October 30, 2008 RSS feed / Local & State

Gator Attack Survivor Gets Bionic Arm And Hand

MELBOURNE, Fla. (AP) - What price tag does one put on an arm? A man who lost his recently during a fierce battle with an alligator, has a new one worth $110,000. Kasey Edwards, 18, jumped into a canal near Lake Okeechobee, at about 2:30 a.m. More...

S. Fulton Gets Rave Reviews On PSSA Test Scores

Administration shares program success, goals

With Southern Fulton students and staff making tremendous achievement during the 2007-08 PSSA testing process, two representatives of Tuscarora Intermediate Unit #11 appeared before the school board last Tuesday to applaud the group's efforts and p More...

Vandalism Probe After Penn St. Win Could Take Over A Week

(AP) STATE COLLEGE, Pa. — Police say it could take 10 days before charges are filed against fans who uprooted two light poles and tore up street signs following Penn State's road win Saturday night over Ohio State. More...

Snow Closes Schools, Knocks Out Power In Pa.

(AP) - Winter made an early debut in northeastern Pennsylvania on Tuesday as a storm blanketed parts of the region with several inches of snow, closing schools and causing power outages and road closures. More...

111 Artists Featured In Council's "Miniature Art 2008"

The Council for the Arts announces the opening of Miniature Art 2008 at its office and gallery space at 159 South Main Street, Chambersburg. More...

Deer Sale Distributes Quality Whitetail Genes

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - Penn State's annual deer sale, which began Aug. 11 and runs through Oct. More...

School Lunch Menus

FORBES ROAD Lunch Menu Monday, November 3: salisbury steak, mashed potatoes, mixed veggies, peaches or pears. Tuesday, November 4: chicken patty, potato rounds, applesauce or kiwi. More...

Keystone Country Highlights Homegrown Fun

Agritourism tool provides link to Pennsylvania's agricultural hotspots

Sample produce at a farm market, experience the excitement of a county fair, visit a working farm or take a sleigh ride to cut your own Christmas tree with the help of a new interactive tool that showcases agricultural destinations across Pennsylva More...

Smokey Bear Visits Library

Forester Shawn Lynn and his friend Smokey Bear visited Mc- Connellsburg Library story hour recently to present a program to area children about fire safety. More...

Game Commission Removes Protection On Feral Swine

Pennsylvania Game Commission Executive Director Carl G. Roe recently rescinded protection on feral swine found in the wild in Butler, Bedford and Cambria counties. More...

AIDS Treatment Should Start Sooner, Study Discovers

WASHINGTON (AP) - People who have the AIDS virus should start drug treatments sooner than current guidelines recommend, suggests a large new study that could change the care of hundreds of thousands of Americans. More...

Lehigh Valley Schoolhouse Makes The Grade

BETHLEHEM, Pa. (AP) - From her place on a wooden bench at the back of the classroom, Peggy Fluck watched the students seated in even rows listening to the instructor at the blackboard and had to smile. More...

Bee Swarm Kills 3 Dogs, Injures Woman

RIVIERA BEACH, Florida (AP) - A 70-year-old woman is injured and three dogs are dead after a swarm of bees terrorized a neighborhood in South Florida. More...

Pa. Considers Adding Natural Gas To Tax Rolls

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - The land agents, geologists and drilling crews rushing after the Marcellus Shale are raising something besides the natural gas they're seeking: Talk of a natural gas tax. More...

Red Meat Production Up In PA

Up 13 percent in September

Commercial red meat production, dressed weight basis, in Pennsylvania during September 2008 totaled 113.8 million pounds, up 13 percent from September 2007, according to the Pennsylvania Field Office of USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Servi More...

Woman Charged In Mom's Crash

MEYERSDALE, Pa. (AP) - A western Pennsylvania woman is accused of driving drunk when she crashed her car, killing her mother. More...

Americans Tightening Belts

More consumers are trimming spending and debt because their net worth has fallen fast

NEW YORK - The dramatic changes in the U.S. financial system - the debt write-downs and consolidation of corporate balance sheets - are now mirrored at kitchen tables around the United States. More...

As U.S. Shoppers Retreat, Can World Thrive?

Consumers were the biggest engine of global growth. But indebtedness prevents that now

WASHINGTON - Buying stuff - it's been the American way. Freespending U.S. consumers for years have been a powerful engine for growth in the global economy. But a hefty chunk of that cash outflow was borrowed. More...

Rescuer Asks To Sell Snakes Abandoned In Pa. Store

LEHIGHTON, Pa. (AP) - An animal rescuer is asking a court to allow him to sell venomous and other snakes he has been sheltering for months since they were found abandoned in a closed exotic pet store in eastern Pennsylvania. More...

