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Two Franklin Women Charged With Prostitution In Online Sex Ad Investigation

A Lawrence County news report says two women who have been charged in a prostitution case in Moon Township in Allegheny County are from Franklin. The Ellwood City Ledger identifies as prostitution suspects 20 year-old Samantha Anderson and 19 year-old Jessica Armant. A Moon Township police detective says he answered an online sex ad, met…

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Western PA. Recovers From Thursday Storms – Clearfield, Jefferson Counties Flooded

Western Pennsylvania awaits the next set of forecast rainstorms while starting recovery efforts from torrential rainstorms which pounded the region on Thursday.  Especially hard hit were Clearfield and Jefferson Counties, where some communities saw more than six inches of rain. Venango, Crawford, Clarion and Forest Counties were all under flood warnings at various times during…

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House Committee Approves Greatly Revised Transportation Funding Bill

The state House Transportation Committee on Thursday cleared a transportation funding bill which is significantly different from the original Senate version. The amended bill would provide nearly 2-billion dollars annually for transportation by the fifth year, primarily through a three-year phase-out of the cap on the oil company franchise tax. Counties would be able to…

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Franklin Man Pleads Guilty In Thefts From Latrobe Steel

A former employee of a local steel company has entered a guilty plea in Venango County Court in a case in which he was accused of stealing thousands of dollars worth of metal from his one-time employer’s work sites last winter. In exchange for a plea of guilty to a charge of theft by unlawful…

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4th of July Events Begin In Oil Region

The actual holiday won’t arrive until next Thursday, but Fourth of July activities have already begun in the Oil Region. Franklin’s Fourth of July Weeklong Celebration starts with today’s (Friday 6/28) children’s penny carnival and downtown sidewalk sales. Saturday, the annual Libertyfest Parade, themed “An Old-Fashioned 4th of July,” steps off at 6:00 PM, but…

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Venango County Singer Wins Youth Award At Christian Country Festival In Texas

Venango County teenage singer Hunter Cook was named the winner of a prestigious award in Christian country music on Wednesday night, capturing the Youth Horizon Award at the King Country Agapefest in Granbury, Texas. Cook, who was also the “Taste of Talent” contest champion in Franklin and the Titusville Live talent competition winner last year, had recently…

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Flood Warning Resumes In Venango County

At 3:23 PM Thursday afternoon, the National Weather Service in Pittsburgh resumed a flood warning for Venango County. The warning will be in effect until 9:15 PM Thursday. With moderate rain continuing across the county, the NWS said “several small streams and creeks feeding into Sugar Creek and French Creek were still overflowing their banks.” …

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Chris Kunitz Gets 3-Year Contract Extension With Penguins

The Pittsburgh Penguins announced Thursday that they have signed forward Chris Kunitz to a three-year contract extension. The new pact, including the one year remaining on his current contract, keeps Kunitz signed through the 2016-2017 season. Kunitz led the Penguins in goals with 22 this season, was second on the team with 52 points, and finished…

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Flooding Strikes Western Pa. – Sykesville Bridge Fails, Dam Breach Forces Evacuations

Torrential rains struck western Pennsylvania on Thursday morning leading to flooding, and even a damaged bridge. The National Weather Service reported around noon on Thursday that as much as four inches of rain had fallen on southern Jefferson County, and that a bridge in Sykesville Borough had collapsed.  Officials immediately upgraded the county’s flood warning…

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Alvarez Base Hit Starts 9th-Inning Pirates Rally In 4-2 Victory In Seattle

Pedro Alvarez, now hitting .242, went 2-for-4 on Wednesday afternoon, including a single to start a two-run, ninth-inning rally, to lead the Pittsburgh Pirates to a 4-2 victory over the Mariners in Seattle. The win was Pittsburgh’s sixth in a row, and finished a 7-2 road trip while boosting the Bucs’ interleague record this season to…

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