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Jamison fans are still cheering on ‘Voice’ singer from Ross Township

By Kellie B. Gormly
Wednesday night, Chris Jamison stood on stage with the other three finalists on NBC’s “The Voice,” waiting during that nerve-wracking pause before show officials announced ...

The Exchange offers reward for information that leads to the arrest of person who shot Ross clerk

By Margaret Harding
A Ross video and media store is offering a reward for information that leads to the arrest of the suspect who shot a clerk during a robbery, police said Friday. The Exchange is offering $5,000 for information about the shooting on ...

Proposed housing plan in Ross tabled following concerns

By Bill Zlatos
A plan to build 30 Ryan Homes on a wooded hill behind North Hills Village will wait at least another month because of residents’ worries about the risks of flooding, landslides and additional traffic. By a 7-2 vote, the Ross …

North Hills principal aims to make world ‘a better place’

By Bill Zlatos
When he was a high school freshman in Lancaster County, John Kreider took a seventh-grader under his wing. The boy didn’t believe in himself, and ...

Program offers Pine-Richland students look at career options

By Rachel Farkas
Pine-Richland’s Eden Hall Upper Elementary School hosted its first STEAM Day for sixth- graders to explore career options and get hands-on learning opportunities. Students and instructors ...

Hampton High grad earns Miss Pennsylvania title

By Rachel Farkas
Elizabeth Cardillo didn’t see herself as the beauty-queen type. She hardly even wore makeup until she was 18, she said. “I never envisioned Liz being a ...

Banking program aims to make Shaler Area students fiscally responsible

By Rachel Farkas
Shaler Area Elementary School students lined up in a repurposed classroom on a recent morning with cash and checks in hand, all set to deposit ...

Shaler Area reaches contract agreement through June 20, 2019 with superintendent

By Rachel Farkas
Wesley Shipley is set to continue his tenure as administrative leader of the Shaler Area School District through 2019. The Shaler Area School Board unanimously approved ...

Shaler tax rate stays steady

By Rachel Farkas
Shaler residents will see no increase in the property-tax rate for the sixth year in a row. Township commissioners unanimously passed the 2015 budget of $12.6 million at their meeting Dec. 9. The township will carry over $3.3 million in its ...

North Hills-area children, youths play their parts in ‘Nutcracker’

By Laurie Rees
Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre’s version of “The Nutcracker” is like no other. Artistic director Terrence Orr infuses local icons, landmarks, and personalities to make the traditional holiday ...

Ross store’s discount helps Al’s Bike Drive to brighten Christmas

By Kyle Lawson
Al Todd said he decided seven years ago that a cash donation to the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program just wasn’t enough. Todd, ...

West View property-tax rate holds steady

By Bill Zlatos
West View Borough Council held the line on the property-tax rate and approved a 2015 budget of almost $5.1 million, which is 3 percent higher than this year’s budget. “We’re fortunate enough to provide the same services as 2014 without increasing ...

North Hills High School book drive nets 1,083 items

By Tribune-Review
North Hills High School’s Library and Media Services Department recently spearheaded a book drive that gathered more than 1,000 gently used books for local nonprofit organizations. The book drive promoted literacy among the student body during Teen Read Week and National ...

Route 8 Nativity scene shines brighter

By Deborah Deasy
Passing motorists can see the religious figures from Route 8 in Hampton. “They just look a lot brighter,” the Rev. Scott Kuechenmeister-Hall said about the ...

Budget calls for Hampton tax rate to stay steady

By Deborah Deasy
Hampton residents might cite brisk sales of local homes for helping prevent any increase in their 2015 property-tax rate. “Our housing market is steaming hot,” township manager Chris Lochner said after a Dec. 3 public hearing on Hampton’s ...

New tax to hit most in Richland

By Deborah Deasy
Most Richland residents can expect to pay slightly more in property taxes next year. Richland’s proposed 2015 budget maintains the township’s current property-tax rate of 2.2 mills on the assessed value of all real estate. But the budget establishes an additional ...

Richland church’s pageant mixes faith with fun

By Deborah Deasy
Learning about God becomes child’s play each December at St. Richard Catholic Church in Richland. For the church’s youngest members, religious education doubles as a ...

Ross native Jamison not ‘The Voice,’ but he’ll pursue dream

By Kellie B. Gormly
Ross native Chris Jamison failed to grab the crown on the seventh season of “The Voice,” ending a three-month journey that included a few near-eliminations ...

Archers in Shaler parks aim to keep deer population under control

By Rachel Farkas
As white-tailed deer continue to find food and shelter in suburban yards and parks, Shaler relies more heavily on a group of experienced archery hunters ...

