April 16, 2009 RSS feed / Local & State

Borough Workers' Compensation Premiums Lower

Council approves several street, zoning requests

McConnellsburg Borough Council heard some good news regarding workers' compensation expenses, received an update on a Military Vehicle Preservation Association convoy and discussed several requests during its regular meeting last week. More...

County Reviews Safety Issues

CCAP to provide action plan; employee training could net credit, savings

The county's safety committee convened Tuesday afternoon with several members of the County Commissioners Association of Pennsylvania to review PComp/PCorp insurance claims submitted over the last six years and toss around ideas on how to save mone More...

Bids Announced For Route 30 Resurfacing

PennDOT announced the bid results for the Route 30 resurfacing project in Brush Creek and Ayr townships, Fulton County. New Enterprise Stone and Lime Co. Inc. More...

Henry Graduates From Training

Air Force Airman Corey M. Henry has graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas. More...

McConnellsburg H.S. To Present "Footloose''

Spend an entertaining evening at McConnellsburg High School as students present "Footloose." This production will capture your heart with its youthful spirit, dazzling dance and electrifying music. More...

F.C. Library Participating In Internet Survey

From April 20 to May 4, the Fulton County Library is participating in a nationwide Internet survey to find out how people use the free computers and Internet connections in public libraries. The U.S. More...

POLICE REPORTS

Gasoline Taken In Retail Theft A total of $19 in gasoline was stolen from Getty Mart in Ayr Township during an incident of retail theft that occurred on Tuesday, April 7, at 8:19 p.m. More...

Federal Judge Upholds 'Stay Out' Order For Convict

PITTSBURGH (AP) - A federal judge has upheld a Pennsylvania court ruling that county judges can order a convicted criminal to stay out of a municipality after serving a prison sentence - as long as the sentence is less than two years. More...

SF Honor Society Inducts New Members

Southern Fulton National Junior Honor Society inducted new members on March 27, 2009. The new members are Alenda Fischer, Macey Hollenshead, Noah Hykes, Ian Lancaster, Chelsey Lanehart, and Hunter Murray. More...

Valley Rural Electric Meeting Set For April 17

Valley Rural Electric Cooperative is set to hold its 2009 annual meeting at 7 p.m. April 17 at Mount Union Area High School. Member registration will begin at 6 p.m. Slides of the coop's service territory will be shown from 6:30 to 7 p.m. More...

Vo Tech Attends States

Fulton County Area Vocational Technical School SkillsUSA members attended the Annual Pennsylvania SkillsUSA Championships April 1 through April 3 in Hershey. More...

Pa. Law Gives Prescription Power To Nurse-Midwives

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - Hundreds of nurse-midwives in Pennsylvania now can write drug prescriptions for their patients. More...

Pa. Forest Drilling Procedure Suit Settled

PITTSBURGH (AP) - Environmental groups and the U.S. Forest Service have settled a federal lawsuit over several oil and gas drilling projects in the Allegheny National Forest. More...

W. Pa. Measles Cases Traced To Traveler From India

PITTSBURGH (AP) - State and Allegheny County health officials say at least six measles cases in western Pennsylvania have been traced to a traveler from India who infected the patients last month. More...

Library Corner

New fiction at Fulton County Library includes "Second Opinion" by Michael Palmer (large print), "Death of a Witch" by M.C. Beaton (large print), "Promises in Death" by J.D. More...

School Lunch Menus

CENTRAL FULTON High School Lunch Monday, April 20: Pittsburgh steak salad w/roll, chicken nuggets w/roll, oven fries, pineapple tidbits. Tuesday, April 21: Italian dunkers w/sauce, sloppy joe on a bun, garden peas, applesauce. More...

Court Upholds Philly Police Ban On Muslim Scarf

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - A federal appeals court has upheld the Philadelphia police department's ban on an officer wearing a Muslim head scarf on the job. More...

Franklin Financial Announces 2nd Quarterly Dividend

The board of directors of Franklin Financial Services Corp. declared a 27 cents per share regular quarterly dividend for the second quarter of 2009. More...

WIN Announces New Support Group

Do you want to learn more about how to simply life and learn new skills that will help you with daily activities? Do you want to spend time with other adults and build new friend two hours a week to focus on you? More...

Official Warns Of Defunct Escrow Company

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - Pennsylvania's attorney general says a Chicago-based escrow company that abruptly halted operations last month may have left homeowners holding the bag. More...

Pittsburgh Zoo Preparing For First Sea Lion Birth

PITTSBURGH (AP) - Officials at the Pittsburgh Zoo PPG Aquarium say a sea lion expected to give birth this summer to the first pup ever born at the facility. A sea lion named Zoey is pregnant. More...

Pigeon Causes Coke Oven Fire West Of Pittsburgh

PITTSBURGH (AP) - A police chief says a pigeon is to blame for a fire at a coke oven just west of downtown Pittsburgh. Ohio Township Chief Norbert Micklos says the pigeon flew into an electrical panel at a plant owned by Shenango Inc. More...

U.S. Stimulus Gives Pa. Over $3.7M For Food, Shelter

WASHINGTON (AP) - The federal economic stimulus is providing more than $3.7 million to Pennsylvania for emergency food and shelter programs. Most of the money is going to local governments based on measures of unemployment and poverty. More...

Retired Priest Hits Churchgoers, 1 Dead

FOREST HILLS, Pennsylvania (AP) - The pastor of a western Pennsylvania church says a retired priest is in a state of shock after police and witnesses said he drove into a group of churchgoers following a Good Friday service, killing an elderly wom More...

