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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 facility expressed their frustrations at a public hearing last week. They are upset over the …

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 …

West Newton plots heading to land bank

By Joe Napsha
West Newton council took actions on Monday that will facilitate the demolition of two vacant and blighted North Second Street houses and an old barn, with the hope that the properties will eventually return to tax rolls. Council agreed to …

Act 13 funds tapped for Sewickley Township road repair

By Joe Napsha
Municipalities in the region are planning to repair roads with the money they are expected to receive this month from the state’s natural gas impact fee that was levied on drilling activity in the Marcellus shale reserves last year. Sewickley …

MAX to apply for 10-year renewal for Yukon site

By Joe Napsha
Yukon area residents will have a chance to express their views on plans by the owner of the industrial waste treatment and disposal facility in Yukon to get the state to renew its operating permit for 10 years, while seeking …

Yough School District benefits from consortium grants

By For The Times-sun
The Yough School District received several grants from the Consortium for Public Education in McKeesport for outside classroom projects this past school year. H.W. Good …

Venture establishes wine shop in Herminie

By Joe Napsha
A former Sewickley Township supervisor who opened a wine shop in Herminie is hoping the new store with an expanded selection of food will help …

Layman resigns from part-time post

By Joe Napsha
Sewickley Township’s office coordinator abruptly resigned June 18, saying she was “tired” that every week she has to defend being paid $10 an hour for …

Pittsburgh man wanted in abuse of 3-year-old in West Newton

By Mary Pickels
A Pittsburgh man accused of severely injuring a 3-year-old boy last year allegedly claimed he was the child’s primary caregiver. A warrant has been issued for Ryan Michael Sullivan, 28, on charges of aggravated assault and endangering the welfare of …

Rillton teen tapped as ‘Honored Hero’

By Joe Napsha
Kaylee Aaron of Rillton is a fighter – a teenager who has remained active at Yough High School, participating in cheerleading, the student musical and …

Smithton to pay $2,600 to repair patrol car’s engine

By William S. Zirkle
Smithton Council agreed to pay $2,586.50 to have the borough police department’s Dodge Charger patrol car repaired. The unanimous decision was made during the council meeting of June 9 with Councilman Kevin Regotti absent, and authorized the work be done …

Yough adopts final budget with 2.18-mill tax hike

By William S. Zirkle
The Yough School Board has adopted a final budget for the 2014-15 fiscal school year that includes an increase of 2.1854 mills in tax on real property, moving the rate to 77.5454 mills. The adopted spending plan reflects anticipated revenues …

West Newton Cemetery receives new carillon

By William S. Zirkle
After two years of silence, the sound of “Westminster Chimes” can once again be heard marking time over the park-like landscape of West Newton Cemetery. …

West Newton mayor backs dog park

By Joe Napsha
West Newton needs a fenced-in dog park so that residents can have a place to walk their dogs without having to worry about their pet depositing a mess on someone else’s property, the borough’s mayor told council on Monday. If …

Yough principal Reidmiller retiring after 37-year career

By Joe Napsha
Keith Reidmiller is capping a 37-year career as a teacher and administrator in the Yough School District at the end of this school year and …