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Progress Update: Court Facility Improvement Project

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The multi-faceted Franklin County Court Facility Improvement project is progressing on schedule and continues to be within budget according to Project Manager John Hart.

Thaddeus Stevens Elementary School Designated a Title I Distinguished School

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Thaddeus Stevens Elementary School has been designated a Title I Distinguished School for the 2019-2020 school year.

Medicare Counseling Program Helps Participants Save Money

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Over 600 area senior citizens and individuals with disability took advantage of free face-to-face counseling services offered by APPRISE program volunteers and staff from the Franklin County Area Agency on Aging (FCAAA).

WellSpan Adams Cancer Center Earns COC Accreditation

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WellSpan Adams Cancer Center and Gettysburg Hospital earned a three-year accreditation by the Commission on Cancer. CoC is a program of the American College of Surgeons.

McGrath Named 2019 Chief Probation Officer of the Year

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Franklin County’s Chief Juvenile Probation Officer, Kathleen “Kati” McGrath, is Pennsylvania’s 2019 Chief Probation Officer of the Year.

Diaper Depot: Kindness – A Universal Language

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June of 2015 marked a unique “beginning of giving” at the Central Presbyterian Church in downtown Chambersburg.

WellSpan Touts It’s Community Involvement: ‘It’s What Neighbors Do’

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WellSpan Health provided more than $221 million in community benefits to southcentral Pennsylvania last year. That's according to the health provider's 2019 Community Benefit Report.

American Bankers Association Recognizes Cybersecurity Expert

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The American Bankers Association (ABA) recently recognized contributions by First United Bank & Trust’s Information Security & Disaster Recovery Officer Joyce Flinn.

Franklin County Adult Probation Gains New Deputy Chief and Officer

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President Judge Shawn D. Meyers administered an Oath of Office last week to the 39th Judicial District’s newest Adult Probation employees.

A Frozen Grief Journey Helps Children Process Feelings About Death

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Grieving children and their families are invited to join the Drew Michael Taylor Foundation for A Frozen Grief Journey.

Police: Missing Central PA Man Found Dead

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The body of a Schuykill County man missing since Saturday was found Wednesday in a wooded area in Porter township.

UPDATE: Secrest Road Reopened in Montgomery Township

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A traffic crash took out two power poles in the 14,000 block of Secrest Road in Montgomery Township Thursday afternoon.

AG Shapiro: ‘Safe2Say Something’ Reaches 40,382 Tips in First Year

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On the one year anniversary of the Safe2Say program, Attorney General Josh Shapiro said “Safe2Say Something PA” has reached over 40,000 tips from across the Commonwealth.

PA Takes Action to Combat Human Trafficking

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Pennsylvania’s legislature is working to combat a widespread, hidden human trafficking problem in the state while recognizing National Slavery and Human Trafficking Awareness Month.

It’s That Time of Year: Keep Babies Safe From RSV

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If you’re a mom or have mom friends, a recent scroll on your social feeds may have made one thing clear. Babies in the area are coming down with respiratory syncytial virus, or RSV.

Obituary: Rita Bryson

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Rita Bryson, 96, of Shippensburg, formerly of Hatboro, Montgomery County, died on the morning of Saturday, January 11, 2020, at the Chambers Pointe Nursing Home, Chambersburg, PA.

Foundation Seeks Leadership Franklin County Youth Class Applications

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Current ninth-grade students seeking to develop leadership skills and learn about their community can apply for Leadership Franklin County's Youth class of 2020-2021.

Local Residents Can Visit Ireland With Chamber Travel Club

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The Greater Chambersburg Chamber of Commerce and its travel club has a message for local residents.

IceFest 2020 to Feature Over 80 Ice Sculptures, 30+ Events

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More than 15,000 people will flock to Downtown Chambersburg for dancing, dining and fun later this month while marveling at over 80 ice sculptures glistening on the sidewalks of Main Street.

Obituary: Priscilla Kathleen Nearons

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Priscilla Kathleen Nearons, 81, life-long resident of Shippensburg, departed this life on the afternoon of Thursday, January 9, 2020, at her home.

