January 30, 2013 RSS feed / Local & State

County Jobless Rate Up For December

County now ranks 61 out of 67

STAFF WRITER Fulton County’s unemployment rate for December increased by 1.4 tenths percent, from 8.6 percent in November to 10 percent in December, the only month in 2012 when unemployment hit double digits. More...

Financial Focus

Avoid Becoming A “Groundhog Day” Investor

Groundhog Day is almost here. For most of its history – which, according to some reports, dates back to the first celebration in 1886 or 1887 in Punxsutawney, Pa. – Groundhog Day held little significance for most Americans. More...

U.S. Sen. From Pa.: Expand Social Security Screening

ASSOCIATED PRESS PHILADELPHIA (AP) – U.S. Sen. Bob Casey says a pilot program designed to prevent criminals from becoming managers of a person's Social Security benefits has screened out dozens of people convicted of fraud and violence. More...

Billions In Gas Drilling Royalties Transform Lives

ASSOCIATED PRESS PITTSBURGH (AP) – Private landowners are reaping billions of dollars in royalties each year from the boom in natural gas drilling, transforming lives and livelihoods even as the windfall provides only a modest boost to the broa More...

Franklin Financial Announces First-Quarter Dividend

The board of directors of Franklin Financial Services Corp. declared a 17 cents per share regular quarterly dividend for the first quarter of 2013. More...

Marriage License

Tony Eugene Taylor, 34, Warfordsburg, and Carrie Anne Bradley, 36, Warfordsburg, applied for a marriage license at the local courthouse during the past week. More...

PSU Dean’s List

Penn State University dean’s list for the fall 2012 term is as follows: Shelby Brant, Waterfall, Mont Alto. Elissa Colledge, Wells Tannery, Altoona. Dylan Deimler, Burnt Cabins, Mont Alto. Emily Deshong, Harrisonville, Mont Alto. More...

Rare Posters Seized By Nazis Net $2.5M At NYC Sale

NEW YORK (AP) – A poster collection seized from a Jewish collector by the Nazis and only returned to his descendants in recent years has brought in approximately $2.5 million at a New York auction. More...

FR Band Students Compete At Districts

Three members of Forbes Road Senior High band travelled to Philipsburg-Osceola Area High School last week to participate in the 2013 PMEA District 4 band festival. More...

Tips To Lose Weight And Keep It Off

In the midst of an obesity epidemic, it’s easy to ignore that little bit of extra weight you may be carrying around. More...

Money Fears Vs. Real Benefits In Medicaid Choice

ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON (AP) – President Barack Obama thinks his health care law makes states an offer they can’t refuse. More...

Obama: Privilege To Use King’s Bible In Inaugural

ASSOCIATED PRESS President Barack Obama says it was a privilege to take the oath of office using a Bible that had been owned by the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. More...

Plan For Old WCH Up For Discussion

HAGERSTOWN, Md. (AP) – Hagerstown officials are considering a proposed redevelopment concept for the former Washington County Hospital properties in the city’s East End. More...

Dermatologists May Unknowingly Be Misdiagnosing A Rare Form Of Cancer

Medical misdiagnoses may be a lot more common than many patients realize. More...

Where There’s Smoke, There’s ... Pot

WHITEHALL, Pa. (AP) – Police in one Pittsburgh suburb have come up with a new twist on an old adage: Where there's smoke ... there's marijuana. More...

Ex-officer Convicted In Central Pa. Bar Fight Case

ALTOONA, Pa. (AP) – A former central Pennsylvania police officer has been convicted of assaulting two men at a bar and then trying to cover-up the incident. More...

Chuck Berry Earns Lifetime Achievement Award

ST. LOUIS (AP) – Chuck Berry can add yet another award to his trophy case. The 86-year-old St. Louis native and rock ‘n’ roll legend received a lifetime achievement award Monday from the St. Louis Arts and Education Council. More...

DEEDS

The following deeds were recorded at the local courthouse during the past week. State tax stamps affixed to deeds indicate one percent of the purchase price or of the fair market value: McConnellsburg Volunteer Fire Co. More...

Artist’s Obsession With Twinkies Spans 4 Decades

ASSOCIATED PRESS RENO, Nev. (AP) – Long before Hostess Brands’ plan to shut down made Twinkies the rage, Nancy Peppin found something special about the creamfilled snack cakes. No, she doesn’t have a sweet tooth for them. More...

