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Promotion lets shoppers earn Downtown Dollars Promotion lets shoppers earn Downtown Dollars
by RANDY WELLS

Some unusual — but valuable — currency will be floating around Indiana’s business district again Saturday. Full Story →

State police investigate theft, fire

KITTANNING — State police at Kittanning are investigating a theft and then a fire Monday night and Tuesday morning at the former Greendale Tavern and Lanes, a bowling alley and bar that was renamed CB’s Clubhouse, along Route 85 in Valley Township, Armstrong County.

Troops help keep peace in Ferguson Troops help keep peace in Ferguson

FERGUSON, Mo. — National Guard reinforcements helped contain the latest protests in Ferguson, preventing a second night of the chaos that led to arson and looting after a grand jury decided not to indict the white police officer who killed Michael Brown.

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The Gazette will not be published Thursday in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday.

Holiday may trump Black Friday for shopping Holiday may trump Black Friday for shopping

NEW YORK — Thanksgiving could be the best day to shop all year.

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Bras for the Cause winners announced Bras for the Cause winners announced
4 hours ago - - TERI ENCISO
Indiana First Bank won first place recently in the annual Bras for the Cause contest, a fundraiser for the Business and Professional Women organization and Birdie’s Closet. [Read More]
Local businesses to participate in Small Business Saturday Local businesses to participate in Small Business Saturday
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Thirty-six small businesses, specialty shops and restaurants in Indiana will be issuing and accepting Downtown Dollars on Small Business Saturday. [Read More]
INDIANA COUNTY ENTERTAINMENT CENTER INDIANA COUNTY ENTERTAINMENT CENTER
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Every week, 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]
Local toy collection in museum show Local toy collection in museum show
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Ken and Mary Ann Vinton, of Indiana, have antique toys from their collection in the exhibit “Season of Light,” a festive display of antique holiday lights and decorations at the University Museum. [Read More]
REGIONAL ENTERTAINMENT CENTER REGIONAL ENTERTAINMENT CENTER
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Every week, 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]
Winter storm could bring snow to county
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PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Expect rain and snow before the turkey and trimmings. [Read More]
Students collect food, money for Love Basket Students collect food, money for Love Basket
1 day ago - - TOM PEEL
Students as Horace Mann Elementary School in Indiana recently collected more than 1,100 food items for the Indiana County Love Basket food drive. [Read More]
Dr. Balewick honored as Rural Health Hero Dr. Balewick honored as Rural Health Hero
1 day ago - - JAMIE EMPFIELD
Dr. Donna Balewick, assistant director of emergency services at Indiana Regional Medical Center, received the 2014 Rural Health Hero of the Year Award from the Pennsylvania Office of Rural Health at a ceremony Wednesday at IRMC. [Read More]
SEEDS OF WELLNESS: Protect against illnesses SEEDS OF WELLNESS: Protect against illnesses
1 day ago - - STEVE WOLFE
Is there something going around? [Read More]
Martin's donates to ICCAP Martin's donates to ICCAP
1 day ago - - TOM PEEL
Martin's Food Store in White Township recently presented $1,000 of food provided through customer donations to the Indiana County Community Action Program’s food bank. [Read More]

All Indiana Sports News

 
COLLEGE BASKETBALL: IUP holds on to stay unbeaten COLLEGE BASKETBALL: IUP holds on to stay unbeaten
4 hours ago - - TONY COCCAGNA
BOWIE, Md. — The IUP Crimson Hawks survived on the road against a good team — barely. [Read More]
AROUND THE AREA: IHS wins hockey game
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DELMONT — Dillon Butz’s hat trick led Indiana to an 11-1 win over Penn-Trafford in a PIHL Division II Class B hockey game Tuesday at Center Ice Arena. [Read More]
Purchase Line girls' volleyball members named to all-star squad Purchase Line girls' volleyball members named to all-star squad
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Three members of the Purchase Line High School girls’ volleyball team were named to the District 6 Class A all-star squad. [Read More]
ZEKE WILSON: Bears still out there
1 day ago - - ZEKE WILSON
Today is the third day of bear season, and harvest reports indicate that a lot of bear are still in the woods. [Read More]
JEFF KNAPP: It's easy to tie bucktail jigs
1 day ago - - JEFF KNAPP
After applying a coat of super glue to the collar wrap of thread, I removed the bucktail (deer hair) jig from the vise and hung it from the edge of a cup, along with a dozen others I’d tied during the evening session. I couldn’t help but wonder what adventures were in store for them. [Read More]
Koren had an easy pick with Colgate Koren had an easy pick with Colgate
1 day ago - - CARLY KROUSE
It was an easy decision for Chelsey Koren. It’s what she’s been working toward since elementary school, so when she received an offer to play Division I basketball at the school she fell in love with, the chase was over. [Read More]
IUP ROUNDUP: Hawks set for Education Day IUP ROUNDUP: Hawks set for Education Day
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The IUP women’s basketball program will welcome more than 1,500 local students to its inaugural Education Day on Wednesday against Shepherd. [Read More]
END ZONE EXTRA: Indians named to all-conference teams
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Six Indiana High School football players were chosen for the WPIAL Class AAA Greater Allegheny Conference all-conference team. [Read More]
Game officials check bears at Homer City Game officials check bears at Homer City
1 day ago - - TERI ENCISO
Pennsylvania Game Commission officials checked the weight of a bear Saturday at the check station at the Homer City Fire Hall. [Read More]
United standout signs with UPJ United standout signs with UPJ
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Tyler Oliver, a senior at United High School, recently signed a national letter of intent to wrestle at the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown. [Read More]

