March 12, 2009 RSS feed / Front Page

Angel Food Ministries Lawsuit Settled

Local groups' reaction to suit is mixed

The criticism and ultimately a lawsuit against Angel Food Ministries (AFM) have brought differing opinions locally about the $137 million Georgia-based nonprofit food distribution organization founded to help the poor. More...

Local & State

County Vo-Tech Board Meets

Nine members of the Fulton County Area Vocational-Technical School Joint Operating Committee representing the Forbes Road, Central Fulton and Southern Fulton school boards recently gathered to act on an array of personnel and curriculum matters, in More...

Man Sentenced In Partner's Shoving Death

SOMERSET, Pa. (AP) - A western Pennsylvania man who pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter in the death of his partner has been sentenced to 41/2 years to 10 years in state prison. More...

Don't Say 'Eww,' To Thrift Stores

Current shopping: wasteful. The green alternative: repurposing

DENVER - The global energy crisis is overwhelming, but Americans are looking for ways to make small changes that add up. We install solar panels, buy hybrid cars, and turn down the thermostat. More...

From Days Gone By

FROM DAYS GONE BY

20 Years Ago From The Files Of March 9, 1989 '89 Recent spring-like temperatures finally gave way to Old Man Winter on Monday and Tuesday when a winter storm visited the area dumping 10-12 inches of the "white stuff" over the county, causing sch More...

Correspondents' Notes

Our Town

Richard and Kathy Lake recently returned from an 11-day Mediterranean cruise on Royal Caribbean's Brillance of the Seas. They visited the ports of Barcelona, Palerno, Athens, Rhodes, Alexandria and Malta. More...

Hustontown

Hope everyone as out enjoying this touch of spring over the weekend. We're just not sure it will last. Glad to report we have a couple folks back home after a stay at the hospital. More...

Maddensville

Birthday wishes to Carl Skinner Jr., Lonya Semple, Troy Swope Jr., Payton Watkins, Paul Schmidt, Sharynn Book, Leo Nead, Derek Whitsel, Rick Knepper and Steve Grissinger of Maddensville. Anniversary wishes to Lyle and Thelma Reed. More...

Entertainment

MHS To Present "Footloose"

Mark calendars for the performance of "Footloose" at McConnellsburg High School auditorium April 16, 17 and 18. "Footloose" is a 1984 film that tells the story of Ren Mc- Cormack, a teenager who was raised in Chicago. More...

Big Band Music Swings At Second Annual Hancock Tea Dance

From the height of the Victorian era into the roaring 1920s to the nostalgic 1940s, the tea dance was an opportunity for community members to demonstrate their dancing abilities and enjoy society and conversation. More...

Features

Conservation Corner

It's Pruning Time!

Tree topping Topping is the indiscriminate cutting of tree branches to stubs or lateral branches that are not large enough to assume the terminal role. Tree topping is perhaps the most harmful tree pruning practice known. More...

PA Boy, 11, Charged With Murder Was Avid Hunter

WAMPUM, Pa. (AP) - Hunting is a way of life in the rural area where 11-year-old Jordan Brown regularly practiced target shooting with his 20-gauge, youth model shotgun. More...

Instant Tax 'Refunds' Come Under Fire

States crack down on high-interest tax loans

NEW YORK - If you want your tax refund right away this year, be prepared to pay. For years, consumer advocacy groups have warned against so-called "instant" or "sameday" refunds. More...

Church News

Special Speaker At Evangel

Richard Rochkind, an evangelist originally from the Baltimore area, grew up as the oldest of three children in a single-parent home. More...

Lenten Services

Lenten services will be held March 15 at Fort Littleton Bible Church with Rev. Hamilton. More...

Cito Church Group To Leave On Missions Trip

Cito United Methodist Church group will be heading to Orange, Texas, on a missions trip later this month to aid in hurricane relief work. More...

County Jobless Rate Highest Since 1982

Still ranked 66th out of 67 counties in January

Fulton County's number of unemployed soared to its highest rate since April 1982 in January with an unemployment rate of 11.5 percent. More...

