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Sept. 22, 2016 – Work halted at Blairsville’s Sulphur Run
Sept. 21, 2016 – BCDA details Route 22 bicycle project
Sept. 6, 2016 – Annual Hoodlebug Festival to return with fall feel
Sept. 1, 2016 – Author’s wish: Take story to big screen
Sept. 1, 2016 – Organizers lay groundwork for food co-op
Aug. 31, 2016 – Dog gets own newspaper subscription
Aug. 31, 2016 – Rescue dog finds new home, special calling
Aug. 30, 2016 – Authority appoints interim director
Aug. 24, 2016 – Vigil set to raise awareness of overdoses
Aug. 17, 2016 – Blairsville council abandons parking change
Aug. 14, 2016 – Fashion show highlights hottest trends
Aug. 2, 2016 – Second Saltsburg Borough council member resigns in a month
July 31, 2016 – Event to highlight Saltsburg’s outdoor amentities
July 20, 2016 – Blairsville Borough council reconsiders plan to eliminate street parking
July 18, 2016 – Shelter dog finds home at care facility
July 17, 2016 – Annual festival set to offer family fun
July 12, 2016 – Pokemon Go craze sweeps Indiana
June 26, 2016 – Dilapidated Wayne Avenue building converted to spa
June 22, 2016 – Blairsville tax ordinance enacted by board
June 12, 2015 – Historic feed mill getting new life
June 8, 2016 – Region home to kayaking, canoeing opportunities
June 7, 2016 – Saltsburg Borough council sets new millage rate
June 2, 2016 – Blairsville residents want answers on flooding
June 1, 2016 – Take a walk back in time on Blairsville history hike
May 31, 2016 – Saltsburg Canal Days on tap for this weekend
May 29, 2016 – Longtime customer takes over Smicksburg eatery
May 22, 2016 – Oraganizers tuning up for jazz festival
May 18, 2016 – Blairsville Borough council adds two part-time officers
May 15, 2016 – ICTC to auction off custom items
May 15, 2016 – Music festival set to offer day of family fun
May 4, 2016 – Homer City: Police to purchase used vehicle
May 3, 2016 – Saltsburg: River’s Edge deck to get free makeover
April 22, 2016 – Indiana band featured on ROOT sports
April 20, 2016 – Blairsville business owners request removal of parking meters
April 14, 2016 – For Brice, emotions guide songwriting
April 6, 2016 – Homer City: Paving Main Street projects delayed
March 24, 2016 – DA: ‘People are dying every day’ from drug scourge in community
March 16, 2016 – Blairsville: 40-foot slide closes part of North Spring Street
March 9, 2016 – Ending property tax best for all, advocate says
March 8, 2016 – Expanded police patrols anticipated in Saltsburg Borough
March 2, 2016 – Teachers detail plans for Homer-Center playground
Feb. 28, 2016 – Exchange teachers shed light on other cultures
Feb. 27, 2016 – Couple married over Niagara in helicopter adventure
Feb. 18, 2016 – Blairsville council adds part-time police officer
Feb. 12, 2016 – Fundraising talent show competition set for April

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Surprise proposal stuns girlfriend; resonates online

