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Pascal Dupuis Retires From Hockey Due To Health Issues

36 year-old Pittsburgh Penguins winger Pascal Dupuis has announced his retirement from hockey due to continuing health problems. Blood clots have been a recurring problem for Dupuis, who most recently removed himself from a game in San Jose after he experienced chest pains.  He played 18 games this season, leaving many of them early.  Dupuis…

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Wheelchair-Bound Oil City Woman Escapes Early Morning Fire With Help From Unknown Passer-By

An Oil City woman, confined to a wheelchair, was able to escape an early morning fire at her residence on East Bissell Avenue with the aide of a passer-by whom she has been unable to identify. The fire, on the 100-block of East Bissell, was discovered by 61 year-old Mona Fox sometime around 1:30 AM Tuesday…

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Tuesday Night Fire Damages Vacant House In Titusville

Titusville fire officials are investigating the cause of a fire that caused extensive damage to a vacant home on Brook Street in that community early Tuesday night. Four fire companies reported to a blaze on the 500-block of Brook Street shortly after 7:30 PM, and found the second story of the building to be nearly…

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Venango, Clarion Counties Pass 2016 Budgets With No Real Estate Tax Increases

The Venango County commissioners have given final approval to a 2016 budget which contains no real estate tax increase. The nearly $61.6 million spending plan was approved unanimously by the three-member board of commissioners at their meeting on Tuesday. Projected expenditures are tallied at about nine percent more than those of this year.  The general…

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Penn State Drops 10-Point Decision At George Washington

Forward Tyler Cavanaugh led a balanced scoring attack with 18 points on Tuesday night as George Washington defeated Penn State 76-66. Joe McDonald contributed 16 points, Yuta Watanabe added 14, and reserve guard Paul Jorgensen tallied 11 for the Colonials (8-1). Penn State (5-3), who was just 7-for-26 from three-point range, received 22 points from…

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State House Passes Their Own Budget Bill

The state House of Representatives passed their own version of a state budget bill on Tuesday. The $30.2 million budget would increase state spending by about 3.7 percent.  It does not include the increases in the state sales and income taxes proposed by Governor Tom Wolf. State Representative Lee James, from Oil City, said Tuesday…

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Bodies Of Two Men Found In Wreckage Of Plane Near Linesville Identified

Autopsies are to be conducted Tuesday or Wednesday on the bodies of two men found in the wreckage of a small plane near Linesville on Monday night. The victims have been identified as the pilot, 59 year-old Timothy Williams from Burghill, Ohio, and his passenger, 33 year-old Nathan Koontz, from Linesville. The men were pronounced…

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Clarion Woman Among The Fatalities In Three-Vehicle Crash Near Butler

A Clarion woman and a Butler man were both killed Monday afternoon in a three-vehicle crash near Butler. State Police officials from the Butler station identified the victims as 52 year-old Mary Lou Berry and 40 year-old Ron Tokarchik. Crash investigators say an S-U-V driven by Tokarchik was traveling west on Route 422 shortly after…

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State Senate Approves State Budget; Future Of Plan Is Uncertain

The state Senate on Monday approved by a 43-to-7 vote a new state budget.  The future of the spending plan, though, is uncertain. The House of Representatives still must concur, and the legislature must still approve the needed funding. Radio PA News reports that Monday’s debate was brief, and all of the Senate members who…

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Franklin City Council Gives Final Approval To Budget With One-Mill Real Estate Tax Hike

The 2016 budget given final approval by Franklin City Council on Monday night contains a one-mill increase in real estate taxes. The $5 million spending plan is actually a little under $40,000 lower than the budget for the present year. The tax hike will result in property owners paying an extra ten dollars per year…

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