Littlest city makes a big cold splash
An old tradition returned to Parker. A few hundred folks decided the best way to bring in the New Year was to jump in the cold waters of the Allegheny River, perhaps to wash away 2022 and start anew.
See several more photos here.
Billingsley honored before tourney final
Former Franklin High School standout Jody Billingsley's number was retired finally by the district with her family and coach in attendence.
The Franklin school district continues to mourn the loss of 15-year-old Madison Johnson, who passed away after a car crash. The community rallied to help the family, students and 4-Hers struggling with this tragedy.
Today's Online Front Page: Oil City's First Night; Annual frigid splash returns; Pictures of the year; Holiday b-ball tournaments; Franklin mourns tragic loss; Knights retire number 50
Happy New Year!
First Night says so-long to 2022, hello to 2023
Oil City said so long to 2022 with some last night "First Night" entertainment on both sides of the river. See more photos from the night at http://www.8and322.com/eight--322/photos-first-night-oil-city.
Holiday tournaments culminated in a buzzer beater in Franklin
See lots of sports photos at http://www.8and322.com/sports
Today's Online Front Page: Future of The Movies up in the air; Slow moving train of weather; Taco Bell construction; Runaway deer
Will Venango lose its only movie theater?
Warm up is on the way
The National Weather Service seven-day forecast indicates temperatures are on the rise. Tuesday is expected to peak near 30 degrees and it is expected to just get warmer from there. Wednesday should get into the 40s and may get as high as 50 by Friday.
Today's Online Front Page: Festive activites; Lots of sports contests and annoucements; Community remembers passing of impactful members
Our "The Nature of Things" columnist had some fun making a few animal holiday dress-up photos with her favorite subjects - her pets. Check out all the fun, including a goat with a Santa hat and more here.
Was Santa in Franklin for a candlelight service on Christmas Eve before heading out on his annual route to deliver toys around the world? Check out our documenting of the First United Methodist Church's annual traditional candlelight service here.
This was a very full week
Franklin School board heard several announcements
At Franklin Area School District's final board meeting of the year, they were updated on the Honorable Knights program, a partnership with the YMCA towards a healthier staff and how one educator might help shape the future of education as part of Governor-elect Josh Shapiro's transition team.
Franklin and Titusville boys basketball teams head into the holidays with big wins. Titusville swimming split a tight one at home. Check out many photos from each by clicking on the pictures above over visit our sports section in the main menu.
Eight & 322 Remembers
We wrote about losing two from our community this week that have touched us at Eight & 322. You can read the column we wrote here about two of our losses.
Since then we also lost a former local newspaper editor and consulate historian. Caralee Michener has been a fixture at the Venango County Historical Society for many years. Her knowledge of the area and interest in research made her one of the county's greatest assets for information. She will be missed.
Rocky Grove and Franklin held holiday concerts
Click on photos above for more even photos from each show.
Today's Online Front Page: Sounds of the Season - Hallelujah, County chorus festival, Titusville sing-a-long; Trail expansion update; State park e-bike usage policies; Weekend basketball coverage
Click on blue words above to read complete stories.
Today's Online Front Page: Traffic lights on the fritz; Titusville wrestlers dominate at home; Weather, travel warnings issued; Nature of ice
Caution at Coefields
The traffic signals at the five road inspection known locally as Coefields Corners in Franklin has "experienced a catastrophic failure." The City of Franklin issued a warning via social media Tuesday that the intersection of 13th Street, Grant Street, Meadville Pike, Rocky Grove Avenue and Second Avenue will be blinking in all directions until a new traffic controller is replaced.
"This will take time to receive and install," the social media post stated. "Until then, the flashing red lights will remain. We ask the driving public to be cautious and courteous and obey the traffic laws regarding who has the right of way at the stop signs. (If you don't know, the driver to your right has the right of way if you are stopped at the same time.)"
Today's Online Front Page: No tax increase in Titusville's 2023 budget; Knights tame the Bulldogs; Nature art show offers free registration
It was a close battle between Franklin and Meadville in the Castle Tuesday night. The Knights, who led for the majority of the game, held on for the 59-53 win. More pictures from the game in the Sports section.
Entries Wanted for the 7th annual Nature Art Showcase & Sale
Today's Online Front Page: Holiday concert season underway; Franklin fireworks ordinance; Winter clothing swap; Photos available for purchase
Sounds of the season
It's high school holiday concert season. Titusville High School (pictured above) showed off its musical talent Thursday night. Rocky Grove will hold its combined junior-senior high effort at 7 p.m. Thursday, December 15. Franklin's senior holiday concert will include an art auction and sale on the evening of December 21. More pictures and information on Titusville's show can be found under the Eight & 27 tab.
Today's Online Front Page: Season of sunsets; Local basketball action; Ishman honored; Barrow-Civic has busy January planned
Area hoop action: Franklin girls, Titusville boys log wins
Today's Online Front Page: Indoor Christmas display; Taco Bell gets the go-ahead; TASD re-elects presidents; Democrats, union sponsor meal
The Barrow-Civic Theatre's Christmas Tree Extravaganza is open through December 22. Stop down anytime the Franklin theatre is open to check out about 50 trees decorated by businesses, non-profits, schools and other groups. Admission is free. Donations are accepted. All attendees are invited to vote for their favorite tree. Find out about more holiday happenings on our community calendar.
Today's Online Front Page: Titusville budget includes renovations, ambulance; Live Nativity is work of art; Rocky Grove, Oil City take tip-off titles; Abramovic named advisor; Bike race wins business contest
Rocky Grove boys, OC girls take titles in Sanner tournament
The Titusville girls team came in second, falling to Oil City in the title game. Click here for pictures from Friday's win against Rocky Grove.