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Donora-Webster bridge plunges into Mon River after 107 years

By Chris Buckley
With onlookers lining nearby hillsides, the 106-year-old Donora-Webster Bridge was demolished Wednesday morning, dropped by explosives in a matter of seconds into the Monongahela River. “Everything ...

Many in Mon Valley made news as area prepared for past holidays

By Ron Paglia
Another extended holiday weekend will begin tomorrow as we reach the unofficial midway point of summer with an abundance of Fourth of July celebrations. With that thought firmly in place, let’s take a look at some of the names and events ...

‘Suspicious’ blaze in N. Belle Vernon puts cops on alert

By Rick Bruni Jr.
A suspicious fire destroyed a vacant home Tuesday morning in North Belle Vernon, putting police on heightened alert. No one was injured and the house had ...

Solomon Auto Group plans new Ford complex in Brownsville

By Tribune-Review
Solomon Auto Group broke ground Tuesday for its new 20,618-square foot Ford showroom and service center in Brownsville. Construction is expected to be completed in February. The ...

It’s time to take a serious look at investments

By Gary Boatman
As I write this column on Monday afternoon, there is chaos in the stock market. The DOW is down 350 points and back in the red for 2015. Tuesday ended the first half of the year and people invested in ...

Donora woman wins state nursing award

By Chris Buckley
Darlene Homa lives just a half block from the Castner Avenue home where she was raised. “I grew up in Donora, and stayed here,” she said. Her ...

Charleroi man charged in pizza shop burglaries

By Jeremy Sellew
A Charleroi man has been accused of committing a series of burglaries at a Charleroi pizza shop. John Harley Medved, 50, of Washington Avenue, is charged ...

Mon City man accused of stabbing girlfriend

By Jeremy Sellew
A Monongahela man accused of stabbing his girlfriend in the neck early Sunday is in jail. Arrested for the alleged stabbing of Molly Carter, Chess Street ...

Monessen break-ins under investigation

By Jeremy Sellew
Monessen police are asking for the public’s assistance in identifying the person or persons involved in two break-ins in the Eastgate section of the city. At ...

Donora man shot Sunday in Monessen

By Jeremy Sellew
Monessen police are investigating an early Sunday shooting near Linden Avenue. At about 2:20 a.m., a Westmoreland 911 dispatcher told police a man with a gunshot wound had been taken to Monongahela Valley Hospital in Carroll. When Officer Patrick Schmidt arrived, ...

Charleroi students call on creativity at Camp Invention

By Chris Buckley
The assignment was to build a tower out of newspaper and duct tape. But a pair of elementary students were having no success. But next to ...

Monongahela Valley, Uniontown hospitals boost patient security

By Mary Pickels
Newly implemented technology and increased visitor security policies are among efforts two regional health care systems are utilizing in their patient care. Monongahela Valley Hospital is working to more securely register patients, while Uniontown Hospital is boosting safety measures for after-hours ...

Frazier Area sophomore knows rodeo

By Les Harvath
As a sophomore with the Frazier Area girls basketball team this past season, Hannah Fell recorded four double-doubles and had season highs of 14 points against Charleroi and 14 rebounds against Beth-Center. In describing the Commodores forward, coach Ken Poling focused ...

Brownsville museum a hidden gem

By Franklin Lacava
It’s tucked away in an inauspicious red brick building on a residential street in Brownsville. A converted fire station with glass block windows is probably ...

Charleroi offers free family-friendly flicks

By Morgan Cushey
The sounds of popcorn popping and children laughing filled the summer air as families gathered at the Charleroi Market House to enjoy a free movie ...

Advocates peddle development on Sheepskin Trail

By Joe Napsha
The proposed Sheepskin Trail that would connect Dunbar with Point Marion via a 32-mile rails-to-trails path that runs through Uniontown has the potential to be ...

Young anglers reel ’em in at Monongahela fishing derby

By Morgan Cushey
The Noble J. Dick Aquatorium in Monongahela was decorated with fishing poles manned by 84 children of all ages, who would leave that day with ...

Seniors from Fayette, Greene, Washington counties go for gold

By Chris Buckley
When the Senior Games resume in 2016, the annual event will return to its roots, marking a landmark year. The games will be held in Fayette ...

Mon Valley gears up to celebrate festive 4th of July

By Chris Buckley
Various communities across the Valley will mark the holiday weekend with traditional fireworks, entertainment and food. Charleroi In Charleroi, the holiday will kick off early with fireworks and a community day on Friday. Activities will begin at noon and continue through ...

Arrest made in former Monessen resident’s murder

By Stacy Wolford
A man has been arrested in connection with the April 6 fatal shooting of a former Monessen resident near Philadelphia. Chad Jonathan Beringer, 19, of Philadelphia ...

