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INDIANA AREA: Directors vote to build new school, expand other INDIANA AREA: Directors vote to build new school, expand other
by CHAUNCEY ROSS

The Indiana Area school board has settled on a large replacement for Ben Franklin Elementary School and some classroom additions to East Pike Elementary School for the reconfiguration of the district’s current four-school primary grade system. Full Story →

MARION CENTER: Board, union ink new contract MARION CENTER: Board, union ink new contract

MARION CENTER — Secretaries, licensed practical nurses, clerks, lifeguards, para educators and personal care assistants will get pay raises under a new labor contract approved Monday by the Marion Center Area School District directors.

- RANDY WELLS
IUP FOOTBALL: Crimson Hawks showing progress on special teams IUP FOOTBALL: Crimson Hawks showing progress on special teams

If you are familiar with the IUP football program, you know there have been seasons in the past when watching the Crimson Hawks on special teams meant feeling anxiety and stress.

- MATTHEW BURGLUND
Seasons aren't far off
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Seasons aren't far off

The resident goose season is now closed, but the second season will open Oct. 22.

- ZEKE WILSON
Violent crime increased in 2015, FBI statistics show Violent crime increased in 2015, FBI statistics show

A report issued Monday by the FBI says the number of murders rose by more than 10 percent in 2015 from the previous year, while violent crime overall was up nearly 4 percent.

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p1 Painter cut
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DAN McCLURE, with Indiana County Parks and Trails, put a fresh coat of paint on the fence leading to the Thomas Covered Bridge in Armstrong Township. The fence on the other side of the bridge was damaged when a tree fell on it. After repairing the broken part, the whole thing got a paint job. With a [Read More]
Nominations sought for Image Awards Nominations sought for Image Awards
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Welcome to Indiana is seeking nominations for its 2016 Image Awards. Each year, at its annual luncheon meeting, Welcome to Indiana presents Image Awards to businesses, residents or nonprofits who have made a significant improvement to their properties ... [Read More]
Eye exams a staple in child care
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Eye exams a staple in child care
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With children now back into their school routines, a comprehensive vision exam should not be overlooked. Visual disorders are the most common disabilities in the United States and affect up to 5 percent of preschool-age children. [Read More]
Route 403 closure slated Route 403 closure slated
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Beginning Oct. 7, Route 403 will closed between Park Avenue and Route 119 in East Mahoning Township. [Read More]
PennDOT schedules road work PennDOT schedules road work
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PennDOT has scheduled the following maintenance and construction activities in Indiana County next week: [Read More]
Festival accepting vendors Festival accepting vendors
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The It’s a Wonderful Life Festival planning committee is looking for vendors to sell baked goods, sweet treats, and hot and cold beverages during the festival. [Read More]
Weight-loss program offered at YMCA Weight-loss program offered at YMCA
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The YMCA of Indiana County is offering a one-of-a-kind weight loss program titled Weigh to Go for existing members and nonmembers. [Read More]
Fire department plans fundraising dinner Fire department plans fundraising dinner
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A turkey dinner will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday at the Creekside Fire Hall. [Read More]
Area agencies welcome volunteer support Area agencies welcome volunteer support
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Did you know volunteer work is real work? Volunteer service can enhance a resume. [Read More]
Downtown Indiana Inc. hosts Oktoberfest Downtown Indiana Inc. hosts Oktoberfest
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Downtown Indiana Inc. held the fourth annual S&T Bank Oktoberfest celebration Saturday, offering beer from more than 20 different establishments. [Read More]

