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Instagram builds Oakmont barber’s rep for innovative cuts, ‘hair tattooing’

By R. A. Monti 7:31 p.m.
Wendell Kinley makes cutting hair an art. Instead of a paintbrush and a palette, Kinley uses a pair of scissors and electric shears to create …

‘Cross on the Hill’ a special sight for residents

By Mary Ann Thomas
It’s a daily habit for Donnie Clark to glance out his eighth-story window at Rachel Carson Hall in Tarentum just before he falls asleep to …

Alle-Kiski Valley economic development group honored for police training

By Braden Ashe
An economic development organization comprised of Westmoreland County municipal leaders has accepted a governor’s award for its contribution to local governance. The Westmoreland Economic Development Initiative for Growth (WEDIG) was one of eight recipients to be honored in Harrisburg on …

PennDOT wants Rock Airport in West Deer to remain open

By Jodi Weigand
PennDOT’s Bureau of Aviation is asserting a claim in bankruptcy court to $9.3 million in grant money it awarded for improvements at Rock Airport in West Deer. Friday’s filing is the first from the state regarding the airport’s grant liability, …

Renter tries to battle New Kensington house fire

By Tom Yerace
A fire damaged a house on Esther Avenue in New Kensington on Friday evening but caused no injuries. The house, a single-story wood-frame and aluminum-sided …

Survivors in critical condition a day after fifth Armstrong County car crash victim dies

By For The Leader Times
Two survivors of a Wednesday night car crash that killed five people in Armstrong County remained in critical condition Friday in UPMC Presbyterian in Oakland, a hospital spokeswoman said. Robert Edward Kelley Jr., 33, of Avonmore and Kristy Ann Schall, …

Avonmore parents enter disabled child in contest for wheelchair-accessible van

By R.A. Monti
It’s a beautiful spring day, and like any other 9-year-old boy, Jonathan March wants to go outside. “He loves being outdoors,” said his mother, Mandi, …

Allegheny Township supervisors agree to rezone land for farming

By Liz Hayes
Allegheny Township supervisors on Thursday agreed to rezone about 48 acres of the Chovanes farm off Hyde Park Road, allowing it to continue to be used for farming. Todd and Cathy Allen of Parks are interested in buying most of …

New Kensington police decline to identify stabbing victims amid investigation

By Chuck Biedka
A man who was stabbed in a Wednesday night fight in New Kensington’s Parnassus neighborhood was undergoing more surgery early Thursday in a Pittsburgh hospital. Police declined to give his name or the names of another man and a woman …

Kiski Valley native in wheelchair persists to save life, forge bond

By Mary Ann Thomas
It was one of those clear, cold nights when sound travels easily that Erik Fugunt heard a familiar crash. A loud boom, a roll, then …

4-year-old’s death from brain cancer won’t stop fight in her name

By Jodi Weigand
Though 4-year-old Maiyanna Clemons-McCarthy lost her battle with a rare brain cancer on Wednesday, she will continue to be a part of efforts to find …

Coxcomb Hill Road reopened; Kerr Road still closed in Plum

By Liz Hayes
Plum police said Kerr Road remained closed at 10 p.m. Thursday while Duquesne Light crews repaired power lines. Police said a backhoe accidentally dragged down power lines near the Ramparts housing plan off Coxcomb Hill Road, causing a utility pole …

Fire destroys Frazer home; family was out at the time

By R.A. Monti
On a normal Thursday afternoon, Shari Robb and her daughter, Delainey, would have been in their Frazer home. Delainey, who is home-schooled, would have been …

4 dead in ‘horrific’ Armstrong County crash

By Brigid Beatty
A speeding car carrying two Apollo teenagers and a third from Rural Valley slammed head-on into an Avonmore woman’s car, killing her and all three …

Would-be drillers quizzed by Allegheny County Council committee

By Aaron Aupperlee
What will likely be a lengthy discussion between Allegheny County Council members and the energy companies asking to drill under Deer Lakes Park started on Wednesday. Barry Osborne, a vice president with Range Resources, and Ed Valentas, a land manager …

New Kensington-Arnold lays groundwork for school consolidation

By Liz Hayes
New Kensington-Arnold School District officials don’t have all the details finalized for a proposed school consolidation, but they believe they have a solid foundation for making it a reality. The school board and administration made the case for closing Fort …

Apollo proposes wide-ranging ordinance on rental properties

By Braden Ashe
Apollo Council is proposing a property rental ordinance that would hold landlords and renters in the borough more accountable for the upkeep of their properties. Council is holding a public hearing Thursday to discuss the proposal, which calls for annual …

Lower Burrell restaurant’s noise subject of Liquor Control Board hearing

By Braden Ashe
The Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board will decide next month whether Mogie’s Restaurant and Irish Pub in Lower Burrell can continue with outdoor entertainment and under …

Ballot issue to seek 0.25-mill property tax increase to support Springdale Free Public Library

By Brian C. Rittmeyer
Jim Anderson knows this isn’t the best time to ask people to raise their property taxes, but it’s something he’s doing for the sake of the Springdale Free Public Library. Anderson is president of the library’s board of directors, which …

