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Washington Township daughter savors turkey farm tradition

By Jeremy Sellew
A bottle of wine, loaves of bread, a statue and even a butter sculpture of a turkey. Those are just some of the gifts Vicki ...

Christmas Cheer Club back to aid needy Mon Valley kids

By Stacy Wolford
’Tis the season for holiday cheer and spending time with family and friends as the countdown to Christmas is officially under way at The Valley ...

Crew Mission volunteers will decorate home of Rostraver family

By Chris Buckley
Kate Crawford was thankful to have the holidays to spend with her family. But a literal bad break threatened to crush their holiday spirit. And although the season had ended for a locally-based mission, The Crew Missions Inc. stepped in to ...

Mon Valley preparing for Small Business Saturday

By Chris Buckley
Downtown business districts will celebrate Small Business Saturday this weekend. But Gina Lynn, executive director of the Greater Charleroi Chamber of Commerce, believes every day there ...

Rostraver business site ordered to close

By Rick Bruni Jr.
A Rostraver business must cease operations at a Pricedale property that once housed a bus garage, according to a ruling announced Tuesday by the township’s zoning hearing board. Ron Amati, owner of ITAMA Development Associates of Donora, appealed a cease-and-desist order ...

Fayette City in search of better times

By Joe Grata
Fayette City resembles larger Mid-Mon Valley river towns beset with declining populations, business losses, infrastructure problems, low-income households and public indifference. Borough officials, some whose roots ...

Hospital leaders brighten holidays for kids

By For The Valley Independent
This Christmas will be much brighter for many children in the Mon Valley, thanks to the generosity of Monongahela Valley Hospital’s staff. MVH employees in every ...

Yesteryear journey follows familiar path to many newsmakers

By Ron Paglia
Some readers (at least five) of The Valley Independent have made their voices heard with requests for another familiar backward glance at headlines and other items on this holiday date in history. Ever thankful for their input, we’ll press ...

Allegheny County officials to continue shuttle service in airport corridor, Mon Valley

By Bobby Kerlik
Allegheny County officials plan to announce Tuesday a proposal to provide county funding to two nonprofits, allowing them to continue shuttle service in the airport corridor and the Mon Valley that takes people to and from work. County Executive Rich ...

Hearings delayed for 3 men charged in Rostraver home invasion

By Jeremy Sellew
Preliminary hearings were delayed Monday for three men accused in a home invasion involving a 91-year-old Rostraver woman. However, one of the defendants did not return ...

High wind causes trouble in Mon Valley

By Rick Bruni Jr.
High winds kept Mid-Mon Valley firefighters, police and emergency responders busy Monday as gusts exceeding 40 mph downed trees and knocked out power to area ...

Belle Vernon Area out to establish foundation

By Rick Bruni Jr.
The Belle Vernon Area School District came one step closer to creating a charity organization that could eventually channel donations to district endeavors. The school board Monday unanimously authorized Superintendent Dr. John Wilkinson and attorneys Ira Weiss and James McGraw to ...

Monongahela paramedic dies in the line of duty

By Chris Buckley
For more than three decades, Ken Prunty served as an emergency responder. The longtime paramedic was doing what he had dedicated his life to when he ...

Police investigating shooting outside of Monessen bar

By Jeremy Sellew
Monessen man shot outside city tavern A Monessen man was shot early Saturday while he was trying to break up a fight at a city bar. Monessen ...

Mon Valley residents enjoyed holiday happenings over weekend

By Tribune-Review
Mid-Mon Valley residents enjoyed a variety of activities during the weekend. From a holiday sale at the Monongahela Area Public Library to an Eagle Scout painting ...

Mon Valley communities put spotlight on Christmas season

By Tribune-Review
Communities in the Mon Valley are planning traditional light-up night activities the week of Thanksgiving to herald in the holidays. Brownsville will celebrate the season Friday. with community-wide luminaries, caroling and the arrival of Santa and Mrs. Claus at the historic ...

Monessen amphitheater proves to be crowd pleaser

By Chris Buckley
For many years, the bandstand at City Park in Monessen was a popular location for big band concerts. “Through the years, nothing was done to it,” said councilwoman Patricia Bukowski, chairwoman of the parks and public properties department. “It was there, ...

Coal Center’s High Point restaurant for sale as owners ease into retirement

By Mary Pickels
Bob Sepesy gazed out the windows of his High Point Restaurant and Lounge, overlooking the Monongahela River, the Fayette County borough of Newell and California ...

Monongahela grad inducted into state Sports Hall of Fame

By For The Tribune-Review
It’s official: Ron Necciai is now a member of the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame. Necciai, a native of Gallatin now living in Rostraver Township, ...

Colonial leaders extended legacy to Mon Valley towns

By Ron Paglia
Part 2 of 2 Peter DeHaven not only produced muskets, he developed the long rifle using his knowledge of German technology, James William Morgan Jr. ...

