2009-06-04 / Front Page

P'burgh Paper Features Fulton County

Trib-Review repor ter focuses on county's unemployment rate
By Jean Snyder STAFF WRITER

Fulton County's high jobless rate was the subject of a Pittsburgh Tribune-Review feature story that appeared in the newspaper's Sunday edition. Entitled "Fulton County struggles to work through jobless period," the story, written by Tribune-Review reporter Richard Robbins, reported on interviews he did with several Fulton County citizens during a visit to the county two weeks ago.

Robbins interviewed county commissioners Bonnie Mellott Keefer, Dan Swain and David Hoover as well as several county citizens who commented on Fulton's current economy. He also spoke with a JLG spokesperson and with state Sen. John Eichelberger.

Citizens interviewed for the story included John Piper, recently laid off by General Fasteners; Kevin Richards of Richards Auto Sales; Tammy Smith, movie rental store manager; Colleen Carr, a Southern Fulton resident employed outside the county; Wayne Strait, owner of Lincoln Way Market; Summer Stiffler, owner of Summer Thyme Floral; and Jeff Singer, laid off from JLG in February.

Robbins focused on the lay- offs at JLG to narrate a story of economic hard times in the county.

In addition to the local citizens' accounts, Tribune-Review photographer Sean Stipp captured photos of Fulton County, including shots of Lincoln Way, a photo of the Lincoln Highway marker at the Fulton House and photos of the commissioners, Richards and Singer.

The article may be accessed at http://www.pittsburghlive.- com/x/pittsburghtrib/news/regional/ s_627505.html

Robbins told the "News" he chose Fulton County for the story because of the extremely high unemployment rates in Fulton County and in the surrounding counties of Huntingdon and Bedford.

The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, also known as "the Trib" is the second largest daily newspaper serving metropolitan Pittsburgh.

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