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Retired state trooper settles lawsuit over racial harassment complaint

By Brian Bowling
The state paid $36,700 to settle a retired Hispanic state trooper’s federal lawsuit alleging seven former supervisors either racially harassed him or ignored the harassment by others, a spokesman for the agency said Friday. Steve R. Sheldon claimed the agency failed to respond to his 2008 complaint about the harassment …

XTO to rework application to drill near Moraine State Park

By Bill Vidonic
XTO Energy has withdrawn its application for one of two key permits that would allow it to drill about a mile from Moraine State Park in Butler County, though it told the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection it will resubmit …

Butler County coroner identifies man found in Lake Arthur

By Bill Vidonic
The Butler County Coroner’s Office has identified a resident of a Lawrence County care facility who died after being found in Lake Arthur Thursday. Bystanders pulled Dennis Sallmen, 52, from about 3 feet of water off Lakeview Beach on Lake …

Pitt presents Web resource to combat OD deaths

By Richard Gazarik
The University of Pittsburgh’s School of Pharmacy revealed a website designed to provide communities, schools and others with resources to deal with increasing numbers of drug overdose deaths. OverdoseFreePA provides real-time statistics on deaths, along with information on finding treatment …

Butler City Council bans exotic pets from events

By Rick Wills
Fans of Butler’s Friday night concerts or its annual Jeep Festival stand warned — snakes, mountain lions or cougars aren’t welcome. On Thursday, Butler City Council unanimously passed an ordinance that bans exotic animals from public events. The ordinance is …

Male teacher sues Slippery Rock, alleges harassment

By Brian Bowling
A male assistant psychology professor claims in a federal lawsuit filed Thursday that his colleagues in the otherwise all-female psychology department at Slippery Rock University have harassed him because he has complained about bias against men at the university. Christopher …

Man from care home dies at Moraine State Park after being pulled from water

By Bill Vidonic
A man died at Moraine State Park Thursday after being pulled from Lake Arthur, park officials said. The 52-year-old man, who wasn’t identified, was a resident of a care home in New Wilmington, Mercer County, park Manager Dustin Drew said. …

Saxonburg man jailed for burning boy, 7

By Chuck Biedka
While a young victim daily battles scars, pain and fear, his tormentor, a Saxonburg man, was sentenced Tuesday to serve four to 12 years in …

Rex Energy expanding gas production through new MarkWest plants in Butler County

By Tribune-Review
MarkWest Energy Partners will more than double the capacity of its Butler County natural gas processing plant in part to serve the expanding needs of the anchor tenant, Rex Energy. The companies said Tuesday that Denver-based MarkWest will build two …

Two hurt in Route 8 collision

By Rick Wills
A medical helicopter flew two drivers injured in a crash on Route 8 in Butler County to Pittsburgh hospitals, authorities said. The crash, which briefly shut down the road, occurred about 10:50 a.m. when a man driving a pickup truck …

3 headed to prison in killing of W&J football player

By Bobby Kerlik
The mother of a Washington & Jefferson College football player slain in a street robbery told the three men responsible for his death that she …

Mars community pool may close for good without help

By Bill Vidonic
Without outside help, the Mars Community Pool likely will close for good at the end of the season, members of the pool’s board of directors …

SRU theater students step onto Scotland stage

By Rick Wills
Staging a play at a university in northern Butler County is one thing. Putting on the same play at the world’s largest theater festival is …

Seneca Valley welcomes Best Buddies club

By Rachel Farkas
Seneca Valley will welcome a new organization to the high school this school year aimed at fostering friendships and awareness for students with disabilities. The Seneca Valley School Board approved Best Buddies for club status this month. The district has …

Director says Butler Area board, public ill-informed on facilities study

By Rick Wills
It’s been more than a year since the Butler Area School District, which has had shrinking enrollment for more than a decade, embarked on a study of its underused buildings. Some school board members are frustrated by the study’s length …

Reprieve for Lions Road bridge in Butler Township possible

By Rick Wills
PennDOT officials are reconsidering an announcement last month that the Lions Road bridge in Butler Township is unneeded and should be closed after local officials …

Photo gallery: North Washington VFD Rodeo

By Tribune-Review
The 55th annual North Washington Volunteer Fire Department Rodeo was held Tuesday, Aug. 19 in Petrolia. The rodeo is the department’s annual fundraiser. …

Butler County takes steps to preserve judicial records

By Bill Vidonic
County Prothonotary Glenna Walters has commissioned an inspection to determine how many government records saved on 35mm film may have to be rescued from the passage of time. “They aren’t going to be lost,” Walters said. “I’m 100 percent sure …

World languages, online courses among new items at Butler County schools

By Tribune-Review
SENECA VALLEY First Day: Monday Enrollment: 7,300 What’s new? Seneca Valley will start a world languages program for its elementary students. Fifth- and sixth-graders will have the option to take French, Spanish or German as a special course in lieu …

Butler County utility poles stand strong through inspection

By Bill Vidonic
First Energy is spending nearly $4 million to inspect 54,000 utility poles throughout its West Penn Power service area, according to a utility spokesman. For Butler County, the news was good: Of nearly 1,900 poles inspected throughout the county, only …

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