comeback in a 7-6 victory that tied their Indiana County League semifinal-round playoff series at one game apiece at New Derry Field on Tuesday. [Read More]
YOUTH LEGION BASEBALL: Three reach state tourney
1 day ago -
Norwin PAL totaled 10 runs in the seventh inning to best Hempfield East, 16-7, in the Pennsylvania Youth American Legion Western Regional Tournament on Tuesday at Rich Kuntz Memorial Field in Punxsutawney. [Read More]
SUBMIT YOUR PHOTOS SUBMIT YOUR PHOTOS
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Be sure to include your community- and youth-oriented sports teams' and young athletes' accomplishments on the Indiana County Sports page on The Indiana Gazette Online. [Read More]
IUP BASKETBALL: Crimson Hawks land big name for assistant coach IUP BASKETBALL: Crimson Hawks land big name for assistant coach
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The IUP women’s basketball team landed a big name in its search for an assistant coach. The university announced Monday it has hired former Penn State and WNBA star Kelly Mazzante as the top assistant to head coach Tom McConnell. [Read More]
YOUTH LEGION: I-Medical ousted from regional tourney
2 days ago - - DUSTIN FILLOY
I-Medical pitchers Joey DiPietro and Dylan Huey pitched gems in their team’s two most important games of the season Monday at Rich Kuntz Memorial Field. [Read More]
Bovard takes 2-0 lead in series
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WEST LEBANON — Bovard backed a gem from Joel Martin and scored seven runs in the third inning to rout West Lebanon, 11-1, in Game 2 of the semifinal-round series of the Indiana County League baseball playoffs Monday at Bertolino Field. [Read More]
ZEKE WILSON: Pennsylvania tags a bargain
2 days ago -
With a nonresident brother, I have recently been versed in the extra effort and expense in obtaining Keystone State deer tags. [Read More]
JEFF KNAPP: Getting hook out of flesh can be tricky JEFF KNAPP: Getting hook out of flesh can be tricky
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The subject line on the email message was titled “ouch.” It was an appropriate tag for the cyber-sent image, one taken by my friend Mark, that depicted a Rapala X-Rap with two tines of a treble hook firmly embedded in my flesh. [Read More]

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iNDIANA DISTRICT COURT DOCKET
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Defendants have been named in criminal charges filed before Magisterial District Judge Guy Haberl, of Indiana. [Read More]
POLICE LOG
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Indiana University of Pennsylvania police are looking for the hit-and-run driver who damaged a state vehicle at 12:05 p.m. Monday in the south parking lot of the university’s cogeneration plant. [Read More]
San Diego plane crash kills one
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SAN DIEGO (AP) — A small plane crashed in a San Diego shopping center parking lot Wednesday, killing an 80-year-old woman who was the lone passenger and injuring the pilot, authorities said. [Read More]
Man facing charge of cruelty to animals
1 day ago -
EAST WHEATFIELD TOWNSHIP — A Seward area man faces misdemeanor charges after police say he killed his pet cat in a fit of anger. [Read More]
Fox's Pizza damaged by car Fox's Pizza damaged by car
1 day ago - - TOM PEEL
Fox's Pizza restaurant at South Main and Elm streets was damaged about 1:15 p.m. Tuesday when a car hit the building. Homer City Police Chief Louis Sacco, left, investigated the scene with Sgt. Anthony Jellison. [Read More]
POLICE LOG
1 day ago -
Indiana Borough police found Guy Moslak, of Clymer, carrying a set of brass knuckles and some marijuana at 6:07 p.m. July 20 on the 100 block of Philadelphia Street, according to a report. [Read More]
ACCIDENTS
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State police reported that a car driven by Elaine Blair, of Indiana, and a sport utility vehicle driven by Carol Gemmell, of Indiana, collided at 4:52 p.m. Monday on South Ben Franklin Road at the entrance to Townfair Center. [Read More]
Neighbor's death ruled a homicide
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TURTLE CREEK (AP) — The Allegheny County medical examiner says a neighbor who died after he intervened in a fight between a couple next door is the victim of homicide. [Read More]
Police: Naked woman slashes 3
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McKEES ROCKS (AP) — Allegheny County Housing Authority police were trying to identify a naked woman who allegedly slashed or stabbed three other women in an apparent lovers’ quarrel at a public housing complex. [Read More]
Police wake up naked intruder
1 day ago -
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — An Albuquerque man is facing charges after authorities say a couple found him naked and sleeping in their bed. [Read More]

All Family News

 
WEDDING: Tracy Fisher and Dana Neely II WEDDING: Tracy Fisher and Dana Neely II
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Tracy Lynn Fisher, of Harrisburg, daughter of Ken and Debe Fisher, of Commodore, was united in marriage to Dana Clark Neely II, of Harrisburg, son of Dana C. Neely, of Cherry Tree, and Bonnie Neely, of Punxsutawney, on May 17 at Graystone Presbyterian Church, Indiana. [Read More]
30TH ANNIVERSARY: Chris and Linda Buggey 30TH ANNIVERSARY: Chris and Linda Buggey
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Chris “Hubba” Buggey and Linda (Irwin) Buggey celebrated their 30th wedding anniversary on July 14. [Read More]
BIRTHDAY: Adam Dyott BIRTHDAY: Adam Dyott
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Adam Scott Dyott, son of Brian Dyott and Tiffany Midock, of Elderton, will celebrate his first birthday on Aug. 9 at the Elderton Plumcreek Park with family and friends. [Read More]
Gazette readers' birthdays, July 31
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Be sure to wish a happy birthday to these Gazette readers when you see them today ... [Read More]
Gazette readers' birthdays: July 30
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Be sure to wish a happy birthday to these Gazette readers whey you see them today: [Read More]
HOSPITAL NOTES
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Indiana Regional Medical Center, July 29, 2014: [Read More]
Gazette readers' birthdays, July 29
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Be sure to wish a happy birthday to these Gazette readers when you see them today: [Read More]
HOSPITAL NOTES
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Indiana Regional Medical Center, July 28, 2014 [Read More]
ENGAGEMENT: Stephanie Lopez and Joseph Andrie ENGAGEMENT: Stephanie Lopez and Joseph Andrie
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Rich and Cindy Andrie, of Homer City, have announced the engagement of their son Joseph Richard Andrie to Stephanie Christine Lopez, of Las Cruces, N.M., daughter of Andres and Priscilla Lopez. [Read More]
Gazette readers' birthdays, July 28
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Be sure to wish a happy birthday to these Gazette readers when you see them today: [Read More]

