All Stories All Stories en-us Copyright - Observer Publishing Company 2015 School mergers were plentiful in the ’60s A number of school districts in Washington and Greene counties are the result of a state mandate to merge districts in 1966. Sun, 19 Feb 2017 00:16:40 -0500 Students feel ‘stuck’ after WCCC announces closure Greene County Education Center The closing of Westmoreland County Community College’s Greene County Education Center has left some students in the lurch, but Greene County commissioners are seeking other local education options for students. Sun, 19 Feb 2017 00:16:38 -0500 Woman dead, husband critical after East Bethlehem fire One person died in a structure fire at a residence in East Bethlehem Township after midnight Saturday. Sun, 19 Feb 2017 00:16:35 -0500 Four injured in Route 40 crash Two people were flown to a Pittsburgh hospital and two were taken to Washington Hospital Saturday following a multivehicle accident on Route 40 in Canton Township. Sat, 18 Feb 2017 22:48:19 -0500 Developer sees Planet Fitness ready to pump iron by mid-March A Planet Fitness gym that was delayed by a permitting issue at Park Place at the Meadow Lands should be in orbit by this time next month. Sat, 18 Feb 2017 22:38:57 -0500 Biggest Winner: Previous competitor keeping fit So how is a former Biggest Winner contestant doing two two years later? Sat, 18 Feb 2017 22:38:13 -0500 Designers take a holistic approach to health-care spaces Health-care facilities can be stressful places for patients and visitors, with depressing waiting rooms, rows of uncomfortable seating, a blaring television. But designers of some medical spaces are remedying the situation. Sat, 18 Feb 2017 22:31:10 -0500 George Washington’s cherry tree Washington’s birthday is a good time to think about cherry trees. But rather than questioning whether George really chopped down the tree and then admitted to it, I find myself wondering what kind of a cherry it could have been. Sat, 18 Feb 2017 22:31:06 -0500 Kovel’s antiques: Hollywood Deco furniture Fifties furniture is very popular with vintage collectors today, but some earlier Art Deco designs from the 1930s are not in demand. Look at old movies on television to study some of the stranger pieces. The look is sometimes called “Hollywood Deco” because the extravagant rooms with huge round mirrors and sofas were... Sat, 18 Feb 2017 22:31:04 -0500 House to home: Focus on furniture – character builders Furniture is a fascinating topic. There are so many ways to study all the different designs man has concocted over the centuries for storing things, for sitting on, for eating on, for sleeping on. The basic necessities share a central role in our lives, and how better to revere them than to personalize them? We can transform a simple chest of... Sat, 18 Feb 2017 22:31:02 -0500 Contenders crowd potential 2018 political field in Ohio COLUMBUS, Ohio – In the timeline of politics, Ohio’s next statewide election is just around the corner. Sat, 18 Feb 2017 22:28:40 -0500 OSHA: Airport employee apparently demoted in retaliation CLEVELAND (AP) – The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration found a Cleveland airport employee was apparently demoted in retaliation for alerting officials to runway snowplowing problems and should be reinstated to his former position. Sat, 18 Feb 2017 22:28:38 -0500 Offensive outages WEXFORD – It’s not unusual for the Jefferson-Morgan girls’ basketball team to go deep into its bench and play as many as 10 players in each game. Sat, 18 Feb 2017 22:28:31 -0500 10 years in jail and still no trial for murder suspect DOTHAN, Ala. – Kharon Davis has spent nearly 10 years in jail. He’s had four sets of attorneys, with two judges on the bench. His co-defendants’ cases have wrapped up. Davis has appeared in court for several hearings, and a new prosecutor is assigned. Sat, 18 Feb 2017 22:28:27 -0500 Riverside shoots down Burgettstown Blue Devils fall to hot-shooting Riverside in opening round of WPIAL playoffs. Sat, 18 Feb 2017 22:27:45 -0500