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Area Marine veterans start mixed martial arts school Area Marine veterans start mixed martial arts school
by DUSTIN FILLOY

A longtime dream finally became a reality for childhood friends and former U.S. Marine Corps members Brian Backus and Paul Tost on Saturday afternoon. Full Story →

Hawk Talk TV with IUP basketball coach Tom McConnell
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Hawk Talk TV with IUP basketball coach Tom McConnell

An Indiana Gazette Online exclusive: Hawk Talk TV, a one-on-one interview with head men's basketball coach Tom McConnell.

- TONY COCCAGNA, JAMES J. NESTOR
HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL: Blairsville makes history with two titles HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL: Blairsville makes history with two titles

The Blairsville Bobcats have made a habit out of making history this season.

- JUSTIN GERWICK
Governor to unveil budget, tax plans

On Tuesday, Gov. Tom Wolf will unveil his spending plans for the 2015-16 fiscal year that starts July 1. Wolf, a Democrat, is expected to propose perhaps the biggest shake-up in the state tax system in over 40 years, although little is known thus far about the precise details of his plans.

HIGH SCHOOL WRESTLING: Future looks bright for area competitors HIGH SCHOOL WRESTLING: Future looks bright for area competitors

The future of Indiana County-area wrestling was on full display at regionals this weekend, and the future is looking quite bright.

- CARLY KROUSE
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Schools delay classes; weather service warns of icy roads Schools delay classes; weather service warns of icy roads
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Icy weather this morning has prompted most schools to delay classes, and forecasters are warning of icy conditions on untreated roads. [Read More]
The week in review: Top stories week of Feb. 22-28
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Here is a look at the top stories of local interest published in The Indiana Gazette during the week of Feb. 22-28: [Read More]
For Stapletons, game transcends generations For Stapletons, game transcends generations
2 days ago - - MATTHEW BURGLUND
There are a lot of traits that get attributed to genetics. Some families, it is believed, pass along skills and passions from one generation to another, as if they were part of the DNA — like hair and eye color. For the Stapletons of Indiana, it’s basketball. [Read More]
February has been among coldest February has been among coldest
2 days ago - - JASON LEVAN
To the surprise of no one who spent any time outdoors last month, February’s weather was significantly colder than normal. It doesn’t take a meteorologist to tell you that. [Read More]
Owner of hobby store carries on husband's legacy Owner of hobby store carries on husband's legacy
2 days ago - - MARGARET HARPER
Tucked away in the Indiana West shopping plaza in White Township, there is a store that just might literally have something for everyone. [Read More]
Banks ready for battle Banks ready for battle
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Battle of the Banks will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday at H.B. Culpeppers. [Read More]
Hospital promotes health through dance Hospital promotes health through dance
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Brooklyn Braun, 2 1/2, twirled across the floor during the Indiana Regional Medical Center Day of Dance on Saturday at the Indiana Mall. [Read More]
Tourist Bureau finds new home for computers Tourist Bureau finds new home for computers
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The Indiana County Tourist Bureau recently donated three refurbished computers to the Historical Society of the Blairsville Area, the Chevy Chase Community Center and the John G. Schmick Heritage Center in Smicksburg. [Read More]
See the Gazette's 'Pets of the Week': Area shelters offer animals for adoption See the Gazette's 'Pets of the Week': Area shelters offer animals for adoption
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Several dogs and cats are available for adoption from the Indiana County Humane Society’s animal shelter at 191 Airport Road, White Township, and from Four Footed Friends along Beck Road, White Township. [Read More]
LUIS ALMEIDA: Taking over your life LUIS ALMEIDA: Taking over your life
2 days ago - - LUIS ALMEIDA
“Computers are supposed to make our lives better,” I once said. [Read More]

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Indiana state playoff tickets on sale
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Tickets for Indiana’s PIAA playoff game are on sale Wednesday through Friday at the high school office. [Read More]
IUP BASKETBALL: Crimson Hawks seek revenge in Erie IUP BASKETBALL: Crimson Hawks seek revenge in Erie
9 hours ago - - TONY COCCAGNA
Last year, with his team having last lost three straight games at Mercyhurst, IUP coach Joe Lombardi decided to change things up a bit. [Read More]
Team wins medals at Hogan Tournament Team wins medals at Hogan Tournament
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Indiana Squirts hockey players placed in the skills competition at the 20th annual Charlie Hogan Memorial Hockey Tournament. [Read More]
IUP TRACK & FIELD: Smay, Zangaro lead Hawks indoors
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EDINBORO — The IUP men finished eighth and the women placed 12th at the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference Indoor Track and Field Championships on Sunday. [Read More]
Kester places fifth in state
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STATE COLLEGE — Indiana’s Jacob Kester placed fifth in the pole vault at the Pennsylvania Track and Field Coaches Association indoor state meet at Penn State on Saturday. [Read More]
Pick-A-Cause races slated
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The Indiana Junior High and Marion Center Senior High Athena Clubs will hold the seventh annual Pick-A-Cause 5K and Kids’ Races at Blue Spruce Park on Saturday, March 21. [Read More]
HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL: Bobcats get their title HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL: Bobcats get their title
2 days ago - - JUSTIN GERWICK
LORETTO — Missing out on the Heritage Conference title a few weeks ago is now just a distant memory in the minds of the Blairsville Bobcats. [Read More]
IUP TRACK & FIELD: Men stand seventh after first day
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The IUP men’s indoor track and field team sits in seventh place after the first day of competition at the PSAC Championships, at Edinboro. [Read More]
WRESTLING: Thompson handily wins regional title
2 days ago - - CARLY KROUSE
Scott Thompson beat Chestnut Ridge’s Conner Buttry, 7-1, in the finals to win the title at 195 pounds at the PIAA Southwest Class AA Regional [Read More]
IUP BASKETBALL: Crimson Hawks win, get ready to hit the road IUP BASKETBALL: Crimson Hawks win, get ready to hit the road
2 days ago - - TONY COCCAGNA
Brandon Norfleet and the IUP Crimson Hawks are ready to hit the road. [Read More]

