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Delmont Daze looks to stick to last year’s winning formula

By Patrick Varine 2:48 p.m.
If Mayor Alyce Urban has her way, there will be hardly anything new at next week’s Delmont Daze festival. “Everything seriously went so well last year ...

Officials stop packages with ‘inappropriate’ material intended for Murrysville girls

By Joe Napsha 2:57 p.m.
Five packages containing “inappropriate” and threatening material mailed to at least two underage girls were stopped Tuesday afternoon by U.S. Post Office employees in Murrysville, a postal inspector said Wednesday. The Allegheny County Bomb Squad used a water cannon to …

Excela Health stakes claim in Murrysville

By Patrick Varine 1:03 p.m.
Though company officials haven’t announced any official plans for it, Excela Health has spent $7.8 million to buy more than 110 acres along the Route 22 corridor in Murrysville. Purchased in July at a cost of $7.8 million, the property includes ...

New group seeks people to spread good news about Franklin Regional

By Patrick Varine
Jill Cooper of Murrysville and a like-minded group of Franklin Regional School District parents want the community to know more about the accomplishments of children in the school system. To that end, the first meeting of the Franklin Regional Academic Boosters ...

Hills Church Road closes for bridge work

By Patrick Varine
Murrysville Council last week received updates on local road projects — including work on Hills Church Road, Washington Street and the Branthoover Cutoff — from ...

Authorities investigate suspicious packages at Murrysville post office

By Chuck Brittain
Murrysville police and Allegheny County’s bomb squad were at the Murrysville post office Tuesday evening investigating a report of a suspicious package. Murrysville police Detective Sgt. ...

2-vehicle collision causes detour on Route 22 West near Murrysville Dairy Queen

By Tribune-Review
A Murrysville volunteer firefighter looks over the damage to a tractor-trailer that was involved in a crash with an sport utility in the westbound lanes ...

Franklin Regional stabbing suspect Hribal to head to adult prison after Oct. 1

By Rich Cholodofsky
The Murrysville teenager charged with trying to kill 20 of his Franklin Regional Senior High School classmates and a security guard will be an inmate ...

Collapsing culverts along Export’s Italy Road cause concern

By Patrick Varine
As Export Councilman John Nagoda drives along Italy Road, he stops the car regularly to point out stone-block culverts, many of which date back to ...

Family seeks to lift Ski & Board Club from dormancy, re-establish high school program

By Patrick Varine
Franklin Regional High School sophomore Griffin Elchik isn’t a big fan of organized sports. But he has discovered a passion for the slopes, first skiing and then snowboarding. Griffin, 16, and his younger brother, Cole, both were members of the Franklin Regional ...

Officials: Ad money to grow strong roots for Franklin Regional foundation

By Patrick Varine
In addition to paying for new scoreboards at Franklin Regional, advertising revenue from regional businesses has provided seed money for the nonprofit Franklin Regional Panther Foundation. And according to Superintendent Jamie Piraino, that money might be the first few drops in ...

Fox Chapel, Franklin Regional rank top schools on Niche.com website

By Liz Hayes
Alle-Kiski Valley school officials are wary of the school rankings compiled by Shadyside-based Niche.com, even though most local schools scored better on Niche than on the state-generated performance profiles. Apollo-Ridge Superintendent Matt Curci sums up the generally held view: “Whether looking at ...

Woman reported missing from Murrysville park found in Penn Township

By Tribune-Review
A woman who was reported missing by her boyfriend on Sunday night in Duff Park, a 148-acre natural area in hilly, heavily wooded terrain off School Road South in Murrysville, was found in Penn Township. Murrysville police and firefighters had …

Franklin Regional ready for 2015-16 school year

By Patrick Varine
More than 3,500 students in the Franklin Regional School District will be headed back to class next week, and district officials hope they will see ...

Delmont to add $109k sewage grinder for pump station

By Patrick Varine
To ensure nothing else gets into the Cramer pump station and gums up the works, Delmont officials plan to spend $109,000 to install a piece of equipment that grinds sewage and anything else that’s flushed into the pipes. Borough council ...

Environmental officials aware of sheen on Murrysville stream

By Patrick Varine
State environmental officials say that although they’re aware of the frothy, turquoise-colored sheen that appeared in a Murrysville-area stretch of Turtle Creek earlier this month, ...

Franklin Regional changes tune on midday chorus availability

By Patrick Varine
This time last week, some Franklin Regional students thought that district officials were hitting all the wrong notes by removing chorus as an available activity during the high school’s quality resource time. A group of Franklin Regional High School students including ...

Export seeks new bids for road project

By Patrick Varine
Export officials are expecting a new round of bids for an excavation, pipe-laying and paving project along Washington Avenue, after rejecting at their July meeting a bid that was submitted earlier this summer. New bids on the project are due in ...

Plan update a 1st step to allowing Murrysville residents connection to Washington Twp. sewer system

By Patrick Varine
After six years of discussions, Murrysville Council has taken the first major step toward permitting 37 properties near Pucketa Creek to tap into Washington Township’s sewer system. Pucketa Creek defines part of the Murrysville-Washington border. Although the Murrysville residents who live ...

