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Oil City Man Pleads Guilty To Second Molestation Charge

An Oil City man who is already in state prison on charges that included the sexual assault on a young boy entered a guilty plea in Venango County Court yesterday in a case in which he was accused of the indecent assault on a twelve year-old girl. 25 year-old William Hack entered a plea of…

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PLCB Lowers Application Fee For Tavern Small Games Of Chance Licenses To $500

Ever since Pennsylvania allowed bars and taverns to apply for licenses to run small “games of chance,” the response has been much lower than expected. Although many point out the problem of the cumbersome application itself, state officials think the application fee may have been much too hefty.  So, they are lowering the fee from…

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Homers By Unlikely Candidates Help D-Backs To 7-4 Win Over Pirates

In his first Major League at-bat in four seasons Thursday night, Andy Marte broke a 3-3 tie with a two-run, pinch-hit home run.  Nick Ahmed added his first big league homer, and the Arizona Diamondbacks defeated the Pittsburgh Pirates 7-4 in the first game of a four-game series in Phoenix. Marte last appeared in a…

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Boston Deals Lester, Gomes To Oakland For Yoenis Cespedes; Other Deadline Day Trades

The Boston Red Sox on Thursday traded pitcher Jon Lester and outfielder Jonny Gomes to the Oakland Athletics for slugger Yoenis Cespedes. A source told ESPNBoston.com’s Gordon Edes that Boston will also receive Oakland’s “competitive balance draft pick.” The 30 year-old Lester is 10-7 with a 2.52 ERA.  The Red Sox won two World Series titles with Lester as…

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National Fuel Adjusts Gas Supply Charges; Average Monthly Bill Should Drop By $4.61

National Fuel Gas has announced their annual adjustment to their gas supply charges, and it represents a 5.66 percent decrease. The company says the “typical” residential customer should see a drop in his monthly natural gas bill of about $4.61. The new rate takes effect Friday, August 1. National Fuel projects their annual gas supply charges…

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Taste Of Franklin And Venango County Fair Make For A Busy Weekend

The Franklin area will be bustling over the weekend with “Taste of Franklin” weekend downtown and the start of the Venango County Fair at the 4-H Fairgrounds on Route 62 west of the city. “Taste of Franklin” begins Friday (8/1) with Franklin’s 54th annual Old-Fashioned Bargain Days and other events and entertainment at many downtown…

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Clarion, Edinboro, Three Other State Universities May Face Faculty Layoffs

Five state universities have reportedly notified union leaders that they may be facing layoffs involving faculty members at the end of the upcoming academic year. Clarion University is one of the schools which may be affected.  Clarion is currently continuing a realignment of faculty positions and university departments that began last year. Edinboro, East Stroudsburg,…

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Pirates Lose 7-5 In San Francisco; Bucs Blow Huge Opportunity With Double Pickoff In 6th Inning

The Pittsburgh Pirates (57-50) managed only six hits in the finale of a three-game series in San Francisco on Wednesday afternoon, but the Bucs were still leading the contest 5-4 until after a double base-running error in the sixth inning cost them a chance at a huge rally.  They would eventually drop a 7-5 decision…

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State Police To Fight Federal Lawsuit Over Physical Testing For New Recruits

The commissioner of the Pennsylvania State Police says his agency will fight the lawsuit brought by the U.S. Justice Department that accuses the PSP of discriminating against females in its hiring practices. Commissioner Frank Noonan told Radio PA News the lawsuit is an attempt to force the State Police to lower the standards of their…

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Four Fire Companies Respond To Early Morning Fire At Clarion Industries

Four fire companies were called out early Thursday morning to a fire at Clarion Industries near Shippenville. Crews responded shortly before 12:30 AM to the plant on Fiberboard Road, just off Route 322 in Paint Township.  Firefighters remained on the scene for nearly three-and-a-half hours. There were no reports of any injuries. The cause of…

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