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Missing Boater’s Body Found In Sandy Lake

The body of a Sandy Lake man missing since early Friday after his boat capsized was found by a search party made up of friends and family members in about 20 feet of water in Sandy Lake on Wednesday afternoon. Officials say the body of 29 year-old Jason Mathieson was discovered near where other members…

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10th Church Burglarized; Franklin-Area Facility Targeted This Time

Police are investigating yet another church break-in, bringing to a total of ten the number of such incidents reported over the last week, most occurring this past weekend. State Police at the Franklin station say the burglary occurred sometime between midnight Sunday and 9:00 AM Wednesday morning at a church on Congress Hill Road in…

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August Unemployment Steady In Venango County, Climbs In Neighboring Counties

Unemployment remained at a 7.7 percent level in Venango County in August, but climbed in surrounding counties, mirroring an increase in joblessness around Pennsylvania in the month. As a matter of fact, 53 of the state’s 67 counties saw unemployment rise in August, exactly the reverse of the month of July.  Statewide unemployment rose from 7.5…

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FHS Hall-of-Fame Dinner Helps Kick Off Franklin’s Applefest

Franklin’s biggest festival, Applefest, will be kicked off Thursday night with the annual Franklin High School Hall-of-Fame induction ceremony and dinner. The event will be held at the former Franklin Club, The Commons, and will start with a social hour at 5:00 PM.  Dinner will be served at 6:30 PM. The FHS Hall-of-Fame honors recognize those graduates…

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Sandusky Appeal Denied

A Pennsylvania appeals court Wednesday denied the appeal for a new trial by former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky. The state’s Superior Court ruled against Sandusky and his claims that his attorneys had not had proper time to prepare for trial, and that the trial judge had erred in his instructions to the…

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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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