MARIENVILLE — Earlier this year, Marienville Park barely resembled a park at all. Four months later, the same area boasts whimsical artwork, a game area, a terraced section and a pond.

The transformation — resulting in the Marienville Area Community Garden — was largely the work of students from Abraxas in Marienville, with help from Jenks Township and the Marienville community. Abraxas operates community-based and residential programming for at-risk youths, adults and families in five states.

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Franklin state police said a 50-year-old Oil City-area woman was the victim of a burglary in which $2,225 worth of items and cash were stolen. The incident occurred on McPherson Road in Pinegrove Township between 9 a.m. and 8 p.m. Monday.

After Monday’s rain and high winds toppled Franklin’s Christmas tree, community leaders rallied together to replace the 53-foot spruce that fell.

Brutal rain and winds on Monday afternoon brought Franklin’s record-breaking community Christmas tree to the ground on Monday afternoon, but by early evening the city had a new tree.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Stresses of the pandemic have taken a toll on Americans of all ages, but a new poll finds teens and young adults have faced some of the heaviest struggles as they come of age during a time of turmoil.

While pet adoptions have soared during the COVID-19 pandemic, many U.S. cat owners, including in Venango County, now report they are having difficulties sourcing their regular brands of cat food.

The Christmas tree in front of the Venango County Courthouse in Franklin has fallen. There was no word as to whether there were any injuries or property damage.

Oil City over the weekend continued with its celebration of the holiday season with numerous events and activities during the 21st Annual Christmas Past celebration.

WASHINGTON (AP) — As the Supreme Court court weighs the future of the landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade decision, a resurgent anti-abortion movement is looking to press its advantage in state-by-state battles while abortion-rights supporters prepare to play defense.

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. health officials said Sunday that while the omicron variant of the coronavirus is rapidly spreading throughout the country, early indications suggest it may be less dangerous than delta, which continues to drive a surge of hospitalizations.

U.S. Rep. Glenn Thompson believes the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services COVID-19 vaccine mandate for health care workers could be dangerous for the patients those workers serve.

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The U.S. recorded its first confirmed case of the omicron variant Wednesday — in a vaccinated traveler who returned to California after a trip to South Africa — as scientists around the world race to establish whether the new, mutant version of the coronavirus is more da…

LONDON (AP) — The emergence of the new omicron variant and the world’s desperate and likely futile attempts to keep it at bay are reminders of what scientists have warned for months: The coronavirus will thrive as long as vast parts of the world lack vaccines.

CLARION — PennDOT is continuing to plan for the replacement of the Canoe Creek Bridge on Interstate 80 in Clarion County, and the highway department is also targeting other projects in the county.

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Cases of the omicron variant of the coronavirus popped up in countries on opposite sides of the world Sunday and many governments rushed to close their borders even as scientists cautioned that it’s not clear if the new variant is more alarming than other versio…

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The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation said it has lifted the 45-mph speed restriction on Interstate 80 in Venango and Mercer counties, which was prompted by the winter weather late this afternoon and early evening.