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Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic High School principal Abbott steps down

By Megan Harris 10:54 a.m.
The principal of Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic High School resigned just seven weeks into students’ first year at the $72 million Cranberry facility e_SEmD her third departure from an administrative post in six years. Kellie Abbott, 41, cited personal reasons …

Butler Redevelopment Authority, owner of Pullman Park baseball stadium, says it’s insolvent

By Rick Wills
The head of Butler’s Redevelopment Authority, which owns the city’s baseball stadium, has told the city that the agency is “insolvent” and can no longer meet its financial obligations, Mayor Tom Donaldson said Tuesday. “We have to find a way …

Butler Township moves to block drilling in residential areas

By Tribune-Review
Commissioners in Butler Township gave initial approval to a plan that would ban shale drilling in residential areas. Changes in the rules will not apply to drilling at the Krendale Golf Course, where commissioners last month approved a proposed well …

Students evacuated at Mars Area High after electrical fire; no injuries reported

By Tribune-Review
A malfunctioning heating unit in the wrestling room sent a smoky haze through Mars Area High School Tuesday, causing an evacuation of the building, the school district said. Firefighters found no fire, and no injuries were reported, authorities said. Students …

Cranberry: Construction restrictions lifted on Route 228

By Tribune-Review
All construction restrictions have been lifted along Route 228 in Cranberry, the township announced Tuesday. Since spring 2012, crews have worked on several projects to upgrade Route 228, including creating right-turn entrance ramps from westbound Route 228 onto northbound and …

Mars Area schools superintendent resigns after short tenure

By Rachel Farkas
The Mars Area School Board accepted the resignation of Superintendent James Budzilek and appointed retired Superintendent William Pettigrew in the interim as it searches for …

Delay for Butler VA project prompts groans from American Legion

By Bill Vidonic
Work may not resume on an outpatient health center for the Veterans Affairs Butler Healthcare System until 2015, nearly two years after crews broke ground, an official said. For the 2.4 million-member American Legion, which has been critical of construction …

Metcalfe, Zucco vie for 12th state House District seat, split on gas drilling issues

By Bill Vidonic
Both candidates for the 12th Legislative District support responsible unconventional gas drilling, but split on the issue of whether a severance tax should be imposed …

Mars Area School District Superintendent Budzilek to resign

By Aaron Aupperlee
Mars Area School District Superintendent Jim Budzilek will resign Monday to take a job as director of education for an IT company. Budzilek, 53, said …

Buffalo man restores beat-up Studebaker to pristine condition

By Rachel Farkas
Inside the climate-controlled garage at Fred Mazur’s suburban home sits a precious piece of prize-winning history, his 1963 Studebaker Avanti. The immaculately restored car, which …

Cranberry looks to list future road improvement projects

By Bill Vidonic
Karen Gowl won’t even try to approach Cranberry’s business district on Saturday or Sunday, knowing that traffic will be heavy. “I wish we didn’t have …

Harmony, Zelienople fire departments consider merger

By Bill Vidonic
Plans for a new fire station in Harmony and a new firetruck in Zelienople are on hold while the two departments decide whether they should …

Issues plague Butler smartphone parking app

By Tribune-Review
Problems with the city of Butler’s parking smartphone app prompted officials to start reissuing paper hang tags, the city treasurer said. Treasurer Jeff Smith said problems stemming from the enforcement end resulted in erroneous tickets being issued to people who …

Churchill composer’s work evokes feelings from Frick Park

By Sandra fischione Donovan
As the strains of a new composition, “Frick Gates,” rose at Succop Theater, part of the Butler County Community College Cultural Center, the notes carried …

Placement of Butler Township well pad questioned

By Rick Wills
Opponents and even some township officials who voted for Rex Energy’s plans to drill for natural gas at Butler Township’s Krendale Golf Course are unhappy. The proposed well pad is barely outside the state-mandated set-back from residential areas, and opponents …

Navy Band Commodores schedule Butler show

By Rachel Farkas
When the Navy Band Commodores return to Butler next month, it will be something of a homecoming for the group. “We’ve played in Butler pretty much every time we tour the northeast,” said musician 1st Class Sarah Blecker, who also …

Briefs: Banks make donations to education foundation

By Tribune-Review
Two local banks donated to the Seneca Valley Foundation through the state Department of Community and Economic Development’s Education Improvement Tax Credit program. Mars National Bank donated $1,000, and NexTier Bank donated $15,000. The EITC program grant allows businesses to …

FedEx Ground distribution center approved in Butler County

By Tribune-Review
Jackson supervisors on Thursday approved construction of a distribution center for FedEx Ground. The 305,000-square-foot facility off Tomlinson Drive is expected to generate more than 500 jobs, township officials have said. Officials said the facility could open in 2016. …

Trick or treating in these Butler County communities set for Oct. 31

By Tribune-Review
Trick or treating in Butler County is Oct. 31. Here are the hours: Adams: 6 to 7:30 p.m. Buffalo: 6 to 8 p.m. Butler: 6 to 7 p.m. Butler Township: 6 to 7 p.m. Clinton: 6 to 8 p.m. Connoquenessing: …

Interstate 79 construction work will extend into Butler County

By Tribune-Review
Interstate 79 construction work will extend into Butler County beginning Wednesday night, causing lane restrictions, PennDOT officials said. The $7.71 million resurfacing work in Marshall has been expanded to include the northbound lanes between Allegheny County and the Route 228 …

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