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Lower Burrell resident blames sewer project for fouling spring water

By Liz Hayes
Leonard Yohe’s drinking water smells like rotten eggs, and his fish pond is full of algae — problems he attributes to a Lower Burrell sewer ...

Roofs to cost Freeport Area as much as $1.7 million over 3 years

By Jodi Weigand 11:50 a.m.
Freeport Area School District plans to spend about $30,000 on temporary roof repairs this year as the district plans to replace the roofs on the high school and South Buffalo and Buffalo Elementary over the next two years. The total cost ...

3 named to do jobs of former South Butler School official

By George Guido 11:45 a.m.
It’s going to take three people to replace Jason Davidek, who recently left the South Butler School District for another job. On Wednesday, the school board is expected to hire Jennifer Webb to a newly established, part-time position of communications director, ...

Picketer found to be at fault in accident at ATI plant

By Mary Ann Thomas 11:45 a.m.
An Allegheny Technologies Inc. picketer allegedly was hit Friday by a company van leaving ATI’s steel mill, but Harrison police found the picketer was at fault. Police cited steelworker James F. Dietz, 61, of Bechman Street, Springdale, for “intentionally and recklessly” ...

Butler County men waive most theft charges to trial

By Chuck Biedka 11:45 a.m.
Two Butler County men accused of stealing about $250,000 worth of construction vehicles and equipment are waiving to court many of the charges they face. Lawyers for Austin Edward Miller, 18, of Middlesex, and Eric James Klein, 20, of Meridian ...

Western Pennsylvania schools’ denial of access to roofers prompts suit

By Matthew Santoni 11:20 a.m.
The union representing 21 roofers who failed criminal background checks by three Western Pennsylvania school districts has filed a lawsuit saying that roofers shouldn’t be subjected to the checks because they don’t work directly with children. The United Union of ...

Allegheny Valley YMCA looks to members, community for financial help

By R.A. Monti 11:53 a.m.
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 ...

New Kensington police chief receives warm sendoff

By Liz Hayes
New Kensington officials on Tuesday thanked police Chief Tom Klawinski for his service to the city and wished him well in his new job. Tuesday was the last day for Klawinski, who worked in the department for 27 years. He recently ...

Vandergrift must find $100K for roads

By George Guido 11:52 a.m.
With the second phase of its sewerage/sanitary storm sewer separation project virtually finished, Vandergrift might have to tap into the project’s contingency fund to repave streets. Bove Engineering told borough council that street and sidewalk restoration might take $100,000 more than ...

Steelworkers: ATI talks to resume Sept. 11

By Brian C. Rittmeyer
Representatives of the United Steelworkers and Allegheny Technologies Inc. are scheduled to return to the bargaining table late next week, according to a union announcement released Monday. The USW has scheduled meetings with ATI on Sept. 11 and 12 at the ...

ATI continues to produce, ship products

By Jodi Weigand
ATI Flat-Rolled Products said Monday that all of its facilities impacted by a union lockout are actively producing and shipping products. Since the beginning of the lockout on Aug. 15, ATI has shipped more than 10,000 tons of materials, the company ...

Sylvan Pool plans to remain open extra week

By Emily Balser
After a trying and rainy summer, Sylvan Pool plans to remain open an extra week to allow its members to soak up the last rays ...

September, the new summer? Warm, dry weather expected

By Brian C. Rittmeyer
If you’re wondering what the first couple weeks of September have in store for weather, “what you see is what you get,” according to National ...

Emlenton woman killed in Jefferson Twp. crash

By Brian C. Rittmeyer
An Emlenton woman died in a two-vehicle crash with a truck on Bonniebrook Road in Jefferson Township on Monday night. State police say Karen Lynn Risinger, ...

New Kensington police seek shooting suspect

By Mary Ann Thomas
A 36-year-old New Kensington man was shot in the right cheek about 10:30 a.m. Monday at an apartment building at 306 Main St. in the ...

Hyde Park singer Mia Z ready to keep chasing her music dream

By Kellie B. Gormly
People who walk into A Finished Appearance Salon and Day Spa in Lower Burrell often are surprised to discover that the young woman shampooing their ...

New Kensington firemen honor fallen brother, ‘hero’

By Tom Yerace 11:57 a.m.
Speaking Sunday outside New Kensington Volunteer Fire Company 4, Mayor Tom Guzzo reflected on “hero” as a word used too easily, too often. Guzzo gave ...

Allegheny League of Municipalities names executive director

By Jodi Weigand
Former township supervisor and school district administrator Jason Davidek is fully embracing his roots in public policy as the newly-selected executive director of the Allegheny ...

Steelworkers scoff at ATI earnings claim

By Tom Yerace
If one thing angers ATI’s union steelworkers more than the current lockout, it’s the company’s claims about their earnings. ATI Flat-Rolled Products, formerly known as Allegheny Ludlum Steel, has said on its company website, in news releases and paid advertisements that ...

Alle-Kiski Valley municipalities to re-evaluate how to pay for police protection

By Chuck Biedka and Craig Smith
Financial necessity is continuing to make Arnold officials see its police force in black and white. Arnold officers once drove blue and white patrol cars. To ...

