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Powerball Jackpot Mushrooms To $400 Million

The estimated annuity value of the jackpot in the Powerball Lottery has been raised to $400 million for the next drawing, scheduled for Wednesday night. No one matched all numbers, including the Powerball number, in Saturday night’s $330 million drawing.  One player who purchased a ticket in Pennsylvania matched all of the first five numbers drawn, but not the Powerball number,…

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Candidates To Begin Circulating Petitions For 2014 Elections

Tuesday (Feb. 18) is the first day that candidates for the 2014 elections in Pennsylvania may begin circulating and filing their nomination petitions. In Pennsylvania this year, the primary elections will be held on May 20, and the general elections are scheduled for November 4. Hopeful candidates have three weeks with which to work with…

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Property Tax/Rent Rebate Clinics Scheduled

A pair of clinics covering Pennsylvania’s Property Tax and Rent Rebate Program will be held in Venango County over the next couple of weeks. The Franklin VFW will host the first clinic on Thursday, February 27 from 9:30 AM until 3:30 PM.  Another will be held at the Free Methodist Church on Wilson Avenue in…

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Venango Chamber’s Annual Dinner Set For Wednesday

The Venango Area Chamber of Commerce still has tickets available for their annual dinner, planned for Wednesday (Feb. 19) night. Among the scheduled festivities will be the honoring of the Chamber’s Citizens-of-the-Year, Orie and Betty Hepler. A reception is scheduled for 5:30 PM, and dinner will be served at 6:30 at Cross Creek Resort, south of…

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Former Pirates Shortstop Jim Fregosi Dies At Age 71

Former Major League shortstop and pennant-winning baseball manager Jim Fregosi has died following complications from a series of strokes. Fregosi was 71.  His 18-year playing career had included a stint with the Pittsburgh Pirates, where he played mostly third base in 1977 and 1978. Fregosi also played for the Angels, the Mets and the Rangers. …

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Body Of Missing Trucker Who Left Franklin In September Found In Kansas City Freezer

The body of a missing Arizona truck driver whose last official sighting was in Franklin was found this week in a freezer in a garage near a home in Kansas City, Missouri. 53 year-old Lawrence Muirhead, from Tucson, was reported missing in early October.  Although he had radioed his family that he was traveling through the Kansas City area,…

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Nine Students Treated After Conneaut Lake School Bus Crash

Nine students were treated for minor injuries Thursday morning following an accident involving a school bus in western Crawford County. The students, between the ages of five and fourteen, were taken to hospitals in Greenville and Meadville.  Fifteen other students riding the bus were uninjured. Police say the bus driver, 45 year-old Melissa Castile from…

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Three Year-Old Hurt In Cooperstown-Area Crash

A three year-old boy was taken to UPMC Northwest following a two-vehicle crash outside Cooperstown on Thursday morning.  State Police accident investigators described the child’s injuries as “moderate.” The collision happened just before 7:15 AM at the intersection of Foster and Tologo Roads in Jackson Township. Troopers say the crash occurred when an S-U-V driven by…

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PennDOT’s Local Operation Sends Assistance To Storm-Ravaged Eastern Pennsylvania

PennDOT District 1 on Thursday mobilized emergency team members to deliver assistance to eastern Pennsylvania counties which have again been ravaged by a winter storm. On Thursday morning, five trucks, ten equipment operators and four foremen from Venango, Crawford and Mercer Counties were dispatched to Carbon and Monroe Counties, which are part of PennDOT District 5. District…

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Another Storm Strikes Much Of Pennsylvania; The Oil Region Is Spared

While as much as three-quarters of Pennsylvania was again being socked by a winter storm on Thursday, the Oil Region was spared the heavy accumulations of snow, and the temperature here pushed to just above the thirty degree mark for one of the first times this February. Meanwhile, snows in the western half of the…

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