2 get probation in theft of firearms from Murrysville home

By Renatta Signorini
Two people were ordered to spend two years in a probationary program Wednesday in connection with three firearms reported missing from a Murrysville home that later turned up at a pawn shop. Jerry Luther Smith, 56, of East Pittsburgh and Julianne ...

Carnegie Museum officials: Murrysville doctor’s donated crocs, ostrich legally obtained

By Kari Andren
Murrysville oncologist Jan Seski followed the proper protocols in donating four animals to the Carnegie Museum of Natural History, officials there said Thursday. The government of ...

Firemen hope raffle will help offset carnival revenue

By Patrick Varine
When members of Murrysville Volunteer Fire Company No. 1 made the difficult decision to cancel their annual carnival, they knew they were facing a budgetary ...

Photo gallery: Celebrate Murrysville at the Blue Spruce Shoppes

By Tribune-Review
The official dedication of phase one of the Blue Spruce Pavers Campaign and the kickoff of phase two, during “Celebrate Murrysville” last Saturday at the ...

Photo gallery: Mother of Sorrows Community Festival

By Tribune-Review
Mother of Sorrows Church held its annual Community Festival last Saturday. While rain threatened, it never fell, making for a pleasant evening of food, games ...

Former Pa. trooper sues Delmont officer, police department over arrest, Taser use

By Patrick Varine
Having been found not guilty by a judge and jury, a former Pennsylvania state trooper is suing the Delmont Police Department and the officer who arrested and used a Taser stun device on him in 2011. George J. Walters, 53, of ...

Franklin Regional School Board approves more scoreboard advertising

By Patrick Varine
Franklin Regional School Board has approved three more deals that bring the total value of scoreboard advertising contracts total to about a half million dollars. On Monday, the board unanimously approved five-year agreements with First National Bank of Pennsylvania and Choice ...

Director returns 46 years after Apple Hill Playhouse apprenticeship

By Patrick Varine
When Wayne Brinda apprenticed as a 19-year-old at Apple Hill Playhouse, the professionalism, creativity and atmosphere that he was exposed to influenced him to pursue ...

Murrysville oncologist says he had necessary permits to hunt, kill lion

By Kari Andren
A Murrysville doctor accused of killing a lion in an illegal hunt in Zimbabwe said Tuesday he did nothing wrong and was working at his ...

Big-game hunting means navigating Third World country political systems

By Bob Frye
Big game hunting means big dollars spent. It also means navigating the evolving political climate of Third World countries where the sport is most popular. But, as ...

Zimbabwe alleges Murrysville doctor illegally killed lion

By Rich Cholodofsky  and Renatta Signorini
The government of Zimbabwe has accused a Murrysville oncologist of poaching a lion outside Hwange National Park in April, catching him in what authorities call ...

Murrysville man won’t be charged for slitting pit bull’s throat

By Patrick Varine
Police say a Murrysville man won’t face charges for killing a pit bull that he said attacked his fiancée last week. According to Murrysville police, Jonathon Brissel killed the animal by slitting its throat with a knife after it bit Ashley ...

Back to drawing board for Export park-and-ride plans

By Patrick Varine
If a park-and-ride facility is going to be built in Export, the Westmoreland Transit Authority and the county’s Industrial Development Corp. will have to go ...

PTOs, officials welcome waiver of fees for volunteers

By Patrick Varine
When Gov. Tom Wolf last month announced that the state would waive the fees for background checks for volunteers working with children, it came as a great relief to Christine Klemstine, president of the Heritage Elementary Parent-Teacher Organization. “We’ve had volunteers ...

Franklin Regional Soccer Boosters’ 5K set for Aug. 22

By Patrick Varine
For the past dozen years, the Franklin Regional Soccer Boosters have organized a 5K run to benefit the school district’s soccer programs for boys and ...

Murrysville tattoo parlor to host St. Jude fundraiser

By Patrick Varine
Over the past 18 years, Scott Riddle and his tattoo gun have inked thousands of people. This Sunday, Riddle will use his artistic ability to ...

Crash ties up traffic at Routes 380 and 286 in Murrysville

By Liz Hayes
Murrysville police reported traffic was backed up at the intersection of Routes 380 and 286 Thursday evening due to a motorcycle crash. The crash involved a motorcycle and another vehicle about 5:30 p.m. near Cooper’s RV Center. A motorcyclist reportedly …

Judge orders defense medical experts to give Hribal files to prosecutors

By Rich Cholodofsky
A Westmoreland County judge on Monday ordered six medical experts to disclose to prosecutors all psychological and psychiatric records related to the Murrysville teen accused of trying to kill 20 classmates and a security guard last year. Judge Christopher Feliciani signed ...

Turtle Creek short-line rail marks 125th anniversary

By Patrick Varine
The rail bed that runs past Dura-Bond in Export has been in the news lately because of plans to convert it from a working rail ...

Photo gallery: ‘Water Day’ at Goddard School in Murrysville

By Tribune-Review
It was a beautiful morning on Monday, July 20, 2015, for students to celebrate a “Water Day” at the Goddard School, in the Blue Spruce ...