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Hutchinson Offers Bill For Tax Exemption For Logging, And Resolution To Reinstate Forestry Task Force

State Senator Scott Hutchinson, from Oil City, has introduced a bill his office says is intended to protect and promote Pennsylvania’s forest areas and thousands of jobs provided by the wood harvesting industry. Hutchinson’s bill would provide for a sales and use tax exemption for timber and logging operations.  In addition, a resolution presented by Hutchinson…

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President Obama Vetoes Keystone Pipeline; Congressman Thompson Calls Move “Giant Leap Backwards”

Congressman Glenn “GT” Thompson has called President Obama’s veto of the bill approving the Keystone XL oil pipeline “a giant leap backwards on our road to energy independence.” Although Majority Leader Mitch McConnell responded to the veto by vowing that the Republican-led Senate would try to override it by early next week, Republicans appear to…

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Oil City Man Charged In Another Elementary School Incident

Police officials say an Oil City man was charged Tuesday afternoon in two incidents they say have occurred at an Oil City Area School District elementary school this month. State Police officials say Justin Rodgers was charged with two counts of disorderly conduct following his arrest at Hasson Heights Elementary School in Cornplanter Township on…

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Oil Region Alliance To Honor Accomplishments At Thursday Morning Event

The Oil Region Alliance of Business, Industry and Tourism will hold a 10-year anniversary celebration at their annual meeting at a breakfast event which will begin at 8:00 AM Thursday (February 26) at Hangar #8 at Venango Regional Airport in Franklin.  In addition to reviewing the accomplishments of 2014 and of the last decade and…

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Grove City Woman Is $2 Million Lottery Winner

The winner of a two million dollar lottery prize in Mercer County has been identified. Reports indicate that Mary Fowler, from Grove City, has claimed the prize from the February 12 drawing of the Pennsylvania Lottery’s Match 6 Lotto game.  Fowler matched all six numbers drawn that night. Fowler purchased the ticket at a pharmacy…

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PennDOT Highlights Overlooked Traffic Laws During Highway Safety Law Awareness Week

PennDOT is trying to draw attention to often-overlooked rules of the road during the agency’s observance of “Highway Safety Law Awareness Week” this week. Acting PennDOT Secretary Leslie Richards says those Pennsylvania traffic laws and safety rules include: “Keep Right, Pass Left.”  It focuses on the safety of using the left lane only for passing other…

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Clarion University Student Dies In Armstrong County Crash

A Charleroi man who attended Clarion University and was a member of the Golden Eagles’ wrestling team died Monday morning in a two-vehicle crash in Armstrong County. Police say the fatal collision occurred on Routes 28 and 66 in Rayburn when a car driven by 18 year-old Nicholas Gavazzi crossed the center line of the…

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Oil City Woman Charged, Accused Of Punching School Teacher

An Oil City woman was jailed Monday afternoon following her arraignment on assault, disorderly conduct and harassment charges after she was accused of punching a school teacher in the face. Oil City Police say 30 year-old Jamme Fike is accused of assaulting a teacher at Seventh Street Elementary School shortly after the conclusion of classes…

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Rockland Man Accused Of Threatening Neighbor Blowing Snow

A Rockland man has been charged in a weekend incident in which he is accused of threatening to shoot a neighbor who was blowing snow across Route 322. State Police officials say they charged 59 year-old Dennis Elder with making terroristic threats and with disorderly conduct. The incident allegedly occurred around 1:30 PM Saturday afternoon. …

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Franklin School Board Votes Against Move Of Sixth-Graders To Middle School

The Franklin Area School Board voted Monday night against a proposal to send sixth-grade students to Franklin Area Middle School.  The board then voted to table a motion to make the move the following year. Following up on the conclusions of a strategic plan developed two years ago, the board has also been debating plans…

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