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Monday, March 30, 2015
Some nonvaccinated Fayette County students could be affected if proposed bill becomes law

If a bill aimed at closing the philosophical exemption to having children vaccinated becomes law in Pennsylvania, several Fayette County parents who have chosen this exemption for their children, will be responsible for ensuring that they receive the necessary vaccinations.

Beginning of Holy Week

Lori C. PadillaPalm Sunday marks the beginning of Holy Week with Jesus’ entrance into Jersusalem. The Connellsville Ministerial Association continued its yearly tradition by bringing its congregations along to march to Lions Square for a service. Pastor Bob Strader of World Christian Outreach leads some of his members through town, waving palm and singing.

Prison inspection reports shows vast improvement

The state Department of Corrections (DOC) has lauded the Fayette County Prison administration for its diligence in bringing the lockup's policies and procedures into compliance with state requirements.

The endorsement came with the DOC's 2014 inspection report of the prison that was presented by Warden Brian Miller to the prison board last week.

Gathering at Lions Square

Brian Higbee (right), pastor of City Church in Connellsville explains to the gathering for Palm Sunday that Jesus rode into Jerusalem to face opposition which still exists today when it comes to religious belief and personal conviction.

Two new wildlife conservation officers assigned to Greene County

Two new wildlife conservation officers were recently assigned to serve Greene County.

Sunday, March 29, 2015
Family facing hardships after City Mission fire

The Truley family, one of four families displaced by a fire at City Mission's Liberty Park Apartments in Uniontown March 12, is trying to come to terms with a new way of life while searching for a new home.

'90 Years of Blood, Sweat and Tears'

In preparation for a special exhibit opening on April 18, the Greene County Historical Society is putting out a call for people familiar with the organization prior to 1985 who might like to share information on how things have changed at the museum over the years.

Despite Vatican decree, no Masses scheduled at merged churches during Holy Week

Although a recent Vatican decree means the possibility of more Masses at four churches that were merged into St. Francis of Assisi Roman Catholic Church of Western Fayette County, their doors will remain closed during Holy Week.

B&R Recycling burns

John F. Brothers | Herald-StandardFirefighters begin attacking flames that destroyed a building at B&R Recycling on Bellview Road in Bullskin Township early Sunday Morning. Fayette 911 said the blaze was reported around 3 a.m. and that no one was hurt. Bullskin Township Volunteer Fire Department was assisted by Everson, Connellsville Township, Mount Pleasant and Dawson volunteer fire departments.

Two vie for Democratic nod for Fayette County sheriff

Fayette County voters will have a choice to make in the spring primary election for the Democratic nomination for county sheriff.

Driver identified in Wharton school bus crash

Three people were injured in a two-vehicle accident involving a school bus in Wharton Township on Thursday.

Saturday, March 28, 2015
Munchinski's lawyer asks 3rd Circuit to toss former prosecutors' appeal

A man fighting to be compensated for spending 27 years behind bars on a wrongful double homicide conviction is asking the Third Circuit Court of Appeals to dismiss an appeal from two former prosecutors named in the man’s federal lawsuit.

West Brownsville man dies in Friday crash

A Brownsville man died in an early morning accident in the borough of California, according to the Washington County coroner's office.

Friday, March 27, 2015
South Union Township girl serves as March of Dimes Ambassador

A South Union Township girl who was born premature but is healthy today is giving back to her community by serving as the March of Dimes 2015 Fayette County Ambassador.

Commissioners hire Stepanik as human resource director

A Uniontown woman has been hired as the county human resource director as the majority of commissioners work to implement an in-house department to handle employee matters.

Fayette County commission Chairman Vince Zapotosky confirmed Thursday that he and Commissioner Angela M. Zimmerlink had signed off on the hiring following a meeting with Denise Stepanik on Wednesday.

Spring fishing

John F. Brothers | Herald-StandardMark Griffin of Mount Pleasant enjoys a warm March afternoon fishing from the dock at Dunlap Lake in Menallen Township on Wednesday. The forecast for the next couple of days will be much different, with temperatures in the upper 30s and lower 40s. Snow flurries are also a possibility.

District Attorney plans to refile charges in cold case homicide

Fayette County District Attorney Jack R. Heneks Jr. said charges will be refiled in the near future involving a 40 year old homicide.

School district consolidation bill draws mixed views

Legislation introduced by state Rep. Tim Mahoney, D-South Union Township, to consolidate school district administration functions at the county level is being looked at by Republicans, who control the state Legislature.

Two Dems seek nod for Luzerne Township supervisor

Two democrats will square-off in the upcoming primary election for the position of Luzerne Township supervisor, while a lone republican waits in the wings for November's general election.

Property transfers

Property transfers listed in the Fayette Recorder of Deeds office for March 20-26 are as follows:

Three injured in school bus in accident in Wharton Township

Three people were injured in a two-vehicle accident involving a school bus in Wharton Township on Thursday.

Thursday, March 26, 2015
Death penalty overturned for man convicted of killing family

Convicted killer Mark Duane Edwards had his death penalty sentence overturned and now faces four consecutive life sentences without the possibility of parole, according to an order handed down Wednesday by a Fayette County judge.

Accentuate the positive: Reality TV star believes attitude can affect success

Matt Roloff tells Penn State audience how resiliency and a positive attitude affected his life.

Search continues for body of man who fell in river

Park officials and searchers have entered ithe ninth day of a recovery operation today for a Carnegie man who fell into the Youghiogheny River last week.

Mancuso announces candidacy for Register of Wills

Soni Shaner Mancuso aspires to serve as Fayette County Register of Wills.

Brownfield man faces charges for alleged sex crimes

A Brownfield man charged with statutory sexual assault and corruption of a minor had all charges held Wednesday for Fayette County Court.

Prison board poised to reverse Miller, Zavada suspensions

The Fayette County Prison Board will begin the process to reverse a January decision to suspend its warden and deputy warden and instead pay the two employees for their lost wages and expunge the matter from their respective records.

Samurai attack charges upheld for court

All charges against a Uniontown man accused of using a samurai sword against a North Union Township man will be held for trial.

Mother sentenced in child's death

A Fayette County Judge Thursday refused to accept a plea agreement calling for intermediate punishment for a woman who failed to get medical treatment for her daughter, resulting in the child’s death.

Masontown residents to face fines for leaving animals outside during extreme weather conditions

Beginning next month, residents may face fines of up to $500 for leaving their animals outside for more than 30 minutes during extreme weather conditions.

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