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Oxford filing seeks to overturn award of VA project to Cambridge

By Bill Vidonic
Oxford Development is asking a federal judge to stop work at the Veterans Affairs outpatient health care complex in Center, Butler County while the company tries to overturn the award of the construction contract to another developer. Federal Judge Victor J. Wolski set a July 13 deadline for Cambridge Healthcare ...

Fireworks displays costly, but W. Pa. communities feel obligated

By Bob Bauder
Butler residents nearly went berserk this year when Mayor Tom Donaldson said the city could not afford an annual Independence Day fireworks display. They attacked him ...

Drilling halted at Middlesex well under dispute

By Rick Wills
A Butler County judge issued a stay that halts work at a disputed drilling site in Middlesex. Common Pleas Judge S. Michael Yeager said work at the Geyer well must be halted until July 26 — by which time opponents …

Higher school taxes prevail in Western Pennsylvania, Trib finds

By Tory N. Parrish  and Katherine Schaeffer 8:47 a.m.
About half of the school districts in Western Pennsylvania have raised property taxes to balance their budgets, an issue central to the state budget dispute between Republican legislative leaders and Gov. Tom Wolf. A Tribune-Review sampling of 58 school districts in ...

Saxonburg residents surprised by zoning proposal

By George Guido
Saxonburg Council will hear a land rezoning request next month regarding six acres off Carol Drive. A public hearing is scheduled for Aug. 5 at 7 p.m. in the borough building. The issue deals with two parcels that are currently ...

Cranberry woman robbed at gunpoint at apartment complex

By Bill Vidonic
An armed man forced a Cranberry woman into the rear of her SUV before he drove off with some of her belongings, township police said. Taquan Maxwell, 21, of Grove City, is charged with robbery, theft, unlawful restraint and related counts. Maxwell ...

Federal court dismisses lawsuit filed by parents of former Mars Area student

By Tribune-Review
The parents of a former Mars Area School District student have to take their complaints through the state hearing process before they can bring them to federal court, a judge ruled Tuesday in dismissing their civil rights lawsuit. While a state ...

Butler man’s death ruled an accident

By Rick Wills
A man whose body was found Saturday in a stream in Butler died as a result of an accident, the Butler County coroner said. Joshua Hepler, 30, of Butler was found dead about 8:30 a.m. Saturday near a swinging bridge ...

Facebook page scuttles plans for Butler County fake tornado drill

By Tony Raap
A Facebook page operated by a Butler County teenager caused confusion Monday among emergency officials, the National Weather Service and others when the page’s administrator said he would post a fake warning about a tornado as a way to conduct ...

Cleanup continues in Cranberry after weekend tornado causes some damage

By David Conti
People driving through a section of Cranberry on Sunday morning were more likely to hear chain saws buzzing behind hillsides than to see damage wrought ...

Butler police ID man whose body was found in stream

By Tribune-Review
Butler police on Sunday identified a man whose body was found Saturday in Sullivan Run. Joshua Hepler, 30, of Butler was found dead about 8:30 a.m. near a swinging bridge, police said. Police did not indicate whether the death is …

Families still flock to Big Butler Fair

By Rick Wills
Ben Roenigk waits for two events each year — Christmas and the Big Butler Fair. “Those are the two things I most look forward to,” said ...

Butler County officials apply for grant to combat overdoses

By Bill Vidonic
Butler County is seeking funding for a drug that counteracts the deadly effects of drug overdoses. “This grant application is perhaps the most important one we’ve applied for in the last 10 years because of the increase in opiate-related deaths,” said ...

Fate of Zelienople senior center still murky

By Bill Vidonic
Zelienople’s senior center draws 20 to 30 people a day, apparently not enough to assure its continued existence. Seniors are planning a “farewell” party Tuesday — ...

Tornado confirmed in Cranberry

By Natasha Lindstrom
The thunderous roar of whirling winds drew Greg Harrold out of the Save on Beer on Saturday just before a low-grade tornado touched down in ...

Part-time dispatchers hired to handle Butler police calls

By Rick Wills
For the first time in as long as those familiar can remember, Butler’s police station next month will not have a desk sergeant dispatching emergency calls. Butler County’s Department of Emergency Services hired five part-time dispatchers to handle the city’s ...

PennDOT considers new option for Ball’s Bend

By Rick Wills
PennDOT is rethinking how it will repair a stretch of Route 228 in Middlesex known for traffic backups, hairpin curves and frequent accidents. In addition ...

Body found in Butler County

By Tribune-Review
Butler city police are investigating the discovery of a body in Sullivan Run on Saturday morning. The body was discovered around 8:30 a.m., emergency dispatchers said, in the area of a swinging bridge. County Coroner William Young III could not …

Mysterious coin donor again helps cover cost of Zelienople fireworks

By Bill Vidonic
For each of the past six years, Zelienople Parks and Recreation Director Alecia Flood has felt like Charlie Bucket getting a golden ticket to tour ...

Butler County Bar Association pledges $35K to help out domestic violence center

By Rick Wills
The Butler County Bar Association has pledged $35,500 to an outreach center for domestic violence victims that lost a large grant two months ago. More money is needed. Butler’s Victim Outreach Intervention Center paid victims’ legal fees with the $200,000 grant ...

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