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Lane Pleads In Rape, Assault Case

Maximum penalty is 77 years in prison

A 62-year-old Hustontown man faces a maximum 77-year prison sentence after having pleaded guilty this week to allegations he raped and sexually assaulted a boy. Lead prosecutor Tony Forray of the state attorney general’s office told the court on Tuesday, Dennis Eugene Lane has been subject to ongoing plea negotiations as a result of his November 2010 arrest on three […]

Wells Valley Church Bell Dedicated

Church members gather at oldest organized cemetery in Wells Valley

Little historical information is readily available on the founding and early years of the Wells Valley Presbyterian Church. Erected prior to 1834, the original church was located on the same plot as the cemetery located along Wells Valley Road. At this time, the only surviving remnant of the original church is a bell that once tolled for its congregation. On […]

Rabies Case Confirmed Here

Dog to be euthanized following fox attack

The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture confirmed last week a fox that was involved in a squabble with a dog in Brush Creek Township was indeed infected with the rabies virus. Dawn Dilling, domestic animal health inspector from the Department of Ag’s Altoona office, stated the red fox was tested on July 7 with “positive” results. Following up on Dilling’s report, […]

Town Meeting A Washout

Next commissioners’ town meeting set for August 4

The attendance at last Thursday’s town meeting hosted by the Fulton County commissionwhen ers mirrored that of participation of meetings past. In following a “feast or famine” theme, the commissioners Bonnie Mellott Keefer, David Hoover II and Craig Cutchall waited 20 minutes before calling off the town meeting in Emmaville for lack of an audience. The commissioners have encountered lackluster […]

Needmore Woman Dies In Crash

Thought to have been missing from her home

A woman reported missing from her Belfast Township home on Sunday actually succumbed to injuries sustained in a motor vehicle accident that same morning. Pennsylvania State Police Trooper Bradley Poole of the McConnellsburg barracks received a report on July 10, that 74-year-old Needmore resident Marlene Patricia Ellison had gone missing from her home between 8 a.m. and noon. Ellison, who […]

Commends Needmore Fire Co., FCMC

To The Editor: Ten days ago I was injured at my home and was reminded of what an important and wonderful job our local ambulance and EMS volunteers do on a daily basis. The Needmore volunteers that responded to my daughter’s 911 call were extremely kind, patient and professional. They worked through a situation that was anxious for me and […]

Area Youths Attend Work Camp

Area youths went to Petersburg, Va., last week to participate in the Tri-Cities Work Camp. They spent their days working with groups from Virginia and the Carolinas repairing houses. The work ranged from scraping and painting to hanging sheetrock to building ramps to replacing the entire back of a house. The evenings were spent getting to know each other and […]

U.S. Judge Has Robe Stolen While In Men’s Room

PHILADELPHIA (AP) – A sticky-fingered person might be wandering the streets of Philadelphia in a flowing judicial robe. A municipal judge on Wednesday said he had his official garb taken from the robing room at the city courthouse while he was in the men’s room. Judge Joseph Waters Jr. says he had left the door of the room unlocked. The […]

South’s ‘Extreme Drought’ Could Be Felt At Supermarkets Soon

The extreme drought conditions throughout the South and as far west as California that stoked record-setting wildfires are increasingly taking their toll on cattle ranchers, a development that could lead to sticker shock at grocery stores in the fall. With grassland pastures dying and feed prohibitively expensive for many ranchers, huge stocks of cattle are being sold off, setting up […]