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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 ...

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
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 …

Export man charged with impersonating police officer

By Tribune-Review
A 42-year-old Export man who told a state trooper he was a policeman after he was stopped in Bell Township Friday for multiple traffic violations was arrested for impersonating a police officer. James M. Gibbons Jr. was charged by state …

Future of Export post office to be discussed

By Patrick Varine
Export officials say they hope residents turn out en mass next week to show support for the restoration of a borough post office. The U.S. …

3-D printers add new dimension in education at Franklin Regional

By Patrick Varine
A pair of Franklin Regional School District teachers say they’re excited by the challenge of finding a ways to use two new 3-D printers in ...

Westmoreland County Food Bank looks for summer service locations

By Patrick Varine
Economically speaking, most families with children attending classes in the Franklin Regional School District are in good shape, with only 12 percent of all students eligible for free or reduced-price lunches. Michelle Heller of the Westmoreland County Food Bank, however, doesn’t ...

Franklin Regional officials consider $965K tech upgrade

By Patrick Varine
The Franklin Regional School Board will consider a $965,000 technology upgrade that would put the district on the path to creating a technology scenario in which every high school student would have access to a laptop, tablet or digital device. At ...

Export steel pipe supplier announces new jobs

By Patrick Varine
The Marcellus shale industry has enabled an Export company to expand its footprint in the Pittsburgh area and add 150 jobs. Officials of Dura-Bond — a supplier of steel pipe, protective pipe coatings and pipeline products — announced Monday plans to ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...