Feb. 10, 2016 – United School District directors approve academic calendar
Feb. 3, 2016 – $3 million loan to fund waterline replacement
Jan. 31, 2016 – Buying winery chance of lifetime, couple says
Jan. 31, 2016 – Local songwriter to record in Nashville
Jan. 30, 2016 – Panel discussion focuses on local race relations
Jan. 20, 2016 – New Blairsville firetruck almost ready
Jan. 2, 2016 – Area residents muse on resolutions for new year
Dec. 31, 2015 – Bear photo goes viral; IUP story most viewed on Gazette site
Dec. 16, 2015 – Budget approved with no tax increase in Blairsville
Dec. 8, 2015 – Girl’s giving spirit helps less fortunate at holiday
Dec. 3, 2015 – Facebook group helps neighbors in need
Dec. 2, 2015 – Homer City council honors Thor, handler
Nov. 29, 2015 – Scavenger hunt to offer family fun
Nov. 27, 2015 – Winning makeover lands Home woman spot in magazine
Nov. 21, 2015 – Man makes ‘wonderful’ proposal
Nov. 19, 2015 – Tentative budget holds line on Blairsville taxes
Nov. 5, 2015 – Sweet fundraiser to kick off raffle
Nov. 4, 2015 – Homer City Main Street project set to begin
Oct. 28, 2015 – Area woman’s song still flying high on Facebook
Oct. 21, 2015 – Blairsville council approves plans for new store
Oct. 20, 2015 – Surprise proposal stuns girlfriend, resonates online
Oct. 15, 2015 – Power out on IUP campus; classes to continue
Oct. 11, 2015 – Stunning waterfalls just a drive away
Sept. 23, 2015 – Woman’s song goes viral on Facebook
Sept. 16, 2015 – Blairsville police could soon use Narcan for overdoses
Sept. 14, 2015 – One-room schoolhouse beckons alumni back for Cookport reunion
Sept. 9, 2015 – Police take steps to combat Saltsburg vandalism
Sept. 4, 2015 – Monarch exhibit spotlights the circle of life
Sept. 2, 2015 – New garbage collection contract approved
Aug. 19, 2016 – New trash can ordinance starts 
Aug. 5, 2015 – Repairs made to signal at 119/56
Aug. 6, 2015 – Homer City Main Street project closer to fruition
Aug. 2, 2015 – Indiana woman takes over therapy practice
July 22, 2015 – Officials determine cause of Blairsville flooding
July 8, 2915 – Malfunctioning light causes traffic concerns at 119, 56 intersection
July 7, 2015 – Saltsburg council approves curfew ordinance
July 6, 2015 – Hoodlebug festival returns with food, fun
June 17, 2015 – Blairsville Borough officials looking for answers after heavy rains cause flooding
June 14, 2015 – Native of Cherry Tree takes over dental practice
June 3, 2015 – Homer City police to use bikes for summer patrol
June 3, 2015 – Saltsburg council addresses problems with curfew
May 21, 2015 – Council approves purchase of new firetruck in Blairsville
May 20, 2015 – Museum to recognize Jimmy Stewart’s birthday
May 6, 2015 – Council to secure loan for Main Street project
May 5, 2015 – Saltsburg council adds officer to force
May 3, 2015 – Garden center owners expand to White Township
April 29, 2015 – Program urges seniors to stay safe, aware
April 29, 2015 – Berkheimer to collect delinquent Blairsville taxes
April 26, 2015 – Women’s antique business started as quite a surprise
April 24, 2015 – Creekside fire department urges turnout for MS walk
April 10, 2015 – Indiana grad returning home for stand-up comedy show
April 8, 2015 – Homer City council increases parking fines
April 5, 2015 – Movement urges break from technology
March 29, 2015 – Couple’s collection includes more than 1,000 Easter bunnies
March 22, 2015 – Wiffleball tournament helps fight epilepsy
March 19, 2015 – Blairsville-Saltsburg to finish  classes on time
March 18, 2015 – Blairsville council votes on zoning for properties
March 15, 2015 – Roseann’s marks 30 years in business
March 11, 2015 – Author’s newest book links children, adults
March 10, 2015 – Annual home show runs through this weekend
March 10, 2015 – Purchase Line school calendar altered for makeup days
March 8, 2015 – Deli introduces online ordering
March 4, 2015 – Study set for deadly intersection
Feb 20, 2015 – Blairsville residents urged to sign up for alerts
Feb. 18, 2015 – Blairsville council votes to hire full-time officer
Feb. 17, 2015 – Power out for some area businesses
Feb. 15, 2015 – Optometrist takes over longtime practice in Indiana
Feb. 14, 2015 – Planned power outage to affect businesses
Feb. 4, 2015 – Police dog receives donated safety vest
Feb. 4, 2015 – Date set to settle dispute over Saltsburg property
Jan. 30, 2015 – National Weather Service warns of extreme cold
Jan. 8, 2015 – Narcan training set for Saturday
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an. 7, 2015 – Don’t forget about pets during cold snap
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an. 7, 2015 – Tips to stay warm, dry this season

