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With a demographic study showing continued enrollment growth in the Avonworth School District, administrators and officials are now trying to develop a plan to handle the addition of as many as 400 new students in the next five to 10 years.

Shelby Stewman of Stewman Demographics, LLC conducted a demographic study that predicts the enrollment at Avonworth schools will grow from 1,796 in the current school year to as much as 2,200.


A hit and run accident occurred on Ohio River Boulevard near Locust Street on March 12.

John V. Anderson, 23, of Freedom, was arrested on March 13 for driving under the influence of a controlled substance.

On March 15, a motor vehicle accident occurred at North Home and Starr avenues. Avalon Police say that no one was injured.

Derrick Dawkins, 42, of Pittsburgh, was arrested on March 15 for possession of a controlled substance, and possession with intent to deliver.


Avalon will need a new third ward council representative soon, as the resignation of council member J.P. McFeeley was accepted at Tuesday’s regular meeting.

McFeeley was appointed to council in June of 2017, filling a vacancy left by the resignation of John Vetterly. In the November general election that year, he was elected to a four-year term on council.

He said that he is resigning from council effective April 1 because he and his family are moving to Cranberry, where he will be closer to his work as a teacher and coach with the Seneca Valley School District.


As a result of the borough council awarding contracts at its March meeting, two large projects will begin soon in Emsworth.

The Marmo Park renovation project involves resurfacing the existing basketball court, converting the tennis court to pickleball courts, minor drainage work, parking lot milling and overlay and installing ADA access. Six bids were received for the project, ranging in price from $67,050 to more than $300,000.

McElroy Paving, Inc. was awarded the contract for $67,050.



Over the course of the last 40+ years I have been to a lot of bad Bellevue Council meetings. A LOT. The very first council meeting I attended, in 1979, lasted until 1 a.m. and involved a lot of yelling…mostly by the council president at other members of council.


At the time The Citizen went to press last week, Avonworth senior Karen Siddoway already had earned one gold medal at the state swimming championships, placing first in the 200 freestyle. Shortly after deadline, Siddoway earned a second gold medal in the 100 freestyle competition held on Thursday. Her performance topped the season for the combined Northgate-Avonworth swim team, girls and boys alike.
Photo of Karen Siddoway by Tom Steiner
for The Citizen


Sun, 2019-04-07

The Shepherd’s Door is hosting a show, Saturday, April 7, 7 p.m., at the Center of Bellevue, 2 North Sprague Ave as a spring fund-raiser.

“Cotton Patch Gospel,” retells the life of Jesus as if in modern day rural Georgia.

The show stars Tim Hartman and Carnival of Souls.

Tickets are $10 for adults and $7 for children and can be purchased at The Shepherd’s Door, 563 Lincoln Ave., Bellevue. Seating is limited.

A snack stand will be open before the show and during the intermission.

All proceeds benefit the ministries of The Shepherd’s Door.

Fri, 2019-04-05

Senior citizens are invited to attend, at no cost, Northgate High School’s dress rehearsal of the spring musical, “Disney Freaky Friday,” Friday, April 5, in the Northgate High School auditorium. Doors open at 5:45 p.m., and the curtain rises at 6 p.m.

For more information, email Laureen Dowd at or call (412)732-3300, ext. 2110.