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Sheriff's posse together again, training for emergencies

The chances of finding missing hunters and hikers have just risen with the recent remobilization of 16 people on horseback.

Chestnut Ridge runs away with another D5 wrestling title

RICHLAND TOWNSHIP — Chestnut Ridge dominated the District 5 Class AA Wrestling Tournament, sending 11 Lions to the finals and coming away with eight champs Saturday at the Pitt-Johnstown Sports Center.

Quick and heavy snow causes accidents

At least eight accidents involving numerous vehicles were reported throughout Somerset County within two hours Saturday afternoon.

Somerset's Ryan Funa takes talents to Mercyhurst

SOMERSET — Ryan Funa was the centerpiece of the Somerset Golden Eagles football team's defense for three years. Now the standout middle linebacker will take his talents to Mercyhurst University in Erie.

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Mizzou's five-game winning slips away at LSU


Late offensive foul dooms Tigers on the road in 64-63 loss.

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Notre Dame bats heat up, down Tigers


Notre Dame’s seven-run third inning propelled them to a 10-5 victory over LSU Saturday evening at Alex Box Stadium, Skip Bertman Field.

LA Tech drops final home game of the season


It was a struggle in the rebounding category for Louisiana Tech in its final home game of the 2017-18 season.

Calls for gun control grow louder after Florida shooting

PARKLAND, Fla. (AP) — Pressure is growing for tougher gun-control laws after a mass shooting at a Florida high school, with thousands of angry protesters at state rallies demanding immediate action from lawmakers, and more demonstrations…


Two-man robotics team turning heads their first year


A two-man team is making waves in the FIRST Robotics Competition after starting the program just a few months ago.

Somerset County GOP hosts pancake breakfast


The Somerset County Republican Committee hosted a pancake breakfast and petition signing Saturday in Somerset. Some Republican candidates were in attendance and met with constituents. Governor candidates Laura Ellsworth, Paul Mango and…


Florida, angry and grieving, takes gun protest to streets

PARKLAND, Fla. (AP) — Thousands of angry students, parents, teachers and neighbors of a Florida high school where 17 people were killed demanded Saturday that immediate action be taken on gun-control legislation, insisting they would not…


A fire alarm sounds, then gunfire erupts: Stay or flee?

Students and teachers responded as trained when the fire alarm sounded, streaming out of the school and toward exits only to run into deadly gunfire.

Vatican investigator meets with Chile abuse victim in NYC


NEW YORK (AP) — A key victim in the Chilean sex abuse scandal said he felt his story was finally heard after an hours-long meeting with a Vatican sex-crimes investigator on Saturday, the same day Pope Francis revived his lapsed…


Rick's Pics: The city editor's top 5 photos of the week

This photo of the sky over Southampton Township was published Feb. 10. Lynn Weimer-Korns included her cows in the picture, which is the top photo this week. She took the photo Feb. 9.

Saturday, Feb 17

Tech center approves budget, raises tuition for nursing program

Somerset County Technology Center officials hope that the facility’s eight participating school districts will approve a budget increase for the 2018-19 school year.

Boswell Borough gives fire department an ultimatum

Boswell Borough officials have given the fire department an ultimatum: sign a proposed agreement in 30 days or we will shut off the fire hall’s utilities.

A downright deluge: Basements flooded, equipment damaged and evacuations in the rain

A deluge of rain over less than 24 hours left dozens of basements filled with water, multiple roads closed and volunteer firefighters exhausted throughout Somerset County.

Ray Shetler Jr. found not guilty in police officer shooting

After days of testimony and nearly 20 hours of jury deliberations, Ray Shetler Jr. was found not guilty of murder Friday in the 2015 shooting death of St. Clair Township Police Officer Lloyd Reed.

Friday, Feb 16

Police: Meyersdale man solicited minor for sex

A 59-year-old Meyersdale man, who initiated an investigation into himself by calling in a burglary, has been charged with soliciting sex from a minor.

Industrial hemp farm coming to Somerset County

An industrial hemp farming project is on its way to Somerset County, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture.

Jury deliberates for nine hours without a verdict

Jurors deliberating in the trial of Ray A. Shetler Jr., who is accused of killing St. Clair Township police Officer Lloyd Reed, returned at least twice to the courtroom Thursday to review evidence.

Centenarian has company at care home in Jerome

Mary Slezak and Margaret Smith have had similar experiences in their lives: Each was born in February, grew up in the city of Johnstown, worked in garment factories and raised sons who served in the military.

Thursday, Feb 15

Somerset Walmart first in region with Pickup Tower, Scan & Go

As Walmart continues to lead in retail innovation, the company is expanding the roll out of cutting-edge technology to select stores across the midstate. Headlining the list is Walmart’s new Pickup Tower, which enables customers to quickly…

Arrest made in Subway burglary

An employee arrived at the Plank Road restaurant Monday morning and found the drive-thru window open and shattered glass on the counter and the pavement outside.

Shetler: Shot was intended to kill

The man accused of the murder of St. Clair Township police Officer Lloyd Reed testified Wednesday that he intended to shoot and kill an unknown man who confronted him in the front yard of his New Florence home.

Former student opens fire at Florida high school, killing 17

PARKLAND, Fla. (AP) — A former student opened fire with a semi-automatic rifle at a Florida high school Wednesday, killing at least 17 people and sending hundreds of students fleeing into the streets in the nation's deadliest school…

Wednesday, Feb 14

Rothfus visits Johnstown, discusses redistricting

U.S. Rep. Keith Rothfus spoke to a collection of media outlets Tuesday about the potential impact congressional redistricting will have on communities in the area he represents.

Meyersdale considering rules to guard against slums

The Meyersdale Borough Council is considering a mobile home ordinance that would require setbacks for new trailers.

Turnpike bridge project in Somerset to begin later this year

The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission is preparing to begin the North Center Avenue bridge project.

Olympic snow had its start in Salisbury

All of the snow that the world's Olympic athletes are using to ski, slide and slalom in Pyeongchang, South Korea, wouldn't be possible without Salisbury's snowmakers.

Tuesday, Feb 13

Municipalities considering tax incentives for volunteer firefighters

Leaders from two municipalities that share the Somerset name seem to agree that more has to be done to attract volunteer firefighters. An exact plan, however, still needs to be drawn up.

Retired Army colonel touts foreign policy experience in bid for Congress

A retired U.S. Army colonel plans to join a crowded field of Republican candidates seeking to replace retiring U.S. Rep. Bill Shuster.

Olympic gold medalist competed at Seven Springs

The first United States gold medal winner of the Pyeongchang Olympic Winter Games competed at Seven Springs Mountain Resort in Champion.

Trooper: Shetler showed no remorse for shooting

As he was taken to the hospital for a shoulder wound sustained in the gun battle that killed St. Clair Township police Officer Lloyd Reed, of Hollsopple, two years ago, the man accused of firing the fatal shot told paramedics…