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Venango County Treasurer: Hunting Licenses To Be Available June 10

The Venango County Treasurer’s office says 2013-2014 hunting and fur taker licenses will be available at their office in the County Courthouse Annex in Franklin on June 10. Resident antlerless deer license applications, through the mail only, may be accepted beginning July 8. To qualify for a resident license, a person must have maintained a…

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Neal’s Hat Trick Lifts Penguins To Series Win

James Neal, who had never scored a home playoff goal, recorded a hat trick and added an assist on Friday night as the Pittsburgh Penguins skated past the Ottawa Senators 6-2 at Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh, and won their NHL Eastern Conference semifinal series 4-games-to-one. The Penguins will move on to take on the…

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Bucs Let Burnett Down Again, Lose 2-1 In Milwaukee

Alex Gonzalez slammed a two-run double in the second inning, giving the Milwaukee Brewers all the run-production they needed in a 2-1 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Friday night at Miller Park in Milwaukee. The decision snapped a four-game winning streak for Pittsburgh (29-19), and was only the Bucs third defeat in their last…

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FHS Sophomore Abby Jones Wins Silver At PIAA Track Championships

Franklin High School sophomore Abby Jones, for the second consecutive year, captured the silver medal in the girls’ high jump competition at the PIAA Class “AAA” track-and-field championships on Friday at Shippensburg University. Jones matched the gold medal jump of 5 feet, 8 inches recorded by Franklin’s Liz Bodnar in 1995.  She was unsuccessful in…

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Bat Found In Clarion Home Tests Positive For Rabies

The state Department of Agriculture has confirmed that a bat found lying on the floor of a Clarion Township home has tested positive for rabies. A Brook Road family had reported that their two dogs had barked incessantly, alerting them to the live bat, which apparently could not fly.  The bat was killed, and was…

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Butler County Does Away With Jury Commissioner Positions

The Butler County commissioners voted this week to eliminate the positions of jury commissioners in the county. A 2011 law that allowed Pennsylvania counties to abolish the posts was shot down by a state court which ruled that it violated a Constitutional stipulation that new legislation can not be tacked onto an unrelated bill, although…

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Cooperstown Man Enters Guilty Pleas To Sex Charges

A Cooperstown man entered guilty pleas this week to sexually assaulting three teenage boys. 29 year-old Scott Smith also entered guilty pleas in connection with charges brought through accusations that he had inappropriately touched a fourth teen.  The incidents allegedly occurred in Smith’s home between the spring of 2010 and the summer of 2012.  Several…

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Bucs Outlast Rain Delay For 4-2 Victory And 8-And-2 Homestand

Andrew McCutchen went 3-for-4, drove in two runs, scored once and stole two bases, and the Pittsburgh Pirates won a rain-delayed Thursday afternoon home game 4-2 over the Chicago Cubs. The victory was the Pirates’ fourth straight, their 11th in their last 13 games, and gave them a three-game sweep of the Cubs and an…

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Bail Reduction Denied For Oil City Man Charged In 2003 Sex Assault

A bail reduction request for an Oil City man charged in the sexual assault of a young girl ten years ago was denied at the man’s preliminary hearing Wednesday. 39 year-old Thomas Kahle is charged with molesting a girl who may have been just shy of her sixth birthday in the spring of 2003.  He…

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Corbett Delays Common Core Academic Standards

Governor Tom Corbett has ordered a delay in the adoption of new educational standards known as “Common Core.” The new academic standards have been on track for enactment in July, but they became the subject of a pair of heated debates in the state General Assembly last week.  Education Department spokesman Tim Eller told Harrisburg…

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