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Avonworth Primary Center’s colorful concept aims to inspire creativity

By Chasity Capasso
Avonworth’s new two-story primary center for kindergarten through second grade opened Monday and is easing overcrowding in the growing school district. “Our elementary school was bursting at the seams,” Superintendent Thomas Ralston said. “We were at the point where we …

Your Alle-Kiski Valley News

Harrison rejects criticism of disorderly conduct ordinance

By Tom Yerace
When it comes to dividing up fines for criminal activity, Harrison Township wants a bigger piece of the pie. Last week, the township commissioners, at the request of Police Chief Mike Klein, unanimously approved an ordinance that defines disorderly conduct …

Your Carlynton News

On-off ramps on southbound Interstate 79 from Carnegie slated for two-day closure

By Bobby Kerlik
Motorists trying to get to and from Carnegie via southbound Interstate 79 overnight Tuesday and Wednesday will have to take alternate routes as both the on and off ramps will be closed for paving, PennDOT officials said. The ramps, which …

Your Cranberry News

Cardinal Wuerl school opens; enrollment rises

By Rick Wills
Ninth-grader Abby Crum knew school would be different this year at the new Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic High School in Cranberry. Yet she did not expect the bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh to greet students on the first …

Your FoxChapel News

Ice bucket challenge makes big splash at Fox Chapel Presbyterian

By Tawnya Panizzi
Before a drop of frigid water rained downed on the Rev. Lee Nichols, he knew his ALS Ice Bucket Challenge had made a splash. A crowd of hundreds gathered on Sunday in the lawn at Fox Chapel Presbyterian Church to …

Your Hempfield News

Greensburg student is new Miss Teen of Pa.

By Marilyn Forbes
Julianna Franzino, a junior at Greensburg Salem High School, is the new Miss Teen of Pennsylvania. Franzino, 16, said that entering a pageant was not something she had even considered. “They contacted me in late January that I was invited …

Your Latrobe News

Greater Latrobe-Laurel Valley Community Chamber of Commerce to honor Arnie’s pal ‘Doc’

By Stacey Federoff
Donald “Doc” Giffin didn’t grow up in the Latrobe area, but the Crafton native has adopted the home of his boss and friend, legendary golfer Arnold Palmer. “It’s beautiful country. I love it out here and have no yearning to …

Your McKeesport News

East Allegheny negotiator responds to proposal from striking teachers

By Patrick Cloonan 12:10 a.m.
East Allegheny School District’s chief negotiator reiterated late Tuesday afternoon that the district extended itself as far as it could financially, but that striking teachers want more. “The district cannot afford the (East Allegheny Education) Association proposal without a significant …

Your Monroeville News

Northampton man has four major drug arrests in Western Pa. since 2009

By Richard Gazarik  and Brian Bowling
Western Pennsylvania just can’t seem to get rid of Keith Eutsey. Since at least 2008, the Northampton County man has helped ferry thousands of bricks of heroin from Newark to dealers in Western Pennsylvania, according to court records. A brick …

Your Mon Valley News

Police: Man jailed for throwing girl, 9, as she defended her mother

By Stacy Wolford 12:23 a.m.
A Fallowfield Township man is accused of throwing a 9-year-old girl across the room as she tried to defend her mother from him. Russell Blackburn, 40, was arrested after state police from the Belle Vernon Barracks were called to a …

Your Mt. Pleasant

Mt. Pleasant Journal office to relocate Sept. 10

By A.J. Panian
For more than 140 years, the Mt. Pleasant Journal office has been a fixture along South Church Street. That time is coming to an end. On Sept. 10, the business …

Your Murrysville News

Judge to hold hearing on request to move suspect in Franklin Regional High stabbings

By Renatta Signorini
A Westmoreland County judge will hold a hearing to determine whether the teenager accused of stabbing 21 victims at Franklin Regional High School should be moved to a treatment facility. Westmoreland County Judge Christopher Feliciani ordered that the hearing be …

Your North Hills News

Trial opens in case of Shaler man shot, paralyzed during traffic stop altercation

By Adam Brandolph 12:04 a.m.
Leon Ford was the victim of “undisciplined and overzealous” police during a traffic stop, his lawyer said during opening arguments on Tuesday in Ford’s trial on charges of assaulting three Pittsburgh police officers. The prosecution told the jury of nine …

Your Norwin News

Irwin discusses affordability, size of police department

By Tony LaRussa
Though Irwin Council has given the go-ahead to start looking for new full-time police officers in the borough, some officials who are unhappy with the decision say there might not be enough money in next year’s budget to pay for …

Your Penn Hills News

Parents sue Penn Hills School District, allege assault by teacher

By Brian Bowling
Penn Hills School District failed to terminate a teacher who physically assaulted a student, the parents of the student claim in a lawsuit moved to federal court on Thursday. The parents and the child are only identified in the lawsuit …

Your Penn-Trafford News

Defense can see, not copy tape, Westmoreland County judge rules

By Renatta Signorini
A man accused of inappropriately touching a female student on a school bus while he was working as a monitor will not be permitted to have a copy of surveillance footage obtained by police. Assistant District Attorney Karen Patterson argued …

Your Plum News

Plum School District prepares for a new academic year

By Karen Zapf
Plum School District staff and students will see building and program changes, along with some new staff members, when they return to classes  Sept. 4. “After a very busy summer preparing for the 2014-2015 school year, it is with great …

Your Sewickley News

Sewickley Academy freshman making difference through love of science

By Kristina Serafini
While most teens her age spent the summer relaxing, Chelsea Carver was conducting scientific research at a local park. Carver, 14, of Pine worked alongside Interpretive Naturalist Meg Scanlon at the North Park Latodami Nature Center, researching an invasive worm …

Your South Hills News

Baldwin native McNulty’s storied legal career leads to Grove City post

By Debra Erdley
August was a homecoming for Paul McNulty. The Baldwin native’s 30-year legal career in Washington included stints as prosecutor in the nation’s highest-profile terrorism cases, director of communications and chief counsel for House Republicans in the Bill Clinton impeachment, a …

Your Twin Boros News

Burglaries in Oakmont similar to break-ins in other communities

By Chuck Biedka
Burglars are breaking into new houses or those under construction to steal big appliances, police allege. Last week, Oakmont police charged Charles Fey IV, 35, of East Pittsburgh and Dwayne Michael Vargo, 35, of Sewickley Township, Westmoreland County, with burglary. …