December 4, 2008 RSS feed / Local & State

Christian Social Services To Hold Christmas Event Dec. 6

Fulton County Christian Social Services Inc. will hold holiday activities on Saturday, December 6, all day from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Activities included will be: Gingerbread house decorating contest at the Fulton Theatre. More...

Christmas In The Village Sunday, Dec. 7

Santa Claus will come to the town of Fort Loudon on a horsedrawn wagon at 6:00 p.m., Sunday, December 7, to light the town Christmas tree and usher in the holiday season during the fifth annual Christmas in the Village at the Fort Loudon Community More...

Man Faces Life In Jail After K9 Police Killing

VANCOUVER, Wash. (AP) - The sentencing of a Clark County man who may have gotten his "third strike" while killing a K9 dog was been scheduled for later this month. The Columbian newspaper reports that Ronald J. More...

"The Nutcracker All Jazzed Up" To Be Presented At MHS

Performance slated for 7:30 p.m. Friday, December 5

An old Christmas favorite with a special twist is coming to the McConnellsburg and Mercersburg communities. More...

Celebrates Third

Caci Jean Lynch celebrated her third birthday on November 92, 2008. She is the daughter of Justin and Brandy Lynch. Grandparents are Michael and Marie McQuade and Frank and Lucy Lynch. More...

Ukrainian First Lady Tours Pittsburgh Hospital

PITTSBURGH (AP) - Ukrainian first lady Kateryna Yushchenko toured a Pittsburgh hospital and said she hopes to develop partnerships between the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and hospitals in her country. More...

Birth Announced

Travis and Kelly Smith of Warfordsburg wish to announce the birth of a son, Storm Hunter Smith, born September 17, 2008, at 1:35 a.m., weighing 7 pounds, 6 ounces at Washington County Hospital, Hagerstown. More...

SF To Present Christmas Cantata

Southern Fulton High School Vocal Music Department will present its Christmas concert to the public on Sunday, December 7, at 3:00 p.m., in the high school auditorium. More...

Cards Of Thanks

GREATHEAD I would like to let everyone know how much I appreciated the kindness and concern extended to me during my recovery from coronary artery bypass surgery. The cards, calls, visits and get well wishes meant so much in my getting well. More...

Whooping Cough Outbreak Sickens 32 At W.Pa. School

SHARON, Pa. (AP) - A whooping cough outbreak in a western Pennsylvania school district has sickened 32 people at an elementary school. More...

In Memory

LYNCH In memory of Willard "Butch" Lynch, September 25, 1928 - November 15, 2003: It has been five long years Since you have left us But I know you are at peace And have no pain You are in the beautiful garden of love More...

Consultant Suggests Pa. Parole System Improvements

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - An independent consultant says Pennsylvania's parole system must do a better job of identifying violent offenders who pose the greatest threat to public safety. Gov. More...

Birth Announced

Shawn Broadwater and Cassie Cutchall are proud to announce the birth of their precious baby girl, Riley Grayce Broadwater. Riley was born November 16, 2008, at 2:22 p.m. She weighed 7 pounds, 4 ounces and was 19 inches long. More...

Pa. Man Gives Diamond Ring To Salvation Army

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - A volunteer ringing the bell at a Salvation Army kettle in southcentral Pennsylvania got an unusual donation: a diamond ring. More...

The Blue Jay vs. The Squirrels

How one brave blue jay took on the squirrels

The blue jay speaks with the jagged voice of an old street vendor. A songbird she's not. More...

Bags 7-Point Buck

Hannah Ott, daughter of Aaron and Lisa Ott of McConnellsburg, bagged this 7-point buck the evening of the first day of deer season. More...

Pa. State Police Say Man Took Restroom Pictures

GREENSBURG, Pa. (AP) - State police in southwestern Pennsylvania want businesses to report any incidents in which a man was taking pictures or videos of other men in public restrooms. More...

Maine Family Rebuilds Lives After Brutal Attack

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) - William Guerrette Jr. and his 11- year-old daughter Nicole are getting on with their lives six months after being brutally hacked by a machete-wielding attacker during a home invasion in Pittston. More...

Celebrates Sixth

Kadin Kuhn celebrated his sixth birthday November 22. Parents are David and Tasha Kuhn of Harrisonville. Grandparents are Glenda Swartz of Mc- Connellsburg; Mel Collins of Hustontown; Linda Kuhn of Oklahoma and David Kuhn of Mc- Connellsburg. More...

FR September Birthdays

Pictured above are Forbes Road Elementary students who celebrated birthdays in September. More...

Mild Fall Makes For Fat Deer In E. Ore.

BAKER CITY, Ore. (AP) - It's fat city in the countryside of Eastern Oregon's Baker County. A moist and mild fall has turned the meadows green and the mule deer plump. More...

Holiday Decorations Don't Need To Be Red And Green

ENID, Okla. (AP) - Decking the halls isn't just red and green and holly and ivy anymore. Now you can decorate for Christmas in any color of the rainbow. More...

Official: TV Pundit May Seek U.S. Senate Seat

HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania (AP) - TV political pundit Chris Matthews may be considering a run for U.S. Senate in 2010, a Pennsylvania Democratic party leader says. More...

Bison Roundup Shows Species' Recovery On Prairie

PAWHUSKA, Okla. (AP) - It's 6 a.m. and the cowboys are already downing second and third cups of coffee, adjusting to a 35-degree morning. Slowly, a full moon and stars give way to hues of orange sky. More...

The Year Of Holiday Thrift

More consumers than last year say they'll look for bargains. Thrift shops are in

NEW YORK - The United States is becoming a nation of frugal bargain hunters. This holiday period, Americans of all backgrounds are discovering what it takes to become a professional penny pincher and what makes a dollar stretch. More...

