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Le’Veon Bell Earns AFC Offensive Player-Of-The-Week Award

Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell has been named the AFC Offensive Player-of-the-Week for his performance in the Steelers’ 27-20 victory at Buffalo last Sunday. Bell carried the ball a career-high 28 times for a team-record 236 yards and three touchdowns.  He finished with 298 total yards from scrimmage after also catching four passes for…

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Winter Conditions Close Schools; Speed Limit Reduced On Western Pennsylvania’s Interstate Highways

The latest blast of winter closed schools in much of the Oil Region today (12/15), and prompted PennDOT to temporarily reduce the speed limit on western Pennsylvania’s Interstate highways to 45 miles per hour. In the Snow Belt region north of us, some communities were bracing for as much as a foot of snow, but…

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State Budget Secretary Foresees $600-Million Budget Deficit

With work about to begin on a state budget for the fiscal year which begins in July, officials with the Wolf administration say there are problems with the current budget. In his midyear address, Pennsylvania Budget Secretary Randy Albright said the budget for the current fiscal year has a deficit of about $600 million.  Albright…

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Crawford County Passes 2017 Budget Without A Real Estate Tax Increase

A 2017 budget for Crawford County was approved on Wednesday, and it contains no increase in real estate taxes. County commissioners unanimously gave their final approval to a spending plan totaling just over $69.3 million.  The general fund budget, representing the portion of the package to be paid by county taxes, was balanced at about $31.7…

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Car Rolls Onto Roof; Oil City Driver Escapes Injury

An Oil City man escaped injury early Wednesday evening in a rollover accident on Route 157 in Cranberry Township. State Police accident investigators say 51 year-old William Goreczny traveled off the right side of the highway, and his car hit an embankment and rolled onto its roof. Troopers say Goreczny was able to free himself from…

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State Police Remind Drivers To Clear Snow And Ice From Their Vehicles

As winter tightens its grip, state officials are reminding motorists that those who fail to remove snow and ice from their vehicles before hitting the road can be penalized under state law. Pennsylvania code dictates that motorists must clear their windows and windshields of any obstruction before driving.  The law also states that a driver…

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Venango County Sheriff’s Sweep Handles A Dozen Cases In One Day

A sweep involving the serving of outstanding warrants resulted in six people being arrested by Venango County Sheriff’s deputies on Monday. Six other warrants were cleared through payments of fines, fees and court costs, or through the arrangement of the payment for such.  Some $1,600 in fines and costs was collected. Five people who were arrested…

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National Fuel Sends Out Details About PUC’s Eligible Customer List

National Fuel Gas officials say, beginning Thursday (Dec. 15) they will be mailing customers details about a Public Utility Commission order requiring all of the state’s natural gas utilities to provide customer information to licensed gas suppliers or “non-utility energy marketers” which provide services in Pennsylvania. The order is meant to be part of the…

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Venango County Budget Contains No Property Tax Increase

The Venango County commissioners gave their okay Tuesday to a nearly $55.7 million budget for 2017 which includes no property tax increase. The spending plan is down more than nine percent from this year’s budget of about $61.6 million. The general fund budget, representing the part of the spending plan which relies on county tax dollars, is set at…

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Vote On Clarion County Budget To Come After Christmas

The Clarion County commissioners voted Tuesday to table the vote on a 2017 county budget until their meeting of December 27. The commissioners have already given preliminary approval to a reported $14.1 million spending plan.  It would contain no increase in property taxes. The December 27 commissioners meeting is the last of this calendar year and…

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