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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for a guilty plea to a charge of statutory sexual assault, three other charges against 21 year-old Damon Henton were withdrawn.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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U.S. Settles For 2-2 Draw With Portugal On Varela Goal In Stoppage Time

The United States remained tied with Germany for first place in Group G after they were forced to settle for a 2-2 draw in their second game in pool play in the World Cup soccer championships on Sunday night in Manaus, Brazil. A score by the player known as Varela, coming in stoppage time, gave the…

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Kane Report On Sandusky Case Finds Bad Investigating, But No Political Pressure

The long-awaited report from the office of Attorney General Kathleen Kane on the state’s investigation into the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse allegations, has determined that no indication has been found that politics influenced any important decision in the case, but it does imply that the probe was not handled as effectively as it could have been,…

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Fire Destroys Chestnut Street Home In Franklin; Three Firefighters Treated

Two people were rescued from a porch roof early Sunday morning during a fire that destroyed a home in downtown Franklin. A total of five people reportedly lived in the home.  None of the residents was harmed, but reports indicate that three Franklin firefighters were treated for unknown injuries.  Two of the men were taken…

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Franklin Man Charged; Accused Of Repeatedly Choking 15 Year-Old Girl

A Franklin man was arrested late Saturday afternoon for allegedly repeatedly choking a teenage girl. Franklin City Police say 19 year-old Fred Sabo was arrested after an incident involving a 15 year-old girl.  Sabo is accused of choking the girl numerous times. Police add that Sabo fled the scene of the alleged assaults before they…

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Charges Changed Against Oil City Man Accused Of Physically Assaulting Two Young Girls

A new set of lesser charges has been brought against an Oil City man who was accused of physically assaulting two young girls. 22 year-old Charles Alden is now charged with two counts of simple assault. Through a decision that was apparently made through the Venango County District Attorney’s office, the original charges against Alden,…

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Cumpton 2-Hits Cubs Through 7 Innings; Bucs Beat Chicago 2-1

Brandon Cumpton pitched a two-hit shutout through seven innings on Sunday afternoon, and the Pittsburgh Pirates (37-38) edged the Chicago Cubs 2-1 in the rubber game of a three-game series at Wrigley Field in Chicago. Cumpton (3-2) struck out four batters and walked two.  Tony Watson worked himself out of a jam in the eighth…

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