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Penn Hills Board promotes acting superintendent to superintendent

By Kelsey Shea
The Penn Hills School Board promoted its acting superintendent to the top spot in the district Monday night. Directors voted 7-0 to give Nancy Hines, 50, of Penn Hills the superintendent’s position at an annual salary of $140,000 plus benefits. Hines ...

Penn Hills looks to fill vacancy on school board

By Staff Report
The Penn Hills School Board is seeking letters of interest from community members interested in filling a vacancy on the board. Board member Joseph Bailey resigned June 22, and the board accepted his resignation on June 29. The board must ...

Penn Hills school board passes budget with tax increase

By Kelsey Shea
After finishing two school years with multimillion deficits, the Penn Hills School Board approved an $87.8 million budget which leaders said is a first step to financial recovery. The final budget anticipates $97.1 million in revenues and $87.8 million in expenses. ...

Penn Hills district looks to cut transportation costs

By Kelsey Shea
Penn Hills School District leaders said they are searching for ways to cut transportation costs after overspending by about $4 million on busing this year. Acting Superintendant Nancy Hines estimated that the district will be about $4 million over budget ...

Bailey steps down from Penn Hills board

By Kelsey Shea
After working with the Penn Hills School District for 18 years, school board member Joseph Bailey resigned on June 22. “I’m proud of the education my children received in Penn Hills,” Bailey said, noting that both of his children graduated from ...

Imagine charter school keeps next year’s budget conservative

By Kelsey Shea
Officials at Imagine Penn Hills Charter School for Entrepreneurship said they kept next year’s budget conservative, as they anticipate not expanding into a second location will deter some students from returning. Director of operations Wayne Jones said that Imagine may ...

1 injured in drive-by shooting at Penn Hills gas station

By Megan Guza
One person was injured in a drive-by shooting early Monday at a Penn Hills gas station, according to police. The incident happened just after midnight at the BP gas station on Frankstown Road, according to Penn Hill Police Chief Howard Burton. Burton ...

More expenses projected for Penn Hills School District, again

By Kelsey Shea
The Penn Hills School District updated its preliminary budget to include an additional $2.95 million in expenses and $300,000 in revenues. “This is certainly not good news,” Acting Superintendent Nancy Hines said at a June 22 finance meeting. The district finished the ...

Penn Hills police department adds social media presence

By Kelsey Shea
Penn Hills police are going digital with a new website and social-media pages. The department launched a new website, a Twitter page and a Facebook ...

Man shot in Penn Hills

By Michael Hasch
A man shot and wounded Monday evening in Penn Hills was taken to a hospital. The man was shot in the upper leg while sitting in a vehicle about 7 p.m. on Melbon Avenue, said Penn Hills police Chief Howard ...

Penn Hills to raze Penn Hebron school to make way for municipal center

By Kelsey Shea
Penn Hills leaders have moved forward with plans for a new municipal building, emphasizing that the project is needed. “The prior administration just ...

New Penn Hills ordinance draws opposition from landlords

By Kelsey Shea
Several property managers spoke out against Penn Hills’ new landlord ordinance this month in front of council. Shawn Leeds, who manages Duff Manor, questioned why he had to pay $5,000 in application fees for the 100 units he owned in ...

Penn Hills School District dips into ‘non-investment’ range as credit risk

By Kelsey Shea
A financial report released June 15 expounded upon the exceptionality of the Penn Hills School District’s financial problems and predicted troubled waters ahead. The district plans to refinance a $12 million bridge loan from PNC this summer to pay its ...

Penn Hills hoops talent takes AAU team on road

By Ed Phillipps
As a Penn Hills player, Drew Schifino did it all. Now, he’s helping the next generation of players try to accomplish their goals. Schifino is coaching the first-year Oh Boy Sports AAU basketball team, and his roster includes a pair ...

Scout to restore, maintain abandoned Penn Hills cemetery

By Kelsey Shea
A local Boy Scout plans to restore a historic cemetery in Penn Hills this summer as part of his Eagle Scout project. Adam Hollis, 17, ...

