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Parkway West ramps to be closed at Carnegie

By Bobby Kerlik
Getting in and out of Carnegie will be a challenge for motorists using the Parkway West. Starting this weekend, PennDOT will close the Carnegie off-ramps from the Parkway West around-the-clock through mid-December. Both on-ramps are already closed from Carnegie. PennDOT …

Proposal to ax long-standing tree splits Carnegie

By Megan Guza
Some Carnegie Shade Tree Commission members are among residents pressing council to keep a century-old oak in a borough park as elected leaders consider changes …

Carnegie police to charge 4 teens suspected of spraying mile-long trail of graffiti

By Megan Guza
Social media and a little help from state police led officers in Carnegie to four suspects they plan to charge in a mile-long string of …

Record collectors help give new life to vinyl at Green Tree convention

By David Mayernik Jr.
Greg Biggs admits the hobby of collecting records has changed over the years. Many older collectors are moving on to concentrate on their families, and …

Annual pet blessing in Scott is short, but sweet

By David Mayernik Jr.
The Rev. Kenneth White’s seven-year-old Golden Retriever, Lucky, most likely had a sense rain would soon fall. At Our Lady of Grace Church in Scott …

Carlynton senior collecting items for military care packages

By Megan Guza
Carlynton student Jacob Bikus was so touched by the stories of servicemen and women on his visits to military academies over the summer that he …

Collier to require 4-year degree when hiring police

By Megan Guza
Collier officials could begin advertising as early as Sunday for a new police officer. The township’s civil service commission voted 2-1 Oct. 7 to accept the commissioners’ requirement that new police hires have four-year college degrees. Gerhart Egri, vice chairman …

Oyler: Daughter of Korean war bride tells emotional story

By John Oyler
The first Bridgeville Historical Society program meeting for the 2014-15 season was a presentation of the touching story of a peasant girl in Korea who found a new life in this country, as told by her daughter, Mrs. Katie Schell, …

South Fayette couple branches out in entertainment world

By Charlotte Smith
South Fayette Township resident Courtney Czarniak is always the ‘resident artist.’ In high school, she won numerous awards and scholarships for her drawings and illustrations. …

Southern Beltway might take part of Millers Run Road in South Fayette

By Matthew Santoni
Some of the newest cul-de-sacs in South Fayette could be made from an old road. The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission proposes changing its plan for the Southern Beltway to take a chunk out of Millers Run Road between Cecil-Sturgeon Road and …

Graffiti artist leaves streak of vandalism in Carnegie

By Megan Guza
Carnegie police hope clues left in graffiti will lead them to the spray paint perpetrator responsible for a rash of tagging during the weekend. “For …

South Fayette commissioner waives right to preliminary hearing on insurance fraud charges

By Jason Cato
A South Fayette commissioner will have a formal arraignment in December on charges that she made false claims to an insurance company after her home burned. Jessica Cardillo, 32, waived her right to a preliminary hearing Tuesday. The state Attorney …

Girl Scouts lend a paw to Heidelberg police dog

By Megan Guza
Dogged efforts by a local Girl Scout troop have ensured Heidelberg Police Department’s K-9 officer Rocky is fully protected in the line of duty. Girl …

Details for Chartiers Valley’s D.C.-area fact-finding trip set

By Megan Guza
Sustainability, flexible learning space and innovation are the concepts the Chartiers Valley Design Advisory Team will focus on when they visit five Washington, D.C.-area schools later this month. The group — made up of 25 faculty, board members and students …

Bridgeville church youth director looks forward to new beginnings

By David Mayernik Jr.
Amanda Metzger, youth director at Bethany Presbyterian Church in Bridgeville, is happy to have a shoulder to lean on in her new full-time position. Her …

Lane closures begin on Parkway through Carnegie

By Megan Guza
For Parkway West travelers in the Carnegie area, things will get worse before they get better. In addition to the Carnegie on-ramp closures and coming off-ramp closures, PennDOT last week began to close a section of the Parkway in both …

Skate park in Carnegie unofficially open for visitors

By Megan Guza
Pitcher Park Memorial Skatepark is open for business – sort of. “There are still some minor punch-list items – lighting and landscaping,” Carnegie Council President …

Keystone Oaks grad continues to spread mental health message

By Megan Guza
Ian Cummins has completed his cross-country walk for suicide and mental illness awareness on Aug. 30, but he doesn’t plan to stop moving. “I have …

Meetings planned to discuss South Fayette High School expansion

By Megan Guza
South Fayette officials said last week the district is moving forward with the next step in the possible expansion of the high school building. District Superintendent Bille Rondinelli said administrators and school board members will meet with high school faculty …

Oyler: Dedicated champions of the blind reunite in Bridgeville

By John Oyler
Last week, the Greater Pittsburgh Guild for the Blind of Bridgeville held an unofficial reunion. Jack and Peg Lydic hosted the event, which turned out to be a memorable nostalgic experience for a wonderful group of people. I became aware …

South Fayette man changes course to pursue photography career

By Charlotte Smith
Matthew Shuck was a physics major at the University of Pittsburgh and an accomplished athlete when he took an introductory film studies class to fulfill a credit requirement. To his surprise, Shuck, a South Fayette High School graduate, discovered a …

