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Franklin Man Charged In Reported Burglary Attempt; Police Say Suspect Fought Them

A Franklin man was jailed Friday following a police response to a reported burglary attempt in which officers say the man tried to fight with them. Franklin City Police officials say they arrived at a residence on the 1300-block of Eagle Street shortly after 12:30 AM Friday morning to find a man standing over and…

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Two Injured In Thursday’s Gas Tank Explosion In Texas

Officials have confirmed that two men were burned in the explosion at a gasoline tank at an oil company facility in Barkeyville on Thursday morning. The identities of the two company employees were not released.  The injuries apparently are not life-threatening. The explosion occurred shortly before 7:45 AM Thursday as the two men were working…

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Officials Caution Drivers School Is Resuming

As school classes resume, officials are reminding drivers to watch out for students and for school vehicles. PennDOT reminds us that state law requires a motorist to stop at least ten feet away in any direction when approaching a school bus with its red lights flashing and its stop arm extended.  A violator may face…

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Avian Flu Problem Covered At Ag Progress Days

The threat of avian flu on Pennsylvania poultry was a topic covered last week at Pennsylvania’s Ag Progress Days in Rock Springs. Those in attendance heard from experts in the poultry industry on the status of the outbreak which has devastated bird populations in other states. There have been no outbreaks here in Pennsylvania, but…

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Crawford County Sheriff Nick Hoke Becomes President Of Pennsylvania Sheriff’s Association

Crawford County Sheriff Nick Hoke was named recently the president of the Pennsylvania Sheriff’s Association. Hoke becomes the first sheriff from the county to hold the post. Hoke has spent three years on the association’s executive committee.  His term as president will last for one year, and then Hoke is expected to be replaced by Butler…

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Joint Committee Hearing Focuses On Improving The State Budget Process

As the stalemate in reaching a finalized state budget moves through its eighth week, state lawmakers heard Thursday testimony on ways in improve the budgeting process. Financial experts with the National Conference of State Legislatures told a joint committee meeting that more than half of the states now have binding revenue forecasts.  They say that shortens…

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Two Suffer Major Injuries As Motorcycle Rear-Ends Car In Clarion County

Two New Bethlehem residents were rushed to a Pittsburgh hospital early Thursday morning after the motorcycle they were riding slammed into the back of a stopped car. State Police officials from the Clarion station say the crash occurred shortly after 1:30 AM near an intersection on Olean Trail in Limestone Township.  The motorcycle operated by 35 year-old…

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Polk Man Hospitalized In Youngstown After I-79 Rest Area Motorcycle Crash

A Polk man was hospitalized in Youngstown following an accident involving his motorcycle at the exit to a rest area on Interstate 79. State Police accident investigators say 57 year-old William Oliver was headed north on I-79 in Lawrence County when he exited at a divided ramp at a rest stop at mile marker 109. …

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Franklin To Again Host Pennsylvania Stone-Skipping Championships

The Pennsylvania Stone-Skipping Championships will once again be held in Franklin. The event, which will include the participation of at least two world champions, including the current holder of the Guinness Book of World Record’s mark, will be held Saturday, August 22 near Riverfront Park at the confluence of French Creek and the Allegheny River.…

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Crawford County Fair Begins Saturday

The 70th Crawford County Fair begins Saturday morning (Aug. 22) with a 9:00 AM farm and antique tractor pull. The event will run through the following Saturday, August 29. The Miss Crawford County Fair pageant will be held on Sunday evening.  The ever-popular country music concerts this year will feature Jake Owen and Colt Ford…

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