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Upper Allegheny Joint Sanitary Authority continues cleanup

By Jodi Weigand
The Upper Allegheny Joint Sanitary Authority is still cleaning up after its East Deer sewage treatment plant flooded during a heavy rainstorm June 27. The plant’s basement had up to 20 feet of water, said Authority Manager Tim Kuhns. Other areas ...

ATI workers retire early to ensure pension

By Tom Yerace
For union employees of ATI Flat-rolled Products, forging a new contract isn’t the only issue they face. Another matter looming almost as large: how many of them will remain on the job when that happens. Gary Barger, 60, of Buffalo Township won’t ...

Animal Protectors of Allegheny Valley offers free services at clinic

By Mary Ann Thomas
Animal Protectors of Allegheny Valley is looking for 200 lucky dogs for free rabies shots, microchips and licenses during its rabies clinic in September. To receive the free services, pet owners must prove they have a low income and pre-register by ...

Greensburg Police officer taking job in Harmar

By Tribune-Review 12:28 p.m.
Greensburg police officer Greg Bauman is stepping down from the force after less than a year. Chief Walter “Wally” Lyons said Bauman resigned to help care for an injured family member in Allegheny County. Bauman will work for the Harmar police ...

Woman ‘critical’ from fall on Harmar riverbank

By Valley News Dispatch
Harmar police say a woman scouting out a fishing spot along the Allegheny River bank had to be rescued Monday afternoon when she fell down the hillside and suffered critical injuries. Police said Ermine Dennis, who they say is in her ...

Freeport to address sewage bill deadbeats

By Jodi Weigand
Freeport Borough is considering adopting a stricter system for dealing with sewage treatment customers who are behind on their bills. Since rejoining council about a year ago, Councilman Ron Gallagher has been working to collect what’s owed to the borough, which ...

Burrell considers renovating former weight room

By Liz Hayes
The Burrell School Board has agreed to consider renovating the former high school weight room, but some members are balking at the potential price. Superintendent Shannon Wagner said the room hasn’t been used for anything but storage since the weight equipment ...

Judge lets New Kensington Ten Commandments monument stand

By Liz Hayes
A federal judge on Monday dismissed a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the Ten Commandments monument in front of Valley Junior-Senior High School in New ...

Harrison residents want answers to flooding concerns

By Tom Yerace
Intense rains that inundated the area July 15 caused a wave of Harrison residents to complain to the township commissioners Monday. About 50 residents showed up ...

McKeesport man ordered to trial in New Stanton hotel homicide

By Renatta Signorini
As Brandon Gray, 31, and Janay Brown were leaving a hotel in New Stanton on March 14, they heard footsteps coming up behind them, Brown ...

Memorial court dedicated at AVH where volunteer felt ‘safe, comfortable’

By Mary Ann Thomas
In death just as in life, Pauline Pietquin still contributes to the well-being of families and friends of patients at Allegheny Valley Hospital in Harrison. On ...

Parks Township breeder hosts 3rd annual Lab Fest

By Mary Ann Thomas
The most happiness to be found in one spot in Armstrong County Sunday was surely the reunion of 18 Labrador retrievers from three litters for ...

Zelienople development to be inclusive of those with autism

By Jodi Weigand
Glade Run Lutheran Services is hoping the future apartments at its Zelienople campus will provide a unique neighborhood of tenants who are engaged with their ...

Retiring pastor known for his mentorship at Springdale Open Bible Church

By Emily Balser
The Rev. Donald Frye will give his last sermon today at Springdale Open Bible Church almost 29 years to the day he gave his first ...

Dog attacks Arnold pair

By Mary Ann Thomas
An Arnold man who heard screams from a nearby house on the 1900 block of Victoria Avenue pulled a pit bull off a young mother ...

Lackey’s Dairy Queen celebrates 60 years of business, new ownership

By Joyce Hanz
The latest scoop on Lackey’s Dairy Queen in North Apollo is that it’s 60 years old — and it has a new owner. The store opened ...

Arnold teen accused of stealing Ferrari

By Chuck Biedka
Surely a guy washing a Ferrari sports car must have a lot of money on him. Or not. Kyle Simmons, 19, of Third Avenue, Arnold, is accused of robbing just such a man at the 14th Street Car Wash in Arnold about ...

Arnold woman heads to trial in prostitution case

By Chuck Biedka
An Arnold woman is accused of promoting prostitution and providing heroin to at least one adult “escort” working in a house along Camp Avenue in ...

Hyde Park Community Days features local talent ‘Mia Z’

By Mary Ann Thomas
Hometown singing sensation Mia Zanotti was given the “keys” to two boroughs at the annual Hyde Park Community Days on Friday evening just before her ...

Cyclists breeze through Valley on mission for refugees in Southeast Asia

By Brian C. Rittmeyer
What could have been just another day became an extraordinary one for Carol Shrum. Just a few hours after opening her Lower Burrell deli Thursday ...

NK-Arnold calls back all but 4 furloughed teachers

By Liz Hayes
Six more New Kensington-Arnold teachers were reinstated Thursday, two months since they were furloughed. Elementary teachers Anthony Arcuri and Angelica Guzzo, math teacher Megan Enciso, history teacher Jaron Minford, music teacher Sean O’Neil and health/physical education teacher Ashley Pujol were brought ...

