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Veteran North Huntingdon police officer fired

By Tony LaRussa
North Huntingdon commissioners on Wednesday voted to fire a veteran police officer who was accused by the township’s police chief of undermining his authority and …

North Huntingdon scout will repaint fire hydrants

By Tony LaRussa
Irwin’s fire hydrants are going green. A local Boy Scout will refurbish some of the borough’s 68 fire hydrants to complete the service project needed to qualify for the rank of Eagle Scout, the organization’s highest rank. But rather than …

Land bank vote delayed by North Huntingdon leaders

By Tony LaRussa
North Huntingdon commissioners have put off voting on whether to participate in Westmoreland County’s new land bank initiative so they can tweak language in the agreement to address their concerns about the program. The commissioners had planned to vote Wednesday …

Norwin vigilant after Franklin Regional school stabbing

By Tony LaRussa
Last week’s mass stabbing at a neighboring school district has prompted Norwin officials to remind faculty and students about the need for vigilance, but there are no immediate plans to institute additional security measures. “Prior to Columbine, I think school …

North Huntingdon police arrest suspected heroin dealer following sting

By Tony LaRussa
A Turtle Creek man is accused of selling heroin in a North Huntingdon convenience store’s parking lot on Route 30. Township police recently charged Braden …

Norwin Air Force JROTC program to be one of few in area

By Tony LaRussa
A new Air Force Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps program is set to take flight when students return to Norwin High School in the fall, according to district officials. The program, which is open to students in all four grades, …

Penns Woods sewer line replacement expected to be ‘messy, dirty and loud’

By Tony LaRussa
Heavy equipment will be rolling into a part of North Huntingdon’s Penns Woods housing plan this summer for a project to replace faulty sanitary sewer lines. “Unfortunately, the work is going to be messy, dirty and loud,” said Mike Branthoover, …

Norwin gets more than $500,000 in health plan reimbursement

By Tony LaRussa
The Norwin School District will likely use a $535,000 reimbursement to help pay for major purchases, build its reserves and make pension contributions, according to school officials. The district is getting the reimbursement from the Westmoreland County Public Schools Healthcare …

North Huntingdon woman wins program’s contest for second time

By Tony LaRussa
Belva Gilbert always figured that winning a trip to Orlando, Fla., by answering a trivia question on a morning TV talk show would be a …

North Huntingdon considers land-bank program

By Tony LaRussa
North Huntingdon officials are mulling an offer to participate in a new Westmoreland County program designed to put abandoned, tax-delinquent properties back on the tax rolls. But several commissioners are not yet sold on it. Commissioners are expected to vote …

Irwin VFD hopes businesses consider rapid entry system

By Tony LaRussa
Irwin fire officials are encouraging businesses to invest in a system that will allow firefighters to get into their buildings after hours without having to break down the door. Chad Mower, president of the Irwin Volunteer Fire Department, said plans …

Pitt-Greensburg students overcome obstacles to bring production to life

By Shawn Annarelli
Some local students cast in the production of “A Very Potter Musical” at the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg have had to overcome challenges to …

Longtime educator Gardner leaves legacy in Norwin area

By Barbara Flynn
Warren Gardner, a former teacher in the Norwin School District, died Wednesday, March 19. He was 77. Mr. Gardner taught biology and ecology in the Norwin School District for many years and was inducted into the Norwin Athletic Hall of …

Norwin, Plum students ready for battle(bots)

By Karen Zapf
Robotics teams from Norwin and Plum high schools have a lot of work to do in the next month. The students won the top seeds …

Norwin school district expands scope of college, career event

By Tony LaRussa
Preparing students for success in college, trade school or the work force is one of the Norwin School District’s top priorities, school officials say. But offering a solid curriculum and setting high academic standards might not necessarily help them navigate …

Irwin council approves sewer line inspection

By Tony LaRussa
Within the next several weeks, a contractor will begin using special cameras that snake through Irwin’s sanitary-sewer lines hunting for spots where storm water can seep in. “Municipalities are mandated to take steps to prevent storm water from getting into …

Community steps up to aid North Huntingdon family

By Tony LaRussa
Members of the Scheafnocker family of North Huntingdon were just settling into their evening routine Jan. 28, when their lives changed dramatically. “It was about 8:30 p.m., and my husband, Kevin, was just sitting down to dinner while I was …

Gallery: High School Musical

By Tribune-Review
All aboard the S.S. American, sailing from New York to England, as Norwin Theater Nation presents “Anything Goes.” …

Gallery: A thinking man’s game

By Tribune-Review
The Norwin Public Library held its annual chess tournament for students in grades one through eight. …

Crews work to restore water service after North Huntingdon line break, landslide

By Joe Napsha
Chris Hofmeister of Trafford stocked up on bottled water for drinking and washing his hands because water service was cut to his Wallace Avenue home …

