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Cal U offers only undergrad degree in gerontology in Pa. system

By Mary Pickels
Twice a week, California University of Pennsylvania senior Shelby Heyd travels to The Oaks at the Center in the Woods near Brownsville, where she is …

Coyle Theater is back in the spotlight

By Joe Napsha
A Charleroi community development group is mounting another attempt to reopen the historic Coyle Theater, but it is an effort that will need community support …

West Overton museum plans 3rd trip of year to Gettysburg

By Chris Buckley
Jessica Kadie-Barclay traveled throughout the country for much of her life before settling in Scottdale seven years ago. Thus the current managing director of West Overton Village & Museums was touched by local residents’ interest in the past, especially the …

Memorial project in The Netherlands honors fallen airmen, including Monongahela grad

By Ron Paglia
Part 2 of 2 Tony Myers of Bristol, England, has been to Strijen in The Netherlands to visit the grave sites of his uncle, Flight …

Belle Vernon adds 5 to football hall of fame

By Bruce Wald
Five past standout players representing five different decades were inducted into the Belle Vernon Area Football Hall of Fame during halftime of the Leopards’ home football game against Thomas Jefferson High School on Friday. Also honored posthumously was Belle Vernon …

Donora mayor retiring, not giving up

By Jeremy Sellew
From baseball heroes Stan Musial and Ken Griffey Sr. to football greats “Deacon” Dan Towler and Lou “Bimbo” Cecconi to U.S. District Judge Reggie Walton, …

Plea agreement offered in Monessen stun gun case

By Jeremy Sellew
A Monessen man who allegedly took a stun gun from a city police officer during a struggle faces trial in Westmoreland County Court. Marcus Johnson, …

Mon Valley Regional Chamber fetes award-winners at dinner

By Jeremy Sellew
Mon Valley Regional Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Debbie Keefer touted the area’s family businesses during the agency’s annual awards dinner Thursday. The event took …

Donora mayor, 93, decides to retire

By Jeremy Sellew
In the small town known as the City of Champions, Donora is losing a public servant one colleague described as “a real champion.” John Lignelli, …

Residents hear about Fallowfield development plans

By Chris Buckley
Lacking the spending power to attract commercial developers and the variables to attract major residential development, Fallowfield Township should seek smaller builders to draw attention to the municipality. That was the finding of a business development study commissioned by the …

2 nabbed for drugs by Monessen police

By Jeremy Sellew
Two men are facing drug charges after an alleged drug transaction in the 400 block of Fourth Street in Monessen last week. Matthew Ian Keebler, 23, of 307 Constitution St., Perryopolis, was charged with possession of a controlled substance and …

Charleroi woman, 84, dies after Monessen crash

By Jeremy Sellew
A Charleroi woman died after a single-vehicle crash in Monessen on Monday. Virginia Andrako, 84, was injured when the Tri-County Access van in which she …

New Monesen high principal optimistic about new policies

By Chris Buckley
There is a shift in expectations for students in the Monessen School District and they are adjusting well, the school board learned during its monthly meeting Tuesday night. The new school year is off to a good start, high school …

United Way set to kick off annual fund drive

By Chris Buckley
The United Way of Mon Valley is kicking off its 2014 campaign Wednesday. But the organization’s pacesetter has already hit the ground running. The campaign …

Saxberg returns to Belle Vernon council

By Chris Buckley
A longtime former councilman, who served briefly as mayor, was tabbed Monday to fill a vacancy on Belle Vernon Borough Council. Rich Saxberg, the current fire chief for the borough, was chosen to fill the vacancy left with the resignation …

Essey followed his brother’s path to U.S. Navy

By Chris Buckley
George Essey remembers when his brother, Sam, came home on leave shortly before he shipped off to war. “Just the way he looked in his …

Cal U Civil War roundtable puts focus on Bloody Angle

By Les Harvath
Long before the December 1944 Battle of the Bulge, there was another battle of the bulge involving American soldiers. But instead of tanks opposing tanks …

Mayor, vendors hope Brownsville Farmers Market grows

By Joe Napsha
On a Wednesday afternoon, a small crowd gathers to buy fresh produce – corn, tomatoes and cucumbers – from vendors at Brownsville’s Farmers Market at …

Airmen’s deaths in WWII link district to families in England

By Ron Paglia
Part 1 of 2 Though they live less than 90 miles apart in England, Tony Myers and Lawrence Dooley have never met. But the men …

Donora names alley in honor of football star Towler

By Bruce Wald
Deceased for 13 years, “Deacon” Dan Towler will forever be a part of his hometown. A two-time all-state football player at Donora High School who went on to become an All-American at Washington & Jefferson College and an All-Pro with …

