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Alle-Kiski Valley businesses profit from jump in tourism

By Jodi Weigand
Tourism was up for the fourth straight year in the state in 2013, and Alle-Kiski Valley businesses say they’re capitalizing on the increased traffic. Birdsfoot Golf ...

Vermont Baptist Church warmly welcomed in New Kensington

By Braden Ashe
The congregation of Vermont Baptist Church in East Deer christened its new home Sunday at First Evangelical Lutheran Church in New Kensington. About 20 from ...

Highlands students fired up about NYC trip

By Kathleen Edwards
Eighteen students at Highlands High School are raising funds for a trip to New York City. But Broadway and Central Park are not on their agenda. They have more profound destinations in mind. The fire service training class, conducted by Michael Krzeminski, ...

Antiques show at Oakmont Country Club keeps Kerr Museum going

By Pamela Murphy
It’s been a long, cold winter. But next weekend, antiques enthusiasts will be able to shake off their cabin fever, escape the winter doldrums and ...

Despite challenging weather, home sales continue to rise

By Mary Ann Thomas
The split entry, three bedroom home on 1.3 acres in Allegheny Township is nestled in a cozy blanket of snow. This Christmas greeting card of a ...

Retired teacher pushes black history forward at Peoples Library presentation

By Tom Yerace
When Larry Rowe talks about black history, he frames it in the context of the future. Rowe, a history teacher in the New Kensington-Arnold School District ...

BCCC donation carries on passion of late conservationist William Baer

By Jodi Weigand
A donation in the memory of a late Butler County conservationist will help further the education of parks and recreation students at Butler County Community ...

Months of hard work go into Alle-Kiski high-school musicals

By Joyce Hanz
Alle-Kiski-area high-school musicals are off and running. Students are rehearsing, dancing, singing, creating sets and making musical memories. More than a dozen high schools in the ...

Fawn teen wins national Patriot’s Pen essay contest

By Liz Hayes
Ethan Schroeder of Fawn thought his essay on appreciating veterans was pretty good, but even he was surprised to learn it was $5,000 good. Ethan, ...

Arnold settles health benefits lawsuit with former councilman

By Liz Hayes
Arnold Council and its insurance companies agreed to pay former councilman Scipione Alcibiade $10,500 to settle a lawsuit he filed over the cancelation of his city-funded health insurance benefits. Alcibiade and his wife, Patricia, sued the city when they were informed ...

Fire damages vacant Vandergrift home

By Tom Yerace
A Saturday morning fire caused heavy damage to an unoccupied Vandergrift house under renovation. No injuries resulted from the fire at 212 Holmes St., according to ...

3 charged with selling heroin that killed Lower Burrell woman

By Chuck Biedka 12:54 p.m.
John Donati has waited for more than a year to hear that police found the people who allegedly sold a powerful heroin mix that killed ...

Apollo to improve safety

By Braden Ashe
Apollo Council is moving forward with plans to improve the safety of an intersection where an elderly woman was killed two months ago crossing Warren ...

Record-breaking temps could make February the coldest one since 1979

By R.A. Monti
No one has experienced the extreme cold of February 2015 more than Norbert Lapczynski. Every morning and afternoon, Lapczynski ushers students to and from Highlands High School and Middle School across Freeport Road in Harrison. “It’s the most brutal February since ...

PennDOT, Pa. Game Commission give falcons new nest in Tarentum

By Mary Ann Thomas
The endangered peregrine falcons that call the Tarentum Bridge home just got a new nest courtesy of PennDOT and the Pennsylvania Game Commission. From the bridge ...

Oakmont hit-run probed

By Chuck Biedka
Oakmont police are investigating a Friday afternoon hit-and-run that injured a nursing aide in the parking lot of a Hulton Road nursing home. The woman was identified by a Presbyterian SeniorCare spokeswoman as from the Tarentum area, in her 40s and ...

Student suicide brings issue of bullying to fore in New Kensington-Arnold

By Liz Hayes
The New Kensington- Arnold School Board invited parents and students to join them in brainstorming ways to combat bullying and violence. Several people Thursday told the board their worries about bullying were brought to a head by a Valley Junior-Senior High School ...

Harrison mom, boyfriend charged in abuse of young boys

By Jodi Weigand
Allegheny County police have charged a Harrison man with physically abusing his girlfriend’s children. The boys’ mother also is charged because she didn’t report the abuse ...

Springdale Township standoff ends peacefully

By Tom Yerace
An apparent police standoff at a residence on Butler-Logan Road in Springdale Township ended peacefully at about 12:20 a.m. Thursday. Police were called to 1296 Butler-Logan Road at about 11:20 p.m. Wednesday. The initial call was for a report of …

Drivers survive head-on crash on Route 356 in Allegheny Township

By Braden Ashe
Two women were hospitalized Thursday because of a head-on crash on Route 356 in Allegheny Township. Mary Steele, 61, of Washington Township and Ashley Eicheldinger, 27, ...

