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Pleasant Hills Middle school celebrates 50 years with nod to past

By Dona S. Dreeland
The lessons at Pleasant Hills Middle School this year will focus prominently on 1965 - the year the school was dedicated. Teachers planned it that way ...

West Jefferson Hills school district to discuss grading policy

By Dona S. Dreeland
On March 11, parents and interested residents of the West Jefferson Hills School District are invited to offer opinions on how grades are recorded and quality-point averages calculated at a special meeting from 5 to 7 p.m. in the high ...

Landlord opens door in Brentwood to help those who served

By Stephanie Hacke
Landlord David Lugar hung an American flag above the door of an Elroy Avenue home Friday in preparation for its new tenants. Homeless male veterans ...

Streets Run used as detour

By Stephanie Hacke
An already lengthy commute for South Hills travelers venturing along Streets Run Road in Baldwin Borough during evening rush hour traffic became much worse in ...

Baldwin police officers lauded for work

By Stephanie Hacke
Two Baldwin Borough officers were recognized last week for their work in apprehending a man who is accused of robbing the Citizen’s Bank in Brentwood ...

Brentwood school district issues measles letter in response to social media stir

By Stephanie Hacke
After a health care worker told the Brentwood mayor that his son likely had measles, the elected official took to Facebook to alert his friends of the diagnosis. But the 11-year-old later tested negative, Mayor Dennis Troy said. Still, the Feb. ...

Pleasant Hills library to try old-fashioned approach to reading

By Dona S. Dreeland
Good ideas can come from anywhere. Sharon Julian-Milas, Pleasant Hills Public Library director, got hers from New York City, where a library was planning an evening where patrons could enjoy the it old-fashioned way: in silence. “Let’s try it and see,” she ...

Scott, senior living center criticize Mt. Lebanon deer cull

By Matthew Santoni
Scott Township and a senior health care center in Mt. Lebanon have expressed opposition to baiting and culling deer within their borders, adding two more complications to Mt. Lebanon’s efforts to thin its deer population. Scott’s commissioners unanimously adopted a resolution ...

Brentwood residents, mayor back acting police chief

By Stephanie Hacke
No search is needed to find Brentwood’s next police chief, according to nearly 200 residents, business owners and the borough’s mayor. The right candidate already is in the job in an acting role, supporters of Sgt. Adam Zeppuhar said Monday ...

Coach in Baldwin-Whitehall does not get middle school football job

By Stephanie Hacke
The defensive coordinator for the Fighting Highlanders varsity football team said Tuesday he would welcome a move to J.E. Harrison Middle School where he teaches. School board members, however, didn’t agree to the move, voting down the switch in positions ...

Fundraising begins for Brentwood school district’s flickering light board

By Stephanie Hacke
An occasional smack and a prayer — and lots of duct tape — help to keep the lights shining on the Brentwood Middle/High School stage ...

Photo gallery: Setting the stage for a high school musical

By Tribune-Review
The South Hills Record gets a glimpse behind the curtain for a look at how a musical gets made. ...

Peeking behind the scenes of a high school musical

By Dona S. Dreeland
Last March, Sandra Barker knew she wanted to stage “The Addams Family” at Thomas Jefferson High School. Although the musical director understood her cast had ...

Pleasant Hills Middle school makes state’s honor roll

By Dona S. Dreeland
Pleasant Hills Middle School was named one of 31 middle schools as a School to Watch by a statewide association. Principal Dan Como couldn’t be more proud. “We’re fortunate to have staff, parents and students working toward the same goal,” he ...

School resource officer approved for Pleasant Hills schools

By Dona S. Dreeland
Pleasant Hills police Officer Ron Porupsky has been named the new school resource officer for Pleasant Hills Middle School and McClellan Elementary School. Porupsky, a 14-year veteran with the department, will begin work at the schools on March 2, said ...

3 Baldwin officers file complaint against borough

By Stephanie Hacke
Three Baldwin Borough police officers are asking an Allegheny County Common Pleas judge to grant them a combined $105,000 in overtime wages after accusing borough officials of failing to respond timely to union grievances. Baldwin Borough Ptl. H. Timothy Scott ...

Brentwood working through sewage bill ‘hiccups’

By Stephanie Hacke
A transition to a new sewage billing system in Brentwood Borough hit a few snags. The borough’s part-time sewage collection department has received about 100 calls a day from residents with billing questions since bills were sent out on Jan. ...

Brentwood council OKs new recreation director

By Stephanie Hacke
A longtime leader in Brentwood athletics will serve as the town’s next recreation director. Borough Council Monday in a unanimous vote agreed to hire James Attanucci for the part-time position at a rate of $17.31 per hour, starting Feb. 23. ...

Residents voice concerns over Baldwin-Whitehall School District’s budget plans

By Stephanie Hacke
Residents in the Baldwin-Whitehall School District said they want answers about the financial state of the district. “I’m feeling a little bit of an uneasiness around this budget process,” Whitehall resident Kerry Doyle told board members at a meeting ...

George Washington Elementary renovations likely to start before end of school year

By Eric Eisert
Students at George Washington Elementary School in Bethel Park may see the first signs of a renovation project before the school year is over. The Bethel Park School Board is scheduled to vote next week on upgrades to the school that ...

