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Conjoined twins go home Conjoined twins go home
by CHAUNCEY ROSS

They’re home. With 20 fingers, 20 toes, four legs and four arms that just can’t seem to figure where they belong, newborn twins Andrew and Garrett Stancombe came home to Indiana on Monday with their parents, Michelle Van Horne and Kody Stancombe. Full Story →

Crash claims another life

SPRING CHURCH — A fifth person has died as a result of injuries suffered in a horrific traffic accident Wednesday night on Route 156 in South Bend Township, Armstrong County.

Bream focuses on fatherhood during Good Friday breakfast Bream focuses on fatherhood during Good Friday breakfast

If the people of Indiana County have learned one lesson from Jesus Christ and the Bible, it’s that of forgiveness.

- CHAUNCEY ROSS
Share your Easter photos with the Gazette Share your Easter photos with the Gazette

Have you, your children, a family member or a friend decorated an egg-cellent egg for Easter this year? Are you hosting a backyard egg hunt? Hanging out with the Easter Bunny? We want to see your photos!

YMCA prepares for annual Spring Clean Out YMCA prepares for annual Spring Clean Out

The Indiana County YMCA will hold its fourth annual Spring Clean Out event from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 3 at the YMCA, located on Ben Franklin Road.

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Complaint: Women shorted on sports
4 hours ago -
WASHINGTON — A women’s legal organization has filed discrimination complaints against nine universities in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education, including Indiana University of Pennsylvania. [Read More]
INSIDE INDIANA: Golf, Fox's, April showers, candidates, etc. INSIDE INDIANA: Golf, Fox's, April showers, candidates, etc.
4 hours ago - - BILL HASTINGS
It’s time to think spring, and that means the first charity golf tournaments are on the doorstep. [Read More]
CORRECTIONS
5 hours ago -
The Gazette corrects factual errors as soon as they are brought to our attention. If you see an error or omission, call Eric Ebeling, executive editor, at extension 269. [Read More]
BURRELL TOWNSHIP: Dates set for free Spring Cleanup
1 day ago - - CHAUNCEY ROSS
BLACK LICK — Burrell Township residents will be allowed to dispose of rubbish at no charge again this month in an annual Spring Cleanup program sponsored by the board of supervisors as a way to reduce the amount of garbage that people illegally dump on rural roadsides. [Read More]
HOMER-CENTER: School directors laud work of four retirees
1 day ago - - CHAUNCEY ROSS
CENTER TOWNSHIP — The Homer-Center School District board of directors saluted four retiring staff members at the monthly board meeting Wednesday. [Read More]
BLAIRSVILLE-SALTSBURG: Teachers, support staff reach accord on new labor contracts
1 day ago - - MARGARET HARPER
BURRELL TOWNSHIP — The Blairsville-Saltsburg School District ratified an early-bird contract with the teachers union Wednesday, settling on terms through August 2019. [Read More]
Liggett to direct county tourist bureau
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The Indiana County Tourist Bureau has named one of its own as the organization’s new executive director. [Read More]
Speaker promotes use of technology in reading education Speaker promotes use of technology in reading education
1 day ago - - TERI ENCISO
The Indiana County Reading Council recently presented Julie Wise in a program titled “Reading Secrets: Using Analogies to Engage Readers and Encourage Close Reading and Using QR Codes in Education.” [Read More]
Moose lodge supports child comfort program Moose lodge supports child comfort program
1 day ago - - JAMIE EMPFIELD
Tommy Moose plush stuffed animals and coloring books were presented Tuesday to the Indiana Borough police, the Indiana County Sheriff’s Department and Citizens’ Ambulance Service by members of the Indiana Moose Lodge 174. [Read More]
Students stack in speed test Students stack in speed test
1 day ago - - TOM PEEL
Zachary Strine, a third-grader at Blairsville Elementary School, participated in the fifth annual Speed Stack Assembly Wednesday for students from third to fifth grades to help celebrate the completion of PSSA reading and math testing. [Read More]

