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McCandless OKs land development plan for potential Wal-Mart

By Tory N. Parrish
McCandless gave an assist to Wal-Mart in its plan to build a store by speeding through the approval process, two attorneys said during a contentious …

Judge won’t dismiss charges of assaulting Pittsburgh police officer

By Adam Brandolph
A partially paralyzed Shaler man charged with assaulting a Pittsburgh police officer will go on trial in September because he failed to persuade an Allegheny …

Photo Gallery: Ross Township fishing tournament

By Tribune-Review
Ross Township’s annual fishing tournament was July 19 and 20 at St. Frank Zotter Pond in Evergreen Community Park. Children fished July 19. The divisions …

Photo Gallery: Ice cream-eating contest at Bruster’s of Ingomar

By Tribune-Review
Bruster’s of Ingomar’s annual National Ice Cream Day Celebration was July 20. The celebration raises money for North Hills Community Outreach. One of the highlights …

Motorcycle runs off road in Butler County, kills Shaler man

By Tribune-Review
A Shaler man died in a motorcycle accident in Lancaster, Butler County, police said. Harry Stewart, 44, died when his motorcycle went off Whitestown Road around 10:30 p.m. Thursday in the area of a sharp bend. The motorcycle went into …

Natural playground in Ross fits Montessori model of education

By Kelsey Shea
Logs, gardens and other organic elements will make up a new natural playground at The Glen Montessori School in Ross Township. Parent volunteers who raised …

Franklin Park professor honored for making science accessible to students

By Laurie Rees
Jennifer Aitken of Franklin Park is helping nurture the seeds of science careers in high school students who might benefit from some extra attention. Aitken, …

North Allegheny grad named a Presidential Scholar

By Laurie Rees
Surabhi Beriwal has one regret about being named one of the 141 U.S. Presidential Scholars this year: Her grandfather did not live to see it. …

St. Alexis festival features ‘a little bit of everything’

By Melanie Donahoo
The 22nd annual St. Alexis Parish Festival, which runs from July 30 through Aug. 2, will feature at least a dozen rides, an expanded flea market and a new theme for one of the nightly dinners, said Eric Kilburg, a …

Price to park going up for Pine-Richland students

By Rachel Farkas
Student drivers at Pine-Richland High School can expect to pay $10 more for the privilege of parking at the school next year. The rate was increased from $50 to $60 per student parking pass for 2014-15, the first hike since …

Effort ignited to save landmark Wexford deli

By Deborah Deasy
People can thank Trudy Brooker Purvis, 80, of Pine for starting efforts to save the historic Wexford Post Office Deli. It was her idea to …

Storytelling festival planned for Winchester Thurston North Campus in Hampton

By Deborah Deasy
Good storytelling takes more than speaking clearly and making eye contact with the audience. “You have to use your entire body for storytelling,” said Sara …

MuSic for MS Roots Festival slated for Hartwood Acres

By Deborah Deasy
Like multiple sclerosis — a disease with varied symptoms — “roots” music defies a simple definition. “It’s like Bob Dylan on speed. … You can …

Activity bus pilot program starting at Shaler Area

By Bethany Hofstetter
Shaler Area School District officials are hoping to make it easier for students to participate in after-school activities by providing additional bus service after the end of the school day. The school board approved an activity-bus pilot program for students …

Residents asked to provide input on future development in Millvale

By Bethany Hofstetter
Some Millvale residents say they hope a new community development initiative will bring a fresh food market to the borough. Local officials and Millvale Borough …

Richland school bus driver accused of DUI

By Rachel Farkas
A school-bus driver for Monark Student Transportation has been charged with drunken driving and child endangerment after being accused of transporting Richland children to St. Ursula School in Hampton in June while drunk, police said. Martin Hehman, 68, of Richland, …

5K in memory of North Hills grad raises awareness of heatstroke

By Ed Phillipps
This year marks the third annual Sweet Summertime Sprint in memory of North Hills graduate Michael Czerwien, and organizers are spreading the word by handing …

Photo Gallery: Fun with food at the Northland Public Library

By Tribune-Review
One of this year’s Summer Reading Club activities at the Northland Public Library in McCandless involves fun with food. Third- through fifth-graders are participating in …

Franklin Park fifth-grader wins national baseball competition

By Ed Phillipps
Cole Young of Franklin Park was the national champion in his division in the 2014 Major League Baseball Pitch, Hit & Run competition, held in …

Photo Gallery: Bastille Day at the Career Training Academy in Ross

By Tribune-Review
Students and staff at the Career Training Academy in Ross Township celebrated Bastille Day on July 14. Bastille Day is a French holiday marking the …