Masontown man charged with Rostraver PNC robbery faces trial

By The Valley Independent
A Masontown man accused of an armed robbery at the PNC Bank in Rostraver will stand trial. Stephen William Gaza IV, 34, who lists an additional ...

Former Rostraver resident retires after 26 years of service to country

By Stacy Wolford
Newly retired Air Force Master Sgt. Christopher M. Belczyk is not finished serving his country. Not by a long shot. In fact, the former Rostraver resident says ...

Progress Council likes both ideas for expressway

By Chris Buckley
When Joe Kirk proposed two years ago an alternative to building the Mon/Fayette Expressway from Route 51 into Pittsburgh, he was accused by the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission chairman of destroying the project. But now that the expressway project has been revived ...

Fallowfield to reveal 5-year plan for parks

By Chris Buckley
A five-year plan for parks development in Fallowfield will be unveiled at a special meeting 7 p.m. July 8 at the municipal building. The seven-member recreation committee, the supervisors and a consultant are expected to attend. The township will also seek ...

Five Mid-Mon Valley municipalities support development plan

By Chris Buckley
A multi-municipal plan has the support of Charleroi, North Charleroi, Fallowfield, Speers and Twilight. What it lacks, though, is enough money to begin the process. To date, $62,500 has been allocated for the plan, which is estimated to cost $100,000, said Susan ...

Charleroi Area OKs budget, tax increase

By Chris Buckley
Charleroi Area school directors had hoped to pare the millage hike required to balance the 2015-16 budget from 3 mills to 2 mills, board President Ken Wiltz said. “But with the uncertainty of what’s going on with the state budget, that ...

Fallowfield man allegedly took baby to drug deal

By Stacy Wolford
A Fallowfield man is accused of bringing his baby along as he bought a brick of heroin from a Monessen woman Wednesday. Monessen police arrested William ...

Ringgold OKs budget, tax hike

By Chris Buckley
The Ringgold School Board increased the real estate tax rate Wednesday by 2 mills for the 2015-16 school year, setting aside money toward a new middle school and rising teacher retirement costs. And district administrators received 2.6 percent pay hikes. The $41,823,463 ...

Past newsmakers plentiful in journey down Memory Lane

By Ron Paglia
There’s no shortage of subjects in today’s familiar backward glances format of Yesteryear. Thanks to the archives of area newspapers, they include the following newsmakers on this day in history. 70 YEARS AGO Monday, June 25, 1945 Emmett “Peck” Dooley ...

Donora-Webster Bridge implosion scheduled for July 1

By Chris Buckley
Bob Kline used to wake each morning, peer out his bedroom window and catch a glimpse of the Donora-Webster Bridge. “Every night, the different sounds of ...

New officers elected for MVH, parent organization

By The Valley Independent
Monongahela Valley Hospital and its parent organization, Mon-Vale Health Resources Inc. have new officers. The newly elected officers are Chairman R. Carlyn Belczyk; Vice Chairman Jeff ...

Community, First Federal bank merger ‘hitting all cylinders’

By Chris Buckley
For more than 90 years, the First Federal Savings Bank name was well known in the Valley. But in the spring of 2014, CB Financial Services ...

How much do  you know about Social Security?

By Gary Boatman
Recently, a major insurance company distributed a Social Security quiz to 1,500 people. This quiz was 10 simple true-or-false questions that were very basic. Only 28 percent of the 1,500 who took the quiz got a passing ...

Donora groom allegedly assaulted his new wife

By Jeremy Sellew
Just hours after tying the knot, a Donora man was jailed for the alleged assault of his new wife. David Joseph Wachinski, 31, of Third Street ...

Longtime MVH volunteer Lillian Nard devoted to helping others

By Chris Buckley
Giving has always remained a priority for Lillian Nard who considers friends as family and family as the loves of her life. So it will be ...

Belle Vernon Area School Board holds line on tax rate

By Chris Buckley
The Belle Vernon Area School Board approved a 2015-16 budget without comment on the spending plan or the teachers’ contract impasse. But one aspect of the current teachers’ pact was debated by a director and a retiring school counselor. Unchanged from ...

Pike: Pittsburgh expressway link out

By Chris Buckley
At a meeting in February 1955, Valley leaders led by then-Monongahela Mayor Bill Polaski called for construction of a Route 88 Super Highway. That goal has ...

Cops: Monessen man arrested after large heroin stash found

By Jeremy Sellew
A Monessen man in police custody allegedly led officers to a large supply of heroin stashed in his house. Irvin Kili Green, 19, of Reed Avenue ...

Bentleyville eyes improvements

By Chris Buckley
An ambitious 2013 architectural projection set $3.2 million as the cost of expanding the Bentleyville Community Center. “It took time to determine if the community could ...