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Two Women Seriously Hurt In I-80 Rollover Near Knox

Two young women were seriously injured Friday afternoon when their S-U-V rolled over on Interstate 80 near Knox. State Police officials say the driver, 20 year-old Katie Klassen from Emlenton, was attempting to pass another vehicle when the S-U-V left the highway and rolled several times through the median. Klassen and a passenger, identified as…

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Oil City Man Charged In Burglary Of Jewelry And Cash From Cranberry Residence

An Oil City man will face a preliminary hearing on Wednesday on charges involving the burglary of jewelry and cash from a Cranberry Township residence last Wednesday. State Police say 21 year-old Ryne Kean was charged Friday with burglary, theft by unlawful taking, trespassing and criminal mischief.  Kean was lodged in the Venango County Jail…

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Details Released On Westmoreland County Train Derailment; Crude Oil Spill Confined To Parking Lot

Officials now say more than 2,000 gallons of crude oil spilled during that train derailment Thursday morning in Westmoreland County.  KQW had originally reported that there had been no spill. The petroleum, though, covered the parking lot of a factory, and did not seep into the ground nor enter any nearby waterways. Accident investigators say…

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Powerball Jackpot Mushrooms To $400 Million

The estimated annuity value of the jackpot in the Powerball Lottery has been raised to $400 million for the next drawing, scheduled for Wednesday night. No one matched all numbers, including the Powerball number, in Saturday night’s $330 million drawing.  One player who purchased a ticket in Pennsylvania matched all of the first five numbers drawn, but not the Powerball number,…

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Candidates To Begin Circulating Petitions For 2014 Elections

Tuesday (Feb. 18) is the first day that candidates for the 2014 elections in Pennsylvania may begin circulating and filing their nomination petitions. In Pennsylvania this year, the primary elections will be held on May 20, and the general elections are scheduled for November 4. Hopeful candidates have three weeks with which to work with…

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Property Tax/Rent Rebate Clinics Scheduled

A pair of clinics covering Pennsylvania’s Property Tax and Rent Rebate Program will be held in Venango County over the next couple of weeks. The Franklin VFW will host the first clinic on Thursday, February 27 from 9:30 AM until 3:30 PM.  Another will be held at the Free Methodist Church on Wilson Avenue in…

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Venango Chamber’s Annual Dinner Set For Wednesday

The Venango Area Chamber of Commerce still has tickets available for their annual dinner, planned for Wednesday (Feb. 19) night. Among the scheduled festivities will be the honoring of the Chamber’s Citizens-of-the-Year, Orie and Betty Hepler. A reception is scheduled for 5:30 PM, and dinner will be served at 6:30 at Cross Creek Resort, south of…

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Former Pirates Shortstop Jim Fregosi Dies At Age 71

Former Major League shortstop and pennant-winning baseball manager Jim Fregosi has died following complications from a series of strokes. Fregosi was 71.  His 18-year playing career had included a stint with the Pittsburgh Pirates, where he played mostly third base in 1977 and 1978. Fregosi also played for the Angels, the Mets and the Rangers. …

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Body Of Missing Trucker Who Left Franklin In September Found In Kansas City Freezer

The body of a missing Arizona truck driver whose last official sighting was in Franklin was found this week in a freezer in a garage near a home in Kansas City, Missouri. 53 year-old Lawrence Muirhead, from Tucson, was reported missing in early October.  Although he had radioed his family that he was traveling through the Kansas City area,…

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Nine Students Treated After Conneaut Lake School Bus Crash

Nine students were treated for minor injuries Thursday morning following an accident involving a school bus in western Crawford County. The students, between the ages of five and fourteen, were taken to hospitals in Greenville and Meadville.  Fifteen other students riding the bus were uninjured. Police say the bus driver, 45 year-old Melissa Castile from…

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