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‘Oklahoma!’ sets bar high for theater season

By Carol Waterloo Frazier
As soon as patrons enter McKeesport Little Theater, they are greeted by people wearing cowboy hats to get the audience ready to be whisked away …

‘Addams Family’ should be lots of devilish fun

By Carol Waterloo Frazier
Does this scenario sound familiar — a family having a hard time accepting the reality that their daughter has grown up and fallen in love? …

State tour touts Auberle facility

By Patrick Cloonan
McKeesport and Homestead venues are among stops for a Corbett administration road trip that is focusing on programs making an impact on the state’s economic …

Duquesne hearing clears way for TIF extension

By Patrick Cloonan
The executive director of Redevelopment Authority of the City of Duquesne does not think a full 15 years will be needed for a proposed extension of a tax incremental financing agreement. “We are anticipating that it will be in the …

Coach’s firing causes ruckus in Steel Valley

By Michael Divittorio
The Steel Valley school board replaced the high school’s longtime boys basketball coach at a special meeting on Tuesday that nearly turned into a riot. School directors opened all winter and spring supplemental coaching positions last month under a new …

West Mifflin council adopts tenant ordinance

By Patrick Cloonan
Three residents questioned the merit of West Mifflin council passing an ordinance to enforce distrain, which is collection of rent from tenants who occupy tax-delinquent properties. That didn’t stop council’s 6-0 vote on Tuesday on the ordinance that includes a …

Dravosburg supports regional land bank plan

By Jennifer R. Vertullo
Dravosburg is supporting regional efforts to start a land bank to combat blight in the Mon Yough region. Councils of governments for Steel Valley, Twin Rivers and Turtle Creek Valley are seeking approval from their member municipalities. Dravosburg council unanimously …

Former South Allegheny school director named to Glassport council

By Eric Slagle
Glassport council has a new member. Councilors on Tuesday appointed Blair Wojton to a seat vacated by Eugene Skerkoski last month. Wojton was one of two people to apply for the opening. He came in fourth place in the 2013 …

Police: Phone calls about unpaid taxes are scams

By Michael Divittorio
Elizabeth Township and West Mifflin police are warning residents about phone scams. They involve callers attempting to gain tax information from residents. In Elizabeth Township, callers are purporting to be IRS agents. In West Mifflin, the scammer is impersonating a …

War of words goes on at East Allegheny

By Patrick Cloonan
A war of words continues between East Allegheny School District and its 133 striking teachers as the walkout enters its third week. “We are going …

Solicitor settles into her new job in White Oak

By Patrick Cloonan
A fast-paced Monday night council meeting marked Krisha Mackulin’s return as White Oak borough solicitor. Council authorized advertising an ordinance that Mackulin wrote, regulating seismic testing, and approved a flood plain ordinance. The Federal Emergency Management Agency requires approval of …

‘Operation Pork Chop’ gambling ring trials continued

By Patrick Cloonan
The latest “Operation Pork Chop” court appearance became the latest continuance in a case that has had numerous delays since 16 people were indicted more than a year ago. Forward Township police Chief Mark P. Holtzman, 58, of McKeesport and …

Clairton banking on City Hall ATM

By Jennifer R. Vertullo
One year after PNC closed its Clairton branch, the bank has installed an automated teller machine at Clairton City Hall. PNC closed its Miller Avenue …

Liberty seeks sewage system purchase proposals

By Eric Slagle
Liberty officials want to know what the borough’s sewage system is worth. Council on Monday voted to seek purchase proposals for the system, which serves about 1,100 customers and feeds into a treatment facility operated by the Municipal Authority of …

Mon Valley experts react to domestic abuse reports

By Michael Divittorio
Advocates against domestic violence and experts from the Mon Valley are weighing in on the subject that took center stage this month in reaction to the release of videos showing a violent altercation between former Baltimore Ravens running back Ray …

2 Operation Pork Chop trials set for today

By Patrick Cloonan
The last scheduled Operation Pork Chop trials will take place this month in Allegheny County Common Pleas Court, with two suspects to face a judge this week and the alleged mastermind to have his day in court in two weeks. …

White Oak borough changes its solicitor again

By Patrick Cloonan
For the second time this year White Oak borough has had a change of solicitors. When council meets on Monday night, Krisha Mackulin will be at the side of council president Carrie Noll, whose colleagues accepted the resignation of attorney …

McKeesport Area welcomes its alumni home

By Jennifer R. Vertullo
McKeesport Area High School celebrated its 2014 homecoming with a full day of activities for students, staff and alumni. Festivities began with a tailgate party …

McKeesport Area shares high-tech building during official dedication

By Jennifer R. Vertullo
McKeesport Area School District invited students, families, alumni and staff to celebrate completion of the new Twin Rivers Primary/Intermediate School during a dedication ceremony and …

Progress reported in Elizabeth Township manager search

By Eric Slagle
Elizabeth Township officials say they likely will hire a manager before they hire a police chief. The township has neither after the resignation last week of police Chief Robert McNeilly and the dismissal of manager Richard Janus in July. Commissioner …

