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Washington County, Pennsylvania

Not to be confused with Washington, Pennsylvania.

U.S. county in Pennsylvania

Washington County is a county in the U.S. state of Pennsylvania. As of the 2010 census, the population was 207,820.[1] Its county seat is Washington.[2]

Washington County is part of the Pittsburgh, PA Metropolitan Statistical Area.

The county is home to Washington County Airport, three miles (5 km) southwest of Washington.


The county was created on March 28, 1781, from part of Westmoreland County. The city and county were both named after American Revolutionary War leader George Washington, who eventually became the first President of the United States. The town of Charleroi got its name from the Belgian city of Charleroi. There lived many Belgian immigrants in the Monongahela area at the end of the 19th century, some of whom were glass makers.[3][4]


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 861 square miles (2,230 km2), of which 857 square miles (2,220 km2) is land and 3.9 square miles (10 km2) (0.5%) is water.[5]

Surrounding counties[edit]

Major highways[edit]


Washington County has a humid continental climate (KöppenDfb), with warm summers and cold, snowy winters. Precipitation is highest in the summer months, with an annual average of 38.87 in (987 mm). Snow usually falls between November and April, with an average of 37.8 in (96 cm).

Climate data for Washington, Pennsylvania (3mi NE) (1981–2010 normals, extremes 1975–present)
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °F (°C) 70
Average high °F (°C) 35.1
Daily mean °F (°C) 26.0
Average low °F (°C) 16.8
Record low °F (°C) −25
Average precipitation inches (mm) 2.87
Average snowfall inches (cm) 10.5
Average precipitation days (≥ 0.01 in)16 14 14 14 15 12 12 11 11 13 14 15 162
Average snowy days (≥ 0.1 in)12 10 5 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 8 38
Source: NOAA[6]


Historical population
2019 (est.)206,865[7]−0.5%
U.S. Decennial Census[8]
1790–1960[9] 1900–1990[10]
1990–2000[11] 2010–2019[1]

As of the census[12] of 2000, there were 202,897 people, 81,130 households, and 56,060 families residing in the county. The population density was 237 people per square mile (91/km2). There were 87,267 housing units at an average density of 102 per square mile (39/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 95.27% White, 3.26% Black or African American, 0.09% Native American, 0.36% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.19% from other races, and 0.82% from two or more races. 0.58% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 18.3% were of German, 17.2% Italian, 10.6% Irish, 8.6% English, 7.9% Polish and 6.2% American ancestry.

There were 81,130 households, out of which 28.40% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.20% were married couples living together, 10.30% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.90% were non-families. 27.00% of all households were made up of individuals, and 13.20% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.44 and the average family size was 2.96.

In the county, the population was spread out, with 22.20% under the age of 18, 7.70% from 18 to 24, 27.20% from 25 to 44, 25.00% from 45 to 64, and 17.90% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41 years. For every 100 females there were 92.40 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 89.00 males.

As of 1800, this county was largely settled by people of Scot-Irish heritage because "prime lands" were already taken by the Germans and the Quakers.

Government and politics[edit]