Grandview Upper Elementary in Tarentum marks 100th anniversary with open house

By Tom Yerace 11:59 a.m.
Like a mother embracing her children, Grandview Upper Elementary opened its doors Saturday and welcomed back hundreds of its former students. Billed as a 100th anniversary ...

Butler organization seeks answers for unexplained phenomena

By Jodi Weigand
Dan Hageman talks about UFOs and aliens as matter-of-factly as others might talk about a rare bird sighting or an unexplained plane crash. For Hageman, 62, ...

Federal court ruling could have impact on New Kensington-Arnold school monument

By Liz Hayes and Liz Zemba
Two actions in federal court this week could impact the future of the Ten Commandments monument at Valley Junior-Senior High School in New Kensington. A federal judge on Friday ruled a similar monument at a Connellsville Area school in Fayette County ...

ATI picketer injured at Harrison mill

By Mary Ann Thomas
An Allegheny Technologies Inc. worker who was picketing at one of the steel mill’s gates along River Road in Harrison on Friday was allegedly ...

‘Banshee’ props, inventory up for sale

By Brian C. Rittmeyer
On a table there are baseball bats, knives, tree limbs, cattle prods and billy clubs. And a cow’s head. The rubber props made for the ...

Arnold bakery reopens at its new ‘old’ location

By Liz Hayes
The scent of freshly baked bread once again is wafting from Mazziotti Bakery in Arnold. Owner Carolyn Goldscheitter Piskor said the bakery reopened this month after ...

Union files lawsuit against ATI

By Tom Yerace
A federal lawsuit accuses ATI Flat-Rolled Products of breaching its contract by canceling medical insurance for its union salaried employees. The lawsuit was filed Friday by attorneys for the United Steelworkers International Union in federal court in Pittsburgh. It claims ...

Prison sentence extended for New Kensington man

By Tribune-Review
A New Kensington man, already serving up to 22 years in prison for assaulting his girlfriend two years ago, was sentenced Friday for trying to convince a witness not to testify against him. Westmoreland County Judge Chris Feliciani ordered Troy Alan ...

Man gets probation for sex with teen girl in New Kensington

By Tribune-Review
An Allegheny County man was sentenced Friday to serve 10 years on probation for having sexual contact with a 15-year-old girl. Joseph Puskar, 36, of Natrona Heights pleaded guilty in June to one count of statutory sexual assault in connection with ...

Apollo fountain to return

By George Guido
After being dry for nearly three years, Apollo’s fountain is due to come back on by the end of next week. The fountain is at the town’s gateway near the Apollo Plaza. Several delays, including a search for a backflow valve, have ...

Engineer advises Springdale Borough that other water plant options cost ‘significantly’ less

By Brian C. Rittmeyer
Springdale could realize “significant savings” on a proposed $7 million upgrade of its water treatment plant by considering other options, an engineering firm’s review of the borough’s plans has found. How much less the borough could spend, in turn lowering ...

New Kensington-Arnold School District officials to discuss anti-bullying proposals

By Liz Hayes
New Kensington-Arnold School District officials said they will consider at September’s board meeting community suggestions for bullying prevention. A committee of board members, parents, students and others from the community has been meeting since March to discuss ways to prevent and ...

AK Valley firefighters brush up in high-rise drill

By Brian C. Rittmeyer
If there were ever a fire at Springdale Manor, Dolores Quarles for a long time thought she’d be among the first out the door. That’s not ...

Third, Sixth avenues, Morgan Street to be repaved in Brackenridge

By Emily Balser
Drivers who have been dealing with a rocky and uneven Sixth Avenue in Brackenridge will soon get relief when street paving begins at the start ...

Police: Ex-boyfriend beat himself with hatchet in Tarentum home

By Liz Hayes
Tarentum police said a man accused of breaking into an ex-girlfriend’s home Wednesday was hospitalized after he allegedly hit himself in the head repeatedly with a hatchet. Police Chief Bill Vakulick said Patrick Kelly Snyder III, 31, who has lived ...

Union leader: ATI health care intact

By Tom Yerace
Knowing that Allegheny Technologies Inc. retirees worry about health insurance, United Steelworkers Local 1196 President Fran Arabia delivered a message to them Wednesday. “Your health care is intact; that’s what I wanted to tell you,” Arabia said. He spoke to 217 retirees ...

Residents to Plum School Board: Move ahead with new school

By Karen Zapf
A majority of residents who spoke at a public hearing Wednesday night about a proposed new Regency Park Elementary School told Plum School Board members to get the project done. “It would be detrimental to stop this process,” parent Leigh-Anne Weiss ...

Springdale’s top cop kept out of his office

By Brian C. Rittmeyer
Springdale’s locked-out police chief tried to retrieve personal possessions from his office Tuesday morning, but left with nothing in a dispute at the borough building. ...

Changes coming to The Clarion Hotel in New Kensington

By Jodi Weigand
The Clarion Hotel on Tarentum Bridge Road in New Kensington is undergoing extensive renovations under new ownership that took over in July. The hotel will transition ...