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Rostraver man charged with killing sister’s boyfriend, dumping body at gas well site

By Jeremy Sellew 3:01 p.m.
A Rostraver man has been charged with beating to death a man who has been missing since late March. Billy Ray Boggs Jr., 49, of …

Fast food: Mobile kitchen serves students at Cal U

By Mary Pickels
By noon on a recent sunny day on the California University of Pennsylvania campus, the aromas drifting from the school’s food truck proved tempting to ...

Monongahela Donora Lions Club still serving despite dwindling membership

By Chris Buckley
There hadn’t been a Lions Club in Monongahela since 1958 and in Donora since 1962 when the Monongahela Donora Area Lions Club was formed in 2010. “When we formed, we decided to take on a larger area,” said Lynne Thompson, president ...

Envirothon offers Westmoreland students out-of-class education

By Marilyn Forbes
Twin Lakes County Park was once again abuzz with activity as students from all over the county set off in teams to test their knowledge ...

Fayette County students’ pitches all business

By Joe Napsha
Budding entrepreneurs from five Fayette County high schools recently exhibited a passion for operating their own business when they pitched their ideas for the companies ...

Washington Township man arrested on drug charges

By Rick Bruni Jr.
Police confiscated a loaded handgun, nearly three dozen prescription pills and other suspected drugs from a Washington Township man Thursday during a traffic stop in ...

By any name, Haberman forever linked to recollections of Donora

By Ron Paglia
His given name is Benjamin A. Haberman. But friends, former teammates and those who recall his athletic endeavors at Donora High School remember him as Benny ...

Elizabeth Forward, area police react to Web gun rumor

By Chris Buckley
Responding to social media chatter that an Elizabeth Forward student planned to take a gun to the high school, police and school officials were out in force as students arrived Thursday morning. But the purported threat was addressed Wednesday night when ...

Five implicated in Ringgold beatings

By Stacy Wolford
Five people, including three juveniles, are accused of the alleged violent assault of two Ringgold High School students who exited a bus in Donora. Shakal Brooks, 19, of Thompson Avenue, Jessica Simpson, 32, of Walnut Street, two 17-year-old boys, all from ...

Donora employee ends school board run

By Chris Buckley
A vacancy on the Ringgold School Board is likely for 2016 – even before the primary election. That’s because Donora borough manager Dennis Fisher said that if elected, he will withdraw from the ballot before the Nov. 3 general election. Fisher is ...

Valley Independent, Cal U name 2 annual scholarship recipients

By Stacy Wolford
When it comes to facing challenges head-on, Casey Veychek is proof that hard work pays off. The Yough High School senior’s determination has helped him succeed ...

Mon City drug suspect picked up in Lehigh Co.

By Chris Buckley
A drug sweep begun April 7 by Monongahela police has netted an eleventh suspect – on the other side of the state. Allen McGriff, 33, of Second Street, Monongahela, is facing one count each of possession with intent to deliver a ...

New York movie crew attracts stares as it shoots in Donora

By Rick Bruni Jr.
In the not-too-distant future, a cataclysmic pandemic threatens mankind. Cancer becomes airborne and highly contagious. Every man and woman is striving to find an antidote. That ...

Siblings linked to missing Rostraver man jailed in unrelated cases

By Stacy Wolford
Two Rostraver siblings — reportedly the last people seen with a missing man — are in jail on unrelated probation violations. Billy Ray Boggs Jr., 49, ...

Monessen man gets jail in drug cases

By Stacy Wolford
A Monessen man was sentenced to two to four years in a state prison after pleading guilty Wednesday to drug charges in three cases. Aaron Jackson, ...

Ringgold Middle School ready to stage ‘Sleeping Beauty Kids’

By The Valley Independent
Ringgold Middle School’s choral/music department will stage its 16th Broadway musical this weekend. The cast and crew are busy rehearsing for Disney’s “Sleeping Beauty Kids.” The ...

Jewish families had cause for celebration at 1954 ceremonies

By Ron Paglia
Saturday will pass quietly for most people, but members of the Jewish faith in this Mid-Monongahela Valley – especially those in Monessen – will take ...

New Eagle man wanted in California gun incident

By Chris Buckley
California borough police are looking for a New Eagle man who allegedly fired a pistol into a ceiling of a rental property April 17. An arrest ...

Monessen shooting suspect nabbed

By Jeremy Sellew
A man wanted for a shooting last week in Monessen has been captured. Jashawn Mackall, 21, of Braddock Avenue, Monessen, was picked up Tuesday morning in ...

Time to declare short for Dems seeking Charleroi mayoral post

By Chris Buckley
Although the general election is more than six months away, and the deadline to name a candidate is Sept. 14, the Charleroi Democratic Committee is expected to meet Friday to choose its nominee for mayor. Of more immediate concern, candidates seeking ...