The Washington County Courthouse during the winter

Presidential election results

Year RepublicanDemocraticThird parties
202060.8%72,08038.1% 45,0881.1% 1,588
201660.0%61,38635.5% 36,3224.5% 4,559
201256.0%53,23042.5% 40,3451.5% 1,403
200851.5%50,75246.8% 46,1221.7% 1,642
200449.6% 47,67350.1%48,2250.3% 279
200044.2% 37,33953.3%44,9612.5% 2,141
199635.7% 27,77752.7%40,95211.6% 9,016
199226.1% 21,97754.7%46,14319.3% 16,244
198837.4% 28,65162.1%47,5270.5% 375
198440.5% 34,78259.2%50,9110.3% 244
198039.7% 32,53255.2%45,2955.1% 4,191
197639.4% 32,82759.2%49,3171.3% 1,107
197254.0%42,58744.1% 34,7811.9% 1,494
196833.0% 28,02356.3%47,80510.8% 9,140
196427.5% 24,12772.3%63,4820.2% 147
196041.6% 38,34858.3%53,7290.1% 120
195645.0% 39,46554.8%48,0520.1% 98
195239.2% 36,04160.6%55,7250.3% 270
194835.7% 26,86061.6%46,3272.6% 1,979
194437.3% 27,61562.2%46,0230.5% 392
194036.2% 29,02663.4%50,8290.4% 296
193630.3% 23,34268.5%52,8781.2% 948
193240.8% 21,44755.1%28,9344.1% 2,155
192863.6%31,09935.1% 17,1491.3% 645
192460.6%22,31518.2% 6,70621.1% 7,776
192062.5%18,51429.8% 8,8277.7% 2,284
191652.4%10,36739.2% 7,7478.5% 1,674
191223.0% 4,29729.8% 5,56347.3%8,837
190856.3%11,43034.6% 7,0189.1% 1,850
190466.0%11,53028.0% 4,8866.0% 1,051
190059.4%10,40836.4% 6,3804.2% 733
189657.9%10,79839.6% 7,3842.5% 458
189251.2%8,06043.5% 6,8475.2% 822
188854.8%7,80141.1% 5,8474.1% 579
188450.2%6,69943.8% 5,8495.9% 793
188051.0%6,45146.3% 5,8502.7% 338

The County of Washington is governed by a three-member publicly elected commission. The three commissioners serve in both executive and legislative capacities. By state law, the commission must have a minority party guaranteeing a political split on the commission. Each term is for four years.

The three current commissioners for Washington County are Lawrence Maggi (Democrat), Diana Irey (Republican), and Nick Sherman (Republican).

Maggi was the Democratic nominee for Pennsylvania's 18th congressional district against Republican incumbent Tim Murphy in 2012. Maggi lost to Murphy and earned only 36 percent of the vote. Irey was the Republican candidate for Pennsylvania's 12th congressional district and lost to the late Democratic incumbent John Murtha in the 2006 election.

The Washington County Court of Common Pleas, the Twenty-Seventh Judicial District of Pennsylvania, is the state trial court, sitting in and for Washington County. It serves as the court of original jurisdiction for the region. There are five judges, which the county's citizens elect to ten year terms, under the laws of the Commonwealth. The President Judge is Katherine B. Emery; she is the most senior member of the bench. Judges of the court are:

  • Katherine B. Emery, P.J.
  • John F. DiSalle, J.
  • Gary Gilman, J.
  • Valarie Costanzo, J.
  • Michael J. Lucas, J.

Additionally, magisterial district judges (MDJs) serve throughout the county to hear traffic citations, issue warrants, and decide minor civil matters.

The Democratic Party has been historically dominant in county-level politics and national politics, only voting Republican for president in Richard Nixon's 1972 landslide victory over George McGovern between 1928 & 2008. However, like much of Appalachian coal country, Washington has trended strongly Republican in recent years. In 2000, Democrat Al Gore won 53% of the vote and Republican George W. Bush won 44%. In 2004, Democrat John Kerry received 50.14% of the vote and Bush received 49.57% a difference of 552 votes. In 2008, Republican John McCain won 51% to Democrat Barack Obama's 46% and each of the three state row office winners carried Washington County.

Voter registration[edit]

As of November 7, 2017, there were 139,790 registered voters in the county. Registered Democrats have a plurality of 67,424 registered voters, compared to 56,274 registered Republicans, 752 registered Libertarians, 123 registered Greens, and 15,217 voters registered to other parties or none.[14]

Chart of Voter Registration

  Democratic (48.23%)

  Republican (40.26%)

  NPA/Other Parties (10.89%)

  Libertarian (0.54%)

  Green (0.09%)

Voter registration and party enrollment
Party Number of voters Percentage
Democratic67,424 48.23
Republican56,274 40.26
Others 15,217 10.89
Libertarian752 0.54
Green123 0.09
Total 139,790 100%

County row offices[edit]

