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Worker trapped in trench collapse in Butler County is freed

By Bill Vidonic 8:43 p.m.
The construction company involved in a trench collapse Tuesday that injured a man in Butler County had been cited twice by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration for 2013 safety violations, according to OSHA records. Representatives of Mark Mashuda Excavating Inc., ...

Butler County’s burgeoning tourism industry provides economic boost

By Bill Vidonic
The UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex in Cranberry is expected to draw more than 400,000 visitors a year who, tourism officials expect, will infuse millions of ...

Plan to build Butler duplex for homeless veterans shelved

By Bill Vidonic
The Housing and Redevelopment Authority of Butler County said a lack of funding nixed its plans to build a duplex for homeless veterans in Butler, and it will rebid a separate project on the VA Butler Healthcare campus in Butler ...

Leadership Butler County aims to benefit community with pavilion project

By Jodi Weigand
Every year, Leadership Butler County trains a new group of people on how to put their ambition to use as community leaders. As a hands-on learning ...

Cranberry stretch among roads in Butler County to be repaired

By Bill Vidonic
Cranberry officials are waiting to see how repaving Freedom Road will affect motorists using the heavily traveled stretch of road to detour around a bridge ...

Uncertainty over Pa. state budget trickles down to school districts

By Rick Wills
There’s nothing unusual about planning, or even approving, school budgets before the state passes its budget. Many years, there’s been no choice. This year could be trickier, school officials said, because of the uncertainty surrounding Gov. Tom Wolf’s plans to pay ...

Slippery Rock program connects preschoolers with music

By Rick Wills
In 65 minutes — longer than many college lecture classes — the 4- and 5-year-olds were never bored or distracted by their music teacher, “Miss ...

Butler DA finds no wrongdoing with how county used voter list

By Bill Vidonic
Butler County District Attorney Richard Goldinger said he didn’t find anything wrong with the county using a list of registered voters to gather names for a survey about senior centers. “The list was used to conduct a survey for government purposes,” ...

Center VA clinic developer moves to ease traffic concerns

By Bill Vidonic
The developer behind a Department of Veterans Affairs outpatient healthcare clinic in Center will install a turning lane on North Duffy Road, easing traffic congestion worries from township officials who tentatively approved the project Thursday. “That’s a big concern of residents,” ...

Police seek man in Portersville bank robbery

By Michael Hasch
Police in Butler County are searching for a man accused of robbing a bank in Portersville and making off with an unknown amount of cash on Wednesday afternoon. The holdup occurred at 1:37 p.m. at the First National Bank along Perry ...

Turnpike between Cranberry, Butler Valley exits to close for 4 hours Sunday

By Melissa Daniels
The Pennsylvania Turnpike between the Cranberry and Butler Valley exits will close from midnight to 4 a.m. on Sunday, March 29. The four-hour closure is due to an ongoing construction project in the area. Crews will be removing an overhead ...

Newsmaker: Barbara Billek-Sawhney

By Rick Wills
Noteworthy: Billek-Sawhney, a professor of physical therapy at Slippery Rock University, recently led four students on a medical outreach trip to Vietnam. The group spent ...

With new financial backing, future looks bright for BlueSox

By Rick Wills
Larry Sassone always wanted to own a sports team. This month, he became part owner of the Butler BlueSox baseball team, a summer-league team composed ...

Experience will serve DeMore as new Butler County warden

By Bill Vidonic
After rising through the ranks at the Allegheny County Jail since 2000, Joe DeMore said taking over as warden of the Butler County Prison makes ...

Public speaks out on fracking in Middlesex

By Rick Wills
Months of public hearings, now drawing to a close, about whether Middlesex should allow hydraulic fracturing seem to have changed no one’s mind on either side. Supporters who spoke at a hearing last week at the fire hall called fracking an ...

Newsmaker: Maggie Lockovich

By Bill Vidonic
Noteworthy: The Midwestern Intermediate Unit IV, which covers Butler, Lawrence and Mercer counties, presented Lockovich with its annual Leadership Award, which recognizes an individual in ...

Residents say Lafayette Apartments need work

By Bill Vidonic
Mike Bryson said he’s about ready to move out of his home at Historic Lafayette Apartments in Downtown Butler because his and other residents’ complaints ...

Seneca Valley officials consider district’s first feasibility study since 2002

By Rick Wills
Keeping school buildings up to date is an almost never-ending task and one that Seneca Valley School District officials will embark on next month for the first time in more than a decade. District administrators are asking the school board to ...

Butler County man kept driving after accidents in Pittsburgh

By Bill Vidonic
Late Friday night a Butler County man sped past a Pittsburgh Police officer near Station Square in a heavily damaged GMC Terrain that had all its airbags deployed and was missing its rear passenger side wheel, city police said. Jeffrey Pifer, ...

Newsmaker: James Pieffer

By Katelyn Ferral
Noteworthy: Pieffer accepted the Excellence in Dementia Care award on behalf of Presbyterian SeniorCare and Woodside Place, which cares for dementia patients in Western Pennsylvania. ...

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