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Agriculture Department’s Pesticide Collection Program To Reach Our Area Next Year

An annual program that allows farmers, agribusinesses and other large pesticide users to safely dispose of unwanted materials reaches our area next year. The program, known as Chemsweep, is operated by the state Department of Agriculture and is offered in different Pennsylvania counties each year.  Venango, Clarion and Forest Counties are among the seventeen counties…

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Penn State Drops To 2-2 With 86-74 Loss To Radford

Five Nittany Lions players reached double figures in scoring on Tuesday night, but Penn State dropped an 86-74 decision to Radford, dropping to 2-2 this season. Cameron Jones hit five three-pointers and finished with 23 points for the Highlanders (4-2).  Rashun Davis added 18 points for Radford, YaYa Anderson tallied 14, Ed Polite, Jr. recorded…

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State Budget Talks To Start Over

So much for the informal Thanksgiving deadline for reaching a new state budget! The Governor and state lawmakers appear ready to head back to the starting point to try to reach agreement on a new spending plan, even as we approach the start of the sixth month without one. With the framework for a budget…

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Safety Urged, Good Weather Expected Locally For Thanksgiving Travel

The day before Thanksgiving is traditionally considered the busiest travel day of the year in the United States, and this year, some 46.9 million Americans are expected to be away from home at some point during the holiday. Here in Pennsylvania, officials are urging safe and sober travel. Officials from the Pennsylvania State Police, all…

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New Route 173 Bridge In Cochranton Opens

The new bridge constructed this year on Route 173 over French Creek near Cochranton opened Wednesday (Nov. 25). Route 173 has been closed for the construction project since early April.  The new 339-foot-long “prestressed concrete” bridge replaces an 85 year-old span which was declared structurally deficient, and is located near the intersections of both Route 322 and…

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Titusville City Council Gives First Approval To 2016 Budget With No Real Estate Tax Increase

Titusville City Council has voted to accept the first reading of a 2016 city budget which would contain no increase in property taxes. The spending plan is balanced at just under four million dollars. Tuesday’s vote on the plan was unanimous.  A final vote is expected on December 22.

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State Budget Framework May Be In Jeopardy

Governor Tom Wolf says the state budget framework announced two weeks ago is in jeopardy. The Governor told the Pennsylvania Press Club that Republicans have not been able to gather enough votes to pass the framework, which includes a big increase for basic education and property tax relief, a component that Wolf says is a…

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Lt. Governor Casts Decisive Vote To Defeat Bill To Eliminate School Property Taxes

The state Senate on Monday narrowly defeated a measure which would have eliminated the school property tax in Pennsylvania. Senators voted to a 24-24 deadlock on a proposal that would have replaced the tax with higher state personal income and sales taxes.  Lieutenant Governor Mike Stack cast the deciding vote, breaking the tied ballot and defeating…

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Kevin Ochalek Named Oil City’s Interim Head Wrestling Coach

The Oil City Area School Board on Monday night approved the hiring of Kevin Ochalek as interim head high school wrestling coach – less than two weeks before the mat season begins. The Monday agenda also included the approvals of Trent Zdarko as JV coach, and the hiring of junior high and elementary school coaches…

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Oil City’s Sycamore Street Closed Following Weekend Water Line Break

A section of Sycamore Street in Oil City was still closed Tuesday following the weekend’s break of a main water line along Spring Street. As of Tuesday morning, a large pile of road material and other debris remained stacked at the intersection of Sycamore and Spring.  Sycamore Street was impassable from that intersection to Elm Street. Some…

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