Carnegie resident to celebrate 96th birthday

By Cindy Babish-schultz
Happy 96th birthday to Marie Sgro, lifelong resident of Carnegie who celebrates on Oct. 15. Marie was married to the late Anthony Sgro. Marie and Tony are the parents of Josephine (Douglas) Scott of Virginia, Michelle Rea of Green Tree, …

Group traveling to D.C.-area for Chartiers Valley school design research

By Megan Guza
The committee charged with helping with the design process for Chartiers Valley’s middle-high school renovations will travel to Washington, D.C., this month in an exploratory trip. The committee — made up of faculty, school board members, administrators and students — …

Original South Fayette mascot part of homecoming celebration

By David Mayernik Jr.
It was a warm welcome home for the original pride of South Fayette High School. Carolyn Carlisle Palmer, 68, the district’s first lion mascot in …

Collier Township officials at odds over police requirements

By Megan Guza
Collier officials hope to come to a resolution next week on education requirements for new police officers. Commissioners voted 4-1 on July 9 to add a college degree to the education requirements for new officers, with Wilson Durisko dissenting. The …

Ties continue to bind for Carnegie High School’s Class of 1964

By Dona S. Dreeland
Fifty years disappeared when Carnegie High School’s Class of 1964 gathered last weekend for a reception at the Andrew Carnegie Free Library & Music Hall, a river cruise and the grand event at the Double Tree Hilton near the Meadowlands …

Town Talk: Carnegie couple celebrates 50th anniversary

By Cindy Babish-schultz
Congratulations to longtime Carnegie residents Charlene and Joe Frank DeMar, who celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary Sept. 19 with family and friends. The couple renewed their vows at New Covenant Community Church in Homestead. A reception was held at Gaetano’s …

Oyler: New book a salute to women welders during World War II

By John Oyler
The LST (Landing Ship, Tank) program in World War II and Dravo Corporation’s prominent role in it is a favorite topic of mine. My cousin, Harry Oyler, who served as an officer on LST 548, recently sent me a clipping …

Around Town: New businesses offer services throughout Bridgeville, Carnegie areas

By Charlotte Smith
Mariner Finance, offering personal credit loans and bill consolidation, has opened in Great Southern Shopping Center (by RumFish Bar & Grille), Bridgeville. Call 412-319-7790 for an appointment. • Metro PCS, a smartphone provider, has opened at 503 Washington Pike, Bridgeville …

Authorities accuse South Fayette commissioner of insurance fraud

By Aaron Aupperlee
A statewide insurance fraud sweep netted a South Fayette commissioner who investigators allege made false claims after her house burned. The state Attorney General’s Office …

I-79 line painting begins Thursday

By Bobby Kerlik
Line painting along a nearly five-mile stretch of Interstate 79 in Allegheny County will begin Thursday, likely causing daylight traffic delays, PennDOT officials said. The slow-moving painting vehicles will be working in each direction weekdays from 9 a.m. to 3 …

Savoyards prepare to kick off 77th season at Carnegie music hall

By Mandy Fields Yokim
The works of Gilbert and Sullivan continue to inspire operetta and musical theater fans across the world — including Carnegie. The Pittsburgh Savoyards is celebrating …

Chartiers Valley, South Fayette marching bands look forward to season on the move

By Mandy Fields Yokim
With school back in session, marching bands at both Chartiers Valley and South Fayette high schools are ready to perform and show off their hard …

South Fayette church takes multi-generational approach

By Dona S. Dreeland
Some teens gathered in the parking lot of Zion Lutheran Church in South Fayette for a little five-on-five street hockey before Wednesday’s service last week. The first successful matchup begged for more, so another game is set for Oct. 1 …

Carlynton school officials say safety of student athletes important

By Megan Guza
Carlynton school officials said on Monday night that the safety of student athletes has been and will be the district’s top priority after of the resignation of varsity football coach Mauro Monz. Monz resigned on Sept. 15 after three games, …

Cash 5 tickets worth a combined $450,000 sold in Burgettstown, Crafton

By Tribune-Review
A Washington County retailer sold a Pennsylvania Lottery Cash 5 ticket worth $325,000 for Saturday’s drawing. Also, someone bought a Cash 5 ticket at the Giant Eagle in Crafton worth $125,000 for Sunday’s drawing. It matched all five balls, 01-08-16-35-38. …

I-79 construction work brings shoulder closures

By Bobby Kerlik
Shoulder closures along Interstate 79 in each direction between the Bridgeville and Crafton exits will occur Thursday, Friday, Monday and Tuesday as part of an ongoing construction project, PennDOT officials said. No lanes will be restricted on those days, officials …

Oyler: Much to do about nothing when picking up mail

By John Oyler
When we returned from vacation last month, one of my tasks was to go to the post office and pick up our mail. I was impressed with the quantity of mail and decided it would be interesting to inventory it …

South Fayette native earns pageant title

By Charlotte Smith
South Fayette Township resident Ashley Schmider participated the Miss United States Continental pageant in Houston, Texas, and was crowned the winner. The pageant, held this …