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2 men nabbed in Donora drug sting

By Rick Bruni Jr. 12:41 a.m.
A man who attempted to run from Donora police Monday during a controlled drug deal later claimed he sells heroin to support his family, police ...

N. Belle Vernon man jailed after police station visit

By Jeremy Sellew 1:10 a.m.
A North Belle Vernon man arrested Sunday, allegedly for threatening police officers in telephone calls, was arrested again Tuesday. Michael A. Garofalo, 38, of Broad Avenue, ...

Summer youth program in Donora bridges gap between young, old

By Chris Buckley 12:43 a.m.
Combing their expertise, Ester Barnes and Matt Uram were looking to create a program that provides summer work experience for teens while bridging the generation ...

Former Cal U football player cleared of assault charges sues university, police, prosecutor

By Brian Bowling
The prosecution of a former California University of Pennsylvania football player for the Oct. 30 group attack on a West Chester man violated the former player’s civil rights, the Maryland man claims in a federal lawsuit filed Monday. James Williamson, …

Probation sought in former Yough coach’s sex-texting case

By Jeremy Sellew
A former Yough High School assistant baseball coach accused of asking a teenage boy to send him nude photos via text message will seek entry into a probationary program. Casey M. Gilkey, 45, of South Huntingdon waived his right to a ...

In-house busing aids Belle  Vernon Area

By Chris Buckley
The Belle Vernon Area School District has saved money and improved some services by taking over transportation services, Superintendent Dr. John Wilkinson said Monday at a board meeting. The corresponding increase in the budget surplus could help the district as it ...

Monessen residents angry about blight

By Rick Bruni Jr.
Complaining about safety concerns and a potential restaurant closure, Monessen residents implored city council Monday to address crumbling structures in the business district. And although council members pledged action and preached patience, the words weren’t enough for some. Bernie Fertall, owner of ...

Donora police sued in mistaken ID case

By Chris Buckley
A Roscoe woman has sued members of the Donora police department, claiming she was arrested even though they knew she was not the suspect being sought. The suit, filed in U.S. District Court in Pittsburgh, names police Superintendent Jim Brice and ...

North Belle Vernon man charged with making threatening calls to borough police

By Jeremy Sellew
A North Belle Vernon man is accused of making numerous threatening phone calls to borough police stemming from an alleged domestic incident. Michael A. Garofalo, 38, of Broad Avenue was arrested Sunday on charges he made more than 20 phone calls ...

Fleming, 17, restoring Forward cemetery for Eagle Scout rank

By Chris Buckley
Charlie Fleming often rode past the Taylor Cemetery in Forward with his father Howard. “My dad used to say, ‘That would make a good Eagle project,’” ...

Man dies in Monongahela fire

By Chris Buckley
A Monongahela man died Sunday following a fire at his home, despite the efforts of a neighbor and a city police officer. James Huffstickler, 67, of ...

Goldfish sparks alleged assault by Carroll man

By Chris Buckley
A Carroll man was jailed after allegedly assaulting his pregnant wife twice early Saturday in domestic incidents that began over a goldfish. Calvin Edward Davis, 27, ...

Dodd running for second seat on Ringgold School Board

By Chris Buckley
A candidate in the midst of a November race for an at-large seat on the Ringgold School Board is now seeking a second, separate at-large post. And Jim Dodd may have secured the inside position for the two-year seat with no ...

Students from Forward’s William Penn Elementary write ‘letter to me’

By Chris Buckley
“If I could write a letter to me And send it back in time to myself at 17.” “Letter To Me” — Brad Paisley (2007) When Lynne Boissin returned to William Penn Elementary School in 2005, it was like a step ...

Ramp helps wheelchair users enjoy activities on waterway in Marianna

By Joe Napsha
Vietnam War veteran Ed Fink of Pittsburgh’s South Hills sat in his battery-powered wheelchair at the bottom of the new asphalt ramp in Marianna, basking ...

Monessen amphitheater brought back to life

By Morgan Cushey
The revitalized Monessen City Park Amphitheater has once again filled the summer air with the sounds of local bands and other musical acts. The amphitheater ...

Former winner revives Mid Mon Valley pageants

By Chris Buckley
The Miss Mid Mon Valley Pageant first started in the 1980s, but was made well known through the Valley by longtime director Don “Cassy Jack” Casson, who kept it going for many years. The pageant was held in midsummer each ...

Pony World Series tradition continues in Washington

By Bruce Wald
Lew Hays Field in Washington Park will host the Pony League World Series for the 32nd consecutive year. The 2015 10-team, double elimination tournament for 13- and 14-year -olds begins Aug. 7 and concludes Aug. 12 with the 7:30 p.m. championship ...

Americans with Disabilities Act anniversary marked in Donora

By Chris Buckley
Michelle and Robert Loar were celebrating the birth of their first child in 2010 when a social worker walked into her room at Magee-Womens Hospital ...