Calif. Sunday School Teacher Charged With Murder

California woman also accused of raping 8-year-old Sandra Cantu

TRACY, Calif. (AP) - A Northern California woman was charged Tuesday with murdering an 8-year-old girl whose body was found in a suitcase pulled from a pond. More...

Krom Endorsed By District Attorneys Statewide

District attorneys across Pennsylvania endorsed Fulton/ Franklin County Court of Common Pleas judicial candidate Angela Rosenberry Krom last week. More...

DEP Intervenes After Bethel Twp. Fails To Adopt Septic Ordinance

The Department of Environmental Protection petitioned the Commonwealth Court Monday to enforce an order Bethel Township, Fulton County, has ignored for more than a year. More...

Farm Bureau Celebrates Rural Roads Safety Week

With spring's arrival, warmer temperatures and longer days, farmers are heading to the fields to plant their crops across Pennsylvania. As a result, residents in rural areas will be seeing more tractors and large planting equipment on local roads. More...

Bids Announced For Bridge Painting Project

PennDOT has announced the bid results for a bridge painting project that will paint 20 bridges throughout Bedford, Blair, Cambria, Fulton, Huntingdon and Somerset counties. Hercules Painting Co. Inc. More...

VFW Honors Essay Contestants

On March 21, the McConellsburg VFW held a banquet to to honor contestants who participated in the Voice of Democracy speech contest and the Patriot's Penn Essay Contest. More...

Receives Award

Ten-year-old Bailey Orange, Chambersburg, daughter of Gina Lake, formerly of McConnellsburg, and Dr. More...

Celebrates First

Roger Sylas Truax celebrated his first birthday at home with his family on a beautiful Sunday afternoon, March 22. His guests included his best friends and cousins Bodie, Kendyl, Sawere, Katie and Kole. More...

Small Farms Run By Women Cropping Up Across Pennsylvania

ALLENTOWN, Pa. (AP) - From the time she was a little girl, helping her father in the family's backyard garden in Easton, Teena Bailey was attracted to farming. More...

Crime Of The Week

Theft Is Crime Of The Week

Fulton County Crime Solvers is offering a reward of up to $1,000 for information leading to the arrest of thieves responsible for an incident at the Warfordsburg area home of Robert and Helen Layton. More...

SF Honor Roll

Distinguished Honor Roll Grade four: Ashley Bard, Courtney Barton, Emily Bradshaw, Dylan Gordon, Olivia Mottern, Jacob Murray, Lindsey Palmer, Carl Potter. More...

Forbes Road Lions Club News

Approximately 150 children participated in Forbes Road Lions' annual Easter egg hunt on Apirl 4. Thanks to all kids and parents for their cooperation and 27 Lion members who helped in making this event a success. More...

Help Letter Carriers Stamp Out Hunger" May 9

Residents throughout Pennsylvania are being asked to help feed the needy by participating in the "Stamp Out Hunger" food drive sponsored by the National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) in conjunction with the Postal Service. More...

Senior Center Lunch Menu

Fulton County Senior Center lunch menu for the week is as follows: Monday: lemon pepper fish, macaroni and cheese, stewed tomatoes, wheat bread, tropical fruit. Tuesday: meatloaf, scalloped potatoes, peas and onions, wheat bread, applesauce. More...

Philly-Area Canal Barge Tours May Resume

NEW HOPE, Pa. (AP) - A suburban Philadelphia businessman says he hopes to have mule teams once again towing sightseers in barges on the historic Delaware Canal this summer. More...

SADD Holds Magic Show

On Friday night, March 27, 2009, McConnellsburg SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions) presented a very enjoyable magic show and a tobacco-free message for everyone who attended. More...

Inducted Into Honor Society

Kristen Petersen, daughter of Donald and Lori Petersen, Warfordsburg, has been inducted into the Phi Eta Sigma National Collegiate Scholastic Honor society at Clarion University of Pennsylvania. More...

FCCCS Students Present "Arkeology" April 17

Pictured are members of the cast of the musical production, "Arkeology," to be presented by students of the Fulton County Community Christian School on Friday, April 17, at 7:00 p.m. More...

Wilford Wins Poster Contest

Kirsten Wilford, daughter of Bryan and Cassie Wilford of Harrisonville, won the 2009 local Chambersburg Elks Lodge #600 drug-awareness poster/essay contest and the 2009 South Central District competition this year. More...

Pa. Officials Say Drilling Lease Falls Through

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - A natural gas exploration company has told Pennsylvania officials it won't sign leases worth $31 million for the right to drill on state forest land. The revelation potentially means more budget trouble for Gov. Ed Rendell. More...

OSHA Proposes $121,000 Fine In Pa. Chemical Leak

PITTSBURGH (AP) - Federal workplace safety officials proposed fining a chemical company $121,500 Monday for a toxic leak that led to an acid cloud and forced hundreds of western Pennsylvania residents to evacuate. Indspec Chemical Corp. More...

Pa. Slots To Yield $200-A-Household Tax Cut Again

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - For a second straight year, Gov. Ed Rendell says the state will distribute enough slot-machine gambling revenue to cut next year's school property taxes by about $200 per household. More...

State Police Probe Milk Tanker Crash In W. Pa.

MEYERSDALE , Pa. (AP) - State police are investigating a tanker truck crash that resulted in 6,000 gallons of milk spilling on a rural highway in southwestern Pennsylvania. More...

Man To Trial In Penn State- Altoona Student's Death

ALTOONA, Pa. (AP) - Text messages show a western Pennsylvania college student found dead in the trunk of her car might have been trying to buy marijuana from the man accused of strangling her. More...