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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 Curry Road said he was recently promoted to a supervisory ...

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 ...

Westmoreland County attractions benefit from tourism grants

By Joe Napsha
Tourism grants will help fund marketing initiatives for the Great Allegheny Passage along the Youghiogheny River, a stock car race in South Huntingdon, a Sewickley Township winery and a West Newton restaurant, as well as for keeping West Newton Station ...

Inaugural ‘Mon Valley Run as One’ successful

By William S. Zirkle
Runners and walkers of all ages were anxious to start moving as they shivered in the near single-digit wind chill amid occasional flurries, but there ...

Sewickley supervisors slate meeting on Hutchinson playground

By Joe Napsha
Residents in the Sewickley Township village of Hutchinson will have the opportunity next month to give their opinions to township officials about a proposed playground on a six-acre parcel of township-owned property in the community. The Sewickley Township Supervisors will hold ...

Annual march to benefit Cedar Creek Park

By Joe Napsha
Hundreds of parks supporters are gearing up for the annual March for Parks on Saturday, an event designed to help raise money for various projects at Twin Lakes Park, Mammoth Park and Cedar Creek Park, and creating a walking and ...

Yough teacher is ‘LifeChanger’ nominee

By William S. Zirkle
Mendon Elementary School teacher Kim Smith was recently recognized by the Yough School Board for being nominated for “LifeChanger of the Year.” In a presentation conducted ...

Smithton Counil airs gripes over company’s water trucks

By William S. Zirkle
Robert McKeown, owner and president of Keystone Gas Solutions, was present at last week’s Smithton Council meeting and listened as council members aired complaints they have received from residents as well as some based on their own experiences. McKeown’s company occupies ...

Yough board approves contract with employees

By William S. Zirkle
The Yough School Board approved a new five-year agreement between the school district and Local Union #769, District Council 83 American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, AFL-CIO, effective from July 1, 2015 to June 30, 2020, during last ...

West Newton acts on flooding along Youghiogheny River tributary

By Joe Napsha
West Newton officials Monday took steps that could result in alleviating flooding along an Youghiogheny River tributary on the west side of town that was the scene of flooding during a heavy storm in August. Council approved a resolution that the ...

West Newton ponders adding to emergency call list

By Joe Napsha
West Newton officials want more information from the fire department before they approve a list of fire companies that may assist during emergencies in the borough. Council President George Molovich told fire Chief Craig Sanner at council’s workshop session Monday that ...

County hears support for Rostraver dog park

By Joe Napsha
Creating a dog park, a sledding and tubing park, a wheelchair-accessible playground and short walking trail could be among the improvements at county-owned Cedar Creek ...

Rostraver emergency services supervisor killed in crash

By Joe Napsha
A former chief and president of the Yukon Fire Department, who was a Rostraver West Newton Emergency Services Inc. supervisor, was killed early Sunday when ...

West Newton church buys newly cleared lots

By Joe Napsha
Parishioners of the First Church of God on North Second Street in West Newton will have an easier time finding a parking space along the crowded street now that the church has acquired two recently cleared lots that it intends ...

Sutersville council mulls over trucks, restrooms

By Joe Napsha
After 19 years of winter use plowing streets and spreading salt, Sutersville’s truck is on its last legs. So borough officials are considering buying another truck for snow removal efforts and other street department uses. Sutersville Council President Edward Marvich said ...

Yough approves preliminary budget

By William S. Zirkle
The Yough School District Board of Directors adopted a preliminary budget during its Feb. 11 meeting. Doing so was required so the district is able to petition for a referendum exception from the Pennsylvania Department of Education to increase taxes above ...