  • Clerk of Courts, Barbara Gibbs, Democrat
  • Controller, Michael Namie, Democrat
  • Coroner, Timothy Warco, Democrat
  • District Attorney, Eugene Vittone, Republican
  • Prothonotary, Phyllis Ranko-Matheny, Democrat
  • Recorder of Deeds, Deborah Bardella, Democrat
  • Register of Wills, Mary Jo Poknis, Democrat
  • Sheriff, Samuel Romano, Democrat
  • Treasurer, Francis L. King, Democrat
  • Public Safety Director, Jeffrey A. Yates, Independent

State representatives[edit]

  • Josh Kail, Republican, 15th district
  • Mike Puskaric, Republican, 39th district
  • John A. Maher, Republican, 40th district
  • Jason Ortitay, Republican, 46th district
  • Tim O'Neal, Republican, 48th district
  • Bud Cook, Republican, 49th district
  • Pam Snyder, Democrat, 50th district

State senators[edit]

United States Representatives[edit]

United States Senators[edit]

Landmarks and events[edit]

Pony League baseball was founded in Washington County in 1951 for 13 and 14 year old boys and its headquarters are located here. As of 2016, more than a half-million youth in the U.S. and 40 other nations participate. The televised Pony League World Series held annually in August at Washington's Lew Hays Pony Field attracts teenage teams from around the world.[15]

Washington County is also the home of the Pennsylvania Trolley Museum.[16] Washington County is also famous for its Rock Shelters at Meadowcroft Village, which are one of the best preserved and oldest Pre-Clovis Native American dwellings in the country.[17] The county has 21 covered bridges still standing.[18]

The Whiskey Rebellion culminated in Washington. The home of David Bradford, one of the rebellion leaders, is located in Washington and is a national landmark.[19] Just a couple blocks away is the F. Julius LeMoyne House, which serves as the headquarters of the Washington County Historical Society.

Washington County is the home of the first crematory in the United States.[20][21]

In 1981, the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission installed a historical marker noting the historic importance of the county.[22]


Colleges and universities[edit]

Public school districts[edit]

Map of Washington County, Pennsylvania School Districts
Served by
  • Intermediate Unit 1 – Coal Center
  • Mon Valley Career and Technology Center – Charleroi
  • Western Area Career and Technology Center – Canonsburg

Private schools[edit]

  • Calvary Chapel Christian School – Fredericktown
  • Central Christian Academy – Houston
  • Children's School of Washington
  • Cornerstone Mennonite School – Burgettstown
  • Faith Christian School of Washington – Washington
  • First Love Christian Academy High – Washington
  • Goddard School – Venetia
  • Gwens Montessori School Inc – Washington
  • Hickory Christian School – Hickory
  • Huntington Learning Center – McMurray
  • John F Kennedy School – Washington
  • Kinder Care Learning Centers
  • Lakeview Christian Academy – Bridgeville
  • Madonna Catholic Regional School – Monongahela
  • Mel Blount Leadership Academy – Claysville
  • NHS School – Ellsworth
  • Rainbows End Learning Center – Washington
  • St Francis Children's School – Beallsville
  • Tri-State Christian School – Burgettstown


Citizens Library in Washington, PA
  • Avella Area Library Center
  • Bentleyville Public Library
  • Burgettstown Community Library
  • California Public Library
  • Chartiers-Houston Community Library
  • Citizens Library – Washington
  • Donora Public Library
  • Frank Sarris Public Library – Canonsburg
  • Fredericktown Area Public Library
  • Heritage Public Library – McDonald
  • John K Tener Library – Charleroi
  • Marianna Community Public Library
  • Monongahela Area Library
  • Peters Township Public Library
  • Washington County Library System



Map of Washington County, Pennsylvania with municipal labels showing cities and boroughs (red), townships (white), and Census-designated places (blue).

Under Pennsylvania law, there are four types of incorporated municipalities: cities, boroughs, townships, and, in at most two cases, towns. The following cities, boroughs and townships are located in Washington County:




Census-designated places[edit]

Census-designated places are geographical areas designated by the U.S. Census Bureau for the purposes of compiling demographic data. They are not actual jurisdictions under Pennsylvania law.