County Gets Retirement Fund Update

Pledges $5,000 toward Pike 2 Bike project

NEWS EDITOR The Fulton County commissioners dealt with a varied agenda of topics on Tuesday, hearing about the status of the county’s pension fund, the availability of funding to digitize court records and the status of an economic analysis for More...

Jury Commissioners Want Placed On All Primary Ballots

Some counties abolished office before Supreme Court ruling

The Pennsylvania Association of Jury Commissioners filed a request with the Pennsylvania Supreme Court last week asking the commonwealth’s highest court to order counties to place the office of jury commissioner on this year’s primary bal More...

Public Assistance, Hazard Mitigation Briefing Scheduled

A public assistance briefing is scheduled for Fulton County, Monday, January 28, at 6 p.m., according to the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency (PEMA) and the U. S. More...

FR Honor Roll

SECOND MARKING PERIOD All A’s Grade seven: Kyra Duvall, Anthony Goshorn, Courtney Schoen, Lane Ulsh. Grade eight: Matthew Brown, McKenzie Gelvin, Kristina Parsons, Dylan Varney. More...

Judge Van Horn Holds Court Session

NEWS EDITOR Judge Carol L. Van Horn of the 39th Judicial District and the Fulton/Franklin County Court of Common Pleas presided over a court session held at the Fulton County Courthouse on Tuesday, January 22. More...

PSU Graduates

Area Penn State University graduates of the fall 2012 term are as follows: Katina Gilliland, Three Springs, University Park. Thomas Gough, Needmore, Erie. Traci Hann, Three Springs, World Campus. Jaime Schwartz, Harrisonville, Mont Alto. More...

Attains Dean’s List

Juniata College has named 365 students to the dean’s list for the 2012 fall semester. More...

Students At Pa. School Must Ask For Toilet Paper

MAHANOY CITY, Pa. (AP) – An eastern Pennsylvania high school says vandalism forced it to create a policy in which toilet paper has been taken out of the boys’ bathrooms. More...

School Lunch Menus

CENTRAL FULTON Breakfast Menu Monday, February 4: assorted cereal or assorted yogurt cups, toast w/spreads, fruit or juice, milk. Tuesday, February 5: assorted cereal or pancakes w/syrup, toast w/spreads, fruit or juice, milk. More...

Dickerson Performs At Farm Show

McConnellsburg FFA member DeAnne Dickerson was again able to showcase her musical talent early this month when she performed the national anthem at FFA’s midwinter convention during the Pennsylvania Farm Show. More...

Interpol: We’ll Recover Art Stolen In Dutch Heist

BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) – The head of Interpol says he believes police will retrieve valuable paintings that were stolen from a museum in the Netherlands last year, including works by Picasso, Monet and Matisse. More...

Pa. Outdoors Show, Focus Of Boycott, Is Postponed

ASSOCIATED PRESS HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – A large Pennsylvania outdoors show was postponed indefinitely Thursday after its organizers' ban on assault weapons triggered a backlash and a growing vendor boycott. More...

Man Jailed In Fight With Police At Pa. Bookstore

GREENSBURG, Pa. (AP) – A man has been jailed on charges that he fought with state troopers and tried to disarm them of their stun guns when they responded to a disturbance at a western Pennsylvania bookstore. More...

Northeast Pa. Care Home Evacuated After Burst Pipe

DALLAS, Pa. (AP) – A personal care home in northeastern Pennsylvania had to be evacuated after a water pipe burst, forcing out dozens. More...

What You Need To Fight The Flu And Common Cold

While last year’s cold and flu season was mild, experts say this year could bring you a wallop of sniffles and sneezes. More...

Attains Dean’s List

Samanthia J. McQuade of McConnellsburg has been named to the dean’s list at Shepherd University for the fall semester. More...

Expiring Credits, Deductions Extended By Congress

ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON (AP) – Taxpayers preparing to file their 2012 returns can breathe a collective sigh of relief. More...

Battle Lines Taking Shape Over Pa. Highways Bill

ASSOCIATED PRESS HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – The battlefield is beginning to take shape for the upcoming push by Gov. More...

Tax Rates, AMT Patch Already Set For 2013 Tax Year

ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON (AP) – You can expect a lot less endof the-year drama on taxes in 2013. But there's a price tag: The payroll tax holiday has ended for all workers, and higher-income people will bear a heavier tax burden. More...

Paying Estimated Taxes Critical For Self-employed

ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON (AP) – Some people work for themselves because they like the autonomy. Others have been unable to find full-time, regular jobs and have had to settle for contract work for a specific project or period of time. More...