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Norwin High School health teacher charged with selling heroin

By Tony LaRussa
A Norwin health teacher responsible for telling students about the dangers of drug abuse has been charged with selling heroin, police said Friday. Lisa Marie …

Husband of accused drug-dealing teacher faces his own drug, intimidation charges

By Tony LaRussa
The husband of a Norwin High School teacher accused of selling heroin has been arrested for trying to “set up” the confidential informant in his …

Icy winter kept Norwin area road crews busy, but not as much as previous one

By Tony LaRussa
When public-works directors in the Norwin areas prepared for this past winter, their focus was on avoiding a repeat of the previous year, when relentless snowfall drained their supplies of road salt. “We went through about 14,000 tons of road salt ...

Company to conduct North Irwin apartment inspections

By Tony LaRussa 5:11 p.m.
The owners of rental properties in North Irwin soon will have to pay to have their units inspected to ensure they are safe for tenants to occupy. Last month, borough council approved a contract with Scranton-based Building Inspection Underwriters of PA ...

North Huntingdon commissioners decline to take over Colonial Manor Road

By Tony LaRussa 5:28 p.m.
North Huntingdon commissioners have declined a request from PennDOT for the township to take over a state road that runs through part of the municipality because of the possible long-term cost of maintaining the roadway. Several weeks ago, the PennDOT officials ...

State-level uncertainty clouds Norwin budget work

By Tony LaRussa
Majority leaders in the state Senate are advising school superintendents across Pennsylvania — including Norwin’s top administrator — to be wary of counting on the extra money Gov. Tom Wolf has proposed for education in next year’s budget because it ...

Women to stand trial in theft of drugs from Norwin Pharmacy

By Paul Peirce
A North Huntingdon pharmacy technician confessed she stole 180 to 600 pain pills on every shift she worked for more than a year, then handed them over to be sold on the street, according to the state attorney general’s office. Agent ...

Janitor gets $72,500 in Norwin settlement

By Tony LaRussa
Norwin School District has agreed to pay a retired janitor more than $72,500 to settle a lawsuit in which he accused an elementary school principal of age discrimination, harassment, creating a hostile work environment and retaliation. William Breeger Sr., 72, of ...

North Huntingdon’s Lincoln Way slated for paving

By Tony LaRussa
The arrival of warmer weather is the only roadblock to smoothing over the teeth-jarring condition of Lincoln Way in North Huntingdon. Last year, the Municipal Authority of Westmoreland County tore up the state-owned road to do some $2.4 million worth of ...

Natural causes cited in North Huntingdon motel death

By Tribune-Review
A man who was found dead in a North Huntingdon motel on March 16 died of natural causes, according to authorities. Karl Badstibner, 53, of North Versailles, had been staying at the Hiland Terrace Motel along Route 30 for about a ...

North Huntingdon announces snowman winners

By Tribune-Review
Prizes have been awarded in three categories for this year’s snowman contest sponsored by North Huntingdon’s parks and recreation department. The three winners were selected from ...

Volunteers could shave $100K off Lamp expense

By Tony LaRussa
Irwin officials have passed on awarding contracts for parts of the Lamp Theatre project in favor of using volunteers to complete much of the work. “We were originally planning to have a contractor come in to install the ceiling, walls and ...

Runners to Race for Grace at Norwin

By Tribune-Review
The eighth annual Race for Grace, which has raised more than $580,000 to fight pediatric brain cancer, will be held April 11 at Norwin High School. The Race For Grace is the largest fundraiser for the Reflections Of Grace Foundation, which ...

Irwin man indicted in straw purchase of gun

By Tony LaRussa
An Irwin man has been indicted in West Virginia for participating in a scheme to illegally buy a handgun. Deandre Jones, 29, was named in an indictment returned last week by a federal grand jury seated in Clarksburg on one count ...

Norwin OKs settlement with retired janitor who accused principal of age discrimination

By Tony LaRussa
The Norwin School Board voted unanimously this week to approve a settlement with a retired janitor who accused an elementary school principal of age discrimination, harassment, retaliation and creating a hostile work environment. District officials declined to release details of the ...

Norwin, Irwin, North Huntingdon challengers line up for primary

By Tony LaRussa
Norwin, Irwin and North Huntingdon incumbents are facing challenges for party nominations in the May 19 primary. March 10 was the deadline for major-party candidates to file nominating petitions. Independent candidates can gather signatures until Aug. 1 to appear on the ...

Norwin actors have a ‘Blonde’ moment

By Tony LaRussa
After treating audiences to Monty Python’s brand of humor in its fall stage production, Norwin’s theater company is having a blonde moment. “We did (Monty ...

Irwin joins summit that shares solutions to common issues

By Tony LaRussa
Irwin has accepted an invitation to join a growing consortium that was born from a simple idea — to bring the people responsible for the day-to-day operations of local government together once a year to share ideas on how they ...

Norwin announces FBI cyber-security class, tech upgrades

By Tony LaRussa
Though financial uncertainties have delayed a vote to build a STEM center, Norwin officials continue to retool the district curriculum to emphasize science, technology, engineering and math education. Part of that effort, which was announced at Monday night’s school board workshop ...

