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South Fayette native looks forward to competing in Miss America Pageant

By David Mayernik Jr.
Peggy Rutkauskas recalls when Yolanda Schmider brought her daughter Ashley — dressed as Miss America — to her house in Carnegie for Halloween to trick-or-treat. Rutkauskas’ mother, Ruth, “called her an angel or a princess (and said), ‘You are so beautiful. ...

Your Alle-Kiski Valley News

Allegheny Valley YMCA looks to members, community for financial help

By R.A. Monti
The Allegheny Valley YMCA is again putting out a call for help. The Harrison YMCA sent a letter to members last week outlining its financial troubles. According to CEO Gerald DeMarco, the Y is operating on a $5,000 monthly shortfall. ...

Your Carlynton News

Renovations won’t take away Carnegie library’s historic character

By Alex Felser
The Andrew Carnegie Free Library and Music Hall is getting an upgrade. Built in 1901, the building is in the midst of a $400,000 renovation to its first floor library that will include new lighting, wiring, carpeting, painting, plaster restoration as ...

Your Cranberry News

New principal Delp no stranger to Seneca Valley

By Kyle Lawson
Seneca Valley Intermediate Principal Matthew Delp is no stranger to the district or its model for success in the areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Delp taught science and biology at Seneca Valley from 2002-08 before he accepted an ...

Your FoxChapel News

Photos: Fox Chapel Area students head back to school

By Kristina Serafini
It’s not uncommon for a school superintendent to welcome students back to class. But some Fox Chapel Area School District students and parents might have been caught off guard Wednesday to see Superintendent Gene Freeman greeting kids at bus stops. …

Your Hempfield News

Hempfield prison film canceled because of Pa. budget impasse

By Jacob Tierney
More than 700 extras from the Greensburg area were ready for their close-ups, but the state budget standoff has resulted in the cancellation of a prison escape film with scenes in a former state lockup, a film office executive said. “Three ...

Your Latrobe News

Unity planners recommend OK of church plans

By Stacey Federoff
Unity’s planning commission gave a preliminary nod to a church requesting a smaller addition than one approved almost two years ago. Pastor Tim Young of Latrobe Alliance Church and Marty Newingham of Scottdale Builders presented plans at the board’s Tuesday ...

Your McKeesport News

West Mifflin renovation project uncovers time capsule of images

By Patrick Cloonan
In the covered walkway between Rob Milko’s West Mifflin house and a garage converted into a family room long before he was born, there is an old-fashioned, clock-like thermometer. It registered 91 degrees on Tuesday, an appropriate temperature for the Coca-Cola ...

Your Monroeville News

‘Kind Campaign’ sets focus at Gateway High School on preventing female bullying

By Gideon Bradshaw
Tracy Ricciardi said she sees things firsthand that reinforce her desire to promote empathy. She tells her students to remember “that everybody has a story.” “A lot of times, people have a hard time realizing that everybody comes to school every ...

Your Mon Valley News

Alleged Mon Valley heroin trafficker arrested

By Stacy Wolford
A Crawford County woman who police consider a source of heroin trafficking in the Mon Valley is accused of biting a Monessen police officer Tuesday after allegedly refusing to remove seven bricks of suspected heroin from her bra. Monessen police used ...

Your Mt. Pleasant

Mt. Pleasant-area country music singer plans next album

By Cami Dibattista
Katrina Lynn Whetsel is making waves in the country music scene, and she is not about to stop any time soon. The 24-year-old Whetsel, a White resident, hopes soon to …

Your Murrysville News

Delmont Daze looks to stick to last year’s winning formula

By Patrick Varine
If Mayor Alyce Urban has her way, there will be hardly anything new at next week’s Delmont Daze festival. “Everything seriously went so well last year that we really aren’t changing much,” Urban said about the second annual celebration of the ...

Your North Hills News

Friends of the Riverfront plan to bring park to Etna

By Kyle Lawson
Over the next three years, a former sand and gravel plant near the 62nd Street Bridge in Etna will be transformed into a riverfront park. Friends of the Riverfront, a Pittsburgh based nonprofit organization that has raised money to connect ...

Your Norwin News

Changes weighed at Irwin Park

By Tony LaRussa
Irwin Council is considering installing gates to limit access to parts of the amphitheater to help cut down on vandalism that occurs regularly at Irwin Park. Officials also will explore the feasibility of better utilizing the baseball fields in the Pennsylvania ...

Your Penn Hills News

Penn Hills fire displaces 10

By Ben Schmitt
Careless cooking may have caused an apartment complex fire early Sunday in Penn Hills that displaced at least 10 people. Firefighters said the blaze started in the kitchen of an apartment on Torrens Street around 6:30 a.m. and quickly spread to ...

Your Penn-Trafford News

PTARC to Manor: Let’s stay together

By Tom McGee
With Manor slated to withdraw from the Penn-Trafford Area Recreation Commission at the end of the year, one more effort is being staged to keep the borough in the organization. Included with the fall PTARC program catalog is a note encouraging ...

Your Plum News

Site of former sports bar in Plum to transform into pharmacy

By Karen Zapf
Peter Hess for several years had his eye on the former Schroeder’s Engineering building on Unity Center Road. “When I see old buildings, I want to save them,” said Hess, managing partner of Professional Specialized Pharmacies that includes Bill’s Hometown Pharmacy ...

Your Sewickley News

World War II ship welcomed by cheers in Ambridge

By Kyle Lawson
Nearly 330 feet of American combat history passed under the Ambridge Aliquippa Bridge early Tuesday morning, as onlookers quietly watched and snapped photos. Combat veteran Mike Mikulich broke the silence. “Ahoy,” Mikulich yelled. A lone seaman on deck yelled back, as a ...

Your South Hills News

2 Brentwood council members keep positions, council approves third resignation

By Stephanie Hacke
Two of three Brentwood council members who resigned last week changed their minds, as residents sought answers Monday to the volatility in the town’s government. At a special meeting Monday, council members voted 5-0 to accept the resignation of Councilman ...

Your Twin Boros News

Lottery ticket worth $450,000 sold at Oakmont Sunoco

By Tony Raap
An Oakmont convenience store sold a lottery ticket worth $450,000 in Tuesday’s Cash 5 drawing. The Sunoco on Hulton Road sold the winning ticket, according to a Pennsylvania Lottery news release. The winner has yet to come forward. Cash 5 winners have ...