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Greensburg pair jailed in convenience store robbery

By Bob Stiles
A Greensburg man and woman were arraigned Saturday on charges they robbed a Murrysville convenience store after police said they traced them when the woman ...

Evankovich moves his Murrysville office

By Patrick Varine
State Rep. Eli Evankovich (R-Murrysville) will move his Murrysville office to the Murrysville Community Center on Carson Avenue. With recent redistricting, the entirety of Murrysville now is in the 54th District, and Evankovich said he is making the move because the ...

Woman evaluated after Murrysville crash

By Patrick Varine
A woman was taken to the hospital for evaluation after her car left the a Murrysville road, hit several small trees and rolled onto its side. The crash happened around 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, near the intersection of Lyons Run …

Murrysville police look for armed man who robbed CoGo’s

By Tribune-Review
Murrysville police are looking for a man who robbed the CoGo’s at 5200 Mellon Road at gunpoint Tuesday afternoon. Police said the suspect is Asian, 5 ...

Franklin Regional brings ‘Mary Poppins’ to the stage

By Patrick Varine
Anna Chensny will have a rather unique view of the audience for this year’s Franklin Regional High School musical: a view from about two stories ...

Plans being made for new Delmont library location

By Patrick Varine
Regardless of what ultimately happens with the Delmont borough building, Delmont Public Library officials are making plans to move to a new, eco-friendly location. “We have ...

Policy bars Delmont staff from talking about borough matters

By Patrick Varine
Delmont Council unanimously approved a new policy that threatens termination for employees who discuss borough business, and Pittsburgh-area civil rights officials say its language may infringe on employees’ free-speech rights as private citizens. Following a Feb. 10 executive session, council voted ...

Murrysville council accepts Boyd’s resignation after all

By Patrick Varine
Murrysville Council will let Jim Boyd resign, after all. Council last week voted unanimously to accept Boyd’s resignation from the municipal Parks and Recreation Commission, after voting unanimously to reject it at their previous meeting. Several council members at that time ...

Newest ‘Hobie Hero’ sprang to action during Franklin Regional stabbings

By Renatta Signorini
Brett Hurt is planning to join the military and has gotten back into weightlifting. The Franklin Regional junior has those opportunities because of his best friend’s ...

Murrysville Golf Club manager says course will stay open

By Patrick Varine
The new manager of Murrysville Golf Club wants to reassure golfers that contrary to rumors, the course will remain open for a long time. “We had golfers in leagues and outings saying, ‘Hey, we have to look for a new place ...

Comcast briefly offline in some parts of Murrysville

By Patrick Varine
Murrysville police reported Friday morning that Comcast landline phone service — which is served over the same network that provides internet and television service —isn’t working in some parts of Murrysville. Bob Grove, Comcast public relations vice president for the …

Franklin Regional board approves preliminary budget with tax hike

By Patrick Varine
On a night when the Franklin Regional School Board approved a preliminary budget with a 3.87-mill hike in the property-tax rate, board member Roberta Cook said the size of the anticipated increase is not set in stone. “Passing a preliminary budget ...

Attention shifts to paving in Delmont

By Patrick Varine
Delmont officials took a few moments last week to acknowledge the work their public-works department and engineers have done over the past six years. During a “state-of-the-borough” address, borough engineer Kevin Brett of Lennon Smith Souleret Engineering in Greensburg said the ...

Murrysville officials: Parking complaints a matter of perception

By Patrick Varine
If shoppers have a tough time finding a parking place at Blue Spruce Shoppes, their issue is with Murrysville’s parking ordinance, not the builders of the retail center, municipal officials say. Murrysville council and staff last week discussed comments from residents ...

Delmont begins preliminary talks for drilling at Shields Farm

By Patrick Varine
Delmont officials have begun preliminary talks with a Pine energy company regarding the natural gas underneath Shields Farm. Solicitor Dan Hewitt said Apex Energy had acquired from Dominion the mineral rights to the 145-acre Shields Farm property. While noting that council wasn’t ...

Attorney: Mental health of teen accused in Franklin Regional stabbings improving

By Rich Cholodofsky
Ten months after Alex Hribal moved through a hallway in Franklin Regional High School randomly stabbing  21 people, his mental condition is finally improving, his lawyer said Friday morning. During a pretrial hearing, defense attorney Pat Thomassey told Westmoreland County ...

Multi-car accident on Route 22 in Murrysville reported during storm

By Patrick Varine
Murrysville police responded to a multi-car crash on Route 22 near the Cozy Inn Cut-Off just before 2 p.m. today. Chief Tom Seefeld did not have information available about injuries, but said both vehicles required towing from the crash scene. …

Franklin Regional School Board OKs $900K in security upgrades

By Patrick Varine
The Franklin Regional School Board on Monday unanimously approved a $900,000 package of security upgrades for all five schools in the district. Pittsburgh-based Dagostino Electronic Services will install the upgrades, which were developed through a districtwide security overview involving local police, ...

Export officials to have entire sewer system inspected

By Patrick Varine
Export officials are debating how much of their sewage system they want to examine ahead of a spring paving project and whether they should seek additional bids for the work. Council’s discussion of hiring a contractor to use a closed-circuit camera ...

