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One vote now separates 2 Republican candidates for Butler County commissioner

By Bill Vidonic
Just one vote now separates two Republican candidates for Butler County commissioner following a Tuesday examination of 31 provisional ballots, according to the county solicitor. The county’s Election Board will host a 9 a.m. Friday hearing on 13 provisional ballots, Mike English said. Provisional ballots are filed at the polls when ...

Land eyed for trail connectors to expand Harrison Hills Park

By Aaron Aupperlee
Allegheny County residents shouldn’t worry about oil and gas rights that won’t transfer to the county if it buys land to expand Harrison Hills Park and connect trails in the area, a Freeport attorney involved with the sale said. County ...

Zelienople prepares for 175th anniversary

By Bill Vidonic
There’s no place that offers a better sense of community and history than Zelienople for Scott Cooper. “I don’t think I’d rather live anywhere else,” Cooper, ...

Jackson housing plan goes under over flooding concerns

By Rick Wills
The developer of a controversial housing plan in Jackson that sits next to the Historic Harmony District has withdrawn an application for an environmental permit ...

Evans City pays tribute to its veterans

By Bill Vidonic
Each time Dean McMillen travels Evans City’s Main Street, he’ll be able to catch sight of a banner showing him in his Navy uniform. “It’s a ...

Slippery Rock library gains money match to replace undersized home

By Rick Wills
A generous couple somewhere in Slippery Rock craves anonymity. The two pledged to give as much as $300,000 in matching funds for construction of a new ...

Butler Township commissioners to consider new zoning regulations on gas well pads

By Rick Wills
Some public officials and residents in Butler Township are not happy about a natural gas well pad built in the fall just beyond the state-mandated limit of 500 feet from a home. As the township, which relies on state rules to ...

Bacteria levels in water at VA Butler Healthcare too high

By Bill Vidonic
Crews will disinfect water lines at the main building of the Veterans Affairs Butler Healthcare facility this weekend because testing found higher levels of bacteria ...

2 votes separate GOP commissioner hopefuls

By Bill Vidonic
The second- and third-place candidates in the Republican primary for Butler County commissioner are awaiting a final vote count to see if a two-vote margin ...

Slippery Rock prof sues faculty union over ‘political fundraising scheme veiled as a rebate’

By Debra Erdley
A Slippery Rock University nursing professor is asking the state Labor Relations Board to shut down a rebate program offered by her faculty union, alleging it’s a “political fundraising scheme veiled as a rebate.” The complaint filed on behalf of Mary ...

VA move to pay for appeal chastised

By Bill Vidonic
U.S. Rep. Mike Kelly criticized the Department of Veterans Affairs’ decision to pay for a Downtown developer to appeal a multi-million dollar contract the VA awarded. “It’s incomprehensible,” Kelly, R-Butler, said last week. The Butler County Republican has been a frequent ...

Butler County to host Santorum’s ‘big announcement’

By Bill Vidonic
Former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum will make an announcement at 5 p.m. May 27 at Penn United Technologies in Jefferson, Butler County, about his possible candidacy for president, a representative for Santorum said. Santorum, who previously touted that a “big ...

Butler veteran benefits from ‘Recycled Rides’

By Rick Wills
Jessica Watkins walks a mile to work each day and relies on rides for trips to the supermarket or doctor’s office. Unless she wants to, she ...

Low turnout expected in Butler County despite crowded primary ballot

By Bill Vidonic
Only about one-quarter of registered voters in Butler County will cast ballots in Tuesday’s primary, even though 14 candidates are running for three county commissioner seats, predicts the county’s elections director. Shari Brewer is basing her prediction of 20 to ...

Navy reminds political hopeful on appropriate use of uniform

By Bill Vidonic
The Navy sent a candidate for Butler County Register of Wills/Clerk of Orphans Court a letter reminding him of the regulations on the use of a military uniform in campaign materials, according to a document the candidate supplied. Hampton resident Mike ...

Death of woman found near hospital not thought suspicious

By Bill Vidonic
Butler Township police said they don’t believe foul play was involved in the death of a woman who was found on a hillside Thursday near Butler Memorial Hospital. Kaitln Harigan, 22, of Saxonburg was diabetic and was known to become disoriented, ...

Butler native’s time as Navy’s top officer about to end

By Rick Wills
In his four years as Chief of Naval Operations, Adm. Jonathan Greenert has not missed a Christmas in his native Butler. “It is a grueling and ...

Slippery Rock professor, students improve physical therapy in Vietnam

By Jessica Federkeil
Dr. Barbara Billek-Sawhney has traveled to some of the most resource-scarce countries in the world. Her mission is to educate and help people. “You get ...

Contract for Butler County detectives approved

By Bill Vidonic
Butler County commissioners last week approved a three-year pact with four county detectives. They are among hundreds of county workers who have been on the job without a contract since December. About 300 Service Employees International Union Local 668 members, including caseworkers ...

New director moves United Way of Butler County into electronic age

By Rick Wills
For decades, the United Way of Butler County has raised money in much the same way — with annual contributions from repeat donors and through ...

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