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Virginia Beats Vanderbilt 7-2; Forces Deciding Game In College World Series

Brandon Waddell threw a complete-game five-hitter on Tuesday night, lifting Virginia (53-15) to a 7-2 win over Vanderbilt (50-21)and forced a third game in the best-of-three College World Series baseball tournament in Omaha. The deciding game will be played on Wednesday night. Waddell (10-3), a sophomore southpaw, retired twelve consecutive batters at one point.  Teammates Kenny…

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Flooding Prevalent, Roads Closed Throughout Oil Region

Flood Watches that had been posted by the National Weather Service on Tuesday were upgraded overnight to Flood Warnings as flooding began to effect many areas of the Oil Region, especially Venango County. A Flash Flood Warning has also been posted and remains in effect through 2:00 PM Wednesday (6/25). The multiple weather advisories follow closely on…

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No Property Tax Increase In Oil City School Budget

With one lone dissenting vote, the Oil City Area School Board has approved a 2014-2015 budget which will contain no real estate tax increase. The $29.8 million spending plan was approved Monday night. Even with the savings to be accrued through the closing of Oakland Elementary School in Dempseytown, the budget could present a deficit…

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State Budget Starts Making Its Way To The House Floor

On a party line vote of 21-14, the state House Appropriations Committee has amended a new budget into the budget vehicle that went through the chamber on Monday. Although changes are expected in the Senate, the $29.1 billion spending plan was approved and sent on to the full House. The Republican-propelled budget does increase spending…

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Franklin Man Injured In I-79 Crash

A Franklin-area man was injured early Tuesday evening in a one-vehicle crash on Interstate 79 in Crawford County. State Police officials say 36 year-old Steven Vanderwesthuizen was traveling south through Hayfield Township north of Meadville when he lost control of his vehicle, struck a guardrail and ran off the road. Troopers described Vanderwesthuizen’s injuries as…

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Franklin’s 4th Of July Libertyfest Covers A Week-and-a-Half This Year

City of Franklin officials bring to our attention the fact that their more than week-long Fourth of July Libertyfest event starts this Wednesday (6/25) with the opening night of the 2014 Taste Of Talent competition. Other activities are scheduled daily through July 4, culminating in the annual fireworks display at dusk on the Fourth.  The biggest event…

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Oil City Man Is Charged With Rape In Alleged Sexual Assault On A 12 Year-Old Girl

An Oil City man has been arraigned on charges that include the rape of a child for allegedly sexually assaulting a 12 year-old girl in 2010. 25 year-old William Hack has most recently been lodged in the Venango County Jail serving time on an indecent assault charge in a 2009 case that prosecutors said involved a four…

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State Budget Vehicle Considered On House Floor

While the state budget vehicle that moved through the House of Representatives on Monday night left major spending questions unresolved, debate on the tax code bill gave a hint that Republicans are willing to accept some one-time adjustments to balance the spending plan. House Republicans moved an amendment to the tax code that will put…

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Alvarez, McCutchen Power Pirates Past Tampa Bay 8-1

Pedro Alvarez slammed his first home run in 20 days, a three-run shot in the fourth inning, helping boost the Pittsburgh Pirates to an 8-1 romp over the Tampa Bay Rays (31-47) in the first game of a three-game interleague series played Monday night at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg.  The win, their third straight, put the…

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Vanderbilt Takes First Game Of Best-Of-3 College Baseball World Series

Vanderbilt (50-20) scored seven times in the third inning on Monday night and then held on for a 9-8 victory over Virginia in the first game of the best-of-3 College World Series baseball tournament played at TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha. The big inning gave the Commodores a 9-2 lead.  The Cavaliers (52-15) then scored…

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