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West Newton foster father faces child sex charges

By Jeremy Sellew
A West Newton foster parent is accused of sexually assaulting an intellectually disabled teenage boy. Len Schneider, 72, of North Second Street was arraigned Thursday by Magisterial District Judge Charles Christner in West Newton. Westmoreland County detectives charged Schneider with two counts each of involuntary deviate sexual intercourse-person with mental disability, involuntary ...

Property tax to stay flat in Sutersville

By Joe Napsha
Sutersville residents will not have to worry about a local property tax increase for another year because borough council last week unanimously approved a 2015 budget that holds the line on real estate taxes. The borough’s 2015 budget of $321,023 is ...

Yough board approves superintendent’s raise

By William S. Zirkle
Yough School District’s superintendent was granted a minimum raise after she made the request — despite having received an outstanding review. Board president Chris Boucher reported Superintendent Janet Sardon received an “excellent” evaluation, scoring 4.3 out of 5. Based on that score, ...

Smithton holds line on taxes

By William S. Zirkle
Smithton Borough Council adopted the final budget and tax ordinance for 2015. Action was taken Monday night by the five council members present and unanimous in their decision — council president Dan Barthels, Larry Heltebran, Kevin Regotti, Robert Prah Jr. and ...

West Newton passes tentative spending plan

By Joe Napsha
West Newton Council Monday adopted a tentative budget for 2015 that keeps local real estate taxes at the same rate as it has been since 2004 — 15 mills. Council President George Molovich said following the meeting the budget is tight ...

Old Sutersville church may yet survive

By Joe Napsha
The former Presbyterian Church of Sutersville is getting a reprieve from the wrecking ball, at least temporarily. Sutersville Borough Council has shelved its plans to hire a contractor to demolish the closed church at 220 First Ave., and convert the property ...

Herminie site of annual Parade of Luminaries

By The Times-sun
Everyone is invited to usher in the holidays on Saturday in Herminie, when Sewickley Avenue will be lit with over 400 luminaries following the 15th annual Parade of Luminaries sponsored by the Sewickley Township Cultural Commission. Beginning at noon, the ...

West Newton book celebrates Christmas’s true meaning

By Joe Napsha
A children’s book based on a poem written by the late Carol Ann Hope of West Newton will be on sale Saturday during the Christmas House Tour and Hayride sponsored by the Woman’s Club of West Newton. “The Christmas Eve ...

West Newton woman dies of injuries from crash last week

By Tribune-Review
A West Newton woman died Saturday night in Pittsburgh as a result of injuries she sustained on Nov. 24 when her car hit a garbage truck in West Newton, authorities said. Mary Edith Shawley, 88, died at Allegheny General Hospital of ...

Trials ordered in Rostraver home invasion

By Jeremy Sellew
Three men accused of a home invasion involving a 91-year-old Rostraver woman face trial in Westmoreland County Court. The three appeared Monday before Magisterial District Judge ...

Yough grad could make worldwide health impact

By Joe Napsha
An ambitious Yough High School graduate has developed an inexpensive negative pressure pump to heal acute and chronic wounds, a device that she says will ...

Downtown West Newton Inc. presents Miracle on Main Street

By The Times-sun
“A Dickens Village” is the theme for Downtown West Newton Inc.’s 2014 Miracle on Main Street from 3-8:30 p.m. Saturday. The 13th annual holiday event will feature plenty of food, crafts and gift drawings as well as entertainment to delight all ...

Yough approves new course offerings

By William S. Zirkle
The Yough School Board has approved the addition of several new classes to the high school academic offerings for the 2015-2016 school year. The added courses are: Microsoft Office Professional & More, Adobe 101, Web Page Design, Media Photo Specialist, Digital ...

West Newton officials’ meeting with CSX makes progress

By Joe Napsha
A recent meeting between West Newton officials and representatives from CSX Corp. gave a group of residents hope that they won’t be cut off from the rest of the borough for prolonged periods by a train blocking the lone street ...

West Newton biennial service honors deceased veterans

By The Times-sun
The West Newton community honored its deceased veterans during a biennial memorial service Nov. 11 at Holy Family Roman Catholic Church, West Newton. The Rev. ...

Family Dollar decides to look for new site in Herminie

By Joe Napsha
A North Carolina-based chain of discount stores is no longer interested in a vacant piece of property in Herminie that has been the subject of a Westmoreland County court battle over the past two years, the company said last week. Family ...

Smithton Council puts forth 2015 budget

By William S. Zirkle
Smithton Council approved a proposed 2015 budget Monday that is balanced and does not require a tax increase. With only four members in attendance, council agreed to advertise a proposed spending plan reflecting $132,049 in expenditures and revenues for 2015 — ...

West Newton businesses ask for signs

By Joe Napsha
With more visitors from the Great Allegheny Passage recreational trail and a new microbrewery bringing out-of-town customers, West Newton should erect signs to tell visitors the location of borough businesses, the microbrewery owners told leaders Monday. The borough could erect ...

Scrapbook chronicles wartime heroes

By Joe Napsha
When Edmund J. Minkus was growing up in West Newton during World War II, he kept track of area soldiers, sailors and airmen fighting around ...

Veterans memorial guest speaker named

By The Times-sun
The West Newton community will honor its deceased veterans during a biennial memorial service 7 p.m. Tuesday at Holy Family Roman Catholic Church, 225 N. Second St. in West Newton. It has been announced that the Rev. Michael Milinovich will ...