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National Fuel Gas Supply Charge To Increase May 1; Average Bill To Climb $5.55 Per Year

National Fuel Gas Distribution Corporation has announced that their gas supply charge for their natural gas customers will be increasing, effective this Thursday, May 1. The company’s quarterly adjustment connected with the price they pay for the gas they distribute will amount to about 7.3 percent.  National Fuel spokesperson Sandra James says this move will raise the…

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Gun Rights Rally In Harrisburg Attended By Hundreds

Several hundred people attended Tuesday’s rally on gun rights held in Harrisburg. Scheduled as part of what was billed as Second Amendment Action Day, the event drew several state lawmakers who are currently attempting to push gun rights legislation in the General Assembly. State Representative Rick Saccone, from Allegheny County, says one of his proposals would…

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Youngstown Men Charged In Alleged Heroin Sales In Clintonville

Two Youngstown men were charged Monday night in the alleged sales of heroin in Clintonville Borough. Polk Borough Police, who serve the community of Clintonville, say 24 year-old Ronald Green and 21 year-old Dirk Robinson were both arraigned on a charge of selling the drug.  Green was also charged with the criminal use of a communications device.…

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Most Gas Drillers Have Ignored Mandated Survey Regarding Small Business

A state report says most gas drillers in Pennsylvania are ignoring a law that requires them to complete a survey about contracts with businesses owned by women, minorities and veterans. Response to the surveys is mandated by Act 13, the state’s two year-old oil and gas law. Officials say fewer than one-third of the state’s…

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PHEAA Application Deadline Is Thursday, May 1

The Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA) is reminding students and their families that this Thursday (May 1) is the deadline for filing applications for 2014-2015 PHEAA Pennsylvania State Grants. The deadline applies to all renewal applicants, and to first-time applicants planning to enroll in a college or university, or a college transfer program at…

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Body Found In The Allegheny River Identified As That Of A 26 Year-Old Oil City Man

Authorities say a body found in the Allegheny River in Oil City’s East End on Tuesday morning has been identified as that of a 26 year-old Oil City man. The body of Ronald Feely, Jr. was discovered by a pedestrian around 8:30 AM Tuesday not far from the Wye Bridge near Pumphouse Road.  Feely had been reported missing Tuesday…

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Most Oil Region Unemployment Numbers Were Up In March

Statistics released Tuesday by the Department of Labor and Industry show that seasonally-adjusted unemployment numbers were up for most of the Oil Region in March. An exception to the trend was Forest County where the jobless number dipped from 8.2 percent in February to 7.6 percent. In Venango County, where between 1,600 and 1,700 residents…

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Pennsylvania National Guard Targeted For Nine Percent Cut In 2016

The Pennsylvania National Guard is bracing for cuts in 2016 that could cost them about 1,400 troops. Military cuts proposed by Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel would reportedly affect Pennsylvania by nine percent.  A four percent cut in the 1990′s took with it four support battalions. Radio PA News reports officials are targeting the Guard’s 55th…

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Oil City Man Faces Sexual Assault Charges; Police List Three Young Girls As Victims

An Oil City man was arrested Monday afternoon and was charged with multiple counts in an investigation into the alleged sexual assault of three young girls. Oil City Police say 64 year-old Richard Keltz was arraigned on eleven charges, including one count of the rape of a child, and was lodged in the Venango County…

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Franklin Man Charged In Physical Assault On A Woman

A Franklin man was jailed this weekend following his arraignment on charges filed in an incident in which he is accused of physically assaulting a woman early Sunday morning. Franklin City Police say 19 year-old Michael Shoffstall is charged with simple assault, the intimidation of a victim and disorderly conduct. Police accuse Shoffstall of assaulting…

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