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Venango County Courthouse Renovations Underway

Work on the $260-thousand project to renovate the Elk Street entrance to the Venango County Courthouse in Franklin should begin today (May 8). Workers have spent the last two days building a temporary ramp to the Liberty Street entrance at the front of the courthouse to accommodate handicapped accessibility. The project in the rear of…

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Crawford County Courthouse Roof Repairs To Top $700,000

The Crawford County commissioners revealed Tuesday that repairs to the leaking county courthouse roof are expected to cost more than $700,000. Water problems have been reported at numerous areas on the courthouse roof, and especially around the building’s clock tower. About sixty percent of the estimated cost would actually come from the replacement of the…

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Longer Delays Possible Thursday, Friday At Seneca Hill Construction Site

PennDOT says a project to relocate utility lines could lead to traffic stoppages of up to 15 minutes at a time this Thursday and Friday (May 9 and 10) at the bottom of Seneca Hill at the intersection of Routes 62 and 257. The work is being done in connection with the realignment and improvement…

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Proposed Panel Would Look At Health Issues Related To Marcellus Shale Drilling

A leading Pennsylvania lawmaker wants to create an advisory panel to look at possible health issues related to Marcellus shale natural gas drilling. Senate President Pro Tem Joe Scarnati’s bill would create a 13-member panel to study any potential health impacts and any potential health benefits. Panel members would not be paid. Governor Corbett’s energy…

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Governor Signs New Bill Allowing Counties To Abolish Jury Commissioner Posts

Governor Tom Corbett has signed into law a revised bill that would allow Pennsylvania counties to abolish the posts of jury commissioners. A similar 2011 law was struck down by the state Supreme Court which ruled that the law violated a requirement of the state Constitution that mandates that legislative bills be confined to a…

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Erie Man Charged In Franklin Carjacking Is Hospitalized In Pittsburgh

An Erie man charged with stealing a car at knifepoint in Franklin is now hospitalized with stab wounds and other injuries in Pittsburgh. It was not immediately clear how the wounds were sustained, but Franklin City Police say 34 year-old Donald Milliren is the same man they have charged with stealing a car from its…

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Chlorine Gas Scare Evacuates Sports Complex During High School Baseball Game

A chlorine gas scare that prompted the evacuation of a Titusville sports complex during a high school baseball game on Monday afternoon turned out to be a false alarm.  Actually, the problem was a faulty alarm. A warning issued shortly after 5;00 PM by an alarm system at the Titusville wastewater treatment facility near the…

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River Ridge Break-In’s Investigated

The State Police are investigating a burglary case in which they say someone broke into several properties on the River Ridge complex in Cranberry Township. The incidents occurred sometime Sunday night or early Monday morning. Troopers say a house, a barn and a trailer were all entered and ransacked.  At least two weapons and as…

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State House Passes Business Tax Overhaul

The state House of Representatives on Monday voted in favor of wide-ranging business tax reforms. The bill was designed to close the infamous “Delaware Loophole,” while gradually reducing the state’s nearly ten percent corporate net income tax rate.  It also includes a number of other measures in Governor Tom Corbett’s business tax plan. Supporters say…

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Scam Unveiled Regarding Tax And Rent Rebate Program

Local lawmakers are warning residents about what they are terming a scam regarding a group that offers to file senior citizens’ Property Tax and Rent Rebate Program applications for a 39-dollar fee. The state does not charge a fee.  As a matter of fact, many Area Agency on Aging officials will help seniors file their…

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