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Murrysville athlete runs obstacle course for charity — 7 times

By Patrick Varine 11:36 a.m.
Most people would balk at the idea of making their way through the physical crucible of a Tough Mudder obstacle course. Matthew Scoletti didn’t balk — ...

Murrysville could abandon sinking Twin Oaks Drive

By Patrick Varine 1:00 p.m.
After an engineer told them that Twin Oaks Drive isn’t going to stop moving anytime soon, Murrysville officials are considering abandoning of the collapsed section ...

Murrysville accepts Sardis Park

By Patrick Varine 1:00 p.m.
Murrysville is getting a new park, and a new recreation director will be tasked with bringing it into the fold. Murrysville council voted unanimously last week to start the process of taking on Sardis Park, a 10-acre parcel in northern Murrysville. ...

Home sale tied up with approval of Pucketa Watershed sewer

By Patrick Varine 1:00 p.m.
A Murrysville couple is hoping to move one step closer this week to their goal of connecting their Pucketa Watershed home with a public sewer system. Jim Copal and his wife, who live on the 5000 block of Greensburg Road in ...

Mears savors success, credits legendary Lange for guidance, inspiration

By Jason Mackey
Walking along Park Avenue in New York City, Steve Mears spots a restaurant he wanted to try. It’s called Hillstone. He heard Rangers goaltender Henrik ...

Delmont Public Library’s story time to feature critters

By Patrick Varine
Who wants to hold a giant hairy spider? Any fourth-grader who does will have a chance Nov. 25, when the Delmont Public Library hosts “Critters & ...

Murrysville officials debate who should pay for sewer logistics

By Patrick Varine
It might cost between $25,000 and $50,000 to incorporate about 35 Murrysville properties into the sewage plans of the Municipal Authority of Washington Township, and Murrysville officials say a different sewage authority should foot the bill for that work. Located in ...

Franklin Regional takes top Calcu-Solve individual, team honors

By Tribune-Review
Franklin Regional students took the top three individual honors and top two team honors during a Calcu-Solve event hosted by Derry Area chapter of the ...

Murrysville homeowners seek help for Claridge Road runoff woes

By Patrick Varine
Several Claridge Road residents want something done about their storm-water runoff problems, but municipal and state officials are pointing fingers at each other when it comes to which is responsible for fixing them. Mike Lancaster and his family moved into a ...

Franklin Regional’s ‘Thespalooza’ serves up four one-act plays

By Patrick Varine
Franklin Regional senior Mike Bliss remembers the encouragement he received as an underclassman from older members of the district’s high school Thespians acting troupe. Bliss wanted ...

Eagle Scout projects a plus for Murrysville, Export, Delmont

By Patrick Varine
Murrysville Mayor Bob Brooks can’t remember what his Eagle Scout project was, but as he drives around town, he gets a daily reminder of what ...

Franklin Regional sees good and bad in latest state profiles

By Patrick Varine
Although Sloan Elementary’s score of 91.1 on the Pennsylvania School Performance Profiles places it among the 100 highest-scoring schools in the state, the rest of Franklin Regional’s schools saw their 2013-14 scores dip between 0.2 and 12.9 points. In last week’s ...

Sardis Park offered to Murrysville

By Patrick Varine
Murrysville’s extensive park system might get even bigger. Members of the board that oversees Sardis Park — a privately held, 10-acre property at the intersection of Route 286 and Rocky Hill Lane — have approached municipal officials about the prospect of ...

Murrysville buys land for trail parking

By Patrick Varine
Murrysville Council voted 6-0 last week to buy land near Airgas on Route 22 that will be used as a parking lot for the Turtle Creek Rail Trail Project. The property, owned by Jeffrey and Carolyn Roberts, will cost $75,000 in ...

Murrysville budget would hold line on taxes

By Patrick Varine
Murrysville Council last week unveiled a preliminary 2015 budget that calls for officials to hold the line on taxes. Council is considering a $14.5 million proposal that projects a 2-percent increase in expenses for the general fund, which covers the cost ...

Export officials want sewer authority to pay to use borough water lines

By Patrick Varine
Export officials say they want the borough to be compensated for water that the local sanitary authority moves through its lines. Council members last week unanimously agreed to notify the Franklin Township Municipal Sewer Authority, or FTMSA, that they want the ...

Franklin Regional High School students sent home after bomb threat; bag search planned

By Tribune-Review
Franklin Regional High School administrators said security will be increased when students return to school Tuesday because of a bomb threat Monday that led them ...

Sheriff’s office to escort Franklin Regional stabbing suspect for psychiatric evaluation

By Renatta Signorini
Arrangements have been made for the teenager accused in a stabbing rampage at Franklin Regional Senior High School to be taken to Allegheny County for a psychiatric evaluation. Judge Christopher Feliciani ordered Thursday that Alex Hribal, 17, of Murrysville, be driven ...

Franklin Regional senior to attend medical meeting for young leaders

By Patrick Varine
Jazmyn Charles wants to find a cure for the multiple sclerosis that affects her father. The 17-year-old Franklin Regional High School senior has quite a way ...

‘Work of Our Hands’ show in Delmont to feature variety of crafts

By Patrick Varine
The popularity and number of artists involved in the “Work of Our Hands” craft show has forced a move to a new location. After spending its ...