Murrysville Council OKs comp plan

By Patrick Varine
After a two-year process of writing, revising, taking public input and re-revising, Murrysville council has adopted the road map that will guide municipal officials for the next decade. Officials last week unanimously approved an update to the municipality’s comprehensive plan, which ...

Murrysville officials reluctant to accept resignation of parks commissioner

By Patrick Varine
Murrysville officials were very pleased with resident Jim Boyd’s tenure on the municipality’s Parks and Recreation Commission. So pleased, in fact, that council members last week chose to reject his letter of resignation, in order to see if he would be ...

Murrysville dancer Ziegler on stage at Grammys

By Patrick Varine
When the man who spent his night winning four Grammy Awards tells you he’s a fan, you know you’re doing something right. So when 12-year-old Maddie Ziegler of Murrysville met pop singer Sam Smith backstage at the Grammy Awards on Feb. ...

Franklin Regional appeals reinstatement of teacher

By Patrick Varine
Several Franklin Regional School District parents and former educators came out in support of the court-ordered reinstatement of elementary music teacher Philip Wonderling, who has been suspended since 2013 after allegations that he violated district policy in his interaction with ...

Congenital Heart Defect Awareness Week to be marked at Murrysville school

By Patrick Varine
When Megan McElhaney was born, her parents celebrated, took photos with family members and started thinking about a life with their new daughter. As is customary, ...

Journey to office in Murrysville starts in February

By Patrick Varine
Those who aspire to win an election in November will be starting their journey this month. Beginning Feb. 17, incumbents and first-time candidates from the Democrat and Republican parties can start collecting petition signatures and filing to run for their party’s ...

Franklin Regional board working to make 2015-16 budget balance

By Patrick Varine
With finalized state and federal budgets numbers yet to arrive, Franklin Regional School District officials are looking at different ways to achieve a balanced 2015-16 budget, even if it might mean using money earmarked for retirement costs. On Monday, finance director ...

Murrysville group marks 40 years of helping folks enjoy the great outdoors

By Patrick Varine
Four decades ago, Carl Patty and John Funk just wanted to make sure they’d be able to hunt and shoot in their hometown. Today, the organization ...

Murrysville Atria’s damaged by fire

By Patrick Varine
The kitchen area of Atria’s Restaurant on the 4000 block of William Penn Highway was damaged in a fire early Monday morning. Crews from Murrysville Volunteer Fire Department No. 1 were called to the scene around 12:23 a.m. Fire Chief Brian Synan ...

Murrysville Council critiques language of proposed plan

By Patrick Varine
When it comes to the language regarding oil and gas drilling in Murrysville’s proposed comprehensive plan, Council President Joan Kearns was succinct. “All ‘reasonables’ are unreasonable,” she said. Kearns and other council members last week said multiple inclusions of the word “reasonable” ...

Historic Arms Show takes aim in Claridge

By Patrick Varine
In the early days of America, the frontier had yet to be pushed west, and there was plenty of wild ground ripe for exploration east ...

Franklin Regional board reluctantly votes to advertise budget

By Patrick Varine
Franklin Regional officials took a procedural step this week that sets them up to adopt a preliminary 2015-16 budget next month and to possibly seek permission to raise the property-tax rate in excess of what state law allows. On Monday, the ...

Agencies still working on Pucketa sewer solution in Murrysville

By Patrick Varine
After months of courtroom wrangling and debate among various sewage authorities, a Murrysville couple seeking permission to tie into Washington Township’s sewer system has decided it’s not necessary after all. Jim and Barbara Colpo, who live on the 5000 block of ...

Franklin Regional: No decision yet on music teacher’s return

By Patrick Varine
Franklin Regional officials have not yet decided whether they will appeal a judge’s order that would return to the classroom a teacher accused of touching students inappropriately. Philip Wonderling of Greensburg, an elementary music teacher, was suspended first with and then ...

Murrysville man jailed after state agents find heroin stash in car

By Tribune-Review
A Murrysville man was arrested Saturday after agents in the Attorney General’s Office found five bundles of heroin in his 2014 Mercedes Benz, according to ...

Amish crew to wrangle Murrysville tree sign into shape

By Patrick Varine
A group of Amish workers from the Smicksburg area are hard at work this week clearing brush around the Murrysville tree sign off of Pleasant ...

Delmont library to add section on parenting

By Patrick Varine
The Delmont Public Library has plenty of books for children. Thanks to the United Way, it soon will have a section specifically for parents. The library was among the recipients of the organization’s Impact Fund Grants, which were possible because United ...

Judge: Put Franklin Regional music teacher back in classroom

By Patrick Varine
A music teacher who was fired after being accused of inappropriately touching elementary students is scheduled to return to the classroom after a Westmoreland court ordered that he be reinstated Jan. 20. Which classroom and whether his return actually will happen ...

Export officials consider ways to honor late councilman

By Patrick Varine
Export Councilwoman Melanie Litz has suggested the borough place and dedicate a bench in the landscaped area on Kennedy Avenue to Councilman David Pascuzzi, who died Dec. 23. “It’s in close proximity to his business, and I know several of ...