Monthly Archives: December 2012

Emlenton Police Apologize For Paperwork Snafu

The Emlenton Borough Police Department has issued an apology to an area businessman against whom the paperwork for an arson charge, withdrawn earlier this year, apparently still made its way to a district magisterial judge. A criminal complaint had been filed Wednesday against 44 year-old Ronald Forsythe in connection with a July second fire at…

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PIAA Votes Down D-10 Girls Basketball Plan

The Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association on Friday voted against a proposal to add a third District 10 “AAA” girls basketball team to this winter’s state basketball tournament. Under the revised brackets for this year, D-10′s allocations for teams in girls “AAA” was reduced from three to two.  Powerhouses Franklin, Mercyhurst Prep and Hickory are joined this…

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Dan Rooney Resigns As Ambassador To Ireland

Dan Rooney, the chairman and a co-owner of the Pittsburgh Steelers, announced Friday he is resigning his post as United States Ambassador to Ireland. Rooney was appointed by President Barack Obama on Saint Patrick’s Day, 2009. Rooney, who was inducted into the Pro Football Hall-of-Fame in 2000, supported and campaigned for Obama in the 2008…

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Oil City Budget Contains Tax Hike Of .6 Mill

The 16-million dollar 2013 city budget adopted by Oil City Council on Thursday will include a real estate tax increase of six-tenths of one mill. That change will translate to about a six dollar tax hike per year for each $10,000 of assessed property value. The original city budget proposal considered last month contained an…

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Mark London Named New Franklin Police Chief

Police Lieutenant Mark London has been named the city of Franklin’s new police chief. London succeeds chief Jeff Storm, who announced his retirement from the force this fall. An Oil City native who has long lived in Franklin, London has also served on the Emlenton Police Department and the Venango County Sheriff’s department.  He has…

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Judge Leaning Toward Summer Voter Photo I-D Trial

A Commonwealth Court judge stated Thursday that he will likely schedule a trial on the state’s controversial new voter photo identification law for next summer. Judge Robert Simpson indicated that would allow time before the November, 2013 elections for any necessary ruling on an appeal. The state Attorney General’s office is pressing for a ruling…

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Interim Administrator Named For Drake Well

The administrator for the Pennsylvania Military Museum in Boalsburg will take over as temporary administrator at Drake Well Museum and Park when current administrator Barbara Zolli steps down at the first of the year. Chuck Smith will start temporary duties at Drake Well on January 2.  Smith has also worked at Fort Pitt Museum in…

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Franklin To Hire New Football Coach

Franklin High School’s head football coach Dave Smith submitted his resignation on Wednesday, two days after the Franklin Area School Board decided to open up the position. Smith, an FHS graduate who was an all-conference defensive end at Edinboro University, was hired in 2004.  Over nine seasons, his teams compiled a combined 31-59 record.  His…

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Joy Announces Profits, But Hints At Plant Closings

On the same day in which the corporation announced a 19 percent increase in net sales in the fourth quarter of their fiscal year as compared to the same quarter in 2011, Joy Global officials also projected more layoffs at Joy facilities in Franklin, and hinted at the closings of several Joy plants in the…

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New McClintock Bridge Opens

PennDOT says the new McClintock Bridge over Oil Creek just north of Oil City is now open for traffic. The 370 foot-long span taking Route 8 across Oil Creek replaces an 82 year-old bridge that was considered structurally deficient.  The new structure is eleven feet wider than the old bridge. The road was closed and…

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