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Franklin’s Nate Byham Placed On Injured Reserve By Tampa Bay

Franklin’s Nate Byham, a tight end for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, was placed on the injured reserve list on Tuesday, a move that ends his NFL season. Byham sustained knee and calf injuries in Tampa Bay’s 13-10 loss to Arizona on Sunday.  In four games this year, he had caught three passes for 38 yards.…

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House Rejects Amendment That Could Have Replaced Property Taxes

After much debate Tuesday, the state House of Representatives rejected a proposal to give school districts the power to replace property taxes with other funding sources. The proposed amendment was rejected on a 138-59 vote. It was proposed to a bill that advocates a more guarded, voter-approved process to shift the tax burden away from…

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Venango, Crawford Counties Declared Eligible For Federal Storm Damage Aid

The Federal Emergency Management Agency has confirmed that Venango and Crawford Counties are on a list of ten counties which have been approved for federal disaster aid to cover recovery efforts from severe storms in late June and early July. In Venango County, damage estimates had been listed at more than $900,000, and 14 municipalities,…

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Boater Still Missing, Identified As 29 Year-Old Sandy Lake Man

The man who was the object of a search of the waters of Sandy Lake over the weekend has been identified as 29 year-old Jason Mathieson, of Sandy Lake. Mathieson is still missing. Officials say Mathieson and two other individuals were in a boat that capsized sometime before 5:00 AM Friday morning.  The other two…

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Driver Has Medical Problem, Shears Utility Pole, Ends Up In Hospital

A woman, who apparently encountered a medical problem, lost control of her car in Oil City’s West End on Tuesday morning, shearing off a utility pole, and forcing the temporary closing of three blocks of city streets. The vehicle ended up on its left side, and the driver had to be extricated through the roof. The…

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Seneca Church Latest To Report Weekend Burglary

A church in Cranberry Township has become the latest to report a weekend burglary. The church, on East State Road in Seneca, was entered sometime Sunday night or early Monday morning, and an undisclosed amount of cash was stolen.  State Police investigators say entry to the building was gained through an unlocked window. It was…

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Pirates To Open NLDS In St. Louis Thursday; First Home Game Will Be Played Sunday

The Pittsburgh Pirates will open a best-of-five National League Division Series against the Cardinals late Thursday afternoon at Busch Stadium in St. Louis. Game two is scheduled for Friday afternoon in St. Louis, while game three will be played at PNC Park in Pittsburgh, and game four, if necessary, will be in Pittsburgh on Monday.…

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Pirates Slam 3 Homers In Wild Card Win, Advance To NL Division Series

In their first postseason game in 21 years, the Pittsburgh Pirates slammed three home runs in a 6-2 elimination win over the Cincinnati Reds played Tuesday night before a record standing room-only crowd of 40,487 at PNC Park in Pittsburgh. The victory moves the Pirates to a best-of-five National League Division Series against the Cardinals…

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Venango County Courthouse Work Winding Up

Venango County officials say, even though the temporary ramp in front of the courthouse in Franklin has been removed, entrance to the complex will still be through the building’s front doors until after Applefest. The ramp had been utilized for several months under the understanding that, when construction work is completed, visitors will be required to…

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Oil City Man Faces Up To 17 Years In State Prison On Sex Charges

An Oil City man has been sentenced to 50 months to 17 years in state prison on his guilty pleas to two sex charges. 43 year-old Michael Brown entered guilty pleas in June to charges  of corruption of a minor and attempted incest.  Several other charges were dismissed in a plea bargain agreement. Police had…

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