Wednesday, April 25, 2012
Tell us why you voted—or chose not to—in the primary election that included candidates for U.S. president and legislators, and key state offices.
What was it that kept voters from the polls Tuesday? The number of registered voters who came out to cast their ballots yesterday hovered at around 20 percent for both Allegheny and Washington counties. The dry and typically spring weather can't be blamed for the light voter turnout. So was it apathy? Being disenfranchised with the slate of candidates? Convinced it wasn't worth effort since Romney and Obama were 'going to win' the party nomination anyhow? Not worried about federal and state legislative offices? Unhappy with the tone of politics? In Allegheny County, which has 888,686 registered voters, a mere 19.34 percent turned out to cast their ballots, according to the county's Division of Elections website. Of those 171,916 voters, 37…
Friday, February 24, 2012
The Washington County man breaks down in tears when Steven Tyler gives him the news: He's one of the top 24 contestants in 'American Idol.'
"American Idol" judge Steven Tyler gave Washington County's Adam Brock the news: He was going to be one of the reality show's top 24 contestants this season. "You're gonna have a beautiful life. You're going on through—you made it, baby," he told Brock during Thursday night's show."That's how good you are." Brock broke down into tears after being given the news, which seemed to endear him even more to Tyler. "Look at this man," the Aerosmith frontman told Brock. "I'm in love." Brock then showed the judges pictures of his baby daughter, and later called his wife to let her know he wasn't able to come home just yet. She let out a huge scream. Brock now moves onto the part of the competition where contestants perform live and are voted off …
Wednesday, February 1, 2012
Jordan Clemons was held on homicide and other charges related to the death of Karissa Kunco.
Family and friends of Karissa Kunco—clad in T-shirts bearing her name and the phrase 'Forever Young, Young Forever'—burst into applause Wednesday afternoon when a judge declared that her ex-boyfriend, Jordan Clemons, would stand trial for her homicide and related charges. Kunco's father called Clemons, 22, of Canonsburg, “scum” after the hearing—and called the preliminary hearing a first step to justice. During the more than two-hour hearing before Judge Joshua Kanalis, one of Clemons’ friends, Randy Taylor, said that the defendant had been staying with him and his girlfriend in Carrick on Jan. 11, when he took off with the man’s cell phone. It was early the next day when Taylor testified that he was able to get in contact with Clemons, …
Tuesday, January 3, 2012
Multiple accidents have been reported.
According to a Washington County 911 supervisor, multiple accidents have been reported on I-79, including a tractor-trailer in the northbound lanes near the Houston exit. If you can avoid I-79 north and south, it's best to take an alternate route, the supervisor said. Continue to check back with Patch for further updates. Click here for an update on area road conditions.
Monday, September 19, 2011
Marching bands from the tri-state area, including Upper St. Clair, arrived to the Peters Township High School stadium on Saturday for an annual evening of music.
High school bands from Burgettstown, Avella, West Greene, Carrick, Keystone Oaks, Chartiers-Houston and Upper St. Clair came to Peters Township High School to perform alongside the Mighty Indian Marching Band in the 17th Annual Band Festival. Milt Barney, the high school band director, greeted the visiting bands with a warm welcome. Barney recognized several students who participated in the Front Cover Contest. Caity Kourakos won the competition and her artwork graced the cover of the program. Other entries were submitted by Rachel and Rebecca Brott, Natalie Dainesi, Georgia Kourakos, Anna Buttgereit, Jon Pfeifer and Nathan Wolk. The band played “God Bless America” to open the festivities. They were then joined by the PTHS Choir who sang …
Monday, July 11, 2011
Former U.S. Rep. Frank R. Mascara died from cancer on Sunday.
Services have been set for former U.S. Rep. Frank Mascara, who died Sunday in Mon Valley Hospital from cancer. He was 81. Visitation will be held from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Carl J. Spallino Funeral Home in Charleroi. Services for Mr. Mascara will be held at 10 a.m. at the Mary, Mother of Church in Charleroi. Interment will be in Sacred Heart Cemetery in Fallowfield Township. Obituary information was not immediately available. “He was a hard-working man. He literally came from the people,” Washington County Commissioner Larry Maggi said Sunday afternoon. “He came up through the tough times and was a good public servant.” Calling him the “father of Southpointe,” Maggi said Mr. Mascara was a “visionary …
Sunday, July 10, 2011
Gov. Tom Corbett said bill exempting Washington County could not uphold a legal challenge.
Gov. Tom Corbett vetoed a measure that would have granted Washington County a temporary reprieve on its property reassessments. The governor said he vetoed the legislation because he did not think it would uphold a legal challenge. Allegheny County officials threatened legal action because they were not given a similar moratorium. The original wording granted a moratorium for all counties in the state, but was later changed in the Senate. "I lobbied the state legislature to pass a moratorium for all counties," said Rich Fitzgerald, the Democratic nominee for Allegheny County executive said Friday. "I think the governor did the right thing. All counties need a moratorium," he said. "It's nothing against Washington County. The residents …
Wednesday, July 6, 2011
Allegheny County officials are upset that only Washington County's reassessment was stopped.
Legislation that is allowing Washington County to put the brakes on its real estate reassessment has Allegheny County officials in an uproar and investigating their legal options. Council President Jim Burn said the county is pushing back on the legislation signed into law last week that allows a reassessment moratorium only for Washington County. The state House originally passed a bill that would grant a moratorium for all counties, but it was changed in the Senate to only include Washington County. State officials said Allegheny County was excluded because the reassessment process was too far along to be stopped. That decision, however, is angering county officials here. Burn pointed to the fact that Allegheny last reassessed in 2002, …