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Hosannas for nonprofit helping to fix Tarentum man’s house

By Emily Balser
The sounds of home repairs can be considered as an annoyance to homeowners, but they’re music to the ears of one Tarentum resident. Richard Simpson, …

Route 56 overnight closures postponed again

By Emily Balser 10:24 a.m.
The planned closure of the Route 56 Bypass in New Kensington to install new bridge beams has been canceled for tonight. The closure is now scheduled for Wednesday and Thursday nights. Project manager Dan Bartko said there was a problem …

Tarentum Council will auction railway station

By Tom Yerace
The old Tarentum railway station will be on the block on Aug. 18, but the restaurant inside will remain open, regardless of the buyer. On Monday night, council unanimously voted to put the building up for public auction Aug. 18. …

Couple charged in Washington Township robbery, assault

By Brian C. Rittmeyer
A Monroeville couple allegedly forced a pair of women out of a moving vehicle at gunpoint after robbing them of money and drugs in Washington …

Route 56 Bypass in New Ken to close Tuesday, Wednesday nights

By Valley News Dispatch
The Route 56 Bypass in New Kensington will close Tuesday and Wednesday night for the installation of new bridge beams. The bypass is scheduled to close intermittently between 8 p.m. and 6 a.m. each night to install beams for the …

Fire damages apartment building in Arnold

By Braden Ashe
Firefighters spent more than two hours Sunday morning extinguishing an apartment building fire at Drey Street and Kenneth Avenue in Arnold. Arnold fire Chief J.C. …

New state regulations keep minors out of tanning salons

By R.A. Monti  and Natasha Lindstrom
Every year around prom season, Marilee Christy experiences an uptick in high school-aged customers at Island Heat & Tanning Salon in Harrison. “Most of our …

West Deer residents may have to wait for reprieve from noise

By Jodi Weigand
Residents of Deer Hollow Lane in West Deer have tried for years to get a barrier between their homes and a construction company at the …

Bridge replacement projects in A-K Valley sticking to schedule

By Emily Balser
Among this summer’s many road projects in the Alle-Kiski Valley are two major bridge replacements that are running on schedule, PennDOT officials say. Work is …

Former residents of Fourth Avenue in Brackenridge gather annually  to remember, renew bonds

By Brian C. Rittmeyer
There is no Fourth Avenue in Brackenridge. There hasn’t been for a long time. But everything that made “The Street,” as it’s called, such a …

Knights of Columbus to auction New Kensington building

By R.A. Monti
The Knights of Columbus in New Kensington will have a bigger presence than ever despite the elimination of its building, members say. The Catholic fraternal …

Mushing catches on in Alle-Kiski Valley

By Jodi Weigand
On a cool summer morning, it’s not unusual to see a few huskies pulling bicycles along the Butler-Freeport Community Trail. In the fall, groups gather …

Cheswick would forgive some back taxes

By Brian C. Rittmeyer
Cheswick is proposing to give up some of the back taxes owed on six vacant properties to hasten their return to tax-paying status. The Allegheny Valley School District, which collects far more in property taxes than the borough does, has …

Penn Hills man drowned, Armstrong coroner says

By Tribune-Review
The Armstrong County Coroner said Thursday that drowning was the cause of death for a Penn Hills man whose body was found in the Allegheny River Wednesday. Thomas Duane Uzmack, 40, fell from a personal watercraft Sunday afternoon in the …

Company wants Harmar supervisors to allow electric security fences in township

By Brian C. Rittmeyer
A company that sells electrified security fencing is asking Harmar supervisors to change the township’s zoning laws to allow them. Cindy Gsell, director of business development for South Carolina-based Electric Guard Dog, told supervisors Thursday that the township’s laws are …

Pair of Cheswick Council members skip meetings, but not monthly checks

By Brian C. Rittmeyer
Cheswick taxpayers have paid $3,000 to two elected councilmen who have not attended a borough council meeting for more than a year, and who will not resign. It appears residents will keep paying them at least through the end of …

Washington Township Supervisors approve manufacturing pant near school

By George Guido
Ken Clifton of CCF Industries is ready to rebuild from a devastating fire in April on the same site. The Washington Township Supervisors on Thursday night gave the kitchen cabinet and closet drawermaker approval to begin construction of a manufacturing …

Investigation continues in case of Cherrie Mahan, missing for decades

By Chuck Biedka
Twenty-nine years ago, high school senior Chris Birckbichler watched media accounts of 8-year-old Cherrie Mahan’s disappearance from Cabot, Winfield Township. In the intervening years, a huge local and national search hasn’t uncovered evidence about the girl’s fate, but just like …

Lower Burrell’s Bill ‘Bub’ Hess, a sports lover dedicated to being helpful

By Emily Balser
Whether it was his always-stocked pocket of candy, his encouraging words to student-athletes or his dedication to making sure fundraisers were stocked with food, many …

New Kensington-Arnold consolidates, closes 2 elementary schools

By Liz Hayes
The majority of New Kensington-Arnold students will attend a different school next month than they did in June under a consolidation plan approved Wednesday by …

