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Belle Vernon Eagle Scout ready to serve church, country

By Les Harvath 2:14 p.m.
Soon-to-be Belle Vernon Area High School grad Joey Schickel won’t have much time to enjoy his summer vacation this year. As classmates trek to beaches ...

Ladies G.A.R. chapter marking Civil War anniversary in Monongahela

By Chris Buckley 2:17 p.m.
When the Ladies Grand Army of the Republic Starkweather Circle 173 holds its annual memorial service this week, the event will mark the sesquicentennial anniversary of the end of the Civil War. “This year’s focus is upon getting closure ...

Former Ringgold guidance counselor accused of sex assault faces trial

By The Valley Independent
A former Ringgold High School guidance counselor accused of having sex with an 18-year-old student was ordered Friday to stand trial in Westmoreland County court. Lianne Danko, 33, of Rolling Hill Farm Drive, Rostraver, is charged with four counts of institutional ...

Monessen names top 2015 students

By Tribune-Review
Zachary T. Picciarelli will be recognized as valedictorian and Joshua R. Kucmeroski as salutatorian when commencement ceremonies are held 6 p.m. June 5 at ...

Adventures still plentiful for Bellmar graduate Carol Nesti Riley in Virginia

By Ron Paglia
Growing up on Green Street in Belle Vernon offered Carol Ann Nesti Riley a childhood full or exploration and freedom. “Roaming the streets of our community ...

Charleroi man’s body found hours after disappearance on Youghiogheny River

By Tribune-Review
Funeral arrangements haven’t been finalized for a Charleroi man who disappeared in the Youghiogheny River in Fayette County while retrieving a football. The body of Josh McKenna, 26, was recovered from the river by rescue crews in Perry Township late Wednesday, ...

Cancer survivors to celebrate with picnic at Mon Valley Hospital

By Mary Pickels
Wendy Corazzi spent a recent breezy afternoon digging in the dirt, enjoying the fresh air and the chance to work outside again. “That’s my love. I ...

Properties for sale in Monessen

By Rick Bruni Jr.
Monessen council has agreed to place three city-owned properties — including its current home — up for bid to sell or lease. But the mayor and ...

Former soccer coach to stand trial in Monongahela

By Chris Buckley
George Watkins was silent as he walked in and out of the courtroom in Monongahela Thursday, a heavy hooded sweatshirt tightly pulled over his head ...

PennDOT vows help for Charleroi

By Chris Buckley
PennDOT executive Joe Szczur came to Charleroi Thursday to see a series of crumbling sidewalks and voids beneath the surface that could be compromising Fallowfield ...

Ringgold director Carroll quits

By Chris Buckley
Chris Carroll resigned his post on the Ringgold School Board Thursday. Carroll could not be reached for comment Thursday night. “I was totally shocked,” said board President Mariann Bulko of her reaction to Carroll’s resignation. The resignation came a day after Carroll ...

Charleroi Area names top students

By The Valley Independent
Laine Allison Mosco and Rose Christine Hawk will be recognized as valedictorian and salutatorian, respectively, when commencement ceremonies are held 7 p.m. June 2 in ...

Frazier High School names Class of 2015 top students

By The Valley Independent
Frazier School District will host commencement ceremonies 7 p.m. June 2 in the high school auditorium. The Class of 2015 is led by valedictorian Jamie Muccioli ...

Cal U cheerleading squad captures national title

By Joe Napsha
A year after resurrecting its competitive cheerleading team, California University of Pennsylvania’s cheerleaders beat a field of teams from 22 other schools last month to ...

Ringgold goal to foster excellence

By Chris Buckley
Out to improve state assessment test scores, Ringgold administrators unveiled the Building a Culture of Excellence initiative Wednesday for the school board. Superintendent Dr. Karen Polkabla said the initiative was being introduced now so the board can consider it before the ...

Alleged Bunola shooter out of hospital

By Chris Buckley
A Fayette County man was released from the hospital Wednesday and sent to the Allegheny County Jail, where he is being held in the shooting death of his uncle May 20 in the Bunola section of Forward. Billy Joe Richter, 47, ...

Lawmaker eyes Charleroi street woes

By Chris Buckley
Charleroi officials became aware of erosion beneath the surface in the downtown area during preparations for a water line replacement project. But they only realized the ...

Emergency crews search Youghiogheny River in Layton for Charleroi man

By Karl Polacek
Catherine McKenna stood on the banks of the Youghiogheny River in Layton on Wednesday watching as emergency crews searched the river for her son, Joshua ...

Top students named at California Area High School

By The Valley Independent
Four students will be recognized as valedictorians and salutatorian during California Area High School’s commencement ceremonies 7 p.m. Friday. Valedictorians are Matthew John Amber, Mario Tiberie ...

Charleroi man charged in fatal crash to stand trial

By The Valley Independent
A Charleroi man will face trial on charges stemming from a fatal crash that claimed the life of a former Ringgold standout athlete. Bryan D. Anthony, 36, of Shady Avenue, waived his right to a preliminary hearing Wednesday on one count ...