Unincorporated communities[edit]

Former communities[edit]

  • Allen Township[24]
  • Bethlehem Township
  • East Pike Run Township
  • Granville
  • Pike Run
  • Pike Run Township
  • Smallwood
  • South Canonsburg (annexed to Canonsburg in 1911)

Population ranking[edit]

The population ranking of the following table is based on the 2010 census of Washington County.[25]

county seat

Rank City/Town/etc. Municipal type Population (2010 Census)
1 WashingtonCity 13,663
2 CanonsburgBorough 8,992
3 CaliforniaBorough 6,795
4 DonoraBorough 4,781
5 McMurrayCDP 4,647
6 MonongahelaCity 4,300
7 CharleroiBorough 4,120
8 ThompsonvilleCDP 3,520
9 CentervilleBorough 3,263
10 WolfdaleCDP 2,888
11 GastonvilleCDP 2,818
12 McGovernCDP 2,742
13 BentleyvilleBorough 2,581
14 MuseCDP 2,504
15 Cecil-BishopCDP 2,476
16 East WashingtonBorough 2,234
17 New EagleBorough 2,184
18 McDonald (partially in Allegheny County) Borough 2,149
19 Wickerham Manor-FisherCDP 1,728
20 BaidlandCDP 1,563
21 BurgettstownBorough 1,388
22 North CharleroiBorough 1,313
23 HoustonBorough 1,296
24 SpeersBorough 1,154
25 EllsworthBorough 1,027
26 West BrownsvilleBorough 992
27 MidwayBorough 913
28 ClaysvilleBorough 829
29 MeadowlandsCDP 822
30 RoscoeBorough 812
31 AvellaCDP 804
32 HickoryCDP 740
33 ParisCDP 732
34 DeemstonBorough 722
35 LangelothCDP 717
36 MillsboroCDP 666
37 Eighty FourCDP 657
38 CokeburgBorough 630
39 West AlexanderCDP 604
40 SlovanCDP 555
41 LawrenceCDP 540
42 AllenportBorough 537
43 JoffreCDP 536
44 StockdaleBorough 502
45 MariannaBorough 494
46 BeallsvilleBorough 466
47 FinleyvilleBorough 461
48 Long BranchBorough 447
49 BulgerCDP 407
50 FredericktownCDP 403
51 AtlasburgCDP 401
52 WylandvilleCDP 391
53 DunlevyBorough 381
54 HendersonvilleCDP 325
55 ElcoBorough 323
56 ElramaCDP 307
57 SouthviewCDP 276
58 AaronsburgCDP 259
59 TwilightBorough 233
60 TaylorstownCDP 217
61 WestlandCDP 167
62 Van VoorhisCDP 166
T-63 Coal CenterBorough 139
T-63 West MiddletownBorough 139
64 Cross CreekCDP 137
65 Green HillsBorough 29

Notable people[edit]

