All Stories All Stories en-us Copyright - Observer Publishing Company 2013 Peanuts roasting on an open fire Every Christmas, it’s become my tradition to make fun of some Christmas traditions. I love the holiday, but you have to admit there are some wacky things about the season. Every year, I listen to a near-infinite stream of Christmas music on the car radio. It puts me in a joyful mood, even while people are cutting me off in traffic. Fri, 19 Dec 2014 20:27:00 EST Sign inspections planned Overhead sign inspections will be done from 9 a.m. to noon Sunday, weather permitting, on the Parkway West at the Banksville Road off-ramp. Fri, 19 Dec 2014 20:27:00 EST South Strabane offices to be closed South Strabane Township offices will be closed Thursday, Dec. 25, and Friday, Dec. 26, in observance of the Christmas holiday. The offices will reopen Monday, Dec. 29. Fri, 19 Dec 2014 20:27:00 EST North Strabane approves budget with tax reduction North Strabane Township supervisors approved a $12.4 million final budget for 2015 that includes a 1-mill tax reduction and plans to hire three police officers and one full-time firefighter. Fri, 19 Dec 2014 20:26:00 EST Peters Township School District may raise taxes Peters Township School District took the first step toward possibly raising property taxes to cover nearly $4 million of anticipated – and mandatory – expenses, such as teacher salaries, health benefits and retirement contributions. Fri, 19 Dec 2014 20:26:00 EST Man who ran over wife’s foot sentenced WAYNESBURG – A Mt. Morris man who was arrested Sept. 3 after he drove over his wife’s foot during domestic dispute was sentenced on reduced charges. Fri, 19 Dec 2014 20:26:00 EST Washington police dog gets protective vest When Washington police Officer Matthew Karlowsky mentioned to his friends Eric and Jennifer Beiswenger over the summer he wanted to get his K-9 partner, Golem, a vest, the Cecil Township couple decided to help. Fri, 19 Dec 2014 20:26:00 EST New first assistant district attorney administered oath WAYNESBURG – Brianna Vanata was administered the oath of office Friday morning as the new first assistant district attorney for Greene County. Friday also marked the last day for retiring first assistant district attorney Linda Chambers, who served in that capacity since 2001. Fri, 19 Dec 2014 20:25:00 EST Free holiday escape for Greene County families The 2014 holiday escape is a free family gathering for Greene County families, sponsored by the Family Stability community team of the MAGIC collaborative board. Fri, 19 Dec 2014 20:25:00 EST Events Throckmorton United Methodist Church in East View will serve a free community dinner from 5 to 6:30 p.m. today. The menu will ham, au gratin potatoes, lima beans, applesauce, deserts and beverages. Takeouts are available, donations are accepted and everyone is welcome. Fri, 19 Dec 2014 20:25:00 EST Cumberland man sentenced in sexual assault case WAYNESBURG – A Nemacolin man who was arrested in September for allegedly engaging in sexual intercourse with a teenager in an unoccupied mobile home in Cumberland Township in March pleaded guilty to a single count of statutory sexual assault. Fri, 19 Dec 2014 20:25:00 EST Cumberland man pleads guilty to possessing, sharing child pornography WAYNESBURG – A Cumberland Township man pleaded guilty in Greene County court Dec. 9 to charges he downloaded and shared child pornography over the Internet. Fri, 19 Dec 2014 20:25:00 EST Police beat Dec. 20 Crash: No injuries were reported in a single-vehicle crash at 12:25 a.m. Thursday on Chartiers Road. State police said a vehicle operated by Russell K. Harris, 51, of Marianna, ran off the road on a curve and struck a tree. Fri, 19 Dec 2014 20:25:00 EST Police beat Dec. 20 Two charged: Earl O. Gorby, 71, of 619 Best Ave., Canton, and Crystal Montano. 32, of Washington, were taken into custody Friday morning by state police. Police were attempting to pick up Montano on a bench warrant, but Gorby allegedly hid her in a closet at his home. She was placed in Washington County jail on the warrant. He was arraigned before... Fri, 19 Dec 2014 20:25:00 EST Penn State to play for women’s volleyball national title OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) – Micha Hancock could finish a standout career in storybook fashion. Fri, 19 Dec 2014 19:45:00 EST