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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 ...

Bids for items needed at Irwin’s Lamp Theatre to be considered

By Tony LaRussa
Bids for nonconstruction portions of the Lamp Theatre project are scheduled to be opened Tuesday, according to Irwin engineer Lucien Bove. The bid package covers items such as an LED marquee, stage lighting, an audio system, seating and curtains. Representatives from nine ...

Coroner rules suicide in death near railroad tracks in North Huntingdon

By Tribune-Review
The death of a man whose body was found near railroad tracks in North Huntingdon Monday night was ruled a suicide, according to Westmoreland County Coroner Ken Bacha. He declined to release any additional information. Norfolk Southern spokesman Dave Pidgeon said the ...

Body found in North Huntingdon

By Tribune-Review
A Westmoreland County Public Safety dispatcher confirmed that the coroner’s office was notified after a body was discovered near railroad tracks in North Huntingdon Monday night. A township police dispatcher said Norfolk Southern police were handling the incident, which reportedly occurred ...

Missing North Irwin man returns home

By Mary Pickels
A North Irwin man missing since Friday returned home on Sunday afternoon, his mother said. “Praise the Lord, he’s home,” Melinda Edwards said. Irwin Borough police were investigating, because Corey Eisaman, 23, seemed to disappear and could not be reached by phone. On ...

Officials to vote on Brush Creek sewage tank

By Tony LaRussa
North Huntingdon officials will vote next week on a project that would prevent sewage from being released into Brush Creek during heavy rains. If approved, it likely will take until early 2016 before work starts on a new 7-million gallon tank ...

N. Huntingdon teen wins full St. Vincent scholarship

By Tony LaRussa
Representatives from St. Vincent College in Latrobe surprised a North Huntingdon teen at his home on Friday morning with news that won a scholarship to ...

After getting recorder back, Irwin official considers next move

By Tony LaRussa
An Irwin councilman whose audio recorder was confiscated during a public meeting in December said he hasn’t made up his mind if he will take legal action against the councilwoman who prompted the seizure and the borough itself. The borough police ...

Irwin service unit of Salvation Army campaign yields $30K

By Trib Total Media
The Irwin service unit of the Salvation Army collected more than $30,000 during its Red Kettle campaign during the holidays, according to a spokesman for the charity. Don Baker, who coordinated the volunteer bell ringers at the Giant Eagle and Walmat ...

New plans for STEM center unveiled

By Tony LaRussa
Norwin officials were presented Monday with architectural renderings for a STEM education center that would be incorporated into the high school building by converting classrooms into spaces where programs such as advanced manufacturing and biomedical engineering can be taught. Plans developed ...

Irwin police seek armed robbery suspects

By Trib Total Media
Irwin police are seeking the public’s help in identifying a pair of armed suspects who robbed a gas station earlier last week. Two people wearing dark clothing and brandishing semi-automatic pistols entered Peterson’s Sunoco station at the corner of Pennsylvania and ...

Irwin man held for trial in deadly wreck

By Paul Peirce
A state police accident reconstructionist testified Tuesday that evidence collected from a May 2013 crash shows an Irwin man was driving at least 30 miles over the posted speed limit when he lost control on Route 136 in Hempfield, flipped ...

W.Pa. police chiefs discuss use of force, de-escalation tactics

By Tony LaRussa
While adding their voices to the national discussion that has taken place about police tactics, local police chiefs say that the uncertainty and the dangerous nature of policing requires officers to be ready to use force and be stern when ...

Accident on Route 30 at Jacktown Hill closes eastbound lanes

By Tribune-Review
An accident along Route 30 at Jacktown Hill in North Huntingdon has closed the eastbound lanes of the busy highway, police said. North Huntingdon police and fire units responded to the accident near the Enterprise Rent-A-Car office at about 3:20 …

About a third of cost already raised for Norwin military tribute

By Tony LaRussa
When Don Kattic first pitched the idea of building a memorial on the Norwin campus to honor military personnel killed in combat since the district ...

From polar vortex to heated budget talks, the top Norwin stories of 2014

By Tony LaRussa
Years from now, when nostalgia inspires a VH1-style show about the essence and oddities of 2014, we’ll be reminded of the viral explosion of the “Ice Bucket Challenge,” the mystery of missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, a Republican takeover of ...

North Huntingdon Township gets jump on road paving list

By Tony LaRussa
Stretches of rainy weather last spring put a damper on North Huntingdon’s street-paving program, which forced crews to work into November to complete projects that otherwise would have been wrapped a month earlier. To prevent a repeat, township officials already have ...

Location scout eyes Braddock’s Trail Park for TV series

By Tony LaRussa
A Pittsburgh-based location scout working on behalf of Sony Pictures has asked North Huntingdon commissioners to consider granting permission to build a set in Braddock’s Trail Park that would serve as the backdrop for a television-series pilot that is in ...

North Huntingdon commissioners approve 2015 budget without tax hike

By Tony LaRussa
North Huntingdon commissioners have approved a 2015 budget that keeps property taxes at their current rate. The $13.3 million budget — which was approved by a 6-1 vote at the Dec. 17 board meeting — allocates an additional $100,000 to expand ...

Irwin eliminates 2015 workshop meetings

By Tony LaRussa
Starting in January, Irwin Council will meet only once a month. By a 4-3 vote at its Dec. 17 meeting, borough officials approved Councilwoman Peggie Watson’s measure to eliminate the monthly workshop sessions. Her measure was introduced after council had approved a ...

Norwin-area school groups share the spirit of giving

By Tony LaRussa
While Norwin-area residents prepared for Christmas by decorating, shopping and baking, efforts were under way to make sure that those in need were not forgotten. Here’s ...

Norwin band director is finding lots of success in return to his alma mater

By Greg Reinbold
When Tim Daniels graduated from Norwin High School in 2008 to pursue a degree in music education at Youngstown State, getting a job as a ...

ExOne Co. moves solidify authority under CEO

By John D. Oravecz
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, ...