East Allegheny school board sets special session as strike continues

By Patrick Cloonan
East Allegheny school board has called a special executive session for Monday while striking teachers prepare to resume picketing. Meanwhile residents have reported receiving anonymous letters purporting to be from the board. No new talks are scheduled in the contract …

Homestead hires code enforcer

By Eric Slagle
Homestead has a new code enforcement officer. Borough council appointed Sean Hearn to the position at a regular meeting this week. Hearn will earn a salary of $38,000 annually. He has been working as a part-time fireman and code officer …

South Versailles plans road reconstruction

By Patrick Cloonan
South Versailles Township is looking ahead to reconstruction of three streets. At their monthly meeting on Thursday township commissioners were told that bids will be opened on Sept. 29 at 11 a.m. at the Twin Rivers Council of Governments office …

McKeesport seeks recruits for green space transformation program

By Jennifer R. Vertullo
McKeesport is recruiting a dozen community volunteers for a program that will empower neighborhoods to transform vacant lots into viable green space. ReClaim McKeesport, a …

Federal judge dismisses woman’s suit against McKeesport for police officer’s illegal entry

By Brian Bowling
A federal judge on Thursday dismissed a McKeesport woman’s claim that the city was liable for one of its police officers making a copy of her house key and illegally entering her home. Tammy Means claimed in the 2011 lawsuit …

Kane fundraiser walk dedicated to longtime volunteer

By Jennifer R. Vertullo
The Kane Foundation is dedicating its annual fundraiser walk in memory of longtime volunteer and board member Joan Burns. The third annual Fun Walk 4 …

Elizabeth Township Authority’s dispute with attorney hinges on apology

By Eric Slagle
A dispute over attorney fees stemming from last year’s dissolution of Elizabeth Township Sanitary Authority could be headed toward a conclusion. Officials from the Elizabeth Township Authority — which took over administration of the sewage department after ETSA was terminated …

E. McKeesport awards contract for demolitions

By Michael Divittorio
East McKeesport council awarded a contract on Thursday for demolition of 10 structures. Everready Contracting’s $59,000 bid was approved 5-0. Council president Kathleen Lipesky and Councilman George Padezan were absent. Borough engineer Don Glenn said Everready was the lowest responsible …

Duquesne plans new Halloween tradition

By Patrick Cloonan
Autumn will bring higher salt prices to Duquesne and may bring a new tradition, city councilors were told this week. The new tradition is a parade instead of trick-or-treating on Halloween, city controller Beth Kracinovsky announced. In a letter to …

Shuttered Homestead church could get new life

By Eric Slagle
The potential sale of the old St. Mary Magdalene Church in Homestead was discussed at a council meeting on Thursday. Businessman Bill Petrucci said he is negotiating with the Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh with hopes of buying the Amity Street …

CommUnity Day emphasizes similarities, not differences

By Jennifer R. Vertullo
Clairton’s Unity Committee is planning the ninth annual CommUnity Day for Saturday afternoon along Waddell Avenue. With the help of volunteers, city and school district …

McKeesport Area School District program starts teaching value of school attendance early

By Jennifer R. Vertullo
McKeesport Area students were greeted with smiles, stickers and school supplies when they stepped off their buses on Wednesday morning. Welcoming committees of teachers, administrators …

Mon-Yough area robbery suspect back in prison

By Patrick Cloonan
A Munhall man accused in a series of Mon-Yough area robberies waived his preliminary hearing in one case on Wednesday. Richard P. Thomas Jr., 38, …

Duquesne TIF extension moves forward

By Patrick Cloonan
The process of extending tax increment financing for Duquesne developments took two more steps toward reality this week. Approval came from Duquesne City School District’s …

East Allegheny audit cites potential for ‘financially declining position’

By Patrick Cloonan
East Allegheny School District and its striking teacher union exchanged comments about what may happen next in the dispute and an audit report the district released to The Daily News on Wednesday. “This performance audit contains one finding,” the Bureau …

Funds to reduce Elizabeth flooding

By Patrick Cloonan
Allegheny County Airport, Elizabeth borough residents and a Monongahela River hydropower project will benefit from funds approved this week by the state’s Commonwealth Financing Authority. The authority OK’d a $4 million Alternative and Clean Energy Program grant to Lock+Hydro Friends …

Whitaker goes proactive with proposal for zoning change

By Michael Divittorio
Whitaker took steps to amend a zoning ordinance council says will address communication towers. Council voted 5-1 on Wednesday to authorize secretary Jean Warren to advertise the amendment. Councilman Jack Esken dissented and Councilman Ed Morrissey was absent. Esken said …

Pension payments going up in Duquesne

By Patrick Cloonan
Duquesne anticipates a 25 percent hike in pension payments in 2015. “I am extremely nervous regarding this obligation,” city manager Frank Piccolino admitted in his report to city council on Wednesday. “Overall there is an increase of $86,951, or 25 …

‘Oklahoma!’ kicks off McKeesport Little Theater’s 54th season

By Carol Waterloo Frazier
A musical theater classic will mark the start of McKeesport Little Theater’s 54th season. “Oklahoma!,” the first musical written by composer Richard Rodgers and librettist Oscar Hammerstein II, opens Friday and continues weekends through Sept. 28. “It’s one of the …