All World News

 
Israel vows to destroy Hamas-dug tunnels Israel vows to destroy Hamas-dug tunnels
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By PETER ENAV [Read More]
House authorizes lawsuit against Obama
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WASHINGTON — A sharply divided House approved a Republican plan Wednesday to launch a campaign-season lawsuit against President Barack Obama, accusing him of exceeding the bounds of his constitutional authority. [Read More]
What's a group selfie? An 'usie,' of course What's a group selfie? An 'usie,' of course
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NEW YORK — What do you call a group selfie? An “usie,” of course! [Read More]
Investigators reach Ukraine jet crash site
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ROZSYPNE, Ukraine (AP) — As fighting continued to rage in eastern Ukraine, an international team of investigators today managed to reach the crash site of the Malaysia Airline Flight 17 for the first time since it was brought down by a missile two weeks ago. [Read More]
State Dept.: 'No American is proud' of CIA tactics
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WASHINGTON — The State Department has endorsed the broad conclusions of a harshly critical Senate report on the CIA’s interrogation and detention practices after the 9/11 attacks, a report that accuses the agency of brutally treating terror suspects and misleading Congress, according to a White [Read More]
Sierra Leone declares emergency as outbreak of Ebola cases grows Sierra Leone declares emergency as outbreak of Ebola cases grows
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FREETOWN, Sierra Leone — As the Ebola crisis blamed for nearly 700 deaths deepened across West Africa, the president of Sierra Leone declared a public health emergency, vowing to quarantine sick patients at home and conduct house-to-house searches for others who may have been exposed. [Read More]
GOP: Lerner emails biased GOP: Lerner emails biased
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WASHINGTON — Congressional investigators say this is why they want all of Lois Lerner’s emails. [Read More]
Argentina slides into default as talks fail Argentina slides into default as talks fail
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The hedge fund firm of billionaire Paul E. Singer has about 300 employees, yet it has managed to force Argentina, a nation of 41 million people, into a position where it now has to contemplate a humbling surrender. [Read More]
State police head defends fitness test
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HERSHEY — The head of the Pennsylvania State Police urged the U.S. Justice Department on Wednesday to withdraw a new lawsuit that claims the agency’s physical fitness standards for recruits discriminate against women. [Read More]
House OKs VA health care overhaul
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WASHINGTON (AP) — The House overwhelmingly approved a landmark bill Wednesday to help veterans avoid long waits for health care that have plagued the Veterans Affairs Department for years. [Read More]

All Reader Letters and Gazette Editorials

 
Letter to the Editor: IndiGO buses valuable
6 days ago -
I ride the IndiGO buses. I use the Lavender bus. [Read More]
How to submit a letter to the editor
1 week ago -
The Indiana Gazette welcomes letters to the editor and will endeavor to print readers’ letters in a timely manner. [Read More]
Letter to the Editor: A timely helping hand
2 weeks ago -
On Tuesday afternoon, July 8, our dairy farm was hit with a microburst-type storm. Our heifer barn was destroyed and five large trees were uprooted. [Read More]
Letter to the Editor: Thanks to kind stranger
2 weeks ago -
My 1-year-old son and I were shopping at Aldi on Saturday morning when their debit machines went down. I had some cash, but not enough to cover the transaction. [Read More]
Letter to the Editor: Seniors disappointed in bus service
3 weeks ago -
A group of us from Clairvaux Commons recently decided to go to the Indiana Mall for lunch and shopping, which we had done many times in the past. We decided to take the 10:34 bus. [Read More]
Letter to the Editor: Thank you for support Orenda
3 weeks ago -
Indiana County ABATE (Alliance of Bikers Aimed Toward Education) would like to thank the following businesses, organizations and their patrons, as well as private donors for helping us make our 2014 Camp Orenda fundraising campaign a major success: [Read More]
Letter to the Editor: A double whammy for A-R
3 weeks ago -
Apollo-Ridge school board hit property owners with a double whammy on June 26 and not only by their vote to increase expenditures to $22.9 million, thus setting in motion a 2.1 mill increase for Armstrong County property taxpayers and a 3.3 mill increase for Indiana County residents. [Read More]
Verbatim: A roundup of notable quotes from the week's top stories Verbatim: A roundup of notable quotes from the week's top stories
3 weeks ago -
“As soon as we crested the last hill on Route 56, I could see the glow in the sky. I knew we were going to have our hands full.” [Read More]
Letter to the Editor: A lesson in trust
3 weeks ago -
Not long ago a couple of friends and I were in Homer City as volunteers for the Ramps of Hope ministry of the Indiana District of the United Methodist Church. We were taking measurements for a person who was in need of a ramp. [Read More]
Letter to the Editor: No regard for life; no help when needed
3 weeks ago -
It’s happened again. My husband and I came home to find something lying on the road. It turned out to be a tiny kitten, seriously injured but still alive. Some heartless idiot dumped it here, probably by throwing it out of the car, as people have done before. [Read More]
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