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Lunch programs eat away at Western Pennsylvania school districts’ funds

By Jacob Tierney
Public school food service programs, which have been battered by rising food costs and federal mandates requiring healthier but more expensive meals for students, are looking for ways to stop bleeding cash. Officials say the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 ...

VA Butler group offers support for military victims of sex assaults

By Rick Wills
Jessie Truitt finished college, earned a master’s degree and gave birth to two daughters between 2005 and 2011. Truitt, 33, remembers almost nothing of those ...

Butler commissioner candidates’ stances on senior centers vary

By Bill Vidonic
One of the biggest issues facing Butler County is the future of its senior centers. County officials said they spend about $720,000 annually on the 10 ...

Despite proposed closings, Butler Area school costs could grow

By Rick Wills
Supporters of closing five elementary schools in the Butler Area School District used a projected $3.5 million annual savings to help make their case, but if the administration has its way, the district’s budget deficit would grow in 2015-16. After capital ...

‘ChildFirst’ helps victims, Butler police

By Bill Vidonic
Butler Township police officer James Sasse sat on a floor, watching as a young boy scrawled a picture of a dog on a large white ...

Butler Township eyes business growth spurt

By Rick Wills
Butler Township officials so far are giving the go-ahead to several proposed commercial establishments and to the ninth natural gas drilling site in the municipality. The largest project, a shopping complex at the intersection of Route 422 and New Castle Road, ...

New Mars superintendent kept tabs on district’s successes

By Bill Vidonic
Wesley Shipley said last week he’s been “watching from afar over the years” the successes in the Mars Area School District. “I’ve seen the district’s growth, ...

Butler County new home sales surge in 2014

By Bill Vidonic
When PPG Industries Inc. transferred Thomas Maziarz from Louisville to Cranberry last year, he and his wife, Kelly, first looked at homes in northern Allegheny ...

Early-morning traffic accident in Butler County kills Petrolia man

By Bill Vidonic
A Petrolia man died in an early Friday traffic accident in Butler County. According to a state police news release, Tyler Ray Thompson, 25, was driving on Route 38 in Washington Township around 4:20 a.m. when his truck slid off the ...

Fired Butler official O’Malley claims political, age discrimination

By Bill Vidonic
The former executive director of Butler County’s housing and redevelopment authority said his firing last month “was done in retaliation for my political views and because of my age,” according to a notice he filed with the state to get ...

Trib Total Media Outstanding Young Citizen Awards presents scholarship, 10 gold medals

By Rick Wills
Alyssa Murtagh wants to help people. “That’s what I want my life to be about,” said Murtagh, a senior at Mars Area High School. Murtagh ...

Butler County aims to improve response to reports of child abuse

By Bill Vidonic
About 30 Butler County law enforcement, representatives from social service agencies and others are undergoing training this week to improve the way they respond to, and investigate, allegations of child abuse and neglect. The “ChildFirst” program brings together prosecutors, law enforcement, ...

Fired Butler official will make case to get job back

By Tribune-Review
The Pennsylvania Civil Service Commission on Wednesday agreed to hear an appeal by the former director of Butler County’s housing and redevelopment authority over his firing. Neither a date nor location for Perry O’Malley’s hearing has been scheduled yet, commission spokesman ...

Butler County woman scammed out of $900 by man claiming to be sheriff’s deputy

By Bill Vidonic
Butler Township police said Wednesday they’ve received four reports this week from residents who received calls from someone claiming to be a sheriff’s deputy threatening them with arrest for missing jury duty. At least one woman lost more than $900 she ...

Police looking into deaths of dogs found in Butler County creek

By Tribune-Review
State police are investigating the circumstances surrounding the deaths of four dogs found in or near a stream in Clearfield, Butler County, on Sunday. Two of the dogs may have been young pit bulls, according to police. The dogs’ remains …

Hines Ward to open Table 86 restaurant in Seven Fields

By Rick Wills
No. 86 is coming to Butler County. By late summer, retired Pittsburgh Steelers great Hines Ward will open a restaurant and companion wine bar in Seven ...

Butler County towns find pools can be a drain on budgets

By Rick Wills
Butler is considering either selling or demolishing its Memorial Park swimming pool, unused for at least a decade. “I’m not even sure how long it’s ...

Cranberry couple to lead Marriage Encounter weekends

By Sandra Fischione Donovan
Early in their marriage, Bill and Heather Kreke of Cranberry received some advice from a priest friend of theirs: try Worldwide Marriage Encounter for their ...

Butler stadium authority wants to manage BlueSox park’s finances

By Rick Wills
Butler’s stadium authority wants to take over financial management of Kelly Automotive Park, home of the Butler BlueSox, a collegiate summer baseball team. How doing so would wipe out unmanageable debt is an open question. “Whatever it takes, we are trying ...

Cranberry to update public about plans for roads

By Bill Vidonic
Cranberry will host an April 27 public meeting on updates to its transportation capital improvements plan. “The plan itself, we’re making sure we’re keeping our finger ...

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