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Penn Hills School District preliminary budget includes tax hike, loan

By Kelsey Shea
Penn Hills anticipates using a multimillion dollar loan to balance next year’s budget before the June 30 deadline. The board on May 26 voted 6-0 to approve a preliminary budget that includes a millage increase and projects that the district ...

Police charge third man in fatal shooting of teenager in Monroeville

By Gideon Bradshaw
Allegheny County Police have arrested a third man in connection with the fatal shooting of a teenager at a housing complex in Monroeville. Police charged Darnell Burks, 19, of Monroeville on Thursday with criminal homicide, robbery, criminal conspiracy, receiving stolen ...

Penn Hills votes to sell, lease vacant school space

By Kelsey Shea
Penn Hills School District leaders approved resolutions Tuesday to sell one empty school building and lease classrooms in another, as the district attempts to generate cash. The district also is considering a districtwide wage freeze. Acting Superintendent Nancy Hines said she ...

Mt. Hope Presbyterian expands ‘Wednesdays on the Lawn’ with farmer’s market

By Kelsey Shea
A local church is expanding its Wednesdays on the Lawn program by adding new local vendors to a small farmers market. Mt. Hope Presbyterian Church will host vendors selling locally made baked goods, local eggs and specialty vinegars in addition ...

Penn Hills teens risk arson charges, set car on fire for music video

By Kelsey Shea
Aspiring rappers were overambitious with special effects this month while filming a music video in Penn Hills, leading to possible charges of arson. Fire Marshal Chuck Miller said a group of teens filming a music video on May 6 lit ...

Linton Middle School’s anti-bullying program helps kids ‘Get in the Zone’

By Patrick Varine
A $5,000 grant from the Allegheny County District Attorney’s office, as well as donations from several public and private organizations, helped fund a Linton Middle ...

Expert: Penn Hills loan could worsen stability

By Kelsey Shea and Melissa Daniels
Cash-poor Penn Hills School District sailed into uncharted financial territory when it borrowed $12 million to keep the lights on after failing to secure a bigger loan, experts say. The district is one of three in the state to seek ...

Penn Hills school board can’t secure $18 million loan, borrows $12 million

By Kelsey Shea
Penn Hills leaders said Wednesday that the school district’s bad credit rating prevented it from getting a crucial $18 million loan. Instead, the board unanimously approved a 90-day loan for $12 million from PNC Bank. Board members Linda Molitierno, Pauline ...

Most primary candidates move on to election ballots

By Staff Report
Voters in the primary election May 19 put all but one school board candidate on at least one ballot for the November election. Three Penn Hills School Board incumbents — board president Denise Graham-Shealey, Heather Hoolahan and Donald Kuhn; two former ...

Outreach coordinator helps Penn Hills seniors find services

By Kelsey Shea
Mary Herror estimates that she has knocked on about half of the thousands of doors in Penn Hills. Herror, who was hired as a senior outreach coordinator last year, takes the “out” in her job very seriously. She goes door ...

Penn Hills’ private pools prep for summer swim season

By Kelsey Shea
Private pools are prepping their pumps, patching pool linings and adding thousands of gallons of chlorine-spiked water into local pools this month to prepare for ...

Musician pens song in tribute to Penn Hills

By Kelsey Shea
A Midwest musician with ties to Penn Hills gave the community a place on his new album, which he dedicated to his grandmother, a lifelong ...

Penn Hills School District officials look to slash spending

By Kelsey Shea
Penn Hills School administrators say they are re-examining districtwide spending and plan to cut costs and maximize revenues in the wake of the district’s financial crisis. “We’re tearing everything apart,” Superintendant Nancy Hines said. “If we are going to get ...

Photo gallery: Penn Hills Elementary band, chorus concert

By Tribune-Review
Members of the Penn Hills Elementary Band and Chorus performed at their annual spring concert on Tuesday, May 12, 2015. ...

Penn Hills police investigating suspected credit card abuse in school district

By Kelsey Shea
School district policy establishes checks and balances within the Penn Hills School District aimed at preventing credit card abuse. District officials declined to comment Tuesday about whether employees followed the procedures. Officials reported possible misuse of a district credit card or ...

Police investigate credit card misuse in Penn Hills schools

By Michael Hasch
Penn Hills police are trying to determine whether an employee or employees of the financially troubled Penn Hills School District misused school district credit cards and, if so, how much money was involved, the police chief said on Monday. Police started ...

Volunteer group offers repair work for Penn Hills seniors

By Kelsey Shea
A local volunteer group will help extend the scope of a Penn Hills municipal program designed to help senior citizens stay in their homes. World Changers, a faith-based volunteer organization, will assist Penn Hills residents ages 60 and older through ...

Concert to be held for deceased Penn Hills teacher

By Kelsey Shea
For the second year in a row, a Penn Hills High School graduate will memorialize a deceased Penn Hills teacher who loved music with a benefit concert. Bobby Fello, 20, of Penn Hills organized a benefit concert at 7 p.m. May ...

Penn Hills bond delay blamed  on talks with lender

By Kelsey Shea
The Penn Hills School Board said Monday ongoing negotiations with a lender delayed the approval of a multi-million dollar bond. The district’s website said administrators had scheduled the special meeting to introduce resolutions needed to begin the next steps to borrow ...

