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Mon Valley YMCA scholarship auction planned

By Chris Buckley
Long before he became well known as the public address announcer for the Pittsburgh Penguins, the late John Barbero was a well known and respected …

Many musicians enjoyed roles in legacy of Harmoneers

By Ron Paglia
Part 3 of 3 Performing with The Harmoneers was an avocation for the musicians who comprised the band during its long run on the area …

Frazier cross country letter winner stays on the run

By Les Harvath
Ask any and all long-distance runners what thoughts are bouncing through their minds as they traverse often equally bumpy trails and terrain. From A to …

Arrest made in connection with Rostraver home invasion

By Jeremy Sellew
A Charleroi woman was jailed for her alleged role in a violent home invasion by three men that left a 91-year-old Collinsburg woman hospitalized, Rostraver …

Luck runs out for fugitive ‘Jinx’ Law

By Stacy Wolford
One of two men wanted for a shootout in Monessen was found Friday hiding on the roof of a Latrobe house. Anthony “Jinx” Law, 29, …

California University police officer alleges discrimination

By Tribune-Review
A female police officer at California University of Pennsylvania who is on restricted sick leave has sued the university, alleging she has been passed over for promotions offered to male colleagues and subjected to discrimination because of sick-leave use and …

Washington County military surplus store sold stolen items, detectives say

By Paul Peirce
The owner of the California Army-Navy surplus store and his nephew made “substantial profits” by selling more than $216,000 worth of military property allegedly stolen …

Donora man accused of hours-long assault of woman

By Stacy Wolford
An anonymous tip led to the arrest of a Donora man accused of beating a woman in a jealous rage “to get the truth out …

Monessen police seek 2 shootout suspects

By Rick Bruni Jr.
Monessen police accused two men of exchanging gunfire on a city street earlier this month. Police on Thursday filed weapons charges against Anthony “Jinx” Law, …

$10K grants will help people purchase homes in Monessen

By Rich Cholodofsky
Westmoreland County commissioners will fund a program to give Monessen residents grants of up to $10,000 to help them purchase homes in the city. The grants are part of a strategy county and city officials devised last year to eliminate …

Preservation project set for I-70 bridge

By Chris Buckley
Built more than 60 years ago, the Belle Vernon-Speers Bridge has avoided inclusion on the state’s list of structurally deficient bridges. A preservation project slated …

3 men arrested on drug charges in Donora

By Stacy Wolford
Three men are in jail after they were allegedly caught with more than $40,000 worth of heroin in the basement of a Donora home. Washington …

Woman accused of dealing drugs in Donora

By Stacy Wolford
A convicted drug dealer from Monessen is back in jail after she allegedly hid suspected heroin and cash inside her body cavity. Ashley Nicole Kronemer, …

Salvation Army honors Mon Valley do-gooders

By Chris Buckley
Three days before Christmas, Mother Nature seemed more like the Grinch that Stole Christmas. A downpour flooded the basement of the Mon Valley Citadel of …

Octogenarian priest recalls his early days growing up in Donora

By Ron Paglia
Growing up in Mid-Monongahela Valley communities such as Donora has its advantages. Just ask the Very Rev. John Nehrebecki, pastor emeritus of the Church of …

Charleroi mayor updates progress on master plan

By Chris Buckley
In 2012, Charleroi initiated Revive 2016, designed to create a master plan for the borough by 2016. Midway toward that goal, the plan is taking …

Charleroi Area putting comprehensive plan together

By Rick Bruni Jr.
Talking about forming a comprehensive plan for the school district, Charleroi Area Superintendent Ed Zelich returned to his roots in athletics. After Tuesday’s work session, the former high school and college basketball coach drew a comparison between formatting the mandatory …

Allegheny official sees bright future

By Chris Buckley
News of the Pittsburgh region’s demise has been historically greatly exaggerated, Bill Flanagan believes. In fact, roughly 100,000 more people are working in the 10-county region now than during the height of the steel industry four decades ago. Flanagan, executive …

Rostraver woman victim of home invasion

By Jeremy Sellew
Three men wearing ski masks attacked a 91-year-old woman Tuesday morning in her home in Rostraver’s Collinsburg section, police said. Rostraver police chief Greg Resetar said the incident took place about 6:45 a.m. on German Street. Resetar said the woman …

Pittsburgh man pleads guilty in Monessen shooting

By Tribune-Review
A Pittsburgh man pleaded guilty Tuesday to charges related to a shooting last year in Monessen that left a man paralyzed. Police said Rufus Poindexter was one of two men who shot Brian Simpson in the chest at a Summit …

