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Volunteers spruce up old Sardis Cemetery in Murrysville

By Patrick Varine
As winter began setting in during late 2014, W. Scott Rubright faced a familiar problem: a lack of help in maintaining a 2.3-acre cemetery along ...

Export historical group on its own with church acquisition

By Patrick Varine
The Export Historical Committee still might be able to use the former Emmanuel Lutheran Church as a home base, but if it does, it will have to form its own nonprofit to do so. The Murrysville Historical Society has rejected a ...

Council asks for more detail on Delmont library plan

By Patrick Varine
Delmont officials are looking for a little more clarity before putting their full support behind plans for a new Delmont Public Library. Library board president Dave Weber last week presented to borough council preliminary plans for a 3,700 square-foot library that ...

Franklin Regional moves forward on major technology upgrades

By Patrick Varine
Franklin Regional officials will move ahead with the first round of major technology upgrades to district buildings. The board voted 7-2 on Monday to approve a $626,000 package that will: • Replace district’s computer network core, which will allow the district’s ...

Franklin Regional’s proposed budget raises taxes by 1.82 mills

By Patrick Varine
Franklin Regional School Board members are one step closer to finalizing their 2015-16 budget, and residents are one step closer to a tax hike. The school board voted 7-2 to adopt a proposed budget Monday. Jane Tower and George Harding voted ...

Delmont Council approves bids for paving, storm sewer work

By Patrick Varine
Alternate additions to Delmont’s 2015 paving program will have to wait until 2016. Last week, borough council voted 5-0 — with Council President Jim Bortz and Councilman Randy Cupps absent — to award the $248,000 base bid for paving projects and ...

State police probe shooting death of feral cat in Export

By Tribune-Review
State police at Kiski Valley are investigating a case of cruelty to animals in the shooting of a feral cat Thursday night in Export. Police said a feral cat belonging to John Dennis Sever, 59, of 5595 Monroe Circle, Export, died ...

Term limits to end Synan’s tenure on Murrysville Council

By Patrick Varine
Rege Synan always has thought of Murrysville as a great community, and when he chose to run for office in the mid-2000s, his goal was ...

Murrysville, Export to pay for firefighter clearances

By Patrick Varine
Parent volunteers at school have to do it. Boy Scout troop leaders have to do it. And once July 1 rolls around, Pennsylvania’s volunteer firefighters will have to obtain at least two criminal-background clearances and possibly three. More than 20 pieces of ...

Franklin Regional tax hike continues to drop

By Patrick Varine
Franklin Regional School District finance director Jon Perry has laid out a version of the 2015-16 district budget that proposes $52.7 million in spending and a 1.82-mill tax hike. While its members did not vote at Monday’s meeting, Perry recommended that ...

Murrysville native enjoying ride with new-wave bandmates

By Patrick Varine
When Brad Schneider was growing up in Murrysville, he did not envision himself playing bass in an ’80s-inspired new-wave band. But last week, Schneider was sitting ...

Delmont Area Athletic Association has big plans

By Patrick Varine
The Delmont Area Athletic Association has ambitious plans for more than 200 children who have signed up to play baseball this season, including discussion about a new field on the Shields Farm property and the addition of warning tracks to ...

Franklin Regional senior’s film takes 2nd place in contest

By Patrick Varine
Franklin Regional High School senior Heather Rose will have an extra $5,000 to put toward college, thanks to an innovative entry that won second place ...

Photo gallery: Miracle League holds opening ceremonies in Murrysville

By Tribune-Review
The Miracle League of Western Pennsylvania kicked off its summer season with opening ceremonies on May 2, 2015. ...

Photo gallery: Franklin Regional holds prom at Heinz Field

By Tribune-Review
Franklin Regional students attended the 2015 Prom on Friday, May 1, 2015, at Heinz Field. ...

FR rowers find home at Steel City Rowing

By Patrick Varine
When Dori Tompa graduated from Franklin Regional High School in 1985, there were no high school rowing teams in the area. Tompa — who now ...

Franklin Regional’s summer sports camps approved

By Patrick Varine
Franklin Regional School Board on Monday unanimously approved the following summer sports camps. • Boys basketball skills and development camp will take place June 16 to 19 and June 22 to 25, with separate sessions for grades one to four ...

Tabby stars in grand prize winner of Murrysville Photo Contest

By Tribune-Review
Winners of the 2014 Murrysville photo contest were announced at an April 15 celebration. More than 200 photographers submitted their work, and a display of the ...

Murrysville woman apologizes for scholarship fund theft

By Renatta Signorini
A Murrysville woman apologized in court Friday for stealing $17,750 from a former classmate’s memorial scholarship fund. “I am sorry for what I did and remorseful and embarrassed that I’ve done this to my family, friends and myself,” Rachelle Dever, 54, ...

Franklin Regional parents no longer have to cite reasons to opt students out of lessons

By Patrick Varine
Parents who object to items in the curriculum no longer will have to cite a religious objection to exempt their child from class at Franklin Regional, according to a revised policy. In fact, they won’t have to cite any reason at ...

June summer camp to challenge FR students’ creativity

By Patrick Varine
For the second year in a row, Franklin Regional School District officials will offer young students a chance to fire up their creativity engines during ...

PennDOT set to start Murrysville-area roadwork on Monday

By Tribune-Review
PennDOT work crews will start the following work beginning April 27, weather permitting: • Patching, and crack/joint sealing will take place on Murrysville Road (State Route 4033). • Patching work will take place at the Route 286 and Route 380 intersection near ...

Gans’ Rivertowne Brewing show not just for Deadheads

By Patrick Varine
Singer-songwriter David Gans’ concerts are a mix of original songs and covers, a formula that bears a strong similarity with one of his favorite bands, ...

Officials approve Delmont paving list

By Patrick Varine
Delmont Council unanimously approved a $248,000 base contract for its 2015 paving program. Originally budgeted at $300,000, the contract award leaves council some financial wiggle room to add a few additional projects from their alternates list. Plum-based A. Liberoni Inc. submitted ...

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 separate ...

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 ...