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Rear Entrance Now Mandatory At Venango County Courthouse

Beginning Monday (Nov. 25), entrance to the Venango County Courthouse in Franklin will be permitted through the newly-reconstructed rear doors only. County officials say the front doors will now be utilized only as an emergency exit. Originally slated to be ready for use in early October, around Franklin’s Applefest, the new entrance off Elk Street…

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High School Football Playoff Results – District 10 Championship Weekend

High School Football Playoff Results  -  District 10 Championship Weekend   Friday, November 22: District 10 “AAA” Championship Cathedral Prep 63, General McLane 21   District 10 “A” Championship Lakeview 27, Sharpsville 0   PIAA “AA” Playoff Karns City 35, Chestnut Ridge 14   Saturday, November 23: District 10 “AA” Championship Hickory 21, Girard 10   District 9…

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Hutchinson’s Military Physician Incentive Legislation Passes State Senate

The state Senate last week passed and sent to the state House legislation introduced by Senator Scott Hutchinson. from Oil City, intended to help the Pennsylvania National Guard in recruiting and retaining resident physicians. The intent of the bill is to use state Educational Assistance Program funding to encourage such officers to continue their service…

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State Tax Break For Timber Harvesters Okayed By State House

The state House of Representatives last week approved a tax break for timber harvesters intended to help lumbermen remain competitive. The bill would amend the state Tax Code to exclude the purchase of machinery, parts and equipment used in the timber harvest industry.  The easement is being compared to tax exemptions enjoyed by farmers on…

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Oil City Budget Would Include 1.6 Mill Tax Hike

Oil City Council on Thursday gave their approval to a preliminary 2014 city budget set at over $16.3 million. As it currently stands, the spending plan would include a 1.6 mill real estate tax increase, or about $16 dollars more per year for each $10,000 worth of assessed property value. Water and sewage rates would…

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Transportation Funding Bill Sent To Gov. Corbett; Gas Tax, Motor Fee Hikes Pending

A state transportation funding plan was approved Thursday by the state House, and has been sent on to Governor Tom Corbett for his signature. Democrats once again protested the effect on the prevailing wage for public works projects and their perception of the burden on taxpayers, and they lobbied for cheaper alternatives, but the measure passed  by a 113-to-85…

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Incoming Lake Effect System Could Dump 6-12 Inches On The Snow Belt

Although forecasters are not predicting much snow accumulation with the return of cold weather Friday night, the National Weather Service has issued a Lake Effect Snow Watch for later in the weekend. Forecasters say the storm could dump up to six inches of snow along the shores of Lake Erie and 6-to-12 inches in parts…

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Franklin’s Light-Up Night Is Here!

Franklin’s annual Light-Up Night is scheduled for Saturday, November 23. As has become the custom, the nighttime activities will be preceded by a number of daytime events throughout downtown Franklin. The 2013 Christmas Tree Extravaganza, themed “Holiday Angels,” will be open from 1:00 PM until 9:00 PM in the lobby of the Barrow-Civic Theatre, while…

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AAA: Thanksgiving Travel Expected To Decline This Year

AAA officials said Wednesday they expect 43.4 million Americans will travel fifty or more miles away from home this Thanksgiving holiday weekend. That would mark a decrease of about 1.5 percent from last year, which may have been the peak of travel following the recession of 2008, after which numbers dropped by nearly 25 percent on Thanksgiving 2009. Ninety percent…

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Alleged Sexual Assault By Employee At Abraxas

State Police in Forest County revealed Thursday they are investigating an accusation that an employee of the Abraxas rehabilitation program sexually assaulted a male teen who had been assigned to the program. The initial police report issued in Marienville, where Abraxas is located, did not list the name of the suspect. Investigators say a seventeen year-old former client of…

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