  • John Alexander Anderson, born in Washington County, United States Congressman from Kansas[26]
  • Jonathan Arnold, brother-in-law of Gen. Stonewall Jackson.
  • Kurt Angle (born 1968), resided in Canonsburg, Olympic gold medalist and Professional wrestler
  • James G. Blaine (1830–1893), native of West Brownsville, United States Secretary of State, Speaker of the House of Representatives, and 1884 Republican presidential nominee
  • David Bradford, born in Maryland 1760 and resided in Washington, early deputy attorney-general for Washington County, became a leader in the Whiskey Rebellion challenging the nascent United States federal government[27]
  • Alexander G. Clark (1826–1891), born in Washington County, "The Colored Orator of the West", Minister to Liberia 1890–1891[28][29]
  • William J. Carson (1840–1913), Civil War Medal of Honor recipient, 1863[30][31]
  • Perry Como (1912–2001), native of Canonsburg, recording artist and television performer
  • Mitch Daniels (born 1949), native of Monongahela, former Governor of Indiana, current president of Purdue University
  • iJustine (born 1984), YouTube personality and actress
  • Alexander Fulton (unknown-died ca. 1818), founder of Alexandria, Louisiana[32]
  • Ken Griffey, Jr. (born 1969), native of Donora, Major League Baseball player
  • Ken Griffey, Sr. (born 1950), native of Donora, Major League Baseball player
  • John Guzik (1936–2012), football player
  • Joseph Hardy (born 1924), former resident of Eighty Four, philanthropist, former CEO and founder of 84 Lumber
  • Pete Henry (1897–1952), NFL player/coach, member of Pro Football Hall of Fame.
  • Shirley Jones (born 1934), native of Charleroi, best known for her role as the mother of the Partridge Family and winning an Academy Award.
  • Francis Julius LeMoyne (1798–1879) abolitionist and pioneer of cremation in the United States.
  • Jonathan Letterman (1824–1872), native of Canonsburg, Father of Battlefield Medicine and Civil War surgeon
  • William Henry Letterman (1832–1881), native of Canonsburg, co-founder of the Phi Kappa Psi fraternity, surgeon, and brother of Jonathan Letterman
  • Marvin Lewis (born 1958), native of McDonald, National Football League player, coach
  • Jay Livingston (1915–2001), native of McDonald, Oscar-winning songwriter
  • William Holmes McGuffey (1800–1873), native of the western side of the county, famous educator and writer of McGuffey's Eclectic Readers – one of America's first text books
  • John F. McJunkin (1830–1883), Iowa Attorney General
  • John H. Mitchell (1835–1905), United States Senator, participant in original dispute in landmark Supreme Court case Pennoyer v. Neff
  • Joe Montana (born 1956), native of Monongahela, National Football League player
  • Stan Musial (1920–2013), native of Donora, Major League Baseball player
  • Deborah Jeane Palfrey (1956–2008), native of Charleroi, "The D.C. Madam"
  • John Walker Rankin (1823–1869), Iowa state senator
  • David Redick (died 1805), Vice-President (Lt. Governor) of Pennsylvania for three weeks in 1788; surveyor—laid out the town of Washington.
  • Kurt Schottenheimer (born 1949), native of McDonald, National Football League coach
  • Marty Schottenheimer (1943–2021), native of McDonald, National Football League player, coach
  • Paul Shannon (1909–1990), radio and television personality
  • Bobby Vinton (born 1935), native of Canonsburg, recording artist
  • Bob West (born 1956), native of Finleyville, voice actor best known for Barney & Friends
  • Joseph Ruggles Wilson (1822–1903), graduate of Jefferson College (subsequently W&J), Presbyterian minister, father of Pres. Woodrow Wilson
  • Bud Yorkin (1926–2015), American film and television producer, director, writer and actor.
  • Christopher Rankin (1788-1826), member of the U.S. House of Representatives for Mississippi's at-large district, namesake of Rankin County

See also[edit]


