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Grant could improve Sutersville boat ramp

By Joe Napsha
Sutersville Mayor Alaina Breakiron is playing a longshot in seeking a $10,000 grant for the borough to refurbish an overgrown concrete ramp that provides boaters with access to the Youghiogheny River. Breakiron said she was aware of the national competition when she applied for one of four $10,000 grants that will ...

Audit paints Yough School District’s financial picture

By William S. Zirkle
An audit of the 2013-14 Yough School District finances reported no findings, according to Joel Kunkle of Herbein and Co. Inc. of Pittsburgh during the school board’s work session Jan. 14. Kunkle described some highlights of the report: • The district ...

Smithton Council’s concern over roadway grows

By William S. Zirkle
Smithton Council voiced increased concern over the continued erosion of a section of Route 981 at its meeting Monday. Councilwoman Karen Primm said she was concerned that the section of Route 981 at the intersection of Fort Street is continuing to ...

Man to stand trial for alleged assault of young boy in West Newton

By Jeremy Sellew
A Pittsburgh man accused of assaulting a 3-year-old boy in West Newton waived his right to a preliminary hearing Monday before Magisterial District Judge Charles ...

West Newton investigates controlling flood problem

By Joe Napsha
West Newton officials Monday discussed a first step in a plan to tackle a flooding problem in a neighborhood near the West Newton Cemetery — dredging a portion of a small tributary that becomes clogged with debris during heavy rains. Jason ...

Hearing delayed for West Newton foster dad accused of sex assault

By Jeremy Sellew
A West Newton man accused of allegedly assaulting an intellectually disabled teenage boy had his preliminary hearing continued for 90 days. West Newton-based Magisterial District ...

Sewickley Township employees granted raises

By Joe Napsha
Several Sewickley Township’s employees will receive a 50-cents-an-hour pay increase this year, which the township supervisors approved during the board’s annual reorganization meeting on Monday. The supervisors unanimously approved the pay raises for the following employees: Susan Leukhardt, secretary-treasurer, whose pay ...

No tax hike, no surprise for Madison Borough

By Joe Napsha
For Madison property owners, there will be no surprises when they receive their local property tax bill because the borough’s council has kept the tax rate at six mills, the same rate for at least the last 25 years. Council last ...

Taxes stay flat in South Huntingdon

By The Times-sun
South Huntingdon Township property owners will have the same local property tax rate in 2015 as they have had for many years – four mills. The supervisors in December approved a 2015 budget of $1,799,295 – a 10 percent increase from ...

North 2nd Street structures in West Newton razed

By Joe Napsha
The demolition of three structures on two properties along North Second Street and Cross Street in West Newton has opened up the possibilities of new ...

West Newton residents, officials meet to discuss flooding

By Joe Napsha
A group of West Newton residents whose properties were flooded during an Aug. 2 deluge are hoping that a discussion among state, local and federal officials Dec. 15 about the problem will lead to a solution to prevent a repeat ...

West Newton keeps tax rate

By Joe Napsha
Real estate taxes in West Newton will remain at 15 mills to finance borough government, the same rate it has been since 2004. West Newton councilmembers Monday unanimously approved a final budget for 2015 that contains only a 1 percent increase ...

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 ...

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 ...