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North Allegheny, teachers OK early bird contract

By Tribune-Review
The North Allegheny School District and its teachers’ union reached a new contract in what is being called “an early bird settlement,” the district said. The school board’s nine members unanimously approved a five-year contract Wednesday night with the North Allegheny ...

Former Steeler Hoge discusses concussions with North Hills student-athletes

By Bill Zlatos
At age 12, growing up in Idaho, Merril Hoge knew that someday, he would play in the National Football League. “Find a way,” he told himself, ...

McCandless mortgage broker company president charged with bank fraud conspiracy

By Brian Bowling
The president of a McCandless mortgage broker company used his position in 2007 to defraud Washington Mutual Bank on a Florida real estate deal, federal prosecutors say in charges filed Friday. Prosecutors charged Joseph W. Nocito Jr., 44, of Sewickley with ...

Photo Gallery: CSI Club at Northland Public Library

By Tribune-Review
Participants in the Children Science Investigators Club program at the Northland Public Library in McCandless built houses of straw, sticks and bricks on Feb. 25 ...

Public hearing set for April on Cardiff Heights housing plan off McKnight Road

By Bill Zlatos
The developer of the proposed Cardiff Heights housing development behind La Quinta Inn & Suites has asked for a delay of a public hearing before the Ross commissioners until April 6. Cardiff Heights officials made the move after the Ross Planning ...

Fish-fry Fridays in North Hills form friendship, fellowship

By Deborah Deasy
Ash Wednesday ushered in more than fish-fry season. The opening day of Lent also kicked off six weeks of self-sacrifice for the hundreds of volunteers ...

Shaler Area students gear up for production of ‘Mary Poppins’

By Rachel Farkas
Shaler Area High School students will bring the magic of “Mary Poppins” to life with their musical, which hits the stage March 6. The relatively new ...

Hampton couple finds key to lengthy, loving relationship

By Rachel Farkas
The secret to a long-lasting marriage is pretty simple, according to Nancy Buettner. Travel a lot, and look past the little imperfections in your mate. “You ...

Relief ahead for McKnight Road users

By Bill Zlatos
Motorists on McKnight Road in Ross could spend less time stuck in traffic, starting next year. PennDOT plans to install a $900,000 adaptive traffic signal system ...

Developer selling home sites in Marshall’s Venango Estates

By Bill Zlatos
A developer has begun selling home sites for $579,000 to $1 million-plus at Venango Estates on Penticon Lane in Marshall. The price includes the cost of ...

Ross art show to be held in conjunction with Women’s Day

By Laurie Rees
In conjunction with International Women’s Day, 16 local female artists will display a variety of their original work from March 7 to 31 at Stoke’s ...

North Hills district’s tobacco ban includes e-cigarettes

By Bill Zlatos
Arlene Bender knows how hard it is to quit smoking. A smoker for more than 40 years, she tried going cold turkey. She tried hypnosis, acupuncture, even medication. Nothing worked. She still smokes 15 Marlboro cigarettes a day. That’s why at the ...

Sign welcoming commuters to Shaler planned for Route 8

By Rachel Farkas
Shaler officials are moving forward with plans to put a gateway sign along Route 8, near Saxonburg Boulevard. Township commissioners voted unanimously to secure a full design of a sign from architecture firm Avanti Architecture of Pittsburgh at their February meeting. Township ...

Ross committee created to find uses for former school

By Bill Zlatos
Ross commissioners have created a special committee to help find uses for the former Seville Elementary School. “It was a very hot issue,” Commisioner Paul Trilli said after the Feb. 17 meeting of the commissioners. “It was a school for many ...

4 Pine-Richland students make National Merit finalists

By Tribune-Review
Pine-Richland High School is home to four seniors who were named finalists in the National Merit Scholarship program. The Pine-Richland finalists are seniors Julia Herrle, Jan ...

Rhea Engineers & Consultants prizes environment in shale industry

By Katelyn Ferral
Marcy Johnson vividly remembers the one day 14 years ago that changed her life. Her bosses at the engineering firm where she had worked for ...

Pine OKs plan for auto repair shop in former Wexford Volunteer Fire Department garage

By Deborah Deasy
Wexford Volunteer Fire Department’s former garage in Pine could soon host oil changes, inspections and auto repairs. Pine supervisors approved plans on Feb. 17 for ...

Wexford Elementary educator honored for work with children, families

By Rachel Farkas
Cathy Smallwood has a zest for learning, something she tries to instill in the students she helps every day at Wexford Elementary School. And she was ...

Pine-Richland considers changing student transportation companies

By Rachel Farkas
Pine-Richland School Board heard presentations from two regional student transportation companies as part of the request for proposals process at a special meeting Feb. 18. The board expressed interest in the fall to go through the process to ensure their transportation ...

