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Northeast Braces For Major Storm; Venango County’s Monday Snowfall Total Should Be About 3 Inches

While eastern Pennsylvania, parts of New York and all of New England are bracing for snowfall accumulations measured in feet and accompanied by wind gusts of up to fifty miles per hour, Venango County forecasts intimate that the storm should only clip this corner of the Oil Region. Monday’s snowfall totals in and around Oil…

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Pennsylvania Unemployment Rate Falls Below Five Percent For First Time Since 2008

State officials say Pennsylvania’s unemployment rate has dropped below five percent for the first time since early 2008. The state’s jobless figure dipped from 5.1 percent in November to 4.8 percent in December.  That is our lowest unemployment number since March, 2008.  The nationwide jobless rate in December was 5.6 percent. The state Department of Labor…

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New Governor Wolf In Battle Over Corbett Nomination Reversals

Just days into his term as Pennsylvania Governor, Tom Wolf reversed more than two dozen nominations and appointments made by former Governor Tom Corbett. The most controversial reversal may have been the move Wolf made in the state Office of Open Records.  Corbett had named former Senate Republican staffer Erik Arneson to head the office,…

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Powerball Lottery Jackpot Climbs To $261 Million

With no grand prize winner emerging from Saturday’s drawing of the Powerball Lottery, game officials are now estimating that the annuity value of the Powerball jackpot will reach at least $261 million by the next drawing scheduled for Wednesday night. The one-time cash value of the jackpot is being estimated at about $179.1 million. One…

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Oil City’s Ben Koyack Catches TD Pass In Saturday’s Senior Bowl

Oil City’s Ben Koyack caught a 10-yard touchdown pass from Oregon State quarterback Sean Mannion on Saturday as Koyack’s North team defeated the South 34-13 in the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Alabama. Koyack recently finished his senior season as the starting tight end at Notre Dame.  He caught two passes for 19 yards on Saturday,…

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Ernie Banks Dies At Age 83

Ernie Banks, one of the most prolific shortstops of all time, died Friday in Chicago at the age of 83. A 19-year veteran with the Chicago Cubs, Banks slammed 512 home runs.  He made the All-Star team nearly every year, but never played in the postseason since the Cubs, who last won a pennant in…

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Penn State Rolls Rutgers 79-51 For First Big Ten Victory

D.J. Newbill scored 23 points on Saturday, lifting Penn State to their first Big Ten Conference victory of the year, 79-51 over Rutgers at the Bryce Jordan Center. Brandon Taylor added 16 points and Shep Garner contributed 13 for Penn State (13-7; 1-6 Big Ten). The Scarlet Knights were led by Kadeem Jack, who tallied…

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Proposal For Ban On Activities On State Game Lands During Hunting Season Removed from Game Commission Meeting Agenda

The Pennsylvania Game Commission announced this week that they have removed from the agenda of their January meeting scheduled for Tuesday a proposal that would have banned hiking and many other non-hunting activities on state game lands during the state’s fall and spring hunting seasons. Commission board president Robert Schlemmer said the commission has received…

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Next Meeting On Route 8 Corridor Improvements Slated For February 4

Sugarcreek Borough Council members are planning to meet on February 4 with an engineering consultant and members of the Venango County Planning Commission about proposals included in a recent study regarding improvements to the Route 8 Corridor, a stretch that basically runs from the Washington Crossing Bridge in Franklin to the intersection of Route 8…

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Oil City Man Charged After Wednesday Morning Hit-And-Run

An Oil City man has been charged after an accident last week in which a car struck a dividing barrier on Route 8 in Reno and the driver fled the scene. Sugarcreek Borough Police say the incident occurred shortly before 10:00 AM Wednesday.  Their reports indicate that they later arrested 34 year-old Thomas Martin at his place of…

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