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ExOne Co. moves solidify authority under CEO

By John D. Oravecz 11:10 a.m.
ExOne Co. said on Friday that its president and chief operating officer was demoted, and CEO S. Kent Rockwell has taken more-direct control of the North Huntingdon-based provider of 3-D printing machines and products for industrial customers. David J. Burns, formerly ...

Irwin council backs off planned tax hike

By Tony LaRussa
The four members of Irwin Council who last month supported a preliminary budget and a 10-percent hike in property taxes have backed off from the proposal. Last month, Council President Robert Wayman and Councilwomen Peggie Watson, Joanna Jordan and Phyllis Thiem ...

North Irwin Council OKs budget, replaces mayor

By Tony LaRussa
North Irwin Council has approved a budget that will hold the line on property taxes next year. Council last week approved a $176,151 budget that keeps the property tax at 23 mills. North Irwin’s tax rate was raised this year from 19.5 ...

Irwin council member blocks recording of public meeting

By Tony LaRussa
An Irwin official who directed the police chief to investigate if a colleague violated the law by recording a public meeting might have run afoul of the law, herself. And by following Councilwoman Peggie Watson’s direction to seize the tape ...

Local experts share holiday gift ideas for everyone on your list

By Staff Writers
Holiday shoppers, your days are numbered. With only seven days left before Christmas, time is of the essence. But don’t worry. Although others might panic and buy indiscriminately, we’ll help you exhibit grace under pressure while you select useful gifts for everyone ...

Property crime rates decline in North Huntingdon, Irwin

By Tony LaRussa
North Huntingdon’s police chief credits an increase in the number of detectives assigned to investigate criminal activity and efforts to raise the visibility of patrol officers for the significant drop in the most common offense committed in the township — ...

Norwin Public Library to host 20 regional authors

By Tony LaRussa
After Patricia Slye’s father, husband and two adult sons died within a seven-year span, the 78-year-old North Huntingdon woman — who had made her living writing and edited various newsletters — felt a strong urge to chronicle her life experiences. Using ...

Group plans to add lights to Irwin arch

By Tony LaRussa
Despite the multitude of colorful lights and festive decorations adorning downtown Irwin for the holidays, one of the town’s signature landmarks — the decorative metal arch at Fourth and Main streets — is barely visible at night. That’s about to change. Gary ...

State officials deny Norwin $25K school-security grant

By Tony LaRussa
After learning that the state officials rejected a $25,000 grant that Norwin officials sought for training and other school-security services, Superintendent William Kerr last week recommended that the district dip into its own coffers to pay for the programs. Norwin officials ...

Norwin Board has new president for 1st time in 13 years

By Tony LaRussa
For the first time in more than a decade, Norwin School Board has a new leader. The board voted 8-0 at last week’s annual reorganization meeting to elevate Thomas Sturm from vice president to president and to shift Robert Perkins from ...

Irwin man charged with another burglary

By Tribune-Review
A 27-year-old man who has been charged with breaking into two Penn Township tanning salons and other burglaries is facing new charges, along with a second man. Anthony Ross Giacchino of Irwin was charged on Tuesday with David Scott Brewer, ...

Monroeville man, a former church volunteer, pleads not guilty in child porn case

By Brian Bowling
A former youth volunteer at a Westmoreland County church pleaded not guilty Friday to federal child pornography charges, but he’ll stay behind bars until trial. Andrew Patterson, 45, of Monroeville waived his right to a detention hearing during his arraignment before ...

2015 North Huntingdon proposal focuses on public works

By Tony LaRussa
North Huntingdon’s proposed budget for 2015 contains no increase in the property-tax rate or fees, while boosting the amount the township earmarks for road repairs, paving and other public-works projects by more than 11 percent, according to officials. The $13.3 million ...

Adamsburg officials shopping for service

By Chris Foreman
Irwin is one of two communities that have been asked to submit a proposal to provide police services to the nearby borough of Adamsburg. Four years ago, Adamsburg officials ended a contract for Manor to provide police services after learning that ...

Christmas cards featuring Irwin scenes available

By Tony LaRussa
Irwin residents who want to promote the community can buy Christmas cards with a series of iconic local images. The cards, which have been produced each ...

Lane closed after 2-vehicle crash on Route 30 in North Huntingdon

By Tribune-Review
A two-vehicle accident Monday morning on Route 30 East in North Huntingdon closed one lane between Crown Road and Minnesota Lane, an emergency dispatcher said. More than one person was injured in the crash, which occurred near the Jim Shorkey Auto ...

Irwin joins land bank

By Tony LaRussa
Irwin officials have agreed to join a new program that adds Westmoreland County’s clout to the effort to get abandoned, tax-delinquent properties back on the ...

Norwin School District creates first detailed weapons policy

By Tony LaRussa
Although Norwin always has prohibited guns, knives or other weapons from school buildings, until last week, there was no formal definition of what constitutes a weapon or what would happen if a student is caught with one. Now there is. The Norwin ...

Norwin Historical Society house tour features model Sears home

By Tony LaRussa
For more than three decades prior to World War II, families looking for a reasonably priced new home featuring modern amenities, solid construction and plenty of style choices turned to a Sears, Roebuck and Co. mail-order catalog. Among the eight homes ...