Learn how to build a financial pyramid

By Gary Boatman
The Great Pyramid of Giza, constructed around 2600 B.C., is one of the seven wonders of the ancient world and the only one remaining today. It was constructed with over 2.5 million blocks of limestone. Thirty Empire State buildings could …

Mon Valley towns hosting annual Halloween parades

By Tribune-Review
The following Halloween parades have been announced: • Allenport - 3 p.m. Saturday • Bentleyville – 1 p.m. Saturday. Registration is from 9 a.m. to …

Monessen pressed on sewage project

By Rick Bruni Jr.
Monessen Council and the Mon Valley Sewage Authority must reach an agreement on where to install a state-mandated sewage holding tank – and time is becoming a factor. City engineer Anthony Vitale has been debating with the authority’s engineer, Gannett …

Retired U.S. Marine general key speaker

By Chris Buckley
Growing up in the Valley Inn section of Carroll, David Papak was thinking more about ballfields than battlefields. “My whole world revolved around sports,” said …

Raptor system helps to protect Ringgold students

By Chris Buckley
Clay Shell contends too many school districts suffer from what he calls “the ostrich syndrome.” They bury their heads in the proverbial sand and falsely …

Parking, traffic issues discussed in N. Charleroi

By Chris Buckley
Three parking or traffic-flow concerns were heard by North Charleroi Council Monday night. But not all of the speakers left the meeting hearing the resolution they sought. Vehicles often block access to the truck staging area of his business, said …

Trick-or-treat times set for Mon Valley

By Tribune-Review
The following trick- or-treat times have been announced: • Allenport – Following 3 p.m. parade until 5 p.m. Saturday • Belle Vernon – 3 to …

North Belle Vernon woman honors son’s legacy of caring, strength

By The Valley Independent
Her son is gone, but his bucket list is still on Kristen Jackson’s mind. More than two years after 21-year-old Casey Jackson’s death, his mom …

Shale oil, gas finds put Mon Valley on path to renaissance, leaders say

By Jason Cato
Lue Ann Pawlick never envisioned companies connected with oil and gas beating a path to Alta Vista Business Park when it broke ground in tiny …

Scheduling latest problem for Mon Valley police

By Jeremy Sellew
Preparing schedules for his officers is one of the most daunting tasks Monessen police Chief John Mandarino is required to perform. And he’s not alone. …

Dugan, Pascarella selected for IUP’s Hall of Fame

By Bruce Wald
Two local exceptional student-athletes were part of Indiana University of Pennsylvania’s 2014 Athletic Hall of Fame Class. Marissa Dugan, a star softball outfielder from Albert Gallatin High School, along with Nick Pascarella, an Elizabeth Forward High School graduate and standout …

Monessen police break up fight

By Chris Buckley
One Clairton man was assaulted and two or three gunshots may have been fired, but no arrests were made following a clash that occurred when some Clairton High School football fans attempted to attend a house party in Monessen following …

Hauntings happenings take over in the Mon Valley

By Joe Napsha
The stories of ghostly encounters and spirits that haunt historic Nemacolin Castle in Brownsville — once home to Native Americans and settled by European immigrants …

Veteran from Brownsville gets proper miliary burial

By Karl Polacek
A Brownsville man who was a veteran and who had no known next of kin was buried Thursday at the National Cemetery of the Alleghenies. …

Harmoneers’ audiences enjoyed songs sung in native tongues

By Ron Paglia
Part 2 of 3 Jim Georgulis of Rostraver Township was in the band’s lineup and played trumpet when The Harmoneers released their first album, “The …

Charleroi football player turns tragedy into triumph

By Les Harvath
Charleroi Area senior football player Kevin McClellan does not wear a huge “S” on his chest but, as Cougars coach Don Militzer described his 5-foot-10, …

‘Zombie Ball’ to benefit Monessen Police K-9 units

By Rick Bruni Jr.
It’s no secret to many who know Monessen police Chief John Mandarino that he is a fan of “The Walking Dead” – AMC network’s popular …

Charleroi men facing drug charges

By Rick Bruni Jr.
Charleroi Regional police arrested two men and are seeking another after a search in a borough residence turned up two stolen guns, nearly $2,000 and …

Questions remain in fatal Union accident

By Rick Bruni Jr.
Southwest Regional police are still investigating a three-vehicle crash that claimed the life of an Eighty Four woman last weekend in Union. Stacy R. Smith, 47, of 1133 Venetia Road, was pronounced dead at the scene after the 9:45 p.m. …