Regional roundup

Lane to be closed on Lovers Lane

STEUBENVILLE — City Engineer Michael Dolak said the northbound right lane of Lovers Lane will be closed to all traffic from Princeton Road to Sunset Boulevard starting Monday.

Dolak said the lane closure is needed for the construction of a new concrete sidewalk along Lovers Lane and Sunset Boulevard.

“We are advising motorists to allow extra time for their travel and to drive slowly through the work zone. The work should last approximately five days,” said Dolak.

The work is part of the Convenient Food Mart fuel station development at the intersection of Sunset Boulevard and Lovers Lane.

South Fourth Street impacted by work

STEUBENVILLE — Urban Projects Director Chris Petrossi said eight parking spaces in the northeast corner of the Fourth Street public parking lot across the street from the Grand Theater will be closed Tuesday.

Petrossi said MultiComm Inc. of Hollidaysburg, Pa., will be removing antennas from the roof of an adjacent building.

“The work will begin in the morning and take up to four hours to complete,” said Petrossi.

Bear harvest down in Pennsylvania

HARRISBURG, Pa. — Hunters killed 415 bears during the third day of Pennsylvania’s statewide bear season, raising the three-day total to more than 2,300.

That’s about an 8 percent decrease from the number of bears taken during the first three days of last year’s season.

The figures come from preliminary data released Wednesday by the state Game Commission. The season closed Wednesday night after the early numbers were released.

Officials had been expecting a big harvest because of the number of bear hunting licenses issued and a jump in the state’s black bear population — from 18,000 to about 20,000.

The heaviest bear taken so far weighed about 700 pounds. It was shot in Barrett Township, Monroe County.

The state’s largest bear harvest happened in 2011, when 4,350 bears were taken.

Symphony back to work in five-year deal

PITTSBURGH — Musicians are agreeing to a temporary wage cut as part of a five-year deal that’s ending a strike against the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra that began in late September.

The agreement announced Wednesday calls for a salary reduction of 7.5 percent, followed by a wage freeze, a 3.3 percent increase in the third year and a 2 percent increase in the fourth year. By the fifth year, base salary will return to the 2016 level of $107,000.

The orchestra will have 99 musicians and two librarians but will not fill three vacant positions.

Management says it’s trying to address a deficit projected to be more than $20 million over the coming years.

The symphony will hold free concerts on Dec. 2 and Dec. 4 with conductor Manfred Honeck.

Victim of row house fire identified

PITTSBURGH — Authorities have identified an elderly man who died after being rescued from a Pittsburgh row house fire.

The Allegheny County medical examiner said Thursday that 77-year-old Jesse Truxell Jr. died at a hospital.

Firefighters responding to the blaze Wednesday afternoon in the city’s Bluff neighborhood were told by two residents of the home that their roommate was still inside.

Authorities say Truxell died soon after being rushed to the hospital.