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State Senate Votes To Delay Referendum On Judicial Retirement Age To November Election

The state’s referendum on the retirement age for state judges will not appear on this month’s Pennsylvania primary election ballots. The state Senate on Monday followed the lead of the House of Representatives in their approval of removing the question and placing it on the November general election ballot.  The proposed amendment to the state…

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State House Committee Votes To Allow “In God We Trust” In Pennsylvania Schools

A state House committee has voted to allow the national motto, “In God We Trust,” to be posted in Pennsylvania schools. The House Education Committee voted 19-to-6 on Monday to approve such legislation.  It would allow the motto to be posted anywhere inside a school building, but is not written as a mandate. The full…

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Five More To Be Enshrined In Franklin High School Hall-Of-Fame

The five newest members of the Franklin High School Hall-of-Fame will be enshrined in early October during Applefest week in Franklin. Selected into the Hall were the late Jody Billingsley, Wayne Eakin, Ed Frye, Bill Hager and David Richardson. Billingsley was a 1,000-point scorer for the Lady Knights basketball team and later starred at Pitt-Johnstown. …

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Rain, Melting Snow Lead To Flooded Roads On Monday

Monday’s extensive rains, combined with the rapid melting of the several inches of snow which hit the Oil Region during the early part of the weekend, led to the flooding of several roads in western Pennsylvania Monday night. Flooding was reported near Titusville, in several locations in the Meadville area, between Barkeyville and Harrisville in…

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PennDOT To Give Overview Of Upcoming Forest County Bridge Replacement Projects

One of four bridge replacement projects in Forest County is about to begin, and PennDOT officials want to give the public some information about what to expect. The first replacement job is due for this year, two more will be undertaken next year and a fourth is scheduled for 2018. A public meeting scheduled for…

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American Pickers TV Show To Film In Pennsylvania; Private Collections Sought For Memorabilia Series

The popular “American Pickers’ television series has announced plans to film in Pennsylvania this summer, and the show’s producers are looking for people with large private collections of memorabilia that might fit in with their show. The series features Mike Wolfe and Frank Fritz as they hunt for the country’s most valuable antiques, and they…

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Save Venango Catholic High School Plan To Be Presented Next Monday

The group Save VCHS, a community organization trying to keep open Venango Catholic High School in Oil City, has announced they will present their viability plan to the Catholic Diocese of Erie next Monday, April 18 at a meeting in Erie to be attended by Bishop Lawrence Persico and others. Persico had announced in mid-February…

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Frankin Man Charged With Medicating And Raping Juvenile Girl

A Franklin man was charged Saturday with rape and numerous other counts after he was accused of sexually assaulting a juvenile female. Franklin City Police officials say 23 year-old Chad Baker was arraigned on a total of nine charges, and was lodged in the Venango County Jail on $100,000 bail. Baker is accused of providing…

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House Passes Bill To Stiffen Penalties For Repeat DUI Offenders Convicted Of Vehicular Homicide

A bill to raise the penalties for repeat D-U-I offenders convicted of vehicular homicide has passed the state House of Representatives and is headed to the Senate. Under current law, a person convicted of vehicular homicide while under the influence of alcohol and drugs faces a mandatory three years in prison plus a three-year driver’s…

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Two Men Injured When S-U-V Slams Into The Back Of A Snowplow

The recent snowstorm may have arrived more unexpectedly for some than for others. State Police officials say two men in an S-U-V were surprised to come across a snow plow truck while they were passing another vehicle on Route 8 near Barkeyville on Friday afternoon.  Their vehicle slammed into the back of the plow vehicle…

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