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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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2015-2016 Pennsylvania Hunting Licenses Now On Sale

The Venango County Treasurer’s office reminds us that 2015-2016 Pennsylvania hunting and fur-taking licenses went on sale this week. To qualify for a resident license, an applicant must have maintained a true, fixed and permanent home in Pennsylvania for thirty consecutive days immediately preceding the start of the application process. July 13 will be the…

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Pension Reform Legislation Approved By State House Committee

A state House committee passed legislation this week that would result in pension reform at the municipal level. The bill approved by the House State Government Committee would change pension benefits for newly-hired municipal workers to a defined contribution plan and remove pension benefits altogether from the collective bargaining process.  There would be no changes…

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Commonwealth Court Rules Governor Overstepped Authority When He Fired Director Of Open Records Office

A state appeals court ruled Wednesday that Governor Tom Wolf overstepped his authority when he fired the executive director of the state’s Office of Open Records during the early days of his administration in January. The Commonwealth Court ruling also ordered that Erik Arneson be reinstated and given his back pay. Outgoing Governor Tom Corbett named…

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