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Recurring power outages in Murrysville can be a drain on home systems

By Daveen Rae Kurutz
Vicki Ramchandran is tired of resetting her clocks. For the past two weeks, Ramchandran has experienced short power outages — 20 seconds or less — every day. Her electrician, worried about the affect any surges were having on her air …

Release of Franklin Regional school schedules postponed

By Daveen Rae Kurutz
Franklin Regional students won’t know their fall schedules until mid-August, school officials said. The district is transitioning to a new student-information system this summer, which has delayed the completion of schedules for high school and middle school students. “We took …

Franklin Township Municipal Sanitary Authority seeks to expand in Monroeville

By Daveen Rae Kurutz
Franklin Township Municipal Sanitary Authority officials want to expand their business. Authority board members plan to approach Allegheny County Sanitary Authority officials to see if Monroeville customers adjacent to Murrysville would be able to switch sewage providers. “It would give us a nice quantum leap into the next level of …

Board to examine use of sanitary authority vehicles

By Daveen Rae Kurutz
The Franklin Township Municipal Sanitary Authority board will review the use of authority vehicles since it has found its manager has been taking his work …

Murrysville councilman wants authority to review use of vehicle

By Daveen Rae Kurutz
A Murrysville councilman is asking the Franklin Township Municipal Sanitary Authority to examine its manager’s personal use of an authority-owned sport utility vehicle, and the …

Murrysville sanitary authority uses GPS technology to monitor fleet

By Daveen Rae Kurutz
A new GPS tracking program is saving the Franklin Township Municipal Sanitary Authority more than 100 gallons of gas each month. Officials in September installed …

Murrysville police seek help to catch vandals

By Tribune-Review
Murrysville police are urging residents to report suspicious activity after a rash of vandalism. Someone has been egging homes and damaging mailboxes and landscape lighting during the last few weeks throughout the community, Chief Thomas Seefeld said Wednesday. Anyone with …

Company hopes donation will boost Franklin Regional healing

By Daveen Rae Kurutz
A Penn Hills-based technology company wants to be part of the healing process in the Franklin Regional School District. Vocollect employees last month presented a $25,000 donation to the district from the Intermec Foundation, the nonprofit arm of Vocollect’s parent …

Residents speak out against plans to sell borough building

By Daveen Rae Kurutz
Despite assurances that plans to possibly sell the Delmont borough building are in their infancy, several borough residents want council to reconsider the idea. More than a dozen residents attended the July 8 council meeting to speak out against the …

Plum woman and her mother follow dreams to be published

By Karen Zapf
Lisa Hamer Jenkins and her mother, Arden Hamer, both experienced memorable events in 2010. Jenkins, 41, of Plum ran her first 5K race. Hamer, 66, …

Murrysville police seek help to catch vandals

By Tribune-Review
Murrysville police are urging residents to report suspicious activity after a rash of vandalism. Someone has been egging homes and damaging mailboxes and landscape lighting during the last few weeks throughout the community, Chief Thomas Seefeld said Wednesday. Anyone with …

Doctor for prosecution to evaluate Franklin Regional stabbing suspect’s mental state

By Rich Cholodofsky
The Murrysville teenager accused of trying to kill 20 classmates and a security guard at Franklin Regional High School will undergo a mental health evaluation by the prosecution’s doctor. Westmoreland County Judge Richard E. McCormick Jr. signed a court order …

Franklin Regional wants firing of music instructor Wonderling to be upheld

By Daveen Rae Kurutz
A Franklin Regional elementary music teacher fired amid allegations that he threatened to spank students with a “slapstick” percussion instrument could return to the classroom in the fall. A state-appointed arbitrator ruled last month that the district should not have …

Shipping delay might cause a stink in Delmont

By Daveen Rae Kurutz
A delay in shipping chemicals might leave some Delmont residents in a stinky situation. Officials are warning residents in the Monticello housing plan that the chemicals used to treat sewage at the Cramer Pump Station haven’t been added recently, and …

Franklin Regional tabs new resource officer

By Daveen Rae Kurutz
A new Murrysville police officer will be on hand at Franklin Regional later this summer. Officer Dave Hanko will take the role of school resource officer beginning in August, Chief Tom Seefeld said Monday. “Officer Hank is looking forward to …

Foxworthy post boosts Murrysville church, beer distributor

By Dave Rullo
God, so the adage goes, works in mysterious ways. Anyone who drives along Route 22 in Murrysville or follows Jeff Foxworthy’s Facebook page might tell …

Special-needs kids find a place to play in Western Pa. through Miracle League

By Photos and Story By  barry Reeger
Daniel Lucas’ mom showed him how to take a level swing in baseball as a boy. His dad taught him that playing catch isn’t called, …

Officer who handcuffed alleged Franklin Regional stabber gets national honor

By Renatta Signorini
A former Murrysville police officer is being recognized nationally for his actions in helping to apprehend a stabbing suspect at Franklin Regional High School. The …

Franklin Regional grad in national horse-training competition

By Daveen Rae Kurutz
Nicole Valeri never wanted to play with dolls as a child. Toy horses, though, were a different story. Now, two years after graduating from Franklin …