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Former IUP student sentenced
9 hours ago - - RANDY WELLS
A former Indiana University of Pennsylvania student was sentenced this morning to probation and a fine for his earlier plea to indecent assault on an unconscious teenage girl on the campus last fall. [Read More]
Woman injured in Sunday accident Woman injured in Sunday accident
9 hours ago - - KAYLA GRUBE
A Homer City woman suffered a minor injury Sunday afternoon when the car she was driving hit a pole along Snyder Lane in Burrell Township. [Read More]
POLICE LOG
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State police responded to a noise complaint at 1:10 a.m. Feb. 22 at the Indiana Suites apartments, 1703 Warren Road, and filed charges against four occupants after troopers smelled burned marijuana and discovered paraphernalia in the residence. [Read More]
ACCIDENTS
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A car driven by David Best, of Greensburg, Westmoreland County, went out of control at 3:05 p.m. Sunday as Best passed another vehicle on Route 119 just north of Route 22, state police reported. [Read More]
Ferguson report critical of police
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WASHINGTON — The Justice Department has nearly completed a highly critical report accusing the police in Ferguson, Mo., of making discriminatory traffic stops of African-Americans that created years of racial animosity leading up to an officer’s shooting of a black teenager last summer, ... [Read More]
LAPD officers kill man in struggle
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LOS ANGELES — In a fatal encounter captured on video, three Los Angeles police officers shot and killed a man on the city’s Skid Row during a struggle over one of the officers’ guns, authorities said. [Read More]
Boy hit by car
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KNOX (AP) — A Clarion County boy is hospitalized after he and the pony he was riding were hit by a car and thrown 90 feet. [Read More]
POLICE LOG
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Indiana Borough police cited Nicolas Carson, 18, of Vandergrift, and a male juvenile from Apollo, with summary counts of disorderly conduct and underage drinking after officers found them fighting each other at 2:29 a.m. Feb. 15 in the 400 block of South Fisher Avenue. [Read More]
Appeals court rejects venue change for Tsarnaev
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BOSTON — A divided federal appeals court has rejected a motion by Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, accused in the Boston Marathon bombing, to move his trial out of the city, paving the way for opening statements in the case to begin Wednesday. [Read More]
15 tons of pot seized on border
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SAN DIEGO (AP) — Federal authorities have seized more than 15 tons of marijuana in a near-record bust at a border crossing in Southern California. [Read More]

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65TH ANNIVERSARY: Paul and Beverly Botsford 65TH ANNIVERSARY: Paul and Beverly Botsford
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Paul and Beverly Botsford, of Indiana, celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary on Feb. 21 at a dinner given by their four children and spouses. [Read More]
50TH ANNIVERSARY: Mr. and Mrs. Patrick Haggerty 50TH ANNIVERSARY: Mr. and Mrs. Patrick Haggerty
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Mr. and Mrs. Patrick Paul Haggerty, of Creekside, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on Feb. 24 with their children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren at a dinner party given by their children. [Read More]
Gazette readers' birthdays, March 2
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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 weekend activity: [Read More]
Gazette readers' birthdays, March 1
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Be sure to wish a happy birthday to these Gazette readers when you see them today: [Read More]
Student of the Month: Jordan Valentin Student of the Month: Jordan Valentin
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Jordan M. Valentin was named the Kiwanis Club Outstanding Indiana County Technology Center Student of the Month for February. [Read More]
Student of the Month: Natalie Sasala Student of the Month: Natalie Sasala
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Natalie G. Sasala has been named the Kiwanis Club Outstanding Indiana County Technology Center Student of the Month for April. [Read More]
Student of the Month: Bobby Johns Student of the Month: Bobby Johns
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Bobby L. Johns has been named the Kiwanis Club Outstanding Indiana County Technology Center Student of the Month for May. [Read More]
Student of the Month: Matthew Cook Student of the Month: Matthew Cook
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Matthew A. Cook has been named the Kiwanis Club Outstanding Indiana County Technology Center Student of the Month for March. [Read More]
Girl of the Month: Ruvini Navaratna Girl of the Month: Ruvini Navaratna
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Ruvini Navaratna was named the Junior Women’s Civic Club Girl of the Month for January. [Read More]

