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Southern Airways Purchases Sun Air Express Which Serves Venango Regional Airport

Venango County officials are hopeful that the Essential Air Service airline routes which serve Venango Regional Airport in Franklin will remain virtually unchanged following the announced purchase of Sun Air Express by Memphis-based Southern Airways. Sun Air Express has its hubs located at Pittsburgh International Airport and Washington-Dulles International Airport.  In addition to Franklin, its…

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Fire Destroys Harrisville Apartment Building

A fire Thursday morning completely leveled an apartment building in Harrisville in northern Butler County. Firefighters responded shortly before 10:30 AM Thursday to a building on the 700-block of East Mercer Street (Route 58) in Harrisville.  The structure could not be saved. No injuries were reported.  The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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Oil City Man Charged With Escape, Resisting Arrest

An Oil City man who police say was wanted on a warrant through the Venango County Sheriff’s office now faces additional charges after he allegedly fled the police officials who tried to serve the warrant on him. Oil City Police officials say they served Eric Streater late Wednesday at a residence on the 300-block of…

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Pirates Surrender Ten Runs For Second Straight Day

For the second straight day in Grapefruit League preseason play, the Pittsburgh Pirates (1-2) allowed a double-digit run total, losing 10-8 to the Toronto Blue Jays in Bradenton, Florida. Pirates starter Jon Niese allowed four runs and five hits in his two innings of work.  Justin Smoak and Roemon Fields both homered for Toronto (2-0).…

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Firearms Seizures Were Up At Pennsylvania’s International Airports Last Year

The Transportation Safety Administration reports that the number of firearms seizures at international airports in Pennsylvania increased last year. Radio PA News reports that the TSA confiscated twenty handguns at Pittsburgh International Airport in 2015.  Three such weapons were seized at Harrisburg International, an airport where no such incidents occurred in 2014.  Numbers for Philadelphia…

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Three-Point Shot Failures Lead To 65-61 Pitt Loss At Virginia Tech

The Pitt Panthers (20-9; 9-8 ACC) shot only 14 percent (3-for-21) from three-point range on Wednesday night, dropping a 65-61 decision to Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Virginia. Zach LeDay paced the Hokies (17-13; 9-8) with 20 points, while Seth Allen and Justin Robinson tallied ten points apiece. Michael Young led Pitt with 16 points, and…

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Work On Oil City’s Center Street Bridge To Resume March 14; Bridge Will Close For Rehabilitation On March 28

While officials are still planning to close the Center Street Bridge in Oil City for rehabilitation work on March 28, the six-month project will actually begin on Monday, March 14. The bridge connects Center Street on the city’s North Side to Route 8 (Main Street).  Traffic will be controlled using lane restrictions and flag workers.…

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Ohio Man Uninjured In Tractor-Trailer Crash Which Closes I-80 West

Accident investigators say an Ohio truck driver escaped uninjured in a Wednesday tractor-trailer crash which closed a section of Interstate 80 westbound for several hours. State Police troopers tell KQW that 38 year-old Troy Estep, from Washington Courthouse, Ohio, was traveling west through Scrubgrass Township in southern Venango County shortly before 4:00 PM Wednesday when…

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$292 Million Powerball Lottery Ticket Sold In Florida

One ticket matching all the numbers drawn in Wednesday night’s Powerball Lottery game was sold in Florida. Before the drawing, game officials were estimating the annuity value of the night’s jackpot at $292 million. The prize marks the first jackpot prize above $200 million since the nation’s record $1.586 billion drawing on January 13. Two…

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Tigers Pound Pirates 10-3 In Bradenton Opener

Jarrod Saltalamacchia homered and added an RBI double on Wednesday as the Detroit Tigers avenged their loss to Pittsburgh in Tuesday’s Grapefruit League opener by pounding the Pirates 10-3 at the Tigers’ complex in Lakeland, Florida. Pittsburgh starter Jeff Locke, new delivery and all, surrendered four runs in the two innings he worked. JaCoby Jones…

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