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Teens elevate Western Pa. communities with Eagle Scout projects

By Aaron Aupperlee
Neeko and Cezar — 1-year-old German Shepherds with the Ross Police Department — bounded over walls, through windows and up steps. Their handlers shouted commands, in Dutch for Neeko, German for Cezar. “Los,” Officer Don Sypolt said, and Neeko dropped his ...

Your Alle-Kiski Valley News

Harrison fire victim helps others while on road to recovery

By Chuck Biedka
Nearly five months after a fire nearly killed her, Tina Slomkoski’s life still revolves around helping others. On July 30,  Slomkoski, who has put together many fund-raisers to help others, wound up needing help herself. She had to crawl through a tiny ...

Your Carlynton News

Carnegie skatepark set to close for the season

By Alex Felser
Pitcher Park Memorial Skatepark in Carnegie will close soon for the season. The park is set to close by Dec. 31 for maintenance and safety reasons. “This has been a great addition not just to Carnegie but to the tri-community area. It’s ...

Your Cranberry News

Mars Area board appoints Adams woman to fill seat of Jane Dunn

By Tribune-Review
The Mars Area School Board Tuesday night appointed Cynthia Yeager to the vacancy left by Jane Dunn. Yeager served on the board from 1992-2008. “I am happy to see that Ms. Yeager was willing to accept the opening left by ...

Your FoxChapel News

O’Hara woman pens book; tells story of more than 30 years teaching

By Tom McGee
A former substitute teacher for the Fox Chapel Area School District recalls some of her fondest memories in a new book. Carolyn Wilson of O’Hara has released “Lies I Have Been Told” through Edgewood Press. Copies are on sale at Mystery ...

Your Hempfield News

Hempfield leaders kill zoning request for townhomes

By Renatta Signorini
Hempfield supervisors this week rejected a zoning change request that would have cleared the way for construction of townhomes in an area designated for agriculture. About two dozen residents attended a zoning hearing in opposition to the plan submitted by members ...

Your Latrobe News

Unity name excised from Latrobe parks, recreation

By Stacey Federoff
While board members are uncertain of a 2015 budget without Unity’s financial support, the name of Latrobe-Unity Parks and Recreation will become Latrobe-GLSD Parks and Recreation. As the 10-year intermunicipal agreement expires at the end of this year without renewed participation ...

Your McKeesport News

McKeesport Area student’s Project Christmas expands in 2nd year

By Jennifer R. Vertullo
Earning her rank among the most famous of Santa’s little helpers in the McKeesport area, Cheyenne Burns hosted her second annual Project Christmas party on Friday. With this year’s event moved from Kiesell Kitchen in downtown McKeesport to the Jacob Woll ...

Your Monroeville News

Moss Side Middle School gym class waltzes into tips on able manners

By Gideon Bradshaw
Ballroom dancing is not usually among the things that come to mind when we look back at sixth-grade gym class. But about 250 students at Moss Side Middle School will remember the second quarter of this year for the time they ...

Your Mon Valley News

Man’s holiday spirit lights up Belle Vernon

By Chris Buckley
For Ed Stasko Sr., every day is his favorite time of the year. His reward in life is to see someone — especially a child — smile. A Monessen native, Stasko moved to Belle Vernon 43 years ago. He has brought holiday ...

Your Mt. Pleasant

Mt. Pleasant man charged with unlawful restraint

By Paul Peirce
A Mt. Pleasant man was jailed Wednesday on charges that he held a woman against her will for several hours, repeatedly striking her and threatening to kill her with a knife. Charles P. Etling, 33, was arrested by Mt. Pleasant …

Your Murrysville News

Twins keep trains on track at Western Pa. malls

By Patrick Varine
You know a guy is into trains when his grandson calls him “Choo Choo Pap.” Though they know he loves trains, Tom Marucci’s grandchildren might not know is that he and twin brother Frank Marucci have been building them since the ...

Your North Hills News

Jamison fans are still cheering on ‘Voice’ singer from Ross Township

By Kellie B. Gormly
Wednesday night, Chris Jamison stood on stage with the other three finalists on NBC’s “The Voice,” waiting during that nerve-wracking pause before show officials announced the winner. When his name was the second one called, he knew he landed in ...

Your Norwin News

Norwin band director is finding lots of success in return to his alma mater

By Greg Reinbold
When Tim Daniels graduated from Norwin High School in 2008 to pursue a degree in music education at Youngstown State, getting a job as a band director was the goal. He never expected he’d be back at Norwin so quickly, leading ...

Your Penn Hills News

Motivation in slaying of Penn Hills couple remains unclear

By Margaret Harding
The missing pieces of two dismembered bodies found in a Penn Hills home on Tuesday may have ended up in a landfill. Police said that’s one theory, because garbage collectors picked up trash in the neighborhood on Monday. Police won’t say ...

Your Penn-Trafford News

Sunoco mistakenly puts part of pipeline on Penn Township land

By Chris Foreman
Penn Township officials are threatening litigation against Sunoco Logistics because the company installed a tiny section of a major pipeline on township property without their permission. Township Solicitor Les Mlakar said he might go so far as to request a court ...

Your Plum News

Icy roads, cold causing school delays, wrecks in Western Pa.

By The Associated Press
Freezing rain and wind chills in the teens have prompted school delays in western Pennsylvania, and scattered vehicle accidents, including an overturned tractor-trailer on Interstate 79 north of the city. That crash, near Wexford, had northbound traffic down to one ...

Your Sewickley News

Retiring official taking love of Leetsdale with her

By Bobby Cherry
Leetsdale residents with questions about community programs, their streets or taxes over the last 23 years likely saw or talked first with Elizabeth Petalino. But the borough secretary and treasurer familiar to many won’t be there after Friday. Petalino, 68, of ...

Your South Hills News

Grant will help pay for school resource officer at Pleasant Hills schools

By Dona S. Dreeland
A school resource officer will make the halls of Pleasant Hills Middle School and McClellan Elementary part of a beat next year. The officer would assist principals in working with anti-bullying programs and informational activities regarding social media. During the summer ...

Your Twin Boros News

Return of Verona’s Doughboy statue delayed

By Braden Ashe
Editor’s note: This is the first is a series of articles updating stories covered by the Valley News Dispatch in 2014. The Verona Doughboy statue’s triumphant return to its place in the borough’s war memorial has been postponed until June ...