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Delmont sues feuding owners of run-down business property

By Patrick Varine
Delmont officials are suing two couples — who currently are suing each other — over the run-down Premier Motor Sales property on West Pittsburgh Street. …

Route 22 accident snarls traffic

By Tribune-Review
Westbound traffic on Route 22 is being diverted off the highway after two pickup trucks collided at its intersection with Old William Penn Highway in Murrysville, near the Monroeville border. Traffic had backed up to the Branthoover Cut-Off, near Export, …

Volunteers to blitz Murrysville park to document biodiversity

By Patrick Varine
Murrysville recreation officials will work with hiking enthusiasts and Duquesne University scientists later this month to catalog the biological diversity of Duff Park. A “bio-blitz,” — an effort to catalog all living species in a given geographic area — will …

Accused Franklin Regional stabber allowed 1-hour furlough to pay respects to grandmother

By Rich Cholodofsky
The Murrysville teen charged with trying to kill 20 classmates and a school security guard attended the funeral home visitation for his grandmother on Wednesday …

57th District candidate faces home foreclosure

By Patrick Varine
If Donna McClelland wins her general-election battle against incumbent state Rep. Tim Krieger, she might be sworn into office the day after her home is …

Pipe replacement by Delmont, Murrysville to fix erosion

By Patrick Varine
Delmont and Murrysville each will lay roughly 200 feet of pipe near Route 66 and Noca Court to help fix a longstanding runoff and erosion problem. Delmont borough engineer Gary Baird said water runoff, which likely began in the early …

Cyclist injured after crashing into truck in Murrysville

By Patrick Varine
A bicyclist was injured Sept. 16 when he crashed into the rear end of a construction truck, according to Murrysville police. Police Chief Thomas Seefeld said the cyclist was headed south on the 4000 block of Sardis Road just before …

State awards 6 Western Pennsylvania schools mentoring grants

By Megan Harris
The state awarded six Western Pennsylvania schools nearly 40 percent of a $700,000 grant initiative designed to pair high-performing schools with low-performing schools to increase student achievement. Fox Chapel, South Fayette, Upper St. Clair and West Jefferson Hills in Allegheny …

Murrysville volunteers deliver ‘Uncommon’ effort

By Daveen Rae Kurutz
When members of Cornerstone Ministries miss church, it’s not to tailgate or to catch up on their sleep. No, member of the Murrysville spent a …

Franklin Regional grad follows Penn State to Dublin for game

By Patrick Varine
Penn State fans travel well — even when the travel involves going all the way to the Emerald Isle. Thousands of Nittany Lion fans made …

Murrysville Council approves $12.2 million capital-improvement plan

By Patrick Varine
Murrysville Council has approved a $12.2-million capital-improvement plan that is heavy on infrastructure work. About two-thirds of the cost — more than $7.8 million— will go toward infrastructure work, including streetscape elements along Route 22 and improvements to Twin Oaks …

Colonial fur trade part of focus of Murrysville Heritage Festival

By Patrick Varine
Visitors to this year’s Heritage Festival will have access to a wealth of knowledge about the Pittsburgh area and its role in the larger history …

Murrysville trainer, horse win Ultimate X title

By Patrick Varine
A Murrysville horse trainer and her trusty steed won a national competition that required old racehorses to learn new tricks. Nicole Valeri, 20, and Rings …

WWII vet to speak to Murrysville Historical Society

By Patrick Varine
Art Staymates was 19 years old when the doors dropped on the LCI boat and his First Infantry Division stormed Normandy’s Omaha Beach as the opening wave of the D-Day invasion. “That was my first combat,” said Staymates, 89, of …

Franklin Regional Senior High School security guard’s return sought

By Patrick Varine
Four Franklin Regional students collected more than 350 signatures on Monday in an appeal to bring back a fired school security guard. Anna Stephens and …

Franklin Regional band chosen for Rose Parade

By Joe Napsha
The Franklin Regional High School band will be playing at the home of the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif., on Jan. 1, 2016, the second time in four years it will march down Pasadena’s famed Colorado Boulevard during the Rose …

Crews to begin paving Murrysville municipal lots

By Tribune-Review
Murrysville Chief Administrator Jim Morrison said paving of the parking lots at the municipal building on Sardis Road will begin on Tuesday, weather permitting. The paving will take place over three days and will begin with the area in front …

Raises at Franklin Regional will be linked to student performance

By Daveen Rae Kurutz
Future pay increases for Franklin Regional School District principals will be linked to the academic performance of their students. A statewide mandate that changes how principal evaluations are completed went into effect this summer. Now, half of a principal’s evaluation …

North Braddock man sentenced to prison for rape of Murrysville woman

By Tribune-Review
An Allegheny County man was sentenced Friday to serve up to 34 years in prison for the violent rape of a Murrysville woman two years ago. Following a week-long trial in April, Georges Berlin, 51, of North Braddock, was convicted …

Book sale, early closure for Delmont library this weekend

By Tribune-Review
Delmont Public Library will hold a book sale today, Friday, from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., and on Saturday, from 8 to 11 a.m. The library will close at noon on Saturday, as staff will participate in the Delmont Daze …