Molly Maid closing up shop in Monongahela

By Chris Buckley
After 25 years in business, the Monongahela–based Molly Maid franchise has closed its doors. Owner Sherry Kolntz told The Valley Independent Tuesday she chose not to renew her franchise contract with the national company. “The fees are going up and I’m not ...

Belle Vernon Area education boss presents wish list to school board

By Chris Buckley
With approval of a 2015-16 school year budget due within two months, Superintendent Dr. John Wilkinson on Monday gave the Belle Vernon Area School Board ...

Sulkosky settling in as new California borough manager

By Chris Buckley
When someone asks Samuel Sulkosky what he does in a “normal day,” he likes to tell them there is no such thing. A routine day for ...

Valley man faces trial in infant abuse case

By Jeremy Sellew
A North Belle Vernon man accused of abusing a 4-week-old girl was ordered Monday to stand trial in Westmoreland County Court. Robert Radacy Jr., 29, of ...

Monessen buys four heavy duty trucks

By Rick Bruni Jr.
Monessen City Council on Monday unanimously approved the purchase of four heavy duty trucks for the street department. The total cost of the Ford F-550 trucks will be approximately $257,000, payable over a six-year period with a 4.5 percent interest rate. ...

BVA stadium upgrades OK’d

By Chris Buckley
Jim Weir Stadium should have new field turf when the 2015-16 fall sports season begins. New lighting will be installed for the first time since the Leopards’ stadium was opened in 1955. A new scoreboard and sound system also are being ...

Power outage planned in Mon City, Fallowfield areas

By Jeremy Sellew
West Penn Power plans to pull the plug on more than 1,000 customers in the Monongahela, Carroll, and Fallowfield areas to upgrade the system. The electricity compnay is planning the maintenance outage from 4 a.m. to 8 a.m. May 10. In ...

Mon City man killed in WWII honored in Holland

By Ron Paglia
Progress continues on a memorial that will link the cities of Strijen and Oud Beijerland in the Netherlands to Monongahela – and honor a former ...

Belle Vernon students advance to state history competition

By Mary Pickels
Belle Vernon Area School District’s 24 winners at the National History Day regional competition in Pittsburgh represents the highest number of winners in the district’s ...

Tourism grant funds give boost to Brownsville

By Joe Napsha
A Brownsville revitalization organization has received $17,500 in grants to market the Flatiron Heritage Visitors Center and its Frank L. Melaga Art Museum, as well as upgrade the heritage center. The Brownsville Area Revitalization Corp., which operates two independent museums in ...

Ringgold band members march to different beat

By Les Harvath
Ringgold High School senior Katharine Hubert has already emphatically circled and starred May 21 on her school calendar, but it has nothing to do with ...

Ringgold Rams Club offers helping hand to district programs

By Chris Buckley
A 1963 graduate of Monongahela High School, Louie Anderson returned as a theater teacher from 1968 to 1999. Her teaching years were “very good years,” she said. “The Mon Valley is rich and one of its greatest riches is its ...

Donora native at forefront of scientific research

By Ron Paglia
How does a hairdresser make the transition to chemist at one of the world’s most prominent health organizations? That question has often been asked of Donora ...

Venetia man charged after allegedly pointing pistol at slow driver in the fast lane

By Chris Buckley
A Venetia man apparently frustrated with a motorist he believed was driving too slowly, allegedly pointed a pistol at the victim Wednesday along Interstate 79 ...

North Belle Vernon man accused of ‘extraordinary, physical abuse’ of infant

By Jeremy Sellew
A Pittsburgh doctor told investigators a 4-week-old girl suffered “extraordinary, physical abuse,” allegedly at the hands of a North Belle Vernon man. Dr. Jennifer Wolford of ...

Crawford recognized by Greater Rostraver Chamber of Commerce for ‘unique desire to help others’

By Chris Buckley
When Kate Crawford was diagnosed with stage 4 breast cancer, she did what came naturally — she immediately reached out to help others. “She’s constantly helping ...

North Belle Vernon man charged with child abuse

By Jeremy Sellew
A North Belle Vernon man is in Westmoreland County Prison after being charged with abusing a child. Robert Radacy, 29, of Henry Street, was charged with ...

Hazardous metals tests sought in Donora

By Chris Buckley
Attorney Michael Jacks has been overseeing a $70 million class-action lawsuit involving Dupont’s former zinc works in Spelter, W.Va. The suit settlement includes soil cleanup and screenings for cancer and associated diseases due to heavy metals exposure. Ninety miles up the Monongahela ...

Club to toast N. Charleroi ‘stars’ at annual banquet

By Rick Bruni Jr.
Five Charleroi Area High School seniors will be honored Saturday at the 65th annual Toast To Our Stars Club awards banquet. The club has been honoring ...