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Forest school board eyeing tax hike, teacher furloughs

Forest Area School Board members are considering a real estate tax increase as well as the possible furlough of teachers in order to balance a nearly $12 million budget.

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Wednesday 06/03/2015
Authority seeks stay in ongoing litigation
Posted: June 03, 2015

The Franklin General Authority agreed Tuesday to seek a stay in its pending litigation against the City of Franklin so the parties can attempt to work things out.

Hasson Heights Elementary School Field Day
Posted: June 03, 2015

Conversion from blighted building to public plaza almost complete
Posted: June 03, 2015

The two-year transformation of a downtown Oil City block from a blighted building to a community green space is nearly complete.

Veterans speak up at town hall meeting in Franklin
Posted: June 03, 2015

Veterans' voices were heard as the VA Medical Center of Erie held a town-hall meeting at the VFW post No. 1835 in Franklin on Tuesday. Those voices were praising the local Veterans Administration clinic.

Tuesday 06/02/2015
Sign set in place as unveiling nears for Hasson entranceway
Posted: June 02, 2015

A date for unveiling the long-awaited new entranceway into Oil City's Hasson Park is now set for three weeks from today.

Blind Association looking for help to provide more services
Posted: June 02, 2015

The Venango County Association for the Blind is working to provide greater service to the visually impaired with the purchase of a new vehicle.

Manhunt target is suspect in 16 burglaries
Posted: June 02, 2015

An Oil City man arrested last week following a 24-hour manhunt is a suspect in 16 burglaries in less than three months.

Franklin Council calls for end of legal wrangling
Posted: June 02, 2015

Some Franklin City Council members are calling for an end to the legal wrangling between the city and its General Authority.

Monday 06/01/2015
Overnight news
Updated: June 02, 2015 - 7:55 am

Motorcycle crash

Forest Commissioners vote to insure MACA park
Posted: June 01, 2015

When it comes to insuring the Marienville Area Civic Association park, the Forest County commissioners have it covered.

Relay for Life lauded as great success despite rainy weather
Posted: June 01, 2015

It was a rainy end to the annual Venango County Relay for Life.

State Senate prepares to wrap up review of Gov. Wolf's nominations
Posted: June 01, 2015

HARRISBURG (AP) - At least one of Gov. Tom Wolf's Cabinet nominations may be in jeopardy as the Pennsylvania Senate winds up its review of his top advisers over the next two weeks, including expected votes on two other nominations that have encountered resistance.

Only one new barn will be up for fair
Posted: June 01, 2015

Only one of the two new barns planned for the Venango County fairgrounds will be up in time for the fair.

Saturday 05/30/2015
General Authority to discuss lawsuit issues
Posted: May 30, 2015

The Franklin General Authority will hold a special meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday to discuss matters related to the lawsuit filed against the City of Franklin by the authority and Sugarcreek Borough.

50 grads headed to military honored at banquet
Posted: May 30, 2015

A total of 50 local high school seniors entering the military were honored last week at the third annual Our Community Salutes banquet.

Six hours of death and destruction
Posted: May 30, 2015

Sunday will mark the 30th anniversary of the devastating 1985 tornadoes in the region.

Franklin grad poised for next step after choosing from top colleges
Posted: May 30, 2015

Near the end of their high school careers, students must make some big decisions regarding the next chapter of their lives.

Family was at center of tornado
Updated: June 01, 2015 - 9:27 am

Pansy Matlock of Cooperstown and her two young sons survived the deadly May 31, 1985, tornado that wiped out McCormick's mobile home park near Cherrytree where the family lived.

Friday 05/29/2015
Overnight news
Updated: June 02, 2015 - 7:55 am

Fugitive arrested

OC officials working to sort out school lunch mix-up
Posted: May 29, 2015

Oil City School District superintendent Pat Gavin was working Thursday to find out why a handful of Oil City Middle School students were denied the ability to purchase lunches without warning.

Newspaper looks back at tornadoes
Updated: May 29, 2015 - 9:20 am

Sunday will mark the 30-year anniversary of the killer tornadoes that swept through western Pennsylvania and parts of New York and Ohio on Friday, May 31, 1985.

Titusville renovation will move forward
Posted: May 29, 2015

Titusville officials have decided to move ahead with plans to renovate the historic Towne Square building.

Union High School student has 13 years of perfect attendance
Updated: June 01, 2015 - 9:26 am

When Jared Buzard takes his diploma from Union High School principal Mark Schlosser tonight, he will complete his promise to his grandmother.

Inspector will never forget scenes from months-long cleanup work
Updated: June 01, 2015 - 9:28 am

Russ Campbell of Franklin doesn't remember the exact moment the tornadoes touched down on May 31, 1985, but he will never forget the months of cleanup that followed.