Butler County Commissioners OK display of ‘In God We Trust’ in meeting room

By Tom Yerace
The writing will be on the wall in the Butler County Commissioners’ meeting room. By virtue of a 2-1 vote, the county commissioners Wednesday approved displaying the words “In God We Trust” in their meeting room at the courthouse annex. …

2 serious in New Kensington stabbings

By Jodi Weigand
Police said two men suffered serious stab wounds and a woman was stabbed in the arm after an altercation Wednesday night in the Parnassus section of the city. Sgt. Dino DiGiacobbe said one man was a resident of the apartment …

Former Apollo police Chief Breznican scheduled for release from Armstrong County Jail

By Braden Ashe
The former Apollo police chief who was jailed last year for selling borough property is scheduled for release Thursday from the Armstrong County Jail. Armstrong …

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 …

Lawsuit against Frazer policeman, township moved to federal court

By Tribune-Review
An Apollo woman claims in a lawsuit moved Tuesday to federal court that a Frazer police officer physically assaulted her and her minor daughter while the woman was talking with the officer about the arrest of her son. Mary Ann …

Agreement nears on Springdale police chief’s duties

By Brian C. Rittmeyer
A resolution is within reach on a job description for Springdale’s police chief, the borough’s mayor said Tuesday. Mayor Ken Lloyd said he, police Chief Julio Medeiros and Councilman Jason Fry, the council’s personnel chair, have been ironing out the …

Burrell school board reviews security plan

By Liz Hayes
Burrell School District administrators will study the response to last week’s mass stabbing at Franklin Regional as part of their ongoing safety review. Burrell High School Assistant Principal Jim Croushore, who leads the district’s safety committee, on Tuesday offered the …

Bronze flower vases stolen from Lower Burrell cemetery

By Jodi Weigand
Dozens of bronze flower vases have been stolen from grave sites in the Greenwood Memorial Park, Lower Burrell police said. About 25 people have reported the thefts to the Lower Burrell Police Department, said Lower Burrell police Det. Lt. Robert …

Experts: Cold weather requires A-K Valley residents to check gardens

By Mary Ann Thomas
Dreams of tendrils of morning glories, mounds of impatiens and flowering ornamental trees will have to wait, again. Cover your tender young plants as what …

Leechburg adds 2 part-time police officers

By Braden Ashe
Leechburg Area students won’t be the only ones in the borough seeing their security officer in uniform. Roger Kaufman, 50, of Harrison was one of two people hired by Leechburg Council on Tuesday as a part-time police officer. He joins …

Cheswick fire truck to arrive in June

By George Guido
Cheswick is expecting its newly purchased fire truck to be put into service sometime in June. Fire department President Joe Ferraro will take a small contingent of borough and fire officials to the Grand Forks, N.D. area in mid-June to …

Peregrine falcons hang around Tarentum Bridge

By Mary Ann Thomas
After an unsuccessful bid last year, the state-endangered peregrine falcon is back nesting at the Tarentum Bridge. But the fastest-flying bird on earth never really …

Herman Oil and Gas asks for 150 percent rate hike

By Jodi Weigand
Herman Oil and Gas Co. wants to increase its monthly natural gas base rate by about 150 percent and add a meter maintenance fee. The Summit Township-based company applied to the state Public Utility Commission on March 31 to increase …

Gilpin looks for supervisor, hires police consultant

By Julie E. Martin
Gilpin Township officials are still waiting for someone to come forward to fill a vacancy on the township’s board of supervisors, and the clock is ticking. Gilpin has until Friday to appoint someone to the position, which was left open …

Former South Butler teacher sentenced for child porn offenses

By Brian Bowling
A former South Butler School District teacher will spend two years in prison for using a school laptop to download child pornography, communicate online with minors and send naked pictures of himself to an Ohio man he thought was a …

Boy, 15, charged with trying to rob gas station in Harmar

By Tom Yerace
A 15-year-old boy was apprehended by police Monday night within a half-hour of trying to rob a Harmar gas station, police said. Allegheny County 911 alerted police to the incident at the Marathon gas station at  Route 910 and Freeport …

Allegheny Valley considers switching architects for Colfax assessment

By Brian C. Rittmeyer
The Allegheny Valley School Board wants to hear proposals from other architects before going forward with a study of Colfax Upper Elementary School. The board on Monday chose not to vote on paying Canzian/Johnston & Associates of New Kensington $29,250 …

Lower Burrell hires police officer from Arnold department

By Liz Hayes
Lower Burrell’s newest police officer won’t have far to travel to his new job. Lower Burrell Council on Monday hired Arnold police Sgt. Michael Ondo, pending the completion of physical and psychological evaluations. Ondo will bring Lower Burrell’s police department …

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 …

Highlands school board won’t raise taxes

By George Guido
There will be no real estate tax increase in the Highlands School District for the next school year. A preliminary budget will be revealed on Monday that will keep the tax rate at 23.8 mills. That’s even though the budget …