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Communication Is Identified As A Big Issue In Helping Veterans

At a public hearing on issues facing Pennsylvania veterans this week, state lawmakers discovered that  communication is a big issue. Pennsylvania has the fourth-largest veterans population in the country, so getting the word out to all of them about available benefits programs can be a challenge.  Advocates for veterans services said at the hearing that…

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Venango Chamber Holds Annual Dinner, Honors Outstanding Citizen-Of-The-Year Brenda Carll

The Venango Area Chamber of Commerce honored their 2014 Outstanding Citizen-of-the-Year at their annual dinner on Wednesday night. (An earlier story on 96.3 KQW and here on VenangoCountyDailyNews.com had incorrectly reported that the dinner was scheduled for Thursday.) Honored at the dinner was Brenda Carll, the public health nurse at the Pennsylvania State Health Center in…

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State Government Committees To Hold Public Hearing On Gas Drilling Impact Fee

Two state legislative committees are planning to hold a public hearing to gather testimony on the benefits of the impact fee on gas drillers, spelled out in Act 13 of 2012. The Senate Environmental Resources and Energy Committee and the Senate Local Government Committee, which is chaired by Senator Scott Hutchinson from Oil City, will…

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Hutchinson Offers Bill For Tax Exemption For Logging, And Resolution To Reinstate Forestry Task Force

State Senator Scott Hutchinson, from Oil City, has introduced a bill his office says is intended to protect and promote Pennsylvania’s forest areas and thousands of jobs provided by the wood harvesting industry. Hutchinson’s bill would provide for a sales and use tax exemption for timber and logging operations.  In addition, a resolution presented by Hutchinson…

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President Obama Vetoes Keystone Pipeline; Congressman Thompson Calls Move “Giant Leap Backwards”

Congressman Glenn “GT” Thompson has called President Obama’s veto of the bill approving the Keystone XL oil pipeline “a giant leap backwards on our road to energy independence.” Although Majority Leader Mitch McConnell responded to the veto by vowing that the Republican-led Senate would try to override it by early next week, Republicans appear to…

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Oil City Man Charged In Another Elementary School Incident

Police officials say an Oil City man was charged Tuesday afternoon in two incidents they say have occurred at an Oil City Area School District elementary school this month. State Police officials say Justin Rodgers was charged with two counts of disorderly conduct following his arrest at Hasson Heights Elementary School in Cornplanter Township on…

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Oil Region Alliance To Honor Accomplishments At Thursday Morning Event

The Oil Region Alliance of Business, Industry and Tourism will hold a 10-year anniversary celebration at their annual meeting at a breakfast event which will begin at 8:00 AM Thursday (February 26) at Hangar #8 at Venango Regional Airport in Franklin.  In addition to reviewing the accomplishments of 2014 and of the last decade and…

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Grove City Woman Is $2 Million Lottery Winner

The winner of a two million dollar lottery prize in Mercer County has been identified. Reports indicate that Mary Fowler, from Grove City, has claimed the prize from the February 12 drawing of the Pennsylvania Lottery’s Match 6 Lotto game.  Fowler matched all six numbers drawn that night. Fowler purchased the ticket at a pharmacy…

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PennDOT Highlights Overlooked Traffic Laws During Highway Safety Law Awareness Week

PennDOT is trying to draw attention to often-overlooked rules of the road during the agency’s observance of “Highway Safety Law Awareness Week” this week. Acting PennDOT Secretary Leslie Richards says those Pennsylvania traffic laws and safety rules include: “Keep Right, Pass Left.”  It focuses on the safety of using the left lane only for passing other…

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Clarion University Student Dies In Armstrong County Crash

A Charleroi man who attended Clarion University and was a member of the Golden Eagles’ wrestling team died Monday morning in a two-vehicle crash in Armstrong County. Police say the fatal collision occurred on Routes 28 and 66 in Rayburn when a car driven by 18 year-old Nicholas Gavazzi crossed the center line of the…

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