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Man’s holiday spirit lights up Belle Vernon

By Chris Buckley
For Ed Stasko Sr., every day is his favorite time of the year. His reward in life is to see someone — especially a child — ...

Cal U students aid Fayette survey

By Joe Napsha
A group of California University of Pennsylvania graduate students and their professors, along with Fayette County social service providers, will learn how some Fayette County residents view the county’s quality of life and its strengths and needs, when they compile ...

Cal U official receives New Pittsburgh Courier honor

By Mary Pickels
Dr. Caryl Sheffield’s first job was delivering what was then The Pittsburgh Courier newspaper. “As a child in Beaver County, I delivered the newspaper to African-American ...

Trials ordered for 2 charged in Monongahela mugging case

By Chris Buckley
Jim Huffstickler said he routinely accompanies his mother when she shops at the Monongahela Foodland. But on Oct. 8, he stayed behind because heating oil was ...

Convocation center booze battle rages on for California and Cal U

By Chris Buckley
California University of Pennsylvania will have a chance in Washington County Court to continue its war against fees related to alcohol sales at events in its convocation center. Commonwealth Court on Friday handed down a ruling that vacated an April opinion ...

2 charged in Charleroi drug, gun find case

By Rick Bruni Jr.
A receipt for a bottle of soda pop helped police link a McKees Rocks man and his girlfriend to more than $10,000 worth of crack cocaine found at a Charleroi apartment. Charleroi Regional Police Officer David Kimball on Friday filed ...

Rostraver seeks big bucks from gas service co.

By Rick Bruni Jr.
Rostraver has filed a lawsuit seeking more than $200,000 from the tenant of a property in the township. Solicitor Al Gaudio said the civil action, filed Thursday in the Westmoreland County Court of Common Pleas, calls for punitive damages from ...

West Newton foster father faces child sex charges

By Jeremy Sellew
A West Newton foster parent is accused of sexually assaulting an intellectually disabled teenage boy. Len Schneider, 72, of North Second Street was arraigned Thursday by Magisterial District Judge Charles Christner in West Newton. Westmoreland County detectives charged Schneider with two counts ...

Trio arrested by Monessen police on drug charges

By Jeremy Sellew
Three people are facing drug charges following a traffic stop Wednesday in Monessen. Just before 4 p.m., Monessen police Lt. Jim Smith pulled over a white Ford Focus driven by Alice Horrell, 43, of Connellsvillle Street, Fayette City. Smith initiated the ...

Monessen OKs 2015 budget with no tax hike

By Rick Bruni Jr.
Monessen Council on Wednesday passed its 2015 budget, which does not require a property tax increase. Expenditures and expenses are expected to be $4,585,406 with $471,000 allotted for debt service and $214,000 for parks and recreation. The tax rate will remain at ...

Washington Township man faces trial in home invasion

By Jeremy Sellew
A Washington Township man accused of forcing his way into a township residence will face trial after waiving his right to a preliminary hearing Thursday. Josh R. Coven, 21, of Marion Villa, waived three counts of harassment, two counts of simple ...

Ringgold agrees to stay under Pa. tax limit

By Chris Buckley
The Ringgold School Board won’t begin discussions on its 2015-16 budget until sometime next year. But one thing the spending plan won’t include is a significant tax increase, even as the district works toward construction of a middle school. In a resolution ...

News was plentiful in pre-holiday rush of December 1957

By Ron Paglia
As we have noted many times, some dates are more significant than others to Yesteryear followers. A man in North Charleroi, for example, asked about headlines of Friday, Dec. 20, 1957. “I was just a kid and counting the days for the ...

Belle Vernon native in Philly DA’s office helped write grand jury report

By Brad Bumsted
PHILADELPHIA — A member of District Attorney Seth Williams’ four-person task force investigating a sting case involving lawmakers grew up in Belle Vernon, where he ...

Keystone’s expansion to Greensburg going well

By Chris Buckley
Keystone Bakery has been a fixture in the Mid-Mon Valley business community and in kitchens across the area for nearly nine decades. Schaller’s Bakery was a tradition in Greensburg beginning in 1902. So it was a natural fit that when the Greensburg ...

Coroner reports Perryopolis officer died of blunt-force trauma

By Renatta Signorini
A multitude of police and emergency responders are expected Friday in Ligonier to pay their respects to a Perryopolis officer killed in the line of ...

Trial ordered for Finleyville man accused of fondling himself near school bus

By Rick Bruni Jr.
A Finleyville man will head to trial on charges he exposed himself along the side of the road as a school bus carrying young children passed. John Obed Lewis, 39, of Washington Avenue, waived his right to a preliminary hearing Monday ...

Fallen Perryopolis police officer chased his dream

By Liz Zemba
As a young boy, Richard A. Champion dreamed of becoming a police officer, his mother said. “That’s all I heard, for years and years and years, ...

