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Christmas Bird Count Begins Saturday

Tens of thousands of volunteers will take part in the Audubon Society’s 114th annual Christmas Bird Count which begins Saturday (Dec. 14) and runs through January 5. Local counts cover just a one-day period. The Christmas Bird Count is described as the longest-running citizen-science survey in the world.  The data collected allows researchers, conservation biologists…

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Punxsutawney Man To Be Executed For 2000 Murder of Night Watchman

Governor Tom Corbett has signed an execution order for a Punxsutawney man who was convicted nearly twelve years ago in the 2000 murder of a night watchman in Jefferson County. 47 year-old Robert Rega is scheduled to be executed by lethal injection on January 28. Rega was convicted and sentenced to death in 2002 in…

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Local Officials Caution About Fake Collection Calls And Solicitations From Map Company

Local officials issued cautions Wednesday about both a scam claiming that legal action is about to be taken regarding a loan debt and solicitations for advertisements on a local map which are allegedly made under false pretenses. The Warren County Sheriff’s office says callers in their area and in Mercer County have been threatening arrest…

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Venango County Commissioners Approve $18.9 Million Budget With No Tax Increase

The Venango County Commissioners on Tuesday approved a nearly $18.9 million budget for 2014 which will not include a real estate tax increase. The county was able to trim almost $49,000 from the spending plan which was given the commissioners’ preliminary approval last month. Balancing the budget will require a transfer of more than $1.8…

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Oil City Man Charged With Stealing From Hospital During Woman’s Childbirth

An Oil City man has been charged after he was accused of stealing drugs and syringes from an examination room at UPMC Northwest in Cranberry. State Police officials say this all occurred while 28 year-old Kenneth Sterling was waiting for the birth of his child last Thursday. Police say Sterling has been charged with theft, receiving stolen…

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Orie And Betty Hepler Named Venango Area Chamber Of Commerce Citizens-Of-The-Year

The Venango Area Chamber of Commerce has announced that Cranberry Township residents Orie and Betty Hepler have been named their Citizens-of-the-Year. The Heplers will be honored at the Chamber’s annual dinner scheduled for February 19 at Cross Creek Resort. The honorees have worked in cattle farming and lumbering.  They are being lauded for their work…

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Seneca Man Charged In Drug Death Of Oil City Man

A Seneca man has been charged with providing the drugs which killed an Oil City man whose body was found in a car in Morrison Park in Seneca in November, 2011. 24 year-old Jarrod Goheen has been charged with the delivery of a controlled substance and drug delivery resulting in death.  Goheen was arraigned on…

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Franklin Man Accused Of Sexual Contact With 14 Year-Old Girl

A Franklin man has been charged after he was accused of having sex with a 14 year-old girl. 23 year-old Joshua Witty was charged with aggravated indecent assault on a person under 16, statutory sexual assault and the corruption of a minor. Witty is accused of sexually assaulting a teenager at a residence on Grant…

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Franklin City Council Okays $5 Million Budget For 2014

Franklin City Council on Monday unanimously approved a $5 million budget with a $2.4 million sewer fund budget for 2014. The spending plan contains no real estate tax hike. It contains spending hikes of more than $300,000 for both the general fund budget and the sewer fund.

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Hazmat Crews Respond To I-80 Incident Involving Spilled Batteries

Safety officials say one of many calls to which emergency crews responded during icy conditions on Sunday night was an incident involving a trio of jack-knifed tractor-trailers on Interstate 80 near Emlenton. Sources say the series of incidents occurred during a freezing drizzle around 10:30 PM Sunday, and climaxed with the spillage of dozens of…

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