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Oil City’s 2015 Budget Gets Final Approval With No Property Tax Hike

Oil City Council on Thursday gave its final approval to a 2015 city budget with no real estate tax increase. The spending plan totals about $16.6 million. Oil City was one of the last local communities to pass a budget for next year – in part, because council members had turned down a spending plan…

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Oil City Has A New Treasurer – Former Mayor Joe Womer

Oil City Council has appointed former city mayor Joseph Womer to fill the treasurer’s post left vacant after the resignation of Kevin Roth. Womer will serve until the end of next year, while a new treasurer is chosen via the 2015 elections process. Roth resigned last month after he moved to a residence located outside…

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Fleury Gets Personal Best Sixth Shutout; Comeau Scores In OT In 1-0 Penguins Win

Marc-Andre Fleury, who as it turns out tested negative for the mumps and was cleared to play, earned his personal best sixth shutout of the season on Thursday night as the Pittsburgh Penguins posted a 1-0 overtime victory over the Carolina Hurricanes at Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh. Blake Comeau scored the game’s only goal…

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Grove City Woman Charged After Toddler Was Found Wandering In 30-Degree Weather

A Grove City woman has been charged after authorities say a two year-old child in her care was discovered wandering alone elsewhere in her neighborhood. Grove City Police say the child was several houses from home and was wearing only a T-shirt and sandals, that the temperature was about thirty degrees and that the youngster’s…

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New Report Looks At Human Impacts Of Marcellus Shale Gas Drilling

A new report attempts to provide some answers on the impacts on the quality of life in Marcellus shale regions where natural gas drilling is taking place. The Shale Tipping Point Report is a joint effort of the Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center and the Keystone Research Center.  It examines the impact on factors such…

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Cryst Takes Wisconsin Job; Pitt Fires AD Pederson

The University of Wisconsin made it official Wednesday evening.  They named Pitt coach Paul Chryst their new football coach. Meanwhile, the University of Pittsburgh will need a new athletic director before they hire Chryst’s replacement.  Pitt fired Steve Pederson on Wednesday. Chryst was 19-19 in three seasons at Pitt,  In taking the Wisconsin job, he…

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Artis Scores 20 In Pitt’s 65-56 Win Over Manhattan

The Pitt Panthers improved to 3-0 since the return of senior guard Cam Wright with a 65-56 victory over Manhattan on Wednesday night at the Petersen Events Center in Pittsburgh. Jamel Artis led the Panthers (7-3) with a career-high 20 points, and Michael Young tallied 16. Wright, who had been sidelined earlier with a foot-injury,…

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Suspects Identified In Clarion County Burglary In Which One Man Was Shot In The Leg

Two men are facing charges in last Friday afternoon’s incident in Clarion County in which a property owner shot a suspected burglar in the leg. Among the charges being faced by 47 year-old Timothy Stormer, from Summerville, and 27 year-old Shane Bundy, from Knoxdale, are burglary, aggravated and simple assault, conspiracy, trespassing, reckless endangerment and…

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Sugarcreek Borough Approves A Nearly $1.6 MIllion Budget

Sugarcreek Borough Council has given unanimous final approval to a 2015 budget which contains no real estate tax increase. The spending plan totals just under $1.6 million and should require a transfer of a little more than $74,000 from the borough’s reserve fund. Both the tax millage rate and the borough’s street light levy will remain unchanged.

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PennDOT: Pennsylvania Is Making Progress In Repairing Bridges

Pennsylvania transportation officials say they are working hard to decrease the number of bridges which are labeled structurally deficient. The term “structurally deficient” does not mean a bridge is in danger of collapse, but it does indicate a span needs major upgrades.  More than 4,000 of the 22,000-plus bridges in the state fall into this category.…

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