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Saturday, February 13, 2016
Land bank vote looming

The Washington County Commissioners could vote on the formation of a countywide land bank this week.

Friday, February 12, 2016
'Red roses mean love, and men aren't taking any chances'

As Valentine's Day approaches, district residents are contacting local florists with plans to surprise their sweethearts on this most romantic of holidays.

Washington Township supervisors sue current, former supervisors

Two Washington Township supervisors allege in a lawsuit that the third supervisor and a former supervisor violated the state Sunshine Act by recognizing the township secretary as a member of an employee union without voting on the matter in a public meeting.

Commissioners raise taxes, cut jobs to balance budget

Laying the blame at the feet of two former Fayette County commissioners , the new administration raised real estate taxes one mill, eliminated 12 full-time county jobs and rescinded a pay raise made to about 100 employees last year, to balance the 2016 budget.

Jackpot-winning Cash 5 Lottery ticket sold in Uniontown

The Pennsylvania Lottery reports one jackpot-winning Cash 5 ticket worth $225,000 from the Feb. 8 drawing was sold at a South Union Township store.

South Connellsville woman sues CASD over allegedly faulty sidewalk

A South Connellsville woman who fell and broke her femur on the way into a basketball game is suing the Connellsville Area School District for negligence, claiming the sidewalk at the junior high school is unsafe.

State Rep introduces bill to cover drilling damage

A state legislator is shaking things up in Pennsylvania’s insurance industry by proposing a bill that would ensure homeowners with earthquake riders are covered regardless of what causes the tremors.

Fairchance bar sued for wrongful death over 2014 fatal stabbing

The family of a Uniontown woman who was fatally stabbed following a melee at a bar in Fairchance is suing the bar, claiming poor security measures resulted in the woman’s death.

FAA legislation moved out of committee

Legislation introduced by U.S. Rep. Bill Shuster, R-9, Hollidaysburg, that would move thousands of air-traffic controllers off the federal government payroll and into a new nonprofit corporation was moved out of committee Thursday.

Casey headed to Middle East

U.S. Sen. Bob Casey will leave next week on a trip to the Middle East to learn more about how terrorist groups finance their operations and the steps being taken to halt their funding.

Dunbar man charged after alleged fight with mother, brother

A Dunbar man was charged Friday morning after he allegedly got into a physical altercation with his mom and brother late Thursday night.

Man charged with having sex with teen

A Mount Pleasant man is facing charges of aggravated indecent assault and corruption of a minor after allegedly having sex with a 17-year-old.

California Borough Council returns to municipal building for regular meeting

California Borough Council returned to council chambers at the California Municipal Building for its first regular meeting there in several months following a renovation of the building.

Man allegedly kidnaps girl after loan deal with her father

A Brownsville man is facing kidnap and indecent assault charges after allegedly shackling a 15-year-old girl in his home.

Charleroi fires borough manager — again

For the second time in two months, Charleroi Council voted to fire its borough manager.

Five Mon Valley boroughs look to combine services

Collaboration is nothing new for the communities of the Mid-Mon Valley -- New Eagle and Monongahela have joint agreement involving city street crews, several fire departments cover multiple municipalities and the five towns of Roscoe, Elco, Stockdale, Allenport and Dunlevy have a joint police force.

Alleged bank robbery accomplice held for court

An alleged accomplice in a PNC bank robbery in Redstone Township was held for court on all charges.

Fire reported at Saltlick Township home

Seven volunteer fire companies, including units from Somerset and Westmoreland counties, responded to a house fire in Saltlick Township Thursday afternoon.

Frazier School Board approves student information system

PERRYOPOLIS — Frazier School Board hired a software company Thursday to provide the district with a student information system (SIS) that will improve the management of student information and encourage parent engagement in students' academics.

Man saved from crash charged with assault by vehicle

A man who police said was pulled from a smoking vehicle allegedly hit two vehicles and a pedestrian while driving under the influence.

Nemacolin couple dies in apparent murder-suicide

A couple found in their Nemacolin house Thursday morning died in an apparent murder-suicide, according to police.

Thursday, February 11, 2016
Housing authority member questions severance agreement

A four-year-old agreement with the prior Fayette County Housing Authority executive director and why members no longer take part in the hiring process will be reviewed by the current director and authority solicitor.

Local senators vote for attorney general's ouster

Southwest Pennsylvania Republican state senators voted Wednesday to remove embattled Attorney General Kathleen Kane from office, but the controversial effort failed to reach the required two-thirds majority to send it to Gov. Tom Wolf’s desk.

Fort Necessity to hold winter soldier encampment

The National Park Service is hosting a winter soldier encampment at Fort Necessity National Battlefield in Wharton Township 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 13-14.

Washington Twp. reorganizes, expands police force

WASHINGTON TWP. - Washington Township Supervisors re-organized and expanded the police department to operate 24 hours a day at their meeting Wednesday.

Prison board reorganization delayed due to lack of members

A reorganizational meeting for the Fayette County Prison Board was cancelled after a majority of its members failed to attend.

Vehicle goes into water off bridge in Bullskin Twp.

A vehicle went off a bridge on Metzgar Road in Bullskin Township and into a creek below just before 9 a.m. Thursday.

Monongahela mayor issues coyote warning

Mayor Bob Kepics warned city residents to be on the lookout for coyotes in Monongahela.

Former Fayette County deputy prosecutor rehired

A former deputy prosecutor who was recently fired from the district attorney’s office in Fayette County Court has been rehired.

German Township supervisors approve gas line agreement

GERMAN TWP. - Supervisors voted Tuesday on an agreement with the Marcellus Shale Gas Industry that will result in a small royalty for the township.

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