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Roaring Run Watershed Association pays fitting tribute to late naturalist Rau

By Liz Hayes
A longtime advocate for the environment and scholarship, the late Margaret “Kepp” Rau’s dedication to both now are recognized at the Roaring Run Trail. The …

South Buffalo planning commission signs off on revised gas compressor plan

By Jodi Weigand
Drilling company Mountain Gathering has proposed relocating a natural gas compressor station that South Buffalo supervisors denied in February. The compressor station would remain on the McIntyre Farm, off of Ford City Road, but it would be smaller and sit …

Parks woman accused of burglarizing house

By Chuck Biedka
A woman already awaiting trial for a cemetery theft conspiracy in Lower Burrell is accused of taking about $3,100 worth of items from a house in Parks Township. Brandi Jo Verner, 28, of Lincoln Street, in the North Vandergrift section …

Harmar police make 2 drug arrests as part of crackdown on crime

By Chuck Biedka
Police are trying to push crime out of Harmar’s business district, which has benefits and drawbacks from being home to a Pennsylvania Turnpike interchange. Being …

Leechburg Area replaces standout softball coach, who was cited for shoving student

By Braden Ashe
The winningest coach in Leechburg Area history was cited for shoving a student four months before he was relieved of his softball coaching duties. Jim Oberdorf, 70, of West Leechburg was replaced last week as Leechburg Area High School’s softball …

Deer Lakes teachers authorize strike if contract not reached by Christmas

By Brian C. Rittmeyer
Deer Lakes School District students should start the new school year as planned next week. It’s the start of the second half of the year that has now been cast in doubt. The district’s teachers will strike in January if …

Cheswick councilman resigns after missing 16 months of meetings

By Braden Ashe
Cheswick Council will meet on Wednesday to consider Councilman Neal Hohman’s resignation after 16 months of absenteeism. In a letter submitted to the borough on Friday, Hohman wrote that he’s stepping down “to allow someone else interested in serving council …

Saxonburg man jailed for burning boy, 7

By Chuck Biedka
While a young victim daily battles scars, pain and fear, his tormentor, a Saxonburg man, was sentenced Tuesday to serve four to 12 years in …

Alle Kiski Strong Chamber makes itself at home in Pittsburgh Mills mall

By Liz Hayes
The Alle Kiski Strong Chamber already is reaping the benefits of its new location at the Pittsburgh Mills mall in Frazer. Lynda Pozzuto, the chamber …

Freeport makes 3 sewage system suggestions to DEP

By George Guido
It could be two years before a final decision is made on the future of Freeport’s aging sewage treatment plant. Officials submitted three options to the state Department of Environmental Protection to deal with overflows when rainstorms occur. The borough …

Gas company owner admits defrauding Dominion Gas out of $950K

By Brian Bowling
An Armstrong County man admitted on Tuesday in Pittsburgh federal court to stealing about $950,000 from Dominion Gas over 12 years by falsifying gas production reports. David Hilty, 57, of Kiski Township pleaded guilty to a mail fraud conspiracy. U.S. …

Authorities raid West Tarentum home

By Chuck Biedka
A 28-year-old Tarentum man accused of robbing a gas station in October was arrested Monday for allegedly having drug paraphernalia. Justin Lamb, who is awaiting …

3 headed to prison in killing of W&J football player

By Bobby Kerlik
The mother of a Washington & Jefferson College football player slain in a street robbery told the three men responsible for his death that she …

Apollo-Ridge School District to list tax delinquents on website

By Braden Ashe
The Apollo-Ridge School District’s website will identify residents who still owe property taxes in January and haven’t committed to paying them. The school board voted, 6-0, on Monday to post the list of delinquent property owners on Jan. 1, 2015. …

Harrison schedules public hearing for Sheetz-CVS proposal

By Tom Yerace
The Harrison Commissioners will hold a public hearing on the proposed Sheetz-CVS development along Freeport Road in October. Commissioners Chairman Bill Poston made the announcement Monday night as he heard comments from residents of the neighborhood opposed to the project. …

Fire destroys Star Grill in Winfield

By Tribune-Review
The Star Grill bar and restaurant in Winfield was destroyed on Sunday by a fire that drew 14 departments to the 500 block of Marwood …

Dozens make their way around Deer Lakes Park with map, compass

By Braden Ashe
Kimmo Berg learned the hard way how steep the hills of Western Pennsylvania are. One of about 100 people to partake in an orienteering event …

Teachers, support personnel negotiate in 6 Alle-Kiski Valley school districts

By Brian C. Rittmeyer
Officials in six of the Alle-Kiski Valley’s 15 public school districts are negotiating employee contracts as students return to class. Teachers contracts have expired in the Deer Lakes and South Butler. Agreements are not expected in New Kensington-Arnold and Plum …

Restaurant owner submits lone, winning bid for Tarentum Station

By Tom Yerace
Tarentum Council finally punched John Greco’s ticket to Tarentum Station last week. That’s when Greco was able to buy the former train station that has …

