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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

3 wrecks Saturday keep emergency responders busy

By Liz Hayes 12:47 a.m.
Allegheny Valley emergency responders were kept busy by three vehicle crashes in East Deer, Frazer and Harrison on Saturday. The most serious crash involved a man pinned from the waist down under a car on Butler Logan Road in Frazer. …

Your Carlynton News

Carnegie on-ramp to I-376 to close Friday

By Bobby Kerlik
PennDOT officials announced a long-term closure of the Carnegie on-ramp to westbound I-376 will begin Friday. The ramp, located in Scott, provides access to the Parkway West from the Chestnut Street and Academy Street intersection. It will close to traffic …

Your Cranberry News

Cranberry swimmer brings home medals

By Karen Kadilak
Janet McDonough of Cranberry had mixed feelings about her swimming performance at the FINA World Masters Championships this month in Montreal. McDonough, 55, won medals in each of her five events, but was disappointed with her times. Competing for Team …

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

Mother, son displaced by West Mifflin fire

By Eric Slagle
A mother and son were displaced by a fire in West Mifflin on Friday. The pair credited the quick actions of a neighbor for alerting them to the blaze, which swept through their home at the corner of McClure and …

Your Monroeville News

Monroeville firefighters hope hot photo calendar will help raise money

By Gideon Bradshaw
Monroeville firefighters said they’ll try turning up the heat to raise money by selling a calendar that features photos of scantily clad women posing on trucks and in stations. Fire Company 5 Chief Ron Harvey said the five all-volunteer fire …

Your Mon Valley News

Belle Vernon man who allegedly offered drugs to young girls jailed

By Chris Buckley
David Kutcy was on the run and hiding at a campsite in the mountains outside of Hagerstown, Md., when U.S. Marshals moved in Aug. 20 and captured the Belle Vernon man. On Wednesday, Southwest Regional Police picked up Kutcy at …

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

Opponents of McCandless Wal-Mart take fight to court

By Adam Brandolph
McCandless Council went behind residents’ backs to approve a Wal-Mart supercenter along Blazier Drive last month, refusing to provide them with details about the store, opponents argued in appealing the decision to an Allegheny County Common Pleas Court judge. “The …

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

Brentwood man chronicles battle with haunted house

By Stephanie Hacke
Bob Cranmer said a blood-like substance was splattered across the walls of his century-old home on Brownsville Road. Furniture moved on its own. Paintings turned on their sides. Crucifixes were bent and rosary beads were destroyed. It took faith, an …

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. …