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North Allegheny redistricting prevented crowding in schools, officials say

By Tory N. Parrish
The North Allegheny School District’s redistricting helped offset the demographic shifts the district has been experiencing for several years, an official said. School administrators presented enrollment and facilities and capital funding plan updates at a board meeting last week. There were 8,229 ...

Your Alle-Kiski Valley News

DUI checkpoints take on dangerous drivers

By Chuck Biedka
Thanksgiving, the busiest travel holiday of the year, quickly is becoming the busiest for police and ambulance crews as well — outpacing Christmas and even News Year’s Eve. Just ask state police Trooper Adam Thomas. “It’s a big time for DUI crashes, ...

Your Carlynton News

Carnegie, businesses team up for holiday celebration

By Dona S. Dreeland
Carnegie’s children always were Carol Covi’s favorite people. No matter the season, the late councilwoman and children’s program coordinator, brought smiles to faces, young and old. Now, in tribute to Covi, residents will gather for a holiday celebration from noon to ...

Your Cranberry News

Car crashes into Cranberry store, no one injured

By Bill Vidonic
As Yankee Candle manager Allison Vinay heard the sound of an engine, mixed with shattering glass and the thud of dozens of candles tumbling to the floor, all she could think was, “Not again; please, not again.” For the second time ...

Your FoxChapel News

‘Wicked’ author shares writing tales with Fox Chapel students

By Tawnya Panizzi
As a child, author Gregory Maguire said he hoped to grow up to become a statue — or an elephant. Fortunately for him, his plan didn’t pan out and the New York native went on to write the tale of Elphaba ...

Your Hempfield News

Westmoreland County, state AG to get funds from illegal lottery

By Renatta Signorini
Westmoreland County and the state attorney general’s office will reap the benefits of an illegal lottery operation that was dismantled last year. Assistant District Attorney Leo Ciaramitaro said about $34,000 that was seized by police from Daniel Gerard Petrella, 62, of ...

Your Latrobe News

Latrobe freshman’s Eagle Scout’s veterans memorial inspired by grandfather

By Greg Reinbold
When Greater Latrobe freshman Alejandro “Alec” Barlock noticed that his grandfather Eugene Jones, 89, a World War II veteran who fought in the Battle of the Bulge, had trouble making his way from Barnes Place senior living community in Derry ...

Your McKeesport News

Shoppers vexed by choice between getting best bargains, spending time with family

By Michael DiVittorio 6:49 p.m.
Major retailers already have opened their doors for Black Friday — and it’s still Thursday. Some businesses announced plans to open at 6 a.m. this Thanksgiving, and Mon Valley area residents are among many who have mixed emotions about having ...

Your Monroeville News

Logan named interim president of Monroeville chamber

By Gideon Bradshaw
Two local groups meant to support local business now share a president as the groups aim to align their missions and pool resources to cut costs. Monroeville Area Chamber of Commerce officials announced earlier this month that the group’s board appointed ...

Your Mon Valley News

Washington Township daughter savors turkey farm tradition

By Jeremy Sellew 8:00 p.m.
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 Olexa has received in the past few days. But that’s the way it is for a ...

Your Mt. Pleasant

Chestnut Ridge society welcomes collector of Christmas antiques

By Cami Dibattista
It all started when Thomas Edison perfected the first incandescent light bulb in 1879. By 1895, the bulbs were promoted for home use, and by 1903 preassembled strands of Christmas …

Your Murrysville News

Murrysville athlete runs obstacle course for charity — 7 times

By Patrick Varine
Most people would balk at the idea of making their way through the physical crucible of a Tough Mudder obstacle course. Matthew Scoletti didn’t balk — and then he ran the course another six times in a row. Scoletti, a Murrysville native ...

Your North Hills News

North Hills Wind Ensemble musicians ‘respect the music’

By Bill Zlatos
Students in the North Hills High School Wind Ensemble and director Len Lavelle have molded the musical group into a band of brothers — and sisters. The 46-member ensemble this year finished second in the high school band division in The ...

Your Norwin News

Norwin School District creates first detailed weapons policy

By Tony LaRussa
Although Norwin always has prohibited guns, knives or other weapons from school buildings, until last week, there was no formal definition of what constitutes a weapon or what would happen if a student is caught with one. Now there is. The Norwin ...

Your Penn Hills News

Game Commission enters battle between hunters, Penn Hills residents

By Kelsey Shea
A house cat that was caught in a hunter’s trap at the former Churchill Valley Country Club prompted the Pennsylvania Game Commission to get involved in a spat between local hunters and residents. On Nov. 12, Rebecca Aqra, of Penn ...

Your Penn-Trafford News

Trafford officials: Finances not as bad as feared

By Chris Foreman
Tough decisions are ahead, but some Trafford officials say they don’t think the borough finances are as poor as initially projected last week. Despite discussion that general-fund expenses next year could eclipse revenue by as much as $215,000, a 2014 budget ...

Your Plum News

Life-skills classroom could keep special-education students in Plum

By Karen Zapf
The intensive-learning-support classroom is in full swing at Center Elementary School. The classroom, along with a sensory room, serves elementary students with autism and other intellectual disabilities. District officials now are looking to serve secondary students who need a more intensive ...

Your Sewickley News

Sewickley mom, dad thankful for ‘incredible’ support since son’s death

By Bobby Cherry
Love surrounds the Galluzzos. Matthew Galluzzo wrote that in a blog post last month reflecting on the Aug. 10 death of his son, Owen Thomas Galluzzo, 9. Since Owen’s death, Matthew and his wife Meghan Eberle Galluzzo, say their hearts ...

Your South Hills News

Cultures unite for Thanksgiving celebration in Whitehall

By Stephanie Hacke
Nan Nway cooked traditional fried rice to celebrate Thanksgiving with more than 100 friends and family members from across the world. Before moving to the United States in 2006, Nway, 31, who was born in Burma and had lived in ...

Your Twin Boros News

Riverview to correct heating problems over Thanksgiving holiday

By Valley News Dispatch
The Riverview School District plans to repair a heating problem in the junior-senior high school during its Thanksgiving break. Superintendent Margaret DiNinno said officials discovered last week that heating units weren’t working in some parts of the building. “We have heat in ...