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Wednesday, May 6, 2015
Pedal power

Marky Costello, 3, of West Brownsville, tears down Howard Street in Brownsville at 2 mph, while his grandfather, Joe Rioli, keeps pace.

Police testify Philadelphia man called fatal shooting an accident

Police testified on Tuesday that a Philadelphia man accused of fatally shooting a Connellsville teen admitted to handling a weapon that fired and struck the victim in the head, but claimed it was an accident.

Local events scheduled for National Day of Prayer

In a year when violence continues to claim headlines, local organizers for National Day of Prayer on Thursday are inviting the public to pray.

Southwest Regional Medical Center to join area health system

Greene County’s sole hospital is set to come under ownership of an area health system this summer.

Local legal experts analyze "Kids for Cash" scandal


That was the word used frequently among panelists at a screening of the documentary “Kids for Cash,” detailing the case of two Luzerne County judges who made millions from a for-profit juvenile detention center.

Former police officer pleads not guilty to civil rights violation

A former Redstone police sergeant pleaded not guilty to violating a Brier Hill man's civil rights, and was freed on $10,000 unsecured bond Tuesday.

Conn-Area Catholic observes Dr. Seuss' birthday

submitted photoThomas Arzenti, second-grade student at Conn-Area Catholic School in Connellsville, expresses how he feels about green eggs and ham, which was recently served to preschool to second-grade students to celebrate Dr. Seuss’ birthday. Students made and wore “The Cat in the Hat” hats and saw how green eggs and ham were made by adding green food coloring.

AMVETS Auxiliary member receives award

submitted photoPresident Joan Leiner recently presented the AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary, Department of Pennsylvania, Gaveliars Hospital Award for 2014 to Bertie Brnich as chairwoman and for her outstanding service and dedication of the hospital program. The presentation took place at an auxiliary meeting at the AMVETS Post 103 in Hopwood.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015
Testimony begins in Philadelphia man's homicide trial

Jurors heard testimony from police as the trial of a Philadelphia man accused of fatally shooting a Connellsville teen began in Fayette County Court on Monday.

Uniontown Area School District facing $1.3 million deficit

Preliminary budget figures for the 2015-16 school year reveal that the Uniontown Area School District is facing a $1.3 million deficit.

Early morning barn fire claims chickens, pigs at Christner Farms

An early morning barn fire claimed the lives more than 100 chickens and seven pigs at Christner Farms in Dawson on Monday, but it won't impact the family-run business's farmers market and nursery.

Greene County woman wins Pittsburgh Marathon a second time

A Greene County woman charged ahead in the last mile to capture a second title as champion in Sunday's Pittsburgh Marathon.

Clara Santucci, 28, of Dilliner finished the 26.2 mile race in 2 hours, 34 minutes, 6 seconds. She surged from 1 minute, 33 seconds back to overtake 26-year-old Kenyan Aliphine Tuliamuk-Bolton in the 25th mile.

Detective dies while serving warrants

A detective for the Allegheny County district attorney’s office suffered a fatal medical emergency in Fayette County on Tuesday.

FirstEnergy looking to ship coal waste from Beaver County to Greene

The state Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is reviewing an application to modify the solid waste permit for FirstEnergy’s non-operational Hatfields Ferry plant, and plans to hold a public meeting on the matter this month.

Monday, May 4, 2015
Trial begins for Philadelphia man accused of fatally shooting teen

The trial of a Philadelphia man accused of fatally shooting a Connellsville teen in 2013 is expected to open in Fayette County Court today.

Dunbar glass comes home in renowned sculpture donated by Donald Trump

More than 50 years after Pascal came to Dunbar to discover the glass she would carve into sculptures that astounded the art world, celebrity business magnate Donald Trump donated one of her greatest works to the community.

Trump donated a sculpture made from local glass to Dunbar Historical Society, which hopes to put it on display later this year.

Local trust in police examined after several recent officer arrests

Local officials in Masontown and Redstone Twp., each of which have had to deal with one of the aforementioned officer arrests, say the alleged police misconduct shouldn’t jeopardize public trust in local police throughout Fayette and Greene Counties.

Afternoon biking on the trail

John F. Brothers | Herald-StandardAmy Miner and George Mickey, both from Connellsville, enjoy the benefits of a warm Sunday afternoon by taking a bicycle ride together on Yough Bike Trail near Connellsville.

Centers partner for sexual, domestic violence awareness campaign

Several organizations have joined together for a new campaign on behalf of sexual violence awareness month, as declared by the Greene County commissioners.

Sunday, May 3, 2015
"I guess I was just lucky": WWII bomber pilot tells his amazing story

Frank Shirey says he’s lucky.

While most pilots in his outfit flew an average of 17 missions in the European theater of World War II before being shot down, getting sick or taken prisoner, Lt. Shirey made it to 50.

Redstone Township supervisor candidates discuss priorities

Three Democratic candidates are running for one seat on the Redstone Twp. Board of Supervisors. Incumbent Larry Williams of Grindstone and challengers Ed Molek of Fairbank and Mary Beth Stanislaw of Fairbank are vying for a six-year term in the seat, one of three on the board.

Connellsville woman faces charges following four-vehicle crash

A Connellsville woman is behind bars after state police charged her with aggravated assault while driving under the influence for her alleged role in a four-vehicle crash in North Union Township on Wednesday.

82nd annual Americanism Day Parade

John F. Brothers | Herald-StandardHelping to carry the banner for the AMVETS Post 103 honor guard is veteran Larry Pascule in the 82nd annual Americanism Day Parade, Friday, in Uniontown.

Saturday, May 2, 2015
Virag retiring as head of Laurel Highlands Visitors Bureau

Ronald Virag is stepping down as executive director of Laurel Highlands Visitors Bureau after a five-year stint.

Supervisor, fire chief vie for Democratic nomination

Wharton Township voters will have to choose between an incumbent supervisor and a local fire chief for the Democratic nomination this spring.

Friday, May 1, 2015
Democratic policy committee convenes in Uniontown to discuss county drug epidemic

Of the 1,000 babies born in Uniontown Hospital recently, 300 suffered withdrawal because their mother was using drugs at the time of their birth.

In a 2013 survey of Fayette County students in grades 6, 8, 10 and 12, 49 percent of the respondents reported that they had obtained alcohol or drugs from friends and 8 percent said that they had been offered drugs in school.

Boho chic, camo popular trends for Fayette prom

As the school year draws to a close, many students look forward to end of the year activities such as graduation, school picnics and prom.

For many students, prom is the highlight of their junior or senior years and they spend time scouring the web and flipping through the latest fashion magazines to see what is on trend when it comes to dresses, tuxedos and accessories.

Local woman celebrates 107th birthday

The love and admiration for Anna Romza of Perryopolis spreads around the world.

In honor of her 107th birthday, an open house was recently held where people from all over the United States, Canada and even Slovakia visited for the celebration.

Property transfers

Property transfers listed in the Fayette Recorder of Deeds office for April 24-30 are as follows:

Community Action plans Empty Bowls event

Fayette County Community Action Agency will hold the 2nd annual Empty Bowls event 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Adult Recreation Center, 137 N. Beeson Ave.

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