Water main break, landslide close North Huntingdon road

By Joe Napsha and Paul Peirce
An explosive material being used to break up sandstone on a North Huntingdon hillside above Route 993 caused a shift in the earth, collapsing a …

Fire destroys two homes, garage in North Huntingdon

By Joe Napsha
A North Huntingdon couple’s home, a rental house and their garage were destroyed on Monday afternoon when a gasoline-powered lawn mower backfired, sparking a fire. …

North Huntingdon teen develops book for cancer survivors, caregivers

By Jennifer R. Vertullo
With cancer diagnoses affecting generations of her family, Mackenzie Whalen has been part of a support system for loved ones as they battle the deadly …

Hempfield woman dies in car crash in North Huntingdon

By Tribune-Review
Authorities have identified the person who was killed Friday in a two-vehicle accident on Route 30 in North Huntingdon. Judith I. Huntsberger, 74, of Hempfield …

Man accused of exposing himself in North Huntingdon store

By Tribune-Review
North Huntingdon police are seeking potential victims of a man accused of exposing himself to at least two women recently at local stores. Harold Lee …

North Huntingdon commissioners stick with original road paving plan

By Tony LaRussa
Despite pitches from commissioners hoping to get a few more rough roads in their wards added to this year’s paving schedule, North Huntingdon officials are sticking to a five-year plan that tackles the township’s worst roads first. At a recent …

Norwin School District to host Wellness & Nutrition Expo

By Tony LaRussa
Doreen Harris knows that it sometimes takes a bit of cajoling to get kids to pick healthier foods when they’re in the school cafeteria line. But the Stewartsville Elementary School principal has learned that a dash of psychology and pinch …

Rain, thaw cause floor drain backup at Irwin Park Professional Building

By Tony LaRussa
After months of relentless cold and snow, Western Pennsylvania got a brief respite when temperatures climbed from a low of 11 degrees on Feb. 17, to 45 degrees on Feb. 19. But the thaw, coupled with rainfall, caused a bit …

Express Scripts moving from North Versailles to North Huntingdon

By Eric Slagle
A national pharmaceutical supply company will move from a facility in North Versailles Township to new location in North Huntingdon Township. Express Scripts Company spokesman Brian Henry said the firm announced to local employees Monday it will move its center …

‘Anything Goes’ gives Norwin Theatre Club a chance to shine

By Tony LaRussa
There’s no shortage of productions from which to choose when selecting a spring musical, said Lauren McCurdy, the co-director of productions by the Norwin High …

Couple starts Parkinson’s support group at Redstone Highlands

By Tony LaRussa
When Rich Cooper began noticing changes to his sense of smell several years ago, he had no clue it might be an early warning sign for Parkinson’s disease. “I began to notice the change after my wife Kathy told me …

Columbia to repair section of Irwin roadway

By Tony LaRussa
Despite the hundreds of tons of salt spread on Irwin streets this winter and a “freeze-thaw” cycle that is starting to cause some potholes to …

Prom dress consignment sale a hit with Norwin High School students

By Tony LaRussa
Prom is usually the biggest party of the year for high school students. But for many of the girls who attend, it’s all about the …

Housing development in North Huntingdon could be OK’d next month

By Tony LaRussa
One of the largest housing developments proposed in North Huntingdon could be approved as soon as next month. Plans for Tuscan Hills — a residential development of 251 single-family homes on 105 acres of former farmland — is expected to …

Letter: North Huntingdon criticizes drilling decision

By Tribune-Review
Resident criticizes drilling decision Dear editor, This is in response to the “Officials OK Marcellus drilling” article in the Feb. 27, 2014, in the Norwin Star. It’s a travesty to allow Marcellus shale drilling in North Huntingdon parks. I agree …

Column: Thank a teacher — before it’s too late

By Barbara Flynn
“If he sees his shadow, you’ll know, we’ve got 6 more weeks to go…” Yes, it’s a song about a groundhog. (And I know a lot of you are angry at that rodent.) But not just anybody knows this song. …

Photo gallery: March exhibit at Westmoreland @rt 30

By Tribune-Review
The Westmoreland Museum of American Art will present a “Pop-Up Exhibition” by artists June Edwards and Cassandra Pfaff at the museum’s temporary location, Westmoreland  @rt …

North Huntingdon chief says officer has been creating a ‘negative environment’

By Tony LaRussa
The North Huntingdon police chief is pressing elected officials to help him solve a problem that he says is dividing the department and has led to three investigations against him. North Huntingdon police Chief Andrew Lisiecki asked commissioners to fire …

Highlights from chief’s statement to North Huntingdon commissioners

By Tribune-Review
Excerpts from Chief Andrew Lisiecki’s statement to commissioners: • Although I knew coming in that there would be some minor bumps in the road as I was essentially an outsider coming in, I believed that we, the members of the …