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Mercer Homers, Locke Earns 8th Win In Pirates 7-3 Victory At Oakland

Jordy Mercer homered, and Pittsburgh’s winningest pitcher, Jeff Locke, earned his eighth victory of the season in a 7-3 win for the Pirates (39-41) at Oakland on Friday night. Mercer, Josh Harrison and Matt Joyce all contributed two hits.  Locke, meanwhile, brushed off a shaky start to improve to 8-5, working five innings and being charged with…

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Legislature Recesses Without Bill To Fund State Budget; Governor Wolf Says He Won’t Sign Without An Agreement

State House and Senate leaders sent their members home for the holiday on Friday without completing work on a bill to authorize the funding for the state budget proposal passed in both chambers earlier in the week. As of the start of the holiday weekend, it was not clear when the legislative session would resume,…

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Oil City Man Among Three Injured In Friday Evening Crash On Route 285 Near Interstate 79

An Oil City man was among three people injured early Friday evening in a two-vehicle accident at the Interstate 79 exit to Route 285 in the Geneva area in Crawford County. State Police officials from the Meadville station say 42 year-old James Womer was traveling east on Route 285 when a car which had been…

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Fox Killed After Attack On Horse: Tests Show Fox Had Rabies

A fox which was killed after it attacked a horse on a farm near Pleasantville has tested positive for rabies. The incident is the second confirmed case of rabies in Venango County over the past week or so.  The first involved a rabid bat killed at a home in Oil City.  Four residents of that…

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Venango, Crawford Counties’ Transportation Merger Becomes Official

The merger of services between Venango County Transportation and CATA, the Crawford Area Transportation Authority became official on Friday. The agreement turns over the management of Venango County transportation services to CATA, while maintaining both the “Go” Bus which serves Franklin, Oil City, Rocky Grove, Polk and Sugarcreek, as well as the county’s shared ride…

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Record Number Of U.S. Travelers Expected Over Fourth-Of-July Weekend

AAA Travel estimates that approximately 43 million Americans will travel this Fourth-of-July holiday weekend. If that number materializes, it would be a record for this particular holiday and would represent an increase of about five million travelers from last year. About 84 percent of the travelers are expected to drive to their destinations, a 1.2…

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Governor Wolf Sent State Budget On Time; Legislature Must Decide Sources Of Funding

A state budget for the new fiscal year was sent – on time – to the desk of Governor Tom Wolf on Thursday. On Friday, the first day of the fiscal year, the state legislature was to precede their holiday vacations by finalizing  the details of the spending plan – that is, where will the…

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Only Minor Injuries In Route 427 Rollover Incident

A Franklin-area man apparently sustained only minor injuries in a rollover incident that occurred early Friday morning on Route 427. State Police say 21 year-old Garrett Culp was headed south at about 2:30 AM when his car traveled off the left side of the road, drove across a lawn, hit a stump and then struck…

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Venus Man’s Car Hits Horse Hauling Buggy

A horse hauling a buggy along Route 157 was killed Wednesday evening after the animal was struck by a car cresting a hill. Two teenagers from Venus who were riding in the buggy sustained minor injuries in the incident which occurred just after sundown when, according to State Police investigators, the buggy went “tumbling” several…

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Fourth Of July Festivals Abound!

The Fourth of July weekend is arriving, and with it come a number of festivals in the Oil Region, including several in Venango County. As has been a recent tradition, community fireworks displays are split up onto separate nights, with Cranberry setting off their display on the 2nd, Oil City opting to go on the…

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