Snow sculptors have a ball with Iceburgh, Einstein

By Jodi Weigand  and Julie E. Martin
A Clinton Township family just having a little fun in the snow Saturday never imagined their sculpture would get the attention of several Pittsburgh Penguins. The ...

Apollo targets owners who fail to maintain vacant properties

By Braden Ashe
Apollo Council is proposing an ordinance that would penalize those who fail to improve or maintain their vacant properties in the borough. If council votes next month to implement the ordinance, it would take effect immediately and require property owners to ...

Winfield puts off decision on oil, gas drilling ordinance

By George Guido
Winfield’s first oil and natural gas drilling ordinance will be delayed for at least a month. Supervisors on Thursday night put off final action on a proposal after listening to testimony from residents — many of whom have natural gas leases ...

Teenage suspect in Leechburg killing held for trial

By Chuck Biedka
An Armstrong County teenager will stand trial on homicide and other charges stemming from a fatal shooting in Leechburg. Todd A. Johnson, 17, of Kittanning Township ...

Leechburg man charged with molesting girls, watching child pornography

By Chuck Biedka
A 38-year-old Leechburg man was accused on Wednesday of sexually molesting two teenage Alle-Kiski Valley girls and viewing child pornography. District Judge James Andring formally ...

Brackenridge nonprofit organization dreams BIG

By Tom Yerace
The fledgling Brackenridge Improvement Group — BIG — knows it’s a long road to get where it wants to be. State officials who attended BIG’s “brainstorming session” Wednesday night confirmed that, but said the group is headed in the right ...

Late-night fire that gutted Springdale house not suspicious

By Braden Ashe
The Allegheny County Fire Marshal’s Office is investigating the cause of a fire that destroyed a Springdale home Tuesday night into early Wednesday morning. The fire ...

Penn Hills man ‘beside himself with grief,’ pleads guilty to fatal DUI

By Adam Brandolph
A Penn Hills man involved a fatal car crash while he was drunk two years ago pleaded guilty Wednesday in exchange for a three- to ...

Mia Z (Zanotti) of Hyde Park advances on NBC’s ‘The Voice’

By Braden Ashe 12:32 p.m.
A Kiski Area High School student appeared on NBC’s “The Voice” Tuesday night and advanced past the show’s opening round. Mia Zanotti, 16, of Hyde Park ...

Rock salt supplies melt with cold, snow and ice in Valley

By Mary Ann Thomas
If Alle-Kiski Vally residents are looking for a vegetable garden starter kit, they are in luck. But if they need rock salt, they likely won’t ...

Witness tracks down Springdale burglary suspects

By Chuck Biedka 12:32 p.m.
Springdale police credit an unidentified borough man for chasing two burglars from a Ruth Alley apartment on foot Tuesday all the way to Carson Street ...

Death of Burrell student-athlete prompts Noah’s Law

By Chuck Biedka
In August, Burrell High School football player Noah Cornuet, 16, was stricken during a preseason workout and died. Now his name is being added to a ...

Apollo-Ridge puts delinquent taxpayers on notice online

By Braden Ashe
The Apollo-Ridge School District website now lists the names of delinquent property owners who haven’t committed to paying their taxes. The school board decided in August that the district would post the list in early 2015 to prod delinquent property ...

Blasting to last a year at Freeport Brick mine location

By George Guido
Blasting will be done by Amerkohl Mining at its Freeport Brick mine location for about a year. The blasting will be done at the former Trilogy Golf Development Co. grounds from March 4 until March 3, 2016. Blasting will take place any ...

Harrison to spend over $114,000 to repair sewer lines

By Tom Yerace
Harrison Township will spend more than $114,000 to repair sewer lines that caused collapses along two streets. Township commissioners on Monday approved hiring State Pipe Services of Cranberry to repair the lines. It will cost $99,000 to repair the sewer line along ...

Family, friends still seek answers 30 years after Winfield child vanished

By Braden Ashe
Thirty years ago Sunday, Cherrie Mahan stepped off a school bus near her family’s Winfield home like any other day. The handful of elementary students ...

2 Harmar employees to repay township for health care contributions

By Brian C. Rittmeyer
Two newly unionized Harmar employees who stopped paying their health care contributions are expected to reimburse the township and resume paying while negotiating their first contract, according to township Secretary Donna Piper. Office secretary Laura Conte and bookkeeper Tracey Crump ...

New Ken-Arnold reading initiative proves successful

By Liz Hayes
New Kensington-Arnold School District educators said they’re seeing academic growth in the primary grades thanks to a new literacy-focused initiative. Nicole Bitar, an instructional coach, and Alex Gray, the school’s psychologist, this month presented their findings to the school board that ...

Eagles again flourishing in Western Pa.

By Mary Ann Thomas
It’s officially a comeback. In southwestern Pennsylvania, the once-endangered bald eagle is believed to be nesting at about 23 sites, with the greatest number in Armstrong ...