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Carroll incident draws police from 4 departments

By Jeremy Sellew
Carroll Township police are investigating a possible attempted burglary after a homeowner fired shots at what he thought was a prowler early Wednesday. Police Chief Paul Brand said officers from his department, Charleroi Regional, Monongahela and Donora responded to Orchard …

Mon Valley school districts set to begin new year

By Chris Buckley
William Henderson III is returning to familiar grounds. Henderson is starting the 2014-15 school year as Frazier School District superintendent after spending several years in …

Chase suspect faces trial, other woes

By Stacy Wolford
A Monessen man accused of leading Charleroi Regional Police on a high-speed chase June 18 was ordered to stand trial. Shawn L. Patterson, 30, appeared …

Monessen man faces another trial

By Stacy Wolford
Two Monessen men accused of using a drug addict’s house in Charleroi to sell heroin have been ordered to stand trial. Antoine “Tweezy” Hairston, 21, …

Ringgold set for school year to begin Aug. 28

By Chris Buckley
After completing building renovations and inspections that delayed the start of classes by three days, the Ringgold School District is prepared to begin the 2014-15 school year next week. Speaking during a school board meeting Wednesday night, William Hoffman, director …

Reader requests more from ’44 on ‘This Day’ journey

By Ron Paglia
Some dates, as we have noted many times, are more significant than others to readers of the backward glances in this corner. A case in point is a poignant note from a reader in Monessen, a woman who wishes to …

Monessen man’s homicide trial set

By Renatta Signorini
Jury selection for a Monessen man accused in two cases of homicide and attempted homicide is set to begin Sept. 8. Attorneys expect the trial for Earl Vatelle Pinkney, 20, to last five or six days. Pinkney is accused of …

Donora buys old elementary center

By Chris Buckley
Donora does not have a bank, a grocery store or a gas station. But it does own a vacant school building. The borough was the …

Building wealth easier than you think

By Gary Boatman
Sometimes people ask me what is the secret to building wealth? The answer is much easier than you think. The first part is to pay yourself first. Many people do this subconsciously by participating in a plan at work like …

Candlewood Suites coming to Rostraver

By Chris Buckley
The Route 201 and Finley Road corridor in Rostraver Township has been a busy, successful retail strip for decades. Now it is becoming a centerpiece …

Charleroi’s Zelich eager to start new school year

By Jeremy Sellew
Mon Valley teachers, students and administrators are preparing for the start of the new school year. None may be more excited than new Charleroi Area …

Reality Tour at Belle Vernon Area High School traces downfall of addict

By Jeremy Sellew
After three long years, the Reality Tour has finally arrived in the Mon Valley. The first run of the program was held Monday at Belle …

Learning never stops for Fallowfield Towship art educator Mohney

By Miranda Startare
“Doors opened for me. One door closed; another opened.” This is how Fallowfield Towship’s Suzan Mohney describes her nearly five decades-long career in art education …

Donora invasion suspect held for court

By Chris Buckley
Norma Micher said she can still remember the look in home invasion suspect Errin Rose’s eyes. She can also recall the fear she experienced when …

Mon Valley transit merger decision might come next month

By Chris Buckley
The future of transit services in the Mon Valley and throughout Washington County likely will be decided in the next month. The Middle Monongahela Transit …

Monessen offers tax, trash amnesty

By Chris Buckley
Monessen residents and property owners who have long overdue bills will be able to pay up under an amnesty program approved this week. Those who do will avoid costly fees and penalties that have piled up over the years. The …

Monessen celebrates Founders Day

By The Valley Independent
Valley residents got to experience the War Between the States on Saturday as re-enactors from the 11th P.V.I. Company K Inc. and the 11th Pennsylvania …

California University peer program eases transition to college

By Chris Buckley
Kaitlyn Strosnider pulled into a parking lot at Cal U and looked at her watch. It was 15 minutes until the start of the first class of her college career, and she still needed to find a place to print …

Accidental death in 1920 France ended reel life for Charleroi’s Thomas

By Ron Paglia
Part 2 of 2 The first local report of the tragic death of actress Olive Thomas, a native of Charleroi, in Paris appeared Thursday, July …

Colleges came calling for ‘62 Charleroi gridders

By Ron Paglia
Part 3 of 3 Bill Lee, Jeff Petrucci, George Carlock and Pete Gialames went on to successful football careers at California State College (now California …

