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Upcoming PennDOT Projects Include Resurfacing Of Sections Of Routes 38 And 227

One of the PennDOT road rehabilitation projects expected to be started on the week of July 28 is a resurfacing job on a three-and-a-half mile stretch of Route 38 in southern Venango County and northern Clarion County. The work zone will cover parts of Richland and Salem Townships and should start, weather permitting, on Monday.…

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The Oil Heritage Festival – This Weekend

Here’s a look at a partial listing of activities planned for this weekend at the annual Oil Heritage Festival in Oil City:   Saturday, July 26 >> The Venango Youth for Christ Oil Heritage Pancake Breakfast – 7:00 AM until 11:30 AM at Asbury Hall at Grace United Methodist Church. >> The Oil City Firefighters…

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Franklin’s Nate Byham Released By Patriots

After he reportedly told his team he did not feel his knee was ready for the upcoming NFL season, Franklin native Nate Byham was released Friday by the New England Patriots. Byham had just been signed last weekend, and the Patriots opened their training camp on Wednesday.  He has undergone four surgical procedures on his…

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Friday – Day Two At Oil Heritage Festival

Day two of the 2014 Oil Heritage Festival in Oil City will begin at 9:30 AM with a six-hour children’s pool party at the Nelles Pool at Hasson Heights. The Oil City Salvation Army will hold a Fabric Fair from 10:00 AM until 7:00 PM.  The two-day Oil Heritage Artisan and Fine Craft Festival will…

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Three Hurt In Crash Near Clarion; Shippenville Woman Flown To A Pittsburgh Hospital

A Shippenville woman who was one of three people injured in a two-car collision near Clarion on Thursday afternoon was airlifted to a hospital in the Pittsburgh area for the treatment of serious injuries. Two others were treated at Clarion Hospital. State Police officials say the accident occurred shortly before 3:00 PM Thursday on Route…

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Guys Mills Boy Wins National Story Writing Contest

A first-grader from Guys Mills has won a national story writing contest organized by the Public Broadcasting System. Seven year-old Ethan Mattocks, who is home-schooled, won top honors in this year’s PBS Kids Writers Contest, held in conjunction with the television network’s “Reading Rainbow” program. His short story, running nine pages, is entitled “Once Upon…

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Beer Rig Crashes On I-79

State Police officials have confirmed that the tractor-trailer that crashed on Interstate 79 in Crawford County early Thursday morning was carrying – a load of beer. The cargo had to be transferred before the rig could be moved. The incident occurred around 3:00 AM on the northbound lanes of the highway.  The rig’s driver, 60 year-old Kenneth Washington…

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PennDOT Secretary Talks About State’s Transportation Law, Work Zones, Higher Speed Limits

PennDOT secretary Barry Schoch says his agency is on schedule to complete $2.3 billion in road and bridge replacement projects this year. Many of the projects were made possible through funding already beinf obtained due to the state’s new transportation law.  That is the same law, by the way, which allowed the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission to raise…

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Oil City’s Oil Heritage Festival Begins Thursday

Although many “pre-Festival” activities are already underway, the annual Oil Heritage Festival in Oil City officially begins on Thursday (7/24). The four-day event is organized each year by the Venango Area Chamber of Commerce with the help of dozens of volunteers. Activities on the first official day of the event will begin Thursday morning with the Oil…

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Stretch Of Interstate 80 To Become A 70-MPH Highway

On Wednesday, the day when Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission officials boosted a 97-mile stretch of the Turnpike to a 70 mile per hour zone, PennDOT announced they will be doing the same thing on portions of Interstates 80 and 380. The first increase from 65 to 70 MPH came Wednesday and affects the Turnpike from the…

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