Pleasant, sunny weather and two hotly-contested state races kept a steady trickle of voters going through local polling places around noon Tuesday to cast their votes in the midterm elections.

“It’s a beautiful day in the neighborhood,” called out one Franklin voter to another on his way into the First Baptist Church polling place for Franklin’s 1st voting district.

The voters turned out to finally have their say after hearing repeatedly from the candidates over the airwaves and in the newspapers the last several months in the Oz-Fetterman U.S. Senate race and the Shapiro-Mastriano gubernatorial battle.

By about 10:30 a.m. at the Cornplanter Township polling place at Christ Lutheran Church on Grandview Road, about 150 people had already cast their ballots, with a line of several more waiting their turn to vote.

“It was really easy,” said first-time voter Trinity Garner about her experience voting in the Centre Town Cafe, an Oil City polling place for the city’s 3rd voting district.

“I just wish it wasn’t so divisive,” Jay Poindexter of Franklin said.

— By Helen Fielding

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GIRLS BASKETBALL: Franklin 34, Corry 30 OT; Oil City 38, Meadville 35; Cochranton 48, Rocky Grove 8; Keystone 39, Union 17; Brockway 49, Forest Area 19; Grove City 56, Sharon 42; Mercer 31, Lakeview 29

WARREN — Oil City’s Cam VanWormer buried a game-winning three-pointer at the buzzer Friday night to lift the Oilers past homestanding Warren, 60-58, in a Region 6 boys basketball classic.

BOYS BASKETBALL: Oil City 60, Warren 58; Franklin 75, Conneaut Area 41; Jamestown 61, Rocky Grove 43; Karns City 61, Cranberry 28; Clarion 62, Union 58; North Clarion 68, Forest Area 7; Keystone 53, Moniteau 37; C-L 62, Redbank Valley 41; A-C Valley 78, Venango Catholic 45; Saegertown 65, Co…

GIRLS BASKETBALL: Franklin 55, Meadville 21; Conneaut Area 56, Oil City 42; Saegertown 58, Rocky Grove 11; Karns City 49, Cranberry 17; North Clarion 63, Forest Area 13; Moniteau 39, Keystone 31; Redbank Valley 62, C-L 29; Union City 38, Cochranton 22; Greenville 34, Grove City 28; Lakeview …

BOYS BASKETBALL: Franklin 78, Corry 50; Oil City 69, Conneaut Area 32; Farrell 74, Rocky Grove 36; Cambridge Springs 66, Cochranton 47; Grove City 58, Greenville 50

GIRLS BASKETBALL: Moniteau 40, North Clarion 25; Redbank Valley 54, Clarion 17; Keystone 48, Allegheny-Clarion Valley 18; Clarion-Limestone 58, Forest Area 26; Karns City 46, Union 17; Christian Life Academy 31, Tidioute Charter 19

BOYS BASKETBALL: Franklin 68, Warren 62; Oil City 63, Titusville 49; Rocky Grove 61, Youngsville 49; Clarion 74, Cranberry 47; Moniteau 63, A-C Valley 56; Karns City 65, North Clarion 48; Redbank Valley 57, Union 42; Keystone 56, Forest Area 11; Cochranton 60, Eisenhower 56; Grove City 39, H…

Amanda Davis, a Home Service nurse from Greenville, drives thousands of miles every year throughout Venango, Clarion, Forest, Mercer and Crawford counties helping families facing medical challenges

BOYS BASKETBALL: Lakeview 73, Venango Catholic 31; Keystone 48, A-C Valley 40; C-L 61, Johnsonburg 36; Karns City 50, DuBois 48; CLA 42, Slippery Rock Homeschoolers 20

The Oil City Elks lodge has made a donation of $4,000 that will help Venango County veterans.

GIRLS BASKETBALL: Maplewood 46, Franklin 24; Cranberry 38, Allegheny-Clarion Valley 12; North Clarion 55, Clarion-Limestone 24; Moniteau 54, Clarion 25; Keystone 50, Union 39; Redbank Valley 77, Forest Area 16

Boys basketball: Rocky Grove 75, Sharpsville 58; Cranberry 62, Forest Area 10; Clarion 38, Karns City 31; Clarion-Limestone 63, A-C Valley 36; Keystone 69, North Clarion 50; Saegertown 70, Cochranton 40

CLARION — There’s a change of the guard coming at the Clarion County Veterans Administration office as longtime director Judy Zerbe is stepping down Jan. 12 after 27 years of service.