Holiday weekend memories abound for 1965 enthusiast

By Ron Paglia
Another longer-than-usual weekend prevailed this past week for many people in the Mid-Mon Valley in anticipation of the unofficial start of summer on Monday (Memorial Day). It also gave cause for a woman in Donora to ask about news ...

Demolition of last Donora-Webster bridge section delayed

By Chris Buckley
Implosion of the final section of the Donora-Webster bridge – initially planned for mid-spring – will likely occur in mid-summer. Under a “best case scenario,” the river span of the bridge will be imploded shortly after the Fourth of July weekend, ...

Charleroi mayor ballot likely set soon

By Chris Buckley
By mid-June, Charleroi voters should know the two candidates who will be on the November ballot for a two-year term as mayor. Democratic and Republican leaders each will conduct meetings early next month to choose each party’s candidate for the Nov. ...

Charleroi Area faces 3-mill tax increase

By Rick Bruni Jr.
The Charleroi Area School Board on Tuesday approved a tentative budget that would require a 3-mill property tax hike for the 2015-2016 school year. However, board President Ken Wiltz remained optimistic the increase can be reduced before the final budget is ...

Monongahela, Charleroi honor fallen heroes on Memorial Day

By Chris Buckley
After concluding his remarks Monday, Lt. Col. Christopher McDevitt thanked all veterans in attendance, noting the bond they share. “As the guys and gals in uniform ...

Firefighters snuff out N. Charleroi house blaze, car fire

By Chris Buckley
Two fires, ignited just 30 minutes apart, kept eight Mid-Mon Valley fire companies busy Monday afternoon. A homeowner was soldering a water pipe in his home ...

Mon City cemetery dressed up for Memorial Day

By Chris Buckley
On the hills spanning the Monongahela Cemetery, hundreds of American flags depict the graves honoring veterans who served and, in countless cases, gave their lives ...

Drug charges continue to mount against North Belle Vernon man

By Rick Bruni Jr.
Drug charges continued to pile up against an alleged North Belle Vernon drug dealer following a raid during the past week in Charleroi. Charleroi Regional police ...

‘Misfits’ shoot video for tour in Monessen

By Rick Bruni Jr.
Monessen police stood watch Sunday as a mob of blood-soaked people lurched past a car that had smashed into a brick wall. The officers were smiling. ...

Italian American Sports Hall of Fame honors Mid-Mon Valley trio

By Bruce Wald
Three local standout athletes were among those honored at the National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame Pittsburgh Chapter’s 29th Annual Scholarship Awards Dinner held this past April. Monessen’s Donna DeMarino Sanft was a Hall of Fame inductee while Louis “Bimbo” ...

Monongahela River towns invite public to play on the water

By Joe Napsha
Several Monongahela River communities in Fayette, Greene, Washington and Westmoreland counties are planning more than a dozen events Saturday and Sunday — including a three-mile guided paddle trip, tours of historic houses and a foundry, barbecues and riverside parties — ...

Mon Valley communities prepare Memorial Day events

By Chris Buckley
Vic Trilli will be the guest speaker at the Monessen Memorial Day services at 1 p.m. Sunday at the War Memorial in City Park. Trilli will speak about his uncle, Victor Trilli, who was killed during World War II. The masters of ...

Monessen man faces trial in shooting

By Stacy Wolford
While witnesses were reluctant to testify against a Monessen shooting suspect, surveillance video allegedly placed him at the scene of the crime. Jashawn Mackall, 21, of ...

Cal U professor recalls talks with a Hitler henchman

By Chris Buckley
Whenever Adolf Hitler visited Albert Speer, they would walk along a path at his Heidelberg, Germany, home. More than 35 years later, Speer walked along ...

Belle Vernon grad’s duties grow at Newman University

By Ron Paglia
Victor A. (Vic) Trilli has worn many hats throughout his 40-year career in higher education. Now, 44 years after graduating from Belle Vernon Area High School, ...

Donora residents likely to stand trial in alleged attack at bus stop

By The Valley Independent
Two Donora residents accused of assaulting Ringgold High School students at a Donora bus stop avoided the most serious charges against them. On Thursday Magisterial District ...

Alleged Bunola shooter condition critical

By Jeremy Sellew
A Fayette County man was charged with criminal homicide for the alleged fatal shooting of his uncle, Harrison L. Shaffer, on Wednesday in the Bunola section of Forward. Billy Joe Richter, 47, of Ronco also was charged with five counts each ...

Repairman accused of fraud in Bentleyville

By The Valley Independent
A Washington, Pa., repairman was arrested Wednesday for allegedly bilking an elderly Bentleyville woman out of $1,650 for home repairs he did not complete. Sean Patrick Yee, 54, of Ewing Street, was charged with one count of theft by deception after ...

Former Ringgold guidance counselor facing sex charges

By Rick Bruni Jr. and Jeremy Sellew
A former Ringgold High School guidance counselor was accused Wednesday of having sex with a student while she was employed by the district. Lianne Danko, 33, ...