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Tuesday Night Fire Damages Vacant House In Titusville

Titusville fire officials are investigating the cause of a fire that caused extensive damage to a vacant home on Brook Street in that community early Tuesday night. Four fire companies reported to a blaze on the 500-block of Brook Street shortly after 7:30 PM, and found the second story of the building to be nearly…

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Venango, Clarion Counties Pass 2016 Budgets With No Real Estate Tax Increases

The Venango County commissioners have given final approval to a 2016 budget which contains no real estate tax increase. The nearly $61.6 million spending plan was approved unanimously by the three-member board of commissioners at their meeting on Tuesday. Projected expenditures are tallied at about nine percent more than those of this year.  The general…

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Penn State Drops 10-Point Decision At George Washington

Forward Tyler Cavanaugh led a balanced scoring attack with 18 points on Tuesday night as George Washington defeated Penn State 76-66. Joe McDonald contributed 16 points, Yuta Watanabe added 14, and reserve guard Paul Jorgensen tallied 11 for the Colonials (8-1). Penn State (5-3), who was just 7-for-26 from three-point range, received 22 points from…

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State House Passes Their Own Budget Bill

The state House of Representatives passed their own version of a state budget bill on Tuesday. The $30.2 million budget would increase state spending by about 3.7 percent.  It does not include the increases in the state sales and income taxes proposed by Governor Tom Wolf. State Representative Lee James, from Oil City, said Tuesday…

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Bodies Of Two Men Found In Wreckage Of Plane Near Linesville Identified

Autopsies are to be conducted Tuesday or Wednesday on the bodies of two men found in the wreckage of a small plane near Linesville on Monday night. The victims have been identified as the pilot, 59 year-old Timothy Williams from Burghill, Ohio, and his passenger, 33 year-old Nathan Koontz, from Linesville. The men were pronounced…

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Clarion Woman Among The Fatalities In Three-Vehicle Crash Near Butler

A Clarion woman and a Butler man were both killed Monday afternoon in a three-vehicle crash near Butler. State Police officials from the Butler station identified the victims as 52 year-old Mary Lou Berry and 40 year-old Ron Tokarchik. Crash investigators say an S-U-V driven by Tokarchik was traveling west on Route 422 shortly after…

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State Senate Approves State Budget; Future Of Plan Is Uncertain

The state Senate on Monday approved by a 43-to-7 vote a new state budget.  The future of the spending plan, though, is uncertain. The House of Representatives still must concur, and the legislature must still approve the needed funding. Radio PA News reports that Monday’s debate was brief, and all of the Senate members who…

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Franklin City Council Gives Final Approval To Budget With One-Mill Real Estate Tax Hike

The 2016 budget given final approval by Franklin City Council on Monday night contains a one-mill increase in real estate taxes. The $5 million spending plan is actually a little under $40,000 lower than the budget for the present year. The tax hike will result in property owners paying an extra ten dollars per year…

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State Senate Approves Pension Overhaul Bill

A major overhaul of the state pension system has won approval in the state Senate. Radio PA News reports the bill passed the chamber on Monday by a 38-to-12 vote. The changes would mainly affect future teachers and state employees, placing their pensions in a combined plan of defined benefits and defined contributions. Supporters say…

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Former Franklin Man Charged For Allegedly Providing Cocaine For Sales By Cranberry Township Woman

A former Franklin man, now living in Pittsburgh, has been charged in an investigation in which he is accused of providing the cocaine which police say was being sold by a Cranberry Township woman. 30 year-old Michael Wade was charged in connection with an undercover investigation which targeted the alleged sales of the drug by…

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