Elizabeth Forward marks 35th year of senior holiday breakfast

For 35 years, Elizabeth Forward’s senior citizens and retirees from the community have been honored at a holiday breakfast at the high school cafeteria. “It is giving back (to the community),â€� high school senior Michelle Hawkins said as she took part in her third year of the project. “We […]

McKeesport Area fourth-grader thrilled with gift from White Oak Lions Club

McKeesport Area fourth-grader De’Jean Pace grinned from ear to ear Thursday morning when members of the White Oak Lions Club surprised him with an early Christmas gift. The Lions — whose humanitarian service mission has focused on the blind and visually impaired — reached out to De’Jean, a visually […]

Students reference positive ‘Frozen’-themed lessons

Playing on the popularity of Disney’s “Frozen,â€� Clairton preschool and elementary students enjoyed “A Night with the Ice Queen.â€� Families of students enrolled in Clairton’s Pre-K Counts program and kindergarten through fifth grade at Clairton Elementary School gathered in the high school auditorium Thursday evening to hear stories and […]

Students reference positive ‘Frozen’-themed lessons

Playing on the popularity of Disney’s “Frozen,â€� Clairton preschool and elementary students enjoyed “A Night with the Ice Queen.â€� Families of students enrolled in Clairton’s Pre-K Counts program and kindergarten through fifth grade at Clairton Elementary School gathered in the high school auditorium Thursday evening to hear stories and […]

Samples show Plumcreek gas leaks aren’t methane

Gas samples taken from two abandoned water wells in Plumcreek Township – in the same area where last month a house exploded – revealed natural unprocessed gas, not methane as was initially believed. “We know it’s not methane and it’s not coming from a gas company’s transmission line,â€� Department […]

Samples show Plumcreek gas leaks aren’t methane

Gas samples taken from two abandoned water wells in Plumcreek Township – in the same area where last month a house exploded – revealed natural unprocessed gas, not methane as was initially believed. “We know it’s not methane and it’s not coming from a gas company’s transmission line,â€� Department […]

Project Joy lifts Christmas spirits at Armstrong County Health Center

The Armstrong County Health Center’s multipurpose room was overflowing with Christmas spirit Thursday when about 100 residents donned Santa hats to celebrate the holiday. Christmas carols filled the air, and smiles warmed the entire room as they all sat patiently awaiting a visit from Santa Claus. And they were […]

Project Joy lifts Christmas spirits at Armstrong County Health Center

The Armstrong County Health Center’s multipurpose room was overflowing with Christmas spirit Thursday when about 100 residents donned Santa hats to celebrate the holiday. Christmas carols filled the air, and smiles warmed the entire room as they all sat patiently awaiting a visit from Santa Claus. And they were […]

Armstrong County adopts $20.7 million budget, maintains tax rate

Armstrong County commissioners on Thursday adopted a $20.7 million budget that keeps the tax rate at 17.5 mills. The county will use about $465,000 of its $1.2 million general fund to balance the budget — a move financial adviser Carly Cowan said is always a last resort. “We’re fortunate […]

Armstrong County adopts $20.7 million budget, maintains tax rate

Armstrong County commissioners on Thursday adopted a $20.7 million budget that keeps the tax rate at 17.5 mills. The county will use about $465,000 of its $1.2 million general fund to balance the budget — a move financial adviser Carly Cowan said is always a last resort. “We’re fortunate […]

Jamie’s Dream Team founder says she will press on despite new illness

The founder of a White Oak-based charity dedicated to making dreams come true for the sick and injured vows to continue working as she undergoes new medical treatments. Jamie’s Dream Team’s Jamie Holmes, 27, starts four weeks of chemotherapy at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC on Friday morning […]

Jamie’s Dream Team founder says she will press on despite new illness

The founder of a White Oak-based charity dedicated to making dreams come true for the sick and injured vows to continue working as she undergoes new medical treatments. Jamie’s Dream Team’s Jamie Holmes, 27, starts four weeks of chemotherapy at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC on Friday morning […]

North Versailles Township approves $6.79 million budget that keeps tax rates flat

North Versailles Township property owners will not pay more in real estate taxes or sewage fees next year. Commissioners voted 6-1 Thursday to adopt the township’s 2015 budget and unanimously adopted its tax ordinance. Commissioner George Beswick cast the lone dissenting vote on the budget. “They did the expenses […]

North Versailles Township approves $6.79 million budget that keeps tax rates flat

North Versailles Township property owners will not pay more in real estate taxes or sewage fees next year. Commissioners voted 6-1 Thursday to adopt the township’s 2015 budget and unanimously adopted its tax ordinance. Commissioner George Beswick cast the lone dissenting vote on the budget. “They did the expenses […]

Cezanne likely to attract bidders

LONDON — A “shimmeringâ€� Paul Cezanne painting of the Mediterranean with a castle in the background is expected to attract the big-money buyers at a February auction that includes works by Modigliani, Giacometti and Picasso, Christie’s said. The Cezanne work, “Vue sur L’Estaque et Le Chateau d’If,â€� which he […]

Cezanne likely to attract bidders

LONDON — A “shimmeringâ€� Paul Cezanne painting of the Mediterranean with a castle in the background is expected to attract the big-money buyers at a February auction that includes works by Modigliani, Giacometti and Picasso, Christie’s said. The Cezanne work, “Vue sur L’Estaque et Le Chateau d’If,â€� which he […]

