The Franklin General Authority has announced that water production at one of the city's water treatment facilities has ceased following the discovery of antiquated equipment.

CLARION - A town-hall meeting addressing concerns about the environment - "Protecting Our Pennsylvania Wilds" - will be held Thursday, Aug. 29, at 7 p.m. at the Limestone fire hall.

HARRISBURG - Pennsylvania's unemployment rate rose one-tenth of a percentage point, to 3.9 percent, in July from the record low held from April through June, while the national rate, at 3.7 percent, was unchanged from June.


The New Life Family Worship Center in Franklin will sponsor its 13th annual Back to School Bash from 1 to 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 25, when the church will give away school supplies.

The Oil Creek and Titusville Railroad ride to Petroleum Center will take place at 11 a.m. today.

Barrow card party - Bridge winners Wednesday at the Barrow card party luncheon were Kathy Grossman, first; Ruth Webster, second; and Burdell Sherman, third.

The Small Business Administration (SBA) announced The Matric Group is now eligible for HuBZone opportunities and will be on the list of qualified HuBZone small business concerns found on the SBA's website.

A photograph of the Horsethief Days tractor races on page 3 of Thursday's newspaper misidentified the participants. Cooper O'Neil was in the foreground and David Weaver was in the background.

Motorists are reminded that two Oil City bridges are scheduled to be closed to vehicular traffic as a result of the city's two-day BridgeFest.

Bridge club - Winners at the Tuesday meeting of the Tri-City Duplicate Bridge Club were Laura Flick and Mary Ann Richardson, first; Jane and Jim Reynolds, second; and Mary Emanuele and Jane Hillard, third.

Clarion Conservation District, Pale Whale Canoe Fleet and their partners are planning a Clarion River cleanup event to celebrate the waterway being named 2019 River of the Year.

The Allegheny Valley Conservancy will hold its annual Allegheny River cleanup Saturday, Aug. 24, from the Kibbe Island launch at 1400 Stewart Run Road on the Venango-Forest county line down to Henrys Bend.

The Department of Human Services will hold a public hearing about the Polk Center closure on Monday, Sept. 9, at 1 p.m., at the Atlantic Avenue Church, 160 Atlantic Ave., Franklin.

The following deeds have been filed at the Clarion County Courthouse.

Celebrating her first birthday today is Evelynn Joelle Fleming, daughter of Brian Fleming and Destiney Rice of Oil City. Information for First Birthday announcements may be submitted by going online to and clicking on Submission Forms.

The following marriage license were filed in July at the Venango County Courthouse:


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Venango County's eAcademy that will be housed at Clarion University's Venango Campus conducted a ribbon-cutting event Wednesday.

Franklin General Authority members received news at their meeting Tuesday that the panel's 2018 audit resulted in an unmodified, or "clean," opinion.

A meet-and-greet event for families with children enrolled in the Venango Region Catholic School system will be held from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Friday at Venango Catholic High School in Oil City.

COOKSBURG - Performing artists from three local organizations, including from Clarion, are banding together this week to support the Verna Leith Theater in Cook Forest.

NEW DOCTOR - Dr. Toby Lynn Shuman has joined Butler Health System Pulmonary Associates and is seeing patients at 2 Park Way, Seneca Commons. Shuman completed her residency at St. John's Detroit Riverview Hospital and received her medical degree from Michigan State University College of Osteo…

Celebrating his first birthday today is Mason Warner, son of Jason and Jessica Warner of Kennerdell. Information for First Birthday announcements may be submitted by going online to and clicking on Submission Forms.

Meeting is Thursday

The Venango County Suicide Task Force will hold its second "Shine a Light on Suicide" night kayak event from 5:30 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 7, at Two Mile Run County Park beach.

A note in the newspaper's Back To School edition incorrectly said busing information for students in Franklin Area School District had been sent out to families in the district.