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Public offered chance to view I-70 construction plans

By Joe Napsha
State transportation officials intend to display plans for improving the Yukon and Madison-Waltz Mill interchanges along Interstate 70 in South Huntingdon and Sewickley and Hempfield townships during an open house set for Sept. 3 at the Yukon Fire Department. PennDOT will conduct the open house from 5 to 7 p.m. at ...

West Newton police chief requests Narcan kits

By Joe Napsha
West Newton could become one of the first small town police departments in the region to carry a drug kit to reverse the deadly effects of an overdose from heroin or other opiates. Police Chief Gary Indof said he sent ...

Smithton hikes transient business license fees

By William S. Zirkle
Smithton Council approved a resolution Monday raising the license fees for transient retail businesses. Smithton’s ordinance defines a transient retail business as “anyone engaging in peddling, soliciting, taking orders either by sample or otherwise, for any goods, wares or merchandise upon ...

Bids approved to refurbish West Newton holding tank

By Joe Napsha
West Newton officials Monday approved spending about $337,000 to remove the water and sewage from a steel holding tank at the borough’s sewage plant and clean, coat and repaint the holding tank. Council awarded a $105,350 contract to CWM Environmental Inc. ...

West Newton man turns hobby into collection of artifacts from hometown

By Stacey Federoff
When Ben Markle was 13 and began a lifelong passion of collecting the history of West Newton, he thought his friends wouldn’t understand. “It was hard ...

Annual West Newton-to-D.C. Bike4Life benefits Red Cross

By Joe Napsha
Rather than going out for dinner at a swanky restaurant or taking a special beach vacation, Robin Seibel of Salem Township opted to “celebrate” her ...

Proposal could clear way for finalizing sale of West Newton’s Plumer House

By Joe Napsha
West Newton Borough officials said they like a Homestead-based economic development group’s proposal to resolve a dispute with the state that for three years has blocked the organization’s purchase of the historic John C. Plumer House. Patrick Shattuck, senior real estate ...

CSX work causes road closures in Sutersville, South Huntingdon

By The Times-sun
The state plans to close sections of two roads in Sutersville and South Huntingdon this week and next week while railroad crews make repairs to crossings. A section of Route 3029, known as Post Office Road, will be closed at the ...

Firefighters respond to West Newton chemical leak

By Tribune-Review
Firefighters from West Newton and several neighboring departments Sunday night searched for the source of an apparent chlorine odor that affected residents at a senior citizen high-rise apartment building in the borough, according to emergency dispatchers and firefighters at the ...

Playground almost ready to open in Sewickley Township

By Joe Napsha
The new playground adjacent to the Hutchinson Fire Hall should be ready for youngsters to use once a fence is installed and some finishing touches are made, Sewickley Township officials said last week. Work to install the fence around the playground ...

Youghiogheny River event, picnic raises drug addiction awareness

By Joe Napsha
A 3-mile canoe and kayak trip from Cedar Creek Park to West Newton on the Youghiogheny River, a picnic and an auction last Saturday were all designed to raise awareness about drug addiction. The event raised $977 for a Westmoreland County ...

Century-old railroad car to find new use along trail in West Newton

By Joe Napsha
The 101-year-old railroad car that has stood vacant along the Great Allegheny Passage in West Newton for a few years is getting a new life ...

Sewickley Township fair set for 80th year

By Joe Napsha
Horse shows, farm and garden tractor pulls, hay bale tosses, square dancing, a petting zoo and an old-fashioned milk chugging contest are among the events those attending the 80th annual Sewickley Township Community Fair can experience beginning Monday and continuing ...

Smithton Police Department’s Charger down again

By William S. Zirkle
Smithton police Chief Glenn Kopp advised borough council Monday that the department’s Dodge Charger is back at the dealership for repairs after officers reported the car was continually shutting off. Kopp said the car was just in the shop for the ...

West Newton urged to set up ‘rainy day fund’

By Joe Napsha
West Newton has a larger fund balance than necessary for the size of its budget, and the borough could consider establishing a “rainy day fund” that would be used in case of natural disasters or accidents, the borough’s auditor told ...

Float down Youghiogheny River to raise drug abuse awareness

By Joe Napsha
Eight months after his body was found in a pond at a Fayette County drug rehabilitation treatment center where he had been a patient, Michael ...

West Newton council considers $500,000 sewer project

By Joe Napsha
West Newton officials were told this week by the borough’s engineer that they should consider replacing a 40-year-old integral part of its sewage system, a project that would cost about $500,000 but would help the borough comply with state environmental ...

Fit Kids Club under way at Sewickley Twp. Public Library

By The Times-sun
The Fit Kids Club at the Sewickley Township Public Library is off to a great start this summer, according to librarian Mandy Luchs. A youth wellness ...

Smithton VFD street fair promises family-friendly entertainment

By Joe Napsha
The Smithton Volunteer Fire Department’s one-day street fair returns again this year on July 11, featuring a parade down Center Street, food and refreshments, and children’s games, topped off with fireworks. Having successfully revived the street fair two years ago when ...

Yough schools awarded for program implementation

By William S. Zirkle
The three elementary buildings of the Yough School District were recently given recognition by the state for successfully implementing a new program. Yough Superintendent Janet Sardon, ...