Kiski Valley wastewater authority’s new plant manager hopes to be on job by early August

By George Guido
The Kiski Valley Water Pollution Control Authority’s new plant manager hopes to be on the job by early August. Dennis Duryea was introduced to the authority’s board of directors Wednesday night. Duryea, 58, replaces Bob Kossak, who resigned. Duryea works …

New Kensington man charged with molesting girl, 12

By Chuck Biedka
Police accuse a 19-year-old New Kensington man of having sex with a 12-year-old girl several months ago. New Kensington police accuse Teymon R. Stocks of the 800 block of Kenneth Avenue of having sex with the girl four times in …

Boy pulled from Fox Chapel Golf Club swimming pool revived

By Michael Hasch
An 8-year-old boy was revived after being pulled from the water Wednesday evening at the Fox Chapel Golf Club swimming pool, police said. Paramedics and officers called at 8:35 p.m. When they arrived, officers said, CPR was in progress, but …

Body found in Allegheny River is missing Penn Hills man

By Braden Ashe
A body found in the Allegheny River on Wednesday morning has been identified as the Penn Hills man who went missing on Sunday after falling …

Route 56 overnight closures postponed

By Valley News Dispatch
The planned Route 56 Bypass closure in New Kensington for tonight and Thursday night has been canceled. The bypass was scheduled to close intermittently between 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. each night to install beams for the new cloverleaf bridge …

2 arrested in East Deer drug bust

By Chuck Biedka
The arrest of two people on Tuesday for drug charges brought smiles to people in their East Deer neighborhood and demonstrated an attempt by police …

Passing motorist credited with saving trapped driver from flames in Fawn crash

By Liz Hayes
Watching flames engulf a Jeep’s front end while a woman was trapped inside is a situation Bill Morio of Buffalo Township hopes he never experiences …

Cheswick to roll out $354,000 fire truck on Aug. 16

By George Guido
After a lengthy controversy, Cheswick’s new fire truck will be in service soon. The borough’s volunteer fire department is set to display the vehicle from noon to 2 p.m. Aug. 16 at the department’s headquarters on Spruce Street. The truck, …

Springdale Council stalls on police chief’s job description

By Brian C. Rittmeyer
Springdale Council and Mayor Ken Lloyd continue to spar over the borough’s police department and its chief. Chief Julio Medeiros has a five-year contract, but continues to work without a job description when council postponed approving one on Tuesday. That …

Leechburg businesses in historic area still can qualify for grants

By Braden Ashe
Leechburg businesses in the downtown historic district are no longer required to abide by the district’s stringent zoning regulations, but can still benefit from doing so. Council removed from the borough zoning ordinance on Tuesday its historic preservation overlay district, …

Not all Republican lawmakers sold on Corbett’s budget

By Liz Hayes
It’s not unusual for local Democratic legislators to be at odds with Republican Gov. Tom Corbett over the state budget. But this year, he’s taking …

Search to resume for man presumed drowned in Allegheny River

By Braden Ashe
The search for a Penn Hills man presumed to have drowned in the Allegheny River is expected to resume Tuesday afternoon. Authorities said Thomas Duane …

Bridge project to close Route 56 in New Kensington overnight on Wednesday, Thursday

By R.A. Monti
One of the Alle-Kiski Valley’s most heavily traveled sections of road will be closed for two nights this week. PennDOT announced on Monday that the Route 56 Bypass in New Kensington will be closed overnight on Wednesday and Thursday. The …

Oakmont looks to add 2 new zoning districts

By Tom Yerace
Two new zoning districts are in the process of being added to Oakmont’s zoning map and ordinance. Council held a required public hearing on the changes Monday in which the addition of a light industrial district and a second “mixed-use …

Arnold police chief kills dog he says attacked him

By Liz Hayes
Arnold police Chief Willie Weber said he was forced to fatally shoot a dog that attacked him on Monday. Weber said he responded to a complaint of unrestrained dogs hanging out the window of a house at 1635 Fourth Ave. …

Allegheny Township considers opening way for more wineries

By George Guido
The apparent success of the Wooden Door Winery on Greenwood Road is making Allegheny Township officials take a look at updating ordinances should someone else look to open a similar business. Supervisors on Monday night discussed a conditional use ordinance …

Tenant details offer to settle $7 million debt, operate Rock Airport and Business Park

By Jodi Weigand
A company that has filed a competing reorganization plan for bankrupt Rock Airport and Business Park says it intends to keep the airport in operation. Management Science Associates, a business park tenant, was in court on Monday to defend and …

History preservation group opens Bell Township museum in former restaurant

By Mary Ann Thomas
Never lacking in history, Bell Township finally has a new museum to house its more than 5,000 historical photographs as well as hometown artifacts, including …

Alle-Kiski Valley native returns to roots for first novel, ‘Brutal Youth’

By Braden Ashe
New Kensington native Anthony Breznican’s dark, coming-of-age debut novel isn’t just set in the Alle-Kiski Valley — it was born from it. From the Tarentum …