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Heavy Storms Roar Through Oil Region; Most Storm-Related Problems Occurred In The Central Part Of The State

Despite thunderstorms that dumped substantial amounts of rain on the Oil Region late Sunday afternoon and early Sunday night, most of the storm-related damage and power outages seem to have occurred in the central part of the state. In our area, sky watchers were alerted during the mid-afternoon to the possibility of  tornado development through…

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Franklin Traffic Rerouted Much Of Saturday Due To Diesel Rig Rollover At Bottom Of 15th Street Hill

A busy Franklin intersection was closed for more than eight hours Saturday after a tractor-tanker carrying diesel fuel overturned at the bottom of the city’s 15th Street Hill. The fuel had to be drained from the tanker before the rig could be removed from the scene. The driver’s name was not released, but his rig…

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Experimental Aircraft Crashes Near Grove City Airport; Pilot Identified As Grove City Man

The pilot of an experimental aircraft was airlifted to a Pittsburgh hospital late Friday morning after his plane crashed near Grove City Airport. The pilot has been identified as 83 year-old Robert Winder, from Grove City.  One first-responder ventured that Winder’s injuries are not thought to be life-threatening. The crash occurred shortly after 11:00 AM…

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Oil City’s East End Fountain Dedicated

One of the early events that was scheduled for this year’s Oil Heritage Festival in Oil City was the dedication of the city’s refurbished East End Fountain. Three years after young Aubrey Deemer urged her grandfather to fix the fountain and as the result of  a $140,000 fundraising campaign, the fountain was unveiled and activated.  Aubrey’s…

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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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