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Indiana school directors settle on smaller tax increase Indiana school directors settle on smaller tax increase
by CHAUNCEY ROSS

The Indiana Area school board on Monday adopted a 2017-18 budget with a smaller-than-predicted tax increase and confirmed that a plan to build a 900-student-capacity replacement for Ben Franklin Elementary School is dead. Full Story →

Indiana man sentenced in fatal motorcycle crash Indiana man sentenced in fatal motorcycle crash

An Indiana man was sentenced Monday to serve up to five years in a state prison for the motorcycle crash death of a woman last summer in Young Township.

County agency: Track, report area flood damage County agency: Track, report area flood damage

The Indiana County Emergency Management Agency has cautioned flood victims to properly track and report their disaster-related expenses, and to continue to take precautions to avoid disease in the wake of high waters that washed over central Indiana County last week.

Marion Center board votes to raise real estate tax Marion Center board votes to raise real estate tax

MARION CENTER — As recommended in the past two months by some district administrators, the Marion Center Area School District directors Monday gave final approval to an approximate 0.4 mill tax increase to support a 2017-18 general fund budget.

- RANDY WELLS
ZEKE WILSON: Berries are ripe and ready
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ZEKE WILSON: Berries are ripe and ready

The rainy weather in recent weeks was much-needed by the berry crop, and good eating ripens daily now.

- ZEKE WILSON
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Funding donated for Homer City's revitalization Funding donated for Homer City's revitalization
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Contractors have reached the halfway point in the downtown Homer City Main Street renewal, a project that features replacement of the sidewalks, trees, benches, planters and light fixtures between Wiley Street and Miller Avenue. [Read More]
Flood recovery continues on Hoodlebug Trail Flood recovery continues on Hoodlebug Trail
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Glenn McElwee, left, and Dalton Dick, along with backhoe operator Luke Karp, began filling in a gap in the Hoodlebug Trail on Monday with boulders and rocks. [Read More]
New Auxiliary officers installed New Auxiliary officers installed
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The VFW Post 1989 Auxiliary recently installed new officers. [Read More]
Rising star Dylan Scott to perform at fair Rising star Dylan Scott to perform at fair
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Dylan Scott, an old soul with a young spirit and one of Nashville’s hottest rising stars, will perform at the 155th annual Indiana County Fair on Aug. 30 at 8 p.m. on S&T Bank Day. [Read More]
Annual carnival scheduled for July 12-15 Annual carnival scheduled for July 12-15
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The annual Bolivar Firemen’s Carnival will be held July 12-15 around the fire station. [Read More]
Indiana Fire Association receives grant to upgrade breathing gear Indiana Fire Association receives grant to upgrade breathing gear
1 day ago - - RANDY WELLS
The Indiana Fire Association has been awarded one of the largest grants the department has ever received to replace a key piece of the individual firefighters’ protective gear. [Read More]
Summer Concerts in the Park continue Summer Concerts in the Park continue
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Mark Garrick, left, and Sean Moran were the featured performers Sunday at the Summer Concerts in the Park series at Memorial Park in Indiana. [Read More]
VFW installs new officers VFW installs new officers
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VFW Post 1989 recently installed new officers. [Read More]
PETS OF THE WEEK: Area shelters offer animals for adoption 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]
Food Co-Op to host farm-to-table dinner Wednesday Food Co-Op to host farm-to-table dinner Wednesday
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The Food Co-Op of Indiana PA will be hosting a farm-to-table dinner fundraiser Wednesday at the Chevy Chase Community Center. [Read More]