Tr ial Scheduled For Shives

Enters not-guilty plea last week

A Big Cove Tannery man is set to reappear in the Fulton County Court of Common Pleas during the January 2009 trial term on allegations he attempted to shoot at his ex-girlfriend while passing her vehicle along Route 522. More...

Pa. Chopping Block Grows As Deficit Gets Bigger

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - Gov. Ed Rendell and legislative leaders are intensifying their search for budget cuts and spare millions as the deteriorating economy continues to unravel Pennsylvania's $28.3 billion spending plan. More...

Rock Hill Farm Christmas Open House Dec. 6

Conococheague Institute at Rock Hill Farm will celebrate "Memories of Christmas Past" at its annual Christmas open house on Saturday, Dec. 6, 2008, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Rock Hill Farm is located at 12955 Bain Road, Mercersburg. More...

School Lunch Menus

CENTRAL FULTON High School Breakfast Monday, December 8: assorted cereal or breakfast pizza, toast w/spreads, fruit or juice, milk. Tuesday, December 9: assorted cereal or scrambled eggs w/bacon, toast w/spreads, fruit or juice. More...

MES Names Character Counts Students

McConnellsburg Elementary is continuing its character education program this year. It is believed that character counts, so every month a different character trait is promoted. More...

FR Lions Club Peace Poster Winners Announced

The annual Lions Club Peace Poster Contest has been completed and Morghan Taylor, a sixthgrade student at Forbes Road Elementary, is this year's winner. More...

Senior Center Lunch Menu

Fulton County Senior Center lunch menu for the week is as follows: Monday: meatball/stroganoff, peas and carrots, noodles, wheat bread, peach crisp. Tuesday: sliced turkey with gravy, mashed potatoes, lima beans, wheat bread, orange. More...

Pa. Open- Records Chief Objects To Redaction Fees

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - Pennsylvania's open records chief wants Gov. Ed Rendell to reconsider a directive allowing state agencies to charge for retrieving documents and redacting information. More...

'12 Days Of Christmas' Items Would Cost $86,609

PITTSBURGH (AP) - Given the economic downturn, even the most romantic might balk at the $86,609 price tag for the items in the carol, "The Twelve Days of Christmas. More...

Birth Announced

Chris and Cherish Harvey announce the arrival of Claire Jaymes, born October 31, 2008, at Washington County Hospital weighing 7 pounds, 4 ounces and 20 1/2 inches long. Claire has an older brother, Dane, who is 3. More...

Couples Compete For Snowball King And Queen

McConnellsburg High School / Middle School SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions) will hold its annual Snowball on Saturday, December 13. The middle school time will be from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. More...

In Memory

McQUADE In loving memory of Marlin "Deke" McQuade: Roses are red and violets are blue. It is your 81st birthday on December 8. We know that you are celebrating it with Tim and your brothers and sister. More...

Pastor Who Helped Get "Under God'' In Pledge Dies

ALEXANDRIA, Pa. (AP) - The Rev. George M. Docherty, credited with helping to push Congress to insert the phrase "under God'' into the Pledge of Allegiance, has died at 97. More...

State Bans New Patients From W. Pa. Hospital

ALIQUIPPA, Pa. (AP) - A financially troubled western Pennsylvania hospital must stop accepting new patients because its problems are putting patients' health and safety at risk, the state Health Department said Wednesday. More...

Student-Loan Consolidation Choices Shrink

PITTSBURGH (AP) - Kari Schoeneweis will face more than $60,000 in student loan debt when she graduates from Carlow University in spring. She plans to do what her older siblings did and consolidate her loans to reduce the monthly payments. More...

Eau De Penn State Smells Of Flowers, Not Football

BERWICK, Pa. (AP) - Fans of Penn State can smell like the school for just $60. A fragrance developer says it has made a perfume and a cologne inspired by Pennsylvania State University's blue and white colors and its campus vegetation. More...

River Oaks Helpline Offers Christian-Based Counseling

River Oaks Ministries has announced the opening of the River Oaks Helpline (717-325-4200). More...

Dog Rescued From Fire Dies

CICERO, Ill. (AP) - Authorities in the Chicago suburb of Cicero say a dog whose owner died after trying to rescue his pet from a house fire has died at a veterinary clinic. Regis, a 13-year-old German Shepherd mix, died early Thanksgiving Day. More...

Homicide Charge Filed In Pa. Bar Worker's Death

BENSALEM, Pa. (AP) - Authorities in suburban Philadelphia have charged a man with homicide, saying he ran a pickup truck into an employee of a bar that had kicked him out. More...

Dog's Love An Uplifting Tail For E. Pa. Woman

SINKING SPRING, Pa. (AP) - Last spring at a crowded Reading Pet Expo, Renee Pinkard pushed her daughter, Vicki, then 19, in a wheelchair. More...

New Jersey Dinosaur Back In Philadelphia Museum

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - He was one of the first rock stars. So many people came to gawk at the long-limbed figure that handlers started charging 10 cents' admission in a vain effort to limit the crowds. More...

Schools Feel Pinch From Economic Woes

Officials look for the least painful trims, but many worry about their ability to close achievement gaps

School districts across the United States are tightening their belts in anticipation of a meager fiscal diet that could carry into 2011. More...

Gustaf - Hann United

Katie L. Hann and Brent C. Gustaf were united in marriage on August 23, 2008, at The Lodge at Blue Ridge Summit, Pa. The outdoor ceremony was performed by Rev. William C. Swope. More...

Foster Care Sought For Rescued Huskies

BUTTE, Mont. (AP) - More than 40 of the 100-plus dogs found malnourished and covered in feces in a broken-down school bus at a Rocker truck stop in early October have found foster homes in the Butte area. More...