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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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Supreme Court Justice Fingered In State Government E-Mail Porn Probe Annouces Retirement

State Supreme Court Justice Seamus McCaffrey, who was suspended pending an investigation into sexually explicit e-mails that he has admitted sending to people in state government, announced his retirement Monday. The state’s Judicial Conduct Board says it will close its investigations regarding McCaffrey, who has agreed not to seek senior judge status or another elected judicial…

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Tidioute Man Charged With Stealing Meds From Community Charter School

A Tidioute man has been arraigned on multiple charges after being accused of stealing prescription drugs from the medication locker at Tidioute Community Charter School. According to State Police at the Warren station, 37 year-old Ryan Myers, who reportedly worked at the school, was caught on video on at least three occasions taking medications which…

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Home South Of Barkeyville Ripped By Fire

A State Police fire marshal will investigate the cause of a fire that ripped through a home on Route 8 south of Barkeyville on Monday afternoon. Officials among the five fire companies which responded to the scene of the fire on the Venango-Butler County line believe the blaze was caused by an electrical problem. The…

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Karns City Man Charged With Impersonating District Attorney To Get Free Beer And Pizza

Officials in Butler County are claiming it was a Karns City man who made away with free beer and pizza after telling two different vendors he was the Allegheny County District Attorney, and that his staff had been shortchanged in its orders for an office get-together. 49 year-old Russell Miller has been arraigned on charges…

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Flu Cases Already Reported In Pennsylvania

Officials at the Centers For Disease Control say flu cases have already been detected in 41 states, including Pennsylvania, this early in the season, but the flu is not considered to be widespread as of yet. Five states are reporting localized outbreaks and 36 others, including Pennsylvania, have seen sporadic cases. Radio PA News reports that…

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Emergency Response Drill Set For Monday At Venango County Courthouse In Franklin

Venango County officials are reminding citizens that an emergency response drill will be conducted in and around the Venango County Courthouse in Franklin late Monday afternoon (10/27). The exercise will also involve closing the 1100-block of Elk Street in Franklin for about ninety minutes from approximately 4:00 PM until 5:30 PM. Venango County Sheriff’s Department…

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