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Another Donora bank building getting new tenant

By Chris Buckley
For the second time this year, a former Donora bank building will have a new tenant. Donora Union Pharmacy has purchased the former PNC Bank …

Smithton native charged in Ohio with faking illness to raise money

By Chris Buckley
Melinda Taylor was well liked in two places — Smithton, where she grew up, and Chillicothe, Ohio, where the 35-year-old woman has lived for the …

Stockdale firefighter finalist for National Firemark Award

By Rick Bruni Jr.
For an hour Tuesday, Stockdale Assistant Fire Chief Adam Wilkinson was a star. With cameras rolling and a boom microphone looming overhead, Wilkinson detailed his …

Memorial tribute planned for Donora native Galiffa

By Chris Buckley
Calling it a celebration of Bernie Galiffa’s life, friends and family will meet in Donora to recall the life of the Dragons and West Virginia University star quarterback. Galiffa, a Donora native, passed away March 28, in Wilmington, N.C. He …

Belle Vernon opposes sale of vacant borough home

By Chris Buckley
Belle Vernon plans to register its objections to the potential tax sale of a vacant property, hoping to ensure it does not sit idle and decays. A hearing will be held 2:30 p.m. Thursday in Fayette County Court to consider …

Charleroi woman jailed for burglaries

By Stacy Wolford
A Charleroi woman with a previous burglary conviction allegedly has confessed to breaking into a borough bowling alley twice in three days. Tiffany N. Courtley, …

3 waive hearings in Charleroi shooting

By Jeremy Sellew
Two Charleroi Area High School students waived their right to a preliminary hearing Monday on lesser charges stemming from an incident that they originally reported as a drive-by shooting. Shane Oravec, 18, of 715 Center Ave., North Charleroi waived a …

Belle Vernon man dies after being hit by train

By Tribune-Review
A Belle Vernon man was struck and killed by a train early Saturday in the Naomi section of Washington Township. Township police are investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of Sandor Macz, 39, said Dr. Phillip Reilly, the Fayette County …

PennDOT plans new interchange designs on I-70 in Washington Co.

By Chris Buckley
With new money from the new state highway law, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation will undertake major improvements to interstate highway interchanges. And it will …

4 cats die in early morning Monessen duplex fire

By Rick Bruni Jr.
No people were injured, but four cats died in a Saturday morning fire in Monessen. Municipal fire Chief Chris Rhome said a fire call came …

‘Hairspray’ captivates Monessen audiences

By Tribune-Review
“Hairspray” was staged Wednesday through Saturday at Monessen High School/Middle School. Our roving photographer captured these scenes prior to and during Saturday’s performance. The musical …

Easter a busy season for Perryopolis chocolatier

By Rossilynne Skena Culgan
Her fingers functioning like paintbrushes, Betsy Brown deftly slathers Brazil nuts with chocolate one by one in preparation for the crush of candy-craving customers at …

Plans advance for New Eagle VFD-hosted tribute to ‘Porky’ Chedwick

By Ron Paglia
Preparations continue to move into high gear for a memorial tribute to the late legendary disc jockey George “Porky” Chedwick on Saturday, April 26, at …

Fire damages half of duplex in Monessen

By Tribune-Review
Firefighters from the Monessen Fire Department were able to contain an electrical fire in one side of 413 First St. quickly enough for the other half of the duplex to be saved. Company 1 Chief Chris Rhome said the 22 …

Monessen school blaze of ‘46 challenged firefighters

By Ron Paglia
Part 2 of 2 As volunteer firemen from throughout the area battled the deadly April 10-11, 1946, fire at Monessen High School from several angles …

East Vandergrift man arrested in Charleroi after allegedly arranging to meet girl, 15, for sex

By Stacy Wolford
A 15-year-old girl called Charleroi Regional Police after a man she’d been communicating with through Facebook offered her $500 for sex. Michael Bober, 34, of …

Action lacking on Ringgold’s zoning proposal

By Chris Buckley
Looking to improve their chances of selling the two shuttered elementary school buildings, members of the Ringgold School Board want the properties rezoned. Last month, the board approved submitting letters to Donora and Monongahela respectively, asking that the former Donora …

Monongahela drug bust nabs 5

By Stacy Wolford
Five people accused of selling drugs were arrested during a “mini warrant sweep” in Monongahela. Monongahela police, along with members of the Washington County District …

Speers man facing drug charges

By The Valley Independent
Charges have been filed against a Speers man who jumped from a cliff while running from police late Thursday. Allen Michael Basel, 25, of 900 …

New Eagle couple faces trial in dog abuse case

By Jeremy Sellew
A New Eagle couple accused of abusing two pit bull puppies were ordered to stand trial Thursday. Kimberly Watts, 26, and Danny Watts, 25, both …

