August 27, 2009 RSS feed / Local & State

Faith In America Lifts The Public Mood

A recent cross-country road trip showed that despite struggles, few people seem to doubt that the nation will rebound

PROVO, Utah - There is nothing like an 8,000-mile road trip across America and back to restore one's confidence in the resilience of the American people. More...

Judges Herman,Walsh, Van Horn Preside Over August Sessions Of Court

STAFF REPORT Judges Douglas W. Herman, Richard J. Walsh and Carol L. Van Horn of the 39th Judicial District of the Court of Common Pleas presided over a trio of court sessions at the Fulton County Courthouse on August 4, 11 and 18. More...

Wible Family To Hold Reunion

The descendants of Elliott R. Wible, husband of Annie E. (Madden) Wible, and brother Hiriam Wible will hold their 100th family reunion on Saturday, August 29, and Sunday, August 30. The first Wible family reunion was held in 1910. More...

PennDOT And Police To Focus On Underage Drinking During Crackdown

Impaired driving crackdown runs from Aug. 21 through Labor Day weekend

Motorists will see an increased police presence on the highways starting on Friday, as more than 600 municipal police departments and Pennsylvania State Police will be joining in a national crackdown on impaired driving through the Labor Day weeken More...

Keebaugh Visits Germany

Pictured above is Isaac Keebaugh at the Kuhbacher Brewery in Kuhbach, Bavaria, Germany. Kuhbach is the original German spelling of Keebaugh. Keebaugh sampled all 10 - varieties of the family elixor during a one-month tour. More...

Attains Dean's List

Seventy-seven students were named to the Allegany College of Maryland dean's list for the summer 2009 session. Those from the area attaining the list are: Jennifer Knepper, Hustontown; Lindsay Berkstresser, Three Springs; and Ian M. More...

Specter Brings Down House At Pa. Comedy Club

HOMESTEAD, Pa. (AP) - Arlen Specter is running for another term in the U.S. Senate, but he brought down the house at a Pittsburgh-area comedy club. More...

Historical Society News

Tom Irwin of West St. Paul, Minn., donated to the Fulton County Historical Society a copy of his 2009 book on Ancestors and Descendants of John Noble Irwin. More...

Paychecks In Pa. Lag Rising Healthcare Costs

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - A new study shows family health care premiums have grown more than five times faster than income this decade in Pennsylvania. More...

Library Corner

New fiction at the Fulton County Library includes "Swimsuit" by James Patterson (large print), "Bad Moon Rising" by Sherrilyn Kenyon (large print), "The Secret Wedding" by Jo Beverley (large print), "Spartan Gold" by Clive Cussler, "Rules of Vengea More...

Pa. Man Charged With Intimidating Beating Victim

BETHLEHEM, Pa. (AP) - Police say a man hospitalized after being beaten with a baseball bat was warned by a suspect's father to keep quiet about it. More...

Watch Blinking Bugs Play, Keep Biting Bugs At Bay

PITTSBURGH (AP) - Where have all the lightning bugs gone? Growing up in the 1950s, I saw hundreds of them on warm summer nights. Now I see few, if any. More...

Reward Offered For Information About Dead Grizzly

GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) - The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is offering a reward for information leading to the conviction of whoever illegally shot and killed what officials say was one of Montana's largest grizzly bears. More...

Philly Newspapers File Debt-free Bankruptcy Plan

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Philadelphia's two large daily newspapers hope to emerge from bankruptcy protection debt-free by paying creditors $67 million in cash and real estate to settle nearly $400 million in debt. More...

100-Year-Old Pa. Man Beaten, Robbed

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Philadelphia police are investigating the brutal beating and robbery of a 100-year-old man in broad daylight. Detectives say the elderly man was choked and thrown to the ground on Wednesday. More...

PennDOT Reminds Drivers, Students To Be Alert

As the new school year begins, PennDOT reminds motorists to help ensure the safety of children returning to classes by exercising increased vigilance during daily commutes as school buses and students appear more frequently on and along roadways. More...

Pa. DEP Sues Former Landfill Owners For Cleanup

PITTSBURGH (AP) - The state Department of Environmental Protection is suing the owners of a former landfill in western Pennsylvania to recover more than $3 million in hazardous waste cleanup costs. More...

Festivals, Craft Fairs In Valley Forge Area This Fall

KING OF PRUSSIA, Pa . (AP) - Twelve events from ethnic festivals to craft fairs will take place in the Valley Forge area and Montgomery County, Pa., this fall. Green Lane Park will host the 10th Annual Scottish-Irish Festival, Sept. More...

Who's Really In Control Of Healthcare Debate?

The Christian Science Monitor's language columnist considers how some innocuous words have come to pack more punch over time As the healthcare battle rages on, words are in the arsenals of all sides. More...

