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Ponderosa closes; Corporate owner cites lease dispute

Ponderosa closes; Corporate owner cites lease dispute

- MARGARET HARPER

Pondersosa Steakhouse, with a presence in the Indiana area for nearly 30 years, closed its doors Monday after the chain could not negotiate a new lease with the landlord, a company official said.

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MARION CENTER: Official says assessment results a 'mixed bag'
45 minutes ago - - RANDY WELLS
MARION CENTER — Charles Adamchik, the Marion Center Area School District’s director of curriculum, instruction and assessment, Monday described the district’s results from two state student assessment tests as a “mixed bag,” but said the district “is matching up well with the state.” [Read More]
SCOTT COOK: Cancer-causing foods to avoid SCOTT COOK: Cancer-causing foods to avoid
50 minutes ago - - SCOTT COOK
The statement “everything causes cancer” has become a popular hyperbole, and one that some people use as rhetorical fodder to excuse their own dietary and lifestyle failures, particularly as they pertain to cancer risk. [Read More]
Photos of the Week Photos of the Week
1 day ago - - TERI ENCISO
Each week, the Gazette presents the people and places of the Indiana County area through the eyes of Gazette photographers and our readers. [Read More]
CAMPAIGN 2014: Kevin Freeberg, Democrat for 62nd District CAMPAIGN 2014: Kevin Freeberg, Democrat for 62nd District
1 day ago - - CHAUNCEY ROSS
Kevin Freeberg has talked for years about running for political office, but it never was about himself. [Read More]
Food bank will receive boost from Make a Difference Day Food bank will receive boost from Make a Difference Day
1 day ago - - MARGARET HARPER
Residents of Indiana County will have the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of others through an annual day of service set for Saturday. [Read More]
CAMPAIGN 2014: Dave Reed, Republican for 62nd District CAMPAIGN 2014: Dave Reed, Republican for 62nd District
1 day ago - - CHAUNCEY ROSS
Rep. Dave Reed, R-Indiana, is running for a seventh term in the state House of Representatives on Nov. 4, and is in a campaign quite unlike his six previous elections. [Read More]
Coming events to be held
1 day ago -
Check today's listing of events planned in communities throughout Indiana County ... [Read More]
New traffic pattern to begin in Blairsville New traffic pattern to begin in Blairsville
1 day ago -
A new traffic pattern will be in place at Market and Spring streets in Blairsville beginning Tuesday, according to PennDOT officials. [Read More]
THE WEEK IN REVIEW
2 days ago -
Here is a look at the top stories of local interest published in The Indiana Gazette during the week of Oct. 12-18: [Read More]
CAMPAIGN 2014: Cris Dush, Republican for 66th District CAMPAIGN 2014: Cris Dush, Republican for 66th District
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Residents of the 66th District will soon have a new representative in the state House for the first time in 28 years. Rep. Sam Smith, R-Punxsutawney, the Speaker of the House, announced in February he would not seek re-election to a 15th term. [Read More]

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ZEKE WILSON: Many pursuits available
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Many outdoor enthusiasts would agree that October is the premier month for fresh-air adventure. Opportunities for waterfowl, small game and furtaking chalk the calendar full with pursuits. [Read More]
JEFF KNAPP: Walleyes concentrate in cold water JEFF KNAPP: Walleyes concentrate in cold water
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One of the region’s better late-season fishing options is the walleye action found on the Allegheny River. Having a well thought-out game plan can help one make good use of the limited daylight of the season. [Read More]
Sgt. Brazile harvests big buck Sgt. Brazile harvests big buck
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Sgt. Ken Brazile, of the 420th Engineer Brigade, center, had a successful hunt that was presented to him by the Indiana County Fox and Coon Hunters Association. [Read More]
Youth has successful hunt Youth has successful hunt
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Braden Staats, 11, of Blairsville, shot an 8-point buck with a 16-inch spread on Oct. 8. [Read More]
Archer bags buck Archer bags buck
1 hour ago -
Jared Mason, of Clymer, harvested a 9-point buck. [Read More]
AROUND THE AREA: Indiana falls in playoffs AROUND THE AREA: Indiana falls in playoffs
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Indiana falls in playoffs [Read More]
IUP FOOTBALL: Hawks have productive, but troubling day on offense IUP FOOTBALL: Hawks have productive, but troubling day on offense
1 day ago - - MATTHEW BURGLUND
It seems almost impossible to do, but the IUP Crimson Hawks did it. [Read More]
IUP GOLF: Hawks settle for second place
1 day ago -
HERSHEY — IUP fell short in its comeback attempt at the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference Golf Championships on Sunday at the Hershey Country Club East Course. [Read More]
Lee breaks rushing record, but Wildcats lose Lee breaks rushing record, but Wildcats lose
2 days ago - - DUSTIN FILLOY
HOMER CITY — On a night in which Homer-Center squandered far too many opportunities to best playoff-bound West Middlesex, senior Ean Lee could only wait patiently for his chance to rewrite school history. [Read More]
IUP FOOTBALL: Turnovers crush Hawks' chances IUP FOOTBALL: Turnovers crush Hawks' chances
2 days ago - - MATTHEW BURGLUND
CALIFORNIA — Football coaches often like to point to statistics when they explain why their team won or lost. [Read More]

