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Civil War Ended 150 Years Ago Today (Apr. 9); Franklin Ceremony Scheduled For Saturday

April 9 marks the 150th anniversary of the official end of the country’s Civil War, concluded by the surrender of Confederate General Robert E. Lee to Union General and future President Ulysses S. Grant at Appomattox, Virginia. The surrender ended what has been termed “America’s bloodiest war”, a conflict that lasted just three days short…

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Second Clarion Resident Charged In Smethport Heroin Investigation

A second resident of the Clarion area has been charged in McKean County following an investigation last Thursday into the sales of heroin in the community of Smethport. 26 year-old Mark Piatkowski has been charged with two counts of the manufacture, delivery or possession of a controlled substance, and one count both of the intent…

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After Long Rain Delay, Pirates Lose 5-4 In 11 Innings In Cincinnati

Joey Votto tied the game with a seventh-inning single and ended it with an RBI single in the bottom of the eleventh frame on Wednesday night as the Cincinnati Reds edged the Pittsburgh Pirates 5-4 in a walk-off decision in Cincinnati. The contest started at 9:45 PM after a two-hour-and-35-minute rain delay, and ended at…

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Blucas And Picardo To Be Replaced On PIAA District 10 Committee

The PIAA District 10 committee will have both a new chairman and a new vice chairman come July 1. Walter Blucas announced at Wednesday’s D-10 meeting that he will step down as chairman due to his ineligibility for no longer being directly associated with a District 10 school.  The committee’s top two positions must be…

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Franklin Woman Named Outstanding Student At Pitt-Titusville

A Franklin woman was named Wednesday as the Outstanding Student at the University of Pittsburgh at Titusville. Tenasia Law, a UPT sophomore, had last year been given the school’s Freshman Leadership Award. This year’s campus achievements by Law included the organization of a tribute night to honor poet, author and civil rights activist Maya Angelou.…

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Josh Harrison Gets New Four-Year Contract

The Pittsburgh Pirates have agreed to a new four-year contract reported to be worth as much as $27.3 million with third baseman Josh Harrison. Reports indicate that Harrison will receive a $1 million signing bonus, a $2.8 million salary this season, $5 million next year, $7.5 million in 2017 and $10 million in 2018.  The…

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Pennsylvania Traffic Deaths Reach All-Time Low

Numbers released Wednesday by PennDOT show that the number of traffic fatalities in Pennsylvania reached an all-time low last year. 1,195 people died in traffic crashes in the state in 2014, the lowest number since recordkeeping began in 1928.  The numbers of drinking-related fatalities, deaths by unbuckled motor vehicle occupants and fatal crashes involving vehicles…

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Audit Shows State Universities, Including Clarion, Edinboro And Pitt, Have Not Complied With Background Clearances

In an audit released by the state Auditor General’s office, it has been revealed that several state-owned and state-supported universities have not fully complied with the completion of required background clearances. Auditor General Eugene DePasquale said East Stroudsburg University failed to conduct criminal background checks and child abuse clearances at 229 youth camps and other non-university events…

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Guys Mills Man Gets Up To 10 Years For Firing Shot At Meadville Home, Wounding One

A Guys Mills man was sentenced Tuesday in Crawford County Court to forty-four months to ten years in state prison for firing a shotgun toward a Meadville home last May. One of four people standing outside the residence was injured in the incident. 22 year-old Bryan Sedlak had entered a guilty plea in February to…

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Warren Couple Seriously Hurt In Route 27 Crash

Two Warren residents were seriously injured Tuesday afternoon in a one-vehicle crash on Route 27 near Grand Valley in southwestern Warren County. Police officials say a vehicle driven by 84 year-old Harold Miller left the road, struck a culvert and then hit several trees. Miller and his wife, 83 year-old Mary Miller, were both airlifted…

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