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Body Found In Grove City Landfill Was Ohio Teen

The body of a female found by workers in a garbage company landfill near Grove City on Wednesday has been identified as that of a 16 year-old girl from Ohio who had been reported missing by her family last Monday night. The Mercer Country Coroner’s office says the girl had been stabbed in the chest.  Her…

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Venango County Road Work Will Include Cherrytree Township Storm Damage Repairs

Added to the weekly PennDOT maintenance calendar for Venango County for this week will be road rehabilitation work in Cherrytree Township brought about by major storms that struck the area last week. The repair jobs have been added to a list that already included plans for side dozing on Route 62 in Franklin and shoulder…

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Sunday’s Midday Big 4 Number Of 9999 Pays Out $2.75 Million

Pennsylvania Lottery officials say the number drawn in the Sunday midday drawing of their Big 4 Lottery game will pay out slightly more than $2.75 million. The number was 9999. That number was played by 1,103 people.  A successful one-dollar straight bet on a Big Four number wins $5,000.

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Oil And Gas Industry Speaks Out Against Severance Tax On Marcellus Shale Well Drillers

Officials in the oil and gas industry say a severance tax on Marcellus shale well drillers in Pennsylvania would jeopardize further development in the Marcellus region. Stephanie Wissman, the director of the Associated Petroleum Industries of Pennsylvania, tells Radio PA News the development of the industry is still far from complete, and a severance tax…

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U.S. Marshals Find Wanted Mercer Man – And A Meth Lab

United States Marshals say they found a wanted Mercer man last week, and in the process discovered the operations of a methamphetamine lab. The find prompted the arrests of three people, including the wanted man, 31 year-old Buddy Aiken.  Also apprehended were 36 year-old Kelly Wolf, from Mercer, and 31 year-old Thomas Leax, from Grove…

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More Budget Debate Friday In The State Senate

The focus of state budget talks remains lodged in the Senate as the final weekend before the end of the fiscal year arrives. The Senate Appropriations Committee late Thursday advanced a budget bill that most agree needs plenty of work before it can be passed and implemented.  As the Republican majority controls the talks, Democrats…

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PEMA Officials Tour, Assess Week’s Flood Damage

Officials of the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency have been assessing the damage caused by flooding from major storms which rolled through the Oil Region this week. The state officials studied problems with bridges and roadways in Venango, Crawford and Forest Counties.  By the time they toured the area, most closed roads had been reopened to traffic. …

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Controversial Clutter Ordinance Passed By Oil City Council

Oil City Council on Thursday passed an amendment to the city code that bans the accumulation of “clutter” on city properties. The somewhat controversial measure prohibits the storage of items considered junk and the accumulation of building materials, sets a time limit on the length of time temporary coverings may be kept over construction and improvement…

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Titusville Man Charged With 31 Counts Connected With Child Sexual Abuse Allegations

A Titusville man was charged with 31 counts on Thursday in connection with accusations that he was involved in child sexual abuse for a period of nearly two years, beginning in 2012. 21 of the charges against 44 year-old Terrell Spinks are felony counts.  They include the rape of a child. Titusville City Police say…

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It’s Already The 4th Of July In Franklin

The city of Franklin’s weeklong Fourth of July Libertyfest celebration kicks into high gear this weekend. Following Children’s Penny Carnival Day on Friday, comedian Earl David Reed will perform Friday night at 7:30 PM at the Barrow-Civic Theatre. Saturday’s events will include sidewalk sales, food and entertainment in the city’s parks, the annual Libertyfest 500…

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