Photo Gallery: Light Up West View

By Tribune-Review
West View had its first holiday-lights event in several years on Dec. 5. Light Up West View gave local children a chance to chat with Santa ...

Photo Gallery: Festival of Lights in McCandless

By Tribune-Review
The annual Festival of Lights on the campuses of La Roche College and the Sisters of Divine Providence in McCandless took place Dec. 5. Among ...

Man killed in Pittsburgh car chase was one police thought they had when they shot Leon Ford

By Margaret Harding
Leon and Lamont. One Ford was from Shaler with no criminal record; the other was from Wilkinsburg with a history of drug arrests. Police mistook Leon for ...

North Hills teacher recognized for innovative lessons

By Laurie Rees
Joe Welch, an eighth-grade social studies teacher at North Hills Middle School, thinks there is a better way to teach students history than simply having ...

Pine-Richland school board names president

By Rachel Farkas
A new leader is heading up the Pine-Richland School Board. Laura Ohlund, 48, of Richland was named president of Pine-Richland School Board for a one-year term. ...

Ross road-paving plan won’t boost taxes

By Bill Zlatos
Ross property owners won’t face a higher property-tax rate next year, even though township officials plan to go on a road-paving spree. Commissioners voted Dec. 1 to hold the property tax rate at 2.7 mills. That means the owner of a ...

Northland foundation broadens its appeal

By Bill Zlatos
The Northland Public Library Foundation is broadening its annual appeal for money by sending out more than 10 times as many mailings — this time ...

Marshall park plan advances

By Tory N. Parrish
Community suggestions will go into the master plan to convert part of a former farm into a park in the southern end of Marshall, the township’s manager said. The five township supervisors unanimously awarded a $26,064 contract Monday to Mackin Engineering ...

Pine-Richland program stuffs 7 buses with toys

By Rachel Farkas
Bundled up in winter coats, third-graders at Richland Elementary lined up from the school’s lobby to a school bus waiting at the curb outside to ...

Hampton gives Russian teachers taste of America

By Rachel Farkas
For a group of visitors to the Hampton Township School District, it was not only their first time in the district, it was their first ...

Shaler Area library supporters claim staff shifts hurt students

By Rachel Farkas
Library supporters packed Shaler Area School Board’s meeting to speak out against a recent reorganizations of the district’s school librarians and library aides. More than 50 people overflowed from the board’s conference room earlier this month into a reception area outside, ...

Pressley Ridge head says Seville is option

By Bill Zlatos
The head of Pressley Ridge confirmed that officials of the nonprofit group are considering buying the former Seville Elementary School in Ross to educate children with autism or who are deaf, according to a letter read at a recent North ...

North Hills takes first step to replace Martorelli Stadium track

By Bill Zlatos
Martorelli Stadium is on track for a new track. At its Dec. 2 meeting, the North Hills School Board awarded an $8,000 contract to J.T. Sauer & Associates, with offices in McKees Rocks and Burgettstown, for the design, bidding services and ...

Photo Gallery: ‘Advent’ure program at Hiland Presbyterian Church

By Tribune-Review
Children participated in a variety of activities during the “Immanuel — God With Us” “Advent”ure program for children Dec. 3 at Hiland Presbyterian Church in ...

Photo Gallery: Ornament-making workshop at Northland Public Library

By Tribune-Review
The Northland Public Library offered morning and afternoon drop-in ornament-making workshops for children on Dec. 1, when local schools were closed. Children could make a ...

Ross family bakes more than 7,000 treats for distribution during holidays

By Kellie B. Gormly
For much of two weeks, Janet and Martin Ramaeckers and their culinary crew of family members have been rolling out of bed around 6 a.m. ...

Protesters against use of police force bring their cause to Ross Park Mall

By Katelyn Ferral
Police officers escorted protesters through Ross Park Mall on Saturday, in the area’s third “die-in” demonstration since a grand jury in New York last week ...

Ross Park Mall in North Hills asks protesters to go elsewhere

By Aaron Aupperlee
Protesters and a North Hills mall could clash Saturday as a planned demonstration would violate Ross Park Mall policy. Ross Park Mall does not allow demonstration and protests on mall property, its management said Friday, and has asked the group organizing ...

North Hills adminstrator to lead state education group

By Bill Zlatos
Jeff Taylor, an administrator in the North Hills School District, recently was elected president-elect of the Pennsylvania Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development. Taylor, assistant superintendent for curriculum, assessment and special programs, will begin his one-year term as president-elect on July ...

Ross police release photo of robbery suspect

By Margaret Harding
A still image from a surveillance video of the suspect in a Ross robbery and shooting offer few clues to the man’s identity. The suspect was ...