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9-month probe leads to major heroin bust in McKeesport

By Jennifer R. Vertullo
Authorities recovered approximately $10,000 worth of suspected heroin in a Friday morning drug bust in McKeesport. Delray Singleton, 21, of McKeesport is charged with possession …

Wolf pays another vist to the Mon Valley as Corbett remains absent

By Patrick Cloonan
Mon-Yough voters will join others across Pennsylvania in choosing between incumbent Republican Tom Corbett and Democratic challenger Tom Wolf for governor. The Nov. 4 contest …

McKeesport Area student leadership group donates Halloween costumes

By Jennifer R. Vertullo
McKeesport Area High School students want all district youngsters, regardless of their family financial status, to enjoy Halloween dressed as their favorite characters. The high …

McKeesport leaders sign pledge to be part of solution to violence

By Jennifer R. Vertullo
McKeesport leaders have joined with the Center for Victims to make men part of the solution for ending domestic violence and sexual assault. Mayor Michael …

West Mifflin Area adjusts solicitor duties

By Michael Divittorio
West Mifflin Area School District made a change regarding its solicitor. The board voted 7-2 Thursday to appoint Matthew Racunas as district solicitor, effective immediately, at a monthly rate of $9,000, and to retain former Solicitor George Gobel as special …

Protestants preparing for Reformation Sunday observances; Protestants, Catholics plan for 2017

By Patrick Cloonan
Protestants are preparing for Reformation Sunday observances this weekend, 497 years after the Rev. Martin Luther posted his 95 Theses on the Wittenberg church door. Meanwhile, Catholics and Lutherans in Southwestern Pennsylvania are looking ahead to Oct. 31, 2017, the …

Propels leave the lights on to showcase their after-school activities

By Patrick Cloonan
Propel McKeesport and Propel Homestead carried out a national initiative on Thursday by celebrating what kids can do when classes conclude. “‘Lights On’ is a …

Duquesne woman charged with fatally stabbing live-in boyfriend

By Patrick Cloonan
A Duquesne woman accused of fatally stabbing of her live-in boyfriend Thursday has been charged with criminal homicide, Allegheny County homicide detectives said. Duquesne police …

White Oak church keeps alive Scots community celebration

By Carol Waterloo Frazier
Nine years ago, the Rev. Dr. J. Bruce Byers initiated the Scottish Sunday Service and Observances at Sampson’s Mills Presbyterian Church in White Oak. That …

Elizabeth Forward team honored for playoff berth

By Patrick Cloonan
Elizabeth Forward School District Superintendent Bart Rocco honored the girls high school soccer team at Wednesday’s school board meeting. The Warriors were eliminated by Yough, 3-0, in the first round of the WPIAL Class AA playoffs on Saturday. Brandon Gerba …

Harvest of Hope fundraiser to support cancer patients

By Carol Waterloo Frazier
Since the Jodi Matta-Dillinger Resource Center was dedicated at UPMC McKeesport in 2012, cancer patients have had a place to obtain the resources necessary to …

West Mifflin school board vote turns in favor of union workers

By Michael Divittorio
West Mifflin Area School District will not seek proposals for cafeteria management and labor services. A motion to authorize requests for proposals was defeated by a 4-5 vote. In favor were board president Judy Andzelik, vice president Harry Fast III, …

Allegheny County explores state of Mon Valley area health

By Jennifer R. Vertullo
Allegheny County brought its “Our Health, Our Voice” campaign to McKeesport on Wednesday to share statistics and identify health care barriers and resources in the …

Pair of Operation Pork Chop trials delayed in McKeesport

By Patrick Cloonan
Nonjury trials scheduled Wednesday for two public officials accused of being part of a McKeesport area gambling ring were continued until Nov. 4 to allow …

Elizabeth Forward school board hears money issues

By Patrick Cloonan
Money was an issue on multiple levels for Elizabeth Forward school board Wednesday, from high-tech labs to low-tech supplies to state funding. The board celebrated a $70,000 Chevron grant to further high-tech efforts at the middle school. “This grant is …

7 McKeesport letter carriers earn Million Mile status

By Jennifer R. Vertullo
The U.S. Postal Service honored seven McKeesport letter carriers Wednesday with prestigious membership in the National Safety Council’s Million Mile Club. McKeesport Postmaster Dan Devey …

West Mifflin Area students learn to prevent bullying

By Jennifer R. Vertullo
Homeville Elementary School students pledged to be peace-builders Wednesday as part of West Mifflin Area School District’s monthlong campaign to support bullying prevention. October is …

‘Wonderland Jr.’ tries to be its own production

By Carol Waterloo Frazier
When the curtain goes up at the Grand Theatre in Elizabeth, the audience will be transported down the rabbit hole to Lewis Carroll’s Wonderland. Mon …

West Mifflin inches closer to fix for collapsed culvert

By Patrick Cloonan
West Mifflin’s engineer said the borough could be in position by next month to advertise for repairs to a collapsed culvert along Curry Hollow Road. Ray Antonelli of NIRA Consulting Engineers told council Tuesday that an application for a permit …