I-79 resurfacing to start in Robinson, Wexford areas

By Bobby Kerlik
Traffic restrictions connected to two major Interstate 79 resurfacing projects are set to begin this week, likely causing congestion on portions of one of the region’s busiest highways. A $2.84 million resurfacing on the interstate in Collier, Scott and Robinson …

McCandless residents voice opposition to Wal-Mart plan

By Ed Phillipps
About 120 people jammed into McCandless Town Hall on Monday night, many to voice their opposition to Wal-Mart’s plans to build a supercenter on Blazier …

Richland school bus driver charged with drunken driving, child endangerment

By Rachel Farkas
A school bus driver for Monark Student Transportation has been charged with drunken driving and child endangerment for transporting Richland children to St. Ursula School in Hampton in June while drunk, police said. Martin Hehman, 68, of Richland, was stopped …

North Allegheny board member resigns over job spat

By Tory N. Parrish
A North Allegheny School District board member chose to resign this month rather than give up coaching high school girls’ softball. On Wednesday, the North Alle­gheny board voted 8-0 to accept the resignation of Ralph Pagone, 49, who was serving …

Plan would turn former Hampton motel into apartments

By Deborah Deasy
Kress Brothers Builders of Hampton plans to convert the one-time Conley’s motel — and former Econo Lodge — on Route 8 into 51 one- and …

Free photo booth, tribute band new to Marshall community day

By Kelsey Shea
This year, Marshall Township Community Day will feature new activities, as well as festival classics, before concluding with the annual fireworks show. The event on …

Pine wants residents to help design the township’s future

By Deborah Deasy
Here’s your chance to help plot the future of Pine Township. Pine officials seek public input to update the township’s 2003 comprehensive plan — as mandated every 10 years by the Pennsylvania Municipalities Planning Code. The officials want to hear …

Trampoline, fireworks, animals to add to Pine Community Day

By Deborah Deasy
Animal lovers to thrill seekers should enjoy the 25th annual Pine Community Day. A spotted leopard, Eurobungy trampoline and Pyrotecnico fireworks are among expected amusements …

St. Athanasius festival has something for everyone

By Melanie Donahoo
The annual St. Athanasius Parish Festival in West View is a small-town festival that has something for everyone, festival chairwoman Patrice Mikec says. This year, …

North Allegheny athletes prepare for Relay for Life

By Ed Phillipps
It might be the off-season for high school athletes, but the North Allegheny cross country team is gearing up for one of its most important events. Carrying on a tradition that began four years ago, the runners have entered a …

Etna residents hear new offer on parking lot

By Megan Henney
The Etna businessman who upset some residents when he made an application to lease the PennDOT-owned lot on Sprang Way has made a new proposal, the borough manager said at Tuesday night’s council meeting. Len Lachina, president of Lachina Drapery …

School districts say state pension crisis boosting local tax rates

By Chris Foreman  and Kelsey Shea
“Pac-Man” is poised to gobble a larger chunk of school district budgets starting this month. The state’s pension crisis, which Gov. Tom Corbett once likened to the insatiable video-game character, is among reasons that many Allegheny County school boards are …

Hampton man, accused of being Army deserter, released from jail

By Adam Brandolph
A Hampton man accused of deserting the Army was released from Allegheny County Jail on Tuesday, but he must answer to the military charge. Gary Vinicie Naranjo, 49, was arrested on Sunday in his home and taken away without his …

Photo Gallery: VBS at Hiland Presbyterian Church in Ross

By Tribune-Review
“Weird Animals: Where Jesus’ Love is One-of-a-Kind” was the theme for this year’s vacation Bible school at Hiland Presbyterian Church in Ross Township. The vacation …

Photo Gallery: Ross Township Independence Day Parade

By Tribune-Review
The Ross Township Independence Day Parade was July 6 on Perry Highway in the Perrysville neighborhood. The township frequently has its Independence Day festivities on …

Photo Gallery: Catapult making at the Northland Public Library

By Tribune-Review
The Teen Summer Reading Club at the Northland Public Library in McCandless offers a variety of programs for sixth- through 12th-graders. On July 7, participants …

Photo Gallery: St. Sebastian Parish Festival in Ross

By Tribune-Review
The St. Sebastian Parish Festival was July 7 to 12. Among the many attractions were rides, games, a flea market, themed dinners and a produce …

Funding shortfalls leave ambulance agencies ailing

By Tory N. Parrish
In 1987, there were 136 ambulance services in Allegheny County. Today, there are 45, said Tim Butler, deputy administrator for the McCandless-Franklin Park Ambulance Authority. …

Etna residents petition to save longtime parking spaces

By Megan Henney
A little parking lot has sparked some big frustrations in Etna. More than 200 residents signed a petition that opposes a businessman’s  application to lease …