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Meals delivery on holiday helps to remember Penn Hills boy who drowned

By Brian C. Rittmeyer
Asked to write down what he would do if he had $1 billion, 11-year-old Christopher Myers once wrote in a school journal that he would ...

Salvation Army taking iconic red kettles online

By Brian C. Rittmeyer
The Salvation Army is taking its iconic red kettle drive online, hoping use of social media will attract a younger audience and boost donations that ...

Flurry of business activity enlivening quaint Saxonburg

By Jodi Weigand
In the past few months, three businesses have opened in Saxonburg and several have expanded their existing store fronts. The flurry of activity is the fruit ...

Apollo-Ridge Education Foundation donates $12,000 to revamping middle school library

By Braden Ashe
The Apollo-Ridge School District is closer to its goal of revamping the middle school library thanks to an organization dedicated to enriching the district. The Apollo-Ridge Education Foundation presented the school board this week with a check for $12,000, which will ...

New Kensington homicide suspect faces trial on tampering charge

By Chuck Biedka
A Pittsburgh man headed to trial for the death of a New Kensington man has been accused of trying to tamper with potential witnesses in ...

New owner has big plans for Rock Airport

By Sharon Drake
Rebranding Rock Airport is just the first move up for new owner Alfred Kuehn. Kuehn, founder of Management Science Associates, completed the purchase of Rock Industrial Park last week. The property is located on the shared border of Indiana Township and ...

DUI checkpoints take on dangerous drivers

By Chuck Biedka
Thanksgiving, the busiest travel holiday of the year, quickly is becoming the busiest for police and ambulance crews as well — outpacing Christmas and even ...

Ford City’s proposed budget would slash police force

By Julie E. Martin
Ford City would lose most of its police officers under the proposed 2015 budget. The $2.1 million preliminary spending plan would eliminate 11 of the borough’s 12 part-time police positions, leaving the borough with two full-time officers and one part-time officer. The ...

Upper Burrell man accused of selling Suboxone

By Chuck Biedka
An Upper Burrell man is accused of selling a medicine usually used by recovering heroin addicts. Police say Ronald Laine Shaner, 49, or people working with ...

Middle schoolers stem STEM Challenge at Penn State New Kensington

By Liz Hayes
The goal was simple: Cover a tiny toy car with a plastic cup. But it took 40 teams of local middle school students more than two ...

Frankstown Acres parents pleased — kids stay at Center Elementary

By Karen Zapf
About a dozen parents left Tuesday night’s Plum School Board meeting with smiles on their faces. Frankstown Acres residents were pleased their children will remain at Center Elementary after the school board voted to change the new elementary attendance zones that ...

Rates rise for Upper Allegheny customers

By George Guido
It will cost $1 more for sewage service in the Upper Allegheny Joint Sanitary Authority’s core municipalities next year. The authority’s board Tuesday night approved a $2.81 million budget that calls for a $1 increase on the minimum 2,000-gallon per month ...

Fire destroys Armstrong County tavern

By Brigid Beatty
Fire destroyed the former Greendale Tavern and Bowling Lanes in Valley Township shortly after it was burglarized just before midnight Monday. “There was a theft between ...

Strong winds rattle Alle-Kiski Valley

By Liz Hayes
Lower Burrell’s tax office was an unexpected victim of the high winds Monday. City Clerk Kelly Cook said they had to close the office next to ...

New Kensington-Arnold employee suspended over alleged inappropriate contact with student

By Chuck Biedka
An alternative education employee has been suspended by the New Kensington-Arnold School District for alleged inappropriate behavior with a student, but will return to work with back pay if a police and county investigation reveal nothing happened. Superintendent John Pallone ...

Bell Township police shooting suspect headed to trial

By Chuck Biedka
A Monroeville man was ordered Monday to stand trial on charges of trying to kill police officers in Bell Township on Sept. 17 following a ...

Allegheny Twp. residents challenge legality of drilling in neighborhoods

By Liz Hayes
Allegheny Township’s Zoning Hearing Board on Dec. 3 will be asked to consider whether permitting Marcellus shale gas wells in residential zones is legal. Three Willowbrook ...

Allegheny Township man to serve at least 24 years for molesting 3 children

By Rich Cholodofsky
An Allegheny Township man will serve at least the next 24 years in prison for molesting three children. A Westmoreland County jury in August convicted James Householder,  45, of 33 counts related to sexual contact with the young children over a ...

Harrison starts off with 18% tax boost

By Brian C. Rittmeyer
Real estate taxes would increase by nearly 18 percent under Harrison’s proposed $5.4 million 2015 budget. However, the budget is only a “first draft” and could change before it is passed in December, township Executive Secretary Faith Payne said. As proposed, ...