 

 

Dec. 21, 205 – Woman’s Christmas village grows yearly
Dec. 17, 2015 – Blairsville Borough council approves 2 mill tax increase
Dec. 14, 2014 – TV show hosts ‘pick’ Shelocta salvage yard
Dec. 8, 2014 – Daytripping series
Dec. 7, 2014 – Treasures program ‘helps immensely,’ recipient says
Dec. 3, 2014 – Homer City police honored for bravery
Dec. 3, 2014 – Homer City Borough budget to increase tax by 1 mill in 2015
Nov. 30, 2014 – Bend, dent grocery shop opens
Nov. 19, 2014 – Tentative 2015 spending plan would raise Blairsville tax 2 mills
Nov. 16, 2014 – It’s a Wonderful Life festival to usher in holiday season
Nov. 5, 2014 – Homer City Borough council approves 1 mill tax increase 
Nov. 1, 2014 – Saltsburg Borough approves tentative tax increase
Oct. 22, 2014 – Blairsville group works to extend trails
Oct. 13, 2014 – Amorous beau pops question, gets the answer – in a flash
Oct. 13, 2014 – Daytripping series
Oct. 8, 2014 – Homer City residents could see tax increase
Oct. 8, 2014 – Through the Years: IUP Homecoming
Oct. 7, 2014 – Saltsburg council projects 5 mill tax increase 
Sept. 30, 2014 – Blairsville seeks ownership of Old Main Street
Sept. 13, 2014 – Couple takes over at Salvation Army
Sept. 7, 2014 – Woman expresses feelings by crafting collage art pieces
Sept. 6, 2014 – Woman helps to reunite pets, owners
Sept. 3, 2014 – Grant to provide funds for Homer City Main Street project
Sept. 2, 2014- Saltsburg residents urged to call 911 in case of emergency
Aug. 27, 2014 – Barbeque fans relish fair food
Aug. 26, 2014 – Band Night, through the ages
Aug. 21, 2014- Blairsville chief considers bicycle registration program
Aug. 20, 2014 – Blairsville businesses fighting to keep traffic light
Aug. 15, 2014 – Proposal gives weight loss couple more celebrity
Aug. 14, 2014 – Indiana couple gets engaged on live TV
Aug. 10, 2014 – Couple’s weight-loss journey continues in the spotlight
Aug. 9, 2014 – European bicycle trip made huge impression
Aug. 6, 2014 – Fate of historic feed mill uncertain
Aug. 6, 2014 – Homer City Borough council agrees to support fight against EPA
Aug. 5, 2014 – Police chief resigns post in Saltsburg
July 14, 2014 – Steel City uses Kickstarter in effort to expand to city
July 10, 2014 – Options for Trail Town outlined
July 8, 2014 – Saltsburg officials to pursue playground funds
July 7, 2014 – Hoodlebug Summerfest coming to Homer City
July 6, 2014 – IUP alum wins on ‘Chopped’
July 2, 2014 – Homer City Borough council approves truck purchase
June 30, 2014 – Fourth of July festivities on tap
June 30, 2014 – Summer Experience fills learning gap
June 29, 2014 – Homer-Center pool top contender for renovation
June 28, 2014 – Day celebrates acts of flowery kindness
June 22, 2014 – Father, son explore Europe on bicycle built for two 
June 19, 2014 – Former Players actress performs on Broadway
June 14, 2014 – Graduate surprised by his perfect attendance
June 5, 2014 – Indiana teen ends high school in a class all by himself
June 5, 2014 – Homer City: Paving projects on tap
June 4, 2014 – Homer City: Council seeks funding for canine police officer
June 3, 2014 – Saltsburg: Town council rejects property bids
May 23, 2014 – Westsylvania’s goal: Spread love of jazz
May 20, 2014 – Diamond Drugs owners receive distinguished alumni recognition
May 18, 2014 – Jump In: Area pools ready for summer season
May 17, 2014 – Fundraiser to benefit county’s homeless
May 16, 2014 – Campaign 2014: Gubernatorial hopeful McGinty brings campaign to Indiana
May 10, 2014 – Spadafora honored by Scouts for service
May 8, 2014 – Homer City: New, revised ordinances to take effect on Sunday
May 8, 2014 – Homer City: Council discusses road projects
May 4, 2014 – Indiana High grad tackles family meals
May 3, 2014 – Local runners look forward to Pittsburgh Half Marathon
May 2, 2014 – Playground to get redesign
May 1, 2014 – Beeken has high hopes for Restless Road
April 30, 2014 – Saltsburg briefed on Trail Town project
April 13, 2014 – Local cookie bakery makes deliveries
April 12, 2014 – Ice cream truck posting location on social media
April 11, 2014 – Puppies to begin training by inmates at Pine Grove

