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Franklin Man Injured In I-79 Crash

A Franklin-area man was injured early Tuesday evening in a one-vehicle crash on Interstate 79 in Crawford County. State Police officials say 36 year-old Steven Vanderwesthuizen was traveling south through Hayfield Township north of Meadville when he lost control of his vehicle, struck a guardrail and ran off the road. Troopers described Vanderwesthuizen’s injuries as…

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Franklin’s 4th Of July Libertyfest Covers A Week-and-a-Half This Year

City of Franklin officials bring to our attention the fact that their more than week-long Fourth of July Libertyfest event starts this Wednesday (6/25) with the opening night of the 2014 Taste Of Talent competition. Other activities are scheduled daily through July 4, culminating in the annual fireworks display at dusk on the Fourth.  The biggest event…

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Oil City Man Is Charged With Rape In Alleged Sexual Assault On A 12 Year-Old Girl

An Oil City man has been arraigned on charges that include the rape of a child for allegedly sexually assaulting a 12 year-old girl in 2010. 25 year-old William Hack has most recently been lodged in the Venango County Jail serving time on an indecent assault charge in a 2009 case that prosecutors said involved a four…

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State Budget Vehicle Considered On House Floor

While the state budget vehicle that moved through the House of Representatives on Monday night left major spending questions unresolved, debate on the tax code bill gave a hint that Republicans are willing to accept some one-time adjustments to balance the spending plan. House Republicans moved an amendment to the tax code that will put…

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Alvarez, McCutchen Power Pirates Past Tampa Bay 8-1

Pedro Alvarez slammed his first home run in 20 days, a three-run shot in the fourth inning, helping boost the Pittsburgh Pirates to an 8-1 romp over the Tampa Bay Rays (31-47) in the first game of a three-game interleague series played Monday night at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg.  The win, their third straight, put the…

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Vanderbilt Takes First Game Of Best-Of-3 College Baseball World Series

Vanderbilt (50-20) scored seven times in the third inning on Monday night and then held on for a 9-8 victory over Virginia in the first game of the best-of-3 College World Series baseball tournament played at TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha. The big inning gave the Commodores a 9-2 lead.  The Cavaliers (52-15) then scored…

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Franklin School Board Passes $31 Million Budget With No Tax Increase

After having earlier considered a spending plan that would have raised real estate taxes by about three percent, the Franklin Area School Board on Monday gave their final approval to a $31 million budget with no tax hike for the 2014-2015 fiscal year. The budget, as approved, would require the transfer of more than $850,000 from…

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Oil City School Superintendent Joe Carrico Retires, Effective August 8

At a Monday meeting of the Oil City Area School Board, school superintendent Joe Carrico announced his retirement, effective August 8 Carrico cited as the reasons for his decision a desire to spend time with his family, including a six year-old child, and the major developments in the school district that might require more time…

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Titusville Man Enters Plea In Underage Sex Case; 13 Year-Old Girl Listed As Victim

A 21 year-old Titusville man entered a guilty plea Monday in a case in which he was accused of carrying on a sexual relationship with a 13 year-old girl. In exchange for a guilty plea to a charge of statutory sexual assault, three other charges against 21 year-old Damon Henton were withdrawn.  Prosecutors say the…

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Oil City Man Is Charged In Death Of Four Week-Old Puppy

An Oil City man has been charged following an incident Friday in which a four week-old puppy was killed. Oil City Police say 31 year-old Devin Curran was responsible.  Curran was charged with cruelty to animals and with public drunkenness. Authorities say the puppy was a miniature Dachshund, and that the incident was reported at…

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