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Safe Boating Week To Focus On Life Jackets

The importance of flotation devices and other watercraft safety tips will be the focus of 2013 National Safe Boating Week scheduled for May 18 through May 24. Boaters are being reminded to “practice safe and responsible boating, always wear your life jacket, and be alert while on the water,” according to Laurel Anders, who is…

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Canadian Earthquake Felt In Pennsylvania

Some residents of northwestern Pennsylvania claim they felt rumblings from an event that turned out to be an earthquake centered in Quebec, Canada on Friday morning. The quake, initially reported to have registered at 5.1 on the Richter scale but now officially recorded at 4.4, is said to have been centered about 13 miles northeast…

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Snider Homers, Bucs Collect 13 Hits In 7-1 Win Over Milwaukee

Travis Snider homered for the first time this season, and Francisco Liriano (2-0; 1.64 ERA) pitched six hit baseball over 5-and-two thirds innings on Thursday night as the Pittsburgh Pirates posted a 7-1 home win over the Milwaukee Brewers (16-23). The Pirates (24-17) have won three straight over the Brewers, and six of their last…

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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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