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Cranberry Budget Contains One Mill Tax Hike

The $5.7 million 2013 budget passed by the Cranberry Township supervisors last week includes a one mill real estate tax increase. The tax hike is the first in the township in nine years, and translates to an increase of about ten dollars more per year for each $10,000 worth of assessed property value. The budget was…

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Reward Set In Vandalism Of Former Governor’s Grave

Pennsylvania Crime Stoppers and the family of former Pennsylvania Governor Raymond P. Shafer have announced that a reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest of whoever vandalized the governor’s gravesite near Meadville last month. The Shafer family listed the reward being offered as $2,500. State Police at the Meadville station said Thursday…

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Pitt Blasts Bethune-Cookman 89-40

Freshman center Steven Adams put up his best numbers so far on Saturday night, scoring 16 points and pulling down 10 rebounds in Pitt’s 89-40 romp over Bethune-Cookman at the Peterson Events Center in Pittsburgh. With the win, the Panthers improved to 10-1, their only loss so far coming to Michigan in the championship game…

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PIAA Championship Finals

PIAA High School Football Championship Results (all games played at HersheyPark Stadium in Hershey): “AAAA” North Allegheny 63, Coatesville 21 “AAA” Cathedral Prep 24, Archbishop Wood 14 “AA” Wyomissing 17, Aliquippa 14 “A” Clairton 20, Dunmore 0

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Emlenton Police Apologize For Paperwork Snafu

The Emlenton Borough Police Department has issued an apology to an area businessman against whom the paperwork for an arson charge, withdrawn earlier this year, apparently still made its way to a district magisterial judge. A criminal complaint had been filed Wednesday against 44 year-old Ronald Forsythe in connection with a July second fire at…

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PIAA Votes Down D-10 Girls Basketball Plan

The Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association on Friday voted against a proposal to add a third District 10 “AAA” girls basketball team to this winter’s state basketball tournament. Under the revised brackets for this year, D-10′s allocations for teams in girls “AAA” was reduced from three to two.  Powerhouses Franklin, Mercyhurst Prep and Hickory are joined this…

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Dan Rooney Resigns As Ambassador To Ireland

Dan Rooney, the chairman and a co-owner of the Pittsburgh Steelers, announced Friday he is resigning his post as United States Ambassador to Ireland. Rooney was appointed by President Barack Obama on Saint Patrick’s Day, 2009. Rooney, who was inducted into the Pro Football Hall-of-Fame in 2000, supported and campaigned for Obama in the 2008…

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Oil City Budget Contains Tax Hike Of .6 Mill

The 16-million dollar 2013 city budget adopted by Oil City Council on Thursday will include a real estate tax increase of six-tenths of one mill. That change will translate to about a six dollar tax hike per year for each $10,000 of assessed property value. The original city budget proposal considered last month contained an…

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Mark London Named New Franklin Police Chief

Police Lieutenant Mark London has been named the city of Franklin’s new police chief. London succeeds chief Jeff Storm, who announced his retirement from the force this fall. An Oil City native who has long lived in Franklin, London has also served on the Emlenton Police Department and the Venango County Sheriff’s department.  He has…

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Judge Leaning Toward Summer Voter Photo I-D Trial

A Commonwealth Court judge stated Thursday that he will likely schedule a trial on the state’s controversial new voter photo identification law for next summer. Judge Robert Simpson indicated that would allow time before the November, 2013 elections for any necessary ruling on an appeal. The state Attorney General’s office is pressing for a ruling…

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