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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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Penn Hills freshman swimmer keeps finding success

By Ed Phillipps
Stephanie Sipple had quite a freshman season swimming for Penn Hills. She went head-to-head with upperclassmen most of the time and had a stellar showing ...

Penn Hills teenager shot in the back after giving man a ride

By Megan Guza
A hitchhiker shot a Penn Hills teenager in the back Sunday night as he drove the stranger to the top of a hill. Police said Curtis Bell Jr., 18, and two juvenile friends were driving on Robinson Boulevard about 8 ...

State to audit finances of Penn Hills schools

By Kelsey Shea  and Gideon Bradshaw
The state Auditor General’s Office will conduct an audit to help determine the cause of Penn Hills School District’s financial problems at the request of a local legislator. Auditor General Eugene DePasquale said Thursday that he hopes state auditors — the ...

Business director: Penn Hills leaders knew of financial problems

By Kelsey Shea
A Penn Hills School District official said Wednesday that he warned board members the district was running out of money, strained by declining enrollment and rising costs. “The numbers are the numbers, and they have always been there in front of ...

Penn Hills High School musical takes ‘Leap of Faith’

By Kelsey Shea
Students at Penn Hills High School plan to tackle an especially challenging musical this year that other local high schools haven’t tried. The cast will ...

Gas company seeks leasing rights in Penn Hills without drilling plan

By Kelsey Shea
Gas drillers have contacted homeowners living near the former Atlas Cement Co., but company officials say that there currently are no plans to frack in Penn Hills. EQT Corp. sent letters to residents in Penn Hills who own property where the ...

No changes expected as Penn Hills senior high-rise changes ownership

By Tribune-Review
A senior high-rise changed ownership earlier this year in a $5.183 million transaction. Duff Manor at 50 Duff Road sold in February according to Allegheny County real estate documents. Tryko Partners, a  real-estate company based in New Jersey, ...

Aldi will open grocery store on Saltsburg Road in Penn Hills

By Kelsey Shea
An empty storefront on Saltsburg Road will be the site of a new Aldi store, as a discount grocer shuffle continues in Penn Hills. Aldi announced plans to reopen nine recently closed Bottom Dollar Food stores in the Pittsburgh region, ...

Penn Hills, Gateway guys get prom prep with essay contest

By Kelsey Shea
This prom season, guys can write for a chance to look good in black and white. Two local businesses have teamed up to raise awareness of the dangers of texting while driving by sponsoring an essay contest in which high school ...

Wilkinsburg School District eyes options for deficit

By Kelsey Shea
Penn Hills School District, grappling with a $9 million deficit, is not interested in enrolling students from nearby Wilkinsburg High School who could bring with them $3 million in revenue, Penn Hills’ schools chief said. Wilkinsburg Superintendent Daniel Matsook said ...

Penn Hills School District’s $18M plea for help a ‘last resort’

By Kelsey Shea
Penn Hills School District leaders will seek court approval to borrow $18 million to pay day-to-day expenses, a move that one expert called a “last resort” for districts in serious financial trouble. Board members in a 6-2 vote agreed Monday ...

Penn Hills officials deny employee ‘hit list’ after personnel changes

By Kelsey Shea
Despite the recent departure of six Penn Hills School District employees, officials said there’s no employee “hit list.” The employees, including the superintendent, have left since November. At least two other employees are suspended or on leave. Officials have said that ...

Penn Hills’ Laketon Road reopens

By Kelsey Shea
Laketon Road in Penn Hills reopened today after being closed for a week for sinkhole repair, according to the Allegheny County Department of Public Works. County officials said the sinkhole, which opened up on March 26, was caused by mine …

Penn Hills shells out $199K to settle code-enforcement officers’ lawsuit

By Kelsey Shea
Penn Hills paid nearly $200,000 this year to two fired code-enforcement officers to settle a federal lawsuit brought by the employees. Former code-enforcement officers Mary Lou Flinn, 64, and Joseph A. Probo, 60, each received $99,500 from the municipality, according to ...

Owner of Penn Hills tombstone business pleads guilty to swindling the bereaved out of $90K

By Adam Brandolph  and Megan Guza
Money is not enough to cover the damage done by Curtis Eakman, the former owner of a Penn Hills headstone business who swindled 56 mourning ...

Penn Hills junior slain in shooting had visited friends at Monroeville housing complex

By Gideon Bradshaw
A Penn Hills High School junior who was fatally shot in the chest Monday was saving money to buy a car and looked forward to ...

Imagine school to appeal Penn Hills district’s denial of charter amendment

By Kelsey Shea 9:41 p.m.
A local charter school plans to appeal a Penn Hills School Board decision that prevents it from expanding to a second location this fall. On March 23, the school board voted 5-0 to deny a charter amendment from Imagine Penn Hills ...

Sinkhole caused by mine subsidence closes Laketon Road in Penn Hills

By Kelsey Shea
A sinkhole thought to be caused by mine subsidence closed Laketon Road in Penn Hills indefinitely Thursday, although officials said they did not think nearby residents were at risk. The 20-foot deep, 10-foot wide hole opened just east of Laketon’s intersection ...

Business affairs director for Penn Hills schools placed on administrative leave

By Kelsey Shea
The Penn Hills School District placed its director of business affairs on paid administrative leave Wednesday, though district officials would not say why. Rick Liberto was placed on leave while the district audits current office practices, district spokeswoman Teresita Kolenchak ...

New rules aim to assist fight against blight

By Kelsey Shea
In response to complaints of disruptive behavior and code violations, Penn Hills is requiring landlords to register rental property. Penn Hills Council members approved the ordinance, which they said will help officials keep tabs on rental properties, at the March 16 ...

Penn Hills hires more code enforcement officers

By Kelsey Shea
After two years of short-handed operation, the Penn Hills Code-Enforcement Department swore in three new officers. Code-enforcement officers Jason I. Griffiths, Cory P. Kircher and Christine Sepesy took the oath of office March 16. “Remember, you guys and ladies are the first ...

Penn Hills charter school to appeal denial of expansion plans

By Kelsey Shea
A charter school plans to appeal the Penn Hills School Board’s denial of an amendment to its charter that would have enabled it to expand. The Penn Hills School Board on Monday night voted 5-0 to deny an application from Imagine ...

Penn Hills driver charged in hit-and-run in Oakmont

By Chuck Biedka
Oakmont police accuse a Penn Hills man of hitting a woman with his car and leaving the scene last month at a Presbyterian SeniorCare parking lot. Howard Emmett Horsley, 30, of 7947 Thon Drive, was formally charged Monday, and the woman ...

5 to vie for district magistrate role

By Kelsey Shea
The mayor of Penn Hills won’t seek re-election this year and instead will run for the hotly contested district judge’s seat that Leonard HRomyak will retire from in January. According to the county office of elections, Anthony Deluca Jr., Jolando Hinton, ...

Penn Hills Council adopts ‘another tool to fight blight’ with landlord registration ordinance

By Kelsey Shea
Penn Hills Council on Monday approved a landlord registration ordinance meant to help officials keep tabs on rental properties. Elected leaders said the move was a response to complaints of disruptive behavior in rental properties within Penn Hills. Deputy Mayor …