Butler County

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Butler County librarians are lending books the old-fashioned way—by tracking loans and due dates on paper—after a ransomware attack froze them out of their computers on Wednesday.

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One of the longest disc golf courses in the world will soon open at North Boundary Park in Cranberry Township.

It’s the busiest time of year at many local farms, with hayrides, animals to pet, and apple cider to sip.

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It's been nearly two years since Pennsylvania legalized medical marijuana, and this week, a handful of dispensaries began selling it.

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The first medical marijuana dispensary in southwest Pennsylvania opened its doors Thursday.

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Glade Run Lake is frozen over right now, its 50-plus acres of water transformed into a broad, snowy plain set amid the rolling hills of Butler County.

Oddly, though, tree branches are reaching up through the frigid water and breaking the icy surface like gnarled, blackened fingers.

The trees are holdouts from when the man-made fishing lake was completely drained. In 2011, the state’s Fish and Boat Commission decided Glade Run Lake’s 56-year-old spillway was too badly deteriorated to be reliable. Fearing a flood downstream, the agency drained the lake that summer.

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Police say two Good Samaritans used their cars to stop a suspected drunken driver swerving all over a Pennsylvania highway.

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A western Pennsylvania school district is scrapping water wells and opting for city-treated water so it can reopen an elementary school shuttered after high levels of lead were found in its water.

The Butler School District closed Summit Elementary School in February and moved pupils to Broad Street Elementary School, which had been shuttered.

Defense Firm Claims Exec & Former Owners To Blame For Humvee Fraud

Mar 6, 2017
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A Pennsylvania defense contractor said two brothers who formerly owned the company, and their former chief financial officer, are to blame for an alleged $6 million scheme to overcharge the Defense Department for Humvee window kits.

Ibis Tek LLC, of Butler, issued a statement Sunday night saying the business was sold last month to a group of independent investors.

The investors' statement said former co-owners Thomas Buckner, 67, of Gibsonia, and John Buckner, 65, of Lyndora, were removed as directors of the company in January, along with former CFO Harry Kramer.

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A bill aimed at withholding funds from sanctuary municipalities is making its way through the state legislature, but some western Pennsylvania counties aren’t sure how it will affect their policy.

Analyzing Growth In Pennsylvania's Rural Counties

Oct 21, 2015
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An analysis of the commonwealth’s population by the Center for Rural Pennsylvania indicates new residents are choosing to settle in exurban areas over cities and suburbs.  The trend has caught the eye of community development groups in Western Pennsylvania, where counties like Butler and Washington are seeing rapid population growth.

“They see opportunity there and they’re taking advantage of it,” explains Rural Pennsylvania Senior Policy Analyst Jonathan Johnson.  He says Pennsylvania has 48 rural counties and 19 urban counties, which are based on whether they fall above or below a 284-persons per square mile population density line.  

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Everyone from international disc golfers to world-class puddle duck racers to southwestern Pennsylvanian families will come together at this weekend’s Regatta at Lake Arthur in Moraine State Park.

The regatta, now in its 17th year, is a “two-day outdoor celebration of Moraine State Park,” according to event director Holly Muchnok. She said many people feel the Butler County park is underused, so the event is a way to showcase all Moraine has to offer year-round to park-goers.

Pittsburghers have long enjoyed fireworks, and now they can anticipate even more.

PyroFest, the fireworks festival with the largest number of displays in the country, is held annually in western Pennsylvania and will have an even larger home this year.