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End Zone Extra Player of the Week: Duane Brown End Zone Extra Player of the Week: Duane Brown
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Duane Brown is back, and he returned in fine form. [Read More]
IUP Hall of Fame to recognize 2016 class IUP Hall of Fame to recognize 2016 class
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The IUP Athletic Hall of Fame will hold its 2016 induction ceremony on Saturday prior to the eighth-ranked Crimson Hawks’ home football game against Seton Hill. [Read More]
JEFF KNAPP: Tail-out sections are prime spots
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JEFF KNAPP: Tail-out sections are prime spots
18 hours ago - - JEFF KNAPP
After splashdown, the lure started drifting downstream at a steady pace. I quickly engaged the reel and employed an erratic, stop-and-go retrieve as the suspending minnowbait continued its downriver swing in the current. [Read More]
OUTDOORS: Tell us your stories OUTDOORS: Tell us your stories
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Do you have a favorite story from hunting season? [Read More]
Hall of Fame accepting members
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The Indiana County Sports Hall of Fame is accepting memberships for 2017. [Read More]
HIGH SCHOOL VOLLEYBALL ROUNDUP: Showdown set in conference HIGH SCHOOL VOLLEYBALL ROUNDUP: Showdown set in conference
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Northern Cambria held off Penns Manor and set up a showdown of undefeated teams in Heritage Conference girls’ volleyball action Monday. [Read More]
Moran Financial wins Over-40 game Moran Financial wins Over-40 game
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Moran Financial defeated George’s Pro Shop, 16-5, in an Indiana Over-40 League baseball game Sunday at White Township Recreation Complex. [Read More]
Putt places in cross country meet
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Owen Putt placed 36th out of 284 runners while competing with the Indiana Junior High cross country team in the Fox Chapel Invitational at Hartwood Acres on Saturday. [Read More]
United girls drop soccer match
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United lost to host Cambria Heights, 3-1, in a non-conference girls’ soccer match Monday. [Read More]
Indians lose soccer match
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Indiana lost to host Greensburg-Salem, 2-1, in a Section 1-AAA boys’ soccer match on Saturday. [Read More]

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CLYMER DISTRICT COURT DOCKET CLYMER DISTRICT COURT DOCKET
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The following defendants have been named in criminal charges filed before Magisterial District Judge George Thachik, Clymer. [Read More]
Chase suspect waives hearing Chase suspect waives hearing
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HOMER CITY — A Clarksburg man accused of twice leading police on high speed chases over rural roads this past summer will face possible trial on more than two dozen charges in Indiana County Common Pleas Court. [Read More]
POLICE LOG POLICE LOG
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Indiana Borough police discovered David Moore, of Clymer, in possession of heroin and related paraphernalia at 8 p.m. July 19 in the 300 block of Philadelphia Street, according to a report. [Read More]
Charlotte public lashes out at city council Charlotte public lashes out at city council
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CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Angry Charlotte residents verbally lashed City Council members for hours, complaining about what they called unaccountable police officers and civilian leaders who have failed to force change as the city marked a week of protests since a police officer fatally shot a black man. [Read More]
Police: Mall shooting suspect confessed, shot five in one minute Police: Mall shooting suspect confessed, shot five in one minute
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MOUNT VERNON, Wash. — The suspect accused of killing five people at a Macy’s department store confessed to police, court documents said, but his motive remained a mystery Monday as a portrait emerged of him as a mentally troubled young man whose parents said they were trying to help him. [Read More]
Nine injured in Houston shooting Nine injured in Houston shooting
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HOUSTON — A disgruntled lawyer wearing military-style apparel with old Nazi emblems had two weapons and more than 2,500 rounds of live ammunition when he randomly shot at drivers in a Houston neighborhood before he was shot and killed by police, authorities said. [Read More]
Police: Officer OD'd, suspended Police: Officer OD'd, suspended
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JOHNSTOWN (AP) — A Johnstown police officer has been placed on administrative leave after he allegedly overdosed and was found unconscious while on duty in the Public Safety Building. [Read More]
Couple pleads not guilty to locking children in dog cages Couple pleads not guilty to locking children in dog cages
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NEW BRITAIN, Conn. (AP) — A Pennsylvania couple charged with locking two adopted children in dog cages as a form of discipline while they lived in Connecticut have pleaded not guilty. [Read More]
Effort underway to ID cold cases Effort underway to ID cold cases
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WILKES-BARRE — A motorist found her wrapped in a blanket on the side of the interstate, clad in shorts, a pink blouse with lace trim, and floral-print slippers. She’d been doused in sulfuric acid. [Read More]
Man who pulled autistic boy's teeth out sentenced to prison Man who pulled autistic boy's teeth out sentenced to prison
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NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) — A Philadelphia-area man accused of severely beating a 4-year-old autistic boy and pulling out three of his teeth has been sentenced to two to 10 years in prison. [Read More]

