Terri Johnson

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Bio: Terri T. Johnson joined The Almanac staff as a regional reporter in 2009. Prior to that time, she was a staff writer for the Observer-Reporter, handling a variety of assignments ranging from municipal government to Washington County court. Terri graduated from West Virginia University in 1971 with a degree in English literature and psychology.

Department: News

Stories written by Terri Johnson

Faith newest member of the freshman class at Bethel Park High School

- Melissa Szabo has put her trust in Faith.

Bernie Queneau named honorary Eagle Scout at age 102


Bernie Queneau is quick to point out that when, upon meeting someone, he prefers to shake a man’s hand and to hug a lady – with his wife Esther’s permission, of course.

Backyard chickens newest trend in South Hills


With names like Scratchy, Ethel, Lorraine, Junebug, Daisy and Email, six chickens living in the backyard of the Lucas family residence in Peters Township are, by ordinance definition, family pets and are not strictly a f...

In Peters Township, chickens are considered pets


Six hens in Peters Township may live in an outdoor coop and lay eggs, because according to the township’s zoning hearing board and its interpretation of township ordinances, chickens are family pets.

Amendment approved declaring parts of Peters Township mineral extraction ordinance invalid


Peters Township was one of the first municipalities in Washington County to enact a mineral extraction ordinance regulating drilling for natural gas. However, later court challenges and rulings countered some portions of...

Peters Township couple ask for variance to raise chickens


On a regular basis, the Peters Township Zoning Hearing Board fields requests for variances on existing ordinances, such as the need to encroach a few extra feet near a boundary to build a shed or swimming pool.

Water safety top priority at South Hills pools


There is nothing that grabs as much attention as when a lifeguard blows a whistle at a crowded swimming pool on a hot summer day. Technology may have advanced, but it’s the sound of a whistle that signals someone ...

Columbia Gas line replacement begins on East McMurray Road


In an effort to avoid interfering with traffic while replacing an aging gas line along East McMurray Road in Peters Township, Columbia Gas Co. will work on the $1 million project from 7 p.m.-6 a.m. Sundays through Friday...

Open fire hydrants worry Peters Township officials


In his more than 30 years as the fire chief in Peters Township, Dan Coyle can recall only one time a fire hydrant in the township was opened without permission. However, in the past week, the fire department has been cal...

Peters Township School Board passes budget with 5.142-mill increase


A majority of the overflow audience – many wearing matching red T-shirts – at the June 30 meeting of the Peters Township School Board were not there to comment on the nearly $57 million 2014-15 budget or th...

Peters Township takes steps to prepare for eventual gas drilling


Officials in Peters Township know they cannot stop natural gas drilling, but they are taking steps to regulate what they can to protect the rights of citizens.

Joey Fabus, 8, sworn in as Bethel Park police officer for a day

- A few minutes after being sworn in as Bethel Park’s newest police officer, Joey Fabus conducted his first traffic stop, issued his first citation and testified before District Judge Ron Arnoni about the re...

Vietnam vet joins friend on Wall of Valor just before passing


The lives of Neil H. Brown and Dan O’Neill crossed paths several times. The first was 47 years ago when the Pittsburgh natives, both lieutenants in the U.S. Army, met at jump school in Georgia during the Vietnam W...

Dancing on the roof in Bethel Park


A few moments before 10 teachers climbed to the roof of the William Penn Elementary School in the Bethel Park School District June 11 to fulfill a promise to the more than 200 students made as a challenge to read, the ra...

Friendship Village resident sung in Kinder Sisters group


Barbara Kinder MacCallum remembers singing with her two older sisters as their mother washed and dried the dinner dishes in their Pittsburgh area home decades ago. Young Barbara Kinder was barely 14 when the trio of sist...

Bethel Park man named Chevalier of the Legion of Honor


August “Ted” Pace of Bethel Park loves his country so much that when he was ineligible to join the U.S. Navy during World War II because of a minor health issue, he marched across the hall to another recrui...

Recent heavy rains in Peters Township concern officials


Some locations in Peters Township received up to four inches of rain during an eight-hour storm May 27-28 that resulted in flooded basements and yards. Township manager Michael Silvestri described the rain event as a 50-...

Bethel Park boy charged with showing weapon on school bus


A 17-year-old Bethel Park boy, whose name was not released because of his age, was placed in the Shuman Juvenile Detention Center after he showed a semi-automatic handgun to another student in an alternative education pr...