Pennsylvania Game Commission OKs Mt. Lebanon deer-culling plan

By Matthew Santoni
Mt. Lebanon’s plan to lure deer into corrals and kill them could begin Wednesday at the earliest, the company hired to set the bait said. Municipal Manager Steve Feller said he received a permit from the Pennsylvania Game Commission on Tuesday ...

1 killed, 2 hurt in Jefferson Hills crash

By Patrick Cloonan
One woman died and two people were hospitalized as the result of a two-vehicle crash Tuesday afternoon near the Mon/Fayette Expressway in Jefferson Hills. Jefferson Hills police Chief Gene Roach said officers and emergency personnel were called at 3:13 p.m. to ...

Baldwin-Whitehall School board settlement concealment criticized

By Stephanie Hacke
A Baldwin-Whitehall School Board member this week confronted his colleagues about keeping confidential details of a legal settlement that cost taxpayers more than $130,000. Martin Michael Schmotzer told fellow school board members Wednesday night that the district would lose an ...

Baldwin-Whitehall considering tax rate increase

By Stephanie Hacke
Less than a year after Baldwin-Whitehall School Board members approved a 2-mill decrease in the property-tax rate, administrators are recommending an increase to the millage to help balance the budget. The district’s $61.2 million 2015-16 preliminary budget was put on ...

Baldwin Borough considers bond for projects

By Stephanie Hacke
A variety of recreational and facilities upgrades could be financed through a $3.5 million bond that Baldwin Borough leaders are looking to take out later this year. Borough Manager John Barrett on Tuesday presented council members with a list of ...

South Park library hosts ‘Fifty Shades’ event

By Stephanie Hacke
Sweet treats and sultry tales — and even a few sexy buys from a local boutique — will be on hand at a neighborhood library ...

Brentwood school officials still mulling tax hike

By Stephanie Hacke
Brentwood Borough School District officials said they have yet to determine if taxes will be increased for the 2015-16 school year. Yet they want the option to raise real estate taxes above a state-issued limit if needed. But first, they ...

DEP sends mailers to Pleasant Hills residents about mine subsidence

By Dona S. Dreeland
The state Department of Environmental Protection plans to notify 2,000 Pleasant Hills households about potential mine subsidence. The mailer will direct residents online at www.paMSI.org to find out more about mine subsidence and the need to purchase insurance, DEP said. Pleasant ...

Column: Use your library to track down family history

By Pam Richter
“Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates Jr.” is a popular TV show on PBS in which the host helps people discover long-lost relatives through ...

Tuberculosis case discovered at Beechview school

By Megha Satyanarayana
Allegheny County health officials on Monday recommended that all students at South Hills 6-8 Middle School in Beechview be tested for tuberculosis, because a student was diagnosed with the lung infection. Officials would not release information about the student, who ...

Clairton man accused of kidnapping 3-year-old daughter in Brentwood

By Michael Divittorio
A Clairton man is charged with multiple crimes in the alleged kidnapping of his daughter. Derek Hill, 40, was arrested Thursday on charges of concealment of the whereabouts of a child, interference with custody of children, kidnapping of a minor, disorderly ...

Baldwin-Whitehall debuts iPad program

By Stephanie Hacke
Jeremy Tuskin quickly finished his math lesson Monday so he could “play a game” on one of the iPads stacked neatly in the back of ...

Baldwin-Whitehall considers school resource officer program

By Stephanie Hacke
Leaders in the Baldwin-Whitehall School District are exploring adding a school resource officer program. School board members unanimously agreed on Feb. 4 to broach the topic with Baldwin Borough, Baldwin Township and Whitehall leaders to see if there is interest ...

New deputy chief named in Whitehall

By Stephanie Hacke
A longtime member of the Whitehall police department will be the town’s next deputy chief. Whitehall Council last week unanimously agreed to move forward with promoting Sgt. Keith Henderson to deputy chief by approving a noncompetitive examination by the civil service ...

Baldwin-Whitehall officials to attend Apple conference

By Stephanie Hacke
An on-site briefing with one of the nation’s top innovators could alter the future of technology in the Baldwin-Whitehall School District. Ten Baldwin-Whitehall administrators and teachers will travel to Reston, Va., from Feb. 16 to 18 for a Apple Inc. ...

Brentwood officials expect to hire police chief within 6 months

By Stephanie Hacke
Brentwood leaders Monday said they plan to have a new police chief in place within the next six months. Leaders are considering whether to conduct an internal, regional or national search for the borough’s next chief, council President Marty Vickless said. ...

Pleasant Hills elementary school teachers post wish lists online

By Dona S. Dreeland
No treats doesn’t necessarily mean no fun for McClellan Elementary School students — especially on birthdays and holidays. Rather than celebrate each event with dozens of cupcakes or slices of cake, parents can visit the school’s website and select items from ...

West Jefferson Hills grading policy topic triggers debate

By Dona S. Dreeland
The grading debate continued in the West Jefferson Hills School District, even as the school board opted not to change district procedures. The board last month had considered a switch to the strict percentage method rather than maintaining the use of ...

Brentwood to roll out new parking permit plan

By Stephanie Hacke
Parking permits from years ago are still in use in Brentwood Borough and officials say they have no way of tracking who has one. So they’re starting over. All parking permits issued before January will be revoked effective Feb. ...