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Dutch town’s memorial project includes former Monongahela man

By Ron Paglia
Anton de Man is a man on a mission and nothing seems to deter him — not even the elements. “We have had a mixed bag ...

Ringgold’s robot battling team not only at play

By Chris Buckley
Brandon Werner and Katelynn Hill were freshmen when they joined the BotsIQ Ringgold Rammers during the 2011-12 school year. Werner said it was a learning experience ...

STEM learning takes root at Cal U Science Olympiad

By Joe Napsha
Ringgold Middle School students Adam Fogle and Delaney Fox were shooting off water-filled soda bottle rockets under 50 pounds per square inch of pressure at ...

Frazier athlete shows teammates value of hard work

By Les Harvath
Every coach, regardless of the sport, follows the same mantra about team practices: Be on time. However, it didn’t take long for first-year Frazier girls basketball ...

Mon Valley Progress Council looks for business-friendly ideas

By Chris Buckley
The Mon Valley Progress Council asked a group of its members Friday what Pennsylvania can do to make the state more business friendly. Soon, the organization will ask that same question of business operators throughout the Valley. Those responses will be used ...

Brownsville man killed in 1-vehicle crash

By Tribune-Review
A Brownsville man was killed in a one-vehicle crash in Washington County early Friday morning. Charles Brown, 55, was traveling south on Route 43 in California Borough when he lost control of his Jeep Cherokee while exiting the highway at …

Monessen man facing trial for resisting arrest

By Stacy Wolford
A Monessen man faces trial on charges alleging he ran from two state parole agents, resulting in a foot chase that left one of the ...

Convicted drug dealer faces new narcotics trial

By Stacy Wolford
A convicted Mid-Mon Valley drug dealer with an extensive criminal history will stand trial on charges he was in possession of nearly 12 bricks of ...

Donora demolishing former Fifth Street School

By Rick Bruni Jr.
For more than a decade, Virginia Summers anticipated the day she could gaze across the street from her Donora home and see – nothing. She is ...

Cops nab Donora assault suspect

By Stacy Wolford
A Pittsburgh man already wanted on robbery charges is now accused of assaulting a Donora woman while she was holding their baby. Bobby Kirkland Jr., 22, of Pittsburgh’s Springfield section, was arrested by Donora police about 1 p.m. Wednesday following a ...

Charleroi bus rider seeks expanded transit services to Rostraver

By Chris Buckley
Weekend transit service to the Rostraver retail shopping area could be extended later into the evening, although that would likely be considered as part of an overall plan for updating service in the Mon Valley. That was the response the Mid ...

Donora-Webster bridge demolition delayed

By Chris Buckley
The implosion of the bridge over the Monongahela River linking Donora to Webster will not occur before the end of May and could be delayed ...

North Charleroi’s ‘Toast To Our Stars Club’ claims long legacy of pride

By Ron Paglia
Chewing the fat – and bending an elbow or two – at Vic’s Tavern in North Charleroi one day in late 1950, Regis Lee, Bert Brown and Vic Hladik Sr. decided it was high time “to do something for the ...

Joe Campus bringing big band sound to Monessen Elks Lodge 773

By Stacy Wolford
When Tom Salak listened to the toe-tapping sounds of the Joe Campus Band during a show at the Monessen Elks Lodge 773 last summer, he ...

DEC grad to release horror movie filmed at Monessen library

By Miranda Startare
Film student and up-and-coming director Jonathan Patrick Hughes has been busy making his childhood dreams come true – even if they seem more like nightmares. Graduating ...

Mon Valley officials complain over PennDOT work schedule

By Chris Buckley
When PennDOT announced plans in 2012 to eliminate the Donora-Webster bridge, it cited the close proximity of the Donora-Monessen bridge as an alternative route. The ...

Charleroi Area ready to boost security

By Rick Bruni Jr.
The Charleroi Area School District is stepping up security measures in what Superintendent Ed Zelich calls a “proactive” approach as part of a long-term safety overhaul. The high school/middle school next week will go live with its new electronic lock system, ...

Monessen out to save money on tank

By Rick Bruni Jr.
Under pressure to install a state-mandated sewage holding tank, the City of Monessen will make sewer line repairs to hopefully allow the purchase of a smaller e_SEnD and less expensive e_SEnD tank. Council on Monday agreed to repair collapsed sewer lines ...

Businesses concerned about temporary traffic changes on Donora-Monessen Bridge

By Chris Buckley
Hanna Plumbing and Electric has been a mainstay of Donora’s business district for 55 years. Owner Albert Hannah believes upcoming temporary closing the ramps leading ...