Alleged Rostraver home invasion conspirator to face trial

By Rick Bruni Jr.
The alleged mastermind behind the home invasion-robbery of an elderly Rostraver woman will head to trial. Darrell Wayne Adams, 52, of Greensburg, waived his right to ...

BVA finances OK heading to budget

By Chris Buckley
Although it won’t pass a 2015-16 budget for six months, the Belle Vernon Area School Board provided a glimpse into that plan Monday night. And it was good news for taxpayers, as the board approved a resolution agreeing not to raise ...

Barking dog gripe leads to historic Charleroi drug stash

By Rick Bruni Jr.
A barking dog complaint led Charleroi Regional Police to one of the biggest crack cocaine finds in borough history. While executing a search warrant, police on ...

Charleroi Area student accused of bringing pellet gun to school

By Rick Bruni Jr.
A Charleroi Area High School student will face disciplinary action after allegedly bringing a pellet gun into the building Monday morning. Superintendent Ed Zelich confirmed the boy had been carrying the gun in his backpack before administrators were notified around ...

Occupants flee after car crashes into house in Monessen

By Chris Buckley
Police were looking for three young people who left the scene of an accident Monday evening in the 1300 block of Summit Avenue in Monessen. The ...

‘Ramblers’ a great memory for Monessen native Jones

By Chris Buckley
Just the mention of the First Street Ramblers brings a smile to Don Jones’ face. Jones ultimately found success in multiple sports in high school and ...

Perryopolis police officer dies in Route 51 crash

By Chris Buckley
Rich Champion put his life on the line for his country and later for his community. “As I told his wife, ‘Rich was on the ...

Salvation Army gets ‘miracle’

By Chris Buckley
Shortly before Thanksgiving, the local Salvation Army kettle drive was far off its target. Lt. Susan Thwaite said it might take a “Christmas miracle” this holiday ...

Fayette City appoints new police chief

By Rick Bruni Jr.
Fayette City’s soon-to-be new police chief has big plans for the small department. Council last week unanimously hired William Gardner as its next police boss. A Fayette ...

Father, son step in to keep Rostraver gun shop running

By Greg Reinbold
The future of Rostraver Township’s well-known gun shop, The Gun Rack, was uncertain when business owner Byron White was hit by a drunken driver ...

Craft brewery opens in West Newton fire hall

By Joe Napsha
A Rostraver man and his Elizabeth Township business partner have converted storage space at the rear of the West Newton Fire Hall into a place ...

Rostraver Food Pantry continues to meet need

By Chris Buckley
Over the years, the need has not wavered, but grown, notes Rostraver Food Pantry coordinator Richard Currie. But the pantry has always met that need. “When I began, the number of clients was maybe 170,” said Currie, who has been associated with ...

Bentleyville Scout scores Eagle with mini golf project

By Mary Pickels
After 10 years of Scouting, Robbie Michalow points to the camaraderie he shares with his troop members as a strong incentive to stay involved. “My friends ...

Author takes final look back in Brownsville history series

By Ron Paglia
It was, as business stays go, a rather brief run — less than a decade. But Isaly’s in Brownsville left an indelible mark on residents of ...

Locals help Thiel, St. Vincent football teams improve

By Bruce Wald
Three area football players made significant contributions for two college football teams in the President’s Athletic Conference. Tom Thorpe, who played scholastic football for the Charleroi High School Cougars, was Thiel (Greenville) College’s fourth-leading tackler this past autumn. A 5-foot-9-inch, 193-pound senior ...

S&H bar meeting draws crowd

By Stacy Wolford
The operator of a Monessen bar that’s been the site of several violent incidents defended the business to people who want to close it. William “Billy ...

Beloved creches displayed at Monongahela church

By Emma Jene Lelik
More than 300 creches, from the tiniest miniatures to almost life-size figures, were on display at the First United Methodist Church in Monongahela for two ...

Charleroi traffic stop spurs drug charges

By Chris Buckley
Two Belle Vernon residents are facing drug and weapons charges following a traffic stop 11:12 p.m. Thursday in the 1200 block of McKean Avenue in ...

Property tax rate unchanged in Charleroi

By Chris Buckley
Since 1991, Charleroi’s budget has been maintained at 30 mills for general purposes, the maximum permitted. Council unanimously approved a 2015 budget Thursday that maintains that tax rate. The budget does increase the debt service by 0.44 of a mill, ...

Donora holds the line on 2015 taxes

By Chris Buckley
Donora Council this week posted a tentative spending plan and hired a new refuse hauler. The new garbage collection contract, when signed, will cut residential rates and help the borough to hold the line on taxes. Council is scheduled to vote 10 ...

After Washington Township crash, man charged with risking catastrophe

By Rick Bruni Jr.
An area man who drove his van into a Washington Township home last month is awaiting a preliminary hearing on multiple charges including risking a catastrophe. Police allege Robert Michael Mital, 43, was heavily intoxicated when he drove his van into ...