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Rules hamper Franklin Regional attack victim scholarships

By Patrick Varine
A foundation is taking a second look at a request to have it take over distributing money for scholarships for Franklin Regional Senior High School students wounded in an attack in April. The Pittsburgh Foundation, a community foundation that oversees …

Coyotes a consistent, if unseen, neighbor in Murrysville

By Patrick Varine
Although some Murrysville residents might hear coyotes at night and photograph them with trail cameras, state Game Commission officials are quick to point out that …

Delmont police 2015 outlook: Hire a third full-time officer, new vehicle

By Patrick Varine
Projections for next year’s budget in Delmont, if approved, might be good news for police. Following Thursday’s Delmont Council budget workshop meeting— the first of two to be held this month — the police department might be looking at a …

Tax rules complicate distribution of ‘FR Proud’ T-shirt money

By Patrick Varine
Money from T-shirt sales that were intended to establish scholarships for the victims of the April 9 Franklin Regional knife attack has not yet been distributed. Organizers of the fund drive say it’s not for a lack of desire; rather, …

Chili champions have chances to put best bowls forward in Murrysville, Delmont

By Patrick Varine
When it comes to chili, opinions often are as varied as what you’ll find in the pots of chili cooks. Some prefer “white” chili’s combination …

Export Council updates burn ordinance

By Patrick Varine
Export residents might be fired up about the latest decision their borough officials have made. Export Council last week revised the borough’s burning ordinance to allow for recreational fires on Sundays, a day that had been off-limits for burning. Council …

Latrobe, Norwin, Franklin Regional students exercise with aid of grant

By Stacey Federoff
In a frenzy of activity, 19 eighth-grade students at Greater Latrobe Junior High School demonstrated a circuit of exercises while music blared in the gymnasium …

Gladiator Rock ‘n Run 5K obstacle race pushes competitors to limit

By Jack Fordyce
Athletes ran, climbed and slogged their way through the obstacle course in Export, hurdling barriers, enduring hills and pits of thick, stinking mud. This was …

Export native pleads guilty to ethnic intimidation near Penn State fraternity

By Tribune-Review
A Westmoreland County man attending Penn State University has been ordered to spend two years on probation after pleading guilty to spray-painting swastikas and other symbols near a Jewish fraternity last year with a fellow student. Prosecutors in Centre County …

Murrysville art show to feature more than 100 artists

By Patrick Varine
Artistic expression from all corners of the east suburbs will be on display at the annual Murrysville Woman’s Club art show next weekend. “It’s open …

Murrysville Council plans to create improved Branthoover Cut-Off

By Patrick Varine
Though Murrysville Council has decided to create an improved shortcut between Route 22 and Old William Penn Highway, some officials say it’s not necessary. Council voted 5-2 last week to accept a deed for a public-road right of way, and …

$200K donated after Franklin Regional knife attack

By Patrick Varine
Six months after an April 9 knife attack injured 21 people at Franklin Regional High School, the money that poured into local charitable funds has helped with medical bills, established scholarships and will be put to use in other ways …

Murrysville Council approves conditions for racquet club

By Patrick Varine
A Murrysville developer has taken council’s suggestions to heart in moving forward with the proposed Murrysville Racquet Club on Norbatrol Court. Council voted 6-1 to approve developer Arshad Hafeez’s request to modify architectural standards for the addition he plans to …

Judge: Franklin Regional stabbing suspect must stay at juvenile facility

By Rich Cholodofsky
Alex Hribal will remain in Westmoreland County’s juvenile detention center and receive mental health treatment while he awaits trial on charges that he tried to …

Gov. Corbett, in Murrysville, says he can ‘feel’ re-election

By Bob Stiles
Gov. Tom Corbett expressed optimism Friday in Murrysville about his re-election chances, despite some polls that show him trailing his Democrat challenger by double digits. …

Murrysville, Exports, Delmont VFDs consider incentives to draw new members

By Patrick Varine
Members of Murrysville Volunteer Fire Company No. 1 — and fire departments from the surrounding areas — are looking for ways to make their rosters younger and deeper. Rich LeMaster, the first vice president of fire company No. 1, said …

On assessment test, Franklin Regional has its ACT together

By Patrick Varine
More than 90 Franklin Regional students are among the “best of the best” when it comes to the ACT standardized tests. Data released by ACT Inc. shows that the roughly 27,000 Pennsylvania students who took the test exceeded national averages …

Delmont’s Apple ’n Arts festival ready for large weekend crowd

By Patrick Varine
This weekend, thousands of people will head to the tiny borough of Delmont to satisfy their harvest-season craving for apple-flavored sweets and a variety of …

Franklin Regional stabbing suspect could leave Pa. for treatment

By Rich Cholodofsky  and Renatta Signorini
Alex Hribal, the Franklin Regional High School student charged with trying to kill classmates in April, may have to be sent out of Pennsylvania to …

Mental health facility won’t take Franklin Regional stabbing suspect as patient

By Rich Cholodofsky
An Allegheny County mental health facility has decided not to treat the Franklin Regional student accused of trying to kill 20 classmates during a knife …