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POLICE LOG
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Indiana police said officers saw Tyrone Bolden, 25, of Philadelphia, along the first block of South Taylor Avenue at 2:10 a.m. today. Bolden was wanted by the Indiana County Sheriff’s Department on an outstanding bench warrant. [Read More]
ACCIDENTS
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A car driven by Brian Siwula, 38, of Graceton, hit a deer at 5:51 p.m. Monday as Siwula was driving north on Route 119 near Blaire Road. [Read More]
Lawyer accused of sex with captive
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PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A Philadelphia lawyer had sex several times with a 14-year-old girl in the conference room of his downtown office after former clients holding her captive brought her there during business hours, authorities said. [Read More]
Woman who faked son's cancer gets probation
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CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) — A suburban Denver woman who collected tens of thousands of dollars in charitable contributions after lying about her 6-year-old son having cancer was sentenced Tuesday to five years of probation and 90 nights in jail. [Read More]
Police: Students ran high school prostitution ring
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VENICE, Fla. — Students at a Southwest Florida high school told administrators that two teens tried to recruit them into a “prostitution ring” and that one 15-year-old boy had been “pimping out girls,” according to an arrest affidavit. [Read More]
Anger at Ferguson case based on emotion, evidence Anger at Ferguson case based on emotion, evidence
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PITTSBURGH (AP) — Anger and despair swept through many parts of America after a Missouri grand jury decided not to indict Darren Wilson, a white police officer, for killing Michael Brown, a black 18-year-old. [Read More]
More National Guard troops roll into Ferguson More National Guard troops roll into Ferguson
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FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — Hundreds of additional National Guard troops rolled into Ferguson on Tuesday, a day after protesters looted businesses and set fire to buildings in a night of rage against a grand jury's decision not to indict the white police officer who killed Michael Brown. [Read More]
Missouri governor: More National Guard in Ferguson Missouri governor: More National Guard in Ferguson
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FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon says more than 2,200 National Guardsmen will be in place in the region near Ferguson tonight in the event of more violence. [Read More]
IUP student crushed by car dies of injuries
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PITTSBURGH — A man who was crushed while repairing a car last week in Indiana has died from his injuries, authorities said this morning. [Read More]
Dane Castle damaged by fire Dane Castle damaged by fire
1 day ago - - CHAUNCEY ROSS
PINE TOWNSHIP — The landmark Dane Castle near Strongstown was damaged Monday afternoon when fire started during a roof-repair job, a fire official said. [Read More]

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65th ANNIVERSARY: Bill and Joan Hill 65th ANNIVERSARY: Bill and Joan Hill
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Bill and Joan Hill, of Vaughnsville, Ohio, celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary Oct. 21, 2014, with a family dinner at the home of one of their granddaughters. [Read More]
HONOR ROLL: Indiana Area Junior High School
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The following students have been named to the first-quarter honor roll at Indiana Area Junior High School. [Read More]
40TH ANNIVERSARY: George and Debbie Smulik 40TH ANNIVERSARY: George and Debbie Smulik
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George and Debbie Smulik, of Rural Valley, recently celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary with a Mass at their church and a family dinner. [Read More]
HONOR ROLL: Blairsville Middle School
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BLAIRSVILLE — The following students have been named to the honor roll at Blairsville Middle School for the first nine-week grading period. [Read More]
HONOR ROLL: Homer-Center Junior/Senior High School
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The following students have been named to the first-quarter honor roll at Homer-Center Junior/Senior High School. [Read More]
HONOR ROLL: United Elementary School
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ARMAGH — United Elementary School has named the following Grade 6 students to the honor roll for the first grading period: [Read More]
HONOR ROLL: Purchase Line Junior/Senior High School
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PURCHASE LINE — The following students have been named to the honor roll at Purchase Line Junior-Senior High School for the first nine-week grading period: [Read More]
Gazette readers' birthdays, Nov. 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
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Indiana Regional Medical Center Nov. 25 activity: [Read More]
ENGAGEMENT: Jenna Irwin and Christopher Gizzi ENGAGEMENT: Jenna Irwin and Christopher Gizzi
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Ronald and Mona Irwin, of Clymer, have announced the engagement of their daughter, Jenna Leigh Irwin, to Christopher Alan Gizzi, son of Lawrence and Anna Marie Gizzi, of Pittsburgh. [Read More]