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Youth Legion teams score wins Youth Legion teams score wins
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Fox Township capitalized on seven errors and 12 walks to score a 10-8 win over Indiana Lions in an Indiana County Youth Legion baseball game Monday at Hogan Field. [Read More]
Zimmerman tosses no-hitter for Indiana Zimmerman tosses no-hitter for Indiana
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Olivia Zimmerman struck out 10 and fired a no-hitter to help Indiana blank New Bethlehem, 10-0, in the first round of the District 7 12-and-under softball tournament on Monday. [Read More]
Bowman’s Coins wins IABB game Bowman’s Coins wins IABB game
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Bowman’s Coins nipped East American Motorsports, 8-7, in an Indiana Area Baseball Boosters game Monday. [Read More]
JEFF KNAPP: Well-designed net is a welcome aid
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JEFF KNAPP: Well-designed net is a welcome aid
11 hours ago - - JEFF KNAPP
A basic concern in angling is getting a fish on the hook. Less thought, however, is given to the actual landing of the fish once it’s been hooked. The use of a well-designed landing net is significant, whether the fish’s destiny is a quick photo session prior to release or an appointment with a [Read More]
Grube, Holuta team up in ICC Invitational Grube, Holuta team up in ICC Invitational
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Usually members of a team have to work together for a while before figuring out just how things jell for them. When it comes to the duo of Kyle Grube and Matt Holuta, it seems they have found a natural fit. [Read More]
S.W. Jack blanks Lions in Youth Legion S.W. Jack blanks Lions in Youth Legion
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S.W. Jack turned in an efficient performance and shut out Indiana Lions in an Indiana County Youth Legion game Sunday. [Read More]
Thompson, Blairsville outslug West Lebanon in ICL Thompson, Blairsville outslug West Lebanon in ICL
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Bobby Thompson smacked two homers and had five RBIs to lead host Blairsville to a 13-8 win over West Lebanon in an Indiana County League baseball game Sunday afternoon. [Read More]
JUSTIN GERWICK: Top seeds bow out of ICC tournament
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JUSTIN GERWICK: Top seeds bow out of ICC tournament
3 days ago - - JUSTIN GERWICK
Major rainstorms and flooding throughout Indiana County over the scheduled first two days of the Indiana Country Club Invitational golf tournament left many of the participants wary of how things would go, but the tournament carried on Saturday — albeit in an altered format. [Read More]
LEGION BASEBALL: Young Township pummels Blairsville LEGION BASEBALL: Young Township pummels Blairsville
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Devin Fairman struck out nine and pitched a one-hitter, and Young Township took advantage of Blairsville’s six errors in a 10-1 win in the second game of a doubleheader in Indiana County Senior Legion baseball action Saturday afternoon. [Read More]
Berringer tops ladies golf league Berringer tops ladies golf league
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Elaine Berringer won the play of the day, Strike 3, in the Indian Springs Tuesday Morning Ladies Golf League. [Read More]

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Woman sentenced for endangerment Woman sentenced for endangerment
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A former Shelocta woman charged with keeping her two children in deplorable conditions, exposed to the risks of drug abuse, was sentenced Monday to serve four years on probation. [Read More]
POLICE LOG POLICE LOG
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Borough police cited Matthew Culp, 39, of Indiana, with public drunkenness and disorderly conduct at 7:54 p.m. Saturday after he was discovered trying to enter a residence along the 300 block of Philadelphia Street. [Read More]
ACCIDENT ACCIDENT
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State police reported three vehicles wrecked at 1:22 p.m. June 22 when a truck lost its brakes in a highway construction zone on Route 422 near Yellow Creek Road. [Read More]
Police find suspect locked in porta-potty
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MIFFLINBURG (AP) — Police said a Pennsylvania man trying to avoid capture locked himself in a portable toilet. [Read More]
New rules set for sentencing Pa. juveniles to life
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HARRISBURG — Juveniles should only rarely be sentenced to life without parole, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court said Monday, telling prosecutors that such cases require proof beyond a reasonable doubt that the defendant is an unusual example of someone who can never be rehabilitated. [Read More]
Pharmacy boss blamed for meningitis outbreak gets nine years Pharmacy boss blamed for meningitis outbreak gets nine years
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BOSTON — The co-owner of a pharmacy responsible for the deaths of 76 people was sentenced Monday to nine years in prison after he tearfully apologized to victims who described watching their loved ones die or enduring excruciating physical pain from a 2012 nationwide fungal meningitis outbreak. [Read More]
Cosby venue could move to California in sex abuse lawsuit Cosby venue could move to California in sex abuse lawsuit
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The stage for Bill Cosby's next legal challenge shifts to California with a hearing scheduled Tuesday to set a trial date in a lawsuit accusing him of sexually assaulting a teen at the Playboy Mansion more than 40 years ago. [Read More]
Pennsylvania B&B owner finds decomposed body of guest Pennsylvania B&B owner finds decomposed body of guest
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HONESDALE (AP) — The owner of a bed and breakfast in Pennsylvania's Pocono Mountains discovered the badly decomposed body of guest who lived at the inn, and state police say the 80-year-old woman had been dead for weeks or months. [Read More]
New rules set for sentencing Pennsylvania juveniles to life New rules set for sentencing Pennsylvania juveniles to life
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Juveniles should only rarely be sentenced to life without parole, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court said Monday, telling prosecutors that such cases require proof beyond a reasonable doubt that the defendant is an unusual example of someone who can never be rehabilitated. [Read More]
POLICE LOG POLICE LOG
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Juan Salazar, 41, of Sealy, Texas, was charged with DUI after a state trooper from the Indiana station stopped a vehicle he was driving for summary traffic offenses at 2:22 a.m. Saturday on Philadelphia Street. [Read More]

