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Earnhardt, Johnson Win Twin Races In Budweiser Duel

Dale Earnhardt, Jr. and Jimmie Johnson captured the Twin 150-mile races in the Budweiser Duel at Daytona International Speedway on Thursday night. Earnhardt’s victory gives him the number-3 starting position in Sunday’s Daytona 500.  Johnson had already earned a spot, along with polesitter Jeff Gordon for Sunday’s front row. Earnhardt won last year’s Daytona 500. …

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Record Low Temperatures Close Schools, Postpone Regional Activities

Record low temperatures were recorded Friday morning (Feb. 20) throughout many areas of the Oil Region. KQW Radio recorded a low temperature of 15 below zero in Oil City, while temperatures dropped to as low as minus 18 in the Franklin area. One resident of a Butler County community insisted that the temperature at her…

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It’s Oil Country Bluegrass Festival Weekend

Approximately 25 bands will perform this weekend (Feb. 20 – Feb. 22) during the annual Oil Country Bluegrass Festival in Oil City. The activity begins at 6:00 PM Friday, continues Saturday afternoon and Saturday night, and resumes at 9:00 AM Sunday morning.  You will be able to find the music at the Oil City Days…

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Fire Damages Roof Of Pleasantville Home

A fire Wednesday night ripped through the roof of a home in Pleasantville. First-responders from five fire companies responded to the scene on North Main Street shortly after 11:00 PM Wednesday and were on the scene for a little under an hour-and-a-half. No injuries were reported.  It is believed the blaze was started by a…

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Oil City Man Charged With Selling Drugs In Convenience Store Parking Lot

An Oil City man who was already lodged in the Venango County Jail on charges from another case was charged Thursday with selling drugs in a convenience store parking lot in Sugarcreek Borough on two different dates last summer. Sugarcreek Borough Police say they charged 29 year-old Royez Ludy with conspiracy, both possession and delivery…

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Recent Winter Blast Produces Several Rollover Accidents

Winter’s effects have produced a number of rollover accidents in the area on Thursday morning. The incidents included a rollover on Route 322 in Cranberry Township in which a female passenger in a pickup was hurt, a predawn crash in which a woman from Ogunquit, Maine received minor injuries, and a crash between two S-U-V’s…

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Pennsylvania’s Moratorium On The Death Penalty Challenged In State Supreme Court

Philadelphia’s district attorney has filed a legal challenge to the moratorium on the state’s death penalty announced last week by Governor Tom Wolf. Pennsylvania has not executed a prisoner since 1999, but the execution of convicted murderer Terrance Williams had been scheduled for March 4.  The challenge filed by Philadelphia D.A. Seth Williams terms Wolf’s…

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Speed Limit Restored On Interstate 80 In Venango And Mercer Counties

PennDOT restored the speed limit on Interstate 80 early Thursday afternoon Feb. 19). As the winter weather continued, another temporary reduction of the speed limit had been announced Thursday morning for I-80 in Venango and Mercer Counties to 45 miles per hour. The agency is urged motorists to avoid unnecessary travel.  In the meantime, PennDOT crews continued to…

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DEP Forms Conventional Oil And Gas Advisory Committee; Sen. Hutchinson Continues To Push To Make Their Duties Part Of State Law

On the same day in which legislation sponsored by state Senator Scott Hutchinson, from Oil City, intended to protect conventional gas and oil drillers in Pennsylvania passed the state Senate, the Department of Environmental Protection announced the formation of the Conventional Oil and Gas Advisory Committee. Hutchinson’s office says one of the main goals of…

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Wednesday’s High School Playoff Scores – February 18

High School Basketball Playoff Results  –  Wednesday, February 18:   District 9 “A” Boys’ 1st Round Venango Catholic 60, North Clarion 51 Coudersport 60, Otto-Eldred 48   District 9 “AA” Boys’ Quarterfinal Moniteau 48, Port Allegany 31   District 9 “AA” Girls’ Quarterfinals Moniteau 55, Brookville 46 Redbank Valley 42, Kane 31 Curwensville 44, Brockway…

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