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Pittsburgh area offers abundance of great riding venues, bicyclists say

By Doug Gulasy
A cold and snowy winter made many forms of outdoor exercise difficult in Western Pennsylvania. But for mountain biker Ted King-Smith of Friendship, the snow and ice actually added to the experience. “Trails kind of froze up in just the …

Your Alle-Kiski Valley News

A-K Valley students offer Franklin Regional ‘strong’ support

By R.A. Monti
A week ago, Valley High School English teacher Rachael Link got an email from a student calling for action. “Last Wednesday, Catherine Armstrong emailed me and said, ‘We need to do something for Franklin Regional,’ ” Link said. “We need …

Your Carlynton News

South Fayette parents express dissatisfaction with handling of bullying

By Adam Brandolph
Several parents voiced their concern at a school board meeting on Tuesday over how administrators in the South Fayette School District handled a bullying incident that led to the victim being convicted of disorderly conduct. “Our district policy purports to …

Your Cranberry News

Cranberry officials, police agree to contract

By Bill Vidonic
Cranberry supervisors on Tuesday ratified a three-year contract with township police, avoiding arbitration. “It’s all about communicating with each other,” Manager Jerry Andree said. The contract covers 28 uniformed officers, who will receive pay raises of 2.75 percent in the …

Your FoxChapel News

Shady Side Academy grad died of alcohol poisoning

By Margaret Harding
A Shady Side Academy graduate found dead in a Chicago dorm room died of alcohol poisoning, according to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office. Chicago police discovered the body of University of Chicago student Nicholas Barnes, 20, on Feb. 15 …

Your Hempfield News

Hempfield Area superintendent, business manager quit

By Richard Gazarik
The Hempfield Area School Board on Monday accepted the resignations of Superintendent Andy Leopold and business manager Jude Abraham. Leopold had been on medical leave since February, and the school board has been secretive about details of his absence, refusing …

Your Latrobe News

Derry Area High School students aim to raise piglets for fair

By Greg Reinbold
Spring has finally sprung, and Derry Area High School’s Agriculture/Horticulture building is teeming with new life — specifically, a dozen piglets born last month. The school’s agriculture program purchased a pregnant hog, or bred gilt as she’s known in the …

Your McKeesport News

Dravosburg residents try to save PNC Bank from closing

By Jennifer R. Vertullo
State Rep. Bill Kortz believes a community effort can stop a Dravosburg PNC bank branch from closing. Kortz, a Dravosburg resident, approached council on Tuesday evening to rally the support of borough officials and residents. He asked the community not …

Your Monroeville News

Police say Gateway Middle School student compiled hit list

By Michael Hasch
Police removed a Gateway Middle School student from the school on Thursday after his parents notified officials that they found a hit list with the names of fellow students in his room, according to a letter the principal sent to …

Your Mon Valley News

Another Donora bank building getting new tenant

By Chris Buckley
For the second time this year, a former Donora bank building will have a new tenant. Donora Union Pharmacy has purchased the former PNC Bank building in Donora. In February, Albert Hanna acknowledged he is moving his business, Hanna’s Wholesale, …

Your Mt. Pleasant

New Mt. Pleasant school district business manager comes with vast experience

By Marilyn Forbes
“It’s a very nice district,” said new Mt. Pleasant Area School District business manager Brent Filak. “It’s very different here.” Filak was brought in to the district at the end …

Your Murrysville News

Community turns out for Franklin Regional students’ return to class

By Renatta Signorini 3:13 p.m.
Students returning to Franklin Regional High School on Wednesday morning saw support in the form of yard signs and encouragement from parishioners of a nearby church. About 30 members of Newlonsburg Presbyterian Church held signs along Old William Penn Highway …

Your North Hills News

McCandless man sues Heidelberg police over arrest

By Tribune-Review
A McCandless man who owns a tree service claims in a federal lawsuit filed Monday that Heidelberg police lacked probable cause for his April 2012 arrest on fraud charges. Heidelberg police Chief Vernon Barkley charged Mark Kinsella with three counts …

Your Norwin News

North Huntingdon police arrest suspected heroin dealer following sting

By Tony LaRussa
A Turtle Creek man is accused of selling heroin in a North Huntingdon convenience store’s parking lot on Route 30. Township police recently charged Braden James Williams Jr., 23, with two counts each of possession of a controlled substance, possession …

Your Penn Hills News

Penn Hills team takes first place at battery-car competition

By Patrick Varine
Atalia Pleskovitch, 11, of Penn Hills wasn’t going to let her older sister outdo her. So when the Linton Middle School student saw her sister Alexis take first place in last year’s Sixth Grade Battery Car Challenge, she knew she …

Your Penn-Trafford News

Penn-Trafford musical producer set the stage for theater careers

By Chris Foreman
John Noble sums up Beverly Rubright’s influence on the Penn-Trafford Drama Guild like this: All high schools put on a spring musical; Penn-Trafford aspires to “theater.” Noble, a Hempfield lawyer, has a supporting argument for his claim. As creator of …

Your Plum News

Former Plum police officer charged in computer security breach

By Karen Zapf
Authorities on Thursday arrested a fired Plum police officer on a charge of unlawful use of a computer. Jeremy J. Cumberledge, 31, of Browntown Road in Plum, surrendered to detectives with the Allegheny County District Attorney’s Office at the office …

Your Sewickley News

Obama, Biden visit on economy shifts from Leetsdale to North Fayette

By Mike Wereschagin
A community college campus in North Fayette will host President Obama and Vice President Joe Biden on Wednesday, the White House announced on Monday. The pair plan to talk about job training in the Community College of Allegheny County’s West …

Your South Hills News

Defense experts tell of disease they say claimed 4-month-old from Castle Shannon whose father is charged with homicide

By Adam Brandolph
A medical expert’s testimony about a 4-month-old boy’s death could determine whether an Allegheny County judge sends a Castle Shannon man home or to prison. Police charged Jason Gmuer, 35, with homicide, aggravated assault and endangering the welfare of children …

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 …