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  2. ^"Find a County". National Association of Counties. Archived from the original on May 31, 2011. Retrieved June 7, 2011.
  3. ^Pennsylvania Heritage, Volumes 34-36 - Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, 2008. Pg. 5
  4. ^"Pennsylvania Heritage". Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission. April 9, 2008 – via Google Books.
  5. ^"2010 Census Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. August 22, 2012. Retrieved March 11, 2015.
  6. ^"NowData - NOAA Online Weather Data". National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Retrieved 2020-01-13.
  7. ^"Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved March 26, 2020.
  8. ^"U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved March 11, 2015.
  9. ^"Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved March 11, 2015.
  10. ^Forstall, Richard L., ed. (March 24, 1995). "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved March 11, 2015.
  11. ^"Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000"(PDF). United States Census Bureau. April 2, 2001. Retrieved March 11, 2015.
  12. ^"U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved May 14, 2011.
  13. ^Leip, David. "Dave Leip's Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections". Retrieved 29 November 2018.
  14. ^"Commonwealth of Pennsylvania 2017 Voter Registration Statistics"(PDF). November 7, 2017. Retrieved 2018-11-29.
  15. ^Crawley, Dave. "Teens Flock To Play Ball In Pony League World Series (August 5, 2016)". KDKA-TV. Retrieved 16 August 2017.
  16. ^[1]Archived December 10, 2008, at the Wayback Machine
  17. ^[2]Archived July 17, 2008, at the Wayback Machine
  18. ^"Archived copy". Archived from the original on October 25, 2008. Retrieved October 25, 2008.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  19. ^Welcome!Archived 2008-12-28 at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved on 2013-07-23.
  20. ^"The LeMoyne Crematory". Archived from the original on July 10, 2009. Retrieved March 7, 2009.
  21. ^"An Unceremonious Rite; Cremation of Mrs. Ben Pitman"(PDF). New York Times. February 16, 1879. Retrieved March 7, 2009.
  22. ^"Mingo Creek Church – PHMC Historical Markers". Historical Marker Database. Pennsylvania Historical & Museum Commission. Archived from the original on December 7, 2013. Retrieved December 9, 2013.
  23. ^"Homepage". Archived from the original on April 2, 2015.
  24. ^"Allen Township, Washington County, PA". Retrieved 29 November 2018.
  25. ^CNMP, US Census Bureau. "This site has been redesigned and relocated. - U.S. Census Bureau". Retrieved 29 November 2018.
  26. ^Who Was Who in America, Historical Volume, 1607–1896. Marquis Who's Who. 1967.
  27. ^Welcome!. Retrieved on 2013-07-23.
  28. ^Alexander Clark of Muscatine, Iowa | HOME. Retrieved on 2013-07-23.
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  30. ^History, U.S. Army Center of Military. "Medal of Honor Recipients - Civil War (A-L)". Retrieved 29 November 2018.
  31. ^" - Musician CARSON, WILLIAM J., U.S. Army". Retrieved 29 November 2018.
  32. ^"Fulton, Alexander". (Louisiana Historical Association). Archived from the original on September 23, 2010. Retrieved October 9, 2010.

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By: KDKA-TV News Staff AMBRIDGE, Pa. (KDKA) – A baby who was revived with Narcan after police say she ate a stamp bag of heroin has died. The Allegheny County Medical Examiner says 10-month-old Myla Rushman from Abridge died on Saturday at the hospital. The cause of her death is still under investigation. Police were called to a house on Rice Avenue last month for a report of a baby who was unresponsive and not breathing. Police say they were told the baby had gotten into a bundle of heroin and was overdosing. They gave the baby two doses of naloxone and started CPR until paramedics arrived. She was then flown to Children’s Hospital. (Photo: Provided) Her mother, Melissa Miller, was charged with reckless endangerment and endangering the welfare of a child. KDKA has reached out to see if those charges will be upgraded.


‘We look at this and see a catastrophe in the making,’ says researcher about Pennsylvania’s forests

"Forests get the double whammy of both too many invaders, many species, and too many deer.”. (Pittsburgh) — Pennsylvania forests are facing looming threats that could catastrophically change the state’s landscape. Two academics, Ryan Utz, an assistant professor of water resources at Chatham University, and Walter Carson, an associate professor...


Meadows Racetrack and Casino is getting a new name

NORTH STRABANE TOWNSHIP, Pa. — Meadows Racetrack and Casino in Washington County is getting a new name. Watch the report in the video player above. As of Oct. 15, the gaming facility will be called Hollywood Casino at the Meadows. The Meadows announced the change in a social media video,...



Toddler Found Wandering Alone In Braddock

BRADDOCK, Pa. (KDKA) – A toddler was found wandering through Braddock alone wearing nothing but a diaper and a t-shirt. According to Braddock Police, the boy was found roaming the area of Sixth and Margaretta streets by a woman driving by the busy intersection around 2:30 p.m. Monday. The boy was taken to the police station. Police say the woman who found him stayed the entire time, and the boy was so frantic, he wouldn’t leave her side. Officers went to the boy’s home and brought the grandfather, who was watching the child, in custody. He reportedly told police he didn’t know...