District wrestles with budget issues

By Kelsey Shea
Staff and program cuts will accompany tax increases in coming years as the Penn Hills School District tries to dig its way out of debt. “This problem didn’t happen overnight, and we can’t correct it overnight,” finance consultant James Calabrese ...

Teen finally gets chance to race with special bike

By Kelsey Shea
Penn Hills High School student Nick Bianco watched his siblings and cousins ride their BMX bikes for years, but this month he joined them for ...

2 killed in 2-vehicle crash in Penn Hills

By Tribune-Review
The medical examiner on Tuesday identified the victims of a fatal two-vehicle crash Monday night in Penn Hills. Minh Doan, 20, of O’Hara, and Jane O’Connell, 68, of Penn Hills, were killed when their cars collided on Coal Hollow Road about ...

Penn Hills teenager guilty of fatal shooting, judge rules

By Adam Brandolph
A Penn Hills teenager is guilty of fatally shooting a man in the stairwell of a Pittsburgh apartment  building, an Allegheny County judge ruled Thursday. Common ...

Three shot and wounded in Penn Hills

By Michael Hasch
Police are searching for a vehicle seen speeding away from Penn Hills where three young men were shot and wounded Wednesday night. Police were called at 7:44 p.m. after the trio — believed to be in their late teens — …

Penn Hills gardener hopes  to lure monarch butterflies

By Kelsey Shea
Ten years ago, Kathy Raborn watched her children chase monarch butterflies through their backyard in Penn Hills. Last year, she saw just one. “It was ...

Photo gallery: Penn Hills High School class of 2015

By Tribune-Review
For the first time since the opening of the new Penn Hills High School, commencement ceremonies were moved indoors due to heavy winds and thunder ...

Attendance an issue on Penn Hills School Board

By Kelsey Shea
Community members reeling from the Penn Hills School District’s financial crisis aren’t just checking the school board’s math skills, they’re grading their attendance, as well. All nine school board members have not been present at a meeting since the first day ...

Penn Hills church marks century milestone

By Kelsey Shea
United Presbyterian Church of Universal in Penn Hills celebrated its 100th anniversary on May 31 with a look back at its history, past reverends and ...

Penn Hills man gets jail time for burning truck

By Tribune-Review
An Allegheny County man was sentenced to serve up to 23 months in jail for setting fire to his girlfriend’s ex-husband’s pickup truck last year. Steven Andrew Vucho, 50, of Penn Hills, pleaded guilty in March to arson and other offenses ...

14 Penn Hills employees accept early retirement, administrators union to take pay freeze

By Kelsey Shea
Fourteen employees accepted an early retirement incentive in Penn Hills, and at least one union agreed to a pay freeze to help the fiscally beleaguered school district. Officials said Act 93 employees, the Penn Hills administrators’ union, agreed to a …

Penn Hills woman found passed out in car in Trafford charged

By Nicole Chynoweth
A Penn Hills woman is accused of leaving a child with a known drug user and later passing out in her running vehicle. Erin Elizabeth Stough, 38, is charged by Trafford police with endangering the welfare of children, driving under the ...

Fire damages vacant home in Penn Hills

By Tribune-Review 11:14 p.m.
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Federal grand jury indicts Penn Hills man for robbery spree

By Michael Hasch
A federal grand jury indicted a Penn Hills man, who is already awaiting trial on charges of shooting a clerk during a robbery in Ross, on charges of robbing that store and six others at gunpoint during a month-long spree. George ...

Penn Hills family settles with Western Psych over son’s death

By Adam Brandolph
A family that sued a Pittsburgh psychiatric hospital over the death of an 11-year-old agreed to a settlement Tuesday, hours before the case was to ...

Plum Creek flood mitigation plan in the works, official says

By Tom Yerace
For decades, “Plum Creek” and “flooding” have been synonymous for property owners along the creek separating Oakmont and Verona. That may be changing in the near future, according to Oakmont Councilman Tom Briney. Monday night, Briney told council that the Plum Creek ...

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 ...