Interstate 80 westbound is closed between the Strattanville and Shippenville exits in order to clear wreckage from an early-morning accident, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation.

HARRISBURG - The state Department of Health on Wednesday announced Venango County reported 44 new cases of COVID-19 (40 confirmed and four probable) and an additional virus-related death, which is the county's ninth.

WASHINGTON (AP) - President-elect Joe Biden swung behind a bipartisan COVID-19 relief effort Wednesday and his top Capitol Hill allies cut their demands for a $2 trillion-plus measure by more than half in hopes of breaking a months-long logjam and delivering much-sought aid as the congressio…

Butler Health System announced Clarion Hospital has been experiencing a growing number of COVID-19 patients as a result of community spread, which has put the hospital's critical care, or ICU, beds at capacity.

HARRISBURG — The state Department of Health on Wednesday announced Venango County reported 44 new cases of COVID-19 (40 confirmed and four probable) and an additional virus-related death, which is the county's ninth.

HARRISBURG - The latest COVID-19 cases announced Tuesday pushed both Clarion and Venango counties past 1,000 cumulative cases, and Forest County above 100 cumulative cases.

Rising numbers in the amount of COVID-19 positive cases in the region have pushed the Cranberry Area School Board to extend remote learning until after the Christmas holiday break.

A surge of crashes was reported across the area as snow created treacherous driving conditions on Tuesday.

The National Weather service in Pittsburgh has issued a Winter Storm Warning for Venango and Mercer counties through 7 a.m. Wednesday. Heavy snow is expected with accumulations of 5 to 9 inches, according to the NWS.

WASHINGTON (AP) - Moderna Inc. said it would ask U.S. and European regulators Monday to allow emergency use of its COVID-19 vaccine as new study results confirm the shots offer strong protection - ramping up the race to begin limited vaccinations as the coronavirus rampage worsens.

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - With unemployment still high and the pandemic threatening yet another economic slump, President-elect Joe Biden is assembling a team of liberal advisers who have long focused on the nation's workers and government efforts to address economic inequality.

Zack Lash, who works for DSD Sports in Brookville, says he has "gotten really good at saying no" to customers in search of ammunition.

Three individuals from Central Elementary School tested positive for COVID-19 over the weekend, according to a post by Franklin Area School District Superintendent Mark Loucks on the district's Facebook page.

HARRISBURG — The state Department of Health on Monday announced 59 new cases of COVID-19 were reported by the tri-county area, and Butler Health System said an additional virus-related death occurred Sunday at Clarion Hospital that has yet to be reported by the state.

HARRISBURG - The state Department of Health over the weekend announced the tri-county area reported an increase of 136 cases of COVID-19.

When the United States entered World War I, Sarah Hughes of Franklin wanted to do her part. She had spent all of her life in the Franklin area. She was the daughter of David Hughes who died nearly a decade earlier. Her mother had remarried and was living in the Valley Extension area of the city.

The selection committee for the Venango County Conservation Hall of Fame has chosen a late 1800s Oil City school superintendent who is also known for creating Bird Day as its lone inductee this year.

Items that were removed from an old Episcopal church in Rouseville still have a home 150 years later at Christ Episcopal Church in Oil City.

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - President Donald Trump's legal team suffered another defeat in court Friday as a federal appeals court in Philadelphia rejected the campaign's latest effort to challenge the state's election results.

NEW YORK (AP) - The raging coronavirus pandemic kept crowds thin at malls and stores across the country on Black Friday, but a surge in online shopping offered a beacon of hope for struggling retailers after months of slumping sales and businesses toppling into bankruptcy.

Small Business Saturday is being celebrated across the country today, and business owners are saying it's more important than ever this year to shop small.

HARRISBURGThe state Department of Health on Thursday announced Venango County reported 70 new cases of COVID-19 (65 confirmed and five probable), Clarion County reported 47 new cases (32 confirmed and 15 probable), and Forest County reported five new confirmed cases.

In a year that would have marked a milestone, one of Oil City's most popular holiday venues for young students has been canceled due to coronavirus-related health directives.

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - President-elect Joe Biden summoned Americans on Wednesday to join in common purpose against the coronavirus pandemic and their political divisions.

HARRISBURG (AP) - Democrat Joe Biden was certified Tuesday as winner of the presidential election in Pennsylvania, culminating three weeks of vote counting and a string of failed legal challenges by President Donald Trump.

NEW YORK (AP) - Wall Street busted through its latest milestone Tuesday, when the Dow Jones Industrial Average topped 30,000 for the first time.

Three people were injured in a water rescue Tuesday on the Allegheny River in Oil City after the city fire department's boat flipped during the rescue.

HARRISBURG - Last call for Pennsylvania bars will be at 5 p.m. Wednesday to cut COVID-19 transmission during what is normally a night of heavy public drinking, Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf announced Monday.

