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Pilot suffers life-threatening injuries in Elizabeth Township plane crash

ELIZABETH TOWNSHIP, Pa. — An investigation is underway to find out what caused a small plane to crash in Elizabeth Township on Friday evening. Officials told Channel 11 the plane was taking off from a runway less than half of a mile from where it crashed. The plane was reportedly doing a touch and go maneuver when it lost altitude and went down.
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New Stanton to set off fireworks display Saturday night

New Stanton Borough will host its third annual fireworks over New Stanton beginning at 8:30 p.m. Saturday. Schaefer Fireworks of Ronks, Lancaster County, will produce the fireworks display. In the case of rain, the fireworks will be rescheduled for Sunday.

Small plane crashes in Elizabeth Township

ELIZABETH TOWNSHIP, Pa. (KDKA) — A small plane crashed in Elizabeth Township on Friday. The Elizabeth Township Fire Department said first responders were called to the area of Skillet Hill Road for reports of an aircraft down around 7 p.m. Crews found the aircraft and worked to rescue the adult male pilot, who was the only person on the plane.He was flown to a local hospital in critical condition with "life-threatening injuries," police said. The pilot of the single-engine Aeronca 7 Champion took off from Findlayville Airport and was doing touch-and-go landings at Rostraver Airport when he ran crashed. The pilot lost...
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Toddler waiting for heart transplant inspires charity event

While his grandson waits for a new heart, Tom Franzak will put on a charity concert to benefit other children in need of organ transplants. Franzak, of Bethel Park, is the director of music ministries for St. Benedict the Abbot Church in Peters Township. The concert is in honor of his 2-year-old grandson, Jude Sedor-Franzak, who has been at the Cleveland Clinic for several weeks.

NRA speakers unshaken on gun rights after school massacre

HOUSTON — (AP) — One by one, they took the stage at the National Rifle Association’s annual convention in Houston and denounced the massacre of 19 students and two teachers at an elementary school across the state. And one by one, they insisted that further restricting access to firearms was not the answer to preventing future tragedies.

Charleroi seniors return to elementary school

A new tradition began Friday in the Charleroi Area School District, and it provided some unforgettable moments for the Class of 2022. To read the rest of the story, please see a copy of Saturday’s Mon Valley Independent, call 724-314-0035 to subscribe or subscribe to our online edition at

As US mourns shootings, NRA in turmoil but influence remains

HOUSTON — (AP) — For a brief moment in 2012, it seemed like a national stalemate over guns was breaking. Adam Lanza, a 20-year-old gunman, had forced his way into a Connecticut elementary school and massacred 26 people, mostly children, with an AR-15-style rifle. Flags flew at half-staff. A sporting goods chain suspended sales of similar weapons. And longtime gun-rights supporters from both parties in Congress said they were willing to consider new legislation. The issue was complex, then-President Barack Obama said, but everyone was obligated to try.

West Virginia Zooms Up the Recruiting Rankings

Morgantown, West Virginia – Following the announcement that Rodney Gallagher, one of the top-ranked athletes in the 2023 class, committed to play for West Virginia, the Mountaineers vaulted up the recruiting rankings. West Virginia, who has seven recruits committed in the class, is now ranked #15 in the nation,...

Chromulak’s experiences in Vietnam featured in new book

Retired veteran S. Ron Chromulak of Monessen has kept meticulous records about his career serving in the U.S. military and in the years since. To read the rest of the story, please see a copy of Saturday’s Mon Valley Independent, call 724-314-0035 to subscribe or subscribe to our online edition at

'Every day is Memorial Day' at the National Cemetery of the Alleghenies

The white marble headstones stand in perfect alignment. They create the impression of being in formation. Names of those buried here, along with the wars in which they served, their military branch and their rank, are etched on the headstones. A large American flag waves gently atop an 80-foot flagpole,...