Newcomers vie for spots on Penn Hills school board November ballot

By Kelsey Shea
There will be new faces on the Penn Hills School Board next year with five seats opening in November and two board members not seeking ...

Penn Hills firms school calendar for 2015-16

By Tribune-Review
The Penn Hills School Board approved the revised school calendar for the 2015-2016 school year. The first day of the school year will be Aug. 25. Thanksgiving break will be from Nov. 26 through 30. Winter break will be from ...

Board member: Penn Hills district’s deficit ‘was no secret’

By Kelsey Shea
Multimillion-dollar shortfalls, covered by a now-depleted fund balance, have been part of the Penn Hills School District’s budget since 2011, leading one school board member and a school business specialist to call last year’s $9 million deficit unsurprising. “It was no ...

Woman drove over, damaged fire hose while going to store, Penn Hills official says

By Kelsey Shea
A thirsty driver in Penn Hills was one of two motorists responsible for damaging about 400 feet of a volunteer company’s fire hose in three days, authorities say. Penn Hills Station 227 Chief Bill Jeffcoat estimated Tuesday that replacing the hoses ...

Rosedale Beach Club prepares for season with a nod to past

By Ed Phillipps
Volunteers filled the emptied-out Rosedale Beach Club swimming pool to scrub, patch and put a little elbow grease into anything that needed it. It was ...

Penn Hills supports ‘Allegheny Blueway’ trail

By Kelsey Shea
Eastern suburban communities are coming together with the vision of a trail that would run along the eastern shore of the Allegheny River and connect ...

Penn Hills sewer lines to be inspected, repaired

By Kelsey Shea
Penn Hills will spend more than $2 million on sewer maintenance this year, but officials say that the proactive plan will save the municipality money. “We’re being proactive rather than reactive on this issue,” deputy mayor Sara Kuhn said. Penn ...

Linton school performers hoist the magic in ‘Peter Pan’

By Kelsey Shea
Students in Linton Middle School’s musical this year won’t just sing and dance — they’ll soar. This year’s production of Disney’s “Peter Pan” will feature ...

Penn Hills tennis team scrapped for lack of interest, transportation issues

By Ed Phillipps
As the boys tennis season winds down and the champions are crowned, don’t expect to see any Penn Hills players in the mix. It’s not because the Indians had a bad season. They didn’t court a team this spring. Penn ...

Penn Hills man surrenders after argument escalates to gunfire, SWAT call in Sheraden

By Tribune-Review 10:48 a.m.
More than a dozen charges await a Penn Hills man in a domestic dispute that escalated into a SWAT incident Wednesday at a home in ...

Penn Hills School District brings on former employee as consultant

By Kelsey Shea
Leaders of the financially struggling Penn Hills School District on Monday retained a business consultant to fill in for the business manager, who remains on paid leave. The board voted 7-0 to hire James Calabrese, 73, of Plum, a retired school ...

Serious injury reported in Penn Hills fire

By Adam Smeltz
A fire in Penn Hills left one person in serious condition Saturday afternoon, an Allegheny County 911 dispatcher told WPXI-TV, the Tribune-Review’s news partner. Firefighters and medics responded just after 3 p.m. to the two-alarm fire at 225 Alcoma Blvd., …

Judge allows cash-strapped Penn Hills School District to borrow up to $18 million

By Kelsey Shea
An Allegheny County judge approved a request Wednesday that will allow Penn Hills School District to borrow up to $18 million to compensate for a budget shortfall. Court of Common Pleas Judge Michael A. Della Vecchia approved the petition that will ...

8 individuals, 2 teams tabbed for Penn Hills Sports Hall of Fame

By Karen Kadilak
Some people feel fortunate to be named to a hall of fame once in their lifetime. Matt Ionadi has achieved it twice in one year as ...

Penn Hills district set to beef up cyber school

By Kelsey Shea
The Penn Hills School district is taking steps to strengthen its cyber academy next year in an effort to retain students interested in online learning. High school Principal Eric Kostic said the cyber academy program will operate out of the ...

Deputies arrest couple, seize 45 bricks of heroin in Penn Hills

By Kelsey Shea
Allegheny County sheriff’s deputies seized 45 bricks of heroin and arrested two people on drug charges during a search Monday for a fugitive accused of failure to appear for court. Ronald Wilson, 37, and Shelly Mastromonaco, 44, both of Penn Hills, ...

Lime Hollow Road in Penn Hills closed for sewer work

By Kelsey Shea
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Closed Penn Hebron Elementary could become new Penn Hills municipal building

By Kelsey Shea
Penn Hills School District is seeking $500,000 from the municipality for the shuttered Penn Hebron Elementary on Duff Road, after declining a charter school’s request ...

Penn Hills Council seeks grants to upgrade parks

By Kelsey Shea
Penn Hills officials plan to bring upgrades to several local parks in the next two years. Penn Hills Council approved applying for a $50,000 grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources on April 6 that would pay ...

School gardening projects flourish in Penn Hills

By Kelsey Shea
Penn Hills Elementary staff plan to build a school garden next month that will be a “magical and whimsical” place for students to learn. Substitute ...