Murrysville native reaches beyond tropes for teen characters

By Patrick Varine
Author, English teacher and Murrysville native Kelly Coleman wanted to create an intelligent female protagonist. Her publisher wasn’t so sure how that would go over. “What I ...

Delmont budget proposal focuses on roads, drainage

By Patrick Varine
Thanks to a combination of general-fund money left over from 2014 and some line-item tweaking made to next year’s proposed budget, Delmont Borough’s finances are in good shape heading into 2015, officials say. After holding the second of two budget workshops ...

Murrysville teen overcomes impact of stroke to help others

By Stacey Federoff
Rachel Rojtas, 15, of Murrysville sat on her zebra-print rug and pulled out years of old casts and ankle braces from a large storage bin. The ...

Westmoreland food bank pulls from Christmas, 2015 funds to cover Thanksgiving needs

By Patrick Varine
Westmoreland County Food Bank officials are hoping for some timely monetary donations and a milder-than-expected winter. The Delmont-based food bank — which supplies 44 local area food pantries and an additional 22 member agencies — is in the midst of ...

Proposed Export budget holds line on taxes

By Patrick Varine 1:00 p.m.
Export officials released a $452,000 budget proposal this month that would hold the line on the 2015 real-estate tax rate but use sewage funds to supplement salaries, the engineering department and miscellaneous borough expenses. Officials have budgeted about $25,000 in sewage ...

Trial for accused Franklin Regional stabber delayed until at least March

By Rich Cholodofsky
The attempted-murder trial for Alex Hribal, the Franklin Regional High School student accused of trying to kill 20 classmates and a security guard in April, ...

Hribal’s attorney seeks to push back trial

By Rich Cholodofsky
A defense attorney is seeking more time to sift through more than 400 pages of evidence detailing how 21 people were stabbed in the hallway ...

Election prompts venue change for Franklin Regional school board, Export Council meetings

By Tribune-Review
Tuesday’s general election is prompting a couple of local governments to change where they hold their public meetings next week. Due to preparations for the Murrysville Municipal Building to serve as a polling place, the Nov. 3 Franklin Regional School Board ...

Delmont official, husband go all out for Halloween

By Patrick Varine
Delmont Mayor Alyce Urban and her husband Dennis are homicidal maniacs — well, at least for one night each year. For the past four years, the ...

Planner advises Murrysville to be flexible on drilling

By Patrick Varine
What might end up working well in Upper Burrell won’t necessarily work well in Murrysville. So cautioned Allen Cohen when the municipal planner updated Murrysville council this month on the efforts of the municipal Marcellus Shale task force. Cohen urged council ...

FBI helping Delmont track down overseas scam artist who ‘catfished’ $220K

By Patrick Varine
The FBI is helping Delmont police search for the person who scammed a local woman out of more than $200,000. Delmont Police Chief T.J. Klobucar said his department is working with federal investigators to determine the source of a “catfish” scam ...

Murrysville council to discuss budget next week

By Patrick Varine
Murrysville council will hold its first public hearing next week for what is expected to be an $8.9 million 2015 budget. Council will meet Nov. 5 at 6:30 p.m. in the municipal building to discuss budget plans. The current $8.7 million budget ...

Newlonsburg bra donations to help African women start businesses

By Patrick Varine
Within seconds of last year’s Super Bowl ending, social media feeds blew up with a picture of excited African children and a caption proclaiming that Denver Broncos Super Bowl champion T-shirts soon would arrive. Inspired by the fact that companies often ...

New psychiatrist appointed to treat Franklin Regional stabbing suspect

By Rich Cholodofsky
The Murrysville teenager accused of trying to kill his classmates during a knife rampage at Franklin Regional High School is getting a new doctor. Westmoreland County Judge Chris Feliciani signed a court order Monday saying that a psychiatrist appointed ...

2 injured in Route 22 crash in Murrysville

By Tribune-Review
Two people were injured Tuesday afternoon when their vehicle was rear-ended by a tractor-trailer on the 4000 block of William Penn Highway in Murrysville, police said. The two-vehicle collision happened just before noon near the intersection of Route 22 and …

Franklin Regional will use funds donated after stabbing to provide recovery services

By Patrick Varine
Franklin Regional officials aren’t in the business of doling out individual grants to students, but they are supporting efforts to help the district as a ...

Couple responds to Delmont lawsuit

By Patrick Varine
One of two couples being sued by Delmont Borough over the state of Premier Motor Sales on West Pittsburgh Street say they aren’t in possession of the property, and that even if they wanted to make repairs, they first would ...

Delmont council steers clear of tree dispute

By Patrick Varine
Despite a resident’s request, Delmont officials said they do not have the enforcement power to help resolve his dispute with a neighbor. Last week, Matt Felesky asked borough council if it could do step in to settle a dispute with a ...

Bomb threat found at Franklin Regional High School

By Tribune-Review
Murrysville police and officers from other local departments are searching Franklin Regional High School after a reported bomb threat was found in a girls’ bathroom Wednesday afternoon, according to Assistant Superintendent Mary Catherine Reljac. The threat was found after the …