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on August 03, 2014 1:00 AM

Here is a look at the top stories of local interest published in The Indiana Gazette during the week of July 27-Aug. 2:


The owner of a White Township lumber yard escaped injury, but the loading machine he was operating and an adjacent storage building at the lumber yard were destroyed by fire on Saturday afternoon. The fire struck at Schroth Industries, a 67-year-old family-operated business specializing in production of treated lumber, just north of Indiana at 157 Martin Road, owned by Walter Schroth. Flames were confined to the storage building, and the loss was later set at $350,000.


Sunday evening’s thunder and lightning storms with gusty winds blew down tree limbs and utility lines in scattered areas around Indiana County. The storm interrupted electrical service to about 2,000 Penelec customers, the majority of them in Burrell, Young and Conemaugh townships. Power was restored to all Penelec customers by Monday morning.


Indiana Regional Medical Center is joining with two other area hospitals in an effort to maintain a high quality of care and to contain costs. The boards of directors of IRMC, Clarion Hospital and Punxsutawney Area Hospital have agreed to formally evaluate a stronger affiliation to improve the health of the communities they serve by forming the Pennsylvania Mountain Care Network. This new collaborative model of care — expected to be formalized in 2015 — will still allow local decision-making but will more formally commit the three hospitals to work together for the common interests of the region.


A Seward area man faces misdemeanor charges after police say he killed his pet cat in a fit of anger.

Troopers at Indiana said Scott Benshoff fatally shot the cat in the living room of his house on July 20 after he discovered the cat had urinated on a bed.

Benshoff, 55, of 62 Stutzman Road, was charged Tuesday by state police at Indiana with cruelty to animals and a summary count of disorderly conduct in a criminal complaint filed at Blairsville District Court.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Sept. 10.


A Blairsville resident died in a fast-moving fire Wednesday night.

Fire officials discovered the body of Paul Eugene Tressler, 69, Thursday morning as they were digging through the debris.Volunteer firefighters from nine fire departments battled the fire that started about 10:30 p.m. in Sharon’s Restaurant and Lounge, 244 E. Market St. in Blairsville, then spread to neighboring buildings — Chaek’s ice cream shop and a photography studio and to an apartment building.

George Burkley, chief of the Blairsville fire department, said nine residents were displaced by the fire.


Blairsville earned a spot in the Indiana County League finals Thursday by beating New Derry, 6-0, for the second straight year.

Second-seeded Blairsville travels to top-seeded Bovard for the first game of the best-of-seven league championship series today at 2.


Organizers of the sixth annual Back to School Bash in Indiana are still in need of supplies for the event, which benefits hundreds of students who are in need.

Each year, qualifying students can get a backpack full of supplies, clothing, a haircut and a free lunch.

Registration to participate in the event on Aug. 16 continues through Friday, and donations of supplies will be accepted through Aug. 14.

Donations can be taken to Calvary Presbyterian Church, 695 School St..

Call (724) 463-9197 for more information.

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