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ON CAMPUS: Indiana grad bounces back after slow start ON CAMPUS: Indiana grad bounces back after slow start
4 hours ago - - MIRZA ZUKIC
After the way her season started, Hannah Harley is relishing the chance to redeem herself. She didn’t necessarily expect it, but she’s making the most of it. [Read More]
HIGH SCHOOL SOFTBALL: Stingers' ace strikes out 17 in win over Indians
4 hours ago - - CARLY KROUSE
Indiana entered Thursday afternoon’s game against Marion Center prepared for a battle, but the Indians barely put up a fight. [Read More]
IUP ROUNDUP: Hawks to play for tennis title
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IUP shut out Bloomsburg, 5-0, in the semifinals Thursday and advanced to today’s finals of the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference women’s tennis championships at West Chester. [Read More]
HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL: Indiana wins fourth straight
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Indiana amassed 10 hits, including five doubles, and reeled off its fourth straight win with a 7-5 victory over Derry in a WPIAL Section 2-AAA baseball game Thursday at Grandview Field. [Read More]
HIGH SCHOOL SOFTBALL: Sisters lead Blairsville to win
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Abbie Okopal ripped an RBI single in the 11th inning to lift unbeaten Blairsville to a 6-5 win over visiting Homer-Center in a Heritage Conference softball game Thursday. [Read More]
IHS honors swimming and diving seniors IHS honors swimming and diving seniors
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The Indiana High School swimming and diving team was recognized during a banquet at the Rustic Lodge on Sunday. [Read More]
Apollo-Ridge sweeps Deer Lakes
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RUSSELLTON — The Apollo-Ridge boys’ and girls’ track and field teams swept Deer Lakes in a WPIAL non-section meet Thursday. The Apollo-Ridge boys won, 76-65, and the girls won, 85-56. [Read More]
IJHS girls drop meet
5 hours ago -
NORTH HUNTINGTON — Indiana fell to Norwin, 92-31, in a junior high girls’ track and field meet Thursday. [Read More]
HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL: Indians stay on hot streak with win HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL: Indians stay on hot streak with win
1 day ago - - ELI NELLIS
Indiana collected plenty of hits Wednesday afternoon. Putting enough together in an inning to put a few runs on the board took a little while, though. [Read More]
IUP SOFTBALL: Hawks take two more from Edinboro
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IUP rallied from 3-0 deficits in both games to sweep a doubleheader from Edinboro in Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference West Division softball action at Podbielski Field on Wednesday. [Read More]

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Burrell Township brush fire spreads to garage Burrell Township brush fire spreads to garage
4 hours ago -
Firefighters from Black Lick and Blairsville were summoned to a small trash fire that spread to a garage in Burrell Township Thursday afternoon. [Read More]
POLICE LOG
4 hours ago -
Alexander Nielsen, 20, was cited with retail theft, underage drinking and public drunkenness early this morning, according to borough police. [Read More]
Authorities identifiy crash victims Authorities identifiy crash victims
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SPRING CHURCH — Motorists from Apollo and Avonmore, and teenaged passengers from Apollo and Kittanning have been identified as victims of a violent, head-on crash late Wednesday on Route 156 in Armstrong County. [Read More]
Violent crash claims four Violent crash claims four
1 day ago -
SPRING CHURCH — Armstrong County Coroner Brian Myers said four people died in what he called a “horrific” head-on collision in South Bend Township on Wednesday night. [Read More]
County judges hand down sentences
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Numerous defendants were sentenced in hearings on March 24 and March 31 by Indiana County Common Pleas Court Judges William Martin and Thomas Bianco: [Read More]
HOMER CITY DISTRICT COURT DOCKET
1 day ago -
Several defendants have been named in criminal charges filed before Magisterial District Judge Susanne Steffee, of Homer City. [Read More]
POLICE LOG
1 day ago -
Someone took a pink and brown plaid book bag and a purse from a vehicle parked in the Kmart lot at Indiana Mall on Wednesday afternoon, according to state police in Indiana. [Read More]
Police issue holiday alert
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State police in Indiana have reminded motorists to slow down, wear their seat belts and drive sober during Easter weekend. [Read More]
Classes resume at high school after stabbings
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MURRYSVILLE — Classes resumed Wednesday at a Pittsburgh-area high school where authorities said a student stabbed or slashed 21 others and a security guard a week ago while rampaging through a hallway with two kitchen knives. [Read More]
DA to drop charge against bullied teen
1 day ago -
MORGAN (AP) — The Allegheny County district attorney will drop a disorderly conduct conviction being appealed by a high school student who recorded others who bullied him. [Read More]

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70th ANNIVERSARY: Leo and Lucille Plowman 70th ANNIVERSARY: Leo and Lucille Plowman
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Leo and Lucille Plowman, of Seward, celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary April 5 with a family gathering at their home. [Read More]
ENGAGEMENT: Kayla Pender and Zachary McCleary ENGAGEMENT: Kayla Pender and Zachary McCleary
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Mr. and Mrs. Brian Pender, of Blairsville, proudly announce the engagement of their daughter Kayla Pender to Zachary McCleary, son of Mrs. Cindy McCleary, of New Derry. [Read More]
HONOR ROLL: Penns Manor Area High School
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The following Penns Manor Area High School students were named to the honor roll for the third-quarter grading period. [Read More]
Gazette readers' birthdays, April 18
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If you see these Gazette readers today, be sure to wish them a happy birthday! [Read More]
HOSPITAL NOTES
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Indiana Regional Medical Center, April 17, 2014: [Read More]
83RD BIRTHDAY: James Blystone Jr. 83RD BIRTHDAY: James Blystone Jr.
1 day ago -
James O. Blystone Jr. will celebrate his 83rd birthday today. James and his wife, Marylee Blystone, live in Yatesboro. [Read More]
1ST BIRTHDAY: Addison Gohn 1ST BIRTHDAY: Addison Gohn
1 day ago -
Addison Gohn celebrated her first birthday with family and friends on April 12. [Read More]
1ST BIRTHDAY: Conner Dixon 1ST BIRTHDAY: Conner Dixon
1 day ago -
Conner Edward Dixon celebrated his first birthday on Feb. 23, 2014. He had a storybook-theme party and shared the day with family. [Read More]
Gazette readers' birthdays, April 17
1 day ago -
Be sure to wish a happy birthday to these Gazette readers when you see them today ... [Read More]
HOSPITAL NOTES
1 day ago -
Indiana Regional Medical Center, April 16, 2014: [Read More]

