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Softball tournament pitches in to help Kecksburg woman

By Paul Paterra
For the eighth straight year, softball teams will gather for a weekend at the Allied Waste Services Sports Complex for competition and charity. The annual Pitch-In, One Pitch Tournament is set for Aug. 15-16. This year, the proceeds will benefit Marsha ...

Youths rock ‘Jungle Book Kids’ at Geyer

By Cami Dibattista
Local youth recently participated in “Jungle Book Kids,” an adaptation of the classic Disney film, as part of the Geyer Performing Arts Center’s annual Camp ...

Brooks brings standards to Scottdale concert series

By Paul Paterra
Sam Brooks has been around the musical standards for most of his life. His grandfather, Bill Talucci, got him interested in the music of legendary artists, ...

Peter Loucks known for drive, ambition throughout Scottdale

By Carol Westerman
This is another in the continuing stories of the Loucks family, which are being presented as part of the “Days Gone By” column. In this ...

Police: Scottdale man had child porn on computer

By Tribune-Review
A Scottdale man was arraigned Wednesday and waived his right to a preliminary hearing on charges he possessed child pornography or used his computer to share those images with others. Douglas E. Thomas Jr., 30, will appear in Westmoreland County ...

Southmoreland administrators receive 5-year pact

By Paul Paterra
At the last Southmoreland School Board meeting directors approved a contract for a group of district administrators, including its principals. A five-year agreement for the group — which also includes Lynn Huggins, food service director; John Puskar, technology coordinator, and as ...

Scottdale business’s drive results in donation of 514 toys for Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh

By Paul Paterra
It seems safe to say that JJ’s Pizza’s Christmas in July Toy Drive for Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh was a success. During a two-week period, 514 ...

Exploring history: The Railroad Tycoon

By Miles Richards
Commuters traveling through the Youghiogheny River Valley invariably hear the sound of a passing train. For nearly 150 years, the railroad tracks have been situated beside the Youghiogheny. Initially, those rail cars rumbling through the countryside belonged to the Pittsburgh & ...

Big Band sound coming to Scottdale

By Paul Paterra
Clare Copenhaver has been around music for most of her life. Of course, that’s going to happen when you’re the daughter of Wally Gingers, who formed ...

Scottdale yard sale set for Aug. 1

By Rachel Basinger
The 14th annual Scottdale Community Yard Sale is slated for Aug. 1, rain or shine. This annual event gives Scottdale residents the opportunity to participate in ...

Warner opens satellite office at Scottdale library

By Rachel Basinger
This is the first year that state Rep. Ryan Warner, R-Fayette/Westmoreland, has held a political office, and he hopes to do his best to accommodate ...

The story of Scottdale’s Abraham S. Loucks recalled

By Carol Westerman
Editor’s note: This is the latest in a series of “Days Gone By” columns detailing the story of the Loucks family, a prominent family in ...

Duo produces Scottdale-area history video blog

By Kaidia Pickels
Aaron Hollis and Travis Keller, two local amateur historians, have started a video blog titled “Looking Back,” in which they set out to explore the ...

Southmoreland graduate Abel conducts hoops camp

By Paul Paterra
There were about 50 area kids at the Regional Family YMCA of Laurel Highlands Monday attending a one-day basketball camp. Having so many people in attendance, ...

Ailing boy who resides in Scottdale warms people’s hearts

By Paul Paterra
Travis Aden Stroup continues to capture the hearts of all he meets. He admittedly moved the employees of Quality Support, the workplace of Bob Halinka, whom ...

Scottdale paving project delayed

By Rachel Basinger
Scottdale’s paving project may begin a little later than usual this year. Streets that were included in the project were Fountain Mills Road, Arthur Avenue to Irene Road, the full lengths of Irene, Sylvan and Grace roads, a portion of North ...

Scottdale library program helps mind, body

By Rachel Basinger
Scottdale Public Library program helps mind, body ...

Abilene brings variety to Scottdale summer concert series

By Paul Paterra
Abilene is playing the Scottdale summer concert series for the second straight year and those who attend will hear a wide range of music. “We play ...

Scottdale’s Jacob Loucks story detailed

By Carol Westerman
Editor’s note: Over the next several weeks (when space allows) the Independent-Observer will present the story of the Loucks family, as part of the Days ...

Scottdale author asks ‘What does Santa look like?’

By Kaidia Pickels
When you think about Santa Claus, who do you see? There’s a good chance you picture a jolly, kind old man with a white beard ...