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National Fuel’s Annual Gas Supply Charge Adjustment Raises Average Bill By 2.4 Percent

The annual adjustment to gas supply charges submitted by National Fuel Gas to the state Public Utility Commission has resulted in a 2.4 percent increase in the monthly natural gas bill for the company’s “typical residential customer.” The monthly bill for a residential customer using 90,000 cubic feet of gas annually will climb by about…

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Firefighters Are Called Three Times To Pinegrove Township House Fire

Firefighters were called out three times on Friday to the scene of a house fire in Pinegrove Township. By the time the day had ended, responders from eleven different fire companies had spent time at the scene. The fire on McPherson Road was first reported at about 3:30 AM.  The blaze rekindled twice on Friday…

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Monday At The Venango County Fair

The annual Venango County Fair is well underway at the 4-H Fairgrounds off Route 62 between Franklin and Polk. Monday morning’s activities will include the judging of 4-H clothing and textile projects, the 4-H pleasure horse show, the dairy goat show and the Rock ‘n’ Roll Pet Store Puppet Show. In the afternoon, you will…

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Two Oil City Brothers Sentenced To County Jail In Related Assaults

Two brothers from the Oil City area were both sentenced last week to up to two years in the Venango County Jail for physical assaults on the same woman one day apart last March. 24 year-old Josie Harkless was given three months to two years, and 22 year-old Peter Harkless was sentenced to one month…

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Paving, Milling Work Starts Tuesday On Congress Hill Road And Route 965

PennDOT announced Friday that milling/paving projects will begin Tuesday (Aug. 4) on one section of Congress Hill Road in Sandycreek Township, and on a four-and-a-half mile stretch of Route 965 in Frenchcreek and Mineral Townships. The areas to be repaved include eight-tenths of a mile of Congress Hill Road from Pone Lane to Belmar Road,…

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Additional Venango County Road Maintenance Schedule For Week Of August 3

PennDOT has released a listing of their scheduled road maintenance projects in Venango County for the week of August 3. In addition to the bridge replacement project already underway on Patchel Run Road, the schedule includes crack sealing on Interstate 80 near Barkeyville, seal coating on Old Route 8 in Mineral Township, and patching projects…

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Oil City Information Packets To Be Hand-Delivered To Residents’ Homes

The city of Oil City will begin this week delivering information packets concerning the city to the homes of local residents. The packets will contain brochures about city programs, code enforcement policies, water and sewage, recycling, the city’s library and arts council, and a city business guide. The volunteers who will be delivering the information…

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It’s Venango County Fair Time!

The annual Venango County Fair begins Saturday (August 1) at the 4-H Fairgrounds off Route 62 between Franklin and Polk. The local spotlight for agriculture and 4-H achievements will run through Saturday, August 8. Fair officials are beginning this year’s event by thanking all those who donated their time and money after winter snows collapsed the…

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Taste Of Franklin Weekend Is Upon Us

Believe it or not, we are approaching the first weekend of August, and that means that “Taste of Franklin” weekend is upon us. Although most of the food-related activity is scheduled for Sunday, Franklin’s Old-Fashioned Bargain Days will run from Friday through Sunday, and the weekend will include the “Taste of Talent” vocal competition semifinals…

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Oil City’s First Art Mart Is Scheduled For Saturday

Oil City will unveil a new one-day festival this Saturday, August 1. Art Mart will feature music and at least 14 vendor tables featuring not only craft items and food, but arts items, as well.  Bartering is encouraged. The event is scheduled for 1:00 PM until 7:00 PM in Pipeline Alley on Seneca Street on Oil…

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