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Flooding Affects Venango County On Wednesday

A slow-moving storm system dumped as much as three inches of rain on parts of Venango County, causing flooding problems on more than a dozen roads and for at least one railroad line. The downpours, mostly late Wednesday morning, prompted a flood warning to be issued around midday by the National Weather Service in Pittsburgh. …

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July Unemployment Improves In Most Oil Region Counties

Unemployment numbers climbed in just 14 of Pennsylvania’s 67 counties in the month of July.  They averaged to a statewide unemployment rate of 7.5 percent. In our part of the Oil Region, only Forest County saw a higher jobless number than in the month of June.  Unemployment in Forest County climbed from 9.4 percent to 9.6 percent. Venango…

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PennDOT Looks For Public Input On State’s 12-Year Transportation Program

PennDOT is looking for online input from the public on their state transportation priorities as part of an update to Pennsylvania’s 12-Year Transportation Program. The program is used as a blueprint for the priority of state transportation projects. For the first time a public meeting will be held on a webcast that will include updates…

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Preliminary Approval Given To New State Rules Regarding Oil And Gas Drilling

The state’s Department of Environmental Protection is recommending a 60-day public review period and at least a half-dozen public hearings across Pennsylvania concerning the new regulations on oil-and-gas drilling to which they have given their preliminary approval. The new rules proposals concern waste management, temporary pipelines, the restoration of sites following drilling, and public parks and wildlife areas.…

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Gary Canfora Named Principal At Franklin High School

In a special meeting Tuesday, the Franklin Area School Board named Gary Canfora as the new principal for Franklin High School. Canfora replaces George Forster, who transferred across the highway in July to become principal at Sandycreek Elementary School.  He spent one year as assistant high school principal, following a decade as an elementary school teacher…

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Seneca Man Enters Guilty Pleas In Reno Break-In, Copper Wire Theft Probes

A Seneca man who was charged in break-ins and thefts on three occasions at two businesses in Reno earlier this year has entered guilty pleas to three charges in a plea bargain in Venango County Court. 26 year-old Justin Graham pleaded guilty to two counts of criminal trespassing and one count of the possession of an…

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Ramirez Leads Brewers Past Former Team In 7-6 Win In Pittsburgh

Aramis Ramirez recorded three hits and four RBI’s against his former team, and the Milwaukee Brewers posted a 7-6 win over the Pirates at PNC Park in Pittsburgh on Tuesday. The three-hit night included Ramirez’s 350th career home run. The Pirates trailed 5-0 before tying the game at 5-5 and 6-6, but Milwaukee’s Yuniesky Betancourt provided…

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LIHEAP Crisis Grant Recipients To Receive Extra Help

Pennsylvania’s Department of Public Welfare says additional help will be available for some low-income households which struggled to pay their home heating bills last winter. Those who qualified for crisis grants through the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) this past winter will be eligible for extra money through surplus funds remaining from the…

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Township Officials Convention Slated For Dempseytown

The 101st annual convention of the Venango County Association of Township Officials will be held in late September in the Dempseytown area. The one-day event is scheduled for Wednesday, September 25 at the Oakland Township Fire Hall on Speer Road just off Route 417. Registration will begin at 8:30 AM, a half-hour before the event…

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Clarion University Holds Forums On School’s Workforce Plan

Clarion University is holding a number of open forums this Tuesday and Wednesday (Aug. 27 and 28) to help explain the school’s new workforce plan, unveiled a week-and-a-half ago in an involved 32-page report. The restructuring plan, meant to avoid the inflation of the school’s deficit to an estimated $12 million, revealed the possibility of the layoffs…

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