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Cranberry Budget Contains No Tax Hike

Final approval was given on Thursday by the Cranberry Township supervisors to a 2015 budget which contains no real estate tax increase. The township’s property tax had last been hiked in 2013, the first such increase in nine years. The 2015 spending plan totals about $4.36 million. The supervisors also moved to trim the township’s street…

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Oil City To Open City Manager Position

Oil City Council decided Thursday to not renew the contract of city manager Eric Strahl. The decision was made at a work session held at City Hall on Thursday morning.  Following the move, Council plans to appoint an interim City Manager by January 15 for a period of not more than six months while they…

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24 Arrests Made In Heroin Operation Sweep Involving Clarion And Armstrong Counties

Twenty-four people face charges in connection with an alleged drug ring that the state Attorney General’s office says was responsible for bringing thousands of dollars worth of heroin into Clarion and Armstrong Counties. In a joint investigation by Attorney General Kathleen Kane’s office and the Clarion and Armstrong County District Attorney’s offices, officials say some…

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Former Mercer Pastor Denied Appeal On Child Sex Crime Convictions

A former Mercer County pastor has lost his appeal of his sentencing on charges concerning the alleged molestation of a teenage boy. 49 year-old Lee Moore, who pastored a church in Mercer, was convicted last year of five different counts related to accusations that he had molested a teen for four years.  Moore was sentenced last November to nine…

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Forest County Budget Holds No Property Tax Hike

The 2015 budget approved last week by the Forest County Commissioners contains no real estate tax increase. The $2.8 million spending plan would anticipate a little more than $2.7 million in revenues with some $96,000 coming from the county’s reserve fund. Forest County has not enacted a property tax hike since 2008.

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Wreaths Across America Ceremonies Scheduled For Saturday

Veterans across the nation and around Pennsylvania are being honored this week, and the many scheduled events will be capped off Saturday (Dec. 13) by ceremonies conducted by the Wreaths Across America project. Project representatives will place remembrance wreaths on thousands of veterans’ graves, many at national cemeteries here in Pennsylvania.  The state’s events will…

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Pirates Deal With Phillies For Reliever Antonio Bastardo

The Pittsburgh Pirates swapped pitchers with the Philadelphia Phillies on Wednesday, acquiring left-handed reliever Antonio Bastardo for minor league southpaw Joely Rodriguez. In six Major League seasons, Bastardo has a 20-18 record, a 3.72 ERA and 324 strikeouts in 259 innings.  In 2014, he went 5-7 with an ERA of 3.94.  He fanned 81 batters…

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Penn State Ekes Out Win Over Duquesne; Nittany Lions Now 9-1

Geno Thorpe led four Penn State players who finished with double figures, and the Nittany Lions improved to 9-1 with a narrow 64-62 home win over Duquesne on Wednesday night. Thorpe scored 19 points, Shep Garner added 13, and D.J. Newbill and Donovan Jack both tallied 11. Jordan Stevens paced Duquesne (3-3) with 18 points, and TySean Powell recorded…

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Winter Storm Warning For Crawford County; 4-To-8 Inches Of Snow Possible

The National Weather Service on Thursday morning (Dec. 11) posted a Winter Storm Warning for Crawford County, to be in effect until 11:00 PM Thursday night. Although Venango County may see only a fraction of an inch of snow during the day Thursday and a full inch at night, Snow Belt areas of Crawford County…

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Leeper Man Gets Ten Years In Federal Prison For Taking 13 Year-Old Girl Across State Lines

A Leeper man was sentenced in U.S. District Court in Pittsburgh on Wednesday to ten years in federal prison plus five years probation for taking a 13 year-old girl across state lines. 33 year-old Joshua Baker had entered a guilty plea in August to a charge of the interstate transportation of a minor for the purpose of…

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