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North Huntingdon woman gets first-hand knowledge in Belize

By Tony LaRussa
Amy Owens is no stranger to exotic animals and the environmental changes that affect their lives. The 2009 Norwin High School graduate has a degree in ...

North Huntingdon beer shop plans on hold as developer seeks new site

By Tony LaRussa
A plan to open a beer and soda shop along Route 30 in North Huntingdon has lost some of its fizz because the intended building site is unstable. But the developer of the project said he still is committed to opening ...

Old N. Huntingdon map on display in township building

By Tony LaRussa
Andrew Blenko always has been a bit of a history buff. And members of his family know it. So when Stephen Hasley of Ligonier spotted a ...

Future of North Huntingdon’s Leger Road, bridge still uncertain

By Tony LaRussa
Inconvenience and public safety were the chief issues raised by people who turned out for a recent meeting to discuss PennDOT’s plans for a bridge along Leger Road in North Huntingdon that has been closed since early 2011. Though only 18 ...

Eagle project helps revitalize North Irwin Park

By Tony LaRussa
Cameron Pasinski of North Huntingdon wanted the service project that he needed to complete for the rank of Eagle Scout to have an impact on ...

Norwin students to get 1st look at new curriculum

By Tony LaRussa
When they return to class on Monday, Norwin elementary students will get their first look at new curriculum materials that meet updated learning standards and use technology to present students with individualized, skills-appropriate work. District administrators have adopted a new line ...

Greenhouse Winery in Irwin now features tasting, banquet rooms

By Christina Sheleheda
The dirt and gravel road leading up to the tasting room at Greenhouse Winery on Gracin Lane provides an atmosphere not common in Western Pennsylvania. For ...

Landlords skeptical of Irwin property inspection plan

By Tony LaRussa
Irwin Council is getting some push back from landlords who worry that a proposed property inspection law would burden their businesses. But borough officials say the law that’s being developed would ensure the safety of rental properties and create a better ...

Authority obtains lands for North Huntingdon park and ride upgrades

By Tony LaRussa
The owner of a property leased to the Westmoreland County Transit Authority for a park-and-ride lot in North Huntingdon avoided having the land taken by eminent domain by accepting an offer to sell it to the agency, according to its ...

North Huntingdon business owner sentenced to 2 years in federal prison

By Tony LaRussa
A North Huntingdon businessman awaiting trial on theft charges in Westmoreland County court after being accused of swindling dozens of customers has been sentenced to two years in federal prison for concealing assets during a bankruptcy proceeding. A federal jury in ...

Fundraisers to benefit 4-year-old North Huntingdon cancer patient

By Tony LaRussa
Supporters of a North Huntingdon boy who’s battling cancer are holding a couple of fundraisers in August to help his family cover his medical expenses. A ...

State Rep. Dunbar: Time to cross Leger Road bridge

By Tony LaRussa
State transportation officials are likely to give North Huntingdon commissioners two options for how to deal with a 112-year-old bridge along Leger Road that has ...

Authorities identify 2 men killed in fiery crash in Pittsburgh

By Tony Raap
Authorities on Monday identified two men killed in a fiery crash Saturday in Pittsburgh’s Uptown neighborhood. Gregory Scavincky, 28, of Irwin, Westmoreland County and Michael Depalma, 27, of Trafford died when their Dodge Charger crashed into a support column on ...

Historic Irwin theater expected to reopen in August, board member says

By Craig Smith
The clock is ticking down on the Lamp Theatre’s long road to reopening, officials said. The historic theater on Main Street, Irwin, will reopen at ...

Irwin murder defendant to be re-evaluated

By Rich Cholodofsky
A Westmoreland County judge has ordered that an Irwin man charged with fatally shooting a man in the back two years ago be evaluated to determine if he can be prosecuted for first-degree murder. Judge Rita Hathaway on Wednesday approved a ...

North Huntingdon kickball tournament aims to give cancer the boot

By Tony LaRussa
North Huntingdon residents are hoping a kickball tournament they are planning will help a 4-year-old boy with cancer. Friends of Brian and Jaime O’Neil are holding ...

Residents want to improve Irwin Park

By Tony LaRussa
Irwin Park residents say they are ready to do what’s necessary — including hosting fundraisers — to help improve Irwin Park, off Pennsylvania Avenue. Several people appeared before council last week to discuss concerns about conditions at the park. Michael Yunn, who ...

22 new fire hydrants to be installed in Irwin

By Tony LaRussa
Over the next 18 months, 22 new fire hydrants with special quick-connect valves will be installed in Irwin to help reduce the time it takes for firefighters to begin dousing flames. “There are several areas in the borough where there’s a ...

Trivia night, theater program among Norwin library offerings

By Tony LaRussa
Whether it’s an evening of competitive trivia or a pile of paperbacks to read at the beach, the Norwin Public Library has a number of ...