Hribal will be transferred to Allegheny County psychiatric facility

By Rich Cholodofsky
The night before Alex Hribal unleashed violence against fellow students in Franklin Regional Senior High School, he watched a documentary about the 1999 Columbine school …

State commission: Franklin Regional security guard was fired because of his age

By Renatta Signorini and Rich Cholodofsky
The Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission has filed two complaints claiming age discrimination on behalf of a security guard who was stabbed while helping to stop a knife attack in Franklin Regional High School in April. The complaints filed on Friday …

No tweeting or blogging from courtroom during Hribal hearing, judge rules

By Rich Cholodofsky
Reporters won’t be tweeting, blogging or texting when a Westmoreland County judge hears evidence on Friday about whether a teen accused of stabbing and slashing 21 people in a Murrysville high school should be transferred to a mental health treatment …

Franklin Regional awarded $25K to mentor another district

By Patrick Varine
Franklin Regional officials will use a $25,000 state grant to share some of their successful math-education strategies with another school district. Assistant Superintendent Mary Catherine Reljac announced Monday that the district’s middle school received one of 17 competitive Expanding Excellence …

Murrysville seeks to purchase land to connect parks

By Patrick Varine
Murrysville officials again will try to buy land to connect Duff and Pleasant Valley parks, but this time, the deal wouldn’t involve the proposed land swap that sunk a similar effort last year. After a Sept. 17 executive session, Murrysville …

Murrysville holds off voting on proposed racquet club plan

By Patrick Varine
Reluctant to allow a developer to deviate from municipal architectural standards, Murrysville Council last week delayed a vote on plans to create a tennis facility. Developer Arshad Hafeez of SASI in Murrysville wants to expand an existing 47,000-square-foot building — …

Murrysville Council accepts deed for right of way for Branthoover Cutoff

By Patrick Varine
Murrysville Council voted 5-2 to accept a deed for a public-road right of way in lieu of condemnation for the Branthoover Cutoff, which is north of the 4300 block of Route 22. The right of way would allow for a …

Western Pa. residents from Scotland react to independence referendum vote

By Patrick Varine
As the people of Scotland stayed awake all night to learn the results of the Sept. 18 referendum on Scottish independence, their relatives across the …

Murrysville hosts community camp-out over weekend

By Tribune-Review
Camping enthusiasts will have a place to pitch their tents in Murrysville this weekend. The municipal recreation department is hosting a Sept. 20-21 camp-out at Townsend Park, located on Townsend Park Court. The camp-out will begin at 5 p.m. on …

Delmont sues feuding owners of run-down business property

By Patrick Varine
Delmont officials are suing two couples — who currently are suing each other — over the run-down Premier Motor Sales property on West Pittsburgh Street. …

Route 22 accident snarls traffic

By Tribune-Review
Westbound traffic on Route 22 is being diverted off the highway after two pickup trucks collided at its intersection with Old William Penn Highway in Murrysville, near the Monroeville border. Traffic had backed up to the Branthoover Cut-Off, near Export, …

Volunteers to blitz Murrysville park to document biodiversity

By Patrick Varine
Murrysville recreation officials will work with hiking enthusiasts and Duquesne University scientists later this month to catalog the biological diversity of Duff Park. A “bio-blitz,” — an effort to catalog all living species in a given geographic area — will …

Accused Franklin Regional stabber allowed 1-hour furlough to pay respects to grandmother

By Rich Cholodofsky
The Murrysville teen charged with trying to kill 20 classmates and a school security guard attended the funeral home visitation for his grandmother on Wednesday …

57th District candidate faces home foreclosure

By Patrick Varine
If Donna McClelland wins her general-election battle against incumbent state Rep. Tim Krieger, she might be sworn into office the day after her home is …

Pipe replacement by Delmont, Murrysville to fix erosion

By Patrick Varine
Delmont and Murrysville each will lay roughly 200 feet of pipe near Route 66 and Noca Court to help fix a longstanding runoff and erosion problem. Delmont borough engineer Gary Baird said water runoff, which likely began in the early …

Cyclist injured after crashing into truck in Murrysville

By Patrick Varine
A bicyclist was injured Sept. 16 when he crashed into the rear end of a construction truck, according to Murrysville police. Police Chief Thomas Seefeld said the cyclist was headed south on the 4000 block of Sardis Road just before …

State awards 6 Western Pennsylvania schools mentoring grants

By Megan Harris
The state awarded six Western Pennsylvania schools nearly 40 percent of a $700,000 grant initiative designed to pair high-performing schools with low-performing schools to increase student achievement. Fox Chapel, South Fayette, Upper St. Clair and West Jefferson Hills in Allegheny …

Murrysville volunteers deliver ‘Uncommon’ effort

By Daveen Rae Kurutz
When members of Cornerstone Ministries miss church, it’s not to tailgate or to catch up on their sleep. No, member of the Murrysville spent a …

Franklin Regional grad follows Penn State to Dublin for game

By Patrick Varine
Penn State fans travel well — even when the travel involves going all the way to the Emerald Isle. Thousands of Nittany Lion fans made …