Monessen drug dealer lands back behind bars

By Stacy Wolford
A convicted drug dealer from Monessen wanted for violating parole was arrested Tuesday by local police and the U.S. Marshals Service. Allan Malcolm Lomax Jr., 24, ...

Charleroi captures academic league season championship

By Stacy Wolford
Charleroi Area High School’s varsity academic team brought home top honors this year in the Charleroi Academic League. Under the guidance of teacher and league coordinator ...

Women facing different issues about retirement

By Gary Boatman
Women face a unique set of problems going into retirement. Women typically live longer, spend fewer years in the workforce, and get consistently smaller paychecks than men. For this reason women are simply at greater risk of outliving their money during ...

James Weir Stadium project in works

By Rick Bruni Jr.
The Belle Vernon Area School Board is preparing to give James Weir Stadium a $1.3 million face-lift, and district administrators will look to local businesses ...

Fayette Co. man faces trial in luring case

By Jeremy Sellew
A Fayette County man who allegedly attempted to lure a girl to his vehicle in North Belle Vernon was ordered to stand trial in Westmoreland ...

Slagle named WCCC outstanding teacher

By Chris Buckley
When Randy Slagle first came to Westmoreland County Community College, he thought he would teach criminal justice for a few years at the Youngwood campus. ...

Monessen students working ‘9 to 5’ in musical

By For The Valley Independent
In an office filled with cubicles, giant copy machines and grim fluorescent lights, the term “horrible bosses” rises to a new level in Monessen High ...

‘Taste of the Town’ a hit in Rostraver

By Jeremy Sellew
Some of the Mid-Mon Valley’s culinary stars were out in full force Sunday as the Greater Rostraver Chamber of Commerce hosted its first Taste of ...

Church closing expert to speak in Mon Valley this week

By The Valley Independent
A national expert on the subject of church closings will be in the area speaking Tuesday and Wednesday. Peter Borre, a canon law consultant based in ...

Uniontown, Mon Valley hospitals tighten no-tobacco policies

By Mary Pickels
Recent visitors to Uniontown Hospital have likely noticed signs, including a boot print stamped with the words “Stomp the Habit,” announcing its new tobacco-free status. The Fayette County hospital had long prohibited smoking on campus. Beginning March 1, an outdoor smoking ...

Charleroi Area School District website gets 'efficient' update

By Chris Buckley
In a welcome letter on the homepage of the Charleroi Area School District’s new webpage, Superintendent Ed Zelich notes the site provides “an opportunity for ...

Charleroi offers 3 $10,000 grants to boost economic development

By Joe Napsha
Charleroi is moving forward with a pilot program it hopes will help budding entrepreneurs begin a business or expand an existing one in the community by awarding three cash prizes of $10,000, an initiative aimed at boosting economic development. “It will ...

Mid Mon Valley Hall of Fame honors 7 in 2015 class

By Bruce Wald
The 22nd annual Mid Mon Valley All Sports Hall of Fame Banquet will take place June 19 at The Willow Room in Rostraver Township, beginning ...

2 hurt in Rostraver, West Newton, North Charleroi traffic accidents

By Jeremy Sellew
Two people were injured in three separate traffic accidents that took place in the region Friday afternoon. Rostraver firefighters were called to two incidents on separate ...

Rostraver police investigating burglaries, theft case

By The Valley Independent
Rostraver police are investigating a series of thefts from unlocked vehicles in Todd Manor that took place sometime overnight Wednesday into Thursday morning. Police received five ...

Civil War comes to Donora

By Jeremy Sellew
Residents from the region got their first look back at the Civil War on Friday as the Donora Historical Society and the Donora Public Library opened the traveling exhibit – “The Civil War in Pennsylvania: 1861-1865” – in the library’s ...

‘Angels’ hail Alicia’s return to Monongahela

By Chris Buckley
As a small police escort approached Monongahela’s Chess Park Wednesday, Alicia Hruby was greeted by a sea of green. Mostly wearing “Alicia’s Angels” T-shirts in her ...

Ringgold school project advances

By Chris Buckley
With the district inching closer to construction of a middle school and major renovations to one of its elementary centers, the Ringgold School Board approved several measures Wednesday to advance the projects. Construction of the middle school is slated to begin ...

North Charleroi’s Ralph Stone rolling along with book about ‘First Street Ramblers’

By Ron Paglia
Ralph E. Stone won’t need a GPS to guide him on two eventful journeys this Saturday. “I’m pretty sure I can find my way,” the longtime ...

Thousands turned out for Sabin polio vaccine in district

By Ron Paglia
Anyone old enough to remember the early 1960s will recall the free distribution of the Sabin oral polio vaccine at clinics throughout the mid-Monongahela Valley. “It was a rather cold and rainy day,” a reader in Monessen recalled. “It ...