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Franklin High’s Abby Jones Wins 2nd D-10 High Jump Title

Franklin High School sophomore Abby Jones will represent Venango County athletes at the PIAA track-and-field championships next week after winning her second straight District 10 high jump championship. Jones won the district title with a jump of 5’7″ at the D-10 “AAA” Championships at Harbor Creek High School on Wednesday.  That mark topped her championship…

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Steelers Sign 4th-Round Draft Pick Shamarko Thomas

The Pittsburgh Steelers announced Thursday that they have signed one of their two fourth-round draft picks. Syracuse safety Shamarko Thomas was available to the Steelers on draft day after they completed a trade with the Cleveland Browns for one of next year’s draft selections.  They chose him with the 111th overall pick. Thomas started 39…

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Franklin Police Warn Of Sweepstakes Scam

Franklin City Police are warning us of the latest scam to be circulating around this part of the Oil Region. The ploy revolves around the mailings of what appear to be winning checks from a sweepstakes contest.  The enclosed checks are phony. Police say the mailings come from a company calling itself, “Novacapital Financial Services.” …

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Pennsylvania’s Gypsy Moth Aerial Spraying Program Begins

The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources has announced that their aerial spraying program to combat gypsy moths has begun. A statement released by the state agency on Wednesday indicates that four helicopters have begun the program in parts of northwestern and north central Pennsylvania, including Venango County.  All told, nearly 42,000 acres of state…

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Tennessee Man Jailed In Oil City And Cranberry Incidents

A Tennessee man has been jailed in Franklin following investigations by police in both Oil City and Cranberry Township. State police at the Franklin station say Elton Gilliam, from Maryville, Tennessee, was arrested Wednesday morning after residents in the Riverside Drive area of Cranberry Township made a number of calls calls concerning a suspicious individual…

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Supreme Court Justice Melvin Is Resentenced

The judge who sentenced former state Supreme Court Justice Joan Orie Melvin said his decision to hold a resentencing hearing was due to a technicality. The 57 year-old Melvin had been sentenced on May 7 to three years of house arrest, and her sister and former aide, Janine Orie, was sentenced to one year of house arrest and two…

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Pirates Win 3-1, Despite Only Four Hits

The Pittsburgh Pirates managed just four hits in a Wednesday night home game against the Milwaukee Brewers, but the Bucs fought to a 3-1 victory for their fifth win in their last six games. Neil Walker’s bases-loaded, two-run single in the sixth inning gave the Pirates (23-17) all the run production they would need.  Pittsburgh…

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State’s Mentored Hunting Program Expanded

A new law authorizes the Pennsylvania Game Commission to expand its Mentored Hunting Program. Governor Tom Corbett’s signature means the program will now be open to all ages. Since its inception in 2006, the program has been limited to youth under the age of 12.  Supporters of the expansion say they are building on its…

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Photo I-D’s Still Not Necessary For Tuesday’s Elections

Since a court has not yet settled the debate over Pennsylvania’s new law requiring voters to show photo identification, state officials are reminding us that photo I-D’s will still not be required for balloting in Tuesday’s primary elections. A court case on the status of the new law is scheduled for July. Those without identification…

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Police Investigate Vandalism At Oil City High School Track

Oil City Police are trying to discover who caused damage at the track at the Oil City High School athletic complex a few days ago. Police say someone vandalized the school’s pole vaulting equipment.  It appears the incident occurred sometime between Thursday, May 9 and this past Monday, May 13. A monetary damage estimate was…

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