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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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Pirates Acquire Marlon Byrd And John Buck From The Mets

Tuesday afternoon reports from ESPN and from Travis Sawchik of TribLive.com indicate that the Pittsburgh Pirates have completed a trade with the New York Mets, acquiring right fielder Marlon Byrd and catcher John Buck. In exchange, the Pirates will giving up infield prospect Dilson Herrera and a player to be named later.  The trade apparently became possible…

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Zachary Proper Pleads Not Guilty In Murders Of Grandparents

With his formal arraignment date having finally arrived, 14 year-old Zachary Proper, from Oil City, entered pleas of not guilty in Venango County Court in Franklin on Monday to charges of criminal homicide in the murders of his grandparents. Last month, Venango County President Judge Oliver Lobaugh had ruled that Proper would be tried as…

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Oil City Man Charged With 66 Counts For Allegedly Molesting Two Young Franklin Girls

An Oil City man faces 66 charges in a case in which he is accused of molesting two young girls on numerous occasions at two residences in Franklin. 33 year-old Michael Comber is charged with multiple counts of aggravated indecent assault, endangering the welfare of children and the corruption of minors. Franklin City Police say…

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Security Finds Brass Knuckles, Arrests Woman At Venango County Courthouse

The Venango County Sheriff’s office says a Beaver County woman was arrested at the Venango County Courthouse in Franklin on Monday after deputies at a screening area at the courthouse doors discovered she was carrying a pair of brass knuckles. Officials say 27 year-old Stasha Fink, from Hopewell, was carrying the weapon in her purse.…

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Marienville Man Charged With 79 Counts In Alleged 118-MPH Police Chase

A Marienville man faces 79 charges following a late night police chase that officials say reached a speed of 118 miles per hour. 21 year-old Matthew Dicorpo is charged for attempting to elude police with his motorcycle for about 20 miles on Route 66 in the Crown area and over roads around Vowinckel.  Police say…

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61 Bridges In This Region To Face New Weight Restrictions

PennDOT says 21 state-owned bridges in their six-county District 1 region will be posted with new or lower weight restrictions due to what the agency says is uncertainty about future bridge repairs or replacements blamed on the inaction by state lawmakers on the transportation funding issue. New restrictions will also be placed on 40 county…

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Slippery Rock University Student From Cooperstown Named SRU Trustee

A woman from Cooperstown who is a student at Slippery Rock University has been named by the Governor as a member of the school’s Council of Trustees. Governor Tom Corbett has appointed Laura Ordaz as a trustee following a campus-wide application process, and on the recommendations of the chancellor of the Pennsylvania State System of…

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Motorcyclist Dies In Weekend Collision With Car

There has been yet another motorcycle fatality reported in Crawford County. This incident occurred Saturday night near Conneaut Lake. Police in Crawford County say 23 year-old Jacob Munoz died after his motorcycle was involved in a collision with a car which occurred while he drove his bike home from work.  Accident investigators did not immediately release…

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