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Gazette readers' birthdays, June 27: Gazette readers' birthdays, June 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, June 26, 2017: [Read More]
Gazette readers' birthdays, June 26: Gazette readers' birthdays, June 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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Indiana Regional Medical Center, weekend activity: [Read More]
Co-workers exchange vows Co-workers exchange vows
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Monica Fishel, LPN, and Stefan Riddilla, CNA, met while working at Beacon Ridge and became engaged last year. They were married at the facility on Friday. [Read More]
Gazette readers' birthdays, June 25: Gazette readers' birthdays, June 25:
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Be sure to wish a happy birthday to these Gazette readers when you see them today: [Read More]
70TH ANNIVERSARY: Bill and Millie Campbell 70TH ANNIVERSARY: Bill and Millie Campbell
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Mr. and Mrs. Bill Campbell, of Vintondale, celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary on June 10, 2017, with a family dinner at Surf N’ Turf in Johnstown. [Read More]
50TH ANNIVERSARY: Robert and Doris Kimmel 50TH ANNIVERSARY: Robert and Doris Kimmel
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Mr. and Mrs. Robert Kimmel, of Home, are celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary today. They were wed in the Plum Creek United Presbyterian Church in Willet by the Rev. Douglas Carhart. [Read More]
95th BIRTHDAY: Dorothy Adams 95th BIRTHDAY: Dorothy Adams
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Dorothy Adams, of Indiana, will celebrate her 95th birthday on Sunday. [Read More]
Gazette readers' birthdays, June 24: Gazette readers' birthdays, June 24:
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Be sure to wish a happy birthday to these Gazette readers when you see them today: [Read More]

