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Millionaire Raffle Game Offered Once Again By The Pennsylvania Lottery

Tickets went on sale during the past several days for the 19th edition of the Pennsylvania Lottery’s twice-a-year Millionaire Raffle. The drawing is scheduled for January 3. Only 500,000 of the twenty-dollar tickets will be sold, giving each ticket a one-in-125,000 chance of winning one of the four one-million dollar top prizes. The game will also feature…

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Venango County Commissioners Pass First Reading Of Budget With No Property Tax Hike

The Venango County commissioners have okayed the first reading of a 2015 budget which contains no property tax increase. The general fund budget totals over $18.2 million, down from nearly $18.9 million this year.  Total expenditures, though, including what is expected to be spent with funds from outside the county, were placed at $56 million,…

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Forecasters Say It’s Already The Coldest Winter In 30 Years

With the official start of winter still more than a month away, the National Weather Service says Pennsylvania has seen the coldest temperatures this early in the season in some thirty years. Single-digit temperatures and negative wind chill factor readings have combined to make it feel more like January than mid-November. Some parts of the…

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Former Parole Officer Acquitted Of All 17 Charges, Including Rape, Bribery, Official Oppression

A Knox man who was accused of rape and of abusing his position while he served as a Venango County parole officer was acquitted Tuesday of all seventeen charges against him. 40 year-old Marc Taylor had faced charges that included rape, bribery, institutional sexual assault, indecent assault, conspiracy and official oppression.  After a two-day trial…

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Student Arrested In Fatal Shooting That Prompted Edinboro University Lockdown

One Pittsburgh man, who is reported to be a student at Edinboro University, is in custody in the shooting death of another Pittsburgh man in Edinboro early Monday evening, an incident which prompted a lockdown of the university for nearly six hours. The victim has been identified as 22 year-old Tobiah Johnson, reportedly a former Edinboro student.  Police say Johnson…

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Roads Closed Briefly Due To First Winter Storm; Western New York Is Hit Harder

The early blast of winter which brought more than five inches of snow to parts of this area on Monday led to numerous traffic accidents, and even though no serious injuries were reported, officials did close some roadways because of some of the wrecks. Kennerdell Road was closed for more than two hours in the…

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Mercer Baseball Coach, Student’s Mother Charged In Underaged Drinking Party

A man who served as Mercer High School’s baseball coach last spring and the mother of a Mercer High student have both been charged after they were accused of helping host a drinking party for students following the school’s homecoming dance early last month. 53 year-old Glynn Boitnott, from Jefferson Township, and 47 year-old Marcella…

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Oil City Man Gets Probation, Community Service Time For Vandalizing Teen’s Grave

An Oil City man has been sentenced to probation and community service time, and to write a letter of apology for desecrating the gravesite of a teenager who died at a baseball practice at Oil City High School in February. 19 year-old Larry Sutton was sentenced in Venango County Court to two years probation and…

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Former IU Director Sentenced To Probation

A Grove City woman who had served as executive director for an Intermediate Unit providing support services to 27 school districts has been sentenced to three years probation for using an agency credit card for her own benefit. 56 year-old Cecelia Yauger has also been fined and sentenced to serve community service time. Yauger entered…

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Lockdown At Edinboro University Monday Night After Fatal Shooting Near Campus

Edinboro University was placed on lockdown Monday night following a fatal shooting near the southern Erie County campus early in the evening. The safety measure remained in effect until about midnight, although a men’s basketball game that had been scheduled was played as planned.   Meanwhile, an autopsy was to be conducted on the shooting…

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