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PITTSBURGH (AP) - With a spike in coronavirus cases expected to continue growing, Allegheny County, home to Pittsburgh and 1.2 million residents, imposed a one-week shutdown of bars and restaurants and all gatherings of more than 25 people.

Some businesses are beginning to bounce back in Forest County, but others are still struggling as people are choosing recreation and vacation activities closer to home this summer.

Franklin state police don't plan to have an active role in enforcing the state's latest directives regarding the wearing of masks outside the home.

HARRISBURG — Four new cases of COVID-19 were reported from Venango County on Thursday, according to the state Department of Health. The county, which has reported six additional cases since June 26, now has 23 total cases (16 confirmed and seven probable).

HARRISBURG (AP) - Gov. Tom Wolf's administration moved Wednesday to expand its indoor mask order to public places outdoors where social-distancing is impossible.

HARRISBURG — Expanding on the business safety order signed by state Secretary of Health Rachel Levine in April that requires the wearing of masks in businesses, Gov. Tom Wolf announced a new order signed by Levine that takes the mask-wearing directive one step further.

HARRISBURG - The May unemployment rates for Venango and Clarion counties were below the 13.1% statewide average reported by the Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry on Tuesday.

Numerous fire crews from around Venango County responded twice to a Sugarcreek Borough home Tuesday morning as fire and outside temperatures smoldered into the afternoon.

Venango County's youngest-ever board of commissioners is now six months into was has certainly been an eventful time in office.

HARRISBURG - The Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry announced Monday that people who exhaust their regular unemployment compensation and federal Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation may now qualify for 13 more weeks of payments through the state's Unemployment Compensati…

HARRISBURG (AP) - President Donald Trump's re-election campaign, the national Republican Party and four western Pennsylvania members of Congress, including Glenn Thompson and Mike Kelly, sued Monday to force changes to how the state collects and counts mail-in ballots under revamped rules.

A Franklin woman is finding solace with a "mentor" after a life-changing injury in 2016 left her without anyone who could relate to what she was going through.

As temperatures start to head into a hot two-week stretch hovering around 90 degrees later in the week, people and dogs were at Two Mile Run County Park on Monday soaking in the nice weather.

HARRISBURG — The Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry announced Monday that people who exhaust their regular unemployment compensation and federal Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation may now qualify for 13 more weeks of payments through the state’s Unemployment Compensati…

HARRISBURG — The state Department of Health on Monday said one COVID-19 case attributed to Clarion County has been taken off the county's total number of cases. It now has 34 total cases, all of which are confirmed.

A second Together We Can gathering, this time featuring a candlelight vigil, was held Sunday night in Oil City's Justus Park.

Whether public schools will reopen for in-person instruction this fall depends squarely on a color chart.

The Venango County Historical Society has been closed the past few months, but society personnel have still kept busy in preparation for a planned July 7 re-opening.

HARRISBURG — The state on Saturday issued updated guidance on the return of activities, visitation and other events for residents in nursing homes, personal care homes, assisted living residences and private intermediate care facilities.  

HARRISBURG — The state Department of Health on Saturday reported Venango County has an additional confirmed case of COVID-19, pushing the county's total cases to 18 (15 confirmed and three probable).

HARRISBURG (AP) - Pennsylvania health officials are looking closely at areas where COVID-19 infection rates and deaths are ticking back up, threatening to turn back progress against the pandemic, the state's health secretary said Friday.

The July 2 holiday fireworks extravaganza in Cranberry Township was close to being scrapped until the township supervisors and local businesses stepped up to fatten the budget for the event.

EMLENTON - A pair of teams with Keystone SMILES had one thing in mind this week while they were at Mineral Springs Park - preserve the history and natural beauty of Emlenton's community jewel.

How to spend $193,732 in potential federal grant money designed to help municipalities cope with the coronavirus pandemic is bedeviling the City of Oil City.

HARRISBURG — The state Department of Health on Friday said COVID-19 cases held steady for the 13th consecutive day in both Venango and Forest counties, and Clarion County cases held steady for the past three days.

HARRISBURG (AP) - State regulators have failed to prevent Pennsylvania's natural gas drilling industry from sickening people and poisoning air and water, a grand jury concluded in a report issued Thursday after a two-year investigation.

Graduation ceremonies were held Thursday evening for the Venango Catholic High School Class of 2020.

Oil City Council gave its approval at a meeting Thursday to a variety of downtown public events, including the popular BridgeFest on the city's Veterans Bridge.

A second Together We Can gathering, this time featuring a candlelight vigil, will be held Sunday night in Oil City's Justus Park.

HARRISBURG — The state Department of Health on Thursday said COVID-19 cases held steady for the 12th consecutive day in both Venango and Forest counties, and Clarion County cases held steady for the past two days.

HOUSTON (AP) - A coronavirus resurgence is wiping out two months of progress in the U.S. and sending infections to dire new levels across the South and West, with administrators and health experts warning Wednesday that politicians and a tired-of-being-cooped-up public are letting a disaster…

Franklin Preservation, with the approval of the City of Franklin, has engaged local stonemason Angelo Gatto of Cooperstown to clean and repair the Venango County Civil War Monument.

Venango County commissioners on Wednesday approved a resolution that authorizes applying for coronavirus relief funds that have been issued to the state by the federal government.

An Oil City resident is filing a formal complaint this week with the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission in an effort to force Penelec, the electric utility that oversees Oil City's system, to address what she and others believe are health and safety issues related to faulty and aging pow…