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Bus for Franklin Regional crashes into pole; no one hurt

By Jacob Tierney
A school bus for the Franklin Regional School District crashed into a tree and took down a utility pole in Murrysville Friday morning. There were no children on the bus as it crashed at 7:30 a.m. at Forbes Trail Drive …

Murrysville dance instructor brings Bollywood to the ‘burbs

By Patrick Varine
Massive dance numbers, intricate choreography, elaborate costumes — all of these things are hallmarks of Bollywood, a style of cinema originating in India. The name itself ...

Murrysville council approves Speedway plan for Rt. 286

By Patrick Varine
With a couple extra conditions and a reminder to be a good neighbor, Murrysville council on Wednesday approved plans for a Speedway gas station and convenience store next to the Dairy Queen on Route 286. Speedway’s proposal is actually four …

Teacher eyes expanded internships for Franklin Regional students

By Patrick Varine
A Franklin Regional High School teacher is seeking local and regional businesses with an interest in helping Panther seniors prepare for college and their careers through an internship. Jeff Stanczak, the supervisor of the district internship program, brought four seniors with ...

Catalytic converters taken from vehicles in Murrysville

By Patrick Varine
The latest trend in thefts involving vehicles doesn’t involve stealing the vehicle, itself, or items left inside it. Instead, crooks are cutting off what’s underneath it. Since the beginning of April, Murrysville police have been notified that three catalytic converters were ...

Churches mark 1-year anniversary of Franklin Regional knife attack

By Patrick Varine
A congregation of about 50 people came together Thursday night for a service of reconciliation, forgiveness and hope at Newlonsburg Presbyterian Church in Murrysville. It was ...

Organizers hope conference will draw those in need

By Patrick Varine
Organizers of the “Feeding Our Families, Nourishing Our Communities” conference Saturday are hoping for attendance not just by representatives of service organizations and the media but also by the very people on whose plight it will focus. “In terms of attendance, ...

Upgrades to Rt. 22 signals set for 2015

By Patrick Varine
In addition to installing a new signal system this year to help smooth the flow of traffic along Route 22, PennDOT will use federal money to install sensors that will reduce response times for police and paramedics who are answering ...

Female pedestrian hit in Murrysville

By The Tribune-Review
A woman was flown to a Pittsburgh hospital Wednesday after she was struck by a car in Murrysville. The female pedestrian was hit near the intersection of Saltsburg and Christy roads at 12:14 p.m. According to dispatch reports, the woman …

Judge to hear Hribal defense request May 29

By Tribune-Review
A Westmoreland County judge will hear a defense request on May 29 involving the case of a teenager accused of stabbing 21 people at Franklin Regional High School a year ago to be tried in juvenile court. The petition was filed ...

1 year later, $67K in donations to Franklin Regional attack victims in limbo

By Patrick Varine
While others have had varying degrees of success, nearly a year after their efforts first began, the Fox’s Pizza family still is having trouble giving away $67,000 to victims of the Franklin Regional High School attack in the way they’d ...

Medic One staff shares lessons learned in Franklin Regional attack

By Patrick Varine
In the wake of last year’s knife attack at Franklin Regional High School, the staff at Medic One Murrysville found itself fielding calls from emergency medical services seeking advice on how to better prepare for disaster. “We’re finding ourselves reaching outside ...

Speedway tweaks plans for Murrysville store

By Patrick Varine
Although Speedway officials have tweaked the design of a proposed gas station and convenience store to address the concerns of Murrysville Council, nearby property owners remain unconvinced that the Route 286 project will be anything but a neighborhood nuisance. Speedway ...

Skilled nursing facility sued over woman’s alleged infested lesion

By Patrick Varine
A Murrysville skilled nursing facility is fighting to have a lawsuit against it dismissed and moved to arbitration to settle allegations that an elderly woman in its care was found to have live maggots in a scalp lesion. Sarah J. ...

‘Dance Moms’ star, Murrysville native Ziegler featured in new Sia music video

By Brian Estadt
Maddie Ziegler of Murrysville again is featured in a video by Australian pop musician Sia. Ziegler — a cast member of “Dance Moms” on the Lifetime ...

Recovery a slow process for Franklin Regional High School stabbing victims

By Renatta Signorini
Not a school day passes that Gracey Evans doesn’t see the classroom closet where everything changed that sunny morning last April. It was in that closet ...

Churches mark anniversary of Franklin Regional knife attack

By Tribune-Review
Five churches in the Franklin Regional School District will hold special services to mark the one-year anniversary of the Franklin Regional High School knife attack. • Murrysville Alliance Church will host an April 9 service at 7 p.m. The ...

Export resident colors ‘eggstravagant’ Easter creations

By Patrick Varine
When Carol Rose is feeling up to a creative challenge, she grabs some beeswax and orders an ostrich egg from Minnesota. If that sounds strange, then ...

Franklin Regional teen creates video to benefit food bank

By Patrick Varine
When Steve Bodner needed someone to shoot a video for a song to benefit the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank, he turned to his 16-year-old ...

