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Commuters in ‘transit deserts’ call for renewed Port Authority bus service

By Bobby Kerlik
Dennis Donahoe understands growing older, but he doesn’t understand why the Port Authority of Allegheny County doesn’t have bus service within a reasonable distance from his Baldwin apartment. “It’s actually two miles to the closest stop from my complex,” said …

Your Alle-Kiski Valley News

Buffalo Township grandma pleads guilty to selling hundreds of pounds of weed

By Chuck Biedka
A 65-year-old Buffalo Township woman pleaded guilty Wednesday to selling as much as 100 pounds of marijuana a year from her home. Authorities claim that Candace Delaven Kelly of 410 Kepple Road sold that much marijuana each year for more …

Your Carlynton News

Social Democrats plan two-day convention in Carnegie

By Megan Guza
Amid the new art and food options coming to Carnegie, something different is headed to town — a political convention. The Social Democrats USA — a faction that regrouped after the Socialist Party of America rebranded in 1972 — will …

Your Cranberry News

Emergency responders train for the worst at Seneca Valley

By Rachel Farkas
Police cars, ambulances and other emergency service vehicles lined up outside Seneca Valley’s Haine Elementary and Middle School last week, but it wasn’t a cause for worry. Cranberry Township Police hosted an active shooter drill Oct. 13 in conjunction with …

Your FoxChapel News

O’Hara clothing designer earns national recognition

By Sharon Drake
O’Hara designer Kathleen DeMartino can thank Martha Stewart for putting her business on the map. Demartino’s Depression Couture, a clothing line she makes with recycled textiles such as jackets pieced together from old blue jeans, was named one of Stewart’s …

Your Hempfield News

Kin of 2013 DUI crash victim in Hempfield lose young family in fire

By Renatta Signorini
Lisa Lakenan has waited for nearly a year and a half to begin the process of finding justice for her son. “He was a wonderful boy. We all loved him,” the McKeesport woman said Monday afternoon before a preliminary hearing …

Your Latrobe News

Greater Latrobe teachers, school board approve 5-year contract

By Stacey Federoff
Greater Latrobe School District’s teachers union and school board brought an end to 14 months of negotiations after both sides approved a new five-year contract Tuesday night. The deal will cost the district about 2.75 percent more than the previous …

Your McKeesport News

‘Wonderland Jr.’ tries to be its own production

By Carol Waterloo Frazier
When the curtain goes up at the Grand Theatre in Elizabeth, the audience will be transported down the rabbit hole to Lewis Carroll’s Wonderland. Mon River Arts Petite Players and Stagemasters youth drama troupes will present “Disney’s Alice in Wonderland …

Your Monroeville News

New SRO agreement riles some Monroeville officials

By Gideon Bradshaw
A cost-sharing agreement Gateway School District and Pitcairn officials reached months ago for the borough to provide the district with a school resource officer at Gateway Middle School is stoking resentment from some Monroeville officials. “I don’t want residents to …

Your Mon Valley News

Preservation project set for I-70 bridge

By Chris Buckley
Built more than 60 years ago, the Belle Vernon-Speers Bridge has avoided inclusion on the state’s list of structurally deficient bridges. A preservation project slated to begin in the spring of 2015 and extend for two calendar years is aimed …

Your Mt. Pleasant

Customized cane stabilizes Mt. Pleasant Township man’s sense of hope

By A.J. Panian
The grooves etched into each of the wooden canes made by Jen Costello run deep. They form myriad sections bearing a variety of shapes doused in vivid shades of acrylic …

Your Murrysville News

Franklin Regional to offer counseling sessions

By Patrick Varine
Franklin Regional officials aren’t in the business of doling out individual grants to students, but they are supporting efforts to help the district as a whole recover from the trauma it underwent in April. When fundraising began in earnest following …

Your North Hills News

Grandmother’s illness leads Shaler Area student to join cancer fight

By Bethany Hofstetter
After watching her grandmother battle cancer, Averie Nichols wanted to do something to help others who are sick and enlisted her school and community to help. Averie, 7, a second-grader at Jeffery Primary School, organized a fundraising campaign to raise …

Your Norwin News

Branding campaign aims to drive North Huntingdon’s economy

By Tony LaRussa
Though some North Huntingdon residents beam with pride when talking about their community, they can’t call it “the sweetest place on earth” — that distinction and the accompanying slogan belong to Hershey. But township officials think that the community has …

Your Penn Hills News

Students make artwork for lobby of new Penn Hills Elementary School

By Kelsey Shea
Penn Hills fourth-graders cheered and clapped when a districtwide art project was revealed in the elementary school lobby on Oct. 17. After helping to design and create a 71⁄2-by-12 foot mosaic mural last year, Penn Hills fourth-graders were some of …

Your Penn-Trafford News

Level Green man receives WWII medals

By Chris Foreman
Nearly seven decades after his discharge from the Army, Ralph Boura finally can display the medals he earned as a paratrooper during World War II. Boura’s family surprised the 89-year-old veteran by presenting him with several medals at his Level …

Your Plum News

Delay of vote on cell tower in Plum keeps neighbors rattled

By Karen Zapf
Whispering Pines residents will have to wait until November to find out Plum Council’s decision on a telecommunications tower proposed near their homes. Council voted last week to table AT&T’s site plan and conditional use applications for a 135-foot tower …

Your Sewickley News

Departing Sewickley couple wants to leave seeds of hope behind

By Gary Horvath
Sewickley residents Bruce and Theresa Newell couldn’t think of a better way to say “goodbye” to Western Pennsylvania than to share a story of hope that is near to their hearts. Before the Newells move to Lancaster County after 25 …

Your South Hills News

Female mascot makes Baldwin Highlander history

By Stephanie Hacke
The purple and white plaid kilt, hat and sash — worn by generations of Baldwin’s Fighting Highlanders — fit perfectly. Morgan Pilarski’s purple hair and nails — that was a decidedly feminine touch. Pilarski, 17, now is part of a …

Your Twin Boros News

Oakmont Council meeting becomes heated

By George Guido
Barbs and accusations were exchanged during Monday’s Oakmont Council meeting relating to a Sept. 4 police chase in which two borough police cruisers were damaged. Councilman Tim Favo spoke about his request to Mayor Robert Fescemyer to view dashboard camera …