Year’s final North Huntingdon yard waste pickup set for December

By Tony LaRussa
North Huntingdon officials announced that the final pickup for the fall yard waste collection program will be conducted during the week of Dec. 9 by Waste Management. Residents are asked to place leaves and other yard waste in biodegradable paper bags, ...

Irwin council president: Tax hike not tied to officers

By Trib Total Media
Although Irwin council focused almost exclusively during this month’s meeting on a proposal to add two new police positions, President Bob Wayman said the added cost of those full-time officers isn’t related to a proposed millage increase that would generate ...

Norwin road crews enter season with more stored salt

By Tony LaRussa
Public-works directors in Norwin communities were poised to put last winter’s seemingly never-ending snowfalls behind them and begin looking toward a more “normal” winter this ...

4 injured when vehicles collide, car plows into North Huntingdon auto body shop

By Tribune-Review
Four people were injured Monday in a multi-vehicle accident along Route 30 in which a car slammed into an auto body shop in North Huntingdon, ...

Norwin board gives superintendent new 5-year contract

By Tony LaRussa 12:02 p.m.
The Norwin School Board on Monday renewed Superintendent William Kerr’s contract for another five years. The agreement was approved by an 8-0 vote with an abstention ...

Norwin school board nixes plan to fix Hahntown attendance zone

By Tony LaRussa
When Norwin school officials redrew school boundary lines in 2007 to accommodate the opening of Hahntown Elementary, five streets were assigned to the wrong elementary school. Last Monday, the school board considered — then scrapped — a proposal to fix the ...

New courses announced for Norwin High School

By Tony LaRussa
Starting in the next school year, Norwin High School will offer students new courses that make the science more obvious in fields such as fitness and fashion and foreign-language classes that can earn college credits. Plans also call for opening up ...

Budget calls for increases in tax, fees for Irwin

By Tony LaRussa
Irwin officials are proposing a 2015 budget that would increase the property-tax rate to cover the cost of hiring two more full-time police officers and help finance a new ladder truck for the volunteer fire department by creating what would, ...

Jingle All the Way 5K scheduled in Irwin

By Tony LaRussa
Despite the prospect of frigid weather, dedicated runners will hit the streets of Irwin for the first Jingle All the Way 5K on Dec. 6 to raise money for JDRF, formerly the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. “This is going to be ...

Irwin officials discuss how to fund fire department

By Tony LaRussa
The issue of designating a slice of local property taxes to help fund the local fire department has divided Irwin officials this budget season. At last week’s Irwin Council meeting, officials debated whether it’s better to continue to have officials from ...

Douglas resigns as North Irwin mayor after five years

By Christy Walters
North Irwin Mayor James Douglas resigned from borough government last week. In a letter read at the Nov. 10 council meeting, Douglas said he was proud to have served as mayor for the past five years and that his resignation stems ...

North Huntingdon diners have a full plate of options

By Tony LaRussa
When Steve and Jen Salvi opened a restaurant in North Huntingdon last year, they considered the venture an opportunity to use the Italian specialties they ...

Norwin aims to digitize emergency plans

By Tony LaRussa
Norwin employees regularly undergo training on how to deal with emergencies that range from severe weather to having an armed intruder in a school building. But the confusion and stress that accompany an actual incident easily could result in employees ...

Norwin rises in assessment of state schools

By Tony LaRussa
Norwin improved academically in the last school year, compared to the previous year, while the achievement at other Westmoreland County school districts dipped, according to the grade that state education officials use to gauge school performance. Even though scores for two ...

Irwin to light up next Thursday

By Tony LaRussa
Grinches beware — if you want to avoid the heart-warming sights and sounds of the Christmas season, you might want to steer clear of Irwin next Thursday. The borough will host the 34th annual Light Up Night and parade, which is ...

Gold Star flag ceremony gives closure to dead North Huntingdon vet’s mother

By Carol Waterloo Frazier
On Dec. 12, 1985, an Arrow DC-8 carrying 248 members of the 101st Airborne Division crashed over Gander, Newfoundland, Canada, killing everyone on board. One of ...

Mom left tot alone in car while she shopped in North Huntingdon

By Tony LaRussa
North Huntingdon police have charged a woman with leaving her toddler alone in an unlocked car while she shopped at Wal-Mart on Nov. 1. A woman who saw the girl asleep in a car seat in the rear of a 2005 ...

Irwin mayor recalls life as a World War II prisoner

By Tony LaRussa
Like many young men in the United States, Dan Rose considered enlisting in the military as a patriotic duty following the Dec. 7, 1941, attack ...

Volunteers sought to fill 14 North Huntingdon board, committee positions

By Tony LaRussa
After a vacancy on the township board of commissioners attracted seven applicants last month, North Huntingdon officials say they hope there is a similar desire among residents to serve on various boards and committees. The township is seeking letters of interest ...

North Irwin bridge replacement could take up to 5 years

By Tony LaRussa
A railroad company has been ordered to fix a badly deteriorated support under the bridge connecting Fourth Street and West Broadway Avenue in North Irwin to keep the span from collapsing before it can be torn down and replaced in ...