North Huntingdon creates brand new video, flier to broaden appeal

By Tony LaRussa
North Huntingdon has two new items — a video and a flier touting business successes — for the package of materials that will be used to reach outside the community to fuel economic development. Last year, township leaders began developing a ...

Irwin emergency news gets ‘Nixlated’

By Tony LaRussa
Irwin residents now can sign up for a free service that provides nearly instantaneous information about important public-safety issues. The police department now is able to send out alerts to residents through the Nixle messaging system, which has been in use ...

Proposed Irwin ordinance seeks to increase rental safety

By Tony LaRussa
Irwin officials are developing a way to crack down on ramshackle rental properties and rowdy tenants. Borough council members are working on an ordinance that would require landlords obtain an occupancy permit each time a new tenant moves into one of ...

Norwin school board OKs 2-mill tax-rate increase

By Tony LaRussa
Norwin school officials will dig deeper into cash reserves, trim transportation costs and leave three teaching positions at the high school unfilled to cut by half the millage increase that was proposed when the administration began cobbling together the 2015-16 ...

Norwin School Board creates new position for Doreen Harris

By Tony LaRussa
Dozens of Norwin residents turned out for last week’s school board meeting to dissuade officials from creating a new administrative position for an elementary school principal who was sued by a retired custodian last year for age discrimination. Despite pleas from ...

Irwin finalizes deal with Lamp Theatre board

By Tony LaRussa
Irwin Council has finalized a contract to turn over day-to-day operations and most of the financial responsibility for the Lamp Theatre to the volunteer board that is overseeing the conversion of the former Main Street movie house into a multiuse ...

Norwin School District employee suspended after drug arrest

By Tony LaRussa
A second Norwin School District employee was suspended this year after being arrested on drug-dealing charges, school officials said. In a statement issued at the June 8 board meeting that sought to “bring clarification and some level of closure to these ...

Former North Huntingdon strip club building for sale

By Tony LaRussa
A former strip club in North Huntingdon that has been shuttered since a state police raid in 2012 is up for sale. But the building that housed Gloria’s Cantina along Route 30 is unlikely to feature nude dancers when it reopens, ...

Irwin taps businessman to fill seat vacated by new mayor

By Tony LaRussa
Irwin Council voted unanimously to accept the resignation of council President Robert Wayman, who was appointed mayor last month to fill the vacancy created by ...

Motorcycle catches fire, singes garage in North Huntingdon

By Jacob Tierney
Flames from a motorcycle scorched a North Huntingdon garage Friday night. The bike caught fire shortly before 10:30 p.m. and the flames spread to a nearby ...

Six-member board to focus on Lamp Theater operations

By Tony LaRussa
Irwin Council has agreed to give a six-member board the power to begin transforming the Lamp Theatre from a construction project into a functioning entertainment venue. Although the borough will retain ownership of the 77-year-old former movie house on Main Street, ...

Irwin man to serve 7 months for fatal DUI

By Tony LaRussa
An Irwin man will get out of jail in about four months for a March DUI accident in West Virginia that killed a North Irwin woman. Andrew James Beal, 23, pleaded guilty in April of drunk driving in connection with a ...

North Huntingdon pair accused of robbing man at gunpoint

By Tony LaRussa
Two North Huntingdon residents were jailed on charges they robbed a man at gunpoint of $18 and prescription medication, according to township police. The victim told ...

Irwin, North Huntingdon write-in votes tallied

By Tony LaRussa
Write-in votes from the May 19 primary election have breathed new life into the re-election campaign of an Irwin incumbent and given voters a full slate of candidates to choose from for Irwin council. Write-in votes — which the Westmoreland County ...

Norwin budget vote slated for June 17

By Tony LaRussa
Significantly lower revenue from earned-income and delinquent property taxes this year and higher costs for employee health insurance and pensions next year likely will prevent Norwin School District from avoiding a tax hike. The school board is set to vote June ...

Irwin time capsule offers glimpse of 2000 through eyes of 3rd-graders

By Tony LaRussa
For many adults, 2000 will be remembered for the Y2K computer calamity that never came, the Baha Men’s never-ending quest to know “Who Let the ...

Work begins on veterans memorial monument

By Tony LaRussa
Just about every other day, Don Kattic makes a point of stopping by the Norwin High School campus in North Huntingdon to check the progress being made on a memorial to honor military personnel killed in combat since the district ...

Irwin seeks applicants for council vacancy

By Tony LaRussa
Irwin residents who want to fill a vacancy on council have until 4 p.m. on June 10 to submit a letter of interest to the borough. The opening was created when Councilman Bob Wayman was appointed mayor on May 18 ...

North Huntingdon man injured, dog dies in house fire

By Tribune-Review
A North Huntingdon man who suffered smoke inhalation while attempting to battle a fire that destroyed his home late Thursday was treated at a local hospital and released. A black Labrador retriever died in the fire at 12900 Veronica Lane, …

Norwin graduates fêted

By Tribune-Review
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