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Local Communities Split Fireworks Over Three Consecutive Nights

The communities of Cranberry Township, Oil City and Franklin have managed once again this Fourth of July week to individually schedule their fireworks displays to allow Oil Region residents to view them in three different locations over three consecutive nights. The ninth annual Cranberry Fireworks Spectacular is scheduled for tonight (Thursday, July 2) near the…

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Linesville Man Drowns When S-U-V flips Over Into Pymatuning Lake

The man who died Tuesday night when his sport-utility vehicle flipped over into Pymatuning Lake has been identified as 51 year-old Brian Ceglarski, from Linesville. Police officials on Wednesday were still trying to determine what had happened.  A nearby resident spotted the S-U-V on its roof near a boat access area around 9:30 PM Tuesday,…

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May Unemployment Numbers Were Mixed In This Area

Unemployment numbers were somewhat higher in Venango, Clarion and Crawford Counties in May. According to numbers released Tuesday by the Department of Labor and Industry, the jobless rate in Venango County climbed from 5.8 percent in April to six percent in May.  Unemployment in Clarion County rose from 5.8 percent to 6.1 percent.  Crawford County’s…

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Reports: African Safari Park Coming To Grove City

According to a website covering the Grove City area, the owner of a New Castle-area animal park is planning to open a new attraction near Grove City which would include an African safari park and an “adventure” area which would include zip-line and rope courses. Livingthegrove.com reports that a new Living Treasures park would include an “African Savannah”…

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Governor Vetoes Entire Republican-Backed State Budget

Governor Tom Wolf has vetoed the entire $30 billion budget for the fiscal year which begins today (July 1) which had been directed by the Republican-dominated state legislature. It marks the first time since the 1970’s that a Pennsylvania Governor has nixed a complete budget proposal. Wolf has invited legislative leaders for a face-to-face meeting…

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Governor Is Sent Bills On Both Pension Reform And Liquor Privatization

State lawmakers sent Governor Wolf on Tuesday separate pieces of legislation that would overhaul the state employee pension system and privatize the sale of wine and liquor in Pennsylvania. The House of Representatives passed a Senate bill regarding public pension reform which supporters say is meant to address the rapidly rising costs of the current pension…

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Local Residents Warned About Basketball And Hospice Solicitations

In two separate sets of incidents, local residents are being warned about telephone and mail solicitations seeking donations for local basketball and hospice programs. In the first case, the Oil City High School athletic director says phone calls seeking money for “Oil City basketball” are not originating from the school.  Rick Fletcher says the solicitations…

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Wayne County Man Arrested On I-80 In Clarion; Police Say His U-Haul Van Was Stolen

A Wayne County man was arrested on Tuesday afternoon on Interstate 80 in Clarion in what police say was a stolen U-Haul van. State Police officials say 19 year-old Marc Lewandowski, from Lake Ariel, had taken the van from a rental lot near Honesdale in Wayne County, had driven it across the state, and may…

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State Senate Prepares For Budget Vote

On the last day of the old fiscal year (Tuesday, June 30), the state Senate is set to consider the Pennsylvania budget approved on Saturday by the House of Representatives. The spending plan, backed by state Republicans, faces an almost certain veto from Governor Tom Wolf. Senate Democrats say the plan contains none of the Governor’s…

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New York’s Fracking Ban Goes Into Effect

New York state’s ban on the “fracking” method of extracting natural gas officially went into effect on Monday. A statement released by the state’s Department of Environmental Conservation, saying there are no “feasible or prudent alternatives” to deal with any risks associated with “fracking,” concluded that their finding makes the ban official. New York environmental…

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