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Missing Chickens Returned; Owner Will Not Press Charges

The  Cherrytree Township woman who had about thirty young chickens stolen over the weekend says she will not press charges against the boy who allegedly took them, now that they have all been returned. Once the story broke early this week, two individuals who had been given sixteen of the chicks by the boy who…

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House Narrowly Passes Teacher Tenure Bill

A divided state House has approved legislation dealing with tenure for public school teachers. The chamber approved by a 100-to-91 vote and sent to the Senate a bill which would allow public schools to favor performance over seniority when laying off teachers.  The measure would eliminate the requirement that only seniority may be considered when…

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Storms Affect Oil Region, But Last Longer In Other Parts Of Pennsylvania

The series of storms which began Monday night and caused power outages and downed trees throughout the Oil Region early Tuesday morning actually lasted longer and created more havoc in other areas of Pennsylvania on Tuesday. Flooding problems affected homes and blocked roads and streets in Lawrence and Butler Counties and some of the northern…

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Driver Injured In Dramatic Hydroplaning Crash On Route 227

State Police officials say a driver was injured in a hydroplaning crash through standing water on a highway in northern Venango County on Tuesday morning. Troopers tell KQW that Matthew Roadarmer was attempting to pass other vehicles in standing water on Route 227 in Plumer at about 9:00 AM when his vehicle hydroplaned and left the road. …

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Two Hurt In 3-Vehicle Crash On Route 8 In Sugarcreek Borough

Two drivers received minor injuries in a three-vehicle crash on Route 8 in Sugarcreek Borough late Tuesday afternoon.  The uninjured driver was arrested at the scene. Borough Police identified the drivers as 35 year-old Adam Coxson, from the Franklin area, 68 year-old Janet Thompson, from Oil City, and 43 year-old Keva Cichra, from Rouseville.  Reports…

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Franklin’s Annual “Taste Of Talent” Competition Begins Wednesday Night

Twelve contestants will begin competition this Wednesday night (June 24) in the city of Franklin’s annual “Taste of Talent” vocal showdown. Eventually, the winner of the sixth annual such competition will receive $1,000, and three other cash prizes will be awarded. Preliminary eliminations will be held on five consecutive Wednesday evenings at 7:00 PM at…

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Cranberry School Board Closes Pinegrove Elementary

The Cranberry Area School Board voted 8-1 on Monday night to close Pinegrove Elementary School. The board had been required by state law to wait at least ninety days after the March 23 public hearing on the matter to take their official vote.  About a dozen individuals had spoken out against the plan at the…

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Franklin’s $31.6 Million School Budget Contains No Property Tax Increase

As expected, the Franklin Area School Board on Monday night approved on their final vote a $31.6 million budget for fiscal year 2015-2016 which includes no real estate tax increase. The vote was unanimous. The spending plan will require a draw-down from the district’s operating fund balance of nearly $485,000, about $53,000 less than had…

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Cranberry School Board Passes Budget With No Tax Hike

The Cranberry Area School Board has approved a fiscal year budget of just under $18 million which contains no property tax increase. The vote in favor of the spending plan was 8-to-1. Cranberry’s millage rate remains at just over 13.37 mills.

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Chicken Thief Strikes Cherrytree Township; About Thirty Birds Are Missing

Police officials in Venango County are looking for a chicken thief. Investigators say a Cherrytree Township resident has reported about thirty missing birds.  The chickens disappeared overnight Friday night from a property on Shreve Road. The State Police at the Franklin station in Cranberry Township are investigating.

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