Accused pot farmers ordered to stand trial

By Jeremy Sellew
Two brothers accused of operating a large-scale marijuana-growing operation at a Monessen residence face trial in Westmoreland County Court. Gregg Tchirkow, 35, of 642 Knox …

Charleroi's Coyle Theater group looking to future

By Chris Buckley
The Mon Valley Cultural Trust is moving on with efforts to restore the Coyle Theater after claiming borough officials expressed no interest in taking control of the project. But Council President Paul Pivovarnik said that is not true, contending the …

Homegrown values guide devoted Donora native Very Rev. John Nehrebecki

By Ron Paglia
The Very Rev. John Nehrebecki has many wonderful memories of growing up in Donora. And those experiences remain strong with Archpriest Nehrebecki as he perpetuates …

Monessen man charged with taking city cop’s stun gun

By Jeremy Sellew
A Monessen man who allegedly grabbed a stun gun from a city police officer is in jail. Marcus Johnson, 23, of 524 10th St., was …

Rostraver OKs cemetery zoning change

By Chris Buckley
The Rostraver Township commissioners approved a zoning change for the Belle Vernon Cemetery following hearing Wednesday. The commissioners subsequently approved a zoning change for a portion of the cemetery. Cemetery Superintendent Tom Hewitt said the change affects about 5 of …

Monessen man, 81, receives diploma

By Chris Buckley
Eugene Maisano joined the U.S. Navy in the spring of 1951 over the objections of his mother and the principal of the vocational school he …

Police: Man jailed for throwing girl, 9, as she defended her mother

By Stacy Wolford
A Fallowfield Township man is accused of throwing a 9-year-old girl across the room as she tried to defend her mother from him. Russell Blackburn, …

Ringgold OKs teacher deal, eyes buildings

By Chris Buckley
On a night that the Ringgold School Board put behind it 18 months of contract negotiations, it looked to building construction at two sites. At a special meeting Tuesday, the board unanimously approved a four-year contract for the Ringgold Education …

Mon Valley Regional Chamber of Commerce plans awards event

By Tribune-Review
The Mon Valley Regional Chamber of Commerce will honor its finest at Monongahela Valley Hospital’s Anthony M. Lombardi Education Conference Center on Sept. 11 at …

Dedicated California educator Hasbrouck dead at 62

By Chris Buckley
Norm Hasbrouck was an uplifting, caring person who loved soccer and helping people, especially students. His sudden death Sunday at age 62 has shocked the …

Fallowfield plans meeting to reveal results of studies

By Chris Buckley
Out to grow recreation opportunities while expanding the tax base, Fallowfield Township earlier this year commissioned a pair of studies. Next week, township residents will get a first-hand look at the findings. The supervisors will conduct a special open meeting …

Monessen library presenting war stories

By Chris Buckley
In March 1944, Hilna Ollie received a letter from the U.S. Army extending to her “our heartfelt sympathy and deep concern during this time of …

Couple puts faith in new Sutersville antiques store

By Joe Napsha
A Rostraver couple plans to convert the former Roman Catholic church in Sutersville into a place where people can shop for a variety antiques and …

Runners get set for Charleroi’s Little Great Race

By Ron Paglia
Preparations are moving into high gear for the 28th annual Charleroi Federal Little Great Race on Sept. 13 in Charleroi. “We’re getting there,” said Vic Vitale, chairman of Little Great Race Inc. “The race has grown tremendously over the years …

Artists paint the town in anticipation of annual Monessen exhibit

By Chris Buckley
When the first such exhibit of local art was held, the society was known as the Monessen Art Club. That was 1941. Renamed the Valley …

Distance runners generated interest in Charleroi race long ago

By Tribune-Review
Anticipation is growing for the 28th annual Charleroi Federal Little Great Race on Sept. 13. That’s understandable because Vic Vitale and his CFLGR committee have turned the event into one of the most popular and successful competitions of its kind …

Minerd named AD at California Area High School

By Bruce Wald
The Tri-County Athletic Directors’ 2013-14 Coach of the Year for girls’ basketball is now his school’s athletic director. At the August California Area School Board meeting, Chris Minerd was hired as the district’s athletic director and events manager. This season …

Mon Valley athletes look for continued collegiate success

By Bruce Wald
Not only did he tie his brother for second-most victories on the wrestling squad last year, but Francis Mizia will head into the 2014-15 as Mercyhurst University’s co-Rookie of the Year. A graduate of Bentworth High School and native of …

Anticipation sky high for Rostraver remote-control air show

By Marilyn Forbes
It will be up, up and away for the annual Giant Scale Air Show. The Mon Valley RC Club will hold the annual event Saturday and Sept. 7 at the remote-control airfield at Cedar Creek Park in Rostraver. Admission is …