December 18, 2008 RSS feed / Local & State

Black Named Business Person Of The Year In Franklin Co.

The Greater Chambersburg Chamber of Commerce named Dennis E. Black the 2008 Business Person of the Year at the chamber's annual business breakfast on Thursday, Dec. 11. Black is the owner, chief engineer and chief executive officer of Dennis E. More...

Community State Bank Donates Holiday Party Funds To Food Pantries

Due to the area's economy and families in need, the board of directors and employees of Community State Bank of Orbisonia opted to contribute the funds normally used for the employee Christmas party to area food pantries. More...

Hundreds Gather In Pa. To Recall Slain FBI Agent

PITTSBURGH (AP) - An FBI agent slain during a drug raid in suburban Pittsburgh was a man who loved his job so much he could barely believe he was paid to do it. More...

Doctor Charged In Pa. Hit-And-Run Commits Suicide

PITTSBURGH (AP) - A Chicago doctor has committed suicide in a PA jail where he was being held on charges he killed a motorcyclist in a hit-and-run accident. The Allegheny Co. medical examiner's office confirmed the death of Shiva Lal Acharya. More...

School Lunch Menus

CENTRAL FULTON High School Breakfast Monday, December 22: assorted cereal or breakfast pizza, toast w/spreads, fruit or juice, milk. Tuesday, December 23: assorted cereal or fruit churros, toast w/spreads, fruit or juice, milk. More...

Cards Of Thanks

BARNETT Sunday, December 7, was my 60th birthday. I was surprised by a party given by my family. There must have been 75 people there. I am truly blessed by God to have family and friends like I do who care about me. More...

FR October Birthdays

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

Celebrates Fourth

Cloe Elizabeth Maye Fletcher, daughter of Brandon and Tracey Fletcher, Harrisonville, celebrated her fourth birthday on December 10, 2008. Cloe's grandparents are Tim and Kathy Gelvin of Hustontown; Bryan and Debbie Fletcher of Harrisonville. More...

Celebrates Second

Hannah Grace Gingerich celebrated her second birthday on December 2. She is the daughter of Dustin and Carrie (Brant) Gingerich of Greencastle. More...

Penn Student Dies Days After Fall From Dormitory

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - A University of Pennsylvania student has died from injuries suffered in a fall from a dormitory over the weekend. College officials say Ryan Smith died Thursday. More...

Pa. Ag Secretary In DC Talking To Farm Groups

WASHINGTON (AP) - Pennsylvania Agriculture Secretary Dennis Wolff is here talking to food and farm groups, and he isn't shy about expressing an interest in the agriculture department's top job. More...

Zeger Takes 6-Point

Dalton Zeger, 8, Hustontown, took this 6-point buck with his 20-gauge shotgun on Saturday, December 6, at 7:45 a.m., near Harrisonville. He was hunting with his dad, Greg. More...

Completes Training

Navy Seaman Apprentice Brittany N. Unger, daughter of Dawn R. and Scott W. Kerns of Warfordsburg, Pa., recently completed U.S. Navy basic training and was meritoriously promoted to her current rank at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Ill. More...

Celebrates Fourth

Wyatt Lee Hershey, son of Bob and Misty Hershey of Mc- Connellsburg, celebrated his fourth birthday on December 11, 2008. His grandparents are Gary and Wanda Gress and Sam and Linda Hershey. More...

Pa. Lawmakers Want To Allow Early Voting

PITTSBURGH (AP) - Several state lawmakers plan to introduce legislation that would allow voters to cast their ballots before elections, a move that proponents say would make it more convenient to vote and help avoid long lines at the polls. More...

Singles Forge New Holiday Traditions

As their ranks swell, singles reach out to others, pamper themselves, or simply relish their solitude

In the seven years that Alison Ashton has been single, she has not always been free to travel to California for Christmas with her family. But rather than lamenting either her single status or her absent relatives, Ms. More...

Driver Dies When Car Hits Pa. Firehouse And Burns

HILLTOWN, Pa. (AP) - Authorities say a speeding car knocked down a utility pole and then crashed into a fire station, killing the driver and setting the building ablaze in suburban Philadelphia. More...

Heirloom Plants On The Family Tree

Memories of people as well as plants that span the generations

The term "heirloom plants" reminds me that I am of an age when the vegetables grown in my mother's garden are now considered "heirloom." These plants are like the Barbie doll I received for my 10th Christmas, which is now a vintage collectible. More...

Dean Says Law School Opening May Be Pushed Back

WILKES-BARRE, Pa. (AP) - Opening Wilkes-Barre's first law school is going to take longer than planned. Dean Loren Prescott Jr. More...

Fix Bags 9-Point

Tyler Fix, Harrisonville, bagged a 9-point buck in Taylor Township on December 11 with a .270. More...

