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Leechburg Area’s anti-bullying effort shows youngsters how to be BRAVE

By Braden Ashe
Tyler Waltenbaugh can still remember the excitement in his Leechburg Area elementary school when the district’s high school students stopped in for the occasional volunteer …

Pair accused of stealing bronze vases at Greenwood Memorial Park

By Chuck Biedka
A Dormont woman and a New Alexandria man are accused of stealing $19,500 of bronze cemetery vases from Greenwood Memorial Park last month. Lower Burrell police allege that Crystal Elizabeth Seeberger, 26, and Clark Headrick Jr., formerly of Kiski Township, …

September ranks with driest ever in Western Pa.

By Jodi Weigand
The small about of rain that fell Tuesday bumped last month to the fourth driest September on record. About 0.6-inch of rain fell in the …

Stop nets 3 men on gun, drug charges in New Kensington

By Chuck Biedka
New Kensington police say that stopping a motorist who was driving erratically early Saturday led to the arrest of three Alle-Kiski Valley men on gun and drug charges. According to arrest papers, Justin L. Green, 23, and Debar Green, 19, …

NK grocery store robbed

By Tom Yerace
A lone bandit robbed a New Kensington supermarket Tuesday night after pointing a gun at employees and firing a shot in the air. The robbery …

Rock Airport closes temporarily

By Jodi Weigand
Rock Airport in West Deer will be closed for about a month as a change of ownership is finalized. Alaskan Property Management on Tuesday closed on its purchase of Rock Airport and Business Park. The company is a subsidiary of …

Gunfire plagues New Kensington

By Chuck Biedka and Braden Ashe
A flurry of gunshots was fired in a gun battle Monday afternoon and two more later that night rattled residents along the 1200 block of …

Arnold man charged after 20-mile chase

By Chuck Biedka
An almost 20-mile chase early Sunday that started in Harmar and in which he smashed into a police car en route ended with a 23-year-old Arnold man facing numerous charges, state police said. Martez Dana Whitlow is accused of leading …

Native Americans honor rich heritage at Indiana Township pow wow

By Braden Ashe
David White Buffalo and Cody Coe have very different backgrounds but connect through a shared history. The former was born and raised in Rosebud, S.D., …

Ford City police investigate shooting

By Braden Ashe
Police are trying to determine where a Clarion County man was shot on Sunday before calling for help from a house in Ford City. Zack …

Chamber of Commerce puts Tour de StrongLand on ‘hiatus’

By Tom Yerace
After 25 successful years, the Tour de StrongLand bicycle race didn’t take place this year, but its absence may be brief. Western Pennsylvania’s oldest and …

Burrell alumni will be honored at homecoming

By Pamela Murphy
Burrell School District is planning a celebration to beat all celebrations. This year, the district will graduate its 50th class, and this weekend’s homecoming activities …

Vandergrift Arts & Crafts Festival showcases wide range of media

By Brian C. Rittmeyer
The tools used to create art can be as varied as the artists who wield them. With a simple No. 2 pencil, Kiski Area High …

Gilpin police suspensions rescinded, but officers return unclear

By Brian C. Rittmeyer
Gilpin has rescinded all disciplinary actions taken against two suspended police officers and reinstated them with full back pay. No one from the township would say whether officers Daniel G. Clark Sr. and Ralph Varrato will actually return to work. …

Stable neighborhood key to flipping houses

By Jodi Weigand
Of the seven homes that business partners Matt Plocki and Don Yoest have flipped in the Alle-Kiski Valley, five of them “were great successes.” There …

Hillcrest Shopping Center fabric store to move to Pittsburgh Mills mall

By Liz Hayes
Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Store, a mainstay of Lower Burrell’s Hillcrest Shopping Center for four decades, is expected to move to the Pittsburgh Mills mall …

Comcast relocates tech hub to Lower Burrell facility

By Liz Hayes
The former Oakbridge Academy of Arts parking lot is full again, but the vehicles don’t belong to students attending fall classes. Comcast Corp. is leasing …

Allegheny Valley sewage authority to upgrade

By George Guido
The Allegheny Valley Joint Sewage Authority is planning on equipment upgrades and replacements over the next several months. The Harmar-based authority’s board Wednesday night decided to install new alarm systems and update controls in all five pump stations and at …

Ohio man waives charges in New Kensington fire case

By Chuck Biedka
An Ohio man told a district judge Thursday that he was arrested the same day he arrived in New Kensington on a bus. But a New Kensington police sergeant insists witnesses said that Issac Lanard Hobbs, 31, of Cleveland, had …

Cheswick councilman Skedel resigns after tumultuous tenure

By Brian C. Rittmeyer
Cheswick Councilman Jonathan Skedel has tendered his resignation, 17 months since he last attended a council meeting. Borough Council accepted Skedel’s resignation at a special …

New Kensington-Arnold pleased with school security, but parent lodges complaint

By Liz Hayes
New Kensington-Arnold School District officials praised security improvements made this school year, although some tweaks are under consideration. Superintendent John Pallone said safety-related changes — including the addition of three security officers at Valley Junior-Senior High School — have “calmed …

