Here is a look at the top stories of local interest published in The Indiana Gazette during the week of Oct. 6-12.
SUNDAY, OCT. 6
The field at George P. Miller Stadium was officially named after Frank Cignetti, the longtime Indiana University of Pennsylvania football coach whose teams went 182-50-1 during his 20 seasons (1986-2005) at the helm. The field was christened as Frank Cignetti Field at George P. Miller Stadium during IUP’s homecoming game Oct. 5 against Millersville. Cignetti also served as his alma mater’s athletic director.
MONDAY, OCT. 7
Fire destroyed a home along Maple Street in Indiana Borough early on Oct. 6. Authorities believe the fire at the home of Kenneth and Nancy Robinson started by accident. Firefighters from four fire departments fought the flames.
TUESDAY, OCT. 8
Proposals for realigning the enrollment and attendance areas of Indiana Area School District elementary schools weathered a wave of criticism Monday at a meeting of a school board committee. More than 100 district residents turned out for a two-phase information session — a round of residents’ comments on the plans, followed by district officials’ response to written questions sent earlier by email and by those at the meeting. Although various proposals have been studied for several months, the issue has drawn more attention since last moth when the school board set a vote for Oct. 28 on whether to change the elementary school configuration.
WEDNESDAY, OCT. 9
Plans for expansion at the site of Delaney Indiana LLC’s Honda dealership are moving ahead, but without a proposed business hotel. While an addition to the site at Oakland Avenue and Route 422 in White Township was slated to include a hotel and a Hyundai/Subaru dealership, the hotel and related construction have been eliminated from Delaney’s plans. According to Jack Delaney Jr. of Delaney Automotive, developer Springline Associates, of Encinitas, Calif., scrapped plans for a Marriot Hotel after reviewing potential competition in the area.
THURSDAY, OCT. 10
After close to 50 years in business, one of the area’s largest furniture and carpeting stores will be closing its doors by the end of the year. Within months, Furniture World Carpet One will close both its Indiana and Kittanning stores, according to Andrea Solomon-Eller, president and co-owner. She said the decision came late in the summer, after the lease at the Kittanning location was up. Solomon-Eller said she hopes to sublet the 84,000-square-foot facility. Together, the stores employ 45 people.
FRIDAY, OCT. 11
A former special-education teacher at SCI Pine Grove Prison and her boyfriend were found shot dead in their Johnstown home on Wednesday night. According to Cambria County Chief Deputy Coroner Jeffrey Lees, the couple, Alicia J. Welborn, 35, formerly of Clymer, and Kevin L. Burt, 33, suffered multiple gunshot wounds. Last week, Welborn appeared before District Judge George Thachik for a preliminary hearing on accusations that she had been having a sexual relationship with an inmate who was a tutor in her classroom.
SATURDAY, OCT. 12
On a tour of the State System of Higher Education’s 14 universities, Frank T. Brogan, the newly minted chancellor, visited IUP on Friday and affirmed his support for local decision-making and undergraduate education, but said the system’s universities need to evaluate their curriculums as a whole. Friday’s visit was the second stop on his tour, and he set aside about an hour to speak to faculty, staff and students during a forum at Wallwork Hall. Brogan told the standing-room-only audience that the system’s course for the future should be set collaboratively and that he supports local decision-making.