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Two Gold Won By Franklin On First Day Of PIAA Swimming Championships

A pair of championships were won by Franklin High School swimmers on Wednesday on the first day of the PIAA “AA” swimming championships at Bucknell University in Lewisburg. FHS junior Phil Emerson started the medal grab with a win in the 50-freestyle.  Emerson then joined Andy Frederick, Quinn Heffern and Isaac Cooke in winning the…

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Franklin Chamber Dinner Set For Thursday

Franklin Chamber Dinner Set For Thursday

The Franklin Area Chamber of Commerce will honor the city’s Man and Woman-of-the-Year, and the businesses and organizations that have earned this year’s Gold Shovel Awards at the Chamber’s annual dinner Thursday (March 14) at the Quality Inn and Conference Center in Franklin. But, the Chamber will also blow its own horn as the organization…

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Seneca Woman Seriously Hurt In Victory Township Rollover

Seneca Woman Seriously Hurt In Victory Township Rollover

A Seneca woman was flown to an Erie hospital following a rollover accident in Victory Township on Wednesday morning. State Police say 55 year-old Donna Weaver’s S-U-V went out of control on ice on the Route 8 four-lanes in Victory Township.  Weaver’s vehicle went off the road, struck a rock embankment and rolled onto its…

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Woman Hospitalized In Erie After Route 408 Crash

Woman Hospitalized In Erie After Route 408 Crash

A Meadville woman was hospitalized in Erie after a one-vehicle crash on Route 408 on Wednesday morning. Police say 33 year-old Heather Balsamo was ejected from her S-U-V after it skidded on ice near the intersection with Route 428 shortly after 7:00 AM Wednesday.  The vehicle rolled over three times and came to rest on its…

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Mercer County Bar Victim Of Armed Robbery

A Mercer County bar was robbed at gunpoint on Tuesday night. Investigators say the establishment in Otter Township was being closed by employees when a man wearing a ski mask appeared, threatening them with a handgun and ordering them to open a safe. The man fled with about $1,600 in cash. Bar employees say they…

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Pirates Win 5th Straight In 10 Innings Over Toronto

Felix Pie homered, and Starling Marte, Gaby Sanchez and Josh Harrison all recorded two hits Wednesday in the Pittsburgh Pirates’ 5-4, 10-inning preseason win over Toronto (7-10) at McKechnie Field in Bradenton, Florida. But, it was an RBI base hit by Carlos Paulino, his second game-winning RBI of the Grapefruit League schedule, that led to…

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Nominating Petition Deadline Is Past – Local Primary Ballot Finalized

Tuesday marked the deadline for hopeful candidates for the May 21st municipal primary elections to file their nominating petitions. In Venango County, races will appear for District Attorney and Coroner.  Current Sheriff Eric Foy was the only person to file to run for his office. Oil City and Franklin now know who there City Council…

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Steelers Sign Bruce Gradkowski As Backup QB

ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported on Wednesday that the Pittsburgh Steelers have signed quarterback Bruce Gradkowski to a three-year contract. Gradkowski is a 7-year NFL veteran who has played for Tampa Bay, Cleveland, Oakland and Cincinnati.  He has appeared in 37 regular season NFL games, and has thrown for 4,057 yards and 21 touchdowns with 24…

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Eight Charged In Pennsylvania Turnpike Scandal

Pennsylvania’s Attorney General announced on Wednesday that eight people, including a former state Senator and a former CEO for the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission, have been charged in connection with accusations of bribes involving political contributions. A.G. Kathleen Kane listed among the names of those charged former state Senator Robert Mellow and one-time turnpike CEO Joseph…

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Bucket List Bandit Pleads Guilty To 11 Bank Robberies

A Florida man, dubbed the “Bucket List Bandit,” entered guilty pleas in federal court in Erie on Wednesday to charges involved with the robberies of eleven banks in ten states, including a robbery in Erie last September. 54 year-old Michael Brewster had been arrested at a traffic stop in Oklahoma three days after the last…

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