Pittsburgh restaurant brings back “Ghostbusters” Halloween display

Someone call Ghostbusters… This Italian restaurant is crawling with ghosts! Check out the decorations that ‘Angelo’s two’ Italian restaurant put up south of Pittsburgh. You’ve got those creepy green tentacles and the ‘Stay-Puft Marshmallow Man’ from Ghostbusters. Kids are loving it… One parent said his child made him drive around the building 15 times. The […]


This Week in Pittsburgh History: “Bridge to Nowhere” Finally Opens

After spending most of the preceding decade as a punchline, Pittsburgh’s unfinished “Bridge to Nowhere” finally opened on Oct. 16, 1969. Construction of the span had begun in 1958; it earned its infamous nickname because the main portion of the bridge was completed in 1963, but the throughway was useless for another six years because of delays acquiring rights of way for the northern approach ramps.




Investigation continues in shots fired incident in Mingo Junction

JEFFERSON COUNTY, Ohio — New details were released Monday on Sunday night’s shots fired case in Mingo Junction. The original call came into Mingo Junction Police around 9:45 p.m. Chief Willie McKenzie said crews responded to a call on the 200 block of McLister Avenue for an unresponsive female. While...


Salem’s Market selected to open grocery store in Pittsburgh’s Hill District

PITTSBURGH — Salem’s Market & Grill, LLC will open a grocery store in the former Shop ‘n Save site at the Centre Heldman Plaza in Pittsburgh’s Hill District. Families in the Hill District have not had a grocery store since the Shop ‘n Save shut down in 2019. But that will change next summer when Salem’s Market takes over the space. The Urban Redevelopment Authority of Pittsburgh will be negotiating a lease with the owners.


Allied News

A Finch helped hunt for an eagle

When the Stellar’s sea eagle known as “Kodiak” escaped from the National Aviary in Pittsburgh about a week and a half ago, volunteers from throughout western Pennsylvania pitched in to help find the lost bird. Among those who helped in the search effort was Dr. Jeffrey Finch, the superintendent of...



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York County football team now ranked No. 1 among Pennsylvania's biggest high schools

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette has released its latest state high school football rankings. Central York is now No. 1 in the Class 6-A classification. The Panthers are 7-0 on the season and coming off a big win over Spring Grove. By now, the Central York football program is used to having...



House a total loss after fire in Colerain Township

COLERAIN, Ohio — A home is a total loss after a fire Monday morning in Colerain Township. The call came in around 3:30 a.m. from a neighbor saying a house nearby was on fire. When crews arrived, they found the home on fire with flames shooting through the room. The...


Mary Ellen Mickey Sisley

Mary Ellen Mickey Sisley, 46, of Donora, passed away Wednesday, October 6, 2021, in Penn Highlands Mon Valley Hospital, Monongahela, Pa. She was born in Uniontown, November 28, 1974, a daughter of Curtis William and Flora Lee Lint Mickey. Mary is survived by her children, Christina Hissom of Georgia, Ryan...



Fan’s Jim Colony with 1st ever hole-in-one

PITTSBURGH (93.7 The Fan) – While using his status to the Bus Stops Here Foundation charity playing as a celebrity guest on Monday. The Fan’s Jim Colony also displayed his talents on the golf course. Colony had his first ever hole-in-one. An ace on the second hole of ‘The Grove...


Beaver County Times

'Ink or Treat': Local tattoo shop raises funds for dog rescue

Studio 42 Tattoo and Piercing held a Sunday "Ink or Treat" fundraising event for dog rescue and fostering program Hello Bully. During the event, studio owners and artists Cassie and Oz Dillinger donated their time and supplies to raise funds at the Beaver Falls shop. All proceeds, a total of...


Residents report damage, complaints on street in Pleasant Hills

PLEASANT HILLS, Pa. — In Pleasant Hills, a homeowner alerted us to the damage to his front yard on West Bruceton Road. He said a driver lost control, took out his entire fence, and knocked over a fire hydrant. The driver then took off. The next-door neighbor also had property damage.



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Poison centers in Pennsylvania see an increase in ivermectin and hydroxychloroquine exposures

Of the 29 post-COVID exposures, 10 occurred between Aug. 12 and Sept. 30. (Pittsburgh) — The state’s two poison centers are treating more Pennsylvanians for ivermectin exposure after misinformation has led some to believe the anti-parasitic drug can cure COVID-19. In the 19 months since the first coronavirus case was...