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Firefighters respond to call in HUB parking lot Firefighters respond to call in HUB parking lot
40 minutes ago - - KAYLA GRUBE
Indiana firefighters responded to a possible vehicle fire at 3:36 p.m. Monday in the Hadley Union Building parking lot in Indiana. Mike Empfield, an assistant fire chief, said the driver noticed an odor of an overheated electrical system coming from under the vehicle’s dash but no fire was [Read More]
POLICE LOG
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State police at Indiana arrested Justin Hoffert, 24, of Durhamville, N.Y., and charged him with sexually assaulting a 14-year old girl. [Read More]
Police: Prosecutor struck by partner
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PITTSBURGH (AP) — A popular Pittsburgh restaurant owner has been jailed on charges he assaulted his girlfriend, the lead prosecutor in a homicide trial of a medical researcher accused of poisoning his physician wife with cyanide. [Read More]
Minor injuries reported in 422 wreck Minor injuries reported in 422 wreck
1 day ago - - JAMES J. NESTOR
Minor injuries were reported after a two-vehicle accident at the intersection of Route 422 and Cheese Run Road in Armstrong Township at 2:17 p.m. on Sunday. [Read More]
CLYMER DISTRICT COURT DOCKET
1 day ago -
Several defendants have been named in criminal charges filed in the Clymer district court before Magisterial District Judge George Thachik. [Read More]
POLICE REPORT
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State police charged Stephen A. Nahalka, 55, of Black Lick, with a summary citation for harassment at 9:30 p.m. on Oct. 3 at a residence in the first block of Liekert Avenue. [Read More]
ACCIDENTS
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State police reported Daniel R. Toy, 29, of Pulaski, struck a guardrail Saturday at 6:10 a.m. while trying to avoid hitting another car traveling in the same lane on Route 422 about 360 feet west of Old Route 119. Toy was not injured, police said. [Read More]
Fatal mobile home fire probed as possible arson
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STEVENS (AP) — Authorities say a fire in a mobile home in central Pennsylvania that claimed the life of a man and slightly inj- ured a firefighter is being investigated as a possible arson. [Read More]
Police hunt for clues near where Va. remains found
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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — After finding remains that could be University of Virginia student Hannah Graham, authorities interviewed nearby residents and picked through leaves on the side of a sparsely populated highway, searching for any clues or evidence. [Read More]
Coroner: Six fire victimes died of smoke, fume inhalation Coroner: Six fire victimes died of smoke, fume inhalation
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PITTSBURGH (AP) — Four children and two adults killed in a suburban house fire died of acute smoke and fume inhalation, according to autopsy results released Sunday. [Read More]

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98th BIRTHDAY: Catherine Hebert 98th BIRTHDAY: Catherine Hebert
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Catherine Hebert, of Indiana, will celebrate her 98th birthday Thursday with her family in her home. [Read More]
Gazette readers' birthdays: Oct. 21
1 hour ago -
Be sure to wish these Gazette readers a happy birthday when you see them today: [Read More]
HOSPITAL NOTES
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Indiana Regional Medical Center Oct. 20 activity: [Read More]
ANNIVERSARY: Dave and LaRue Yarnell ANNIVERSARY: Dave and LaRue Yarnell
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Dave and LaRue Yarnell, of Homer City, will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary on Oct. 24, 2014. They were married at the Mentcle Wesleyan Methodist Church by the Rev. George Kopp. [Read More]
ENGAGEMENT: Theresa Potts and Nicholaus Gipson ENGAGEMENT: Theresa Potts and Nicholaus Gipson
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Mr. and Mrs. Timothy Potts, of Shelocta, are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter, Theresa Lawton Potts, to Nicholaus Gipson, son of Allen Gipson and Rachelle Hirsch, of Kansas. [Read More]
Gazette readers' birthdays: Oct. 20
1 day ago -
If you see these Gazette readers today, be sure to wish them a happy birthday! [Read More]
HOSPITAL NOTES
1 day ago -
From the Indiana Regional Medical Center, Oct. 18 and 19, 2014 ... [Read More]
Gazette readers' birthdays, Oct. 19
2 days ago -
Be sure to wish a happy birthday to these Gazette readers when you see them today ... [Read More]
BOY OF THE MONTH: David Zimmerman BOY OF THE MONTH: David Zimmerman
3 days ago -
The Indiana Optimist Club recently selected David Zimmerman as the boy of the month for October, the 682nd Boy of the Month since the program began. [Read More]
Gazette readers' birthdays, Oct. 18
3 days ago -
Be sure to wish a happy birthday to these Gazette readers when you see them today: [Read More]

