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Big cat handlers earn their stripes Big cat handlers earn their stripes
by MARGARET WEAVER

For Georgina “Pom Pom” Donoho and Vincent Von Duke, there are no vacations. When you have a traveling tiger and lion show, it’s a 24/7 job. Full Story →

End Zone Extra Player of the Week: Collin Smith End Zone Extra Player of the Week: Collin Smith

Ligonier Valley’s Collin Smith will have better games, statistically speaking, over the course of his senior season.

Comic performer Gene Wilder kept his serious side off camera Comic performer Gene Wilder kept his serious side off camera

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Revered as a comedic and storytelling genius by Hollywood's top entertainers, Gene Wilder was a humble man who downplayed his comic gifts, was a serious director and remained deferential to his longtime collaborator, Mel Brooks.

JEFF KNAPP: Topwater lures attract bass in late summer, early fall
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JEFF KNAPP: Topwater lures attract bass in late summer, early fall

After launching the boat at the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission’s Franklin launch, I motored a couple hundred yards upriver to the base of a small riffle. Traffic buzzed over the nearby bridge that carries Route 322 over the Allegheny River, near the spot where French Creek joins.

- JEFF KNAPP
Students return to school with force Students return to school with force

Students at the Indiana Junior High School were greeted by a stormtrooper, portrayed by a “Star Wars”-loving area businessman who wished to remain anonymous, as they came back to school today.

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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]
Authority appoints interim leader Authority appoints interim leader
17 hours ago - - ELLEN MATIS
Members of the Blairsville Municipal Authority met for a special meeting Monday to appoint to the board an interim leader following the resignation of executive director Ronald Hood. [Read More]
Marion Center '65 holds class reunion Marion Center '65 holds class reunion
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Marion Center Joint High School class of 1956 held its 60th class reunion July 9 at The Rustic Lodge, White Township. [Read More]
Fair display highlights butterfly loss Fair display highlights butterfly loss
2 days ago - - SEAN YODER
Generations of monarch butterflies will die on their migrations each year, and yet their progeny’s instinct will still lead them north to their summer habitats then back south again. This is the normal cycle. [Read More]
Penns Manor union approves tentative contract Penns Manor union approves tentative contract
2 days ago - - SEAN YODER
The Penns Manor Education Association, the union that represents teachers in the school district, on Friday approved a tentative agreement reached during contract negotiations on Aug. 22. [Read More]
Legion names new officers Legion names new officers
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The Glen Campbell American Legion recently installed officers for the 2016-17 season. [Read More]
Tax deadline approaches in White Tax deadline approaches in White
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White Township tax collector Jeff Mack reminds township property owners and residents that the deadline for paying 2016 county real estate taxes and county per capita taxes at discount is Wednesday. [Read More]
The week in review, Aug. 21 - 27, 2016 The week in review, Aug. 21 - 27, 2016
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Here is a look at the top stories of local interest published in The Indiana Gazette during the week of Aug. 21-27. [Read More]
MIA: Memories of Indiana Marine still vibrant 50 years later
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MIA: Memories of Indiana Marine still vibrant 50 years later
3 days ago - - CHAUNCEY ROSS
It’s been in the high 90s the past few days in Da Nang, and forecasts say it could hit 100 there later this week. [Read More]
Homer City police chief reflects on 27 years of service Homer City police chief reflects on 27 years of service
3 days ago - - CASEY KELLY
After 27 years of dedication, Louis Sacco, 47, will work his final day as Homer City Borough police chief Wednesday. He stressed that though he’s retiring, Homer City isn’t getting rid of him that easily. [Read More]