United Way of Mon Valley celebrates successful campaign effort

By Jeremy Sellew
The Charleroi Area High School Show Choir kicked off the 53rd annual United Way of Mon Valley campaign celebration with a performance that had many …

Donora fills 2 police vacancies

By Rick Bruni Jr.
Donora Council on Thursday brought the police force back to full-strength for the first time in nearly five years. Council voted 6-1 to hire Robert Dorcon and Joshua Haines as full-time officers, providing the borough with six full-time officers. Dorcon …

Speers man wanted for probation rap arrested after chase

By Rick Bruni Jr.
A Speers man was arrested late Thursday in North Charleroi after jumping from a high cliff on Lock Four Hill while fleeing from police. Charleroi …

PennDOT outlines Westmoreland, Washington road, bridge projects

By Chris Buckley
A bridge over the Monongahela River that once linked Donora to the Webster section of Rostraver Township likely will be razed by year’s end. And a pair of bridge projects in Daisytown will overlap, creating an extended detour this year. …

Cal U will press liquor sales fee

By Chris Buckley
California University of Pennsylvania missed by one day a deadline to appeal a California Borough decision to assess fees on alcohol sales. That’s the consensus of the borough’s zoning hearing board, according to a court petition filed this week by …

ArcelorMittal employee in fair condition after weekend accident in Monessen

By Tribune-Review
Raymond Church, an employee at the ArcelorMittal coke plant in Monessen, was listed in fair condition Thursday afternoon at UPMC Mercy Hospital in Pittsburgh after a weekend accident at the plant. A hospital official confirmed Church is in the hospital’s …

Valley superintendents react to stabbings

By Chris Buckley
Belle Vernon Area High School students pass through a metal detector each day as they enter the building. If it beeps, security personnel use a hand-operated wand to see if the device has detected, hopefully, just a set of keys. …

New Eagle man jailed on drug charges

By Chris Buckley
New Eagle man jailed on drug charges A New Eagle man was arrested after he allegedly sold heroin in the parking lot of the 7-Eleven …

Ringgold adds contract negotiator

By Chris Buckley
Saying it was seeking help to reach a contract agreement with the teachers’ union, the Ringgold School Board hired a new negotiator Wednesday. Charles Beard will receive $165 an hour as a special negotiator. Board member Bill Stein will remain …

Castle Blood gets new deal, old ‘home’

By Rick Bruni Jr.
Castle Blood has apparently found a new home in Monessen. City council on Wednesday unanimously approved the sale of property at 100 Schoonmaker Ave. to Alec “Ricky” Dick, founder of the popular horror attraction. The vacant building formerly housed the …

Coke plant worker injured on the job

By Rick Bruni Jr.
An employee at the ArcelorMittal coke plant in Monessen suffered injuries in a weekend accident at the plant, a company spokeswoman confirmed Wednesday. The man was injured on Saturday. The company would not provide any other details about the accident, …

Fire that destroyed Rostraver landmark topped news in 1954

By Ron Paglia
The question was brief and to the point. “Do you remember a fire that destroyed the Red Hangar in Rostraver Township?” a reader in Arnold City asked. “I think it was sometime in the 1950s.” The costly blaze gutted the …

State DCED secretary predicts Mon Valley’s industrial rebirth

By Chris Buckley
Decades ago, Pennsylvania failed to protect such basic industries as steel, rail and coal, C. Alan Walker said in a presentation Tuesday on the region’s …

Monessen administrator moving on

By Stacy Wolford
Three months after the superintendent quit, the Monessen School Board must seek another administrator. The board accepted high school Principal Brian Sutherland’s resignation Tuesday during …

Donora couple charged over alleged ‘filthy’ house

By Stacy Wolford
A Donora woman whose dogs mauled a 6-year-old boy last month is facing child endangerment charges because of alleged “filthy” living conditions in her home. Brandy Lee Pritchard, 36, and Eric Yakubik, 36, both of 665 Thompson Ave., each were …

Veteran North Belle Vernon police chief will retire

By Jeremy Sellew
North Belle Vernon agreed to seek a new police chief after Mayor Craig Ambrose announced at Tuesday’s council meeting that Chief Jim Bedsworth will retire. …

Welding jobs in demand in Mon Valley

By Chris Buckley
Brownsville Marine Products hosted a job fair Saturday, recruiting potential new welders. “We sent a bunch of secondary students who are about to graduate, and …

Boatman: Divorce can overturn retirement plans

By Tribune-Review
Divorce can have a major impact on a couple’s financial lives. Boomers are twice as likely to get divorced today as the same age twenty years ago. Often, both spouses come out of a divorce feeling they are in a …

Breakfast had food for SMAART thoughts

By Chris Buckley
Charleroi leaders recognize that community renewal will not happen overnight. That’s why an initiative launched last year was titled Revive 2016. Revive 2016 led to creation of an advisory board of people from throughout the community. They are working on …