North Hills school board member resigns over absences

By Bill Zlatos
The North Hills School Board has begun the process of filling a vacancy on its board with the surprise resignation of longtime school director Jeff Meyer. Meyer, of Ross, resigned at the end of the Feb. 19 meeting and cited ...

Richland to adopt county regulations on open fires

By Deborah Deasy
Richland residents probably won’t need a permit to cook marshmallows this summer over an open fire in their back yards. Local officials plan to repeal the township’s existing ordinance on open burning — which requires such a permit — ...

Shaler senior named National Merit finalist

By Tribune-Review
Josiah Johnson, a senior at Shaler Area High School, has been named a National Merit Scholarship finalist. As a finalist, Josiah is in the top 1 ...

Accident closes I-79 southbound near Mt. Nebo exit

By Michael Hasch
The southbound lanes of Interstate 79 near the Mt. Nebo Road exit were closed for a couple of hours late Monday afternoon when a tractor-trailer ...

Photo Gallery: Highcliff Elementary Family Olympics

By Tribune-Review
Highcliff Elementary students and their families participated in a variety of activities during the school’s Family Olympics on Feb. 13. The event took place at ...

FBI seeking 2 who robbed bank in McCandless Saturday morning

By Bill Vidonic
The FBI is investigating a bank robbery in McCandless Saturday morning. Two men walked into the Huntington Bank in McIntyre Square around 10 a.m. Saturday, according ...

North Hills school board member resigns over absences

By Bill Zlatos
Jeff Meyer resigned Thursday from the North Hills School Board, citing his frequent absences. “It is no secret in the last few years or so I’ve had some difficulty in attending most of the meetings,” Meyer said. “I know it ...

McCandless author Arneson wins Top Book Awards

By Laurie Rees
Pat Arneson, a faculty member at Duquesne University who lives in McCandless, recently won two Top Book Awards from the National Communication Association Arneson is an ...

Bradford Woods man follows in father’s footsteps, wins rowing medal

By Karen Kadilak
A two-time USRowing Junior National Team member, 18-year-old Michael Grady of Bradford Woods has enjoyed success as an outdoor rower. Like his father — an indoor ...

North Allegheny principal set to retire

By Tory N. Parrish
Replacing North Allegheny Senior High School’s popular, hardworking principal will be difficult, school board members say. Walter Sieminski, 57, will retire effective June 30, after 23 years with the North Allegheny School District. “His shoes will be extremely hard to fill,” school ...

Oxford Athletic Club collecting shoes to help local charities

By Deborah Deasy
Don’t throw away your old tennis shoes, loafers, flip-flops or ice skates. Footwear in any size or condition can be donated to the Any Foot ...

At least one hurt in accident on McKnight Road

By Michael Hasch
At least one person was injured Thursday night in a three-vehicle collision involving a Port Authority bus in Ross, county emergency dispatchers said. The crash was reported shortly after 10:10 p.m. along McKnight Road near Nelson Run Road, dispatchers were …

Hampton senior center faces cloudy future

By Deborah Deasy
Days might be numbered for the hot lunches and bingo games that Jim McAdams, 94, enjoys most weekdays at Nativity Lutheran Church in Hampton. Since 2005, ...

North Hills band Chase the Monkey pursues recognition with shows, recording

By Kyle Lawson
“Teenage Takeover 2” was the type of show that Chase the Monkey frontman Alberto Sewald said he always hoped to play. Three high school rock bands ...

Shaler Area Elementary program mixes reading, recycling

By Rachel Farkas
A new program at Shaler Area Elementary School is allowing students to pass on old books to good homes. The Read-Cycle program allows students to bring ...

North Allegheny students about to hit road for ‘42nd Street’ musical

By Laurie Rees
In September, 120 North Allegheny School District high school students showed up to audition for this year’s spring musical, even though they had no idea ...

Model-making McCandless resident runs a tight ship

By Bill Zlatos
David Crouse’s workroom is filled with model ships; plans for assembling them; and tools, paint and glue. Crouse, 90, calls it “the shipyard.” He spends six ...

Fundraiser proceeds to help preserve Millvale church paintings

By Deborah Deasy
“Big” and “provocative” describe painter Maxo Vanka’s 22 murals at St. Nicholas Croatian Catholic Church in Millvale. “They’re amazing,” said architect Page Thomas of the ...

Administrators at North Hills seeking upgrades to planetarium

By Bill Zlatos
North Hills School District administrators hope to update the high school’s planetarium so that students get an out-of-this-world view of places out of this world. “We ...

Hampton grad shares fighter pilot story

By Rachel Farkas
Pine-Richland High School’s Air Force Junior ROTC cadets last week received some tips about life and the military from a former Air Force fighter pilot. Erin ...