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Four of six people charged in the racially-motivated attack of a black man in July appeared before District Judge Tara Smith in Bellevue Friday morning. The hearing was continued because three of those four people had not yet retained attorneys.

Of the two remaining defendants in the case, one is reported to be deceased, and another in the hospital.


Avonworth’s second home game of the season will take on more significance than the typical high school football game.

Yes, everyone will be looking for great plays, no injuries, and a final score favoring the home team, but as announcers from the booth call the plays, the crowd will hear some unfamiliar names.

“Thirty-yard pass to Toby Hopkins is good for another Avonworth touchdown!”

“Rich McCormick runs it for 10 and another Avonworth first down.”



Northgate took a long drive into the country last Friday night where they met up with the Highlanders from McGuffy High School. The Highlanders are playing down in class this year, joining the WPIAL’s class 2A after playing up in 3A.

The Flames (0-0, 0-2) entered the game looking to rebound from their 22 – 7 loss to Perry High School in Week Zero. McGuffy (0-0, 2-0) was riding high after beating Ambridge 28 – 0 to start their season. But, playing out of conference proved to be too much for the Flames and they fell to the Highlanders by the score 48 – 0.


Thomas J. Andracki Thomas J. Andracki, 68, of Bellevue, died Thursday, August 30, 2018. Thom, a native of Lawrenceville, had also been a former resident of Shaler Township. He was the husband of the late Amy M. (Nauer) Andracki; father of Jason Andracki and his wife, Liz of Meadville; cherished Popeye of his granddaughter, Iris V. Andracki; brother-in-law of Tim Nauer (Georgine) of Shaler Township and their family, Becca, Aaron, Rachel, Joe and George; dear friend and comrade of Mike Alexander (Sue) of Economy Borough and their children.



After a few decades of a whole lot of people pretending that racism really wasn’t much of a problem in our society any longer, it appears that we all must wake up to the consequences of our apathy and lack of attention.


Bellevue’s newest police officer, Corey Wendel, was sworn in by Mayor Emily Marburger during Tuesday’s regular council meeting. Wendel is a native of St. Marys, PA and a 2011 graduate of St. Marys High School’ In 2015 he graduated from Edinboro University with a degree in criminal
justice. He has worked as a full-time officer with the City of Butler, and prior to that he served as a narcotics detective with the Lycoming County Narcotics Agency. He's a baseball enthusiast and avid weightlifter.


Sat, 2018-09-22

The Friends of the Avalon Public Library is hosting its Touch-a-Truck event, Saturday, Sept. 22, noon-4 p.m., on California Avenue between South Chestnut and Josephine streets in Avalon.

The first hour of the event will be quiet, for those who don’t like loud noises or sirens.

There will be fire trucks, police vehicles, a hearse, an Air Force LMTV and more. The event also includes a huge book sale, food, vendors and raffle baskets. Additionally, there will be the Avalon Sixth Grade Giant Flea Market, and Avalon NOW is hosting games for kids.

Thu, 2018-09-13

The JFCS Career Development Center, in collaboration with Work Able, NHCO and the United Way are hosting a Career Fair, Thursday, Sept. 13, 9 a.m.-noon at the Knights of Columbus building, 450 Lincoln Avenue, in Bellevue.