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FHS Sophomore Abby Jones Wins Silver At PIAA Track Championships

Franklin High School sophomore Abby Jones, for the second consecutive year, captured the silver medal in the girls’ high jump competition at the PIAA Class “AAA” track-and-field championships on Friday at Shippensburg University. Jones matched the gold medal jump of 5 feet, 8 inches recorded by Franklin’s Liz Bodnar in 1995.  She was unsuccessful in…

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Bat Found In Clarion Home Tests Positive For Rabies

The state Department of Agriculture has confirmed that a bat found lying on the floor of a Clarion Township home has tested positive for rabies. A Brook Road family had reported that their two dogs had barked incessantly, alerting them to the live bat, which apparently could not fly.  The bat was killed, and was…

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Butler County Does Away With Jury Commissioner Positions

The Butler County commissioners voted this week to eliminate the positions of jury commissioners in the county. A 2011 law that allowed Pennsylvania counties to abolish the posts was shot down by a state court which ruled that it violated a Constitutional stipulation that new legislation can not be tacked onto an unrelated bill, although…

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Cooperstown Man Enters Guilty Pleas To Sex Charges

A Cooperstown man entered guilty pleas this week to sexually assaulting three teenage boys. 29 year-old Scott Smith also entered guilty pleas in connection with charges brought through accusations that he had inappropriately touched a fourth teen.  The incidents allegedly occurred in Smith’s home between the spring of 2010 and the summer of 2012.  Several…

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Bucs Outlast Rain Delay For 4-2 Victory And 8-And-2 Homestand

Andrew McCutchen went 3-for-4, drove in two runs, scored once and stole two bases, and the Pittsburgh Pirates won a rain-delayed Thursday afternoon home game 4-2 over the Chicago Cubs. The victory was the Pirates’ fourth straight, their 11th in their last 13 games, and gave them a three-game sweep of the Cubs and an…

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Bail Reduction Denied For Oil City Man Charged In 2003 Sex Assault

A bail reduction request for an Oil City man charged in the sexual assault of a young girl ten years ago was denied at the man’s preliminary hearing Wednesday. 39 year-old Thomas Kahle is charged with molesting a girl who may have been just shy of her sixth birthday in the spring of 2003.  He…

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Corbett Delays Common Core Academic Standards

Governor Tom Corbett has ordered a delay in the adoption of new educational standards known as “Common Core.” The new academic standards have been on track for enactment in July, but they became the subject of a pair of heated debates in the state General Assembly last week.  Education Department spokesman Tim Eller told Harrisburg…

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Two Arrested In Oil City Heroin Sales Bust

Two Oil City residents were charged Wednesday for allegedly selling heroin from their South Side home. Oil City Police say 48 year-old Leon Wagner and 51 year-old Kathy Novack were to be charged with possession of a controlled substance, conspiracy and reckless endangerment.  Investigators stated that other charges could follow because sales were made within…

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Conneaut Lake Park Could Be Sold For Back Tax Debts

The Crawford County commissioners have decided to seek the sale of Conneaut Lake Park to settle property tax debts totaling more than $800,000. The decision came down at the commissioners’ regular meeting on Wednesday.  Although it may become necessary, the sale probably would not happen until late next year.  The Park’s trustees have owed real estate…

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Sheep Shot And Killed In Crawford County

There has been another case of animal cruelty in Crawford County. This time, police say someone shot and killed a female sheep at a farm in Troy Township.  The farm owner said an arrow was found near his barn on the farm property on Mosgrove Road, but authorities were still trying to determine exactly what kind…

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