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Special events planned as part of Kennywood’s 2015 season

By Eric Slagle
Kennywood is coming out of winter hibernation. The amusement park in West Mifflin was abuzz with activity this week — even with the chillier than ...

Elizabeth Forward honors 6 for state Special Olympics medals

By Patrick Cloonan
Life skills were a topic in more ways than one at this week’s Elizabeth Forward school board meeting. Six students were honored Thursday for winning gold ...

Some ONE Homestead housing units almost ready for occupancy

By Eric Slagle
Developers of ONE Homestead say some of the $14.7 million commercial and residential project’s housing units are nearly ready for occupancy. Project developer Victor Rodriguez of ...

Allegheny County reiterates support for Pangburn Hollow overhaul

By Patrick Cloonan
Pangburn Hollow Road is on a list of several major Allegheny County roads scheduled for overhauls this summer, county Executive Rich Fitzgerald said Friday. “This will ...

No apology coming for Steel Valley teachers

By Michael Divittorio
Steel Valley Education Association will not receive an apology from school board members and district administration for publicly discussing a grievance filed by the union concerning use of a faculty restroom by a special needs student at Park Elementary School. The ...

Biz students chart strategy for stemming McKeesport’s population decline

By Patrick Cloonan
A business administration class at Penn State Greater Allegheny said McKeesport needs to reverse a decades-old population decline. In a strategic plan the class presented to ...

Political signs line Mon-Yough streets at election time

By Patrick Cloonan
Political signs are proliferating along highways in the Mon-Yough region in the weeks leading up to the May 19 primary election. The occasional sign may ...

Steel Valley board OKs no-tax-hike spend plan

By Michael Divittorio
Steel Valley School District taxpayers should not expect a tax hike for 2015-2016. School directors unanimously approved a proposed general-fund budget Thursday evening. It maintains the 21.31 mills tax rate. One mill generates approximately $533,600. The budget lists revenues at $30,452,750 and expenses ...

Old New England Elementary School sale approved by West Mifflin Area board

By Eric Slagle
West Mifflin Area school board has approved the sale of the old New England Elementary School. The board voted unanimously to sell the property along Route 885 near Century III Mall for $532,000 to buyers interested in using the facility for ...

Steel Valley school to add restroom for special needs

By Michael Divittorio
Steel Valley school board on Thursday authorized the administration to consult with Tower Engineering regarding the installation of a restroom in the Park Elementary School Annex in Munhall that is compliant with the Americans With Disabilities Act. That means specifications ...

Elizabeth Forward changes delinquent tax collectors

By Patrick Cloonan
Elizabeth Forward school board changed delinquent tax collectors and bade farewell to one of its members Thursday. By an 8-1 vote, Maiello, Brungo and Maiello LLP was chosen to replace McGrail & Associates. Then, a letter was read from Scott McVicker, who ...

White Oak police to crack down on speeders

By Michael Divittorio
White Oak police are increasing traffic enforcement in response to residents’ concerns. Targeted areas include Lower Heckman Road and Fawcett and Ohio avenues, police Chief Lou Bender said. “We have some complaints about people speeding,” Bender said. “We have already taken steps ...

Education consortium, South Allegheny among DEP grant recipients

By Patrick Cloonan
The Consortium for Public Education in McKeesport and South Allegheny School District are among 110 who have been awarded grants for environmental education and stewardship from the state Department of Environmental Protection. The consortium will receive $3,000. Spokeswoman Pamela Gaynor said ...

McKeesport firefighter injured battling blaze

By Michael Divittorio
A McKeesport firefighter was hospitalized with minor injuries sustained while battling a blaze in the city Thursday afternoon. Fire Deputy Chief Don Sabol said the firefighter, who was not identified, was transported by McKeesport Ambulance Rescue Service to UPMC ...

W. Mifflin municipal building headed to auction

By Patrick Cloonan
West Mifflin will have an auction for its former municipal building at 3000 Lebanon Church Road. Borough council on Tuesday authorized advertising the sale of ...

McKeesport Area Pre-K Counts program to expand because of Tender Care Learning Center closure

By Michael Divittorio
McKeesport Area School District’s Pre-K Counts program will receive 17 new students from Tender Care Learning Center. At a school board meeting Wednesday, school director Mary Jane Keller announced Tender Care at UPMC McKeesport will close by June 30. “We were shocked,” ...

Clairton school board announces tentative 4-year contract with paraprofessionals

By Patrick Cloonan
Clairton City School District paraprofessionals tentatively have a new contract. At Wednesday’s Clairton school board meeting, board president Richard Livingston announced the tentative four-year deal with the Clairton Educational Support Professional Association. It covers 18 employees. Terms were not reported pending ratification ...

Food bank’s green moves earn award

By Daily News
Duquesne-based Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank is a winner in the 16th annual Allegheny County EnviroStar Awards handed out for Earth Day on Wednesday. The food bank was honored for implementing a compost program to reduce waste, completing a light ...

Prosecutors weigh more charges in beating of driver who hit boy on bike

By Eric Slagle
Authorities are considering whether more charges should be filed against a Homestead man accused of beating a motorist who stopped to check on the condition of a child he’d hit with his car. Emmanual Eugene Jones, 20, was scheduled to have ...

Mon-Yough towns to clean for Earth Day

By Michael Divittorio
From Homestead to Jefferson Hills and in many Mon-Yough communities in between, residents will clean up their hometowns Saturday in conjunction with the Great American ...

