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Oil City Man Hit By Car In Radar Valley On October 16 Dies In A Pittsburgh Hospital

An Oil City man who was struck by a car as he walked down the middle of the highway in the southern Venango County stretch known as “Radar Valley” has died in a hospital in Pittsburgh. 30 year-old Jeremy Sweetapple had been hospitalized since the accident that occurred on the evening of October 16 on…

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Oil City Man Convicted In 2013 Halloween Crime Spree Gets 7-And-A-Half To 15 Years

One year after a series of crimes committed in Oil City were all linked to two men, one of the defendants in the case has been sentenced to seven-and-a-half to fifteen years in state prison. 25 year-old Shane Vitka, from Oil City, was sentenced this week in Venango County Court on his convictions on multiple…

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Oil Region Trick-Or-Treat Hours

2014 Trick-or-Treat Hours For Selected Communities in and Around the Oil Region:   Thursday, October 30  -  (6:00 – 8:00 PM): Clarion   Friday, October 31  -  (6:00 – 8:00 PM) Oil City Cornplanter Township Franklin Sandycreek Township Cranberry Sugarcreek Borough Emlenton Richland Township Knox Salem Township Oakland Township President Township Tionesta Irwin Township Pinegrove…

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MegaMillions Lottery Jackpot Rises Again – To An Estimated $284 Million; Powerball Prize Climbs To $159 Million

Lottery officials say no one will be able to claim the $252 million jackpot from Tuesday night’s drawing of the MegaMillions Lottery, so they are estimating the annuity value of the jackpot for Friday’s drawing to be at about $284 million. The current estimate of the one-time cash value of Friday’s jackpot is posted at…

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Bicycle Fatalities Climb 16 Percent

Highway safety officials say that, in only three years, bicycle fatalities in this country have increased by sixteen percent. 88 percent of the victims were adult males. Here in Pennsylvania, the numbers are not as high as in some states, but they are climbing.  Just last year, sixteen people died in bicycle-related accidents in this…

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Cochranton Man Hospitalized In Erie Following Wednesday Morning Crash

A Cochranton man was hospitalized in Erie on Wednesday morning after a one-car crash outside of Meadville. State Police officials from the Meadville station say 24 year-old Leroy Nahay lost control of his vehicle on a curve on Pettis Road in East Fairfield Township shortly before 8:00 AM Wednesday.  The vehicle hit an embankment, flipped,…

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Corbett Closer, But Still Trails Wolf By Double Digits In Last-Minute Gubernatorial Poll

With less than a week remaining before the general elections, a new poll shows that Governor Tom Corbett has gained some ground on his challenger, Tom Wolf, but still trails the Democrat by double digits. The latest Franklin and Marshall College Poll shows Wolf leading the Republican incumbent by 13 points among “likely voters,” but…

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Unemployment Numbers Improve Throughout The Oil Region

Figures released Tuesday by the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry show unemployment numbers improved throughout the Oil Region in September. In Venango County, the jobless rate dipped below the state average of 5.7 percent to 5.6 percent, down from 6.0 percent in August.  Crawford County’s unemployment figure for September was 5.3 percent, down from…

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Shippenville Man Hospitalized After Clarion Rollover

State Police officials in Clarion County have released information on a dramatic rollover crash that occurred outside of Clarion early last weekend. The crash sent the driver, 26 year-old Shane Lockwood from Shippenville, to a Pittsburgh hospital. Troopers say Lockwood’s car left Stone House Road shortly after 10:30 PM Friday night, twice becoming airborne before…

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Bill Gabrys Announces Retirement As Franklin’s City Manager

The man who has served as Franklin’s city manager for nearly 29 years announced Monday he will be retiring effective at the end of the calendar year. Bill Gabrys made his announcement Monday night at the regular meeting of Franklin City Council.  Deputy city manager Tracy Jamieson, who is also Franklin’s community development director, will become…

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