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Gazette readers' birthdays, Sept. 27: Gazette readers' birthdays, Sept. 27:
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Be sure to wish a happy birthday to these Gazette readers when you see them today: [Read More]
HOSPITAL NOTES HOSPITAL NOTES
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Indiana Regional Medical Center, Sept. 26, 2016: [Read More]
Gazette readers' birthdays, Sept. 26: Gazette readers' birthdays, Sept. 26:
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Be sure to wish a happy birthday to these Gazette readers when you see them today: [Read More]
HOSPITAL NOTES HOSPITAL NOTES
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Regional hospitals weekend activity: [Read More]
Gazette readers' birthdays, Sept. 25: Gazette readers' birthdays, Sept. 25:
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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: Sept. 24 Gazette readers' birthdays: Sept. 24
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Be sure to wish a happy birthday to these Gazette readers when you see them today: [Read More]
HOSPITAL NOTES HOSPITAL NOTES
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Indiana Regional Medical Center, Sept. 23, 2016: [Read More]
WEDDING: Kelly Hodak and Jeffrey Swigart WEDDING: Kelly Hodak and Jeffrey Swigart
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Kelly Shawn Hodak, daughter of Rita and Shan Hodak, of Clymer, and Jeffrey Michael Swigart, son of Dana Swigart, of Texas, and the late Richard Gibbons, were married Aug. 4, 2016, in a double-ring ceremony in Killeen, Texas. Bill Cooke, justice of the peace, officiated. [Read More]
Gazette readers' birthdays, Sept. 23: Gazette readers' birthdays, Sept. 23:
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Be sure to wish a happy birthday to these Gazette readers when you see them today: [Read More]
HOSPITAL NOTES HOSPITAL NOTES
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Indiana Regional Medical Center, Sept. 22, 2016: [Read More]

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Third of calls to VA hotline mishandled, official says Third of calls to VA hotline mishandled, official says
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WASHINGTON — More than one-third of calls to a suicide hotline for troubled veterans are not being answered by front-line staffers because of poor work habits and other problems at the Department of Veterans Affairs, according to the hotline’s former director. [Read More]
Charlotte public lashes out at city council Charlotte public lashes out at city council
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CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Angry Charlotte residents verbally lashed City Council members for hours, complaining about what they called unaccountable police officers and civilian leaders who have failed to force change as the city marked a week of protests since a police officer fatally shot a black man. [Read More]
Police: Mall shooting suspect confessed, shot five in one minute Police: Mall shooting suspect confessed, shot five in one minute
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MOUNT VERNON, Wash. — The suspect accused of killing five people at a Macy’s department store confessed to police, court documents said, but his motive remained a mystery Monday as a portrait emerged of him as a mentally troubled young man whose parents said they were trying to help him. [Read More]
Nine injured in Houston shooting Nine injured in Houston shooting
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HOUSTON — A disgruntled lawyer wearing military-style apparel with old Nazi emblems had two weapons and more than 2,500 rounds of live ammunition when he randomly shot at drivers in a Houston neighborhood before he was shot and killed by police, authorities said. [Read More]
CAMPAIGN 2016: Clinton puts Trump on defensive in first presidential debate CAMPAIGN 2016: Clinton puts Trump on defensive in first presidential debate
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HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. — Donald Trump tried to pin the nation’s economic and national security problems on Hillary Clinton in the first presidential debate, belittling the former senator and secretary of state as a “typical politician” incapable of delivering the change many Americans crave. [Read More]
CAMPAIGN 2016: Toomey gambles in keeping Trump at arm's length
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Republican U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey is trying to turn his refusal thus far to endorse GOP candidate Donald Trump into a strength, saying there’s no evidence his Democratic challenger, Katie McGinty, would stand up to Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, should Clinton be elected. [Read More]
Report: Rate of newborns with drug problems up
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HARRISBURG (AP) — A new state analysis of Pennsylvania hospital data shows the rate of infants born with drug abuse problems rose 250 percent from 2000 to 2015. [Read More]
Liberty Bridge reopens with limit
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PITTSBURGH (AP) — Pittsburgh’s Liberty Bridge has reopened with traffic restrictions, weeks after a construction fire closed the span for repairs. [Read More]
Vendor booted from county fair
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BLOOMSBURG (AP) — A Pennsylvania fair vendor, who turned out to be a registered sex offender, was booted from the event after visitors complained that he was selling Nazi flags. [Read More]
Police: Officer OD'd, suspended Police: Officer OD'd, suspended
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JOHNSTOWN (AP) — A Johnstown police officer has been placed on administrative leave after he allegedly overdosed and was found unconscious while on duty in the Public Safety Building. [Read More]

