January 23, 2014 RSS feed / Local & State

Junior high flute players

from Franklin and Fulton counties along with McConnellsburg percussionist Joshua Booth perform under the direction of guest conductor Dr. James Latten Saturday at the county band festival held in McConnellsburg. More...

Blacksmithing To Beat The Winter Blues

Local blacksmith Jack Appleby teaching trade to locals

NEWS EDITOR At a time when most people are looking at photos of their last summer vacation or trying to figure out where their next beach vacation will take place, Jack Appleby has found the perfect location to beat the winter doldrums. More...

Train Carrying Crude Oil Derails On Bridge

PHILADELPHIA (AP) – The Coast Guard says a train carrying crude oil has derailed on a bridge over a river in Philadelphia. Local police contacted the Coast Guard at about 1 a.m. More...

School Lunch Menus

FORBES ROAD Lunch Monday, January 27: country fried steak, mashed potatoes w/ gravy, peas, choice of fruit, choice of milk. Tuesday, January 28: barbecue chicken sandwich, cheeseburger soup,choice of fruit, choice of milk. More...

Graduates

Jeremy Fleming, grandson of Edward and Genevieve Younker of Harrisonville, recently graduated from basic training with the United States Air Force in Lackland, Texas. More...

Get Geared Up For The Great Backyard Bird Count!

Bird-watchers around the world needed to gather crucial data

New York, N.Y. and Ithaca, N.Y. – From Afghanistan to Zimbabwe, bird-watchers from more than 100 countries are expected to participate in the 17th annual Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC), February 14–17, 2014. More...

Pa. Casinos Suffer Revenue Hit Despite Table Games

ASSOCIATED PRESS Gamblers at Pennsylvania casinos continued to hit the tables in a big way last year, but all those hands of blackjack and spins of the roulette wheel still weren’t enough to prevent the industry from suffering its first overall More...

Penn State Says Applications Are On The Increase

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) – Penn State is reporting that applications are on the rise, and officials say it’s a sign the school may be starting to get the Jerry Sandusky scandal behind it. More...

Game Day Party Tips For Football Fans

(StatePoint) – Entertaining this football season? To make your gatherings memorable, you’ll need to do more than just turn on the game and hope for the best. More...

Seniors Hold Mic Night

A homemade baked goods auction was held January 11 at Warfordsburg Senior Center’s Mic Night. It was a huge success due to Kevin Rohm, the auctioneer, and the musicians. More...

Pa. Eminent Domain Pipeline Fight Headed For Court

(WASHINGTON) OBSERVER-REPORTER WASHINGTON, Pa. (AP) – Ron and Sallie Cox’s house in North Strabane Township is nestled behind a lush forest they are fighting to protect from a new natural gas pipeline inching toward their property. More...

February Is Pet Dental Health Month: Are Your Dog’s Teeth Healthy?

(StatePoint) – Did you know that oral hygiene is tied to your pet’s overall health? Studies show that keeping your pet’s mouth healthy may increase life expectancy by up to two years. More...

2 Charged In Death Of Woman Found In Pa. Preserve

LANCASTER, Pa. (AP) – Two men were charged Thursday with stabbing a woman to death in a wildlife preserve and then setting her body on fire by dousing it with gasoline. More...

Resolution Of Respect

LAKE WHEREAS it has pleased almighty God to remove from our midst Mrs. Ethel Lake. More...

PBS Coals Lays Off 40 More Workers In SW Pa.

FRIEDENS, Pa. (AP) – PBS Coals has laid off 40 more workers, bringing the southwestern Pennsylvania coal company’s employment to less than half what it was in 2011. More...

Yuengling Ice Cream About To Hit Grocery Shelves

ORWIGSBURG, Pa. (AP) – An ice cream brand with a famous name in Pennsylvania is coming back to stores shelves in about a month. More...

Driver Badly Hurt After Collision With Train

HATBORO, Pa. (AP) – Authorities say a car was hit by a commuter train in Montgomery County and the driver was taken to a local hospital in extremely critical condition. More...

Pa. Eminent Domain Pipeline Fight Headed For Court

(WASHINGTON) OBSERVER-REPORTER WASHINGTON, Pa. (AP) – Ron and Sallie Cox's house in North Strabane Township is nestled behind a lush forest they are fighting to protect from a new natural gas pipeline inching toward their property. More...

Deeds Recorded

The following deeds were recorded at the local courthouse during the past week. More...

Historical Society Winter Meeting Jan. 31

Fulton County Historical Society will hold its winter general membership meeting at 7 p.m., January 31, at McConnellsburg United Presbyterian Church. The program for the evening will be a presentation by Steve M. More...

Casey, State Officials Have Pushed For CDBG Investment

Program will create jobs, assist with low-income housing

U.S. Sen. Bob Casey (D-PA) announced that the congressional budget agreement, which passed both the Senate and the House this week, will include $3 billion in funding for Community Block Development Grants (CDBG). More...