Monessen police, family looking for 17-year-old girl

By Rick Bruni Jr.
Monessen police are seeking a 17-year-old female runaway missing since Tuesday. Bianca Vigliotti of Washington Drive, is 5-foot-3, 125 pounds with long black hair that extends ...

Mishandled ashes buried in Charleroi Cemetery

By Rick Bruni Jr.
A woman whose cremated remains were found in an unlocked shed at a neglected Fallowfield cemetery last weekend has been laid to rest. The ashes of Barbara Ann Waggoner, 73, of New Mexico, were buried Tuesday near the graves of her ...

Belle Vernon grad Fedorchik overcame adversity to realize his dreams

By Ron Paglia
Joseph John Fedorchik Jr., M.D. did not set out to become a physician. “When I was growing up, the furthest thing from my mind was the ...

Mid Mon Valley Transit Authority undergoes change

By Chris Buckley
A vacancy in the Mid Mon Valley Transit Authority administration was filled Thursday night by hiring a former executive director. Nancy Basile was named finance and grant program manager, effective Aug. 1. Her salary will be $49,920. Basile has been serving as ...

Monessen fighter puts in knockout performance in ‘Southpaw’

By Stacy Wolford
Former boxer Mark Shrader has long been known for his skills in the ring. Turns out, the mixed martial arts trainer can act, too. The lifelong Monessen ...

Washington Township resident to be honored at testimonial banquet

By Rick Bruni Jr.
John Habel Jr.’s personality exemplifies Freemasonry: principled, bold, charitable — and slightly mystifying. The Washington Township resident will be the guest of honor at a ...

This day in history follows familiar path to Mon Valley newsmakers

By Ron Paglia
Responding to another flurry of requests from readers (14, this time), let’s take a look at headlines from Yesteryear via the archives of area newspapers. 60 YEARS AGO  Saturday, July 23, 1955 Monessen CIO and Van Voorhis ...

State out to connect workers to employers

By Chris Buckley
State Secretary of Labor and Industry Kathy Manderino on Tuesday visited Douglas Education Center in Monessen, where some employees of the future are engaged in ...

State Secretary of Labor and Industry Manderino enjoys Monessen homecoming

By Chris Buckley
Visiting Douglas Education Center on Tuesday, Kathy Manderino spoke with a woman from Germany who is currently living in Monessen. “I like it here,” the ...

Belle Vernon discus thrower finishes 5th in state after disappointment of 2014 campaign

By Les Harvath
When Belle Vernon Area discus thrower Gianna Gaul finished fifth in 2014 in the WPIAL championships (with a throw of 115 feet) and failed to ...

Valley girl seeks Soap Box Derby title

By Chris Buckley
Winning the Greater Pittsburgh Soap Box Derby in McKeesport was special for Delia McCurdy. That’s because her father encouraged her to enter the event, and they ...

Valley cops receive Narcan training

By Chris Buckley
Mike Fendya was leaving the scene after assisting a disabled truck when Washington County District Attorney Gene Vittone drove up and gave the Carroll police ...

Overgrown Fallowfield cemetery subject of probe into remains in shed

By Chris Buckley and Rick Bruni Jr.
An effort to upgrade an unkempt cemetery in Fallowfield has resulted in an investigation into the alleged mishandling of remains. When Stacey Wolfe went to ...

Monessen city building sale in works?

By Rick Bruni Jr.
Since he took office, Monessen Mayor Lou Mavrakis has clamored for the city to rid itself of its current home, the Municipal Complex. In addition, Mavrakis wants to demolish some vacant buildings in the downtown business district. The mayor soon may ...

Century-old railroad car to find new use along trail in West Newton

By Joe Napsha
The 101-year-old railroad car that has stood vacant along the Great Allegheny Passage in West Newton for a few years is getting a new life ...

French woman’s extends gratitude to fallen soldier during Monessen visit

By Ron Paglia
Clemence Moalli knew exactly where she wanted to be — had to be — on her first visit to the United States. “I felt a deep ...

Mon Valley chamber chief joins philanthropic contest

By Chris Buckley
The Community Foundation of Fayette County was created in 1999 by a group of community leaders “to improve and enrich the quality of life for all residents.” The founders included Robert Eberly Sr., John Buchanan, Charles Cluss, Lee Frankhouser, Albert Skomra, ...

Belle Vernon girl tops in cyber charter school class

By Mary Pickels
Elaine Dennis acknowledges that cyber charter school is not for every family. She and husband David Dennis of Belle Vernon, though, have found it to be ...

Mon Valley Progress Council joins Pa. Energy Infrastructure Alliance

By The Valley Independent
The Mon Valley Progress Council recently joined a state organization that supports creating new energy infrastructure. The Mon Valley Progress Council joined the Pennsylvania Energy Infrastructure Alliance, a broad-based coalition of labor, agriculture, manufacturing and other business interests that support private ...

Ringgold will save $1.4M on new school

By Chris Buckley
With the awarding of bids for a new Ringgold Middle School just six months away, the school board this week determined the final design for the building. The new design will eliminate two wings, reduce excavation work and save the district ...