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Dead heat highlights races at county fair Dead heat highlights races at county fair
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A dead heat highlighted the first day of harness racing at the Indiana County Fair. [Read More]
Renovation begins at First Commonwealth Field Renovation begins at First Commonwealth Field
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Workers placed 40-foot poles in the ground as part of the Homer City Area Athletic Booster Club’s renovation project at First Commonwealth Field in Center Township. [Read More]
ZEKE WILSON: Dog days are here
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ZEKE WILSON: Dog days are here
17 hours ago - - ZEKE WILSON
The heavy rainfall that ushered in the week did a fine job of washing the landscape and cleaning the creeks. [Read More]
HIGH SCHOOL GOLF: Northern Cambria stays unbeaten HIGH SCHOOL GOLF: Northern Cambria stays unbeaten
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KITTANNING — Northern Cambria upped its record to 4-0 by besting West Shamokin, 215-234, in a Heritage Conference boys’ golf match Monday at Deertrak Golf Club. [Read More]
HIGH SCHOOL TENNIS: Indiana wins section opener HIGH SCHOOL TENNIS: Indiana wins section opener
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NATRONA HEIGHTS — Indiana didn’t lose a set and routed Highlands, 5-0, in its WPIAL Section 3-AA opener in girls’ tennis action Monday. [Read More]
SANDLOT BASEBALL: Bob’s Pizza, Moran Financial score wins SANDLOT BASEBALL: Bob’s Pizza, Moran Financial score wins
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Bob’s Pizza shut out Bowman’s Coins, 6-0, and Moran Financial beat George’s Pro Shop, 13-5, in Indiana Over-40 League baseball games Sunday at the White Township Recreation Complex. [Read More]
Indiana girls drop golf match
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The Indiana varsity girls’ golf team lost to Butler, 185-209, at Meadow Lane Golf Course on Saturday. [Read More]
Charity 5K set for October
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ERNEST — The Faith & Fun 5K will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 1, at the Blue Spruce County Park. [Read More]
Fans join players to open football season Fans join players to open football season
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Members of the Purchase Line Little Gridders football team cheered on the Red Dragons from the end zone after a touchdown Friday, the opening night of high school football season. [Read More]
HIGH SCHOOL GIRLS' TENNIS: Indiana tops Mount Pleasant HIGH SCHOOL GIRLS' TENNIS: Indiana tops Mount Pleasant
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Indiana defeated Mount Pleasant, 5-0, in a WPIAL non-section girls’ tennis match Friday. [Read More]

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Agencies place flags for DUI awareness campaign Agencies place flags for DUI awareness campaign
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Several agencies cooperating in a DUI awareness campaign for the Labor Day holiday placed 24 flags outside the Indiana County Court House on Monday, each flag representing an alcohol-related fatality in Indiana County in the past five years. [Read More]
Personal care home owners waive hearing in OD death Personal care home owners waive hearing in OD death
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CLYMER — The owners of a northern Indiana County personal care home have opted to face possible trial on allegations that they failed to properly care for a resident who died in 2014 of a drug overdose. [Read More]
POLICE LOG POLICE LOG
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Indiana police reported Jacob Carey, an IUP student from Bridgeville, Allegheny County, was found intoxicated at 1:32 a.m. Friday when officers responded to a report of a naked man on North Ninth Street. [Read More]
ACCIDENT ACCIDENT
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Deloris Cush, 77, of Indiana, was injured Monday when she was hit by a car on Oakland Avenue, state police reported. [Read More]
Prosecutor to mull death penalty in nuns' slaying Prosecutor to mull death penalty in nuns' slaying
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DURANT, Miss. — A Mississippi prosecutor said she hasn’t decided whether to seek the death penalty for a man charged with killing two nuns who dedicated their lives to helping people in one of the poorest counties in the nation. [Read More]
Police: Suspect wanted to be shot
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WILSON (AP) — An eastern Pennsylvania man remains hospitalized two days after police said he yelled at police to shoot him and wouldn’t surrender peacefully after he allegedly set fire to a car. [Read More]
Lawsuit dismissed in 2013 shooting Lawsuit dismissed in 2013 shooting
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SCRANTON (AP) — A federal judge has dismissed three lawsuits filed against township officials in connection with a 2013 shooting at a municipal building in Pennsylvania that left three people dead and several others injured. [Read More]
 Woman accused of killing husband in hospital bed Woman accused of killing husband in hospital bed
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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Authorities say a retired Florida nurse suffocated her husband in his hospital bed as he was recovering from elective back surgery. [Read More]
HOMER CITY DISTRICT COURT DOCKET HOMER CITY DISTRICT COURT DOCKET
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The following defendants have been named in criminal charges filed before Magisterial District Judge Susanne Steffee, of Homer City. [Read More]
Fire destroys auto body workshop Fire destroys auto body workshop
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TUNNELTON — Lightning is believed responsible for a fire late Sunday night that destroyed a two-car wood garage with an attached workshop at McQuaide Auto Body and Repair along Cemetery Road, Conemaugh Township. [Read More]

