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Paterno, Spanier Fired

Penn State’s Board of Trustees has fired football coach Joe Paterno and university president Graham Spanier amid the child sex scandal involving former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky.Paterno statement:”I am disappointed with the Board of Trustees’ decision, but I have to accept it. A tragedy occurred, and we all have…

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78-Year-Old Man Missing

Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Deputies say 78-year-old John Kircher walked out of an assisted living facility at lunch time today and has not been seen since. He has no money on him, but is likely to hitchhike. Kircher is a white male 5’2″ 120 lbs. with thinning brown and grey hair…

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Artist Removes Sandusky from Mural

An artist from Emporium has removed Jerry Sandusky from a mural he painted in State College about 11 years ago.Every year Michael Pilato adds people who inspire him and one of those was Sandusky for his work with The Second Mile and his impact on Penn State football.Sandusky was accused…

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Senator Calls for the Fast Tracking of His Sex Crimes Legislation

PHILADELPHIA – State Sen. Larry Farnese (D-Phila.) today called on the Chairman of the Pennsylvania Senate’s Finance Committee to fast track his legislation that would keep state and municipal workers who are convicted of a sex crime against a minor from collecting their public pension. Senate Bill 1290 was introduced…

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Kinzua Bridge Park Has Record Season

Allegheny National Forest Visitors Bureau releases new Kinzua Bridge Sky Walk Zippo That famous movie line “If you build it, they will come” came to fruition this fall as visitation at the Kinzua Bridge State Park saw an increase of a staggering 465 percent from four years ago.Visitation at McKean…

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Texting Ban Bill Signed into Law

Governor Tom Corbett today signed legislation that bans texting while driving on Pennsylvania roads. The new law, which makes texting while driving a primary offense carrying a $50 fine, takes effect 120 calendar days from today.“Senate Bill 314 aims to put a halt to texting from behind the wheel and…

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Paterno Retirement Statement

“I am absolutely devastated by the developments in this case. I grieve for the children and their families, and I pray for their comfort and relief. I have come to work every day for the last 61 years with one clear goal in mind: To serve the best interests of…

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Drilling Ban Referendum Defeated

A referendum banning Marcellus Shale gas drilling has been defeated in the City of Warren.The referendum was among one of the first in the nation in which voters had a direct voice in determining whether gas well drilling and fracking should be allowed in their neighborhoods.

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Lane Ousts Church for Commissioner

Former McKean County Commissioner Cliff Lane has ousted incumbent Judy Church.According to unofficial results Lane garnered 2,552 votes to Church’s 2,276.The top two vote-getters were Joe DeMott with 3,519 and Al Pingie with 3,283.