Venango County Year in Review: The Top Stories of 2018

| January 2, 2019

year_in_reviewA look at the top local stories of 2018 based on number of views by exploreVenango.com users.

State Champions! Rocky Grove Takes Home PIAA 2A Baseball Title

June 15, 2018

The Orioles claimed the school’s first PIAA Championship in any sport and the first PIAA baseball title ever in District 10 with a 5-4 victory over District 3 champion Camp Hill at Medlar Field at Lubrano Park on the campus of Penn State University. Read more

State Trooper Makes Five-Year-Old Autistic Boy’s Dream Come True
July 5, 2018
A chance stop at the Cranberry Kwik Fill for gas this week left an Oil City mom and her five-year-old autistic son with a positive outlook of police and a tank full of kindness. Read more

Oil City’s Cole Named Co-District 10 Big School Player of the Year by Erie Times-News

December 17, 2018
Oil City’s Christian Cole earned Co-Erie Times-News District 10 Big School Player of the Year honors. Read more

Over 50 Dogs Rescued from Canal Township Trailer

December 11, 2018

Humane officers from the Venango County Sheriff’s Department and state dog wardens were involved in the relinquishment of over 50 dogs from a Utica residence yesterday. Read more

Oil City Man, Woman Charged in Drug Delivery Death of 14-Year-Old Boy

November 14, 2018
Two Oil City residents were arraigned on charges related to the overdose death of a 14-year-old boy in Venango County. Read more

‘Do Not Use Water’ Notice Issued in Franklin

February 8, 2018

A “Do Not Use Water” notice was issued for some residents in the City of Franklin. (Note: the notice was later lifted.) Read more

Area Priests Named As Sexual Abuse Scandal Rocks the Catholic Church

April 7, 2018

At least three priests and three laymen with local connections were among those listed by the Catholic Diocese of Erie Friday as it released the names of 51 people who were “credibly accused” of sexual misconduct dating as far back as 1944. Read more

Kmart In Sugarcreek Borough Closes

January 5, 2018

Another Kmart store in the region closed. Read more

MANHUNT OVER: Attempted Kidnapping Suspect Apprehended in Barkeyville

August 9, 2018

State Police in Franklin have captured a man wanted for an alleged attempted kidnapping following an extensive manhunt in Venango County. Read more

Rural King Opening Store in Sugarcreek

May 24, 2018
Rural King, a national farm supply chain, has purchased the former Kmart building in Sugarcreek Borough with plans of opening a store there. Read more

Woman Rescued from Allegheny River in Oil City

November 14, 2018
A woman was rescued from the Allegheny River in Oil City on Tuesday afternoon. Read more

Authorities Continue Search for Franklin Man Wanted for Homicide by Vehicle While DUI

April 18, 2018
Franklin-based State Police continue to search for a Franklin man who is wanted for homicide by vehicle while driving under the influence. (Note: Suspect was later captured and awaiting sentencing on January 8, 2019 on Homicide by Vehicle and related charges.) Read more

Child in Rocky Grove House Flown to Hospital After SUV Crashes Through Living Room

July 18, 2018
Authorities in Venango County say a child was flown to an area hospital after an SUV crashed through the side of a house in the Rocky Grove area late Wednesday afternoon. Read more

New Market Selling Fresh, Local Goods to Open in Oil City

August 17, 2018
Oil City residents will have a new place to pick up a few groceries in the near future as Core Goods will be opening on Seneca Street this fall. Read more


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