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Gazette readers' birthdays, Aug. 30: Gazette readers' birthdays, Aug. 30:
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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, Aug. 29, 2016: [Read More]
Gazette readers' birthdays, Aug. 29 Gazette readers' birthdays, Aug. 29
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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]
Gazette readers' birthdays, Aug. 28: Gazette readers' birthdays, Aug. 28:
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Be sure to wish a happy birthday to these Gazette readers when you see them today... [Read More]
50th ANNIVERSARY: Joseph and Phyllis Bestvina 50th ANNIVERSARY: Joseph and Phyllis Bestvina
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Joseph and Phyllis (Widdowson) Bestvina, of Clymer, recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. [Read More]
BOY OF THE MONTH: Jacob Kovalchick BOY OF THE MONTH: Jacob Kovalchick
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The Indiana Optimist Club recently selected Jacob Kovalchick as its Boy of the Month for August, the 704th Boy of the Month since the program began. [Read More]
Avonmore woman serving in U.S. Navy Avonmore woman serving in U.S. Navy
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Ensign Susan Funk, of Avonmore, conned the guided-missile destroyer USS Mason in the Gulf of Aden during a replenishment-at-sea with the fleet replenishment oiler USNS Laramie on Aug. 15. [Read More]
Area man inducted into Naval Academy
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ANNAPOLIS, Md. — Hayden Kuzemchak, of Rector, was inducted into the Naval Academy Class of 2020 on June 30 and began six weeks of basic midshipman training as part of Plebe Summer. [Read More]
Gazette readers' birthdays, Aug. 27 Gazette readers' birthdays, Aug. 27
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Be sure to wish a happy birthday to these Gazette readers when you see them today ... [Read More]

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Wolf: Pennsylvania can do more to decriminalize marijuana Wolf: Pennsylvania can do more to decriminalize marijuana
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HARRISBURG — Pennsylvania needs to decriminalize small amounts of marijuana possession, Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf said Monday, yet he remains guarded about the kind of recreational legalization that is in place in several western states. [Read More]
EU says Apple must pay up to $14.5 billion in back taxes EU says Apple must pay up to $14.5 billion in back taxes
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BRUSSELS — Apple will have to pay up to $14.5 billion plus interest in back taxes to Ireland after the European Union found Tuesday that the U.S. technology giant received illegal tax benefits over 11 years. [Read More]
Clinton aide Abedin dumps husband Weiner over new scandal Clinton aide Abedin dumps husband Weiner over new scandal
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NEW YORK — Hillary Clinton aide Huma Abedin is done playing the good wife to Anthony Weiner, announcing Monday she is leaving the serially sexting ex-congressman after he was accused of sending raunchy photos and messages to yet another woman. [Read More]
FBI warns of possible state election-system hacks FBI warns of possible state election-system hacks
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NEW YORK — The FBI is warning state officials to boost their election security in light of evidence that hackers targeted related data systems in two states. [Read More]
Slaughter by militants revealed in mass graves
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HARDAN, Iraq — Surrounded by smoke and flames, the sound of gunshots echoing around him, the young man crouched in the creek for hours, listening to the men in his family die. [Read More]
Mayor: City to take ownership of gate, sensor system Mayor: City to take ownership of gate, sensor system
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PITTSBURGH — The city will take over inspections and maintenance of a gate and sensor system that failed to keep people off an oft-flooded road during flash flooding, five years after four people were killed in flash floods there, Mayor Bill Peduto announced Monday. [Read More]
Pittsburgh Mills mall value drops to $11 million
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TARENTUM (AP) — A Pittsburgh-area mall that was worth about $190 million a decade ago is now valued at $11 million, a real estate market research firm said. [Read More]
North Carolina warily watching tropical weather systems
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BUXTON, N.C. — A tropical weather system off the coast of North Carolina's Outer Banks is expected to strengthen in the next day, bringing winds up to 45 mph and heavy rains that could flood low-lying areas, officials said. [Read More]
Prosecutor to mull death penalty in nuns' slaying Prosecutor to mull death penalty in nuns' slaying
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DURANT, Miss. — A Mississippi prosecutor said she hasn’t decided whether to seek the death penalty for a man charged with killing two nuns who dedicated their lives to helping people in one of the poorest counties in the nation. [Read More]
Court denies asylum to Latin American mothers
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PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A legal ruling that would send 28 detained immigrant mothers and their children back to Latin America despite their claims they would be persecuted upon return was upheld on Monday by a federal appeals court. [Read More]