Puppies to begin training by inmates at Pine Grove

Puppies to begin training by inmates at Pine Grove

April 11, 2014 – Award recipients lauded for community service
April 8, 2014 – Saltsburg: Designation as ‘Trail Town’ could open doors for tourism
April 2, 2014 – Homer City: Borough council swears in newest member
March 30, 2014 – Weight loss warriors: Couple loses 320 pounds
March 29, 2014 – Local author finds success with books on speech
March 26, 2014 – Lenape Tech student won’t let disability curtail dreams
March 15, 2014 – Avid runners plan grueling challenge in White’s Woods
March 7, 2014 – For one day, public urged to disconnect
March 5, 2014 – Homer City: Emergency work under way to repair damaged water lines
March 4, 2014 – Saltsburg council fills two seats
March 2, 2014 – Teen starts rec sports league
Feb. 16, 2014 – Woman’s passion fuels invitation business
Feb. 13, 2014- For sellers, Valentine’s Day becomes a run for the roses
Feb. 9, 2014 – Downtown cafe opens for breakfast, lunch
Feb. 8, 2014 – Etsy shop owner hosting event
Feb. 5, 2014 – Homer City: Councilman resigns from post
Feb. 5, 2014 – Saltsburg: Council hears sidewalk complaints
Feb. 1, 2014 – Issue of inequality opens community film series
Jan. 27, 2014 – Film series to focus on progressive issues
Jan. 27, 2014 – Indiana native to make debut as comedian
Jan. 25, 2014 – Witnessing A-bomb test changed his life, veteran says
Jan. 24, 2014 – Owner: Mess left after pipes break
Jan 23, 2014 – Cold snap keeps area plumbers, auto firms busy 
Jan. 18, 2013 – Stomach of Steel: Woman finishes three-sandwich challenge
Jan. 18, 2014 – Restless Road nominated for Shorty Award
Jan 7, 2014 – Homer City: Borough elects officers for 2014 
Dec. 26, 2013 – Harlem Globetrotters set to return Friday
Dec. 24, 2013 – Family, fans throw party for ‘X Factor’ contestant
Dec. 15, 2013 – Bakery aims to serve those with dietary needs
Dec. 14, 2013 – Beeken takes ‘X Factor’ outcome in stride, keeps focus on future
Dec. 14, 2013 – United grad performing during Army-Navy game
Dec. 13, 2013 – Beeken’s Restless Road voted off Fox’s ‘X Factor’
Dec. 6, 2013 – TV show profiles Santa collection
Dec. 6, 2013 – Beeken, band make top four finalists
Dec. 4, 2013 – Homer City: Officials hold line on taxes
Dec. 3, 2013 – Saltsburg: Dispute arises over access to trail