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Court to hear challenge of power plant rules
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WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court agreed Tuesday to hear a major challenge to the limits set by the Obama administration on emissions of mercury and other toxic pollutants from coal-fired power plants. [Read More]
Missouri prosecutor under fire Missouri prosecutor under fire
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FERGUSON, Mo. — He criticized the media. He talked about witness testimony that didn’t match physical evidence. And he did it at night, as a city already on edge waited to learn if a grand jury would indict a white Ferguson police officer in the shooting death of an unarmed black 18-year-old. [Read More]
Strikes kill 95 in Syria
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BEIRUT (AP) — The death toll from a series of Syrian government airstrikes on the Islamic State group’s stronghold in northeastern Syria has risen to at least 95, making it one of the deadliest attacks on the city of Raqqa in the past three years. [Read More]
Hong Kong police arrest key protesters Hong Kong police arrest key protesters
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HONG KONG — Police arrested key student leaders of Hong Kong’s pro-democracy protests today as they cleared barricades in one volatile district, throwing into doubt the future of a two-month-old movement seeking free elections in the former British colony. [Read More]
Lawyer wants PSU mediation
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HARRISBURG (AP) — The attorney for Republican state Sen. Jake Corman wants the state’s Commonwealth Court to approve mediation for a lawsuit challenging NCAA sanctions against Penn State. [Read More]
U.Va.: Alcohol a factor in assaults U.Va.: Alcohol a factor in assaults
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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — A University of Virginia board on Tuesday honed in on alcohol as a contributing factor in sexual assaults on campus, with one member calling for more aggressively enforcing the law banning underage drinking. [Read More]
How high is your Internet IQ?
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WASHINGTON — Most people can recognize Microsoft founder Bill Gates and know that hashtags belong in tweets, but are confused about whether having a privacy policy means that a company actually keeps consumer information confidential, according to a new Pew Research study released Tuesday. [Read More]
PSP: Feds bullying over test
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HARRISBURG (AP) — Pennsylvania has accused the federal government of browbeating it over the physical fitness tests administered to trooper candidates, insisting it remains committed to recruiting women into the state police force. [Read More]
CMU unveils lunar rover for contest
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PITTSBURGH (AP) — Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University and Astrobotic Technology have unveiled a lunar rover they hope will win their team $20 million in an international competition sponsored by search engine company Google. [Read More]
Allegheny bans crime history box
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PITTSBURGH (AP) — Allegheny County has joined the growing number of state, county and local governments who will no longer have job applications that require people to check a box if they’ve been convicted of a felony or serious misdemeanor. [Read More]

All Reader Letters and Gazette Editorials

 
Letter to the Editor: Make Indiana a bike-friendly borough
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Just over two years ago, one of my best friends from elementary school was killed on impact when a bus struck her from behind while bicycling home one warm summer evening. Her name was Kelsey Rennebohm. [Read More]
Letter to the Editor: Great job, A-R students
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This is an Apollo-Ridge Viking Proud supporter saying a thank you to the football team, coaches, band, color guard, majorettes and cheerleaders for the outstanding season you had. [Read More]
Letter to the Editor: ObamaCare: The lie of the land
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Jonathan Gruber, who thinks he is so clever, has it wrong. He did not fool us, the voters. Nor did he fool any Republicans in Congress — not one. [Read More]
Letter to the Editor: Who's really got the mandate?
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Mandate, mandate, who’s got the mandate? Despite attempts to kill democracy through gerrymandering, voter suppression, and a partisan Supreme Court that opened the floodgates for obscene amounts of money to buy candidates, progressive thinkers always win — eventually. [Read More]
Letter to the Editor: UM Kairos Response launches boycott
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United Methodist Kairos Response (UMKR) has announced a global boycott of six product lines produced in illegal Israeli settlements of the West Bank. [Read More]
Letter to the editor: Clarifying the record on Rec Board funding
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As a former chair of the Indiana Recreation and Parks Board, I would like to clarify some grossly inaccurate comments given by Indiana school board President Tom Harley at the recent school board meeting concerning the budget for the Rec Department. [Read More]
Letter to the editor: Protest vs. rioting: The way forward
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Throughout American history, protests and civil disobedience have played important roles. Around the world there have been countless examples of nonviolent movements that have changed the course of history: Martin Luther King and Gandhi are two examples. [Read More]
Letter to the Editor: Education of students takes top priority
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The results from the state performance scores were published in the Gazette on Nov. 7. [Read More]
Letter to the Editor: Grass-roots effort behind Dush victory
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District 66 residents of northern Indiana County are amazing! Giving Cris Dush an almost 3-to-1 margin of victory, these folks were truly “engaged” in this race. [Read More]
Letter to the Editor: Veterans to the fore of parade
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I attended the annual Veterans Day parade here in Indiana. I do think it is so important to recognize our veterans; however, I also think the parade lineup needs to be rearranged. [Read More]

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