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Pitt’s Aaron Donald Adds Outland Trophy, Bednarik Award To Postseason Laurels

Pitt defensive tackle Aaron Donald has added the Outland Trophy and the Chuck Bednarik Award to his list of postseason college football laurels. Donald had earlier been announced as the winner of the Bronko Nagurski Trophy, awarded yearly to the nation’s most outstanding defensive player, the recipient of the Rotary Lombardi Award and had won Atlantic Coast Conference…

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Pirates Extend Morton’s Contract, Sign Volquez, Choose Three In “AAA” Phase Of Rule 5 Draft

The Pittsburgh Pirates made moves to stabilize their pitching staff on Wednesday, extending the contract of starting right-hander Charlie Morton and signing free agent pitcher Edinson Volquez to a one-year contract. Morton now has a reported three year, $21 million deal that extends through 2016 with an option for 2017 reported to be worth 9.5…

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Strattanville Man Gets 8-16 Years For Venango County Burglaries

A Strattanville man was sentenced this week in Venango County Court to 8-to-16 years in state prison on charges associated with six burglaries at businesses in Oil City and Cranberry Township in 2011. 38 year-old Jerry Ritchey is already serving time on similar charges in Clearfield County, was sentenced to additional time for trying to…

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Annual Pennsylvania Farm Show To Open On January 4

When the annual Pennsylvania Farm Show opens in Harrisburg early next month, proven crowd-pleasers like the unveiling of the traditional butter sculpture and the celebrity cow-milking contest will be featured. But, a free concert and “rabbit hopping” will be among the new offerings. Other highlights will include the Pennsylvania High School Rodeo Association Championship Rodeo,…

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Christmas Bird Count Begins Saturday

Tens of thousands of volunteers will take part in the Audubon Society’s 114th annual Christmas Bird Count which begins Saturday (Dec. 14) and runs through January 5. Local counts cover just a one-day period. The Christmas Bird Count is described as the longest-running citizen-science survey in the world.  The data collected allows researchers, conservation biologists…

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Punxsutawney Man To Be Executed For 2000 Murder of Night Watchman

Governor Tom Corbett has signed an execution order for a Punxsutawney man who was convicted nearly twelve years ago in the 2000 murder of a night watchman in Jefferson County. 47 year-old Robert Rega is scheduled to be executed by lethal injection on January 28. Rega was convicted and sentenced to death in 2002 in…

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Local Officials Caution About Fake Collection Calls And Solicitations From Map Company

Local officials issued cautions Wednesday about both a scam claiming that legal action is about to be taken regarding a loan debt and solicitations for advertisements on a local map which are allegedly made under false pretenses. The Warren County Sheriff’s office says callers in their area and in Mercer County have been threatening arrest…

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Venango County Commissioners Approve $18.9 Million Budget With No Tax Increase

The Venango County Commissioners on Tuesday approved a nearly $18.9 million budget for 2014 which will not include a real estate tax increase. The county was able to trim almost $49,000 from the spending plan which was given the commissioners’ preliminary approval last month. Balancing the budget will require a transfer of more than $1.8…

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Oil City Man Charged With Stealing From Hospital During Woman’s Childbirth

An Oil City man has been charged after he was accused of stealing drugs and syringes from an examination room at UPMC Northwest in Cranberry. State Police officials say this all occurred while 28 year-old Kenneth Sterling was waiting for the birth of his child last Thursday. Police say Sterling has been charged with theft, receiving stolen…

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Orie And Betty Hepler Named Venango Area Chamber Of Commerce Citizens-Of-The-Year

The Venango Area Chamber of Commerce has announced that Cranberry Township residents Orie and Betty Hepler have been named their Citizens-of-the-Year. The Heplers will be honored at the Chamber’s annual dinner scheduled for February 19 at Cross Creek Resort. The honorees have worked in cattle farming and lumbering.  They are being lauded for their work…

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