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April Johnston

Racial Slurs And Bullying Are The Norm In Ambridge Schools Say Parents And Students

When William Bratton was an eighth-grader, he rode the bus to Ambridge Area Middle School with a girl who seemed to relish making him uncomfortable. She targeted and taunted him on multiple occasions and repeatedly used the n-word. He endured...

LGBTQ Community Gains Unprecedented Support In Beaver County

When Branden Mikal Dudek left San Francisco in 2007 to return to his childhood home in Ambridge, deep purple lesions covered his skin, cancer corroded his body and clothes hung limply from a skeletal frame. AIDS was winning. “I basically...

Life After A Career Of Prosecuting Adults Who Hurt Children

Popovich family lore goes something like this: On the day she was born, Jennifer Popovich’s father declared his new daughter would someday become a lawyer. It might have ended there, with a father’s blissful wish for his baby, except...

Dairy Farming On The Decline In Beaver County: “You have to have it in your blood”

Shortly after his son was elected to the Pennsylvania State Senate in November 2008, Elder Vogel Sr. dropped by Breeze Ridge Farms in Marion Township to see fellow dairy farmer Robert Guidice. He was sulking. “Well, Bob,” Guidice remembers Vogel...

Taking Out The Trash In Beaver County Government

In 1987, a barge loaded with 3,100 tons of New York City trash left Long Island and set out for North Carolina. The southern state had agreed to dump the garbage in one of its landfills for a bargain...

Rachael DelTondo’s Family Shares Their Struggles On The Six Month Anniversary Of Her Murder

On the bad days, Lisa DelTondo takes a sleeping pill to help her drift off. On the really bad days, she pops three pills and washes them down with a Pepsi and Crown Royal. There are no good days. Not...

Beaver County Patients Say Medical Marijuana Is Making A Difference In Their Lives

Editor’s Note: BeaverCountian.com agreed to withhold the names of the two medical marijuana patients interviewed for this story. Both patients are concerned about the stigma, the risk to their jobs and even federal prosecution. Because they are patients of...

It’s Morning Again In Beaver County – A New Day For Jim Christiana

The Beaver County Chamber of Commerce General Election debate is underway in Penn State Beaver’s auditorium. Republican Senator Camera Bartolotta and her Democratic challenger James Craig have already begun arguing the merits of right-to-work laws and natural gas impact...

Aliquippa’s Acting Police Chief Struggles To Maintain His Department With The City Under Siege

Editor's Note: This is the first in a series of reports by BeaverCountian.com special features contributor April Johnston that will take you deep inside a city under siege. Rob Sealock woke shortly after 2 a.m. on July 2. The mask...

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April is a BeaverCountian.com contributing features reporter. Her work has earned more than 30 regional, state, and national awards.
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Editor's Note: The following remarks were delivered today by Beaver County Commissioner Jack Manning during a public meeting of the Board of Commissioners. We...

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Editor's Note: BeaverCountian.com has received the following statement from Rochester Manor + Villa notifying the public about a patient who has tested positive for...

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Driven significantly by a large outbreak of COVID-19 at the Brighton Rehabilitation And Wellness Center nursing home, 13 people in Beaver County have now...

Beaver Countians Face Widespread Damage And Power Outages After Early Morning Storm

Beaver Countians will have dry weather with increasing sunshine today to clean up after the overnight storm that trampled the area. When they’ll be...
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