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Murrysville Marcellus Shale Task Force report available

By Patrick Varine
The report of the Murrysville Marcellus Shale Task Force is available to the public through the Murrysville municipal website. The nine-person task force was charged with reviewing and analyzing the municipality’s 4-year-old shale-drilling regulations and drilling-related legal cases that provide context ...

Franklin Regional finalizes budget

By Patrick Varine
The Franklin Regional School Board has approved a 2015-16 budget that raises the property-tax rate by 1.73 mills. In a 6-3 vote — with members George Harding, Jane Tower and Jeremy Samek opposed — the board approved a $52.7 million budget ...

Cleanways Fugitive Tire Roundup yields about 3,000 tires

By Patrick Varine
When Alex Foust became a first-year Boy Scout 14 years ago, he participated in a Westmoreland Cleanways event in which Cub Scout and Boy Scout ...

Psychologist: Franklin Regional suspect Hribal wouldn’t survive prison

By Renatta Signorini  and Kari Andren
Greg Keener closed his eyes for a moment Monday before looking at the two kitchen knives used to stab him at Franklin Regional High School ...

Franklin Regional stabbing victims expected to take the stand

By Rich Cholodofsky
Some victims of a mass stabbing at Franklin Regional High School are expected to testify Monday when defendant Alex Hribal is scheduled to make his ...

Murrysville collision entraps 1

By Tribune-Review
A two-vehicle, head-on accident at Pleasant Valley Road and Round Top Road in Murrysville on Saturday afternoon left one person entrapped and one person unresponsive at the scene, a Westmoreland County 911 dispatcher said. The dispatcher was unsure how many …

Gas leak makes 6 sick at Murrysville dry cleaners

By Tribune-Review
WESTMORELAND COUNTY MURRYSVILLE Gas leak sickens 6  in dry cleaner Six people reported feeling ill Saturday afternoon when they apparently inhaled carbon monoxide inside a dry-cleaning business on Route 22 in Murrysville, according to Westmoreland County 911. Fire companies and ...

Murrysville VFC’s annual carnival nixed

By Patrick Varine
Murrysville Volunteer Fire Company’s annual carnival won’t happen this year, and the loss might become permanent, the fire company’s president said. “It probably will be canceled ...

Murrysville, FTMSA waiting on state approval for sewer-line plan

By Patrick Varine
Officials with Murrysville and the Franklin Township Municipal Sanitary Authority are waiting for state approval for a plan that would enable residents of the Pucketa Creek watershed to connect to sewer lines in nearby Washington Township. Pucketa Creek defines part of ...

Salvation Army of Western Pa. receives new mobile canteen

By Patrick Varine
The Salvation Army’s mobile canteens serve some of the most vulnerable members of the community: people whose lives have been drastically altered by an emergency ...

Scouts once again help out with Westmoreland Cleanways tire collection event

By Patrick Varine
When Alex Foust became a first-year Boy Scout 14 years ago, he participated in a Westmoreland Cleanways event in which Cub Scout and Boy Scout ...

Club must clean up contamination before Murrysville will OK timbering

By Patrick Varine
Before the Crowfoot Sportsmen’s Club can secure approval for a timbering operation on its land, it first must handle a lead-contamination issue near its trap-shooting range. Dave O’Barto of Western Pennsylvania-based Consulting Foresters presented plans earlier this month to Murrysville council ...

Murrysville mulls Tender Care Learning Center application

By Patrick Varine
Murrysville Council was expected to act last night on a group of applications that could bring a Tender Care Learning Center to the 4400 block of Old William Penn Highway. The childcare and preschool program has 23 locations throughout western Pennsylvania. ...

Water shutoff planned in Jeannette, Murrysville, Delmont areas

By Renatta Signorini
Water service may be affected Wednesday for about 1,400 Municipal Authority of Westmoreland County customers in the western part of the county. Service will be shut off at 4 a.m. and should be restored by about 10 p.m., said authority manager ...

Murrysville looks to crack down on high-growing grass

By Patrick Varine
Murrysville residents who have let their grass get a little lengthy had better sharpen the blades on their lawn mowers. Murrysville Council directed staff last week ...