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Firefighters respond to call in HUB parking lot Firefighters respond to call in HUB parking lot
40 minutes ago - - KAYLA GRUBE
Indiana firefighters responded to a possible vehicle fire at 3:36 p.m. Monday in the Hadley Union Building parking lot in Indiana. Mike Empfield, an assistant fire chief, said the driver noticed an odor of an overheated electrical system coming from under the vehicle’s dash but no fire was [Read More]
Pistorius sentenced to five years Pistorius sentenced to five years
50 minutes ago -
PRETORIA, South Africa — Oscar Pistorius was taken away in a police van today to start serving a five-year prison sentence for killing girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. [Read More]
Man leads police to six bodies Man leads police to six bodies
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GARY, Ind. — Investigators in two states are reviewing unsolved murders and missing person reports after the arrest of an Indiana man who police say confessed to killing seven women and hinted at more victims over a 20-year span. [Read More]
iPhone propels Apple's profits
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Sales of iPhones, including the new, big-screen iPhone 6 models released last month, helped carry Apple to a record-breaking quarter, with $8.5 billion in profit, the company said Monday. [Read More]
This year may set warming record
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WASHINGTON — Earth is on pace to tie or even break the mark for the hottest year on record, federal meteorologists say. [Read More]
Police say they might have spotted ambush suspect Police say they might have spotted ambush suspect
1 hour ago -
Police shifted their search and a northeastern Pennsylvania school district tightened security amid another reported sighting Monday of the suspect in a deadly state police ambush. [Read More]
CDC released revised Ebola gear guidelines CDC released revised Ebola gear guidelines
1 hour ago -
ATLANTA — Federal officials are going on the road with new guidelines to promote head-to-toe protection for health workers treating Ebola patients. [Read More]
Parents of duct-taped boy don't want charges
1 hour ago -
PITTSBURGH (AP) — A lawyer for the parents of an autistic high school soccer player in Pennsylvania who was duct-taped to a goal post in a prank this month says the parents don’t want charges filed against the two students involved. [Read More]
Sears to shutter five stores in Pa.
1 hour ago -
HARRISBURG (AP) — Sears is closing five Pennsylvania stores in January. [Read More]
Police: Prosecutor struck by partner
1 hour ago -
PITTSBURGH (AP) — A popular Pittsburgh restaurant owner has been jailed on charges he assaulted his girlfriend, the lead prosecutor in a homicide trial of a medical researcher accused of poisoning his physician wife with cyanide. [Read More]

All Reader Letters and Gazette Editorials

 
Letter to the editor: Don't be misled on Corbett's record
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As a parent of a special-needs child, I am truly grateful to Gov. Tom Corbett for increasing educational funding for special-needs education. In fact, this was the first increase in special-education funding in six years. [Read More]
Letter to the editor: Freeberg will stand up for education
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Education funding has become a serious problem in Pennsylvania, and a vote for Kevin Freeberg, currently running for Pennsylvania House, is a step toward fixing it. [Read More]
Letter to the editor: A severance tax would affect my family
40 minutes ago -
I work in the gas and oil industry. I’m a surveyor who stakes the location of gas wells to comply with state environmental regulations. I enjoy my job, find it fulfilling and earn a fair wage. [Read More]
Letter to the editor: End pollution? Don't drive, eat or use energy
1 day ago -
I have been striving for some time along with others to try and put together a plan to curb the drastic effects of the pollution in our society today. [Read More]
Letter to the editor: A foul smell in Burrell Township
1 day ago -
I am a property owner in Burrell Township. In May 2013, I received a letter to attend a meeting with the Burrell Township Sewage Authority to discuss information about a new main forced sewer line that borders one side of my property. [Read More]
Letter to the editor: Who will tell chickens they're in every pot?
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The homeowners will be joyous and the teachers will have more money to teach our kids. Those rich gas companies that employ thousands of our neighbors finally get what they deserve; make them pay. Make the coal mines pay; some of them have lots of money. [Read More]
Letter to the editor: Freeberg will advocate for middle class
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Voters of Pennsylvania’s 62nd Legislative District: For the first time in eight years, we have a choice: career politician Dave Reed or challenger Kevin Freeberg. When you choose, consider the issues: [Read More]
Letter to the editor: Is Wolf attempting to deceive voters?
3 days ago -
Hunters and supporters of the Second Amendment, there is a new sportmen’s group you may want to check into. It is “Sportsmen for Wolf.” [Read More]
Letter to the editor: Importance of establishing a living wage
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A May report of the U.S. House Committee on Education and the Workforce estimated a taxpayer cost of $3,015 per underpaid Walmart employee relying on taxpayer-funded programs (“The Walton Family: America’s New Robber Barons”). [Read More]
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