Irwin woman pens book for transition to kindergarten

By Larissa Dudkiewicz
Jodi Watson was teaching preschool three years ago and wanted to give the children a graduation song for their end-of-the-year program. The Ardara resident wanted ...

Price list established for Norwin STEM center naming rights

By Tony LaRussa
If Norwin School Board approves a STEM center proposal, there will be guidelines — and prices — for anyone who wants to attach their or their organization’s name to the new facilities. The school board last month established a naming rights ...

Rillton family thankful for outpouring of support after fire

By Tony LaRussa
Rose Rosenburg realizes that she will never fully erase the bad memories from the day a fire ripped through her home and destroyed all but ...

Court in the Classroom program provides insight for Norwin High School students

By Rich Cholodofsky
Attorney Robert Marino strode to the podium Wednesday morning and argued to Westmoreland County Judge David Regoli why his client, a road resurfacing company, should ...

Electronic billboard could soon welcome visitors to Irwin

By Tony LaRussa
Motorists entering North Huntingdon along Route 30 west soon could be greeted by a vivid, multicolored electronic billboard welcoming them to Irwin. Ed Sam, a marketer working on behalf of the Irwin Business & Professional Association, or IBPA, has devised a ...

Irwin Council approves bids for Lamp Theatre upgrades

By Tony LaRussa
Irwin Council has awarded more than $149,000 worth of contracts to outfit the Lamp Theatre with stage curtains, a sound system, new seats and a digital marquee. The borough has been doing a top-to-bottom remodeling of the 77-year-old former movie house, ...

North Huntingdon band not kidding when it comes to music

By Tony LaRussa
They might not have the fame and fortune of so-called boy bands such as One Direction or Big Time Rush, but a music group from ...

Irwin hires 4th full-time officer

By Tony LaRussa
Irwin Council has increased the size of the borough’s full-time police force by more than 33 percent. But the decision to hire another officer is more about improving the effectiveness of the department rather than simply putting more cops on the ...

Roadside attraction-style grill to replace Teddy’s

By Tony LaRussa
A restaurant popular for its barbecue and vegan specialties and vintage auto garage-themed decor plans to open a third location in the former Teddy’s Restaurant ...

North Huntingdon officials not interested in IBPA’s ‘welcome’ sign

By Tony LaRussa
Having spent the better part of a year on a branding campaign to make the township stand out from its neighbors, North Huntingdon officials rejected a request to lump together the three Norwin communities in “welcome” signs along Route 30. After ...

Fohner puts North Huntingdon on the WeatherBug map

By Tony LaRussa
George Fohner usually isn’t the kind of guy who lets the little annoyances in life get stuck in his craw. But he admits that years of ...

Norwin to host CMU robotics camps

By Tony LaRussa
The Norwin School District is sponsoring a pair of winter robotics camps taught by the Carnegie Mellon University Robotics Academy for students in grades five through eight on five consecutive Saturdays at Norwin Middle School. The program begins on Feb. 28 ...

Norwin kindergarten registration starts Monday

By Tony LaRussa
Parents can register their children for Norwin kindergarten online starting Monday. To access the online registration forms, see norwinsd.org and select the “Registration and Student Information Update” button. Parents who don’t have access to a home computer can use computers at ...

North Huntingdon branding effort continues with new brochure

By Tony LaRussa
North Huntingdon officials are hoping a new brochure will help entice out-of-town businesses seeking to relocate or expand to consider bringing their operations to the ...

Irwin officials ponder future of broken down police car

By Tony LaRussa
Irwin’s 2009 Dodge Charger police cruiser is having trouble living up to its nameplate. The vehicle, which cost about $25,000, has been out of commission for more than a month and will need thousands of dollars worth of repairs to get ...

Irwin Council approves dates for IBPA events

By Tribune-Review
Irwin Council last week unanimously approved the dates for the following events that the Irwin Business & Professional Association plans to sponsor this year: • Feb. 12 — Chili cook-off and Wing Thing Crawl. • April 25 — Car cruise on ...

Norwin officials work on naming-right policy

By Tony LaRussa
What’s it worth for companies, organizations or people to get their names on the new STEM center being considered for Norwin High School? District officials aren’t ready to name their price for the privilege, but they have started developing a policy ...

Officials consider bond options for Norwin STEM center

By Tony LaRussa
The Norwin School Board has given the go-ahead for school administrators to start shopping the bond market for the best deal to help finance a new STEM center. In addition to issuing bonds to raise part of the estimated $5.7 million ...

To open STEM center by fall 2017, Norwin board has 1 month to OK plan

By Tony LaRussa
The Norwin School Board will have about a month decide whether to proceed with plans for a new science, technology, engineering and math, or STEM, center if it wants the facility ready for the class in fall of 2017, according ...

Norwin High School roof leaks repaired

By Tony LaRussa
Though rainwater no longer drips through the roof at Norwin High School, district officials are trying to determine if needing to repair a roof with nine years left on its warranty is the result of normal wear and tear or ...