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HARRISBURG - The state Department of Health on Saturday announced Venango County reported one new confirmed COVID-19 case, giving the county 64 total cases (49 confirmed and 15 probable).

Scotty Greene will be featured in a program from the DeBence Mini-Events archives at 1:30 p.m. Sunday at the DeBence Antique Music World, 1261 Liberty St., Franklin.

The fourth annual Princess Ball fund-raiser, which was rescheduled for Aug. 29, has been canceled due to health and safety concerns resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic.

HARRISBURG (AP) - Under pressure to give schools more health guidance about how to safely reopen, Gov. Tom Wolf's administration said Monday it will provide recommendations to school districts based on the local rate of transmission of the coronavirus.

An exquisite art gallery tucked into the lower floor of the National Transit Building in downtown Oil City has a new look, a change in management style and an ambitious revitalization plan.

HARRISBURG – The state Department of Health on Saturday announced Venango County reported one new confirmed COVID-19 case, giving the county 64 total cases (49 confirmed and 15 probable).

HARRISBURG - The state Department of Health announced Clarion County reported two new confirmed COVID-19 cases on Sunday and Forest County reported one new confirmed case on Saturday.

It was clean-up day Saturday at the Venango County Round-Up.

Hope Lineman, the dean for career and workforce education at Clarion UniversityVenango in Oil City, is "optimistic" about the future of the campus.

CHICAGO (AP) - For three decades, Kelly Flint flourished as a corporate travel agent, sending everyone from business titans to oil riggers around the planet. Then came the worst pandemic in a century, leaving her jobless and marooned in an uncertain economy.

HARRISBURG–The state Department of Health on Saturday announced Forest County reported one new COVID-19 case, giving the county 10 total cases (seven confirmed and three probable).

HARRISBURG - The state Department of Health on Friday announced Clarion County reported one new COVID-19 case, giving the county 78 total cases (75 confirmed and three probable).

PIAA board of directors announced today that fall sports activities will be "paused" for two weeks following an announcement Thursday by Gov. Tom Wolf recommending school sports be delayed until January. The board plans to meet on Aug. 21, until then sports activities are suspended. Voluntar…

HARRISBURG — The state Department of Health on Friday announced Clarion County reported one new COVID-19 case, giving the county 78 total cases (75 confirmed and three probable).

HARRISBURG (AP) - Gov. Tom Wolf said Thursday youth sports should not resume until January, a recommendation sure to disappoint students, parents and coaches preparing for fall seasons.

Oil City Area School District is proceeding into the coming school year with safety at the forefront due to COVID-19.

Rainy Linn, a icon for decades in the community and perhaps most notably at the Venango County Fair, was remembered and memorialized Thursday at the fairgrounds.

HARRISBURG - The state Department of Health on Thursday announced Venango County reported one new COVID-19 case, giving the county 63 total cases (48 confirmed and 15 probable).

HARRISBURG — The state Department of Health on Thursday announced Venango County reported one new COVID-19 case, giving the county 63 total cases (48 confirmed and 15 probable).

Union School District has announced that if Clarion County remains in Gov. Tom Wolf's green phase, district students will be brought back for face-to-face learning when the school year starts Aug. 26.

HARRISBURG - The state Department of Health on Tuesday announced Clarion County reported a new confirmed case of COVID-19, giving the county 77 total cases (74 confirmed and three probable).

CLARION - Clarion University's decision to conduct fall classes primarily as remote instruction means the on-campus student population will be reduced, and that worries Clarion Borough Council President Carol Lapinto.

As area school officials nervously prepare for re-opening schools in the next few weeks, a local service organization is intent on providing materials to help families cope with new pandemic-related restrictions.

HARRISBURG — The state Department of Health on Tuesday announced Clarion County reported a new confirmed case of COVID-19, giving the county 77 total cases (74 confirmed and three probable).

Franklin City Council held its second and final hearing Monday to determine how $193,732 in Community Development Block Grant-CARES Act funding will be spent should the city's application be approved.

CLARION - There will be students in residence at Clarion University this fall, but just not all the students.

WOODSTOCK (AP) - John Barrett plans to keep his daughter home from elementary school this year in suburban Atlanta, but he wishes she were going. Molly Ball is sending her teenage sons to school in the same district on Monday, but not without feelings of regret.

Although the Venango County Fair is scaled back this year because of the COVID-19 pandemic, enthusiasm around the Livestock Round Up is ramped up.

The state Department of Health on Saturday announced Clarion County reported a new confirmed case of COVID-19, giving the county 76 total cases (73 confirmed and three probable).

HARRISBURG - The state Department of Health on Thursday announced Clarion County reported a new confirmed case of COVID-19, giving the county 73 cases (70 confirmed and three probable).

DeBence Antique Music World in Franklin is back up and running after being shut down for about two months due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Cranberry Area School District is asking families within the district to review learning options that will be available starting with the opening of school on Sept. 1.

The Venango Museum of Art, Science and Industry in Oil City re-opened to the public several weeks ago after emerging from a state-directed closure because of the coronavirus pandemic.

The Venango Museum of Art, Science and Industry in Oil City re-opened to the public several weeks ago after emerging from a state-directed closure because of the coronavirus pandemic.

National Articles

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ATLANTA (AP) — Joe Biden’s presidential nominating convention will highlight the U.S. political spectrum from the left flank of New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez to the Republican old guard of former Ohio Gov. John Kasich.

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NEW YORK (AP) — Riverdale Nursing Home in the Bronx appears, on paper, to have escaped the worst of the coronavirus pandemic, with an official state count of just four deaths in its 146-bed facility.

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ATLANTA (AP) — Congress’ failure so far to pass another round of coronavirus aid leaves state and local officials on their own to deal with the soaring costs of holding a presidential election amid a deadly pandemic.

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin's second statewide election since the coronavirus began came with far more time to prepare than the first, with election officials hoping for a correspondingly smoother result in Tuesday's primary.

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PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Didi Gregorius hit a grand slam, Bryce Harper blasted a three-run shot and the Philadelphia Phillies beat the Atlanta Braves 13-8 Monday night, giving Aaron Nola his first win in nearly a year.

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Good science takes time. This has always been clear to those of us doing health research — less so to the general public. In the pursuit of treatments for COVID-19, we need to manage expectations about what's not just possible, but also desirable.

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Responding to one of California's biggest setbacks since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, Gov. Gavin Newsom on Monday said his administration has fixed a public health computer database failure that distorted test results across the state and raised doubts about a…

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Declaring “we shouldn't want our kids to be the canaries in the coal mine," Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear urged schools in the state to delay reopening in-person classes until late September to provide more time to curb the spread of the coronavirus.

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The Connecticut Department of Public Health issued its first $1,000 fines on Monday to two individuals who Gov. Ned Lamont said failed to comply with the travel advisory for residents who return home from states with high COVID-19 infection rates.

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SAO PAULO (AP) — Brazil's championship didn't even complete its opening round over the weekend before its future was cast in doubt when a match was postponed after nine players from the same team tested positive for COVID-19.

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FARGO, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota Department of Health officials on Monday kicked off a campaign to convince residents to wear masks in an effort to reduce spread of the coronavirus, five months after the first COVID-19 case was confirmed in the state.