Active-shooter drill at Deer Lakes High ‘empowers’ educators

By Brian C. Rittmeyer
It was just a drill, but the results were horrifying. In the first of several scenarios capping off a training program Thursday afternoon at Deer ...

Valley flocks to welcome new Greensburg bishop

By Tom Yerace
The Catholic Diocese of Greensburg’s new bishop introduced himself Thursday to the Alle-Kiski Valley, and his debut was an apparent smash. Bishop Edward C. Malesic ...

Crash ties up traffic at Routes 380 and 286 in Murrysville

By Liz Hayes
Murrysville police reported traffic was backed up at the intersection of Routes 380 and 286 Thursday evening due to a motorcycle crash. The crash involved a motorcycle and another vehicle about 5:30 p.m. near Cooper’s RV Center. A motorcyclist reportedly …

Presidential candidate Clinton makes campaign stop in Fox Chapel

By Natasha Lindstrom
Hillary Clinton spent Wednesday morning wooing Western Pennsylvania’s wealthy donors and political power brokers at a private fundraiser in Fox Chapel, part of a national ...

Freeport Road restrictions not  likely to cause traffic headache

By Brian C. Rittmeyer
Work to improve two stretches of Freeport Road between O’Hara and Cheswick is scheduled to begin Thursday night but is not expected to have much impact on daytime traffic. Crews from Lindy Paving will be working on the road at night ...

Leechburg Area mulls collection service

By George Guido
The Leechburg Area School District is likely to reinstitute a collection service for delinquent taxes. The school board Wednesday heard a presentation from Jim Geronimo of Municipal Revenue Service of Erie. He outlined his company’s program in which Municipal Revenue ...

Latrobe motorcyclist killed in head-on crash in Washington Township

By Chuck Biedka
A Latrobe man died early Wednesday in a head-on motorcycle-pickup collision along Route 366 in Washington Township. The Westmoreland County Coroner’s office said Charles Beatty Sloan ...

Allegheny Valley raises administrators’ pay, makes hires

By Brian C. Rittmeyer
The Allegheny Valley School Board approved raises for administrators and hired new teachers ahead of the start of the new school year. The school board approved a 2 percent raise for 10 administrators for the 2015-16 school year, retroactive to ...

‘Partial-albino’ red-tail hawk seen flying above Crooked Creek

By Mary Ann Thomas
The bird with white feathers cruising the thermals above Crooked Creek Lake in Manor Township is no gull, but a “partial-albino” red-tailed hawk. There are at ...

New Regency Park Elementary School gets go-ahead in Plum district

By Karen Zapf
Construction of Regency Park Elementary School is back on track. The Plum School Board on Tuesday night approved: • Awarding a $268,000 contract to A.W. McNabb of Burgettstown to demolish Regency Park Elementary, the former Pivik Elementary School, the maintenance ...

Freeport sells 2 school buildings for $175,000

By George Guido
Less than two months after closing Freeport Junior High and Freeport Kindergarten Center, the Freeport Area School District has sold the buildings to a South ...

Allegheny Valley gets study of facilities

By Brian C. Rittmeyer
The Allegheny Valley School Board is going to look into the district’s educational programs and future enrollment as it continues to grapple with how many buildings the district needs. Foreman Architects Engineers presented the board Tuesday with the findings of ...

Springdale frees library funds

By Emily Balser
The Springdale Free Public Library will soon be getting about $29,000 from real estate taxes collected by Springdale Borough as part of a new tax agreement. The 0.25-mill tax to support the library, which is housed in the Springdale Borough ...

Burrell School Board signs on to Alcoa tax deal

By Liz Hayes
Burrell School Board on Tuesday approved a temporary tax-exempt status for a small portion of the Alcoa Technical Center, a move that could result in a tax windfall 10 years down the road. Alcoa plans to demolish two deteriorated buildings at ...

Campbell Road in West Deer reopened

By Tribune-Review
A West Deer road closed since May reopened Monday, about a month later than originally planned, according to PennDOT. Campbell Road had been closed between Route 910 and Deer Spring Lane since May 5 while crews from Michael Facchiano Contracting …

Alcoa takes 1st step in Upper Burrell expansion

By Liz Hayes
Upper Burrell Supervisors on Monday agreed to designate a small portion of Alcoa Technical Center’s property as tax-exempt, the first step in paving the way for a planned on-site development that could add 100 jobs. Alcoa asked the township to declare ...

Buffalo Township could get new shopping center

By George Guido
A new shopping plaza could be coming to Buffalo Township. Supervisors Monday morning approved a zoning change on a 1.7 acre strip of vacant land along State Route 356 near Buffalo Plaza and the First National Bank. The property, a consolidation of ...

Tarentum finds way to afford bridge repairs

By Tom Yerace
Tarentum’s weight-restricted Fourth Avenue bridge may be finally on its way to getting repaired, and at a lower cost. Dan Schmitt of Gibson-Thomas Engineering, the borough engineer, came up with four options to repair the bridge, and the fourth one proved ...