Mon Valley kettle drive in need of miracle work

By Stacy Wolford
Salvation Army Lt. Sue Thwaite said it might require a “Christmas miracle” this year to reach the Mon Valley Citadel’s red kettle drive goal. With the ...

Police: Alleged Monongahela equipment thief faces charges

By Stacy Wolford
A Monongahela man is accused of stealing city-owned street equipment after employees left the area. Samuel Heaton, 46, of First Avenue, was jailed on theft charges ...

Fayette City native Gordon Graham traveled many roads to Cheboygan

By Ron Paglia
He’s been gone from the mid-Monongahela Valley for decades, but Gordon Graham retains strong memories of living in this area. “I was born at home on ...

Gutierrez out to unify Donora residents

By Chris Buckley
Dennis Gutierrez has lived most of his life in Donora and says he believes in its people. Now he will serve them as the borough’s ...

Ex-mayor gets keys, deed to former Donora bank

By Chris Buckley
For nearly 40 years, John Lignelli served his beloved Donora as mayor and a councilman. On Thursday, the retired mayor known affectionately as “Chummy” got his ...

Monongahela man held for trial in heroin death in Belle Vernon

By Mary Pickels
A Monongahela man was held for trial Thursday for allegedly injecting a lethal dose of heroin into the arm of a friend. Terrence Lee Kelly, 42, is accused of injecting an overdose of heroin into the arm of Brian “Opie” ...

DEP cites Monessen coke plant 6 times

By Rick Bruni Jr.
The ArcelorMittal coke plant in Monessen has been cited six times for illegal emissions since reopening in April, according to the state Department of Environmental ...

Community Bank, FedFirst celebrate merger in Rostraver

By Chris Buckley
When Community Bank held a reception Thursday at the Willow Room in Rostraver, it was a chance to formally announce and celebrate its merger with First Federal Savings Bank. But in a larger sense, it was a chance to celebrate the ...

Pa. Supreme Court decision may reopen Monessen health office

By Stacy Wolford
The shuttered state Department of Health office in Monessen might reopen in the wake of a Pennsylvania Supreme Court decision Thursday. The court sided with a union that represents nurses Thursday and put a halt to plans by Gov. Tom Corbett’s ...

No tax hike anticipated in Fallowfield

By Chris Buckley
The proposed 2015 Fallowfield budget does not require a real estate tax millage hike. It also does not – for the fifth straight year – include a line item for police protection. That could change, however, in 2016, depending upon the outcome ...

Tax rate to remain unchanged in North Belle Vernon

By Rick Bruni Jr.
North Belle Vernon council will not only hold the line on property taxes but the borough will have an anticipated surplus for 2015, according to the tentative budget unveiled Thursday during a special meeting. According to councilman Mark Frederick, who chairs ...

Annual fundraiser set in Rostraver

By Stacy Wolford
Howard Hanna Simon Real Estate Services realtors Deanna Bovard and Kristin Moffett says it’s always heartwarming to hear how their annual fundraiser is helping ...

2015 budget OK’d for Charleroi Regional Police

By Chris Buckley
The Charleroi Regional Police board approved a 2015 budget Wednesday, while holding onto the option of reopening it early next year if health insurance costs come down. Approval of the regional police budget allows member communities to pass their final budgets ...

Ringgold OKs bond issue for new school

By Chris Buckley
The Ringgold School Board approved the initial bond issue Wednesday for construction of a new middle school. Directors also approved applying for state reimbursement for major renovations to Ringgold Elementary School North under PlanCon. PlanCon, short for Planning and Construction Workbook, is ...

Monessen faces $350K shortfall

By Rick Bruni Jr.
Monessen councilman Josh Retos had three goals for city finances at the end of 2014: keep tax rates the same, break even between expenses and revenues, and lower the amount the city borrows for its tax anticipation loan. Only one of ...

Rostraver contruction zone re-examined after accidents

By Chris Buckley
Three recent accidents in a Rostraver construction zone have PennDOT officials re-evaluating an area already compromised by a support wall failure last month. Speed was allegedly ...

Monessen offices on the move?

By Rick Bruni Jr.
Monessen Mayor Lou Mavrakis wants to move city offices into one side of the Monessen Public Library, possibly before the end of the year. But the ...

Mon City arrests net 183 stamp bags of heroin

By Chris Buckley
Within five hours and about five miles Sunday, Monongahela police made two arrests, taking more than 18 bundles of heroin off the streets. The arrests followed ...

Rostraver woman killed in apparent murder-suicide had reported abuse, court records show

By Renatta Signorini  and Rick Bruni Jr.
A Rostraver man with a history of aggression against his wife fatally shot her Monday morning in what authorities confirmed was a murder-suicide. Robert W. ...