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Letter to the Editor: Indiana's present and future Letter to the Editor: Indiana's present and future
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As a person who has “only” lived in Indiana for 15 years, I am still surprised by folks who will both talk about how nice Indiana “used to be” and object to any effort to produce positive change, even when it is modest and inexpensive. [Read More]
AS I SEE IT: Restore our pillars to be great again AS I SEE IT: Restore our pillars to be great again
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America went from being a colonial backwater to the greatest country in the history of the world because of three strong pillars: natural law, civic virtue and economic patriotism. [Read More]
Letter to the editor: Indiana is no Wilkinsburg Letter to the editor: Indiana is no Wilkinsburg
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In response to Lee Vest’s letter to the editor on Thursday, Indiana is no Wilkinsburg. [Read More]
Letter to the editor: Car vandalized during football game Letter to the editor: Car vandalized during football game
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On Friday night, Sept. 16, my daughter drove my wife, grandson and myself to the Penns Manor vs. Ligonier Valley football game to watch my older grandson play. He is a junior for Penns Manor. [Read More]
Letter to the editor: What are Trump's motives and goals? Letter to the editor: What are Trump's motives and goals?
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What motivates Donald Trump to want to be the president of these United States? Is it to make America great or to make himself greater? [Read More]
Letter to the editor: Halvorson like a breath of fresh air Letter to the editor: Halvorson like a breath of fresh air
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I am a veteran and a dad of four great kids. Plus, I am a hardworking blue collar worker who works 12-hour days. Finally, I am a voter in District 9, Washington Township, Indiana County, who takes his job seriously. [Read More]
Letter to the editor: Time to stop turnpike cancer Letter to the editor: Time to stop turnpike cancer
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Cancer, as defined by Webster’s Dictionary, is “anything that is bad or harmful that spreads and destroys.” [Read More]
Letter to the Editor: A good deed by a good Samaritan Letter to the Editor: A good deed by a good Samaritan
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Throughout the course of each day, we are presented with opportunities to do random acts of kindness for total strangers. [Read More]
Letter to the Editor: Indiana: The new Wilkinsburg Letter to the Editor: Indiana: The new Wilkinsburg
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Every time I drive through Wilkinsburg, I wonder what in the heck happened. It’s obvious it once was a vibrant, beautiful community. And, at the same time, I think of Indiana, and imagine that our town (without being melodramatic), too, is heading in the same direction. [Read More]
Letter to the Editor: What if we all loved our neighbors? Letter to the Editor: What if we all loved our neighbors?
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It has been said that Christians are so heavenly minded they are of no earthly good. [Read More]

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