February 5, 2009 RSS feed / Local & State

County Jobless Rate Remains High

Still ranked 66th out of 67 counties in December

Fulton County's unemployment rate remained steady in December at 10.5 percent, which is the same as final rates for November. More...

Man Convicted Of Killing Daughter-In-Law

(AP) - An eastern Pennsylvania man has been convicted of killing his daughter-in-law after the two were drinking in October 2007. More...

Attains Dean's List

Elizabeth Margaret Shehan, a senior Middle East studies major at Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pa., has been named to the dean's list for the fall 2009 semester. More...

Comcast Testing New Free Wi-Fi Service

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Comcast Corp. is testing a free wireless Internet service for its cable subscribers in parts of New Jersey, following in the footsteps of a fellow cable operator. More...

Teachers Union Questions Sex Ed In Pa. District

READING, Pa. (AP) - A teen pregnancy prevention program that includes discussing condoms with sixth-, seventh- and eighth-graders has some teachers on edge in an eastern Pennsylvania district. More...

FR Honor Roll

Forbes Road High School is proud to recognize students who made the principal's honor roll and the honor roll for the second marking period. More...

Penn State Graduates

Following is a list of area graduates from Penn State University: Shawn Keener, Needmore, mechanical engineering and nuclear engineering degree from University Park. More...

Crashes Cleared On Pa. Turnpike Near Irwin Exit

IRWIN, Pa. (AP) - Crashes on the Pennsylvania Turnpike near the Irwin exit in western Pennsylvania are cleared. Friday morning's crashes closed one westbound lane for a time in Westmoreland County. More...

New Farm Odor Management Regulations To Take Effect February 27

New regulations to manage odors from newly constructed animal barns and certain other agricultural operations will help minimize the potential for conflicts between neighbors, Agriculture Secretary Dennis Wolff said last week. More...

Pa. Board To Hold High School Reform Hearings

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - Pennsylvania's State Board of Education is seeking suggestions on how it can improve its proposal to make high school graduation requirements more rigorous. The board has scheduled a public hearing for Feb. More...

Pa. Shortfall Promises Big Test For Gov, Lawmakers

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - As the nation's economy was plodding to a halt and layoffs were accelerating last summer, Pennsylvania state government's budget shortfall was already growing. More...

With Ashes Barely Cool, Amish Barns Rising

LANCASTER, Pa. (AP) - Some Lancaster County farmers are rebuilding barns as fast as a suspected arsonist is burning them. More...

Pittsburgh University Upset Over Grisham Novel

PITTSBURGH (AP) - Officials at Duquesne (doo-KAYN') University in Pittsburgh are upset that best-selling author John Grisham mentions the school in connection with a fictional gang rape in his latest novel. More...

Unemployed Seek Fulfillment In New Careers From Pet Care To Finding Jobs For Moms

America may be in a recession, but that's not stopping thousands of would-be entrepreneurs from using their severance pay or savings to do something they've always hankered to do: be their own boss. More...

County Awarded Federal Funds

Fulton County has been chosen to receive $14,288 to supplement emergency food and shelter programs in the county. More...

Arnold Resigns From FR's Helm

Superintendent tenders resignation; junior high coaching salary issue arises

Plagued by ongoing health issues, the superintendent of the Forbes Road School District, Dr. Merrill Arnold, tendered his resignation for the purpose of retirement Monday night. More...

Sen. Eichelberger Introduces "Earmark" Reform For Harrisburg

Resolution requires moratorium on discretionar y spending

Sen. John H. Eichelberger Jr. announced Monday his intention to introduce a resolution in the Senate that will call for a oneyear moratorium on all "discretionary spending," or what is commonly referred to as Walking Around Money (WAMs). More...

School Lunch Menus

FORBES ROAD Lunch Menu Monday, February 9: spaghetti/ rigatoni, meatballs, cheese sticks, mixed fruit. Tuesday, February 10: turkey/ ham wrap, potato rounds, pickle slices, applesauce/pears. More...

Police: Man Attacks Boy In Pennsylvania Classroom

ALLENTOWN, Pa. (AP) - Police and school officials are trying to figure out how two adults got into an Allentown middle school classroom, where one of them allegedly attacked a 14-year-old student. More...

A Lively First Month For Pennsylvania Open Records Office

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - Pennsylvania's fledgling Office of Open Records, defender of the public's interest in a transparent government, turns one month old this weekend. It's been an interesting start. More...

Enters Guilty Plea In Zyprexa Drug Case

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - The U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania says drugmaker Eli Lilly & Co. formally pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor tied to the marketing of its top-seller, the antipsychotic Zyprexa. More...

Senior Center Lunch Menu

Fulton County Senior Center lunch menu for the week is as follows: Monday: Swiss steak, mashed potatoes, carrots, wheat bread, pears. Tuesday: cold turkey sandwich w/cheese, lettuce and tomato, potato soup, wheat bread, banana. More...

National Writing Contest For High School Students With Hearing Loss

High school students with hearing loss in 10th or 11th grade can use the power of words to express their feelings and win prizes in the fourth annual Rochester Institute of Technology SpiRIT Writing Contest. More...

Crop Disaster Program Sign-Up Ends February 27

John K. Johnston, executive director for USDA's Farm Service Agency in Fulton County, has announced that the sign-up period for the 2005-2007 Crop Disaster (CDP) will end February 27, 2009. More...

Pa. Judge Tosses State Mercury Pollution Rule

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - A judge threw out a pollution regulation that made Pennsylvania the first major coal-mining state to require coal-fired power plants to cut mercury emissions beyond levels set by federal standards. More...

Penn State Dean's List

Following is the list of local students who have attained the dean's list for the fall 2008 term: Koby Cutchall, McConnellsburg, Mont Alto. Emily Decker, Harrisonville, Altoona. Lauren Deshong, Harrisonville, University Park. More...

Caterpillar To Cut Another 2,110 Production Jobs

PITTSBURGH (AP) - Heavy equipment maker Caterpillar Inc. announced 2,110 new job cuts as it scales back production amid a world economic slowdown. More...

Rendell Says He Wants Dime-A-Pack Cigarette Tax

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - Cigarette smokers in Pennsylvania could soon be paying a dime a pack more as part of Gov. Ed Rendell's plan to balance the state budget. More...

Carbon Monoxide Sends 17 To Hospital

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Investigators believe a gasolinepowered generator running a fan for inflatable playhouses produced carbon monoxide at a child's birthday party, sending 17 people to a hospital. More...