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Letter to the Editor: Career politicians have to go Letter to the Editor: Career politicians have to go
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It seems many voters continue to elect the same Republicans and Democrats into office and then wonder why nothing gets done. On the local level, young people are leaving the state in search of work because most of Pennsylvania does not offer good-paying jobs. [Read More]
Letter to the Editor: Agreement voiced on bathroom issue Letter to the Editor: Agreement voiced on bathroom issue
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I agree with Carrie Orr, of Indiana, (“We are losing our moral footing,” Aug. 16) when it comes to bathrooms since I have a little great-granddaughter. [Read More]
Letter to the editor: Sheriff, staff lauded for honoring mother Letter to the editor: Sheriff, staff lauded for honoring mother
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We’d like to take this opportunity to express our sincere gratitude to the Indiana County Sheriff’s Department. [Read More]
Letter to the editor: Recommit to God, America: Vote Trump Letter to the editor: Recommit to God, America: Vote Trump
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We are a nation in need of repentance to turn from our pride and back to God. [Read More]
Letter to the Editor: Character before politics Letter to the Editor: Character before politics
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Something that often gets thrown to the wayside in elections is humanity. As elections approach, constituents begin to see candidates more for their platforms and policies and not who they are as people. [Read More]
Letter to the Editor: 'Wings' was once-in-a-lifetime opportunity Letter to the Editor: 'Wings' was once-in-a-lifetime opportunity
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Kudos and congratulations to the Indiana County Jimmy Stewart Airport Authority Board of Directors for bringing the Collings Foundation’s “Wings of Freedom Tour” to Indiana County last week. [Read More]
Letter to the Editor: Halvorson up-front about election role Letter to the Editor: Halvorson up-front about election role
1 week ago -
After reading the comments of Adam Sedlock recently published in The Indiana Gazette (“Sedlock plans another run as write-in,” Aug. 6), I decided it would be helpful to provide some information about Art Halvorson, a candidate for U.S. representative in the 9th Congressional District. [Read More]
Letter to the Editor: Words today fail to measure up to past Letter to the Editor: Words today fail to measure up to past
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Words matter. Words have always mattered in our history, from the Declaration of Independence (“We hold these truths to be self evident”) to the inaugural call to action from President John F. Kennedy (“Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country”). [Read More]
Letter to the Editor: Raises for state workers seem out of line Letter to the Editor: Raises for state workers seem out of line
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I was shocked that the Friday, Aug. 5, Indiana Gazette ran an article outlining at least three years’ worth of pay raises for state workers, all 40,000 of them. [Read More]
Letter to the Editor: Many helped make Starlit Night a success Letter to the Editor: Many helped make Starlit Night a success
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I would like to thank the Summit Church, Donna Baughman, Stef McCoy and all the volunteers who helped sponsor and host Starlit Night, a prom for special needs people, on July 29. [Read More]

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