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Governor Wolf Sent State Budget On Time; Legislature Must Decide Sources Of Funding

A state budget for the new fiscal year was sent – on time – to the desk of Governor Tom Wolf on Thursday. On Friday, the first day of the fiscal year, the state legislature was to precede their holiday vacations by finalizing  the details of the spending plan – that is, where will the…

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Only Minor Injuries In Route 427 Rollover Incident

A Franklin-area man apparently sustained only minor injuries in a rollover incident that occurred early Friday morning on Route 427. State Police say 21 year-old Garrett Culp was headed south at about 2:30 AM when his car traveled off the left side of the road, drove across a lawn, hit a stump and then struck…

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Venus Man’s Car Hits Horse Hauling Buggy

A horse hauling a buggy along Route 157 was killed Wednesday evening after the animal was struck by a car cresting a hill. Two teenagers from Venus who were riding in the buggy sustained minor injuries in the incident which occurred just after sundown when, according to State Police investigators, the buggy went “tumbling” several…

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Fourth Of July Festivals Abound!

The Fourth of July weekend is arriving, and with it come a number of festivals in the Oil Region, including several in Venango County. As has been a recent tradition, community fireworks displays are split up onto separate nights, with Cranberry setting off their display on the 2nd, Oil City opting to go on the…

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Franklin Man Arrested, Charged With Theft Of Metals From Sugarcreek Bridge Construction Site

A Franklin man was arrested this week for allegedly stealing about one hundred guide rails, railings and flange supports from a bridge construction site in Sugarcreek Village. Sugarcreek Borough Police Department officials say the theft probably occurred sometime Tuesday night.  Estimates indicate the total value of the items stolen topped $2,000. 57 year-old Shawn Wierbinski…

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Cambridge Springs Councilwoman Resigns After Being Sentenced For Stabbing Her Husband And His Girlfriend

A woman who had served on Cambridge Springs Borough Council since January was sentenced this week in Crawford County Court to up to two years in prison on charges of both aggravated and simple assault after allegedly having admitted she stabbed her husband and his girlfriend with a steak knife last winter. 47 year-old Jodie…

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State Senate Passes Budget Bill, But House Must Still Approve Added Money For Higher Education

The state Senate on Wednesday passed the $31.6 billion dollar budget for the new fiscal year which had been approved in the House of Representatives on Tuesday, but they returned the bill to the House after adding $39 million for higher education. State lawmakers and Governor Wolf must still agree on how the budget will…

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Bucs Blast Mariners 8-1 In Seattle

Sean Rodriguez doubled twice and drove in four runs, and rookie starter Jameson Taillon (2-1) earned his second Major League victory on Wednesday night as the Pittsburgh Pirates (38-41) defeated the Mariners 8-1 for a split of a two-game series in Seattle. Pittsburgh’s Starling Marte went 3-for-4 and scored three times, and David Freese recorded…

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Three Arrested In Oil City Shootings

Three individuals were arrested Wednesday in a series of shootings reported at an Oil City residence early last Friday morning. No injuries were reported in the incident.  Authorities are now saying three children were in the East Third Street residence when at least eight shots were fired at about 1:30 AM Friday. Oil City Police…

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Two Escape Sandycreek VisionQuest Facility

Police were looking for a pair of individuals who walked away from the VisionQuest detention facility in Sandycreek Township early Wednesday evening. Police say 18 year-old Erik Simmons, from Philadelphia, and an unnamed juvenile walked away without authorization from the Hudmont Lane facility around 6:45 PM. State Police officials say a warrant was issued for…

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