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Guys Mills Boy Wins National Story Writing Contest

A first-grader from Guys Mills has won a national story writing contest organized by the Public Broadcasting System. Seven year-old Ethan Mattocks, who is home-schooled, won top honors in this year’s PBS Kids Writers Contest, held in conjunction with the television network’s “Reading Rainbow” program. His short story, running nine pages, is entitled “Once Upon…

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Beer Rig Crashes On I-79

State Police officials have confirmed that the tractor-trailer that crashed on Interstate 79 in Crawford County early Thursday morning was carrying – a load of beer. The cargo had to be transferred before the rig could be moved. The incident occurred around 3:00 AM on the northbound lanes of the highway.  The rig’s driver, 60 year-old Kenneth Washington…

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PennDOT Secretary Talks About State’s Transportation Law, Work Zones, Higher Speed Limits

PennDOT secretary Barry Schoch says his agency is on schedule to complete $2.3 billion in road and bridge replacement projects this year. Many of the projects were made possible through funding already beinf obtained due to the state’s new transportation law.  That is the same law, by the way, which allowed the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission to raise…

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Pirates Pop Dodgers 6-1, Tie St. Louis For Second Place

Travis Snider homered and scored three times Wednesday night as the Pittsburgh Pirates defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers 6-1 to win the rubber game of a three-game series at PNC Park in Pittsburgh and moved into a tie with St. Louis for second place in the National League Central Division. The victory completed a 5-1…

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Oil City’s Oil Heritage Festival Begins Thursday

Although many “pre-Festival” activities are already underway, the annual Oil Heritage Festival in Oil City officially begins on Thursday (7/24). The four-day event is organized each year by the Venango Area Chamber of Commerce with the help of dozens of volunteers. Activities on the first official day of the event will begin Thursday morning with the Oil…

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Stretch Of Interstate 80 To Become A 70-MPH Highway

On Wednesday, the day when Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission officials boosted a 97-mile stretch of the Turnpike to a 70 mile per hour zone, PennDOT announced they will be doing the same thing on portions of Interstates 80 and 380. The first increase from 65 to 70 MPH came Wednesday and affects the Turnpike from the…

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State Auditor General Blasts DEP For Monitoring Efforts Regarding Gas And Oil Drilling

In releasing a report of an audit of the Department of Environmental Protection, the state’s Auditor General has blasted the agency for failing to adequately monitor well safety or to provide clear and timely information to citizens who are concerned about their water. Eugene DePasquale says the DEP is underfunded, understaffed and lacks the infrastructure…

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Rocky Grove Man Dies From Sunday Evening Motorcycle Crash On Bradleytown Road

The man who died following a motorcycle crash in Jackson Township, north of Cooperstown, on Sunday evening has been identified as 49 year-old Joseph Slater, from Rocky Grove. That confirmation was made by medical officials in Erie. Police reports indicate that the motorcycle hit a deer along Bradleytown Road just before 8:00 PM Sunday.  Slater was airlifted to an…

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Titusville Man Faces 21 Charges For Allegedly Running Meth Lab Inside City Limits

A Titusville man was arrested early Tuesday evening after a search warrant was served on him in an investigation into an alleged methamphetamine lab operation at his home. 24 year-old Christopher Goodwill reportedly faces 21 charges.  He was awaiting arraignment Tuesday night in the Crawford County Jail. Goodwill is accused of manufacturing meth at his residence…

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Two-County Phone Outage Traced To Mistake By Meadville City Worker

The telephone outage experienced by many residents of Crawford and Mercer Counties on Tuesday is being blamed on a mistake by a city services worker in Meadville. The employee apparently damaged a fiber optic line during a curb repair project at a Meadville intersection.  Officials say landlines and some cellular phone service were affected in…

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