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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 …

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 into a wooded hillside across the highway. Penn Township police Chief John Otto said the …

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 …

Fun fuels the ladies of Pittsburgh East Roller Villains

By Daveen Rae Kurutz
Call it the sisterhood of the traveling skates. They come to Delmont from Hunker and Harrison City, Squirrel Hill and other parts of Pittsburgh twice …

Murrysville drilling overlay district to stay

By Daveen Rae Kurutz
Murrysville officials plan to keep a drilling overlay district but want to tighten regulations on how Marcellus shale drilling is conducted in the municipality. Municipal planner Allen Cohen said last week that the overlay district will continue to be reviewed …

Franklin Regional to hike lunch prices

By Daveen Rae Kurutz
Lunch prices likely will rise for Franklin Regional students this fall. District officials recommended a 10-cent increase to lunch prices for the 2014-15 school year. That would raise lunch costs to $2.15 for elementary students and $2.45 for middle and …

Former Delmont official claims council violated Sunshine Act

By Daveen Rae Kurutz
A Delmont resident said she plans to file private criminal charges against the borough’s council for allegedly violating the state Sunshine Act. Julie Walczer, a former borough councilwoman, said she will file criminal charges against Delmont council members and Solicitor …

Police: Delmont woman swiped $253 from Good Samaritan

By Tribune-Review
A 22-year-old woman has been charged with stealing $253 from an Export man who gave her a ride after he saw her distressed and standing along Route 22 last month. Heidi Isabella Corey of Delmont has a preliminary hearing scheduled …

Community day activities abound

By Daveen Rae Kurutz
Saturday will be a day of food, fireworks and community, when Murrysville Recreation hosts the annual community day festivities at Murrysville Community Park. The day’s …

Trial date set for Franklin Regional stabbing suspect

By Daveen Rae Kurutz
A trial date is set for the Franklin Regional teen accused in a mass stabbing in April at the high school. The criminal trial for Alex Hribal, 16, of Murrysville, is scheduled to begin Oct. 6 in Westmoreland County Common …

Drilling has had no impact on Beaver Run Reservoir water quality

By Daveen Rae Kurutz and Rich Cholodofsky
Four years of deep-well drilling at one of Westmoreland County’s largest water sources has left the water at Beaver Run Reservoir untainted despite several spill incidents nearby, Indiana University of Pennsylvania tests show. Students and faculty from IUP monitor water …

Schnauzer’s fame spurs whirlwind week for Washington Township family

By Daveen Rae Kurutz
Casey Ehalt loves her family and friends. She’s prone to dancing, jumping and whining whenever friends and family drop in to her Washington Township home. …

Franklin Regional won’t disclose class lists, bus schedules

By Daveen Rae Kurutz
There will be an element of surprise on the first day of classes for Franklin Regional elementary students. For the first time, elementary students’ class assignments won’t be published in a newspaper or made available online, Assistant Superintendent Mary Catherine …

Sunoco’s Westmoreland County pipeline not exempt

By Chris Foreman
There might be a roadblock to Sunoco Pipeline’s petition for exemption from local zoning regulations for new pumping and valve-control stations across the state. But officials in Westmoreland County aren’t particularly interested in opposing the pending request before the state …

Separate trials sought in fatal Murrysville DUI

By Rich Cholodofsky
Just two weeks after Andrew Lysell and his two buddies graduated from Franklin Regional High School two years ago, he was killed on Saltsburg Road in Murrysville. Lysell’s friends are charged with homicide by vehicle and driving under the influence …

Police caution residents after Murrysville vehicle break-ins

By Tribune-Review
Murrysville police are urging residents to be vigilant in locking their cars and removing any valuables after a series of break-ins. Sgt. Tom Kusinsky said Thursday that on Wednesday morning 10 residents reported thefts from 13 cars in the municipality’s …

Hunter departs top recreation post in Murrysville

By Larissa Dudkiewicz
Murrysville is losing its recreation director. Rob Hunter Jr. said he has accepted a position as county parks and recreation director in a town north …

Vandalism, ‘turfing’ incidents are up in Murrysville

By Daveen Rae Kurutz
A summer of mischief has left dozens of Murrysville property owners with steep repair bills. Incidents of criminal mischief – most notably property damage – have increased during the past two months, police Chief Tom Seefeld said. Seefeld said teenagers …

Donors boost plans for Export historical center

By Larissa Dudkiewicz
Plans to renovate a former Export church into a historical center recently got a boost after a few pledges were put forward to match a local grant. Councilwoman Melanie Litz said the parish of Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Murrysville provided …

Franklin Township Municipal Sanitary Authority inks deal with driller

By Daveen Rae Kurutz
One sewage company’s waste water is a drilling company’s treasure. A contract between the Franklin Township Municipal Sanitary Authority and a Texas-based drilling company could net the authority as much as $3,500 a day. The authority has agreed to sell …

Murrysville man draws on experiences in starting SAT prep academy

By Greg Reinbold 11:24 a.m.
After searching the Pittsburgh area for courses to help his son, Jay, prepare for the SATs and failing to find a program that met his …

Recurring power outages in Murrysville can be a drain on home systems

By Daveen Rae Kurutz
Vicki Ramchandran is tired of resetting her clocks. For the past two weeks, Ramchandran has experienced short power outages — 20 seconds or less — every day. Her electrician, worried about the affect any surges were having on her air …

Release of Franklin Regional school schedules postponed

By Daveen Rae Kurutz
Franklin Regional students won’t know their fall schedules until mid-August, school officials said. The district is transitioning to a new student-information system this summer, which has delayed the completion of schedules for high school and middle school students. “We took …

Franklin Township Municipal Sanitary Authority seeks to expand in Monroeville

By Daveen Rae Kurutz
Franklin Township Municipal Sanitary Authority officials want to expand their business. Authority board members plan to approach Allegheny County Sanitary Authority officials to see if Monroeville customers adjacent to Murrysville would be able to switch sewage providers. “It would give …

Board to examine use of sanitary authority vehicles

By Daveen Rae Kurutz
The Franklin Township Municipal Sanitary Authority board will review the use of authority vehicles since it has found its manager has been taking his work …

Murrysville councilman wants authority to review use of vehicle

By Daveen Rae Kurutz
A Murrysville councilman is asking the Franklin Township Municipal Sanitary Authority to examine its manager’s personal use of an authority-owned sport utility vehicle, and the …

Murrysville sanitary authority uses GPS technology to monitor fleet

By Daveen Rae Kurutz
A new GPS tracking program is saving the Franklin Township Municipal Sanitary Authority more than 100 gallons of gas each month. Officials in September installed …

Murrysville police seek help to catch vandals

By Tribune-Review
Murrysville police are urging residents to report suspicious activity after a rash of vandalism. Someone has been egging homes and damaging mailboxes and landscape lighting during the last few weeks throughout the community, Chief Thomas Seefeld said Wednesday. Anyone with …

Company hopes donation will boost Franklin Regional healing

By Daveen Rae Kurutz
A Penn Hills-based technology company wants to be part of the healing process in the Franklin Regional School District. Vocollect employees last month presented a $25,000 donation to the district from the Intermec Foundation, the nonprofit arm of Vocollect’s parent …

Residents speak out against plans to sell borough building

By Daveen Rae Kurutz
Despite assurances that plans to possibly sell the Delmont borough building are in their infancy, several borough residents want council to reconsider the idea. More than a dozen residents attended the July 8 council meeting to speak out against the …