Nov. 27, 2013 – Indianian returns home to make film
Nov. 25, 2013 – Facebook group spreads word for those in need
Nov. 22, 2013 – Where were you? Locals recall the day Kennedy was killed
Nov. 22, 2013 – Beeken’s group advances on ‘X Factor’
Nov. 22, 2013 – The Art of Giving: Crafting homemade gifts
Nov. 15, 2013- Beeken reaches top 10 on ‘X Factor’
Nov. 8, 2013 – Technical glitch forces revote on ‘X Factor’
Oct. 31, 2013 – Beeken, Restless Road get judges’ attention
Oct. 20, 2013 – ‘X Factor’ creator praises Beeken, band
Oct. 27, 2013 – Local eateries try catering to late-night crowd
Oct. 9, 2013 – Celebrating National Newspaper Week: The Indiana Gazette Online
Oct. 8, 2013 – Fill meed generates comment at meeting
Oct. 4, 2013 – Success on “X Factor” inspires local teen singer
Oct. 2, 2013 – Council votes to hire two part-time police officers
Sept. 18, 2013 – Church marks 225th year
Sept. 12, 2013 – Aspiring worker already on job
Sept. 7, 2013 – Cookport Fair offers week of fun
Sept. 4, 2013 – Resident takes issue with properties
Aug. 26, 2013 – Woman’s lyrics win contest
Aug. 19, 2013 – Monday Q&A: Fair official promises fun, tradition at this year’s event
Aug. 19, 2013 – Armagh horse owners enjoy remarkable run of success
Aug. 10, 2013 – IUP grad tries her hand at banana split song
Aug. 7, 2013 – Homer City: Police force doesn three officers, chief reports
Aug. 6, 2013 – Saltsburg: Borough council approves pay increases
Aug. 3, 2013 – Wine and music
July 29, 2013 – Runners take on challenge of grueling ‘mudder’ races
July 27, 2013 – Bluegrass festival planned
July 27, 2013 – Jack earns accolades
July 26, 2013 – Green therapy: Cancer survivor finds solance in yard work
July 25, 2013 – Film series on social issues conclues Friday

coverJuly 17, 2013 – Indiana native takes helm of USSA July 16, 2013 – Arena to host first flea market July 12, 2013 – Event to benefit Rural Valley girl  July 6, 2013 – Indiana singer earns chance to sing at ballgame July 3, 2013 – Homer City Farmers Market off to slow start
June 30, 2013 – Fourth of July celebration set 
June 30, 2013 – Consignment store offers twist on the usual theme
June 30, 2013 – Man recalls story of receiving painting from WWII prisoner
June 28, 2013 – Young readers invited to join NIE Summer Experience
June 22, 2013 – Indiana firefighters rally to aid boy, 6, ensnared in his bicycle
June 20, 2013 – Fair queen sought to serve as role model 
June 14, 2013 – Indiana native wins $800,000 grant for research
June 9, 2013 – Stewart retires from state auction board
June 9, 2013 – Runners in cross-country relay join forces for marathon victims
June 5, 2013 – Homer City: Traffic signal could be removed
June 4, 2013 – Saltsburg: Borough council adds part-time officer
May 28, 2013 – Relay for Life kicks off Friday
May 26, 2013 – Business finds niche in drilling industry
May 20, 2013 – Monday Q&A – Children’s book addresses speech issue in a fun way
May 10, 2013 – Retired Scout stirs crowd at banquet
May 9, 2013 – ‘Flocking’ raises Relay for Life funds
May 8, 2013 – Council unanimously approves plan to open micro-distillery 
May 7, 2013 – Police given OK to purchase radios
May 6, 2013 – Monday Q&A: Indiana cancer survivor serving as ‘face for the race’ fundraiser
May 3, 2013 – Indiana native pens novel for children
May 3, 2013 – Fundraiser brings in $1,000 for fire victims
April 29, 2013 – Winery to host local authors
April 28, 2013 – Local dog license canvassing set to begin in May
April 25, 2013 — At 40, area native running ‘for a reason’
April 18, 2013 – Students march to ‘shatter silence’
April 12, 2013 – Director of “FrackNation” brings message to Indiana
April 11, 2013 – Actor shines in “Hair” lead
April 3, 2013 – Council approves lighted sign
March 18, 2013- Monday Q&A: Diplomacy defined career of woman that traveled world on behalf of U.S.
March 3, 2013 – Monday Q&A: Ponies provide therapeutic touch to special needs children
Feb. 24, 2013 – Steelers, teachers to vie in fundraiser
Feb. 23, 2013 – Amusement park reporter has local ties

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