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Grove City Man Drowns After Riding Mower Incident

A Grove City man drowned Tuesday morning after he inadvertently drove a riding mower into a pond and could not escape from the vehicle. The incident occurred on the grounds of the American Legion post in Findley Township in Mercer County.  State Police investigators identified the victim as 65 year-old John Walochik. The victim’s body…

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36 Korean War Vets From Venango County Honored

Three dozen Korean War veterans from Venango County were honored Tuesday in a ceremony at the Franklin VFW. The honors for 36 locals originated in the Republic of Korea where the vets fought from 1950 through 1953 on behalf of the South Koreans. 28 Venango County residents were among the 40,000 troops who died in…

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Pennsylvania Again Denied Federal Disaster Aid For March Storms

The Wolf administration said Tuesday that Pennsylvania has, for a second time, been denied federal disaster aid for late-winter snowstorms which affected much of the state, but were harshest on northeastern Pennsylvania. A state official said the acting administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, Robert Fenton,  confirmed on Tuesday the denial of the state’s…

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Golden State Wins NBA Title In Five Games Over Cleveland

Kevin Durant scored 39 points on Monday night and was named the NBA Final MVP as the Golden State Warriors clinched the league championship for the second time in three years in a 129-120 victory over Cleveland in a game played in Oakland. Steph Curry added 34 points, and the Warriors captured the best-of-seven series…

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Taillon Returns; Pirates Win Third Straight

With Jameson Taillon returning and throwing a shutout in five innings of work as the Pirates’ starter on Monday night, Pittsburgh soared to their third consecutive win, a 7-2 home victory over the National League West leaders, the Colorado Rockies (41-25). Taillon started the game exactly five weeks after he had undergone surgery for testicular…

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Pirates Select RHP, High Schooler Shane Baz, As Their First-Round Draft Pick

The Pittsburgh Pirates selected four players on the first day of the Major League Baseball draft on Monday. The Pirates began with 17 year-old high school right-hander Shane Baz as the 12th overall pick.  Baz starred for Concordia High School in Tomball, Texas.  Baseball America rates his fastball as second-best among all high school hurlers…

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Missouri Man Dies In I-80 Crash In Southern Venango County

A Missouri man died Monday afternoon when the vehicle in which he was a passenger overturned on Interstate 80 in southern Venango County. State Police officials say the victim, 56 year-old Kevin Gross, from St. Joseph, Missouri, died when  a vehicle hauling a 23-foot camper-trailer, headed west in the right lane of I-80 in Scrubgrass…

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Juvenile Driver Seriously Hurt In Crash On Sunville Road

A juvenile driver was seriously injured on Monday when his vehicle slammed into parked vehicles on Sunville Road in Oakland Township and pushed one vehicle into a house. A State Police report listed the injured party only as a male juvenile, and did not list an age. Troopers say the boy’s vehicle was traveling at…

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Polk Woman Enters Guilty Pleas In Cochranton Park Assault Case

A Polk woman entered guilty pleas in Crawford County Court on Monday in connection with a group assault with which she was connected at a park in Cochranton last August. 35 year-old Jolene Webber was accused of leading an attack on 19 year-old Garrett Calvert by a group which also allegedly included 19 year-old Bradley…

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PA Hunting Licenses Available Next Monday; County Treasurer Notes Two Changes In 2017

The Venango County Treasurer is reminding hunters and fur-takers of a pair of changes connected with the purchase of licenses this year. Treasurer Deborah Sharpe notes that a pheasant hunting license will now be required through a separate purchase, outside of your general hunting license, and, beginning this year, a field digest will not be…

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