Thursday 05/28/2015
Titusville to restore Towne Square Building
Updated: May 29, 2015 - 7:42 am

Titusville will be getting back its historic Towne Square Building, the centerpiece of the city's commercial district.

Police capture wanted man
Updated: May 29, 2015 - 7:41 am

An Oil City man wanted in connection with a Monday burglary was captured this afternoon in Pinoak Village.

Overnight news
Updated: May 29, 2015 - 7:42 am

Search continues for burglary suspect

Authority, Sugarcreek file post-trial motion
Posted: May 28, 2015

The Franklin General Authority and Sugarcreek Borough are raising some questions about the recent ruling on a lawsuit they filed against the City of Franklin.

Prayer meeting interrupted by Franklin school officials
Posted: May 28, 2015

After the recent death of Beth Owens, students at Franklin Middle School decided to pray publicly during lunch time.

Work set to begin Monday on Front Street in Rocky Grove
Posted: May 28, 2015

Rehabilitation work that will add decades to the service life of a bridge on Front Street in the Rocky Grove area of Sugarcreek Borough, is expected to begin on Monday, June 1, and take approximately four weeks to complete, weather permitting.

47 Rocky Grove seniors get lifesaving gift of CPR training
Updated: June 01, 2015 - 9:30 am

A group of 47 seniors at Rocky Grove High School left the graduation rehearsal risers Wednesday morning to fill auditorium seats and become certified in how to save a life.

Wednesday 05/27/2015
Police helicopter searching for suspect
Updated: May 28, 2015 - 7:40 am

A Pennsylvania State Police helicopter has been seen flying over Oil City and surrounding areas tonight.

Traffic alert
Updated: May 28, 2015 - 8:25 am

A portion of Front Street in Sugarcreek Borough will be closed for a month starting Monday.

Franklin state police seek burglary suspect
Updated: May 28, 2015 - 7:41 am

Venango County Crime Stoppers and the Franklin state police are searching for information on the whereabouts of Tyler John Reed, 27, last known addresses in Oil City. 

Overnight news
Updated: June 02, 2015 - 7:55 am

A pedestrian was injured after being struck by a vehicle late Tuesday afternoon at the intersection of Washington Crossing and Elk Street in Franklin.

Plans move forward for Dollar General store in Tionesta
Posted: May 27, 2015

Plans are moving forward to build a new Dollar General branch in Tionesta.

Experts offer advice to help with summer lawn care
Posted: May 27, 2015

For a greener lawn, get a greener thumb.

'People don't want to do this stuff anymore'
Posted: May 27, 2015

Write-ins by Venango County voters in last week's primary election added some candidates to the Franklin School Board race and a few others, but there are still no candidates for numerous ballot positions going into the fall election.

Marienville Rod-Gun Club members have 50-year passion for stocking
Updated: June 01, 2015 - 9:31 am

Five decades ago, the Marienville Rod and Gun Club took on the task of making sure the area's streams were stocked for the summer fishing season.

Tuesday 05/26/2015
Overnight news
Updated: May 27, 2015 - 9:18 am

Crash with injuries

Fundraising effort for OC pool nears goal
Posted: May 26, 2015

He may have missed his self-imposed 30-day deadline, but Oil City interim city manager Jim Nelles is on track to raise $30,000 for renovations and upgrades at the public pool.

Mail decrease on Tuesdays part of Postal Service changes
Posted: May 26, 2015

If anyone has noticed there's less mail on Tuesdays, there's a reason.

Area residents mark Memorial Day
Updated: May 26, 2015 - 10:33 am

People gathered in Franklin and Oil City on Memorial Day to honor and remember veterans.

Monday 05/25/2015
Memorial Day
Posted: May 25, 2015

There will be no newspaper published for Memorial Day. Have a happy and safe holiday.

Saturday 05/23/2015
Young veterans from recent wars coming home to new challenges
Posted: May 23, 2015

Two wars in the last 15 years have produced a new kind of veteran.

Numerous memorial services planned in area
Posted: May 23, 2015

Memorial Day observances and solemn services will be held throughout the region starting today and continuing through Monday.

17 arrested in Clarion County drug sweep
Posted: May 23, 2015

Fourteen Clarion County residents were among 17 people arrested Friday by the Clarion County CNET team on charges of selling heroin, methamphetamines, suboxone, Ritalin, morphine and marijuana.

Woman getting back on track as she deals with illness
Updated: May 26, 2015 - 12:21 pm

Something happened in Maria Matkozich's mind when she was bedridden a little over a year ago.

Friday 05/22/2015
Overnight news
Updated: May 26, 2015 - 8:03 am

Teens charged

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