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First Oil And Gas Annual Report Released By DEP

The state’s Department of Environmental Protection has released its first-ever Oil and Gas Annual Report. The report is intended to provide information and insight into how the DEP attempts to protect the state’s air, land and water from pollution, and provide for its residents’ health and safety. A new video accompanies the report, featuring DEP…

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Area Milling-Paving Projects Updated; Schedule Includes Oil City, Franklin And Crawford County

A series of news releases have given us some indication as to what traffic snags may be encountered this week (the week of May 12) in this part of the Oil Region. In Oil City, paving is scheduled for a section of Route 8 that has already been milled. Milling work should end Monday on Colbert Avenue in…

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Fire Causes Heavy Damage To Hill City Garage; Classic Cars Are Rescued From Flames

A fire early Thursday morning destroyed most of a garage on Hill City Road in Cranberry Township. A State Police fire marshal is investigating the cause of the fire, but foul play is not suspected. No injuries were reported.  Officials say two classic cars were removed from the building without any damage being sustained to…

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Venango College Executive Dean Christopher Reber Takes President’s Post In Beaver County

The executive dean at Venango College of Clarion University is leaving his post to become the president of Beaver County Community College in Monaca. Christopher Reber, from Franklin, has spent twelve of his thirty-three years in a career in higher education at the Oil City school.  He was reportedly chosen from a field of 61 candidates to…

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Sunday Marks 100th Anniversary Of First Official Mother’s Day

The Fraternal Order of Eagles points out that this Sunday (May 11) marks the 100th anniversary of the nation’s first official Mother’s Day. In the most-recent Eagles publication “Soar,” organization officials point back to a memorial service in 1904 during which a former Notre Dame University professor, Frank Hering, reflected back to a date in which he walked into a…

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Ohio State LB Ryan Shazier Is Steelers’ Number-1 Draft Pick

The Pittsburgh Steelers on Thursday night made Ohio State linebacker Ryan Shazier their first-round selection – number-15 overall – in the 2014 NFL Draft. Shazier (6-1; 237 lbs.) recorded over 100 tackles in his final two seasons as a Buckeye.  He was responsible for six sacks last season alone.  Shazier has reportedly run a 4.38 in…

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Canton, Ohio Man Charged In 2012 Rape In Rockland

An Ohio man has finally been charged in connection with a rape reported in Rockland Township in the summer of 2012. 41 year-old Mark Dick, from Canton, was arrested based on the testing of DNA evidence that was collected this past winter, and is charged with raping a woman at a home he was visiting in Rockland in July, 2012. …

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Harrisburg Man Arrested After Report Of Attempted Break-In At Franklin City Hall

Police in Franklin say a central Pennsylvania man was charged early Thursday morning following his arrest in their probe into a reported attempted break-in at Franklin City Hall. City Police responded to the outside of the same building where they are headquartered shortly after midnight, and found a suspect in a nearby alley.  The suspect was identified…

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OC&T Railroad Headquarters To Get Facelift; Plans To Be Unveiled May 22

A news release from PennDOT indicates that the plans for a facelift for the Oil Creek and Titusville Railroad Headquarters in Oil City will be unveiled at a public meeting on Thursday, May 22. The meeting will be held at city council chambers at Oil City Hall, and will be included as part of a regularly scheduled…

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Franklin Woman Arrested For Allegedly Stealing Car, Dragging Owner Along City Street

Franklin City Police have charged a woman who allegedly stole another woman’s car, reportedly dragging the second woman along a city street with the vehicle as she attempted to leave the scene. Police arrested 28 year-old Rachael Shotts, of Franklin, on Tuesday in connection with an April 28 incident they say began at a residence on the…

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