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Scottdale man charged in robbery at car wash

By Paul Peirce
A Scottdale area man is accused of beating and robbing a woman while holding a gun to her head in front of her child at a Mt. Pleasant car wash Wednesday and fleeing with $70. Michael J. Pilato III, 35, of Scottdale is charged with robbery, simple assault, making terroristic threats, ...

Backpacks benefit Southmoreland students

By Paul Paterra
The parishioners of Center Bethel Church of God in Alverton continue to benefit the students of the Southmoreland School District with backpacks. This marks the third ...

Scottdale institutes new recycling rules

By The Independent-observer
Recycling rules have changed in Scottdale. Effective immediately, the only items that will be taken by the borough’s recycling center are: • Metal cans — aluminum and bi-metal food and beverage containers are permitted. They must be emptied and rinsed and ...

‘Busy Bee’ to appear at Scottdale Public Library

By Rachel Basinger
At the age of 86, Betty Claycomb and cookbooks have become synonymous in a way with her years of recipe postings in the Trib Total ...

Anna Loucks became skilled tailoress in Scottdale

By Carol Westerman
Anna Stauffer Loucks, daughter number two, joined the family of Martin and Nancy Loucks in 1831. She was born into the farm life of a ...

Scottdale girl has right makeup for work behind scenes

By Linda Harkcom
A young Scottdale girl is using her love of special effects makeup to help local stage productions look good. Rhya Akins, 11, first became fascinated with ...

Walker: Scottdale Senior Citizens to meet Tuesday

By Patricia Walker
Scottdale Senior Citizens organization will meet Tuesday at the Scottdale Firemens Social Hall, 405 Porter Ave. Doors open at 11 a.m. If you plan to attend, call Pat Etling at 724-628-8509. Lunch is included. • A Prayer Shawl Ministry will ...

Charity softball tournament set for Scottdale’s Loucks Park

By Paul Paterra
Jessica (Henry) Kreutzer was impressed with, and appreciative of, what the Make-A-Wish Foundation did for her son and wanted to give back to that charitable ...

Days Gone By: Betsy Loucks, husband built 1st house in Scottdale

By Carol Westerman
Recently mini-biographies of the Loucks brothers, who were important figures in Scottdale’s history, appeared in this column. Their three sisters — being women — were neither ...

Everson summer rec program ends

By Marilyn Forbes
The summer recreation program in Everson ended recently, with borough officials calling the program offered to the town’s youth a success. The program, which was held ...

Southmoreland midget football joins new league

By Paul Paterra
There’s going to be a bit of a different feel around the Southmoreland Area Midget Football Association. First and foremost, the youth grid squads will be ...

Sugar Mountain coming back to Scottdale Summer Concert Series

By Paul Paterra
Sugar Mountain is making quite a habit of performing in the Scottdale Summer Concert Series. When the quartet appears at 7 p.m. Friday at the gazebo ...

Scottdale rejects bids to pave Walnut Avenue

By Marilyn Forbes
Scottdale Borough Council voted this week to reject the paving bids received for Walnut Avenue, but did vote to accept the original bid package, which does not include that street. The bid package will include paving for Sylvan, Grace, Fountain Mills, ...

Southmoreland grad serving on submarine

By For The Independent-observer
A 2012 Southmoreland High School graduate is serving aboard one of the U.S. Navy’s nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarines, living and working at a Navy base ...

Scottdale basketball tournament fleecing recalled

By Bob Percy
A curious, yet infamous disruption to Scottdale’s tranquility, took place in 1949 and early 1950. An enterprising young man came to town apparently intent on ...

Days Gone By: John Loucks had habit of annoying sisters

By Carol Westerman
Editor’s note: This is another in the continuing series of the Loucks family, which are being presented as part of “Days Gone By” column. This ...

Walker: Break out lawn chair and enjoy Sugar Mountain

By Patricia Walker
Relax and enjoy the performance of Sugar Mountain 7 p.m. Friday at the Scottdale Gazebo. Remember to bring a comfortable lawn chair. • Actors and Artists of Fayette County will present “Spamalot” at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday and ...

Scottdale funeral director enjoys helping people

By Paul Paterra
Aly Zombek seems to have a certain mantra by which she lives her life — do what she can to help people. It can be found ...

High Ryder brings familiar sound to Scottdale concert series

By Paul Paterra
Anyone who has listened to the High Ryder band during its years in music will probably be quite familiar with what they hear when the ...

Scottdale’s Picnic in the Park scheduled for Aug. 16

By For The Independent-observer
Scottdale’s 17th annual Picnic in the Park is scheduled Aug. 16. The picnic again will feature food, family fun and the 5K run/walk, along with a ...