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Oil City Budget Would Include 1.6 Mill Tax Hike

Oil City Council on Thursday gave their approval to a preliminary 2014 city budget set at over $16.3 million. As it currently stands, the spending plan would include a 1.6 mill real estate tax increase, or about $16 dollars more per year for each $10,000 worth of assessed property value. Water and sewage rates would…

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Transportation Funding Bill Sent To Gov. Corbett; Gas Tax, Motor Fee Hikes Pending

A state transportation funding plan was approved Thursday by the state House, and has been sent on to Governor Tom Corbett for his signature. Democrats once again protested the effect on the prevailing wage for public works projects and their perception of the burden on taxpayers, and they lobbied for cheaper alternatives, but the measure passed  by a 113-to-85…

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Incoming Lake Effect System Could Dump 6-12 Inches On The Snow Belt

Although forecasters are not predicting much snow accumulation with the return of cold weather Friday night, the National Weather Service has issued a Lake Effect Snow Watch for later in the weekend. Forecasters say the storm could dump up to six inches of snow along the shores of Lake Erie and 6-to-12 inches in parts…

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Franklin’s Light-Up Night Is Here!

Franklin’s annual Light-Up Night is scheduled for Saturday, November 23. As has become the custom, the nighttime activities will be preceded by a number of daytime events throughout downtown Franklin. The 2013 Christmas Tree Extravaganza, themed “Holiday Angels,” will be open from 1:00 PM until 9:00 PM in the lobby of the Barrow-Civic Theatre, while…

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AAA: Thanksgiving Travel Expected To Decline This Year

AAA officials said Wednesday they expect 43.4 million Americans will travel fifty or more miles away from home this Thanksgiving holiday weekend. That would mark a decrease of about 1.5 percent from last year, which may have been the peak of travel following the recession of 2008, after which numbers dropped by nearly 25 percent on Thanksgiving 2009. Ninety percent…

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Alleged Sexual Assault By Employee At Abraxas

State Police in Forest County revealed Thursday they are investigating an accusation that an employee of the Abraxas rehabilitation program sexually assaulted a male teen who had been assigned to the program. The initial police report issued in Marienville, where Abraxas is located, did not list the name of the suspect. Investigators say a seventeen year-old former client of…

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Pennsylvania Political Science Professor/Pollster Remembers JFK

Friday (Nov. 22) marks the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. Much attention has been focused over the past several days on the shooting death of the nation’s 35th President and the questions still surrounding the 1963 assassination. Franklin and Marshall College political science professor and pollster Dr. G. Terry Madonna…

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Transportation Funding Plan Clears The State Senate

The major transportation funding plan passed by the state House on Tuesday cleared the Senate on Wednesday and was sent back to the House for concurrence. Some objection was raised in the Senate regarding the House adding the “prevailing wage” issue. The bill would remove the cap on a tax paid by oil companies, and…

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Slippery Rock Man And Dog Saved From Swamp Mud

A Slippery Rock man and his dog are both okay after they were rescued by a neighbor from a swamp near the man’s home early Wednesday evening. The neighbor reportedly used a kayak to work his way toward 70 year-old James Hogue, who later said he became stuck in knee-high mud while he was searching…

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Prince Fielder Traded For Ian Kinsler

The Detroit Tigers on Wednesday evening traded first baseman Prince Fielder to the Texas Rangers in exchange for second baseman Ian Kinsler. The Rangers will also receive $30 million in “cash considerations” to cover part of the $168 million that Fielder will still be owed over the next seven seasons. The 29 year-old Fielder hit…

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