January 1, 2009 RSS feed / Front Page

Trial Date Scheduled In Murder-For- Hire Case

Rouzer trial in Franklin County tentatively set for April

Gregory Aaron Rouzer will finally have his day in court this spring after several continuances were granted by the Court of Common Pleas in 2008 for the 40-year-old Harrisonville man who remains lodged in the Franklin County Prison, convicted of at More...

Commissioners Conduct Routine Business

Judge Herman to be sworn in as president judge

The Fulton County commissioners signed a series of requests for payments and change orders in connection with the ongoing renovations at the Fulton County Library last Tuesday amid a series of routine meetings held with county employees and departm More...

Hess Named Commerce Committee Chairman

Rep. Dick Hess (R-Bedford/ Fulton/Huntingdon) announced last week that he was tapped by Republican leader Rep. More...

Local & State

Housing: More Help May Be Needed

As home prices continue their dramatic fall, policymakers debate how much to intervene

A steady decline in U.S. home prices shows no sign of ending - a pattern that promises to intensify the search for additional policies to heal the housing market. More...

Survalist Businesses Surge In Uncertain Times

Increasing numbers of mainstream Americans are preparing for disasters, many of these companies say

Four years ago, after years spent working in construction administration, Viola Moss wanted to leave Florida. She was looking for a home that offered her and her family a chance to grow their own food and live free of dependence on society. More...

Landowners Fight To Save Land From Gas Companies

Firms intend to use land for gas storage field

CLEARVILLE (AP) - Some southcentral Pennsylvania landowners fighting an eminent domain lawsuit to take their lowground mineral rights for an underground natural gas storage field say they feel they never had a chance to have a say on what happens More...

From Days Gone By

FROM DAYS GONE BY

20 Years Ago From The Files Of December 29, 1988 The fifth-grade class of McConnellsburg Elementary School is to be congratulated on their recent accomplishment. More...

Correspondents' Notes

Hustontown

Hope everyone had a nice Christmas in celebration of the Savior's birth. Now we look forward to entering 2009. Hope everyone has a nice New Year and also a good year ahead. Some folks were hoping for a white Christmas. More...

Our Town

The children's Sunday School class of St. Paul Lutheran Church performed a skit on Sunday, "Christmas Around the World." Those in the skit were Chase Novak, Colton and Caleb Strait, Mason and Isaac Sain, Marah and Matthew Huston and guest Abby. More...

Named To President's List

Lindsay Lininger, a senior at Mansfield University of Pennsylvania, has been named to the President's List for the second semester in a row with a GPA of 4.0. A social work major, she is also a member of the Pi Gamma Mu Honor Society. More...

Entertainment

Jury List

The following names were drawn by the president judge and Fulton County jury commissioners for the January session of combined court to be held in the said county on the 26th day of January 2009, at 10:00 a.m. More...

Southern Fulton Elementary Helps County Food Basket

Southern Fulton Elementary School collected 462 nonperishable items and donated them to the Fulton County Food Basket on Monday, December 22, 2008. More...

MES Students Chosen For Character Counts Program

McConnellsburg Elementary has implemented a character education program again this year. It is believed that character counts, so each month a different character trait is promoted. More...

Features

Snazzy Holiday Drinks, Alcohol Free

Dazzle your guests with a beverage that has a different kind of twist

For some, it's the season for cocktail parties and champagne toasts, but plenty of other holiday revelers are gleefully raising a fluted glass of sparkling pomegranate punch or ginger lemonade. More...

3 Sports In 1

TAHLEQUAH, Okla. (AP) - When Angela Stewart sits on the edge of the pool at the Northeastern State University Fitness Center, tucking long strands of hair into a swim-cap, she's focusing on how many laps are on her training schedule. More...

New Year's Day Not What It Used To Be

As many bowl games will be played on New Year's Eve as on New Year's Day. Three bowls are scheduled for Jan. 2 and the Fiesta Bowl will be played Jan. 5. The days when the college football season usually ended on Jan. More...

Icy Conditions Lead To Many Car Accidents

State police respond to accidents across the county Dec. 24

Making a last-minute trip to the grocery store in preparation for Christmas lunch or heading to the mall for gift-giving purchases on December 24 proved to be too much for multiple motorists who found themselves slipping and sliding off Fulton Coun More...

Zechman To Head Mercersburg Police

Fort Littleton man appointed to fill chief's position

A "delighted" borough council and mayor selected a local, retired Pennsylvania State Police sergeant last Monday to take the helm of the Mercersburg Borough Police Department. More...

