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Mt. Lebanon aims to set Guinness record for balloon hats

By Matthew Santoni
Mt. Lebanon will try to set a world record on Saturday night, as volunteers try to get at least 4,018 people to wear balloon hats during the annual ULTRAparty fundraiser. “ULTRAparty’s fun, a good time, but it needed something else …

Your Alle-Kiski Valley News

Fire victim’s ex-boyfriend jumps from Tarentum Bridge

By Liz Hayes 2:30 a.m.
Two distraught families waited on either side of the Tarentum Marina on Thursday night while crews searched the Allegheny River for the body of a man who jumped from the Tarentum Bridge. Relatives of Michael Swiklinski, 43, of Tarentum huddled …

Your Carlynton News

Boys & Girls Club recovers from Carnegie floods

By Dona S. Dreeland
A month after a heavy rain damaged the Carnegie Boys & Girls Club, children and staff have resumed a daily summer camp program there. The Washington Avenue building took on water on June 28, after 1½ inches of rain fell …

Your Cranberry News

Zelienople family relishes opportunity to host children during summer

By Alex Klukaszewski
Since the late 1870s, The Fresh Air Fund has helped more than 1.7 million inner-city children living in New York City experience the joy of the great outdoors. The nonprofit agency brings youths ages 6 to 18 to communities in …

Your FoxChapel News

Beloved teacher at 3 Western Pa. schools hears from students across nation

By Megan Harris
Bill DeTillo had a tradition. Whether at Kittanning Middle School, Aquinas Academy or Shady Side Academy, every student in his 30-year tenure joined the Aardvark Club, christened by DeTillo with a nickname befitting its new owner. “He would never tell …

Your Hempfield News

Slide stabilization project delayed in Hempfield

By Tribune-Review
A slide stabilization project scheduled to begin next week is now planned to start on Aug. 11, PennDOT officials said. Work planned on Penn Adamsburg Road (Route 3077) will result in a road closure and detour for more than a …

Your Latrobe News

Latrobe woman charged in deadly standoff claims coercion

By Rich Cholodofsky
A Latrobe woman accused of giving two guns to a man who wounded a police officer during a fatal standoff last summer contended in court on Thursday that she was coerced into giving a confession. Defense attorney Mike Ferguson contends …

Your McKeesport News

Glassport police name new chief

By Michael DiVittorio
Glassport Police Department has new leadership. Council promoted Sgt. Cliff LaFever to police chief at a special meeting on Wednesday. Councilman Eugene Skerkoski made the motion which was seconded by councilwoman Anna Kudla. It was one of several police personnel …

Your Monroeville News

Gateway teachers reach out to community with family store

By Kyle Lawson
There’s nothing taboo about perusing for free clothes and other necessities at Moss Side Middle School, fifth-grade teacher Marcie Crow said. Teachers who helped spearhead a donation center last winter said they want families to feel at home when they …

Your Mon Valley News

Shooting investigation leads to large marijuana grow in Monessen

By Jeremy Sellew 12:43 a.m.
Monessen police investigating a shooting Thursday allegedly came upon a large-scale marijuana-growing operation at 462 Knox Ave. Police responded to a report of a man shot in the area of Sixth Street and Knox Avenue just before 3 a.m. Thursday. …

Your Mt. Pleasant

Proposed Mt. Pleasant VFW relocation site faces a backlash

By A.J. Panian
Roughly 50 borough residents have signed a petition protesting the proposed new location for the Bunton-Malek VFW Post 3368 in Mt. Pleasant. The building where the nonprofit, veterans’ services organization …

Your Murrysville News

Separate trials sought in fatal Murrysville DUI

By Rich Cholodofsky 12:22 a.m.
Just two weeks after Andrew Lysell and his two buddies graduated from Franklin Regional High School two years ago, he was killed on Saltsburg Road in Murrysville. Lysell’s friends are charged with homicide by vehicle and driving under the influence …

Your North Hills News

Benedictine Sisters of Pittsburgh sell their crafts to make money for ministries

By Deborah Deasy
Artfulness abounds among the Benedictine Sisters of Pittsburgh, a religious order with a mandated appreciation for creativity. “St. Benedict encourages us to value artistic expressions,” said Sister Judith Ann Criner, 65, a registered nurse and former high school teacher who …

Your Norwin News

Ex-cop from Irwin gets jail for drug sales while posing as officer

By Rich Cholodofsky 12:21 a.m.
A former police officer pleaded guilty on Thursday to selling drugs while posing as a law enforcement official. Mark Fisher, 34, of Irwin was sentenced to serve one to two years in jail and five years on probation for operating …

Your Penn Hills News

Linton principal’s firing upheld by education secretary

By Patrick Varine
A former Linton Middle School principal on July 18 lost his appeal to the state Department of Education to get his job back. State education Secretary Carolyn Dumaresq upheld the Penn Hills School Board’s decision in November to fire Davaun …

Your Penn-Trafford News

Penn Township Ambulance paramedics perform speedy delivery via the turnpike

By Chris Foreman
Someday, Paige Reese McLaughlin is going to have a great story to tell her friends about her birthday. After all, not everyone can lay claim to being born in an ambulance. Penn Township Ambulance paramedics delivered the 7-pound, 3-ounce baby …

Your Plum News

Plum School District administrators receive bonuses, salary increases

By Karen Zapf
Administrators in the Plum School District have received salary increases for the 2014-15 school year. The Plum School Board earlier this month approved the increases totaling about $87,000 for administrators including building principals and other department heads. Superintendent Timothy Glasspool …

Your Sewickley News

Sewickley chamber board losing 2 key members

By Bobby Cherry
After 13 years as a member, and most recently as president, of the Sewickley Valley Chamber of Commerce, Cora DeLoia will step down this summer. She is one of two chamber board of directors members who will leave the board …

Your South Hills News

Victim identified in Pleasant Hills apartment fire

By Natasha Lindstrom
The death of a man whose body was found inside his burning Pleasant Hills apartment has been ruled an accident, a spokesman for the Allegheny County Medical Examiner’s Office said on Thursday. William Ingold, 56, died of thermal injuries and …

Your Twin Boros News

Cambodian students answer Oakmont group’s prayers

By Emily Balser
For Cambodian student Chan  Oudom Im, coming to the United States is like being in a dream. Im, who arrived in Oakmont on Tuesday, is one of five Cambodians to come to the United States for three months as part …