All World News

 
Upstate New York towns consider seceding to Pennsylvania
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CONKLIN, N.Y. — Plenty of people leave New York state but in a job-hungry stretch of upstate, folks talk about staying put and seceding to Pennsylvania. [Read More]
Ferguson report critical of police
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WASHINGTON — The Justice Department has nearly completed a highly critical report accusing the police in Ferguson, Mo., of making discriminatory traffic stops of African-Americans that created years of racial animosity leading up to an officer’s shooting of a black teenager last summer, ... [Read More]
LAPD officers kill man in struggle
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LOS ANGELES — In a fatal encounter captured on video, three Los Angeles police officers shot and killed a man on the city’s Skid Row during a struggle over one of the officers’ guns, authorities said. [Read More]
Process gets underway to carve up $60 million Sandusky fine
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HARRISBURG — Now that a settlement has cleared the way for $60 million from Penn State to be spent in Pennsylvania to address child sexual abuse, potential recipients are starting to think about how that money might be put to use. [Read More]
Iraq launches operation to retake Tikrit from ISIS
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BAGHDAD — Backed by allied Shiite, Sunni and Iranian fighters, Iraqi security forces launched a large-scale military operation today to recapture Saddam Hussein’s hometown from the Islamic State extremist group. [Read More]
Israeli leader arrives in U.S.
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WASHINGTON — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and top U.S. officials were set to face off today in dueling speeches on the high-stakes Iran nuclear negotiations, a signature foreign policy objective of President Barack Obama. [Read More]
Boy hit by car
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KNOX (AP) — A Clarion County boy is hospitalized after he and the pony he was riding were hit by a car and thrown 90 feet. [Read More]
Kerry, Russia's Lavrov meet in Geneva as tensions simmer Kerry, Russia's Lavrov meet in Geneva as tensions simmer
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GENEVA — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry met today with his Russian counterpart in what appeared to be less than amicable talks amid continuing tensions over Ukraine and American calls for a full probe into the murder of a prominent opposition figure in Moscow. [Read More]
Homeland Security funding deal elusive
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WASHINGTON — With a partial shutdown of the Homeland Security Department looming, House Speaker John Boehner is demanding negotiations with Democrats on a funding bill that rolls back President Barack Obama’s immigration policies. Senate Democrats are unwilling to even consider such a step. [Read More]
New York couple married 82 years celebrates birthdays
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SPRING VALLEY, N.Y. (AP) — A husband and wife thought to be one of the oldest married couples in New York have celebrated their birthdays — and their combined ages will be 212. [Read More]

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Letter to the Editor: Indiana realignment falls short of promises
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In October 2013 the Indiana Area School District board voted to realign the elementary buildings. The main reason for realignment was financial savings as well as leveling out class size in elementary buildings. [Read More]
Letter to the Editor: Plan would hurt entire Blairsville-Saltsburg district
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The renovated and expanded Saltsburg K-12 campus is less than four years old, yet the Blairsville members of the Blairsville-Saltsburg school board and the current superintendent are hurriedly trying to close the grades 7-12 section of the Saltsburg building. [Read More]
Letter to the Editor: IUP colleagues remember Dr. Shirey
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Dr. Ruth Shirey, a faculty member in IUP’s Department of Geography & Regional Planning from 1970 to 2007, was someone who cared a great deal about the Indiana community and Indiana University of Pennsylvania [Read More]
Letter to the Editor: Reckless behavior and road rage
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More than 37,000 people die in road crashes each year in the United States, and an additional 2.35 million are injured or disabled. [Read More]
Letter to the Editor: Change needed on Indiana school board
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How does our school board justify keeping six buildings open while enrollment has dropped by 1,000 students since 1993? To pay for these buildings, the board is again embarking on a reduction frenzy with regard to academics and teachers at the senior high. [Read More]
Letter to the Editor: Aid-in-dying should be legal right in Pennsylvania
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Thank you for your coverage of Barbara Mancini’s Death With Dignity presentation at IUP. [Read More]
How to submit a letter to the editor How to submit a letter to the editor
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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: Winter cold doesn't alter climate change
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Thanks to the frigid blasts of air sent down by our neighbors to the north, the climate-change deniers are probably over the moon. [Read More]
Letter to the Editor: What about the seasonal workers?
4 days ago -
I would like to bring attention to a situation concerning unemployment compensation benefits. [Read More]
Letter to the Editor: Cal Thomas helps spread anxiety, fear
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In his novel “1984,” George Orwell wrote that in order to keep the public in a constant state of anxiety and fear, and constantly ready for war, the nation needed to have perpetual enemies. [Read More]

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