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West Newton woman plays role in state bill

By Brad Bumsted and Joe Napsha
When April Waller of West Newton tried to get death benefits for her family after her husband died in September 2012 while serving as police chief at the Penn State Greater Allegheny campus in McKeesport, she hit a brick wall in her efforts to get benefits due families of law ...

West Newton, neighboring communities hosting Memorial Day events

By The Times-sun
Communities in the area are holding Memorial Day events, including parades and services to honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice in defense of America’s freedoms. Some events are described here as submitted by each respective community. West Newton West ...

Yough board spending $62K to upgrade phone system

By William S. Zirkle
The Yough School Board has hired a Bridgeville company to install a district-wide phone system. The board unanimously agreed on Third Generation as the provider for the Enterprise VOIP (Voice Over IP) phone and cabling project. Three members — Ruth Bisko, ...

3 of 4 incumbents lose in borough council primary contest in West Newton

By Tribune-Review
West Newton voters overwhelmingly opted for change in local government, denying three of four incumbent councilmen their bids for the Democratic nomination in Tuesday’s primary, according to unofficial results. Dave Tamasy, father of Councilman David Tamasy, led all eight candidates for ...

Race for 5 Yough school director seats sees 6 runners

By Joe Napsha
Four incumbent Yough School Board members plus two challengers are battling for the Republican and Democratic nominations to five seats in the May 19 primary. Incumbent ...

Smithton acts on code officer

By William S. Zirkle
Smithton is on its way to hiring a code enforcement officer. After years of lobbying for the position, council President Dan Barthels saw a motion passed that calls for council to meet with K2 Engineering at next month’s council meeting ...

Pa. Gov. Wolf signs first bill, extending death benefits to campus police

By Brad Bumsted
HARRISBURG — Hours after touring the scene of the deadly Amtrak disaster in North Philadelphia, Gov. Tom Wolf said Wednesday it was fitting that the ...

West Newton man gets 7 1/2 to 15 years for role in Rostraver murder plot

By Paul Peirce
A man who admitted he participated in a bizarre, failed murder plot on Christmas Eve 2013 in Rostraver because he was involved a love triangle with the victim’s wife pleaded with a Westmoreland County judge for leniency Tuesday. Instead, he received ...

Proposed Yough school budget shows tax hike

By William S. Zirkle
The Yough School District Board of Education approved a proposed budget last week that utilizes both a tax increase and a substantial chunk of the remaining fund balance. Directors, by a vote of 7-2, approved the proposed 2015-16 budget with balanced ...

West Newton seeks meeting to resolve dispute on sale of historic John C. Plummer House

By Joe Napsha
West Newton officials said Monday that they want to meet with state representatives and a community development organization that bought the historic John C. Plummer House in an attempt to resolve a dispute over the borough’s 2011 sale of the ...

Tri-state council honors Yough with ‘distinguished school board’ title

By William S. Zirkle
The Yough School District Board of Education was recently named a recipient of the D. Richard Wynn Distinguished School Board Award by Tri-State Area School ...

West Newton primary thick with office seekers

By Joe Napsha
While some municipalities struggle to find anyone to run for local government and have a hard time filling vacancies, nine West Newton Democrats are running for five seats on borough council in the May 19 primary, but no Republicans are ...

‘Doc Hope’ eases into retirement from West Newton veterinary clinic

By Stacey Federoff
Rick Sestito of Clairton brought his black 9-year-old cocker spaniel Bristol to Hope Veterinary Hospital just outside West Newton. Dr. William Donald Hope Jr., who has ...

Bomb threats prompt Yough district response

By William S. Zirkle
Yough Superintendent Janet Sardon has stated in no uncertain terms that the district is committed to the safety of the students and is working hard ...

Challenger for Sewickley Township supervisor withdraws

By Joe Napsha
Sewickley Township Supervisor Wanda Layman’s bid for re-election became easier this week when her Democratic opponent in the May 19 primary said he is no longer actively campaigning because he has taken a job in Morgantown, W.Va. Michael Manley, 40, of ...

Mendon 1st-graders benefit from iPads

By Joe Napsha
It is not unusual for the 22 students Kim Smith’s first-grade classroom at Mendon Elementary School in Ruffsdale to be learning Spanish, math, social studies ...

Smithton’s truck traffic woes persist

By William S. Zirkle
While conceding that conditions on Second Street have improved over the last month, Smithton Borough council President Dan Barthels noted that complaints from residents continue. During Monday’s council meeting Barthels described a conversation he had with a resident recently who said ...

West Newton urged to revise registry of foreclosed properties

By Joe Napsha
West Newton officials were told this week that a proposed ordinance to force financial institutions to register with the borough any properties in foreclosure and maintain the buildings to prevent the structures from becoming blighted should be revised. If the borough ...

Pittsburgh man sentenced to prison term for child assault

By Tribune-Review
An Allegheny County man was sentenced Monday to one to two years in a state prison for the assault of a 3-year-old boy in West Newton. Ryan Michael Sullivan, 30, of Pittsburgh also was sentenced by Judge Rita D. Hathaway to ...

West Newton moves on abandoned properties

By Joe Napsha
A proposed ordinance that requires banks and mortgage companies to register ownership of a foreclosed property with the local municipality and designate someone to maintain it is being touted as a tool to ensure that vacant buildings don’t become eyesores ...