Gov. Rendell Visits Pittsburgh Senior Center

Announces school taxes eliminated for 113,000 senior homeowners statewide

PITTSBURGH - Gov. Edward G. Rendell announced last week that an estimated 113,000 senior homeowners have had school property taxes completely eliminated as a result of Pennsylvania's historic property-tax relief law. More...

Choochy The Pooch Delays Flights At Boston Airport

BOSTON (AP) - Just call Choochy the poodle a "runway runaway." The "fast and elusive" poodle scampered across runways and taxiways at Logan International Airport over the weekend, evading airport personnel for more than 17 hours and delaying at l More...

400 Reports Of Baby Rashes Prompt Clothing Warning

WASHINGTON (AP) - The government is warning parents about Carter's Inc. baby garments with tag-less labels after about 400 babies who wore the clothing developed rashes on their backs. More...

Courts Make Contingency Plans For Election Day

HARRISBURG, Pa. - Harrisburg courts are preparing, both at the county level and at the appellate level, to deal with any unusual volume of litigation that might result from next Tuesday's election. More...

Sheep Ridge Farm Gift Shop To Close Its Doors

A shop that has been a staple in the community for providing unique and down-home gifts for almost 20 years is slated to close its doors at the end of the year. More...

IRS Seeks To Return $266M In Undeliverable Checks

WASHINGTON — The Internal Revenue Service is looking for taxpayers who are missing more than 279,000 economic stimulus checks totaling about $163 million and more than 104,000 regular refund checks totaling about $103 million that were return More...

Boy, 8, Killed In U.S. Gun Show Accident

WESTFIELD, Massachusetts (AP) - An 8-year-old boy died after accidentally shooting himself in the head while firing an Uzi submachine gun under adult supervision at a gun fair. More...

Marriage Licenses

The following couples applied for a marriage license at the local courthouse during the past week: Joshua Wayne Robinson, 24, Big Cove Tannery, and Christina Ann Mauler, 22, Big Cove Tannery. More...

Engagement

The parents of Brittany Irene Foster and Darryl Eugene Mitchell are pleased to announce their children's engagement on May 5, 2008. Brittany is the daughter of Dixie Foster and Bobby Summers and the late Bill Foster of Hustontown. More...

Livestock Reports

GREENCASTLE MARKET October 20 Slaughter steers: high choice and prime 2-3, 1305-1554 lbs., $87 to $88.50; choice 1-3, 1104-1524 lbs., $83.75 to $86.50; full/yield grade 4-5, one 1226 lbs., $84; high select and low choice 1- 3, 1100-1475 lbs., $ More...

Named President Of National Transportation Organization

Biehler to lead American Association of State Highway Transpor tation Officials in 2009

PennDOT Secretary Allen D. Biehler, P.E., has been elected as president of a national organization that represents each state's highway and transportation departments. More...

D.L. Martin Names Employee Of The Month

The D.L. Martin Co. recognizes Pete Taraschi as employee of the month for September. Pete lives in Hustontown and has been with the company for two years. He is a machine operator in Building 4. More...

Pa. College, Student Group Settle Free Speech Suit

WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (AP) - Shippensburg University and a religious student group have settled a lawsuit over alleged violations of free speech rights. More...

This Jack-In-The- Box Will Make You Jump

MIDDLETOWN, Conn. (AP) - With a huge clown head popping out of the top of an old silo, Bill Ziegler proves he is just as nutty as ever - a thought that makes the owner of Wild Bill's Nostalgia Center smile happily. More...

Metro To Begin Random Bag Searches

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Washington area's subway and bus system has announced it will begin doing random bag searches as part of an inspection initiative aimed at deterring terrorist attacks. More...

Ben Franklin Technology Announces Business Contest

The Ben Franklin Venture Investment Forum (BFVIF) in conjunction with the Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Central and Northern PA (BFTP) announces the Big Idea Business Plan Contest. More...

Pa. Universities Envision 4 Percent Tuition Hike

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - Students at Pennsylvania's 14 stateowned universities could see a 4 percent tuition increase in the 2009-10 academic year under a state funding request approved Thursday by the system's governing board. More...

HAVFCO Raffle Winners

Winners of Hustontown Area Volunteer Fire Co.'s raffle are as follows: Model ship: Fred Martz. Blue and mauve afghan: Fred Houck. Granny afghan: Jack Appleby. Wooden quilt ladder: Cindy Knepper. Basket: Stephanie Brumbaugh. More...

Suffield Man Charged With Dragging Dog With Truck

SUFFIELD, Conn. (AP) - A Suffield man is accused of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs after police say he dragged his dog for 10 minutes while it was tied to his pickup truck. Authorities say the dog has died. More...

JerrDan Corp. Named Franklin County's Largest Business Of The Year

JerrDan Corp., an Oshkosh Corp. Co., and a leading manufacturer of towing and recovery equipment, received the 2008 Franklin County Area Development corporation (FCADC) Large Business Award. More...