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Winfield supervisors OK natural gas-drilling regulations

By Liz Hayes
Winfield supervisors on Thursday approved the township’s first set of rules governing natural gas-drilling and related operations. The ordinance establishes unconventional gas wells as permitted uses in all three zoning districts. Well sites would require a certificate from the township’s zoning officer, Adam Hartwig. An application would require a project  description, notification ...

South Butler superintendent heads home for Mohawk job

By Jodi Weigand
South Butler School District Superintendent Mike Leitera is leaving to take the helm in the Mohawk Area School District. Leitera, 44, of Shenango Township, Lawrence County, ...

Zelienople woman captures 4th shuffleboard gold medal at National Senior Games

By Sandra Fischione Donovan
Ruth Parker had played shuffleboard for a dozen years while living in Florida with her husband, Art. When the couple, both in their 90s, moved back ...

Butler County motorist dies in accident with tractor

By Tribune-Review
A man died Tuesday night after his vehicle rear-ended a tractor on Route 19 in Muddy Creek, Butler County. Authorities did not immediately release the man’s name. State police said he was traveling south along Perry Highway just north of Portersville about ...

Freeport to address sewage bill deadbeats

By Jodi Weigand
Freeport Borough is considering adopting a stricter system for dealing with sewage treatment customers who are behind on their bills. Since rejoining council about a year ago, Councilman Ron Gallagher has been working to collect what’s owed to the borough, which ...

Regatta annually attracts thousands to Moraine State Park

By Rick Wills
Last year’s Lake Arthur Regatta attracted nearly 9,500 people even though rain forced the cancellation of fireworks and a concert. Attendance was better than it had ...

Butler’s jeep record could face Florida challenger

By Rick Wills
Cathal Duffy hasn’t decided whether he and his friends want to break another world record. “We thought it would be difficult to do this year. ...

Extended-stay hotel sets sights on Cranberry

By Rick Wills
By next summer, Cranberry is likely to have a new 122-room hotel. Woodspring Suites, a Wichita-based company, says it is attracted to Cranberry because of the large number of people in the natural gas industry who are working in Butler ...

Connoquenessing neighborhood turns to Web to raise money for clean water

By Rick Wills
An online campaign aims to raise more than $7,000 to pay for clean water in a Connoquenessing Township neighborhood where residents for years have blamed ...

New annex will ease Butler County office overcrowding

By Rick Wills
Butler County is starting to move several county offices into a $12 million addition to the government building on South Washington Street in the city of Butler. The 150,000-square foot annex was finished on time and on budget, said Ken ...

Butler police charge 19-year-old in connection with shooting Monday

By The Associated Press
Butler police on Wednesday charged a 19-year-old man in connection with a shooting that critically wounded another man. Jase Charlton allegedly fired a shotgun about 4 a.m. Monday through a window of an apartment on West Brady Street, police said. The ...

Freeport sells 2 school buildings for $175,000

By George Guido
Less than two months after closing Freeport Junior High and Freeport Kindergarten Center, the Freeport Area School District has sold the buildings to a South ...

Newsmaker: Paul Scanlon

By Rick Wills
Noteworthy: Scanlon, a special assistant to the president of Slippery Rock University, won a 2015 APPA Sustainability Award in Facilities Management for efforts to reduce ...

Butler County families file suit against XTO Energy

By Jodi Weigand
Two Butler County families have filed a federal lawsuit claiming that XTO Energy violated their gas leases by inappropriately deducting expenses from royalty checks. Richard Marburger, trustee of the Olive M. Marburger Living Trust, and Edward and  Lorraine Thiele, of the ...

Butler County Symphony receives Community Champion Award

By Rick Wills
Six times a year or more, the auditorium at Butler Immediate High School hosts the Butler County Symphony Orchestra, an ensemble that has performed in ...

Lane to link development, Graham Park

By Rick Wills
A long-delayed road connecting Cranberry’s Graham Park and the 884-unit Park Place housing development should be completed by fall. Developer Don Rodgers of Creative Real Estate Development will build Smiley Cookie Lane, which got its name when Eat’n Park bought the ...

Wet weather raises flooding concerns in Center

By Rick Wills
Frank McCleester says the recent floods in the parking lot of Clearview Mall in Center were the worst he has seen in his 16 years working at Boscov’s. “There was 6 to 8 inches of water — up to the bumpers ...

Heavy rains slow Butler Township maintenance projects

By Rick Wills
Road repairs and detours are a sure sign of summer. Not this year in Butler Township — where repair and maintenance projects lag because of the ...

Bob Evans backs out of Route 422 development

By Rick Wills
Bob Evans won’t open a restaurant at Greenwood Plaza on Route 422 in Butler Township, but two replacement tenants already are lined up. A representative for ...

Developer drops request to stop work on VA complex in Butler

By Rick Wills
A developer on Tuesday withdrew its request in federal court for an injunction to stop work on a $127 million VA health care complex in Butler County Oxford Development Co. is still challenging the Department of Veterans Affairs’ decision to ...

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