D.L. Martin Names Terry Heidel Employee of the Month

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The D.L. Martin Co. recognizes Terry Heidel as Employee of the Month for December. Terry lives in Shirleysburg and has nine years of service with the company.

Scotland Campus to Compete in Dunks for Drew

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Scotland Campus Sports’ Prep basketball team, boasting a barrage of highly recruited prospects, plays the 4 p.m. game in Saturday’s annual Dunks For Drew Event at Chambersburg Area High School.

Obituary: Bertha Swailes McQuerry

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Bertha Swailes McQuerry, age 99, formerly of Walnut Bottom, PA passed away peacefully at Cumberland Crossings Retirement Community in Carlisle on Tuesday evening, January 7, 2020.

Performers Invited to A Cappella & Unplugged

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Start your journey to winning $500. Join A Cappella & Unplugged IceFest Open Mic at 5 p.m. Feb. 1 in the Great Room of the 11/30 Visitors Center on the square in downtown Chambersburg.

Obituary: Kenneth Clarence Ketterer

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Kenneth Clarence Ketterer, 78, of Newville, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, January 7, 2020, at his home, surrounded by his caregivers and friends.

Letter To The Editor: New Year’s Eve Fundraiser at Coyle Free...

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On December 31, Coyle Free Library roared into the 20s with its second New Year’s Eve Gala celebration.

Community Garden Workshop Focus on Permaculture

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Healthy Franklin County and Wilson College are hosting a free community garden workshop Feb. 1 in Allen Auditorium, Warfield Hall at Wilson College.

Winter Weather Preparedness Tips

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Winter comes as no surprise, but many folks may not be ready for its arrival. Preparing for the hazards of a winter storm means you are more likely to remain safe and healthy when it strikes.

Obituary: Joan “Jo” E. Bollinger

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Joan “Jo” E. Bollinger, 83, of Carlisle, departed this life on the morning of Sunday, January 5, 2020, at the UPMC Carlisle Hospital.

Obituary: Nathan D. Miller

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Nathan Miller, 40, Chambersburg, passed away Saturday, January 4, 2020 at home after a three year battle with Primary Sclerosing Cholangitis despite having received a live liver transplant from his uncle, Douglas Walter.

Reentry Simulation Set for Wednesday

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Join the Chamber Foundation's Leadership Franklin County Community class and learn what life is like for a citizen returning from incarceration.

Wellspan Health Recognized for Emergency Notification System

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WellSpan Health was recognized this month for its efforts to keep employees safe in crisis situations.

Premie is First 2020 Baby in Franklin County

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A little boy, born at 8:14 p.m. on New Year’s Day, was the first bundle of joy at WellSpan Chambersburg Hospital in 2020.

Sisters Opening Boutique With Focus on Fashion, Affordability

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Formed by a sisterhood, Black & Blush Boutique hopes to expand the sense of family to nearby businesses as it settles into its store on Chambersburg’s Main Street.

$267K Awarded to Franklin County Community Projects

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A dozen different projects will receive $267,000 in funding this year through Franklin County ‘s Tourism and Quality of Life Enhancement Grant.

Franklin County Dec. Employee Of Month

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Hannah Crean, a caseworker with the county’s Children and Youth Department, is Franklin County’s December Employee of the Month.

13th ‘Dunks For Drew’ Set For Jan. 11

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Area residents have a chance to watch six high school boys’ basketball teams compete against each other on one day. It happens in one gym on Jan. 11 – and all for a charitable cause.

SFD Will Train With Live Burn This Weekend

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Four Shippensburg fire companies will train this weekend in a way they seldom get to do. The training takes place during a controlled burn, enabling firefighters while fighting a live house fire in their community.

Obituary: Mildred M. Perry

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Mildred M. Perry, 91, formerly of Shippensburg and Orrstown, departed this world for her heavenly home on January 1, 2020, while a resident of the Shippensburg Health Care Center.

Police Log: Theft, Public Drunkenness

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Local police are investigating two local crimes of public drunkenness and theft of property from the Coyle Free Library.
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