Murrysville/Export Rotary Club seeks host families

By Dave Rullo
While discussing the Murrysville-Export Youth Exchange program, Nick Dorsch recalls an it’s-a-small-world-after-all moment he witnessed at a conference in Florida. Impressed with her new friend’s fluency with English, a Mexican student asked her Bolivian counterpart where she had learned to …

Police ask for Hribal’s cellphone records

By Renatta Signorini
The cellphone records of the teen accused of wounding 21 people during a stabbing spree at Franklin Regional High School are being sought by authorities, according to a search warrant. The warrant filed on Monday seeks the records of two …

Mental health treatment sought for Franklin Regional stabbing suspect

By Rich Cholodofsky  and Renatta Signorini
The attorney for the teenager accused of randomly stabbing and slashing 20 classmates and a security guard in Franklin Regional High School says the boy’s mental condition is deteriorating and he needs to be transferred to a treatment facility. Alex …

Luau to continue Franklin Regional’s healing process

By Daveen Rae Kurutz
A group of Franklin Regional parents wants the summer to start on a healing note. FR Families Strong, a group of local parents who participate in the All Pro Dads and iMoms groups, will host a community luau Friday. The …

Franklin Regional changes meeting spot, will televise sessions

By Daveen Rae Kurutz 9:00 p.m.
After decades of meeting in the basement of Heritage Elementary, the Franklin Regional School Board this summer will have a new meeting space and also will be available in most local living rooms. Beginning in August, school board meetings will …

Franklin sewerage official says state-required tests not needed

By Daveen Rae Kurutz 9:00 p.m.
A local sewage authority official says increased testing required by the state is unnecessary and costly. Jim Brucker, manager of the Franklin Township Municipal Sanitary Authority, or FTMSA, said the state Department of Environmental Protection has required the Murrysville-based sewage …

Franklin Regional grad pens CMU Qatar memoir

By Daveen Rae Kurutz
Lisa Kirchner lives as if she isn’t afraid. After all, going through a divorce by telephone in a country where dating is illegal affords you …

Franklin Regional student finds meditation eases daily stresses

By Daveen Rae Kurutz
Sometimes, Vishal Pandey just needs to retreat. The pressures of school and teenage life can be pretty rough for the Franklin Regional eighth-grader. That’s why …

Budget process eye-opening for new Franklin Regional officials

By Daveen Rae Kurutz
The 2014 budget season was an eye-opening experience for several new Franklin Regional School Board members, as they realized that state-mandated costs meant a tax rate increase was necessary. On Monday, the school board approved a 0.83-mill tax rate increase …

Mayor resurrects Delmont community day

By Daveen Rae Kurutz
It took six years and two mayors, but a community day celebration is poised to return to Delmont this fall. Mayor Alyce Urban announced last week that “Delmont Daze” will be held Sept. 6 in the borough parklet. “That is …

Delmont officials announce plan for new borough building

By Daveen Rae Kurutz
Delmont officials want to give up being landlords and build a new borough building. Council last week announced plans to buy land next to the borough garage and finish developing plans to expand the garage to add office space for …

Hribal pleads not guilty to Franklin Regional stabbings, asks for jury trial

By Rich Cholodofsky
Alex Hribal has pleaded not guilty to charges that he tried to kill 20 fellow Franklin Regional Senior High School students and a security guard …

More than $65K remains in We Are FR Fund

By Tribune-Review
More than $65,000 remains to be distributed to victims of the April 9 stabbings at Franklin Regional. Organizers of the We Are FR Fund issued the first distributions of $1,000 per student to an undisclosed number of families of students …

Murrysville teen heads to Brazil for World Cup

By Daveen Rae Kurutz
Two years after beating Hodgkin’s lymphoma, Hanna Smith of Murrysville plays on three soccer teams and has a verbal commitment to a Division-1 school for …

Murrysville officials support radar bill

By Daveen Rae Kurutz
Murrysville officials say the timing is right for local police to stop timing speeders. Murrysville Council last month voted 5-1 to support a move in the state Senate that would permit local police departments to use radar detection to nab …

Franklin Regional looks to expand language classes

By Daveen Rae Kurutz
Franklin Regional students might not be limited to “Bonjour” and “Hola” for much longer. District officials want to replace a retiring Spanish teacher with a dual-certified world-language teacher to possibly introduce a third foreign language at the high school. “It …

Murrysville officials have a year to review drilling map

By Daveen Rae Kurutz
Murrysville officials are reconsidering where surface activity for Marcellus shale drilling can take place. Officials will spend the next 12 months reviewing the municipal oil and gas regulations, including an overlay district that is the only area surface drilling could …

Investigators: Hribal may have been influenced by Norse mythology

By Rich Cholodofsky  and Renatta Signorini
A handwritten note dated three days before 20 students and a security guard were stabbed at Franklin Regional High School indicates the 16-year-old suspect may …

Peers: Attorney for Franklin Regional suspect ‘as good as they get’

By Adam Brandolph
A Duquesne University basketball-player-turned-prosecutor for Allegheny County stood in front of a jury about 40 years ago and cleared the air: “Yes, I am 6-foot-10.” …

Tragedy fails to mar Franklin Regional Senior High School graduation

By Kari Andren
The stabbing spree on April 9 is what most of the country thinks of when they think of Franklin Regional, but those events don’t define …