Project Bids Opened

Transportation Improvement Plan list reviewed Commissioners

Two bids openings were held Tuesday before the Fulton County commissioners in conjunction with the replacement of township road signs and an extension of the existing sewer system in Bethel Township. More...

Former Resident Graduates Law School

Erin E. Brizius, formerly of McConnellsburg and daughter of Susan Foster and the late Jack Brizius, graduated magna cum laude in May from the Georgetown University Law Center. More...

Woman Kills Self With Philadelphia Subway Train

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Police say a woman committed suicide at a downtown Philadelphia subway station by jumping in front of a train. The woman was was struck by a subway train shortly before 4 p.m. More...

3 Charged In Slaying Of Man Found Along Pa. Road

DUNMORE, Pa. (AP) - Three people are charged in what police say was a gang-related murder for hire in which the victim was along a rural road in northeastern Pennsylvania. More...

Tower Bancorp Apponts New Board Chairman

Tower Bancorp Inc. More...

Senior Center Lunch Menu

Fulton County Senior Center lunch menu for the week is as follows: Monday: Salisbury steak with gravy, mashed potatoes, lima beans, wheat bread. Tuesday: barbecue chicken, baked potato, peas and onions, orange, multi-grain bread. More...

Alloway Supports Legislation To Require Building Projects To Meet Environmental Standards

Sen. Richard Alloway II (R- 33) is cosponsoring legislation that would require state and local government buildings to meet stricter energy and environmental building standards. More...

Multi-County Diabetes Walk Announced

The Multi-County Diabetes Walk Group is proud to announce the second annual diabetes walk October 11, 2009. The walk will be held at the Mc- Connellsburg High School track located at 151 East Cherry Street. More...

Tower Bancorp Announces Public Offering Of Common Stock

Tower Bancorp Inc. (NASDAQ: TOBC) announced last Thursday that it has commenced an underwritten public offering of up to $50 million of shares of its common stock pursuant to an effective shelf registration statement. More...

Cowans Gap Activities

The Pennsylvania Departmentof Conservation and Natural Resources, Bureau of State Parks, and Cowans Gap State Park would like to announce the following activities at Cowans Gap: September 4 - 7:30 p.m.: CCC History. More...

Ousted Judge Asks Pa. Supreme Court To Take Case

WILKES-BARRE, Pa. (AP) - A former northeastern Pennsylvania judge is asking the state Supreme Court to take over a misconduct case against her, accusing the state panel now handling the case of being "fundamentally unfair. More...

School Lunch Menus

SOUTHERN FULTON Breakfast Menu Monday, August 31: breakfast burrito or cereal with roll, fresh fruit or fruit juice, milk. Tuesday, September 1: french toast sticks or cereal with roll, fresh fruit or fruit juice, milk. More...

Pa. Town Of New Hope To Bikers: Keep It Down!

NEW HOPE, Pa. (AP) - A touristy Bucks County town with a biker-friendly reputation is trying to get those bikers to quiet down their hogs. More...

Bill Cosby Urges 'No More Cuts' For Pa. Schools

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - Comedian Bill Cosby finds nothing funny about cutting school funding. More...

Funeral Home Mix-up: U.S. Family Mourns Wrong Body

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - The blue suit and black boots were right, but mourners at a retired trucker's funeral suspected they were gazing at the wrong man. Some friends and family members kissed the body, despite whispers that something seemed amiss. More...

Witnessing PA Amish Firsthand

PARADISE, Pa. (AP) - A family's worth of laundry, in somber shades of black and blue and gray, is neatly pinned to a highflying clothesline that runs between the barn and the farmhouse. More...

Altoona's Boyer Candy Plant Has Machine Fire

ALTOONA, Pa. (AP) - Mallo Cups and Smoothies won't be rolling off the Boyer Candy Co.'s production lines for a few days because of a machine fire at the plant in central Pennsylvania. More...

Smokey Bear Gets An Updated Look From Pa. Artist

LEVITTOWN, Pa. (AP) - A Pennsylvania illustrator is giving an iconic character a makeover. Joe Kulka of Richland in suburban Philadelphia has been chosen to update Smokey Bear for the U.S. Forest Service mascot's 65th birthday. More...

Less Sun Blunts Butterfly Effect This Summer

GLENMOORE, Pa. (AP) - Every spring and summer for the more than four decades that Hal Ziserman has lived in rural Chester County about 30 miles northwest of Philadelphia, he's enjoyed "clouds of butterflies'' in his wildlife-friendly garden. More...

'Real Pain' Felt Amid Grandstanding On Pa. Budget

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - Alarms are going off at the hundreds of agencies that provide help to children from low-income families, battered women, homeless people and others among Pennsylvania's most vulnerable citizens. More...