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Conquer Chiari Walk Across America co-sponsered by West Newton family

By Joe Napsha
When Tracy Lowanse’s twin son and daughter were only 6 months old, the West Newton mother sensed something was wrong with her babies when they were dragging the left side of their body as they crawled and her daughter had some difficulties with feeding. It was not until Lydia and …

Subway restaurant coming to West Newton

By Joe Napsha
A Herminie native whose company operates 23 Subway restaurant franchises in the region plans to expand his business to the renovated former Riverside Lounge in West Newton, with hopes of attracting some of the Great Allegheny Passage trail users across …

Yough moves to finalize personnel

By William S. Zirkle
The Yough School Board used its two August meetings to wrap up personnel and other loose ends prior to Tuesday, the first day of instruction in the district. During the work session of Aug. 6, the board accepted the resignation …

West Newton brothers ready to defend tractor title at county fair

By Alicia McElhaney
As the Westmoreland County Fair kicks off, the Franicola brothers are gearing up to defend their three tractor-pulling titles — and to remain among the …

Native Ukraine is far, far away for new Herminie priest

By Joe Napsha
For the new priest at St. Mary Byzantine Catholic Church in Herminie, the journey to the Sewickley Township church has covered thousands of miles and …

Disappearing roadway in Smithton may finally get attention

By William S. Zirkle
Smithton Borough Council is hopeful that the ball is finally rolling in getting the section of state Route 981 at Fort Street repaired before it completely falls into the adjacent creek. Councilwoman Karen Primm, at Monday night’s council meeting, reported …

Rendulics expanding bed and breakfast business in West Newton

By Joe Napsha
Another late Victorian-style house on West Newton’s west side is undergoing an extensive renovation in preparation for becoming part of a bed and breakfast’s burgeoning …

6th annual Bike 4 Life underway in West Newton

By Joe Napsha
The sixth annual Bike 4 Life took off in a fog Monday morning from West Newton, bound for Washington, D.C. via the Great Allegheny Passage …

West Newton VFW donates assault rifle to police

By Joe Napsha
West Newton police officers have a new weapon to fight crime — a Bushmaster AR-15 rifle — thanks to the West Newton Veterans of Foreign …

West Newton looks at drainage in flood

By Joe Napsha
West Newton officials said on Monday that they are considering asking Westmoreland County for funds to help alleviate drainage problems that may have caused flooding on Saturday night. About a dozen homes were affected and topsoil was washed away, destabilizing …

Tull’s Florist marks 85 years in West Newton

By Joe Napsha
After 50 years of making floral arrangements for special moments in the lives of his customers – birthdays, proms, weddings and funerals – Kenneth T. …

Leukemia places Rostraver teen’s future on hold

By Joe Napsha
Kelsy Lawson of Rostraver was an energetic and active senior at Belle Vernon Area High School, playing soccer and running track for the Leopards when …

Sewickley Twp. zoning officials delay decision on variance

By Joe Napsha
North Huntingdon housing developer Robert Shuster will have to wait yet another month to plead his case for a building permit to construct a garage to house two flatbed trailers adjacent to his existing warehouse in Sewickley Township. The Sewickley …

Yukon hazardous waste treatment site looks to expand

By Joe Napsha
Yukon area residents who are upset over noxious odors and dust blowing onto their homes from MAX Environmental Technologies Inc.’s hazardous waste treatment and storage …

Sewickley Township streets will get needed improvements

By Joe Napsha
Residents living along several Sewickley Township streets will get some relief from potholes and washed-out roadways, because last week the board of supervisors approved spending money on road improvement projects. A month after listening to extensive complaints from residents about …

Detective to examine Sewickley Township fuel expenditures

By Joe Napsha
Questions surrounding a $40,000 increase in Sewickley Township’s annual diesel fuel expenditures for its road departments from 2009 to 2012 has prompted an investigation by Westmoreland County authorities, a probe that a former roadmaster says is politically motivated. Supervisor Joseph …

Sewickley Township, neighboring fire stations to receive grant money

By Joe Napsha
Volunteer fire departments in Sewickley and South Huntingdon townships and Smithton will share in about $17,600 in federal aid designed to help rural communities prevent fires in forests and other undeveloped areas, the state Bureau of Forestry said this week. …

From fighting fires to fighting cancer, Rostraver woman displays strength

By Joe Napsha
Kate Crawford of Rostraver Township used to fight fires for a living, but now she is fighting against stage IV metastatic breast cancer, with the …

Off-road driver gets prison in death of West Newton woman

By Liz Zemba
A Dawson man told a Fayette County judge on Wednesday that his memories of a booze-fueled, off-road accident in 2013 that killed a 20-year-old West Newton woman led him to sell the vehicle after the crash. But Judge Nancy Vernon …

Sutersville council considers street name changes

By Joe Napsha
Sutersville officials want to put an end to any confusion that might occur during an emergency over the near duplication of four street names in the tiny borough, which has a First Street and First Avenue and a Fourth Street …