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Injuries Believed Minor In Car-Motorcycle Crash On Route 257

Injuries sustained by the operator of a motorcycle are believed to be minor following a crash between the man’s bike and a car on Friday afternoon. State Police officials say 18 year-old Jonathan McClelland, from Oil City, was injured when a car driven by an Oil City woman made a left turn in front of…

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Lions Beat Steelers 30-17 In NFL Preseason Opener

The Detroit Lions’ sixth-round draft pick, Jake Rudock, led the Lions to a 30-17 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers on Friday night in the teams’ preseason opener played at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh. After Dwayne Washington, a seventh-round draft pick, gave the Lions a 23-17 lead with a 96-yard kickoff return for a score, Rudock…

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Trump Appears In Erie

Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump stumped through Pennsylvania on Friday. Trump spoke in Erie on Friday afternoon, vowing to keep jobs from being outsourced and moved to other countries, to more strictly enforce immigration laws and to protect the Second Amendment regarding the right to bear arms. The Presidential election, about twelve weeks away, pits Trump…

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Brothers Sentenced To State Prison In Oil City Cases, Including Store Robberies

Two brothers, one from Pittsburgh and another from Mercer County, were sentenced to state prison terms in cases heard this past week in Venango County Court. 35 year-old Justin Dignard, from Pittsburgh, and 29 year-old Adrian Dignard, from Fredonia, entered guilty pleas in June in connection with an early morning robbery at a supermarket in Oil City’s…

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Franklin Man Sentenced To State Prison In Separate Child Sexual Assault Cases

A Franklin-area man was sentenced last week in Venango County Court to a combined fourteen to thirty years in state prison on his convictions in two cases involving sexual assaults on young girls. The sentences against 35 year-old Frederick Walter II are to be served consecutively.  They include nine-to-twenty years in a Franklin case in which…

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Venango County Fair To End This Weekend; Airshows Scheduled For Franklin And Clarion; Oil Fest And Horsethief Days Begin

The 60th annual Venango County Fair wraps up Saturday (Aug. 13) at the Venango County 4-H Fairgrounds, off Route 62 between Franklin and Polk. The final day’s events are scheduled to include a pet show and a firemen’s water battle in the morning, the 4-H Awards Program at 3:30 PM, a Power Wheels derby at 5:30…

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Clarion Man Accused Of Having Sex With A 12 Year-Old Girl

A Clarion man was arraigned on multiple charges on Wednesday after he was accused of having sex with a twelve year-old girl. Court documents show that John Hunt, Jr. is now free on bail pending an August 23 preliminary hearing. Police say they believe the relationship continued for at least two years between 2012 and…

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Fallen Tree Causes Heavy Damage To Historic Franklin Home

Damages were being assessed Friday in an incident in which a tree fell onto an historic home in downtown Franklin. Lightning is believed to have been the cause of the incident on the 1400-block of Elk Street in Franklin.  The damage occurred at about 3:15 PM Thursday afternoon. No injuries were initially reported. Other details…

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Part Of Rocky Grove Avenue To Be Closed Next Week

PennDOT announced Thursday that a portion of Rocky Grove Avenue (Route 417) in Rocky Grove will be closed next week because of water line work. The section of the highway from Phipps Street to Parker Avenue is expected to be closed from Monday, August 15 through Friday, August 19. Although many local residents will know…

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Friday At The 2016 Venango County Fair

A busy day is planned for Friday (August 12) at the Venango County Fair. Morning activities are to include the open pleasure horse show and the Senior 4-H livestock showmanship contest. In the afternoon, the supreme livestock contest will begin at 1:00 PM, and a children’s pedal tractor pull is scheduled to start at 3:30…

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