McKeesport Area’s fitness efforts recognized

By Michael Divittorio
American Heart Association has given McKeesport Area gold recognition as a fit-friendly school district. The association’s youth market director Kelly Wilding presented a plaque to district officials at Wednesday’s school board meeting, acknowledging their efforts to promote wellness among staff …

West Mifflin plans for host of fall activities

By Patrick Cloonan
West Mifflin’s recreation department is getting ready for Halloween, holiday light-up and other fall activities. At Tuesday’s council meeting, recreation director Anthony DiCenzo said children up to 10 years old are invited to Homeville Elementary School Saturday from 10:30 a.m. …

W. Mifflin backs drilling at airport

By Patrick Cloonan
Even if Consol Energy Inc. doesn’t plan to drill for natural gas at Allegheny County Airport, West Mifflin area officials is pressing the county to …

Clairton residents share concerns over sewage bills

By Jennifer R. Vertullo
Clairton residents are still seeking solutions to sewage woes that surfaced in 2012, when the city sold its sanitary lines to the city’s municipal authority. …

McKeesport lawmaker’s bill would fund more police by upping fines

By Patrick Cloonan
State Sen. James Brewster said Tuesday he plans to reintroduce legislation next year that could help municipalities hire part-time police officers at up to $15 an hour by adding $10 to the fines imposed for traffic violations. “I find it …

Munhall officials miffed at ex-manager for leaving town

By Michael Divittorio
Allegheny County District Attorney Stephen Zappala’s office is investigating whether former Munhall manager Matthew Galla violated the conditions of his release by being in the audience of a Los Angeles-based TV game show. “We do care about this issue and …

West Mifflin official: Buyer expected soon for old administration building

By Patrick Cloonan
West Mifflin is moving closer to selling the borough’s former administration building at 3000 Lebanon Church Road. “There should be an offer for the building within the next 30 days,” borough Solicitor Phil DiLucente said. DiLucente relayed news from Kuzneski …

Glassport plaque gets new home

By Michael Divittorio
Three life members of the Reliance Hose Co. No. 2’s ladies auxiliary presented Glassport officials with a plaque Tuesday evening, acknowledging the now-defunct fire company’s …

West Mifflin Area schools boost security in response to threat against student

By Michael Divittorio
Students in the West Mifflin Area School District will see added security and police presence at school Wednesday as a result of a threat made Tuesday afternoon. Superintendent Daniel Castagna said a high school student made a threat to another …

County investigators determine fatal McKeesport fire started in living room

By Patrick Cloonan
The fire that killed six members of a McKeesport family and critically burned a seventh on Saturday is only the latest in a series of …

Arbitration hearing between animal shelter, Youghiogheny Country Club delayed

By Patrick Cloonan
A new date is pending for an arbitration hearing that had been scheduled for Monday in a civil dispute between Youghiogheny Country Club and White Oak Animal Safe Haven over nearly $10,000 in unpaid bills. It likely will not happen …

White Oak Holocaust survivor continues to share tragic story

By Patrick Cloonan
Sam Weinreb has told this story before. “If I live 100 more years, I will never get over what happened,” the Holocaust survivor from White …

Ramp dedicated to slain McKeesport officer’s memory

By Patrick Cloonan
A McKeesport police officer will be remembered every time drivers come off the McKeesport end of the Duquesne-McKeesport Bridge. “It was the saddest day in …

Teen’s family turns tragedy into lesson for McKeesport students

By Jennifer R. Vertullo
McKeesport Area School District and the Higdon family are turning their tragic loss into a positive message for students. Alyson Higdon, 14, died March 6 …

White Oak moves forward on community center

By Patrick Cloonan
White Oak council approved an agreement with state officials Monday for a $500,000 grant for a community center to be built adjacent to the White Oak Athletic Association complex. Council president Carrie Noll said the borough has the match needed …

Liberty hires 2 part-time police officers, honors another

By Michael Divittorio
Liberty council has hired two part-time police officers and adopted a resolution honoring a patrolman for his 20 years of service. Council members voted unanimously …

McKeesport Area first-grader brings toy gun on school bus

By Michael Divittorio
McKeesport Area School District officials are investigating an incident in which a first-grader had a toy gun on a school bus. In a letter sent to parents and guardians by Twin Rivers Primary School principal Tia Wanzo, the district was …

Kin of 2013 DUI crash victim in Hempfield lose young family in fire

By Renatta Signorini
Lisa Lakenan has waited for nearly a year and a half to begin the process of finding justice for her son. “He was a wonderful …

Hundreds mourn victims of McKeesport house fire at candlelight vigil

By Tory N. Parrish
The day after six people — including four children — died in a swift-moving house fire in McKeesport, hundreds of family members, friends and neighbors …

North Versailles Township commissioner opposes closing Green Valley Primary School

By Michael Divittorio
North Versailles Commissioner Sam Juliano does not want East Allegheny School District officials to close Green Valley Primary School. “I think that would be a …