Man shot in Arnold

By Braden Ashe
A shooting in Arnold early Sunday morning left an unidentified man hospitalized. Arnold police Chief Willie Weber said a patrolman heard several shots fired about 1:15 a.m. from Ivy Alley at 15th Street. When the officer arrived, Weber said, he …

Free lunch for Highlands, New Ken schools eliminates stigma

By Tom Yerace
Whoever said there’s no such thing as a free lunch will have to eat those words in two Alle-Kiski Valley school districts. This year, no …

Bridge completion brings Butler-Freeport Community Trail links within reach

By Jodi Weigand
The completion of the Freeport Bridge brought the Butler-Freeport Community Trail one step closer to connecting with proposed links into Pittsburgh and Armstrong County. As part of the bridge project, a large new trail head was created where the three …

New-Ken Arnold will have new-look school security

By Liz Hayes
The New Kensington-Arnold School Board restructured the district’s security staff in preparation for the start of school on Wednesday. The board this week established three security officer positions while eliminating two classroom monitors. Superintendent John Pallone said Lori Waltonbaugh, Mike …

Penn State New Kensington will show new face this fall

By R.A. Monti
New and seasoned students alike will be welcomed by new amenities when they return to campus at Penn State New Kensington on Monday. The 48-year-old …

Fire, water training mix for Freeport volunteer company

By Jodi Weigand
Freeport volunteer firefighters have jumped in to become the latest member of the Armstrong County Water Rescue Task Force. For the first time in the …

$6K in library books stolen from Fox Chapel library

By Tawnya Panizzi
Fox Chapel police are investigating the theft of $6,000 worth of books, stolen this summer from the Cooper-Siegel Community Library. Police Chief David Laux said he could not release particular information but that the investigation is progressing. Jill McConnell, library …

Sentencing set in Harmar election conspiracy case

By Liz Hayes
Former Harmar police chief Rick Toney is scheduled to be sentenced by a federal judge on Sept. 25 on a charge that he conspired to improperly influence an election. At the same hearing, Toney is expected to enter a plea …

Indiana Township police on lookout for loose alligator

By Liz Hayes
Indiana Township police issued an unusual BOLO on Friday: They’d like residents to be on the lookout for an alligator. Sgt. Tim Michael said the alligator was spotted twice this month in the Rural Ridge neighborhood, most recently on Tuesday …

Drills put police, teachers in danger zone

By Braden Ashe
A siren blared through the halls of Buffalo Elementary School on Thursday before a brief announcement came over the loudspeaker. “Attention,” said the voice over …

Harmar supervisor demands colleague’s resignation

By Brian C. Rittmeyer
A Harmar supervisor who may have benefitted from alleged vote tampering rebuked a colleague’s call for him to resign on Thursday. Supervisor Jerry Chalmers denied he had anything to do with former Harmar police Chief Rick Toney allegedly soliciting absentee …

New Kensington slaying victims identified

By Chuck Biedka
Almost 48 hours since two people were gunned down along a normally quiet residential street in New Kensington, police have little to say about the …

$9 million tentative agreement reached for Rock Airport property in West Deer

By Jodi Weigand
A tentative agreement was reached on Thursday to sell Rock Airport and Business Park in West Deer to Alaskan Property Management for $9 million. The company is a subsidiary of data management company Management Science Associates, a tenant of the …

Freeport Bridge reopens, Route 356 traffic still affected

By Braden Ashe
The Freeport Bridge along Route 356 reopened on Thursday once utility crews cleared downed wires and replaced three utility poles. The bridge and a portion …

West Deer supervisor accused of ethics violation

By Brian C. Rittmeyer
A company owned by a West Deer supervisor doing work for the township raises ethical concerns, another supervisor says. Supervisor Gerry Vaerewyck has filed a complaint with the state Ethics Commission against supervisors Chairman Jeff Fleming. Fleming’s company is doing …

Lower Burrell teen uses operatic gift to support Alzheimer’s charity

By Mary Ann Thomas
As a young child, Colin Aikins, 14, sang in his Lower Burrell bedroom because he was too shy to let anyone hear him. Now known …

Kiski Valley project won’t be done on time

By George Guido
Completing the Kiski Valley Water Pollution Control Authority’s expansion project will take longer than anticipated. Officials said the $32 million program that will double the treatment plant’s capacity will be done in July. The original contract called for the construction …

Allegheny Valley School Board gives raises

By Brian C. Rittmeyer
The Allegheny Valley School Board has given raises to administrators and made several other personnel moves in advance of the start of the new school year. The school board approved raises of 2.1 percent for the 2014-15 school year for …

Kiski Township OKs drilling rules

By Braden Ashe
Kiski Township has opened its doors for oil and natural gas exploration. Township supervisors on Wednesday enacted an ordinance that allows, for the first time, drilling and natural gas operations in the township. It was approved 4-0, with Supervisor Michael …

Man admits preying on Lower Burrell neighbor, taking more than $100K in money, goods

By Paul Peirce
A Lower Burrell widow tearfully described to a Westmoreland County judge Wednesday how a neighbor befriended her and her son for almost two decades before learning that he was “preying” on them to feed his gambling habit. Sarah O’Neill, 52, …