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Text Message Scam Seeks Credit And Debit Card Numbers

Franklin City Police have brought to our attention an ongoing scam in which local residents are receiving messages informing them that their credit or debit cards have been suspended. The messages indicate that the recipients are required to call a phone number and leave their card numbers in order to have their cards reactivated.  The…

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Flooding Mostly Avoided During Last Week’s Rapid Thaw

Although a total of eleven state highways in Crawford, Warren and Erie Counties were closed to traffic because of flooding over the weekend, our immediate area of the Oil Region was spared any major flooding problem during the rapid thaw we experienced over the last four days.  Most of our weather-related problems this weekend were due…

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Steelers Nip Green Bay And Keep Playoff Hopes Alive

The Pittsburgh Steelers can still qualify for the NFl playoffs — if four things go their way next Sunday. Meanwhile, the Steelers (7-8) took care of business this past Sunday, beating the Packers 38-31 at Lambeau Field in Green Bay.  A strip by Troy Polamalu, followed by the recovery of the fumble by teammate Brett Keisel,…

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Crosby Adds 3 To Points Total In Pens’ 4-3 Home Win Over Calgary

Sidney Crosby scored his 20th goal of the season and added two assists Saturday afternoon, and the Pittsburgh Penguins extended their season-best winning streak to seven games with a 4-3 home victory over the Calgary Flames. Crosby’s league-leading points total now stands at 54. Pascal Dupuis, Harry Zolnierczyk and James Neal also scored for Pittsburgh…

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Patterson Scores 30 In Pitt’s 73-56 Win Over Cal Poly

Lamar Patterson and the Pitt Panthers (11-1) bounced back from their lone loss of the season, a 44-43 defeat to Cincinnati last Tuesday, with a 73-56 victory over Cal Poly (4-7) on Saturday afternoon at the Petersen Events Center in Pittsburgh. Patterson tallied a career-high 30 points.  Durand Johnson added 12. Pitt will be idle…

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Forest County’s 2014 Budget Contains No Real Estate Tax Hike

Forest County commissioners last week passed a 2014 county budget that contains no real estate tax increase. The spending plan totals just under $3 million. Forest County’s current property tax millage rate stands at 23.85 mills.

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Kunitz, Maatta Star In Pens’ 5-2 Win Over Minnesota

Chris Kunitz scored a pair of goals, and Ollie Maatta scored on a penalty shot as the Pittsburgh Penguins recorded their season-high sixth consecutive victory, and their 11th in their last 12 games, beating the Minnesota Wild 5-2 on Thursday night at Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh. Brandon Sutter and Matt Niskanen also scored for Pittsburgh…

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State Supreme Court Overturns Parts Of The 2012 Gas Drilling Zoning Law

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court on Thursday overturned key parts of the state’s 2012 law that allows gas drilling in every zoning district, including residential. The state’s highest court ruled in a 4-to-2 decision that the law is unconstitutional.  It basically trumped local zoning codes, and even allowed drilling near school properties. Many state Democratic leaders…

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Oil City Budget Contains 1.35 Mill Real Estate Tax Increase

The real estate tax increase contained in Oil City’s 2014 budget will represent a 1.35 mill hike, after all. The increase will mean an extra $13.50 will be levied for every $10,000 in assessed property value. Oil City Council gave its final approval to a $16.2 million budget on Thursday afternoon.  It raises the city’s…

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Nickleville-Area Man Sentenced To 50-To-100 Months In Prison In Child Pornography Case

A Nickleville-area man has been sentenced in Clarion County Court to 50-to-100 months in state prison on his September guilty pleas to 25 counts of the possession of child pornography. 26 year-old Shane Niederriter was ordered to serve two-to-four months on each charge.  He was also sentenced to serve five years of probation to follow…

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