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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 ...

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 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 7:40 p.m.
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 11:41 p.m.
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 12:43 p.m.
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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North Huntingdon incumbents West, Austin lose party nominations

By Tony LaRussa
One long-time North Huntingdon commissioner fended off a primary challenge, while two other incumbents failed to get enough votes to win their party’s nomination to appear on the ballot in November. Commissioner Brian West lost his race for the Republican nomination ...

Budelski, Yunn edge out Jordan for Irwin Council

By Tony LaRussa
Republican voters in Irwin decided to give one incumbent a chance to serve a third term on council but rejected the re-election bid of another. With two newcomers winning party nominations in the May 19 primary, Joanna Jordan was the odd ...

Same 5 win party nominations for Norwin school board

By Tony LaRussa
Two of the five incumbent Norwin school board members who ran in the primary election failed to muster enough votes to make it onto the ballot for the fall election, and a challenger emerged as the top vote-getter. All nine candidates ...

Irwin OKs contract for resurfacing of 13 streets

By Tony LaRussa
Work to control drainage and resurface 13 of Irwin’s worst streets is slated to be done this year. Borough council last week unanimously approved a $285,530 contract with Morgan Excavating in Belle Vernon, which was the lowest bidder for the project. ...

North Huntingdon requires solid foundation for new beer, soda distributor

By Tony LaRussa
North Huntingdon commissioners have given the go-ahead to plans for a new beer and soda distributor on vacant land along Route 30 — but on the condition that the developers take steps are taken to ensure the land is stable ...

Norwin food workers, secretaries reach 5-year deals

By Tony LaRussa
Norwin School District officials have reached five-year contracts with cafeteria workers and secretaries. Both contracts were ratified by their respective unions and approved by the Norwin School Board on May 18. The agreements take effect on July 1 and run through ...

Norwin veterans groups plan Memorial Day parade

By Tribune-Review
The Veterans of Foreign War and American Legion posts in the Norwin area will hold a Memorial Day parade on Monday starting at 10 a.m. Active ...

Defense for Irwin man charged in fatal wreck seeks expert to aid in his defense

By Rich Cholodofsky
The private lawyer for an Irwin man charged with killing a passenger in a 2013 car crash wants taxpayers to foot the bill for an expert to further the defense theory that the victim was the driver. Police contend Joshua Moser, ...

Circleville VFD becomes landlord in search of steady revenue

By Tony LaRussa
Like most volunteer fire departments, Circleville in North Huntingdon has to rely on subscriptions, bingo, gun bashes and a summer carnival to help fund its ...

Rash of thefts prompts Irwin chief’s plea to residents

By Tony LaRussa
A rash of thefts from unlocked vehicles in Irwin during the past month and a pair of burglaries at ball field concession stands in the borough and North Huntingdon have prompted police to ask residents to be alert for suspicious ...

More than 100 residents show concerns about plans for Norwin principal

By Tony LaRussa
Sparked by rumors on social media, more than 100 parents turned out for the Norwin School Board meeting Monday night to show their displeasure over a supposed plan to reassign an elementary school principal to the district’s intermediate school. The turnout ...

Norwin school board pares proposed tax hike to 2.7 mills

By Tony LaRussa
The Norwin School District on Monday stepped back from its initial plan to increase property taxes by 4 mills and instead approved a preliminary budget that — if finalized as-is — would raise the tax rate by 2.7 mills. In addition ...

Irwin’s council president to serve as interim mayor

By Tony LaRussa
A board set up to pick a new mayor to fill the vacancy created by the death of Irwin Mayor Daniel Rose passed over two residents who sought the job in favor of appointing the council president to the post. In ...

Rittenhouse, Czajkowski, Perkins, Petrisko and Ciocca secure nods in Norwin

By Tribune-Review
Nine candidates for Norwin school board — five incumbents and four challengers — cross-filed as Democrats and Republican for five seats in the primary. Darlene Ciocca, 58; Raymond Kocak, 51; Robert Perkins, 61; Dennis Rittenhouse. 60; and Thomas Sturm, 66; sought ...

Norwin teacher suspended for alleged texting

By Tribune-Review
A Norwin teacher was suspended without pay for allegedly improperly texting a student, district officials said. They did not identify the teacher in a statement released Monday, nor did they say where that teacher works or supply the age of the ...

Polling places listed for Irwin, North Huntingdon, North Irwin

By Tribune-Review
The polls open at 7 a.m. Tuesday for the primary election and close at 8 p.m. North Huntingdon • Ward 1-1: Westmoreland City Volunteer Fire Department, 8651 Broadway St. • Ward 1-2: Shafton fire hall, 681 Jackson Ave. • Ward 1-3: ...

Recycling rewards, hazardous-collection programs reviewed in North Huntingdon

By Tony LaRussa
Figuring out how to dispose of electronics, such as TVs and computers, and chemicals ranging from paint to drain cleaner so they don’t end up in landfills could get easier for North Huntingdon residents starting next year. Residents also could be ...

9 candidates vie for nominations for Norwin School Board

By Tony LaRussa
Voters in the Norwin School District from both major political parties will nominate five people for school board from a field of nine candidates — ...

4 candidates seek Republican nominations for Irwin Council

By Tony LaRussa
Republicans in Irwin will nominate three candidates for borough council from a field of four people seeking the party’s nod in the May 19 primary. Incumbents ...