Hospital finances still crying ‘ouch’

The financial pressure nonprofit hospitals are feeling isn’t expected to ease next year despite a boost in the insured population because of the Affordable Care Act. Lower revenue and higher technology costs will continue, analysts at Standard & Poor’s said Tuesday in issuing a negative outlook on the industry […]

Power outage planned in Elizabeth, Forward

Residents in Elizabeth and some in Elizabeth and Forward townships should prepare to be without electricity Saturday morning. West Penn Power spokesman Todd Meyers said power will be shut off between 5 and 9 a.m. as the company replaces insulators of a substation in the Elizabeth area. The outage […]

West Newton foster father faces child sex charges

A West Newton foster parent is accused of sexually assaulting an intellectually disabled teenage boy. Len Schneider, 72, of North Second Street was arraigned Thursday by Magisterial District Judge Charles Christner in West Newton. Westmoreland County detectives charged Schneider with two counts each of involuntary deviate sexual intercourse-person with […]

Rostraver seeks big bucks from gas service co.

Rostraver has filed a lawsuit seeking more than $200,000 from the tenant of a property in the township. Solicitor Al Gaudio said the civil action, filed Thursday in the Westmoreland County Court of Common Pleas, calls for punitive damages from Minuteman Environmental Services of Milton, Pa. An oil and […]

Normalville church performs Christmas play

The Normalville United Methodist Church, 3270 Springfield Pike, will hold its annual Christmas play at 7 p.m. Saturday. • A Christmas worship service and a children and adults program will be held at the Mt. Zion Community Church in Acme on Sunday. The worship service starts at 9:30 a.m. […]

Trials ordered for two charged in Monongahela mugging case

Jim Huffstickler said he routinely accompanies his mother when she shops at the Monongahela Foodland. But on Oct. 8, he stayed behind because heating oil was being delivered to their city home. That day, 93-year-old Esther Huffstickler was robbed outside the store. On Thursday, two city residents charged in […]

Timeline tricky for Pitt’s AD, coach searches

December 19, 2014 12:00 AM Share with others: Related Media: Shake-up at University of Pittsburgh athletics: AD Pederson fired as Chryst leaves Former Pitt coach Paul Chryst calls Wisconsin job ‘special’ Gene Collier: Hiring right coach is what Pederson never got right Pitt publicly acknowledged Wednesday night that it was about to […]

On the Steelers: LB Timmons not getting recognition he deserves

Lawrence Timmons has the runaway lead in tackles on the Steelers, and that is OK with them as long as he tackles opponents. The problem arises when he takes down his teammates. Playing inside linebacker next to Timmons “is dangerous,” said Vince Williams, the victim of one of Timmons’ infamous teammate […]

Penguins notebook: Crosby returns to lineup

December 19, 2014 12:00 AM Share with others: Related Media: Comeau’s overtime goal gives Penguins 1-0 win against Colorado Penguins center Sidney Crosby returned to the lineup Thursday night against Colorado after missing three games because of the mumps. “It’s been a boring week, that’s for sure” he said. “After […]

Steelers notebook: Facing former team no benefit for Todd Haley

December 19, 2014 12:00 AM Share with others: Related Media: On the Steelers: LB Timmons not getting recognition he deserves When the Steelers played Kansas City in 2012, offensive coordinator Todd Haley knew plenty about the Chiefs and their personnel because he had been their head coach from 2009-11. But this season, […]

Timeline tricky for Pitt’s AD, coach searches

December 19, 2014 12:00 AM Share with others: Related Media: Shake-up at University of Pittsburgh athletics: AD Pederson fired as Chryst leaves Former Pitt coach Paul Chryst calls Wisconsin job ‘special’ Gene Collier: Hiring right coach is what Pederson never got right Pitt publicly acknowledged Wednesday night that it was about to […]

Timeline tricky for Pitt’s AD, coach searches

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It still comes down to defense for Pitt

December 19, 2014 12:00 AM Share with others: Pitt’s defensive goal in every game is to hold its opponents below 40 percent field-goal shooting, and the Panthers also place a high value on outrebounding their opponents. Earlier in the season, the defense failed miserably to reach those goals as they […]

No shortage of topics for conversation around West Virginia football

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen stood behind a podium Thursday morning at Milan Puskar Center, shrugged and offered the following opening statement: “Welcome, everybody. I don’t know what the big deal is about having a press conference here at this point in time. There’s not a whole lot […]

The in-home visit: Building a relationship with a recruit

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — There’s stress and excitement when the coaching staff tells a Penn State prospect it will make an in-home visit. The stress usually falls on the recruit’s parents, trying to make sure the house is in order and food is prepared. The pressure for coach James […]

District roundup: Brianna Kiesel sparks Pitt women to 7th win

Roundup December 19, 2014 12:00 AM Share with others: Brianna Kiesel scored 22 points and was 4 of 6 from the 3-point line to lead the Pitt Panthers to a 59-47 victory Thursday night against Ball State at Petersen Events Center. Stasha Carey had 12 points and 13 rebounds for […]

High school highlights: Milestone win for Blackhawk star

Chassidy Omogrosso had 2,000 reasons to be happy Thursday night. Omogrosso, a senior guard, scored her 2,000th career point in leading Class AAA No. 1 Blackhawk to an 81-32 win against visiting Ellwood City in Section 2. Omogrosso, a Duquesne recruit, scored 31 points in the game and has […]