Valley News Dispatch

New Kensington garden seen as central to revitalization

New Kensington Mayor Thomas Guzzo sees the slow turnaround of his city's downtown encapsulated in a double-wide lot along Fifth Avenue lined with colorful day ...

Man injured in shooting in Arnold

One man was injured in a shooting in Arnold early Saturday, according to Westmoreland County 911 dispatchers. The shooting was reported about 4 a.m. at the ...

Alle-Kiski Valley swimming facilities open Saturday

When 13 Lower Allegheny Valley residents sat down in November 1965 to create a community attraction, they may not have expected it to still be ...

Plum superintendent begins involuntary paid administrative leave

Plum school board, embroiled in an escalating furor over teachers' abuse of students, has placed Superintendent Timothy Glasspool on paid administrative leave, officials confirmed Friday. Solicitor ...

Allegheny Twp. storage unit put on hold

A proposal to build a 69-unit storage area in Allegheny Township has been put on hold for as long as six months. The township's zoning hearing ...

Burrell senior dies hours before commencement

As the band played "Pomp and Circumstance," 132 Burrell High School seniors celebrated their graduation Thursday night but also mourned the death of a classmate ...

Rachel Carson board aims to make homestead sustainable

A little girl's love of nature started with the things she saw outside her bedroom window. From there, Rachel Carson would go on to become a ...

Freeport Area residents likely to see tax increase

The proposed 2016-17 real estate tax increase for Freeport Area School District residents is likely to become reality. That's the opinion of school board President Dan ...

No tax hike expected in NK-Arnold

There will be no real estate tax increase next school year for New Kensington-Arnold School District property owners. The school board Thursday night approved a preliminary ...

Lower Burrell mayor, youngster raise awareness for organ donation

Rich Callender of Lower Burrell and Lucas Goeller of Indiana Township are an unlikely duo with a common past. Callender, 48, and Lucas, 3, both were ...

Highlands Middle School recognized for academic excellence

Highlands Middle School is one of just 36 middle schools in the state on the Pennsylvania Don Eichhorn Schools to Watch list. The school was recognized ...

Paramedic charged with stealing narcotics from Freeport, Vandergrift ambulances

A paramedic who worked for ambulance services in Freeport and Vandergrift is charged with stealing narcotics from ambulances in both communities. Jonathan M. McCulley, 34, of ...

Distemper outbreak closes Armstrong Co. animal shelter

Orphans of the Storm animal shelter in Armstrong County will remain closed for at least the next five weeks because of an outbreak of canine ...

Freeport, Upper Allegheny Joint Sanitary Authority to discuss linking sewage systems

Freeport and Upper Allegheny Joint Sanitary Authority representatives are scheduled to meet next week to discuss the possibility of linking the borough's sewage system with ...

New Kensington, Tarentum to celebrate Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer

"Eddie Adams: Vietnam," a traveling national exhibit now at Penn State New Kensington featuring more than 50 works by the late Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer, is ...

Leechburg Area School District projects real estate tax increase but tries to pare budget

Leechburg Area School District residents' real estate taxes could increase by about 4 percent in Armstrong County and 6 percent in Westmoreland County for ...

Springdale man accused of beating son with toy a no-show for court; warrant issued

A Springdale Township man accused of beating his 10-year-old son with a Star Wars light saber toy on Christmas Eve might have gotten almost all ...

Harrison official seeks blight crackdown

Harrison Commissioner Charles Dizard wants the township to take a more aggressive approach toward addressing blight in the township. His strategy begins curbside with the township ...

No hike planned for Apollo-Ridge taxpayers

Real estate taxes will remain the same in the Apollo-Ridge School District next year. The school board on Monday approved a $24.1 million preliminary budget for ...

Motorcycle crash closes Stevenson Boulevard in New Kensington

Stevenson Boulevard was closed in New Kensington early Monday afternoon as police investigated a motorcycle crash near Valley Junior-Senior High School. Police said a motorcycle and ...


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