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July 4 Is Another Fish-For-Free Day In Pennsylvania

This Friday, the Fourth of July, will mark the second of Pennsylvania’s two Fish-for-Free Days this year. As a way to encourage youngsters and beginners to start fishing, the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission schedules two such days each year in which anyone, residents and non-residents, may fish without a license.  The first Fish-for-Free Day…

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School Security Bill Sent To Governor’s Desk

The state legislature this week sent to Governor Corbett’s desk a bill connected to school safety. The measure, sponsored by state Senator Don White whose office represents Armstrong County and parts of Butler County, would allow school districts the option to contract out to local police departments to provide school security, and not limit them…

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Man Arrested In Death Of Teen Whose Body Was Found In Grove City Landfill

The man arrested in the stabbing death of an Ohio teenager whose body was found last week in a garbage company landfill near Grove City has been identified as 18 year-old Ricki Williams IV. Williams was arrested in Youngstown early Tuesday evening and was to be arraigned on Wednesday.  He is currently lodged in the…

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House Tables Governor Corbett’s Prioritized Pension Reform

One of Governor Tom Corbett’s top priorities has stalled in the state House of Representatives, and a vote may not be taken until late summer. A pension reform measure did reach the debate stage in the House on Tuesday, but Berks County Democrat Gene DiGirolomo, who opposes the bill, asked that it be referred back…

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May Unemployment In The Oil Region Was Up Slightly In May After Sharp Drops In April

Unemployment numbers in most of this part of the Oil Region climbed slightly in May following impressive drops in April. The jobless figures released Tuesday by the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry included an increase in unemployment in Venango County to 5.9 percent, up from 5.7 percent the previous month.  About 1,500 Venango County…

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Pirates Score Three In Bottom Of 9th For 3-2 Win Over D-Backs

The Pittsburgh Pirates (43-40), held to just two hits over the first eight innings, rallied for three runs in the bottom of the ninth frame and posted a 3-2 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks in the opening contest of a three-game series played Tuesday night at PNC Park in Pittsburgh. Neil Walker and pinch-hitter Gregory…

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Penguins Sign Three Veteran Free Agents

The Pittsburgh Penguins jumped into the fray on the first day of National Hockey League free agency on Tuesday by signing three veterans.  The players are defenseman Christian Ehroff, forward Blake Comeau and goaltender Thomas Greiss. The 31 year-old Ehroff led the Buffalo Sabres in both overall ice time and penalty minutes while scoring 33…

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Cranberry Fireworks Spectacular Day Is Wednesday

While Franklin celebrates the Fourth of July for over a week, and Oil City condenses most of their holiday activities into one day on Jolly July 3rd, Cranberry traditionally gets the holiday off to an early start with the Cranberry Fireworks Spectacular on July 2. The fireworks display, of course, comes at dusk, but several…

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Oil City Pair Charged In Assault On Older Woman

Two Oil City residents have been charged in a weekend incident in which a 51 year-old woman claims to have been physically assaulted. Oil City Police say they have charged 25 year-old Mark Doyle in the attack which allegedly occurred Sunday at a residence on Willow Street in the Siverly neighborhood.  There was no initial…

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92,000 Tickets Remain For Saturday’s Pennsylvania Lottery Millionaire Raffle

The Pennsylvania Lottery is down to under twenty percent of its ticket allotment for Saturday night’s (7/5) Millionaire Raffle. In the most-recent of the raffles, which are normally held twice a year, a maximum of 500,000 tickets are being sold, and 6,000 prizes will be paid out, including four $1,000,000 grand prizes.  As of Wednesday morning (7/2), just…

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