Clairton to name gym for Bradford

By Patrick Cloonan
Clairton school directors have memorialized their late colleague Paulette A. Bradford by naming the Clairton Education Center gymnasium in her honor. School board president Richard Livingston ...

Jefferson Hills burglary suspect arrested

By Patrick Cloonan
A Jefferson Hills man charged with attempted burglary has been jailed in lieu of $5,000 bond. Borough police said Joshua Garrett Smithson, 23, was taken into custody Tuesday night. Police said in a Nixle alert that he is a suspect in ...

Sexting allegations land S. Allegheny teacher in jail

By Michael Divittorio
A South Allegheny Middle School social studies teacher, who allegedly sent inappropriate text messages to a 12-year-old female student, has been arrested and remains in ...

Former North Versailles Township commissioner announces write-in bid for magisterial district judge

By Patrick Cloonan
It’s a five-way race once again for magisterial district judge in the North Versailles area. Former township Commissioner Kash Snyder announced Wednesday night that he will conduct a write-in campaign in both party primaries May 19. “(It) is an easy process nowadays,” ...

McKeesport to get overhaul via 9 beautification projects

By Patrick Cloonan
Nine McKeesport lots will get an overhaul under a Pittsburgh-based program that officials hope will “begin a conversation about what else can happen here.” That’s according ...

Woman will get hearing on rejection by McKeesport Housing Authority

By Aaron Aupperlee
It took more than two years, but a homeless woman denied a place to live by the McKeesport Housing Authority will have her day in court. Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court ruled Tuesday that Danella Bray could appeal the authority’s denial of ...

Dravosburg to discuss playground upgrade

By Michael Divittorio
Dravosburg officials want to renovate Kidsville Playground near the corner of Duquesne and McClure avenues. Council unanimously voted Tuesday to schedule a meeting with borough engineer Don Glenn to discuss possible upgrades and start state grant application processes. Council vice president ...

Glassport adds 10 streets to paving schedule

By Eric Slagle
Glassport officials have added 10 streets and alleys to their spring paving project. Council authorized the additional work Tuesday, bringing the total number of streets being paved to 24. The 10 streets will cost $458,000. The borough hired A. Folino Construction of ...

Greenock kids learn 3 R’s of Earth Day

By Patrick Cloonan
For a second year, about 200 youngsters at Elizabeth Forward’s Greenock Elementary School had a primer about a special sort of “three R’s” on the ...

McKeesport Wise Walk participants make friends, get healthier

By Michael Divittorio
Glassport native Helen Horox-Nelson knew she had to make some lifestyle changes a few years ago when she learned she had high blood pressure and ...

Jefferson Hills burglary suspect wanted by police in 3 communities

By Patrick Cloonan
Jefferson Hills, Pleasant Hills and Clairton authorities are on the lookout for a suspect in a burglary and two attempted break-ins in Jefferson Hills. Jefferson Hills police said Tuesday afternoon that Joshua Smithson, 23, is wanted by Pleasant Hills police on ...

Repair work leaves some Homestead residents without water

By Patrick Cloonan
There has been a pause in water line work in Homestead, where a shutoff Tuesday caused some confusion. Pennsylvania-American Water spokeswoman Josephine Posti said a planned repair affecting approximately five blocks between Eleventh and Seventeenth avenues was completed as scheduled late ...

McKeesport’s Auberle honors its all-stars at banquet

By Patrick Cloonan
McKeesport’s Auberle honored more than two dozen all-star youngsters, foster families and a Turtle Creek service agency at a banquet in North Huntingdon on Monday. Approximately ...

Liberty asks diocese not to close church

By Patrick Cloonan
Liberty council unanimously adopted a resolution Monday urging the Roman Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh not to close a borough worship center. “We certainly would not like ...

Full basketball court to return to White Oak playground

By Michael Divittorio
A basketball hoop will be reinstalled at Larry E. Bishop Memorial Playground in White Oak because several teens have pledged to keep the area clean. White Oak council unanimously approved resident Jaron Domarsky’s request at a meeting Monday evening. Councilman Ken Robb ...

Mon-Yough authorities investigate heroin, Fentanyl overdoses

By Patrick Cloonan
Authorities in Mon-Yough communities are trying to determine if a series of drug incidents is linked to a deadly string of overdoses in Pittsburgh. “We had two overdoses in the last two weeks,” Glassport police Chief Cliff LeFever said Monday. “Both ...

McKeesporter charged in domestic incident ordered to stand trial

By Eric Slagle
Criminal charges have been held for court against a McKeesport man who allegedly hid two pistols behind bathroom ceiling tiles while police were at his home investigating a domestic disturbance. Eugene McLemore, 29, appeared before Magisterial District Judge Eugene Riazzi on ...

$3,000 taken from Duquesne VFW in possible inside job

By Patrick Cloonan
A thief stole thousands of dollars from a Veterans of Foreign Wars post in Duquesne early Saturday — and removed a digital video recorder unit linked to security cameras. VFW Post 188 Commander Elizabeth Salvador said she and another post officer ...

TreeVitalize spruces up McKeesport’s Seventh Ward

By Michael Divittorio
The landscape of McKeesport’s educational and cultural sector gained extra green Saturday as Tube City Renaissance planted 27 trees through the TreeVitalize initiative. TreeVitalize is ...