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Churches throughout Allegheny County host sunrise Easter services

By Bobby Kerlik
For Jan Smith and his wife, getting up on Easter Sunday for a 6:30 a.m. service in the historic Old St. Luke’s Church in Scott carries special meaning. “It’s more the symbolism and being able to celebrate the risen Christ …

Your Alle-Kiski Valley News

Avonmore parents enter disabled child in contest for wheelchair-accessible van

By R.A. Monti 7:57 a.m.
It’s a beautiful spring day, and like any other 9-year-old boy, Jonathan March wants to go outside. “He loves being outdoors,” said his mother, Mandi, inside their Avonmore home. “He loves the trail and likes to go down to the …

Your Carlynton News

Bullied South Fayette student’s case prompts wiretap overhaul legislation

By Aaron Aupperlee
A Pennsylvania lawmaker wants to change the state’s wiretapping and electronic surveillance law since a South Fayette High School student was cited for recording audio of a bullying incident at the school. “Sometimes, you don’t realize a problem until there’s …

Your Cranberry News

Briefs: Cranberry Lego workshop hopes to spark kids’ interest in engineering

By Tribune-Review
Cranberry children will be building the future, one Lego brick at a time, during a day-long workshop on Monday, April 21, under the guidance of instructors from the Snapology Discovery Center of Cranberry. In the workshop, children ages 6 to …

Your FoxChapel News

Aspinwall seeks help collecting ticket fees

By Tom McGee
Aspinwall could look to outside help to collect fees from unpaid parking tickets. Officials are considering allowing Penn Credit to help collect unpaid parking tickets that have accumulated from repeat offenders. Borough manager Melissa Lang said using the company would …

Your Hempfield News

‘Voice of Hempfield’ departs with Class of 2014

By Michele Stewardson
For four years, Josh Suszek’s voice has been the voice of sports at Hempfield Area High School. Once a week, he does the “Hempfield 15601 Sports with Suszek” morning program. “Hempfield 15601” is the high school’s live morning show that …

Your Latrobe News

Graziani hired away from Latrobe as Penn Township’s manager

By Joe Napsha  and Chris Foreman
Latrobe is in the market for a city manager now that its top administrator has taken a similar post in Penn Township. Alex Graziani, 43, Latrobe’s manager since August 2011, notified council he is leaving on May 30. Penn Township …

Your McKeesport News

5 Operation Pork Chop defendants sentenced to 5 years probation

By Patrick Cloonan
The first sentences were handed down on Thursday in the McKeesport area gambling investigation known as Operation Pork Chop. Allegheny County Common Pleas Judge Joseph K. Williams III ordered five-year probations for Kirk A. Mollica, 47, of Elizabeth Township; Ronald …

Your Monroeville News

Monroeville technical school not your father’s shop class

By Karen Kadilak
Students in machine tool technology classes at Forbes Road Career and Technology Center in Monroeville expect to have more career choices when engineering is incorporated in the curriculum, starting this fall. They will use a 3-D printer to produce plastic …

Your Mon Valley News

Electric heater blamed for Charleroi house fire

By Chris Buckley
Doree Thomas was alerted that something was wrong when she saw a flicker on the wall of her home early Thursday morning. The Charleroi woman moved a chest of drawers and saw flames. Thomas called Washington County 911 and quickly …

Your Mt. Pleasant

Mt. Pleasant man charged in 2 Connellsville robberies

By Mark Hofmann 7:43 a.m.
Connellsville police on Thursday filed charges against a Mt. Pleasant man allegedly responsible for two robberies in the city this month. George Henry Fisher IV, 42, of 510 Three Mile Hill was charged with multiple counts of robbery and simple …

Your Murrysville News

Franklin Regional seeks waiver of days lost in knife attack; victim improves

By Kari Andren
Because of last week’s stabbings, the Franklin Regional School District will ask state education officials to waive the requirement that students attend 180 days of school, according to the assistant superintendent. High school students missed four days of school because …

Your North Hills News

Vincentian Academy looks at expansion plans

By Kelsey Shea
About $16 million worth of capital improvements could be coming to Vincentian Academy in the next five years if the Catholic school in McCandless secures enough donor support. Administrators are making plans for a capital campaign to raise money for …

Your Norwin News

Veteran North Huntingdon police officer fired

By Tony LaRussa
North Huntingdon commissioners on Wednesday voted to fire a veteran police officer who was accused by the township’s police chief of undermining his authority and dividing the department. Commissioners voted 4-2 with one abstention to fire Officer William Sombo, who …

Your Penn Hills News

Penn Hills Library director introduces kids to ‘talking’ drums

By Patrick Varine
Tyrone Ward has more than three decades of experience making his drum “talk.” Ward, executive director at the Penn Hills Library, is a percussionist, and one of his favorite instruments is the African djembe, or “talking drum.” Ward has started …

Your Penn-Trafford News

Penn-Trafford rallies to support rival after crisis

By Chris Foreman
Franklin Regional hasn’t felt like much of a rival to Penn-Trafford over the past week. The usual, healthy competition between neighboring school districts vanished in the moments immediately after the April 9 stabbing attack inside Franklin Regional Senior High School. …

Your Plum News

Elementary school program in Plum shows fun and math can be in same equation

By Karen Zapf
Mary Cecchetti has a tablet computer, but admits her daughter uses it the most. “She does math games on it,” said Cecchetti, 42, of Plum last week during Holiday Park Elementary School’s Fifth Annual Family Fun Math Night. “She’s into …

Your Sewickley News

Sewickley Herald honors: Memorial Day celebration crew recognized

By Kristina Serafini
Entering its 123rd year, Sewickley’s Memorial Day celebration has blossomed from a small observance to its current four-day-long tribute to veterans — and it’s all organized by a committee of just more than a dozen members. For their unfaltering dedication …

Your South Hills News

Vocal resident banned from all Baldwin-Whitehall district property

By Stephanie Hacke
Tom Barchfeld stood at the microphone, wearing a neatly pressed black suit. Speaking once again in a monotone voice, the Whitehall man, 58, questioned school board leaders about their actions. This time he talked about budgets and then referenced a …

Your Twin Boros News

Oakmont council OKs Speedway project

By Tom Yerace
Oakmont Council signaled Speedway LLC to start its development engines on Monday. That effectively was done when council agreed to a planning commission recommendation and approved Speedway’s subdivision and final land development applications. That effectively clears the way, from the …