No Truth To Rumors Of Giant Closing

Company officials say "no plans to close here"

A spokesperson for Giant Food Stores last week addressed persistent rumors about the possible closing of the McConnellsburg store, saying, "We have absolutely no plans to close our McConnellsburg store. More...

FNBG, Graystone Merger Approved

Combined banks will have assets of $1.2 billion

Shareholders of the parent companies of the The First National Bank of Greencastle (FNBG), which operates in Fulton County, and Graystone Bank, based in Harrisburg, Pa., voted last Wednesday to approve a merger between the two banks. More...

Borough Council Welcomes New Restaurant

Conducts other routine business

McConnellsburg Borough Council members welcomed the opening of a new restaurant, reviewed requests for grant support letters and conducted other routine business at their regular meeting last Wednesday evening. More...

Obituaries

Cards Of Thanks

PARSON We would like to express our heartfelt thanks to all who have been with our family during the illness and death of our beloved husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather, Harold Parson. More...

Ethel L. Glessner

Shippensburg, 89

Ethel L. Glessner, 89, Shippensburg, died Wednesday, March 4, 2009, in Shippensburg Health Care Center. Born October 29, 1919, in Concord, Franklin County, she was a daughter of the late Frank W. and Cora M. Widney Harris. More...

Raymond A. Gloyd

Great Cacapon, 76

Raymond Ashby "Sneaky" Gloyd, 76, Great Cacapon, W.Va., died Saturday, March 7, 2009, at Winchester Medical Center. Born September 22, 1932, in Great Cacapon, he was the son of the late Adam Kaylor and Alice Virginia Farris Gloyd. More...

Letters

More Thoughts On Financial Crisis

To The Editor: Weeks ago, I wrote a letter on the failure of large banks and how taxpayer money is being used to keep them in business, money that we not only can't afford to give, but also may never get back. More...

Marine Corps League Seeks New Members

To The Editor: The Marine Corps League of Pennsylvania Inc. is seeking new members. More...

Miss Nolan Personified The Best In Teaching

To The Editor, The March 4 issue of "The News" included an obituary for Fredith Nolan, longtime teacher at Hustontown and Forbes Road high schools. More...

Sports

Kurt, "The Other" Busch, Wins At Atlanta

HAMPTON, Ga. - Kurt Busch won Sunday's Kobalt 500 at Atlanta in dramatic fashion for his first win of 2009. More...

Girls Basketball

Southern Fulton 50, Coudersport 48 Southern Fulton pulled off its first state playoff win dating back to 1979 Saturday with a twopoint victory over Coudersport. More...

Racing Roundup

Mother Nature was kind to two area speedways on Saturday as gorgeous weather greeted fans at Lincoln and Hagerstown speedways. 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

Bus Trip A penny pincher one-day bus trip to the Longaberger Homestead in Ohio will be held March 28. Price is $70.00. trip includes transportation, breakfast on bus, snacks and drinks. More...

THIS 'N THAT

Elder Law Program Elder law attorney R. Thomas Murphy will be at Warfordsburg Senior Center on March 25 at 1:00 p.m. He will be presenting a program that will include many senior citizens issues. More...

Family

Birth Announced

Wade and Misty (Mellott) Williams, Everett, are pleased to announce the birth of a daughter, Kinzey Paige Williams, on February 19 at 10:11 p.m., at Nason Hospital. She weighed 7 pounds, 1 ounce and measured 20 inches long. More...

Birth Announced

Byron and Melissa (Lane) Rouzer, McConnellsburg, announce the birth of a son, Zane Reed, on March 4, 2009, at 6:58 p.m., at Waynesboro Hospital. He weighed 6 pounds, 3 ounces and was 19 1/4 inches long. He was delivered by Rosie Klinepeter. More...

Southern Fulton Dental Month Poster Winners

The third-grade students at Southern Fulton Elementary School participated in a poster contest for the Pennsylvania Dental Association in honor of February's Dental Health Month. More...