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Flag-collection effort gains steam around Pittsburgh area

By Bill Zlatos
Wearing plastic gloves, Cindy Skelley reaches into a bin at Northland Public Library and pulls out 38 flags — some dirty, tattered and frayed and some with holes, but all, to many Americans, precious. “A holiday like this puts everything in ...

Your Alle-Kiski Valley News

Man who threatened to jump from bridge in custody

By Tribune-Review 2:31 p.m.
An unidentified man is in custody after threatening suicide Thursday by jumping off of the Tarentum Bridge. The man was on the bridge walkway at about 11:30 a.m. when a passing motorist though he was acting strangely. The motorist, whom …

Your Carlynton News

Heidelberg mourning K-9 officer that died of cancer

By Alex Felser
Heidelberg’s K-9 officer worked until the end. Rocky, who was diagnosed with cancer in March, was euthanized Monday with his partner, Sgt. Dennis Dixon, by his side. He was 8½. The borough will honor him with a memorial service at 10 ...

Your Cranberry News

Cranberry woman robbed at gunpoint at apartment complex

By Bill Vidonic
An armed man forced a Cranberry woman into the rear of her SUV before he drove off with some of her belongings, township police said. Taquan Maxwell, 21, of Grove City, is charged with robbery, theft, unlawful restraint and related counts. Maxwell ...

Your FoxChapel News

Fresh in Fox Chapel: Farm market offers plenty

By Tawnya Panizzi
Vine-ripened blackberries make their debut next week at the Fox Chapel farm market, joining fresh-picked strawberries, locally harvested honey and organic cheese available for purchase. “The strawberries are so ripe that you can smell them from the parking lot,” said Nate ...

Your Hempfield News

Westmoreland Area Agency on Aging lends support to caregivers

By Renatta Signorini 4:31 p.m.
It’s been emotionally draining and heartbreaking for Peg Wiley to watch her husband slip into dementia. She has to take care of all tasks at their Hempfield home, like preparing meals and making sure the garage door is repaired. “It is very ...

Your Latrobe News

Group takes veterans, seniors in WWII-era planes at Unity airport

By Stacey Federoff
Florence “Shutsy” Reynolds climbed into the front seat of a blue-and-yellow 1940 Boeing Stearman biplane Wednesday at Arnold Palmer Regional Airport in Unity, the same type of plane she flew 70 years ago in Sweetwater, Texas. The 92-year-old from Connellsville hadn’t ...

Your McKeesport News

McKeesport Area students navigate obstacles

By Jennifer R. Vertullo
McKeesport Area students put their creativity and critical thinking to the test Wednesday as Camp Invention participants took to a homemade go-kart track around Twin Rivers Primary/Intermediate School. Nearly 40 participants, who will enter fourth through seventh grades in 2015-16, gathered ...

Your Monroeville News

New events planned for Monroeville’s July 4 celebration

By Staff Report
Monroeville’s Fourth of July celebration is shaping up with close to 100 entries and some new features for the popular parade that gathers more than 5,000 spectators along the 1.5-mile route on Route 22 and Mall Boulevard on July 4. ...

Your Mon Valley News

Donora-Webster bridge plunges into Mon River after 107 years

By Chris Buckley
With onlookers lining nearby hillsides, the 106-year-old Donora-Webster Bridge was demolished Wednesday morning, dropped by explosives in a matter of seconds into the Monongahela River. “Everything went as planned,” said Bill Kovach, PennDOT assistant district engineer. “It went very smoothly. It ...

Your Mt. Pleasant

Mt. Pleasant-area attractions showcased at tourism expo

By A.J. Panian
As a local tourist attraction, West Overton Village and Museums does not exist in an economic vacuum, according to Jessica Kadie-Barclay, managing director of the East Huntingdon-based site. “When West …

Your Murrysville News

Volunteers spruce up Murrysville’s McGinnis Nature Reserve

By Patrick Varine
A beautiful spring day can be a real drag if you’re stuck working all day in an office. But a group of volunteers from the Murrysville office of Erie Insurance Co. had a chance to get out of the office and ...

Your North Hills News

North Allegheny grad nets scholarships at national competition

By Katelyn Ferral
Catherine Zhang picked up several scholarships at the Distinguished Young Women National Finals competition in Mobile, Ala., last week. The North Allegheny Senior High School graduate represented Pennsylvania in the national competition and won a $2,500 cash scholarship for academic ...

Your Norwin News

Norwin school board OKs 2-mill tax-rate increase

By Tony LaRussa
Norwin school officials will dig deeper into cash reserves, trim transportation costs and leave three teaching positions at the high school unfilled to cut by half the millage increase that was proposed when the administration began cobbling together the 2015-16 ...

Your Penn Hills News

Penn Hills Board promotes acting superintendent to superintendent

By Kelsey Shea
The Penn Hills School Board promoted its acting superintendent to the top spot in the district Monday night. Directors voted 7-0 to give Nancy Hines, 50, of Penn Hills the superintendent’s position at an annual salary of $140,000 plus benefits. Hines ...

Your Penn-Trafford News

Womens club, Scouts beautify Penn Area Library grounds

By Luke Torrance
For many in the area, the Penn Area Library is a place to read, relax or gather. The building’s importance to the community is not lost on Lynn Hails, whose group, the Harrison City Women’s Club, meets there. “It might be the ...

Your Plum News

Writings attributed to jailed Plum teacher dubbed evocative of stalker

By Megan Guza  and Adam Brandolph
Victim advocates say Joseph Ruggieri is where he should be: jail. Ruggieri, 40, a Plum high school teacher accused of having sex with a student, was jailed because police charged him a second time with witness intimidation. Allegheny County Common Pleas ...

Your Sewickley News

Sewickley native taps talents, lands lead role in horror flick

By Tom McGee
After graduating from Point Park University in 2010, Katie Schurman surveyed the Pittsburgh landscape and realized there was another avenue to take toward a career in performance. “There’s a lot more going on here than there used to be as far ...

Your South Hills News

Little library adds to learning experience at Pleasant Hills Arboretum

By Dona S. Dreeland
Pleasant Hills Arboretum has its very own Little Free Library. Borough public-works supervisor Denny Kunkel used leftover materials to craft a little building-shaped box aimed at encouraging learning. The library was installed May 15 with about a dozen donated books. “I wanted ...

Your Twin Boros News

Oakmont businesses sweat out Hulton Bridge closure

By Mary Ann Thomas
The cream puffs at the Oakmont Bakery couldn’t wait. Neither could the pasta pistachio at Hoffstot’s. Or rather, some loyal customers chose to wait in detour traffic to reach signature Oakmont establishments. For two weeks, thousands of motorists took lengthy detours ...