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Catholic Diocese Of Erie Announces Final Restructuring Plans For Western Section Of Diocese

The final announcement involving the restructuring of the Catholic Diocese of Erie, covering thirteen counties in northwestern Pennsylvania, involves the end of nineteen “parish communities,” mainly through consolidation. Included in the plan announced this week are intentions to merge the Assumption BVM and Our Lady Help of Christians parishes in Oil City with the city’s…

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State System Makes Pay Raise Offer Of Nearly 12 Percent To University Faculty

Contrary to earlier reports yesterday, the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education says it has made an offer to the faculty and coaches at the fourteen state-owned universities which would eventually result in pay increases of nearly twelve percent. Some 5,500 members of the Association of Pennsylvania State College and University Faculties (APSCUF) have been…

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Clarion’s Autumn Leaf Festival Begins This Weekend

The nine-day Autumn Leaf Festival in Clarion County begins this weekend. The 63rd annual event will start on Saturday, September 24 and continue through Sunday, October 2.  This year, neither festival weekend will coincide with Franklin’s Applefest, which will run from October 7 through October 9. The Autumn Leaf Festival Parade and Clarion University’s homecoming are…

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State House Committee Approves Gun Ordinance Bill

Municipalities which enact local firearms ordinances could be sued by individuals or groups under a bill approved by a state House committee. The bill which passed the House Judiciary Committee would give local residents or groups such as the National Rifle Association the right to sue local governments which pass gun laws that are more stringent…

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State University Faculty And Coaches Could Strike By Late October

The union representing faculty and coaches at Pennsylvania’s fourteen state-owned universities says its members plan to go on strike if no contract agreement is in place by October 30. Talks between the Association of Pennsylvania State College and University Faculties and the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education apparently broke off Wednesday, and no new…

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Rodriguez, McCutchen Homer In Pirates’ 4-1 Win In Milwaukee; All Other NL Wild Card Hopefuls Lose

Sean Rodriguez homered for the fourth time in his last five games, and added a two-run double as the Pittsburgh Pirates defeated the Milwaukee Brewers 4-1 in a game played Wednesday night at Miller Park in Milwaukee. Andrew McCutchen added a solo home run, and the Bucs won for the sixth time in their last…

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Saturday Ceremony Will Rename Oil City’s Petroleum Street Bridge After Fallen Soldier From Siverly

As of Saturday morning, Oil City’s Petroleum Street Bridge will have a new name. At a 10:00 AM ceremony, the bridge will officially be named after a man from the Siverly neighborhood who lost his life in Iraq a dozen years ago. The original idea of renaming Relief Street, where the Oil City VFW is…

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Jackson Township Crash Results In Megan’s Law Violation Charge Against Cooperstown Man

A crash in western Venango County on Saturday which brought down a utility pole and caused a power outage in the immediate neighborhood has also resulted in a charge of a Megan’s Law violation being brought against a Cooperstown man. State Police say the driver, whom they identified as Bryan Gallagher, had not registered his…

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Pirates Win Fifth Straight In Milwaukee, Fifth-Of-Sixth Overall

Andrew McCutchen, Jordy Mercer and Josh Bell each drove home a pair of runs on Tuesday night as the Pittsburgh Pirates defeated the Brewers 6-3 for their fifth consecutive win at Milwaukee’s Miller Park and their fifth victory in their last six games overall. The Pirates (75-75) outhit the Brewers 13-7 with Adam Frazier going…

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Two Arrested In Oil City Child Rape Investigation

Two Oil City residents have been arrested in connection with a case in Oil City in which police say two children were raped. Jailed on $500,000 bail was 34 year-old David Waters.  Bail for 34 year-old Chastity Bellin was posted at $50,000. The suspects currently live on Wilson Avenue, but Oil City Police say the…

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