Pittsburgh vs. Virginia Tech College Football Odds, Plays and Insights

Check out odds, insights and more in our betting preview for the Pittsburgh Panthers vs. Virginia Tech Hokies college football matchup on October 16, 2021.


First-ever black male Senator in West Virginia takes office

CHARLESTON, W. Va. (WTRF)- It’s a day to go down in the history books: The first-ever black male Senator in West Virginia takes office today. Former NAACP President Owens Brown was in the public-eye since the late-70s. He’s been in a number of groups, committees, and task forces. Brown is also a familiar face to […]


2nd Amendment Rally set to happen this weekend in Hancock County

There will be a 2nd Amendment Rally occurring this weekend in Weirton, WV. According to a flyer, the rally will occur on Saturday, October 16 at 11 am on Penco/Penn Ave. The rally will have guest speakers, refreshments, and a band (Hank IV) There will also be Trump signs and political merchandise for sale at […]





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The Washington County Bar Association owns and publishes the Washington County Reports, the official legal periodical for Washington County. Since 1920, legal notices, as well as other Court and law-related information, have been published in the weekly legal journal for the benefit of our subscribers and as a service to the profession, the legal community, the Court and the public.

A new issue of Washington County Reports is published every Thursday. The deadline for receipt of notices for the following week's legal journal is Friday by noon, although holidays may alter this deadline.

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Chronicling America  Washington County     (Source: The Library of Congress)
The Daily Evening Reporter  Aug 4, 1876 - Dec 21, 1883     (Source: Google News Archive)
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Observer-Reporter  May 1, 1967 - Jun 29, 2008     (Source: Google News Archive)
The Reporter  Aug 22, 1808 - Dec 19, 1825     (Source: Google News Archive)
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Washington Daily News  Jan 1, 1918 - May 11, 1919     (Source: Google News Archive)
Washington Daily Reporter  Mar 25, 1884 - Dec 31, 1896     (Source: Google News Archive)
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The Washington Observer  Jan 4, 1878 - Nov 6, 1967     (Source: Google News Archive)
The Washington Reporter  Mar 29, 1845 - Sep 16, 1985     (Source: Google News Archive)
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Claysville, Pennsylvania

Introduction ...

Below are the newspapers that have been published in the vicinity of Claysville.

Our newspaper information for Claysville is based on data taken from the Chronicling America website. For more information, please see our description of the Chronicling America website.

The following list contains the names of 5 papers that were published in the immediate area of Claysville. In addition, the list contains another 60 papers that were published in the broader area that surrounded Claysville. In total, we've identified 65 papers within 14 miles [22.5 km]<1> of Claysville.

To keep this list from growing too long, not all of the papers have been listed. We have another list where all the papers have been listed in alphabetical order. The complete list can be found on the Extended Newspaper Page for Claysville.  

Newspapers Published In Claysville ...

We know of 5 newspapers that have been published in the immediate area of Claysville:

Newspapers Neighboring Claysville ...

The following newspapers were published within 14 miles [22.5 km]<1> of Claysville.

The papers have been grouped by the community in which they were published, with the communities listed in order of their distance from Claysville.

  • Published In West Alexander [Washington County] ...
  • Published In Bentleyville [Washington County] ...
    • The Bentworth Times (from 1982)
    • The Courier (from 19??)
    • The Times (from 1987)
  • Published In Washington [Washington County] ...
    • We know of 46 newspapers that have been published in the vicinity of Washington. The list of those papers is too long to repeat here, but can be found on the Local Newspaper Page for Washington
    • We have an extended list that contains all the papers within 14 miles [22.5 km]<1> of Claysville. This extended list includes all the papers from Washington. The list is sorted by the paper's name. This merged list can be found on the Extended Newspaper Page for Claysville
  • Published In Elm Grove [Ohio County] ...
    • The Journal (from 1908)
  • Published In Burgettstown [Washington County] ...
  • Published In Wellsburg [Brooke County] ...

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<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' (or point-to-point) distance. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Claysville) to Point B.If you need the driving distance, we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Claysville. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from ClaysvilleOur distance measurements begin at a specific point in Claysville. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 40.1176, Longitude: -80.4111    

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