FLAG — the Freeport, Leechburg, Apollo Group — has $47,000 to help businesses renovate

By Braden Ashe
An organization dedicated to the economic revitalization of three Alle-Kiski Valley communities is looking to put around $50,000 into business renovations. The nonprofit organization, called the Freeport Leechburg Apollo Group (FLAG), was recently awarded a $47,000 state Department of Community …

Harrison man accused of selling drugs near Leechburg Area High School

By Chuck Biedka
A Harrison man is accused of selling 1,500 packets of heroin near Leechburg Area High School on Sept. 6 and having 1,500 more when arrested …

Westminster Place in Oakmont redesigned to make residents feel at home

By Tom Yerace
One thing evident when walking through Westminster Place in Oakmont is that the senior care industry appears to have changed dramatically. That’s something Paul Winkler, …

Former Harmar police chief admits to election tampering

By Brian Bowling
Former Harmar police Chief Richard Allan Toney will spend three years on probation for tampering with a municipal election and hindering subsequent county and federal investigations, a federal judge ruled Thursday. As part of his plea agreement with the government, …

Glen’s Custard, an Alle-Kiski Valley staple, expands its reach

By Brian C. Rittmeyer
For more than 65 years, Alle-Kiski Valley residents have known all about the sweet, creamy treat that is Glen’s Custard. Residents of Tempe, Ariz., have …

Woman accused of arson in Vandergrift church

By Chuck Biedka
A Leechburg woman is accused of helping to ransack and set a fire inside a Vandergrift church in July. Autumn Jakosh, 21, of 133 Main St. was arraigned Wednesday on arson and other charges. A North Apollo boy and a …

Freeport Area nears decision on high school security

By Jodi Weigand
As Freeport Area School Board members consider reconstructing and securing the high school’s main entrance, they said a guard should be posted there in the interim. “We can’t wait for the renovation of the building to secure it,” said board …

Goodwill finds new home in Cheswick, remade into ‘next generation’ prototype

By Brian C. Rittmeyer
The first new tenant in the redeveloped Cheswick Shopping Center will be well known to residents and shoppers. Goodwill of Southwestern Pennsylvania plans to open …

Leechburg Area School Board to host forum on gas-drilling proposal

By Braden Ashe
Leechburg Area School Board will host a public forum next month on proposed natural gas drilling under district property in West Leechburg. District officials have been debating since July whether to enter into an oil and natural gas agreement with …

Upper Allegheny Joint Sanitary Authority awaits word on whether it can add member

By George Guido
The Upper Allegheny Joint Sanitary Authority is awaiting results of a study designed to see its treatment plant has the capacity to bring aboard another municipality. Freeport needs to upgrade its aging sewage treatment plant and bring it up to …

Arnold’s abandoned properties starting to sell

By Tom Yerace
Progress has been slow in the 15 months the Arnold Redevelopment Authority has sold abandoned properties owned by the city. However, there has been progress, authority Chairman Jay Johnston said on Tuesday. When asked if the authority is happy about the …

Consol Energy might be fined for spill from Marcellus shale well

By Brian C. Rittmeyer
Consol Energy may be fined for an accidental, small spill of flowback water from a Marcellus shale natural gas well in Washington Township in August, a spokesman with the state Department of Environmental Protection said Tuesday. The spill happened on …

Judge revokes bond for Springdale man who allegedly contacted victim, witness

By Chuck Biedka
A Springdale man who was scheduled to have a preliminary hearing on sex assault charges instead was jailed for allegedly contacting the victim and a witness despite agreeing not to do so. Richard George Francis Jr., 47, is accused of …

Pennsylvania Sen. Jim Ferlo: ‘I’m gay. Get over it. I love it’

By Brad Bumsted
HARRISBURG — State Sen. Jim Ferlo figured it was time to say something. Ferlo, D-Highland Park, disclosed that he is gay during a news conference …

PennDOT puts 14 Alle-Kiski Valley bridges on list to be replaced

By Bobby Kerlik
Fourteen Alle-Kiski Valley bridges are among 558 statewide that PennDOT officials have targeted for replacement within four years. The project list includes small bridges and …

Grant program targets 7 Westmoreland County towns, including Greensburg, for revitalization

By Bob Stiles
Latrobe could become an easier place to get around, thanks to a Community Foundation of Westmoreland County grant program, the city manager said. Several curb cuts made years ago need repairs, and a foundation grant program could help with the …

Harrison OKs antenna zoning change

By Emily Balser
Customers of Verizon Wireless may find themselves with better cellphone communications thanks to a zoning amendment approved by Harrison commissioners. On Monday night, commissioners approved an amendment that permits communication antennas on buildings in the S-1 special district that are …

Freeport dock bid exceeds resources

By Jodi Weigand
Freeport Council and the Freeport Renaissance Association hoped the proposed courtesy dock project would cost about $100,000. But the two sealed bids council opened Monday night dashed those hopes. A bid from Holbein Inc. of Buffalo Township came in at …