Upgrades planned for Murrysville community center

By Patrick Varine
An occasional wedding, birthday party or reception is nice, but Murrysville officials are hoping to get more regular use out of their community center. Located on ...

Roundup: Egg hunts set for Murrysville, Delmont, Export area

By Patrick Varine
Grab a basket and keep your eyes peeled — local community groups and churches will be hiding goodies all over Murrysville, Delmont and Export as community Easter egg hunts get underway. Here’s a roundup of local hunts. To add other ...

Proposed Franklin Regional tax hike trimmed

By Patrick Varine
Franklin Regional officials introduced a version of the 2015-16 budget Monday night that would allow them to cut a proposed tax hike by more than a mill even if rosier-than-expected state funding numbers do not come through. While outlining a $52.5 ...

State police seek info on police impersonator in Export

By Patrick Varine
State police are seeking information about a man driving a car outfitted with police-style lights, who pulled over a Delmont resident on March 22. Police said the man, who is suspected to be in his 30s, pulled over an 18-year-old …

Photo gallery: Dance-a-thon at Sloan Elementary

By Tribune-Review
Sloan Elementary’s PTO hosted a Dance-a-thon fundraiser on March 6, 2015, which brought in nearly $12,000. ...

Photo gallery: Design team winners

By Tribune-Review
Three teams of Franklin Regional Middle School students earned top finishes in last month’s Pittsburgh History and Landmarks’ Architectural Design Challenge. ...

Kearns asks Speedway to think outside box with Murrysville plan

By Patrick Varine
Murrysville Council is more than willing to impose conditions on a planned Speedway gas station on Route 286, but despite the concerns of those who live near the proposed site, it can’t simply reject the project. Ohio-based Speedway plans to build ...

March for Parks to benefit Turtle Creek Trail

By Patrick Varine
Walking and municipal parks go hand-in-hand. Visitors to local parks can frequently be found taking advantage of the open space, particularly in a place like ...

Sew to perform in Pitt’s ‘Curtain Call’

By Patrick Varine
When the lights go up on the University of Pittsburgh Dance Ensemble’s student-led “Curtain Call” production in April, Franklin Regional graduate Rachel Sew will be ...

Franklin Regional to expand dog-assisted literacy program

By Patrick Varine
When students returned to Franklin Regional High School for the first time after last year’s knife attack, therapy dogs were on hand to greet them. ...

Traffic reduced to one lane on Route 22 in Murrysville after accident

By Tribune-Review
Traffic is reduced to one lane on Route 22 in Murrysville while an accident is cleared, police said. A truck struck a Jersey barrier in the eastbound lanes in the 6400 block of Route 22, near the intersection with Mellon …

Alleged heroin dealer testifies against girlfriend of Delmont overdose victim

By Rich Cholodofsky 10:20 a.m.
A Murrysville man charged with selling drugs used in the fatal overdose of a Delmont man last year testified Friday against the woman police claim ultimately gave the deadly dose of heroin to her boyfriend. Ryan Paul, 26, testified during a ...

Murrysville's Blue Spruce developers sue FTMSA

By Patrick Varine
The developers of the Blue Spruce Shoppes in Murrysville are suing the Franklin Township Municipal Sanitary Authority for more than $245,000 related to sewage-overflow issues. Filed last week in Westmoreland Court of Common Pleas on behalf of Regional Development Partners Blue ...

Victim in Monroeville mall shooting weeps in court as she recalls what she saw

By Megan Guza
Mary Singleton wept Wednesday as she recalled what she saw and heard just before she and her husband were caught in a line of gunfire ...

Suspect in Franklin Regional knife rampage petitions to face charges as a juvenile

By Rich Cholodofsky
The violent nature of the charges against 17-year-old Alex Hribal might make it difficult for a judge to move his attempted murder case to juvenile court, legal experts said. Hribal’s attorney filed court documents Friday formally asking that the teen’s criminal ...

Lane of Route 22 West in Murrysville closed during fuel spill cleanup

By Tribune-Review
westmoreland county murrysville Fuel spill on Route 22 cleaned up A fuel spill was cleaned up Thursday afternoon and one lane of Route 22 westbound was reopened, according to Murrysville police. The spill occurred at ...

Bank in Export to close for good

By Patrick Varine
First Commonwealth Bank will close the doors of its Export branch for good on April 30, bank officials confirmed last week. Export council members at their ...

Franklin Regional officials react to Wolf’s plan

By Patrick Varine
Under Gov. Tom Wolf’s first budget proposal — and with the caveat that hours upon hours of General Assembly debate will take place before a state budget is finalized — Franklin Regional School District could slash its proposed 2015-16 millage ...

Upgrade proposed for Franklin Regional Middle School locker rooms

By Patrick Varine
Dennis Majewski was in the Franklin Regional Middle School boys’ locker room with a school alumnus recently, when he found out just how out of date it is. “He was able to point out everything in the room because literally nothing ...

Franklin Regional robotics team ready for FIRST Recycle Rush

By Patrick Varine
Franklin Regional’s First Robotics Competition team has evolved from a dozen kids who struggled to build a basic driving robot in their inaugural 2012 season …