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Wintry weather in forecast for Mon-Yough area

By Patrick Cloonan
AccuWeather forecasters say a rainy Halloween will give way to a snowy Saturday with a coating to an inch likely in Mon-Yough communities. Temperatures are …

Clairton police round up street-level drug dealers

By Donald Gilliland 11:43 a.m.
Clairton police officers rounded up about 25 accused drug dealers Thursday morning in conclusion of a four-month investigation, the police chief said in a statement. The suspected drug dealers sold street level amounts of heroin, crack cocaine and marijuana, Chief …

Race for Pennsylvania’s 39th Legislative District one to watch

By Patrick Cloonan
Voters in Southeastern Allegheny and Northwestern Washington counties have two choices Tuesday in one of Pennsylvania’s more widely watched state House contests. The 39th Legislative …

Twin Rivers COG takes another step toward finalizing merger with Steel Valley

By Patrick Cloonan and Michael Divittorio
Members of Twin Rivers Council of Governments voted unanimously Thursday to finalize a merger with the Steel Valley council. Twin Rivers COG treasurer Dave Pasternak, White Oak’s delegate, moved to authorize Solicitor Falco Muscante to prepare paperwork for a merger, …

McKeesport basketball tournament to assist homeless veterans

By Jennifer R. Vertullo
McKeesport area veterans, officials and business owners will meet on the basketball court for a day of friendly competition and fundraising to benefit homeless veterans. …

Allegheny County council committee recommends drill lease at airport

By Patrick Cloonan
Allegheny County Council Public Works Committee gave an affirmative recommendation Thursday to lease mineral rights at Allegheny County Airport to Consol Energy. That opens the door to a vote by the full council at its meeting Wednesday at 5 p.m. …

Steel Valley school director says teachers lack volunteer spirit

By Michael Divittorio
At least one Steel Valley school director is dissatisfied with an alleged lack of volunteerism by teachers while contract negotiations continue. More than 40 teachers attended Thursday’s school board meeting. School director Coyleen Steele took them to task for not …

Elizabeth police step up traffic enforcement, crack down on speeders

By Michael Divittorio
Officer-in-Charge Tim Butler has a message for motorists in Elizabeth and West Elizabeth: Slow down. “We have guys who want to do nothing but write …

Gergely up against GOP’s Peoples in Pennsylvania House’s 35th District

By Patrick Cloonan
Voters in the state House’s 35th Legislative District will choose between veteran Democratic incumbent Marc Gergely and Republican challenger Kenneth Peoples on Tuesday. Both are …

Port Authority plans to replace deteriorated McKeesport hub

By Patrick Cloonan
Port Authority of Allegheny County plans to replace the badly deteriorated McKeesport Transportation Center with a multimodal terminal serving regional and local buses, vans and …

Clara Barton students produce pink pumpkins to raise breast cancer awareness

By Jennifer R. Vertullo
More than 150 Clara Barton Elementary students decorated pumpkins with sparkles, feathers and shades of paint not usually associated with Halloween. West Mifflin Area youngsters …

Clairton school board delays decision on bus contract renewal

By Jennifer R. Vertullo
Clairton City School District will wait another month before considering renewing its contract with PA Coach Lines. The district does not offer school bus service for Clairton Education Center, but has maintained a contract for decades with PA Coach Lines …

W.D. Mansfield Memorial Bridge completion opens ‘gateway to McKeesport’

By Patrick Cloonan
A ribbon-cutting officially capped reconstruction of the W.D. Mansfield Memorial Bridge Tuesday. “Welcome to the gateway to McKeesport,” state Rep. Bill Kortz said. He said …

Former mayoral candidate challenges Markosek in 25th

By Patrick Cloonan
Voters in the 25th Legislative District can stay the course Tuesday with veteran Rep. Joseph Markosek, D-Monroeville, or choose a new path with Republican nominee …

Facelift planned for Dead Man’s Hollow

By Eric Slagle
The name Dead Man’s Hollow can be a little off-putting. So can the wooden fence that partially blocks the entrance to the 434-acre site that …

Court must approve amendment before Duquesne teachers contract can be ratified

By Jennifer R. Vertullo
Duquesne City School District must have court approval of an amendment to its recovery plan before acting on a pending staff contract. Approaching the end of its second year in severe financial recovery status, the district will ask the Allegheny …

Crews to patch Elizabeth’s Irwin Street

By Michael Divittorio
Elizabeth public works will patch potholes and make other improvements on Irwin Street to enhance safety for residents and motorists. “We’ll get it taken care of,” Councilman Chad Rager said at a meeting Tuesday. Resident Hazel Murray has raised questions …

Companies with Mon-Yough ties included in PennDOT bridge project

By Patrick Cloonan
At least four companies with Mon-Yough experience are among 11 subcontractors in PennDOT’s Rapid Bridge Replacement Project. Carmen Paliotta Contracting of South Park, Clearwater Construction …

Mon-Yough area has plenty of options for trick-or-treating, other activities

By Jennifer R. Vertullo
Trick-or-treaters in Duquesne will try something new this year as they take part in the city’s first Halloween party at city hall. Promoted as a …

McKeesport Area pool kicks off Monday sessions

By Michael Divittorio
Just when you thought the pools had closed because Labor Day has passed, a new public club has emerged. Tiger Aquatics at McKeesport Area High …

Family waits for release of remains of McKeesport fire victim

By Patrick Cloonan
A family still is waiting to say goodbye to six members who perished Oct. 18 in a house fire in McKeesport. A relative said Monday the remains of Ronald Egenlauf Sr., 55, Dominic Jordan, 7, Autumn Jordan, 6, Serenity Jakub, …

Steel Valley spends emergency cash to solve Park heating problem

By Patrick Cloonan
Steel Valley School District is taking emergency steps to deal with a heating problem in the Park Elementary School annex. At Monday’s school board workshop, Superintendent Ed Wehrer said $165,000 worth of pipe, blowers and air handlers will be installed …

UPMC McKeesport to host diabetes update

By Carol Waterloo Frazier
An estimated 29.1 million Americans — 9.3 percent of the population — have diabetes. Another 86 million have prediabetes. An estimated 8.1 million people with …

8 arrested in riot-like brawl in McKeesport

By Eric Slagle
Police from a half-dozen communities assisted McKeesport officers Saturday when an apparent dispute among teens escalated to a riot-like situation. Police believe the incident started around noon when several teens threw objects at another youth’s home in the 1200 block …

Wait is on for resolution at E. Allegheny

By Patrick Cloonan
The wait officially has begun in the next chapter of East Allegheny’s teacher contract dispute. With the posting last week on the school district’s eawildcats.net website of final best offers from the district and East Allegheny Education Association, parameters are …

McKeesport officials foot the bill for softball celebration

By Jennifer R. Vertullo
McKeesport Girls Softball League turned to city officials to help its players end their season on a joyous and memorable note. Players, coaches and families …

Campbell foundation funds computer upgrades

By Michael Divittorio
Steel Valley School District is receiving technology upgrades and other materials through a donation by the Campbell Educational and Community Foundation. The foundation was formed …

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, …