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Student council leads the way at McKee Middle School

By Kristie Linden
The student council at Jeannette McKee Middle School is made up of an active, boisterous group of kids who are constantly looking for things to do that will not only improve daily school life but can also positively impact the …

Students learning simple machines, more in McKee’s 5th grade

By Kristie Linden
Students in Greg Leonard’s fifth-grade science class are learning all about simple machines this year and thanks to the help of Rich Rogers, technology education …

Razing of Monsour Medical Center in Jeannette within reach with $1M grant

By Rich Cholodofsky
Monsour Medical Center, the abandoned hospital building that towers over Route 30 in Jeannette, could be torn down by next summer, Westmoreland County officials said Wednesday upon receiving a $1 million state grant for the work. County Planning Director Jason …

Jeannette residents share experiences, raise awareness of breast cancer

By Margie Stanislaw
October is Breast Cancer Awareness month and Jeannette has joined the fight. Laura Smith, Clay Avenue Coordinator of the Jeannette Community Action Team, said she …

Contemporary service to begin at Jeannette’s First Presbyterian

By Margie Stanislaw
A new service will be offered at First Presbyterian Church at the corner of Fourth Street and Bullitt Avenue beginning this weekend. The Worship Committee, …

McKee names studenrts of the month

By Kristie Linden
The McKee Middle School students of the month are Nathan Moore, fifth grade, Nisjae Marshall, sixth grade, Alyssa Gabris, seventh grade, Isabella Johns, eighth grade. …

Jeannette urged to hike wage tax

By Renatta Signorini
Jeannette council appears poised to approve an increase to the city’s earned-income tax for 2015, a move encouraged by the city’s newly hired manager, Bruce Jamison. The proposal would raise about $600,000 — revenue that would be directed to the …

Monsour hospital properties sold at free-and-clear sale

By Renatta Signorini
The rise and fall of Monsour Medical Center, a story that spans nearly half a century, reached a conclusion on the auction block Friday. The …

DEP orders cleanup of former Jeannette Glass property to resume

By Renatta Signorini
The Department of Environmental Protection this week ordered cleanup of the former Jeannette Glass site to resume as required by a consent order. The DEP rejected claims that the property’s former owner, Zion Bullitt Avenue LTD, could not access the …

Veteran Jeannette math teacher working to become counselor

By Kristie Linden
Sheri Binda, a 19-year veteran math teacher at Jeannette High School, is working toward a new path in her career — she is enrolled in …

Woodlawn women climb highest peak in Northern Africa over summer

By Margie Stanislaw
Partners Patricia Elliott and Kimberly Rentler of the Woodlawn neighborhood are no strangers to travel or difficult backpacking trips. Two years ago, Elliott, Rentler and …

Planning for Jeannette’s Adopt-A-Block program continues

By Kristie Linden
The creation of an Adopt-A-Block program in Jeannette is moving slowly but deliberately. The intention of Dave Cochran, of Cochran Heating and Cooling on Harrison Avenue in Jeannette, and his wife, Lori, is to create a program that is sustainable …

Jeannette Salvation Army board plans upcoming events

By Margie Stanislaw
The Advisory Board of the Jeannette Salvation Army met early this month for the first time since the typical summer hiatus. As in years past, …

2 Jeannette men charged in Greensburg armed robbery

By Paul Peirce
Two Jeannette men were charged Thursday in connection with the armed robbery of a Greensburg resident outside his home earlier this week. Police charged Brandon Iapalucci, 21, and Ryan Meyers, 20, with robbery and conspiracy after the victim identified Iapalucci …

2014 Jeannette Homecoming Queen crowned

By Kristie Linden
The members of the 2014 Jeannette High School Homecoming Court are seniors Nicole Evangelist, 17, Kiana Tran, 17, Monica Carl, 17, Carlee Shifko, 17, and …

McKee 4th-graders get new opportunities this year

By Kristie Linden
When students returned to class early this fall, there were lots of changes at McKee K-8 — not the least of which is the name …

Earned Income Tax increases in Jeannette

By Kristie Linden
Jeannette City Council voted 4-1 in favor of increasing the Earned Income Tax (EIT) by .5 percent for 2015. Mayor Richard Jacobelli and Councilman Mark Clark reversed their votes from last month and voted in favor of the increase, along …

Jeannette groups can apply for revitalization dollars

By Margie Stanislaw
More revitalization dollars could be available for the City of Jeannette. Last month, the Community Foundation of Westmoreland announced the Revitalizing Westmoreland grants program — …

Cash 5 ticket worth $1.5 million sold at Jeannette beer distributor

By Renatta Signorini
A surprise with a high dollar value came to a Jeannette beer distributor Tuesday morning. Pennsylvania Lottery officials called to inform them that a Cash 5 ticket worth about $1.5 million in Friday’s drawing was sold there, said Jeremy Ramler, …

Jeannette wage tax may rise

By Renatta Signorini
Jeannette is on its way to raising the earned-income tax to catch up on its pension obligations for the second consecutive year, despite several residents’ pleas to find other revenue sources. “We will keep you apprised of how it’s working …