Student Musicians Showcase Talent

MHS hosts Franklin/Fulton County Band Festival

NEWS EDITOR Perhaps Dixie Paruch, Central Fulton School District superintendent, summed up Saturday afternoon’s festivities best by saying, “Music is inspiration to the soul.” More...

Forbes Holds Brief Board Meeting

Adopts Act 1 Resolution

STAFF WRITER The Forbes Road School District’s board of directors held a brief regular meeting last Monday evening that began with a nearly one-hour executive session for personnel reasons. More...

Diabetes Specialist Joins FCMC Specialty Services

Fulton County Medical Center is pleased to announce that endocrinologist Dr. Andrew Behnke of Cumberland Valley Endocrinology Center will begin seeing patients in the Specialty Services building February 7, 2014. Dr. More...

Woman Fatally Shot In Chest For Purse

PHILADELPHIA (AP) –Authorities say a 26-year-old woman was fatally shot in the chest during a robbery in a neighborhood just outside of downtown Philadelphia. More...

Driver Suspended After Pa. School Bus Drags Girl

ELLWOOD CITY, Pa. (AP) – A school bus driver has been suspended while state police and the bus company investigate an incident in which an 8-year-old girl was dragged for a block when her backpack got caught in the vehicles door. More...

Call Of the List Held January 14

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 on Tuesday, January 14, in the Franklin County Courthouse. More...

Physicians Group Says Pa. Emergency Care Improves

PITTSBURGH (AP) – A physicians group says that Pennsylvania has made significant improvements in access to emergency care, but that some related areas still need work. More...

Outdoorsman, 78, Taken To Grave In Motor Boat

MOUNT WOLF, Pa. (AP) – A man who loved the outdoors was carried to his grave in a boat pulled by a truck on Wednesday. The casket of 78-year-old Ronald Bloss Sr. More...

Pa. Charity Keeps Funding Gas Drilling Research

ASSOCIATED PRESS PITTSBURGH (AP) – The Heinz Endowments are continuing to strongly support research and advocacy relating to environmental and health impacts of natural gas hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, in spite of significant turnover in More...

Did You Know: Probiotics Can Improve More Than Just Stomach Health

(StatePoint) – If you’re familiar with probiotics, you probably know that these “good bacteria,” found in such foods as yogurt and pickles, are associated with good digestive health. More...

Pa. Man Propositioned Women With Cheese

PHILADELPHIA (AP) – Philadelphia police have arrested a man they believe used Swiss cheese to sexually proposition unsuspecting women. More...

Residents Recall B-52 Crash, Nuclear Scare

(SOMERSET) DAILY AMERICAN SOMERSET, Pa. (AP) – Nearly 50 years ago to the day, strong winds and faulty mechanics hurled five U.S. airmen to the earth from above southern Somerset County. More...

Fire Truck Maker American LaFrance Closes Pa. Site

EPHRATA, Pa. (AP) – Fire truck and rescue vehicle manufacturer American LaFrance has closed a warehouse, production and service facility in Pennsylvania, idling about 150 workers. More...

You’re Not Alone – A Doctor’s Take On Common Gastrointestinal Symptoms

(StatePoint) – Frequent and bothersome gastrointestinal (GI) symptoms are more common than you may think. More...

Comcast To Build Second, Taller Philly Skyscraper

PHILADELPHIA (AP) – Comcast Corp. already built the tallest skyscraper in Philadelphia. On Wednesday, it announced plans to build an even taller one. More...

Judge Spikes Photo ID Requirement For Pa.Voters

ASSOCIATED PRESS HARRISBURG, Pa. More...

Pa. Women Charged With Locking Up Kids At Night

ELIZABETHVILLE, Pa. (AP) – Two central Pennsylvania women are headed to court on charges they endangered two children in their care by locking one in her bedroom and shackling the other to his dresser at night. More...

Ex-student Sold Gun In Pa. school shooting

PHILADELPHIA (AP) – Philadelphia police say a 17- year-old who shot two classmates got the gun only moments before from an ex-student who bypassed metal detectors as a “guest.” More...

In Berks, Elsewhere, Debate Rages On Minimum Wage

READING EAGLE READING, Pa. (AP) – Gary Intelisano has a vision for his business on Carsonia Avenue. More...

Worry, Debate Follow Pa. Court’s Drilling Decision

ASSOCIATED PRESS HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – Last month’s state Supreme Court decision that backed the rights of municipalities in their fight against Gov. More...

Persistent Pa. Man Regains Sleep, Wins Flashing Neon Sign Flap

UNIONTOWN, Pa. (AP) – After months of pleading with South Union Township supervisors, Tony Mercadante’s persistence is paying off. Supervisors are poised to adopt a neon sign ordinance that will prohibit flashing signs between 10 p.m. More...