Wilmot To Announce Judicial Candidacy

Seeks seat in Court of Common Pleas

A Chambersburg-based attorney will be making a formal announcement next week to throw his hat into the ring in hopes of securing one of two vacant judicial seats within the Court of Common Pleas. Attorney-at-law Timothy D. More...

Ceremony Held To Honor Late Dr. McLucas

A small private ceremony was held last week honoring the memory of a beloved local physician, Dr. Russell C. McLucas. The ceremony was held on the 10th anniversary of his passing. More...

Police Chief Fired To Avoid Tax Increase

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - The last day on the job for the police chief of a small central Pennsylvania town will be Wednesday after the borough council fired him to avoid a tax increase. More...

Obituaries

Harry Bain

Big Cove Tannery, 94

Harry Bain, 94, Big Cove Tannery, died Thursday, December 25, 2008, at Fulton County Medical Center. Born in Websters Mill, March 15, 1914, he was the son of the late John Bain Sr. More...

Margaret E. Brant

Orange, Va., 92

Margaret E. Brant, 92, Orange, Va., and formerly of Artemas, Pa., died Monday, December 22, 2008, at Dogwood Village in Orange, Va. Born in Myersdale, Pa., she was the daughter of the late Alfred E. and Maude M. More...

Lillian M. Cover

McConnellsburg, 90

Lillian M. Cover, age 90, Mc- Connellsburg, died Sunday December 28, 2008, at Fulton County Medical Center. She was born August 6, 1918, in Big Cove Tannery, the daughter of the late Samuel and Bessie (Heinbaugh) Mellott. More...

Letters

Thanks To Military Personnel

To The Editor: Last Sunday night I was watching football. The wind was blowing outside and it was very cold. I thought, "What a lucky person I am that I was sitting in a warm house and don't have to be outside. More...

Fort Littleton Resident Will Sleep Well In 2009

To The Editor: 2008 was quite a year. As I look forward to 2009 there is much to consider. What will be the complete fallout of what is going on in the world? More...

Thanks Community For Christmas Gift Program Support

To The Editor: Thank you so much for the beautiful and comprehensive news report about the Christmas Gift Program that our Fulton County Catholic Mission sponsored. More...

Police Reports

POLICE REPORTS

Car Rolls Over Three Times A Gaithersburg, Md., man escaped harm when his eastbound Accura sedan rolled over three times in the median strip of Interstate 70 on Sunday, December 21. Fifty-four-year-old Randy D. More...

Sports

Southern Drivers Are Disappearing

NASCAR was born and raised in the South. The foundation of it included drivers from below the Mason-Dixon Line. Sixty years later that has all changed. More...

Boys Basketball

Southern Fulton 46, Hancock 39 Southern Fulton increased a two-point advantage following the halftime break and picked up a win in the first round of the Tri-State Shootout Friday evening by downing Hancock 46- 39. More...

Girls Basketball

Southern Fulton 51, Hyndman 20 Southern Fulton's strong defensive effort easily propelled the Lady Indians over the Hyndman Hornets Monday evening. More...

Community Bulletin Board

RELIGION

River Oaks Helpline A Christian crisis counseling/prayer phone line is now available. Caring and compassionate Christian volunteers are available from 7:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. More...

RECREATION

Line Dance Fulton County Line Dance Club will hold line dance sessions every Wednesday (except the first Wednesday of the month) beginning at 7:00 p.m. at VFW Post 655, Poplar Street, McConnellsburg. All are welcome. Come and learn some new steps. More...

THIS 'N THAT

Free Clothing There will be free clothing, coats and blankets available on Tuesday, January 13, beginning at 9:00 a.m., at Saint Stephen Catholic Church. More information may be obtained by calling Sister Margie at 485-5917. More...

Church News

Baby Jesus Stolen From W. Pa. Nativity Scene

MERCER, Pa. (AP) - Baby Jesus has been stolen for the second year in a row from a manger display in the yard of a western Pennsylvania family. More...

Pa. Labor Board To Hear Smoking Ban Complaint

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - An outdoor smoking ban at Pennsylvania's 14 state-owned universities is the focus of a state labor board hearing. More...

Minor Earthquake Shakes Lancaster County

LANCASTER, Pa. (AP) - More than 1,000 people called the Lancaster County 911 center after a minor earthquake shook the area. The U.S. Geological Survey says the 3.4 magnitude quake hit early Saturday morning, a few moments after midnight. More...