All World News

 
Supreme Court reinstates part of travel ban, sets hearings Supreme Court reinstates part of travel ban, sets hearings
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WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court is allowing President Donald Trump to forge ahead with a limited version of his ban on travel from six mostly Muslim countries to the U.S. Trump hailed the decision as a “victory for national security.” [Read More]
Supreme Court rules for church in playground case Supreme Court rules for church in playground case
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WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court ruled Monday that churches have the same right as other charitable groups to seek state money for new playground surfaces and other nonreligious needs. [Read More]
Trump, Modi exchange hugs, herald stronger ties Trump, Modi exchange hugs, herald stronger ties
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WASHINGTON — Hugging outside the White House Monday, President Donald Trump and India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi heralded an increasingly close strategic partnership as the U.S. branded a top militant from neighboring Pakistan as a “global terrorist.” [Read More]
22 million fewer would be covered by health plan, report finds
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WASHINGTON — Rebellious Republican senators are forcing Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to scramble to rescue the party’s health care bill before debate even begins. [Read More]
State legislators eye deficit as deadline looms State legislators eye deficit as deadline looms
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HARRISBURG — Pennsylvania lawmakers returned to the Capitol on Monday with five days left to pass an on-time budget and no firm agreements on how to address state government’s biggest cash shortfall since the recession. [Read More]
Case of gay couple's wedding cake heads to Supreme Court Case of gay couple's wedding cake heads to Supreme Court
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DENVER — A clash between gay rights and religion started as an angry Facebook posting about a wedding cake but now has big implications for anti-discrimination laws in 22 states. [Read More]
Police find suspect locked in porta-potty
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MIFFLINBURG (AP) — Police said a Pennsylvania man trying to avoid capture locked himself in a portable toilet. [Read More]
New rules set for sentencing Pa. juveniles to life
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HARRISBURG — Juveniles should only rarely be sentenced to life without parole, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court said Monday, telling prosecutors that such cases require proof beyond a reasonable doubt that the defendant is an unusual example of someone who can never be rehabilitated. [Read More]
Philando Castile's family reaches $3 million settlement in death
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MINNEAPOLIS — The mother of Philando Castile, a black motorist killed by a Minnesota police officer last July, has reached a nearly $3 million settlement with the city that employed the officer, avoiding a federal wrongful death lawsuit that attorneys said could have taken years to resolve. [Read More]
Jury selection begins for Shkreli Jury selection begins for Shkreli
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Several potential jurors at the federal securities fraud trial of Martin “Pharma Bro” Shkreli were excused on Monday after telling the judge they couldn’t be impartial toward the former pharmaceutical CEO because of his notoriety for raising the cost of a life-saving drug 5,000 percent. [Read More]

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Letter to the Editor: Board trying to add insult to injury Letter to the Editor: Board trying to add insult to injury
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And so now we have come to this. To a situation where revenge is being served up, not cold, but with a logic that defies reality. [Read More]
Letter to the Editor: Take another look at closing a school Letter to the Editor: Take another look at closing a school
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Now that the multimillion-dollar megaschool plan is on hold, hopefully permanently, I again in more detail offer taxpayers and the new Indiana Area school board members a much more pleasurable solution for district resources. [Read More]
Letter to the Editor: ABATE thanks backers Letter to the Editor: ABATE thanks backers
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Indiana County ABATE would like to thank the following businesses, organizations, their patrons as well as all of the anonymous donors for their help with our 2017 Camp Orenda fundraising campaign. [Read More]
Letter to the Editor: Time to return focus on education Letter to the Editor: Time to return focus on education
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On June 12 the Indiana Area school board informed the public that the 900-student school failed to win approval from PennDOT and White Township. [Read More]
Letter to the Editor: Be the difference that matters Letter to the Editor: Be the difference that matters
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There was time when people discussed serious happenings in the news at the water cooler. [Read More]
Letter to the editor: Country now ruled by a con man Letter to the editor: Country now ruled by a con man
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Government of the people, by the people, for the people! A simple concept, a noble concept, or … a vain hope? [Read More]
Letter to the editor: Restore Penn Vet funding, bureau asks Letter to the editor: Restore Penn Vet funding, bureau asks
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Pennsylvania Farm Bureau and our 62,000 member families call on state lawmakers to support the restoration of funding in the state budget to the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine (Penn Vet). [Read More]
Letter to the editor: Club appreciative of support for May Mart Letter to the editor: Club appreciative of support for May Mart
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The Indiana Garden Club would like to thank everyone who attended or assisted with another successful May Mart. Our event is held at the S&T Bank Arena in the White Township Recreation Complex each year and attended by many throughout the surrounding area and all of Pennsylvania. [Read More]
Letter to the editor: Future school tax hikes projected in state Letter to the editor: Future school tax hikes projected in state
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We have been given a heads-up, an early warning, and we have an opportunity to do something to help. [Read More]
Letter to the editor: Obama also experienced incivility Letter to the editor: Obama also experienced incivility
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I was quite stunned to read McClellan Blair’s latest letter (“Incivility in the media,” Tuesday’s Gazette) and realize that he had no access to news of any kind during the Obama administration. [Read More]

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