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12 killed, three missing in Everest avalanche 12 killed, three missing in Everest avalanche
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KATMANDU, Nepal — An avalanche swept down a climbing route on Mount Everest early today, killing at least 12 Nepalese guides and leaving three missing in the deadliest disaster on the world’s highest peak. [Read More]
Ferry's sharp turn, evacuation probed Ferry's sharp turn, evacuation probed
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MOKPO, South Korea — Investigations into South Korea’s ferry disaster focused on the sharp turn it took just before it started listing and on the possibility that a quicker evacuation order by the captain could have saved lives, officials said today. [Read More]
43-year-old disappearance mystery brought to an end 43-year-old disappearance mystery brought to an end
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ELK POINT, S.D. — Cheryl Miller and Pamella Jackson had planned to celebrate the end of the 1971 school year by gathering with classmates at a quarry along a gravel road. [Read More]
Candidate Tom Wolf reports $2.2M income
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HARRISBURG — Tom Wolf, a Democratic candidate for governor who took out a multimillion-dollar loan to help finance his campaign, reported nearly $2.2 million in adjusted income in 2012, according to two pages of his 2012 tax return he released Thursday. [Read More]
Insurgents reject call to end siege in Ukraine
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GENEVA — The United States, Russia, Ukraine and the European Union reached an agreement on Thursday evening that called for armed pro-Russian bands in eastern Ukraine to surrender the government buildings they have seized ... [Read More]
Defense attorney pleads guilty
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UNIONTOWN (AP) — A defense attorney has pleaded guilty to bringing heroin and other drugs to a client locked up in a southwestern Pennsylvania city’s police booking center and will resign his law license. [Read More]
Health care enrollments up across U.S.
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WASHINGTON — A surge of eleventh-hour enrollments has improved the outlook for President Barack Obama’s health care law, with more people signing up overall and a much-needed spark of interest among young adults. [Read More]
Student sentenced in terrorism case
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PHILADELPHIA — An immigrant teen who had earned a scholarship to an elite U.S. college but helped solicit support for jihadists he met online was sentenced Thursday to five years in prison. [Read More]
Ebola outbreak is new strain
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HAMBURG, Germany (AP) — The Ebola virus that has killed scores of people in Guinea this year is a new strain — evidence that the disease did not spread there from outbreaks in some other African nations, scientists report. [Read More]
Medical groups debate cost, care
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Saying they can no longer ignore the rising prices of health care, some of the most influential medical groups in the nation are recommending that doctors weigh the costs, not just the effectiveness of treatments, as they make decisions about patient care. [Read More]

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Letter to the editor: A regionwide response to school violence
4 days ago -
I sat at my computer watching the tragic events unfold at Franklin Regional High School on Wednesday and shook my head in absolute consternation. The patterns of school violence are as predictable in their unfolding as they are unpredictable in the time and place of their next occurrence. [Read More]
Letter to the Editor: Halvorson's campaign message resonates
6 days ago -
I am amazed at the number of mailings I have received from Congressman Bill Shuster’s campaign. However, I seem to be learning more about his opponent, Art Halverson, than I am about Shuster. [Read More]
Letter to the Editor: It's about water, yours and mine
6 days ago -
The EPA issued a permit on March 16 to put a Class II brine disposal well in East Run under the Underground Injection Control (UIC) program. This is not acceptable. [Read More]
Letter to the Editor: Vote may drive farm market out of town
1 week ago -
Tuesday night the Indiana Borough council voted 7-5 to deny the request from the Indiana County Farmers’ Market to relocate to IRMC Park on North Seventh Street. [Read More]
Letter to the Editor: Arming teachers raises new worries
1 week ago -
The “As I see it” column by Mark Zilinskas last Friday (“Back White’s bill on arming teachers”) raises a tough issue: Should teachers be armed on school property? I agree with him ... I disagree with him. [Read More]
Letter to the Editor: Rep. Shuster should check on the 'real facts'
1 week ago -
Several weeks ago my wife and I watched an ad on TV that claimed Art Halvorson (running against Bill Shuster) had received $500,000 in taxpayer subsidies from farms in Iowa and Bedford. [Read More]
Letter to the Editor: Questions linger about firing of IUP coach
1 week ago -
The University of Louisiana-Monroe hired former IUP head women’s basketball coach Jeff Dow as its head coach last week. [Read More]
Letter to the Editor: Negative campaign a disappointment
1 week ago -
For a short time, the information that Rep. Bill Shuster was releasing about Art Halvorson had me concerned, because it seemed to contradict my impression of Mr. Halvorson as a candidate with honesty and integrity. [Read More]
How to submit a letter to the editor
2 weeks 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: Farmers market would disturb grieving families
2 weeks ago -
After reading recent letters to the editor urging borough residents to support a move of the downtown farmers’ market in Indiana to IRMC Park on North Seventh Street, I felt compelled to respond. [Read More]

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