Americans Hail A Postman's Junk-mail Jihad

Numerous groups try to trim the burden of 100 billion pieces of mail a year

APEX, N.C. - To the folks on his route through the cul-desacs of Apex, N.C., Steve Padgett wasn't just a great mailman but a decent guy who once sent a pink teddy bear to an ailing neighborhood kid. More...

Gift-giving Gets A Little Smaller

Faced with tight budgets this year, many Americans put greater value on time with family

For Kay Meyers, and evidently for millions of others, silver bells will ring out new and creative ways of holiday gifting this year, as Americans come to terms with today's tough economic times. More...

Reineke Selected Recycling Coordinator

Commissioners

The title of county recycling coordinator changed hands late Tuesday afternoon when the Fulton County commissioners took steps in hopes of further expanding their local program. More...

Central Fulton Reinstates Agriculture Program

Richards, Gress to head board

The first step was taken Tues., Dec. More...

Pa. School Boards Resist State Health Insurance

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - The spiraling cost of health care is a constant lament of Pennsylvania school boards whenever they draw up their annual budgets. More...

Judge Van Horn Presides Over Tuesday Court Session

Judge Carol L. Van Horn of the 39th Judicial District of the Court of Common Pleas presided over a court session held at the Fulton County Courthouse on Tuesday, December 9. More...

FR Students Of The Month

Pictured above are Forbes Road November Students of the Month. More...

Birth Announced

Todd and Carleen Grissinger are proud to announce the birth of their daughter, Eleanora Mae, born on November 29, 2008. She arrived at 9:41 a.m. weighing 7.58 pounds and was 19 inches long. Eleanora was delivered by Dr. More...

Daughters Of American Revolution Offering Scholarships

The Daughters of the American Revolution is offering scholarships at the national, state and local levels plus a nursing scholarship at the state level for graduating high school seniors. More...

Shuster To Host Annual Holiday Party For Troops, Veterans And Families

On Sunday, December 21, Congressman Bill Shuster will host his annual holiday party for local troops, veterans and military families at the Ramada Inn in Altoona. More...

Library Corner

New books at Fulton County Library include "Suite 606" by J.D. More...

W.Pa. Man Ordered To Pay In Timber Theft Case

HOLLIDAYSBURG, Pa. (AP) - A western Pennsylvania man has been ordered to pay $5,000 in restitution for timber thefts soon or face six months in jail. More...

Falling Prices Hurt Some Small Gas Stations

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - With gas prices tumbling to levels last seen in 2004, Scott Royer has grown accustomed to seeing drive-offs by customers once loyal to his family-owned service station in central Pennsylvania - but not the kind that make him c More...

Pa. Teacher Pension Agency Says Outlook Worsens

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - Pennsylvania's public school pension fund says school districts should try to start saving for an expected increase in costs starting in 2012. More...

CF Schools Awarded Highmark Healthy High 5 School Challenge Grant

Grant will provide resources to develop and implement programs aimed at preventing childhood obesity, self-esteem

McConnellsburg High School has been awarded a Highmark Healthy High 5 School Challenge grant of $ 9,310 to implement resources aimed to address the growing issue of childhood obesity and helping the students improve their self-esteem. More...

Financial Focus

Time For Annual 401(k) Review?

Once you've started contributing to your 401(k) plan and funded it with investments that are appropriate for your needs, you might think you're in good shape and that your 401(k) is now on "autopilot. More...

Divens Bags Buck

Damien Divens, McConnellsburg, got his first buck on the second day of the season. It was a 7-point with a 12 1/2-inch spread. Damien was hunting with his great-grandfather, Donald Divens, at the shack on the Klondike farm near Waterfall. More...

OMG! Methodists Use Texting To Draw Believers

PITTSBURGH (AP) - In the beginning was the Word. Then came texting. More...

Celebrates First Birthday

A birthday party was held November 30 to celebrate the first birthday of Hanna Grace Fagley. Helping her celebrate were four generations of her family. More...

Biden Picks Out Pa. Puppy To Bring To D.C.

POTTSTOWN, Pa. (AP) - It seems President-elect Barack Obama's children are not the only ones getting a puppy. More...

Pa. Neighbors Question Proposal For Pet Crematory

OLYPHANT, Pa. (AP) - Plans for a pet funeral home and crematory have neighbors asking questions in a rural northeastern Pennsylvania community. More...

Treasurer Allegedly Stole From Pa. Groups

LANDISVILLE, Pa. (AP) - A south-central Pennsylvania man is accused of stealing more than $300,000 from two organizations in which he served as treasurer. More...

Breeden Bags Buck

Janet Breeden, Warfordsburg, bagged this 6-point buck on the first day of the season. She was hunting with a group of 10 men, but she was the only one who shot a buck. More...