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Mark Schroyer Named New Oil City Manager

Oil City Council on Thursday named 56 year-old Mark Schroyer as city manager, succeeding interim manager Jim Nelles. Schroyer, a native of Connellsville, has most recently served as borough manager in Hollidaysburg.  Previously, he held jobs as Donora Borough manager and manager of South Park Township.  He has a two-year deal with the city, and…

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House Committee Hears Testimony On Wolf Death Penalty Moratorium

Lawmakers in the state House heard hours of testimony in a hearing Thursday on Governor Wolf’s moratorium on the death penalty in Pennsylvania. The hearing by the House Judiciary Committee came a day after the House passed a resolution condemning the moratorium as an example of a Governor overstepping his authority. Some district attorneys say…

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Oil Region Music Weekend – Indie Fest In Oil City, Blues And Barbecue In Franklin

Oil Region residents and visitors to the area alike will enjoy plenty of live music this weekend. In Oil City, the annual Indie Music Fest is scheduled for Friday evening and Saturday (June 12, 13), and Franklin will play host on Saturday to the Blues and Barbecue Festival. At the Oil City event, dozens of independent…

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Franklin’s Flag Day Ceremonies Scheduled For Sunday Evening

A number of area organizations will combine to host Flag Day ceremonies in the Franklin’s South Park (bandstand park) on Sunday evening, June 14. In addition to the annual flag retirement ceremony to be held by the Venango County V.E.T.S. Honor Guard, the officers and past officers of Franklin Elks Lodge #110 will conduct their traditional…

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Pennsylvania Prepares For Bird Flu Outbreak

The new strain of avian flu, which experts say does not affect human health, could hit hard at parts of the economy. Among birds, the flu virus is quick-moving and deadly, and if a case is found on a farm, the facility would need to be quarantined and its birds euthanized.  The farm may then…

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Resurfacing Work To Begin Next Week On Three Highways In The Titusville Area

PennDOT announced Thursday that resurfacing work will begin next week on three highways in the Titusville area. The work could continue through early October, and although no detours are expected, there will be traffic lane restrictions controlled by flaggers. The jobs will include Route 27 from the Venango County line to West Spring Street in Titusville,…

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State House Resolution Speaks Out Against Governor’s Death Penalty Moratorium

The state House of Representatives on Wednesday approved a resolution sharply criticizing Governor Tom Wolf’s death penalty moratorium. The original resolution referred to the action as unconstitutional, but that language was removed, instead accusing Wolf of overstepping his authority. The final vote was 119-to-71 with the resolution claiming that the Governor usurped the authority of both the legislative…

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Governor Wolf Waives Fees For Background Checks For Volunteer Children’s Workers

Governor Tom Wolf announced Wednesday the waiver of the twenty-dollar fees for child abuse clearance and State Police criminal background checks for volunteer children’s workers. Some had feared that the fees and the paperwork involved were affecting the numbers of volunteer candidates for the positions. The fees for other applicants will be reduced from ten…

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Morton Now 4-0 After 2-0 Pirates Shutout Over Milwaukee

Pedro Alvarez homered, and Charlie Morton and two relievers combined on a three-hit shutout on Wednesday night as the Pittsburgh Pirates (32-27) avoided a sweep at the hands of last-place Milwaukee by blanking the Brewers 2-0 at PNC Park in Pittsburgh. Morton (4-0; 2.05) remained undefeated in four starts since coming off the disabled list…

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Saad Scores Game-Winner As Chicago Evens Stanley Cup Final Series With Tampa Bay

Brandon Saad broke a 1-1 tie with the deciding goal with 13:38 remaining in the game on Wednesday night, and the Chicago Blackhawks tied the NHL Stanley Cup championship series at two games apiece with a 2-1 home victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning. Jonathan Toews also scored for Chicago, and Blackhawks goaltender Corey Crawford…

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