Winter sports for Franklin School District teams will move forward as planned after school board members got some much-needed clarifications at their meeting Monday.

WASHINGTON (AP) - The federal government recognized President-elect Joe Biden as the "apparent winner" of the Nov. 3 election on Monday, formally starting the transition of power at the White House.

HARRISBURG — The state Department of Health on Monday announced Clarion County reported 41 new cases of COVID-19 (21 confirmed and 20 probable) and Venango County reported 25 new cases (19 confirmed and six probable).

Franklin's annual Light-Up Night on Saturday may not have had its usual pomp and circumstance, but the simple celebration of the holiday season succeeded in what it always set out to do and ignited the magic and excitement in the hearts of countless residents.

HARRISBURG - The state Department of Health over the weekend announced the tri-county area reported an increase of 111 cases of COVID-19.

An amazing 1,260 turkeys were distributed at the annual Friends for Food campaign in a socially distanced drive-through on Saturday at the Rocky Grove fire hall.

HARRISBURG–The state Department of Health on Saturday announced Clarion County reported 33 new cases of COVID-19 (19 confirmed and 14 probable), Venango County reported 27 additional cases (16 confirmed and 11 probable) and Forest County reported four new cases (two confirmed and two probable).

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - President-elect Joe Biden is pushing Congress to approve billions of dollars in emergency COVID-19 assistance before he takes office, saying in a meeting Friday with the top Democrats in the House and Senate that such a package should be approved during the lame-duck …

Oil City's superb football season ended Friday night as the Oilers fell to defending state champion Thomas Jefferson, 62-0, in the PIAA Class 4A semifinals on Thomas Jefferson's home field in Jefferson Hills.

A Punxsutawney man is facing several charges, including homicide by vehicle, in connection with a crash in March involving an Amish buggy that resulted in the death of a woman and her son.

HARRISBURG — The state Department of Health on Friday announced Forest County reported 20 new cases of COVID-19 (18 confirmed and two probable), Clarion County reported 52 additional cases (39 confirmed and 13 probable) and Venango County reported 23 new cases (20 confirmed and three probable).

Oil City Council gave its tentative approval Thursday to a 2021 city budget that maintains all services and doesn't include any hike in property taxes.

For Carol Warren of Oil City, cooking Thanksgiving dinner with her son and grandson is a source of joy.

HARRISBURG — The state Department of Health on Thursday announced Venango County reported 36 new cases of COVID-19 (30 confirmed and six probable), Clarion County reported 29 new cases (16 confirmed and 13 probable) and Forest County reported two additional cases (one confirmed and one probable).

The State System of Higher Education's Board of Governors on Wednesday announced the selection of Clarion University President Dale-Elizabeth Pehrsson to serve as interim president of Edinboro University.

CLARION - Anyone who walks by the Clarion County Courthouse could be inclined to stop in their tracks and be awestruck by the Victorian-style structure, particularly its clock tower.

Love for their childhood neighborhood combined with cooking talents and a big supply of food are prompting two Oil City sisters to offer a bountiful spread for Thanksgiving.

HARRISBURG (AP) - Pennsylvania's contact tracing system is under strain as the explosion of new COVID-19 cases overtakes health workers' ability to keep up, hampering efforts to slow the spread.

HARRISBURG — The state Department of Health on Wednesday announced Venango County reported 25 new cases of COVID-19 (19 confirmed and six probable) and Clarion County reported 14 new confirmed cases.

HARRISBURG — The State System of Higher Education’s Board of Governors today selected Clarion University President Dale-Elizabeth Pehrsson to serve as interim president of Edinboro University.

CLARION - Clarion County commissioners on Tuesday discussed a proposed contract with Centre Communications that will keep the county communicating.

(Editor's note: Here is another in a series of stories the newspaper is publishing to mark the 75-year anniversary of the end of World War II this year. This story spotlights the service of the late Clyde Rearick of Oil City, who spent three years as a prisoner of the Japanese during the war…

HARRISBURG (AP) - Pennsylvania is strengthening its mask mandate and will require out-of-state travelers to test negative for the coronavirus before arrival, health officials said Tuesday as they announced additional steps to address a sharp increase in infections and hospitalizations.

WILLIAMSPORT (AP) - Rudy Giuliani, President Donald Trump's personal attorney, returned to federal court Tuesday after a long hiatus to accuse Democrats in control of big cities of hatching a nationwide conspiracy to steal the election, even though no such evidence has emerged in the two wee…

HARRISBURG — The state Department of Health on Tuesday announced Clarion County reported 20 new cases of COVID-19 (13 confirmed and seven probable), Venango County reported 16 new cases (11 confirmed and five probable) and Forest County reported two additional cases (one confirmed and one pr…

Widespread power outages in the tri-county area continued Monday after severe storms ripped across the region Sunday.

Franklin Area School District will continue to operate on a remote and hybrid learning plan until district administrators or the state Department of Education say otherwise.