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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

Harrison rejects criticism of disorderly conduct ordinance

By Tom Yerace
When it comes to dividing up fines for criminal activity, Harrison Township wants a bigger piece of the pie. Last week, the township commissioners, at the request of Police Chief Mike Klein, unanimously approved an ordinance that defines disorderly conduct …

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

Pipe work to close section of Route 19 in Cranberry

By Tribune-Review
A Butler County road project will close a portion of Route 19 overnight Tuesday and Wednesday, PennDOT officials said. A nighttime detour will be in place on Route 19 southbound between Freedom Road and St. Francis Way on Tuesday. On …

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

East Allegheny teachers gather on picket lines, hope to end contract dispute

By Patrick Cloonan 4:50 p.m.
As teachers gathered on picket lines at multiple locations in East Allegheny School District, the president of the East Allegheny Education Association made public its plan to end a contract dispute. “I emailed it to (Superintendent Roger) D’Emidio this morning,” …

Your Monroeville News

Northampton man has four major drug arrests in Western Pa. since 2009

By Richard Gazarik  and Brian Bowling
Western Pennsylvania just can’t seem to get rid of Keith Eutsey. Since at least 2008, the Northampton County man has helped ferry thousands of bricks of heroin from Newark to dealers in Western Pennsylvania, according to court records. A brick …

Your Mon Valley News

Fallowfield plans meeting to reveal results of studies

By Chris Buckley
Out to grow recreation opportunities while expanding the tax base, Fallowfield Township earlier this year commissioned a pair of studies. Next week, township residents will get a first-hand look at the findings. The supervisors will conduct a special open meeting …

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

Trial opens in case of man shot, paralyzed during traffic stop altercation

By Adam Brandolph 3:18 p.m.
Jurors hearing the case of a Shaler man accused of assaulting police officers must decide whether he did anything wrong, not whether the officers followed proper procedure, a prosecutor told an Allegheny County jury on Tuesday. Leon D. Ford, 21, …

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 3:23 p.m.
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

Baldwin native McNulty’s storied legal career leads to Grove City post

By Debra Erdley
August was a homecoming for Paul McNulty. The Baldwin native’s 30-year legal career in Washington included stints as prosecutor in the nation’s highest-profile terrorism cases, director of communications and chief counsel for House Republicans in the Bill Clinton impeachment, a …

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. …