Despite drought watch, Westmoreland reservoir water level high

By Patrick Varine
Herb Gearhard experienced a serious drought in 1988, the year he and his wife took over Gearhard Farms in Murrysville from Herb’s father. “The corn was up and looking for water, and it just never came,” Gearhard said. This year, despite the ...

Delmont approves Speedway project along Route 66

By Patrick Varine
After more than two years of comments, changes, public hearings and debate, Delmont Council gave approval for Speedway to move ahead with plans for a ...

Franklin Regional outlines final 2015-16 budget; vote set for June 15

By Patrick Varine
The final draft of the Franklin Regional 2015-16 district budget — which district officials anticipate will come up for a vote on June 15 — will come with a 1.73-mill property-tax increase, a small drop from previous discussions. Finance director Jon ...

Export group looks at how it can take over former church

By Patrick Varine
Members of the Export Historical Committee are exploring the possibility of forming a limited-liability corporation to take control of the former Emmanuel Lutheran Church. The church was deeded to Export Borough in 2001 for use as a historical center, and borough ...

Franklin Regional outlines final 2015-16 budget; vote set for June 15

By Patrick Varine
The final draft of the Franklin Regional 2015-16 district budget — which district officials anticipate will come up for a vote on June 15 — will come with a 1.73-mill property-tax increase, a small drop from previous discussions. Finance director Jon ...

Murrysville man acquitted of rape, convicted of child endangerment

By Rich Cholodofsky
A Murrysville man will serve up to 23 months in jail for endangering the welfare of a girl, the same child a jury acquitted him of raping and sexually assaulting. Westmoreland County Judge Chris Feliciani on Tuesday ordered James Zahorsky, 57, ...

Arrests made in unrelated deaths of Franklin Regional grads in South Carolina, Florida

By Bob Stiles
Chris Kelly expected to hear about the deaths of Franklin Regional High School classmates as the years passed, but not two in less than a week — and both allegedly at the hands of others. “Shock is an understatement,” Kelly said. ...

Delmont officials mull costly options for borough work

By Patrick Varine
Delmont officials glimpsed three options for future of borough business last week, and regardless of whether they choose to stay put in the borough building ...

Murrysville-area churches prepare for vacation Bible school season

By Tribune-Review
Several local churches will host vacation Bible school summer camps with a variety of themes in the coming weeks. Here are listings for churches in the Star’s coverage area who have submitted information: • Calvary Lutheran Church, 4725 Old William ...

Battle of the Bands to benefit food bank, other agencies

By Patrick Varine
A group that began as an effort to get Franklin Regional dads spending more time with their families has ballooned into planners for an annual ...

Franklin Regional aims to tweak opt-out policy

By Patrick Varine
The Franklin Regional School Board continued to revise and update the district’s exemption-from-instruction policy on Monday night, with members of the public weighing in, as well. A recent update to the policy removed a requirement that parents cite a religious objection ...

Murrysville Council considers Tender Care application

By Patrick Varine
Tender Care Learning Center — an early childhood learning and child-care center with more than a dozen locations throughout the Pittsburgh area — is looking at expanding into Murrysville. Tender Care officials and developers discussed three separate applications, including a site ...

Juvenile status hearing, trial delayed in Franklin Regional stabbings

By Rich Cholodofsky
A Westmoreland County teen charged with trying to kill 20 classmates and a school security guard will next appear in court June 22. Westmoreland County ...

Franklin Regional team heads to STEM competition

By Patrick Varine
Building a better stinkbug trap has led a team of Franklin Regional students all the way to the state finals of the Governor’s PA STEM ...

Wonderling backers urge Franklin Regional officials to drop appeal

By Patrick Varine
A group of parents and former Franklin Regional students last week continued to urge the district to drop its appeal regarding the court-ordered reinstatement of music teacher Philip Wonderling. The Greensburg resident and longtime elementary music teacher was suspended in 2013 ...

Murrysville officials look to adjust traffic-impact district

By Patrick Varine
With an eye on the land most likely to be developed over the next two decades, Murrysville council has begun the process to revise the traffic-impact fee ordinance — a task that officials say will help fund up to $7 ...

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 ...