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Missing Oil City Man Found In Good Health

State Police officials say an elderly Oil City man who was reported missing on Monday morning has been located and is in good health. The police report does not indicate where the 81 year-old resident was found, but states that he was “reunited with family members.” The man was reported missing after he failed to return…

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Judge Boyer Honored As Venango College’s Distinguished Alumnus

In an event held at Rhoades Auditorium in Oil City on Tuesday, Venango County Common Pleas Court Judge Robert Boyer was honored as the 2014 Distinguished Alumnus by Venango College of Clarion University. Judge Boyer is currently in the seventh year of his first term on the bench.  His prior bench experience came as a…

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2014 Inductees For Franklin High School Hall-Of-Fame Is Announced

The newest “class” of five members to be inducted into the Franklin High School Hall-of-Fame was announced on Tuesday. Scheduled to be inducted into the Hall on Applefest week in early October are James Hedglin, the Reverend Ronald Witherup, Hillary Hager-Carter, Jill Wilkinson-Blalock and Rich Hancox. Hedglin is a retired probation and parole supervisor who…

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Two Die, 128 Are Injured In Easter Holiday Crashes Investigated By Pennsylvania State Police

Two people died in Easter holiday crashes investigated by the Pennsylvania State Police this year. 128 others were injured in those traffic accidents over the three-day Easter driving period last Friday through Sunday.  The State Police investigated 397 crashes over that time period.  Last year, two people were killed in 455 crashes responded to by…

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System Of Higher Education Approves New Tuition Plans For Clarion, Millersville U’s

The State System of Higher Education has approved proposals from Clarion and Millersville Universities to adjust how they charge tuition for certain programs. The SSHE calls it an effort to allow the schools more flexibility in a number of operational areas. Clarion has been granted approval for its proposal to charge undergraduates on a per-credit basis. …

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May 19 Set As Likely Date For Oil City School Board Decision On Oakland Elementary School

It appears that the Oil City Area School Board will make an official decision on the fate of Oakland Elementary School at a May 19 meeting scheduled for the Oil City High School auditorium. The closing of the school located in the Dempseytown area has been included as part of a likely revamping of the…

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Oil City Man Jailed Without Bail, Accused Of Assaulting Woman During Five-And-A-Half-Hour Argument

An Oil City man was jailed without bail on Easter Sunday after having been arraigned on charges in the alleged physical assault on a woman during a domestic dispute at a residence on Oil City’s South Side. Oil City Police have accused 38 year-old Robert Hartle with hitting, kicking and biting a woman at a…

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Shippenville Man Convicted In A Case In Which He Was Accused Of Making Additions To Prescription Orders

A Shippenville man has been convicted on five charges in a case in which he was accused of making additions to a prescription medication order. 39 year-old Ryan Wise will be sentenced at a later date. Wise was charged in September with the possession of a controlled substance through misrepresentation, forgery, two counts of intent to…

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Jackson Center Man Is Charged With Indecent Assault On A 15 Year-Old Girl

A Jackson Center man has been charged with indecent assault in an incident that reportedly involved a fifteen year-old girl. Officials in Mercer County say 37 year-old Michael Klingensmith is also charged with the corruption of a minor. State Police at the Mercer station in Jackson Center say the charges stem from an incident at…

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Trailer Loaded With Steel Beams Stolen From Barkeyville Lot

State Police officials say a flatbed trailer loaded with steel beams was stolen recently from a parking lot in Barkeyville. Police reports seem to  indicate that the trailer was not previously hitched to a cab, but investigators do say it had been parked in the same lot along Route 8 for several months.  The trailer, complete…

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