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Fire Causes Heavy Damage To Hill City Garage; Classic Cars Are Rescued From Flames

A fire early Thursday morning destroyed most of a garage on Hill City Road in Cranberry Township. A State Police fire marshal is investigating the cause of the fire, but foul play is not suspected. No injuries were reported.  Officials say two classic cars were removed from the building without any damage being sustained to…

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Venango College Executive Dean Christopher Reber Takes President’s Post In Beaver County

The executive dean at Venango College of Clarion University is leaving his post to become the president of Beaver County Community College in Monaca. Christopher Reber, from Franklin, has spent twelve of his thirty-three years in a career in higher education at the Oil City school.  He was reportedly chosen from a field of 61 candidates to…

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Sunday Marks 100th Anniversary Of First Official Mother’s Day

The Fraternal Order of Eagles points out that this Sunday (May 11) marks the 100th anniversary of the nation’s first official Mother’s Day. In the most-recent Eagles publication “Soar,” organization officials point back to a memorial service in 1904 during which a former Notre Dame University professor, Frank Hering, reflected back to a date in which he walked into a…

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Ohio State LB Ryan Shazier Is Steelers’ Number-1 Draft Pick

The Pittsburgh Steelers on Thursday night made Ohio State linebacker Ryan Shazier their first-round selection – number-15 overall – in the 2014 NFL Draft. Shazier (6-1; 237 lbs.) recorded over 100 tackles in his final two seasons as a Buckeye.  He was responsible for six sacks last season alone.  Shazier has reportedly run a 4.38 in…

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Canton, Ohio Man Charged In 2012 Rape In Rockland

An Ohio man has finally been charged in connection with a rape reported in Rockland Township in the summer of 2012. 41 year-old Mark Dick, from Canton, was arrested based on the testing of DNA evidence that was collected this past winter, and is charged with raping a woman at a home he was visiting in Rockland in July, 2012. …

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Harrisburg Man Arrested After Report Of Attempted Break-In At Franklin City Hall

Police in Franklin say a central Pennsylvania man was charged early Thursday morning following his arrest in their probe into a reported attempted break-in at Franklin City Hall. City Police responded to the outside of the same building where they are headquartered shortly after midnight, and found a suspect in a nearby alley.  The suspect was identified…

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OC&T Railroad Headquarters To Get Facelift; Plans To Be Unveiled May 22

A news release from PennDOT indicates that the plans for a facelift for the Oil Creek and Titusville Railroad Headquarters in Oil City will be unveiled at a public meeting on Thursday, May 22. The meeting will be held at city council chambers at Oil City Hall, and will be included as part of a regularly scheduled…

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Franklin Woman Arrested For Allegedly Stealing Car, Dragging Owner Along City Street

Franklin City Police have charged a woman who allegedly stole another woman’s car, reportedly dragging the second woman along a city street with the vehicle as she attempted to leave the scene. Police arrested 28 year-old Rachael Shotts, of Franklin, on Tuesday in connection with an April 28 incident they say began at a residence on the…

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Cochranton Man Charged In Early Morning Police Chase

A Cochranton man faces charges following a police chase early Thursday morning. State Police officials say 58 year-old Ronald Groger will be charged with numerous counts after he failed to pull over for them when he made a turn from Route 19 onto Williams Road in Greenwood Township shortly before 2:30 AM. Troopers say Groger sped off,…

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Brooks’ Bill To End State’s Inheritance Tax Goes To Full House

Legislation intended to end other consequences of Pennsylvania’s inheritance tax has moved to the full state House. The measure introduced by State Representative Michele Brooks, serving parts of Crawford, Mercer and Lawrence Counties, would phase out the twelve percent inheritance tax rate paid by sibling heirs of a deceased individual upon the transfer of property to…

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