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South Buffalo family business decides not to rebuild after fire

By Jodi Weigand
A longtime South Buffalo countertop manufacturer has decided not to reopen after a devastating fire in January. Blume’s Solid Surface Products offices, fabrication space and equipment along Freeport Road were destroyed. The owners, Gus and Dottie Blume and their children Michelle Goetzinger ...

Police say teen driver was drinking in Butler ATV crash that killed passenger

By Rick Wills
Police said Monday that they are considering charging the teen driver of an all-terrain vehicle who fled the scene of a crash in Butler County in which his passenger died. Police suspect the male youth, who is 16 and ...

With usage shrinking, Butler County senior centers ponder changes

By Bill Vidonic
Sandra Dye said her doctor told her she needed to get out of the house after the death of her husband, Richard, in May. Dye started ...

Butler County teen dies in ATV accident

By Bill Vidonic
A Chicora teen died in an all-terrain vehicle accident Friday in Fairview, Butler County, state police said. Briggs R. Buck, 16, died at the scene of the accident, which occurred between 10:30 p.m. and 11:30 p.m. at Butternut and Spruce roads ...

City of Butler to lift summer concert alcohol ban

By Rick Wills
The city of Butler plans to allow alcohol consumption during summer concerts this year at the West New Castle Street Plaza. A ban last summer caused attendance to drop, which affected downtown businesses. “We think that with regulations we can have ...

Butler community college opens 4-year degree options

By Rick Wills
Finishing a four-year degree will be easier for many students enrolled at Butler County Community College starting next school year, as six institutions will offer bachelor’s degrees in seven academic fields. The arrangement allows students to complete bachelor’s degrees ...

BCCC donation carries on passion of late conservationist William Baer

By Jodi Weigand
A donation in the memory of a late Butler County conservationist will help further the education of parks and recreation students at Butler County Community ...

Mars board hopes to hire superintendent by May

By Bobby Kerlik
The president of the Mars Area School District board said this week that she hopes to have a new superintendent in place by early May and that the more than 500 people who responded to a recent district survey gave ...

Hotel anchors Village of Cranberry Woods development plan

By Tom Fontaine
Plans for a 47-acre site in Cranberry are poised to move forward after friction between the property’s former owner and the township stalled development. “Absolutely, we’re very excited about what (the new developers) are planning and that construction could begin this ...

Special Butler school board meeting on consolidation requested

By Rick Wills
Some Butler school board members have asked the district to schedule a special meeting so that school board members can discuss school consolidation plans and the district’s long-term financial challenges in public. “I get asked questions by members of the ...

Butler County man to serve 4 to 15 years for buying tainted heroin that killed girlfriend

By Bill Vidonic
A Butler County judge sentenced a West Liberty man to between four years and 15 years in state prison for buying his girlfriend a tainted batch of heroin that killed her in February 2014. Shayne Emery, 32, pleaded guilty Jan. 15 ...

Controller withholds housing agency check

By Bill Vidonic
Butler County Controller Ben Holland said Friday he’s withholding nearly $41,000 in state money from the county’s housing authority because he doesn’t know why the agency’s executive director and its operations manager are on paid administrative leave. “When I sign the ...

Former agency supervisor claims Butler County fired her because of her age

By Brian Bowling
A former supervisor for Butler County’s Area Agency on Aging claims in a lawsuit moved to federal court Friday that the county fired her because of her age. Jo Donaldson, 58, of Center says in the lawsuit that the county used ...

Crews clean up ore spilled from train derailment in Butler County

By Rick Wills
Cleanup continued Thursday at the site of a train derailment in Center, Butler County. Twenty-seven cars of a 71-car train came off the track in a remote area of the township about 9:30 p.m. Wednesday, said Steve Bicehouse, Butler County’s emergency ...

Rue21 adjusts for tough market

By Chris Fleisher
Times are tough in teen retail. Kids are not hanging out at malls anymore and instead meeting each other online, and many mall-based retailers have closed ...

Rep. Kelly pulls offer to buy 40% stake in Butler Blue Sox

By Rick Wills
U.S. Rep. Mike Kelly has withdrawn an offer to buy 40 percent of the Butler Blue Sox, a minor league team partly owned by the city, according to the city authority that manages the team’s stadium. The Butler Republican, who made ...

One-room schools once dominated Butler County rural areas

By Rick Wills
Last week’s subzero temperatures reminded Vera Niggel of how she had to walk to the one-room school in northern Butler County she attended almost seven ...

Rex Energy holds gas lease to land tabbed for VA clinic

By Bill Vidonic
Rex Energy holds an oil and gas lease for land that’s the site of a troubled project to build a Department of Veterans Affairs outpatient clinic in Center. Rex said it has no plans this year to drill on or develop ...

Butler Transit Authority considers cameras for park-n-ride lot

By Rick Wills
The Butler Transit Authority plans to install surveillance cameras at a recently expanded park-n-ride lot on Route 528 in Jackson to spot trucks that shouldn’t be there, officials said. “We have had a number of incidents with large trucks entering the ...

Butler County to raise fees on defendants in criminal court cases

By Bill Vidonic
Defendants in Butler County criminal cases will pay more in victim services fees starting mid-March to make up an anticipated funding shortfall from the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency. President Judge Thomas J. Doerr ordered the county to begin charging ...

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