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Friday, July 31, 2015
Greene County officials react to Ryerson dam disapproval

State representative Pam Snyder said it is "heartbreaking and disappointing" that officials have opted to not rebuild the dam at Ryerson Station State Park in Greene County.

Fair opens

Above: George Kupchak of Uniontown leads a long line of restored antique tractors in the Firemen’s Parade, part of the official opening Thursday of the Fayette County Fair.

Car-eating transformer dinosaurs hungry for Fayette County Fair

While Megasaurus has been a staple at the Fayette County Fair for many years, the 2015 fair will mark the first Pennsylvania appearance of the famed, car-eating, transformer dinosaur with this brother Transaurus.

Today at the fair

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Thursday, July 30, 2015
Safety is top priority at local fairs

Fayette County Fair board president Bill Jackson and owners of traveling carnival companies that serve three local fairs discuss ensuring food and ride safety for fair attendees.

Gun fire in East Park

One man was taken into custody and is facing charges for firing a gun into the air at East Park in Connellsville just before 9 p.m. Wednesday, Connellsville police said. There were a lot of people in the park when the shot was fired, but no one was hurt, police said. Numerous police officers from the surrounding area responded to assist city police.John F. Brothers| Herald-Standard

Hibbs man gets house arrest in plea deal to testify against podiatrist

Sentencing was held Thursday for one co-defendant in an insurance and drug case, but delayed for another due to the death of a family member.

Mount Pleasant duo arraigned for role in vandalism spree

A couple whom police allege played a role in a vandalism spree through Connellsville and Dunbar Township faced were arraigned today on a total of 13 new cases.

Charges filed after East Park gunfire

Wilbert Stewart of Connellsville was charged Thursday with two counts each of assaulting a law enforcement officer, simple assault, recklessly endangering another person and disorderly conduct after firing a gun into the air at East Park in Connellsville just before 9 p.m. Wednesday.

No rain on Rain Day

Hundreds of residents flooded High Street on Wednesday to enjoy a full slate of food, entertainment and fun during the annual event known as Rain Day.

Warden requests additional full time staff to curb overtime costs

The Fayette County Prison Board filled two prison staff vacancies this week and have agreed to consider hiring up to eight more full time correction officers to stem rising overtime costs and avert overburdening in-place staff.

Region to lose 650 jobs as American Airlines prepares to close Moon Twp. operations center

The region will lose 650 jobs at the end of August when American Airlines closes a flight operations center in Moon Township.

Today at the fair

The 2015 Fayette County Fair officially kicks off today. Below is a listing of today's events:

Masontown committee to explore quality-of-life ordinance

MASONTOWN -- A three-member committee will review a quality-of-life ordinance enforced in another municipality that targets those who fail to maintain their property, and make recommendations to tailor a similar ordinance addressing the borough's needs.

Relay for Life ambassadors shine spotlight on cancer fight

On Aug. 8, people will gather in Uniontown to honor, encourage and continue the fight against cancer at the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life.

Community event to promote crime prevention in Uniontown

In an effort to promote crime prevention, Uniontown's East End community will take part next week in a national campaign focused on fostering neighborhood camaraderie.

Patient of suspended podiatrist seeks dismissal of drug and fraud charges

A suspended Laurel Highlands elementary teacher accused of sharing prescription painkillers with the podiatrist who wrote the prescriptions appeared in Fayette County Court on Wednesday asking for charges to be dismissed.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015
All lanes on Route 119 to open for fair

There will be no construction hindering traffic on Route 119 near the Fayette County Fairgrounds for the next few weeks.

Homicide suspect claims he was too sick to answer police questions, wants statements dismissed

The attorney for a Uniontown man accused of homicide argued in Fayette County Court on Tuesday that his client’s medical condition prevented him from understanding police questioning, and that any statements the suspect made should be dismissed.

Prison board agrees to change policy criteria, allow additional behavioral health staff

The Fayette County Prison Board has agreed to revise the prison's suicide prevention policy to add personnel and streamline the process for caregivers, prison staff and inmates.

'Everything is awesome' when Steel City LUG returns to Fayette County Fair

Praised for their creativity as well as their kindness, Steel City Lego user Group is being invited back for a return engagement to the Fayette County Fair.

North Fayette water authority looking at options; not erecting 'for sale' sign

While the North Fayette County Municipal Water Authority (NFCMWA) board continues to await the results of a study commissioned in June to determine the feasibility of constructing a new water treatment plant or purchasing water from neighboring Westmoreland County, it appears support is growing to locally maintain the operation.

Cavanagh to seek commission seat in November

Former Fayette County Commissioner Sean Cavanagh will officially announce his intention to seek public office during a kick-off event tonight at the historic Summit Inn.

Alleged Connellsville vandals brought up on new charges

Two Mount Pleasant residents previously charged for their alleged role in a recent wave of vandalism in Connellsville and Dunbar Township are scheduled to be arraigned today on more than 50 new charges.

Connellsville police look for South Side Grocer robber

Connellsville police are looking for a man who robbed South Side Grocer on Pittsburgh Street late Monday evening.

Acme man killed in crash

An Acme man died as the result of a one-vehicle crash earlier this month on White Bridge Road in Mount Pleasant Township, state police said.

SE Greene school board ratifies five-year contract for superintendent

The Southeastern Greene School Board ratified a five-year contract with Superintendent Richard J. Pekar Jr. Monday night.

Connellsville man to stand trial for allegedly assaulting another man with a bat

An attempted homicide charge against a Connellsville man accused of assaulting another man with a baseball bat was dismissed Tuesday, but he will stand trial on several related charges.

Charges held against Confluence man accused of raping 12-year-old

A Confluence man will stand trial for allegedly sexually assaulting a 12-year-old girl on multiple occasions in 2011.

Police in Greene County looking for man who tried to rob grocery store

State police are looking for the man who threatened to shoot a clerk as he tried to rob Rush Grocery in Greene County Monday.

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