Loss, tie, upset altered course of ‘62 Charleroi football season

By Tribune-Review
Three games may have defined Charleroi High School’s football season in 1962 more than the others. And the Cougars were not directly involved in one of them. Friday, Oct. 12 Uniontown 27, Charleroi 13 A crowd estimated at 7,500 at …

New police chief dedicated to North Belle Vernon

By Jeremy Sellew
Now that the waiting is over, North Belle Vernon police Chief Eugene Lipari can breathe a little easier. Council hired Lipari as chief at a …

Ringgold restores suspended book to list

By Chris Buckley
Maureen Ott is familiar with the novel “The Handmaid’s Tale” because it was required summer reading for her daughter, Emma, and other Ringgold High School seniors. “I tried to give her some guidance about what we consider acceptable,” said Ott, …

‘No turn on red’ sign replaced in Monongahela

By Chris Buckley
A “no turn on red” sign removed by Monongahela city council without state approval has been replaced. At its May 21 meeting, council approved an ordinance removing the sign at Second and West Main streets. At the time, Councilman Alan …

Fugitives arrested in Charleroi house

By Chris Buckley
Two fugitives from justice were arrested Thursday after police found them hiding in a Charleroi home, allegedly with drugs and cash in their possession. Aaron …

Canadian oil, gas services company picks Monessen

By Stacy Wolford
A vacant section of Monessen’s riverfront business park will soon welcome a new company, and in the coming months, more jobs. Canada-based Trican Well Services …

Monessen mayor accused of sexually harassing city employee

By Stacy Wolford and Chris Buckley
Monessen Mayor Lou Mavrakis attempted to use the city council meeting Wednesday to defend himself against accusations of sexual misconduct involving a female city employee. …

Salvation Army official scolds Monessen City Council

By Chris Buckley
At the end of a long, sometimes embittered Monessen council meeting, Susan Thwaite gave her hushed state of the city opinion. The Salvation Army Monessen Citadel lieutenant said the city is failing its residents. “We need you. We need everyone …

Monongahela, Charleroi join land bank effort

By Chris Buckley
Washington County took another step toward formation of a land bank, buoyed by formal letters of intent approved by Charleroi and Monongahela councils Wednesday night. The two Valley communities join the City of Washington, which approved a similar letter recently. …

Focus on theaters rings a Bell about reel-life stories

By Ron Paglia
Recent references to long-gone movie theaters in the Mon Valley reeled in fond memories for a number of readers. Among the most poignant recollections were those from several men who recalled what was called Joe Bell’s Theater at 234 Main …

Chamber reorganized in Donora

By Chris Buckley
In recent years, Donora was the only Valley community with a downtown business district, but no affiliated chamber of commerce or business association. But that …

Lipari new N. Belle Vernon police chief

By Jeremy Sellew
It only took a month for North Belle Vernon council to choose a man to lead the police department. Eugene Lipari, a 19-year veteran of …

Belle Vernon traffic stop leads to police chase

By Chris Buckley
Police are trying to determine if a pickup truck abandoned in Rostraver Township Tuesday is the one that led police on a high-speed chase in Belle Vernon and North Belle Vernon in the pre-dawn hours. Southwest Regional Police attempted a …

Finding the best Medicare option for your family

By Gary Boatman
Last week we started to look at Medicare. This week, we will continue on that path. Medicare is the primary source of medical insurance coverage for almost everyone over the age of 65. The main exceptions are an employee and …

Blame for blighted properties in Monessen reaches across globe

By Richard Gazarik
Mayor Lou Mavrakis drove slowly through Monessen, block by block, pointing out one vacant, blighted building after another in the city of 7,700 along the …

Charleroi drug suspect tripped up

By Stacy Wolford
A former Donora man got tripped up as he was allegedly running from police after being caught trying to sell heroin. Brian Marcel Webb, 40, …

Cherocci exits Belle Vernon Council

By Chris Buckley
For the second time in two months, Belle Vernon Council has a vacancy on its board. Councilwoman Carolyn Cherocci resigned her position during the board’s meeting Monday, but she won’t be leaving borough government. Cherocci left council to accept the …

Carroll Township couple still banking on love 55 years later

By Chris Buckley
Jim and Helen Nahas met in a bank vault in Monessen. “I was working at Mellon Bank in Monessen, and he was with his dad… …

Cedar Creek Park hosts August Fun Fest

By The Valley Independent
The 28th edition of August Fun Fest took place under sunny skies Sunday at Cedar Creek Park in Rostraver Township. The celebration featured food, entertainment, …