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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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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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