Franklin Township Municipal Sanitary Authority receives state award

By Daveen Rae Kurutz
A local sewage authority is receiving statewide accolades for its use of treated human waste. The Franklin Township Municipal Sanitary Authority received the Beneficial Use of Biosolids Award from the Pennsylvania Water Environment Association for plants that process less than …

Community celebration returns with Delmont ‘Daze’

By Patrick Varine
This weekend will see the return of a community festival in Delmont. The once-annual Delmont Community Day was canceled in 2008. Mayor Alyce Urban is hoping that a few tweaks — starting with renaming it “Delmont Daze” — will help …

FTMSA eyes Monroeville expansion

By Daveen Rae Kurutz
Murrysville sewage officials say they still hope to meet with Monroeville Municipal Authority officials to discuss expanding their service farther into the Allegheny County municipality. The Franklin Township Municipal Sanitary Authority, or FTMSA, serves 8,823 customers in Murrysville, Export, Delmont, …

Judge to hold hearing on request to move suspect in Franklin Regional High stabbings

By Renatta Signorini
A Westmoreland County judge will hold a hearing to determine whether the teenager accused of stabbing 21 victims at Franklin Regional High School should be moved to a treatment facility. Westmoreland County Judge Christopher Feliciani ordered that the hearing be …

Discussion of Murrysville drilling ordinance closed to public

By Daveen Rae Kurutz
Task force meetings to discuss revamping the municipal drilling ordinance won’t be made public, Murrysville officials said. The Marcellus shale task force was reconvened earlier this year after council decided to re-evaluate the municipal drilling ordinance after the state Supreme …

Franklin Township Municipal Sanitary Authority to pay bill with rewards credit card

By Daveen Rae Kurutz
The checks won’t always be in the mail from a local sewage authority. The Franklin Township Municipal Sanitary Authority will begin paying its monthly bills by credit card. Authority assistant manager Kevin Kaplan said the move will earn the authority …

FTMSA officials nix trips in agency Jeep

By Daveen Rae Kurutz
Murrysville’s sewage manager won’t be taking long drives on the Outer Banks beaches in a government vehicle anymore. Board members of the Franklin Township Municipal …

Franklin Regional officials disappointed in firing of guard

By Daveen Rae Kurutz & Craig Smith
Franklin Regional officials are disappointed by a security company’s decision to fire the security guard who was stabbed while helping stop the April 9 knife attack at the high school. Assistant Superintendent Mary Catherine Reljac said the district had nothing …

Murrysville officials seek a ‘vision’ for its future

By Daveen Rae Kurutz
Murrysville officials say they aren’t looking for a comprehensive plan — they want “a vision.” That’s how council defined the embattled draft of the comprehensive plan, which has been criticized by council and residents in recent months for not having …

Police search Level Green area for bank robber

By Joe Napsha
Penn Township police are searching for the man who robbed the Manor Bank branch along Route 130 in Level Green on Wednesday afternoon and ran …

Franklin Regional officials look to future with new hires

By Daveen Rae Kurutz
When hiring 12 full-time teachers this summer, Franklin Regional officials were looking for applicants with extra skills or experience that would help district expand and evolve the programs it offers. Officials prioritized candidates who not only could teach an established …

Franklin Regional stabbing survivors introspective as school year begins

By Craig Smith and Renatta Signorini
The hole that remains in Jared Boger’s chest is an inescapable reminder of that sunny April morning, just moments before the start of classes in …

Hero Franklin Regional security guard out of work

By Craig Smith
John Jay “Sarge” Resetar, the security guard hailed as a hero for helping to stop a stabbing attack at Franklin Regional High School, won’t be …

Delmont’s Apple ’N Arts Festival adds off-site parking

By Daveen Rae Kurutz
Apple and craft enthusiasts won’t have to wait in traffic en route to Shields’ Farm for this fall’s Apple ’N Arts Festival, but they will have a bus ride. Organizers have relocated parking from downtown Delmont to Steel City Raceway …

Franklin Regional’s SRO tasked to watch for inappropriate contact

By Daveen Rae Kurutz
Franklin Regional officials want the new school resource officer to watch for inappropriate student-teacher interactions. At board member Jeremy Samek’s urging, the school board charged administrators with tweaking officer Dave Hanko’s job description to require him to report student-teacher interactions …

Work to affect Route 286 traffic for two weeks

By Tribune-Review
Portions of Route 286 near the Murrysville border will be restricted to one lane between 6 p.m. and 6 a.m. through Sept. 5. On Wednesday, PennDOT will begin installing a cross pipe along Golden Mile Highway in Monroeville as part …

Franklin Regional stabbing suspect Hribal’s attorney seeks more time to prepare

By Rich Cholodofsky
The defense attorney for the Murrysville teen charged with the April knife attack at Franklin Regional High School wants more time to file pretrial motions. …

Delayed Franklin Regional schedules sent by mail

By Daveen Rae Kurutz
The schedule’s in the mail for hundreds of anxious teenagers. Franklin Regional officials mailed schedules to every high school student on Monday, Superintendent Jamie Piraino said. Officials said Monday that they expect students will receive their schedules on Tuesday and …

Murrysville considers Amish contractors to trim iconic tree sign

By Daveen Rae Kurutz
Goats were a no-go, and now Murrysville officials are considering turning to the Amish to help tame the community’s iconic tree sign visible from Route …