Freeport sewage rates to jump 25 percent

By George Guido
Freeport Borough sewage rates will be jumping 25 percent next year, but real estate taxes and trash collection rates will be staying the same. Council plans to give final approval Monday for a $603,000 budget that will keep the real estate ...

Apollo-Ridge to limit any tax hike to 2.8 percent

By Braden Ashe
Any increase in Apollo-Ridge School District property taxes for the 2015-16 school year will not exceed 2.8 percent. That’s the inflation-based index the state Department of Education established for the district next year through the Taxpayer Relief Act, which became law ...

Stretch of Route 56 to close

By Liz Hayes
PennDOT plans to close Route 56 beneath Route 366 in New Kensington overnight Monday and Tuesday to allow for demolition of part of the overpass. The ...

Police seek missing Penn Hills man

By Tribune-Review
Police are looking for an elderly European man who was reported missing over the weekend when he wandered from a public event in Oakmont. Stefan Bartanusc, 72, of Penn Hills was last seen 9 p.m. Saturday at a Harmar bus …

Burrell’s curriculum evolves creatively

By Liz Hayes
Carts full of toys and games were unlikely features at recent Burrell School Board meetings, but educators say they are evidence of the shift in how students are learning science, technology, engineering and math. And the games aren’t just for elementary ...

Alle-Kiski Valley slips into the holiday spirit with Light Up Night festivities

By Tom Yerace
It’s no fun for Barb Magnetta when nature rains on her parade — especially when it’s raining ice. Magnetta, Tarentum’s recreation board chairman and a key ...

Eagle Scout project gives Knoch High Stadium press box a face-lift

By Jodi Weigand
Vandals and a leaky roof had done a number on the aging Knoch High Stadium press box, but senior Chad Yaroschak was undaunted by the ...

Freezing rain menaces Alle-Kiski Valley roadways

By Trib Total Media
The combination of freezing rain and cold roadways set off numerous accidents — vehicles colliding and people falling — in the Alle-Kiski Valley late Saturday ...

Knoch graduate a success in male-dominant profession

By George Guido
One young person who took advantage of the demand for skilled workers is 2014 Knoch High School graduate Emily Nulph. And she’s doing it in welding ...

Machinists ranked No. 1 occupation by Department of Labor

By Mary Ann Thomas
Armed with associate degrees, professional certificates and technical training, Alle-Kiski Valley workers are pulling down salaries of $40,000 or more. Electrical power-line installers and repairers are ...

Plum man killed in Saltsburg Road rollover

By Chuck Biedka
A Plum man was found dead early Friday outside an overturned SUV along Saltsburg Road in Plum, authorities said. The Allegheny County Medical Examiner’s office identified ...

Tire comes off, hits oncoming car, kills 1 on Route 28

By Bobby Kerlik
Robert Lofink was driving north on Route 28 on Friday with his wife in the back seat when a tire from an oncoming trailer bounded ...

Brackenridge high-rise infested with bed bugs

By Tom Yerace
Plagued by red, itching skin for days, Trudy Smith said, that when a doctor examined her, it was considered an allergic rash. But last weekend the ...

Springdale Library to pay rent to borough

By Brian C. Rittmeyer
A lot of the tax money Springdale voters earmarked for the local library could end up in the borough’s coffers instead. In May, voters in Springdale and Cheswick approved a 0.25-mill library tax as a way of shoring up the Springdale ...

Kittanning Light Up Night a celebration of holiday spirit, bittersweet endings

By Julie E. Martin
For 20 years, Pat Cavanaugh has been part of the musical magic of Kittanning’s holiday season kick-off. But Friday evening, he had the chance to ...

No eagle cam for Harmar next year but 2 for Hays

By Mary Ann Thomas
Eagle watchers will have to be content with just one bald eagle web camera site again next year. A webcam trained on the historic bald eagle ...

Loose bricks force Tarentum road to remain closed through weekend

By Liz Hayes
Tarentum officials expect a section of East Sixth Avenue to remain closed at least through the weekend while they await repairs to a loose brick ...

Buffalo Township woman sentenced to jail for selling pot

By Chuck Biedka
A Buffalo Township woman who said she sold marijuana to support her granddaughters may spend at least a year in state prison. On Thursday, County ...

Positives seen despite Valley Junior-Senior High School performance scores

By Tom Yerace
Despite having the lowest state profile scores among area schools, Valley Junior-Senior High School interim Principal Jon Banko said positives can be found. Banko, who is also assistant to the superintendent, discussed the recent state School Performance Profile scores before the ...

Car dealership, church receive OKs for Harmar moves

By Brian C. Rittmeyer
A car dealership and a church moved closer Thursday to having new homes in Harmar. Township supervisors approved plans for Shults Ford to build a dealership on Gulf Lab Road. They also approved a zoning amendment that will allow a church ...