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Victim Protection Bills Championed by Kauffman Signed into Law

Rep. Rob Kauffman (R-89), chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, joined the governor when a package of bills was signed into law focused on providing better protections to crime victims.

Police Log: Assault – Lost and Found Items

Area police investigated a fight in Shippensburg over the weekend and took several lost and found reports.

Harris Takes Over Women’s Soccer Program

Wilson College Director of Athletics Lori Frey has announced that Terrance Harris has been named the interim head coach of the women's soccer program.

Stonehill Appointed to Important National Committee

Jeffrey Stonehill has been appointed to serve on the International City/County Management Association's Governmental Affairs and Policy Committee.

A Cappella & Unplugged Semi-Finalists

Franklin County Visitors Bureau invites the public to view the semi-finalists of A Cappella & Unplugged 2019 on Facebook

My Car Butler Celebrates Grand Opening

Business leaders and community members gathered early Friday to celebrate the Grand Opening of My Car Butler’s automotive campus with a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony.

Telephone Town Hall to Focus on Budget

State Rep. Paul Schemel (R-Franklin) will host a telephone town hall from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday, July 18, to provide an update from the Capitol on the state’s 2019-20 budget.

County Proceeds With Future Administration Building Plans

Franklin County Commissioners reviewed floor plans this week for a new 35,772 square-foot administration complex at North Second and Grant Streets.

Mount Aloysius College Hosts Summer Open House

Mount Aloysius College is holding a summer open house on Friday, July 19, at 10 a.m. in their Wolf-Kuhn Gallery. The event is open to all new, transfer, and returning adult students and their families.

Angel Eye System Helps Parents See Their Babies in NICU

For nine anxious months, Sara Shank’s body stretched to accommodate the growth of her first child, a son, with husband Nick.

New Visitors Guide to Franklin County Now Available

The Franklin County Visitors Bureau completed the 2019 Visitors Guide, the largest and most inclusive publication to help visitors explore Franklin County.

Washington Township Targets Aggressive Drivers

Washington Township Police Department will join the Pennsylvania State Police and over 215 municipal agencies to conduct the third targeted aggressive-driving enforcement wave through August 25.

Topper’s Office Open Additional Hours

Rep. Jesse Topper’s McConnellsburg office will now be open an additional day each week.

Volunteers Needed to Help With James Burd Playground Project

August 8th is the big day! The James Burd Community Playground Build will occur that Thursday.

Replacing Keystone Exams with SATs Would Save Money, Help Students and...

In a new special report released today, Auditor General Eugene DePasquale said Pennsylvania taxpayers are still spending tens of millions of dollars every year on the Keystone Exams, which have not been federally required for four years.

Obituary: Anna B. (Berrier) Johnson 1937 ~ 2019

Anna B. (Berrier) Johnson, 81, of Orrstown, departed this life on Sunday, July 7, 2019, surrounded by her loving family.

Setting a Positive Tone Vital for Kids Facing Surgery

The smallest surgical patients get special treatment at the Roy A. Himelfarb Surgery Center, and it shows in their faces.

Totem Pole Preview Performances of ‘Souvenir’ This Weekend

Totem Pole Playhouse opens its third production in its new summer subscription series, Souvenir by Stephen Temperley, this weekend.

52nd Annual Greencastle Sidewalk Days

Over 100 crafters, merchants, food vendors and community groups will be on hand for the 52nd Annual Greencastle Sidewalk Days this weekend.

Obituary: Brian K. Deimier 1961 ~ 2019

Brian K. Deimler, 58, of Newburg, departed this life after a brief illness, on the evening of Saturday, July 6, 2019, at his home surrounded by his loving family.

Keeping Kids Safe This Summer

Keeping kids safe during the summer months means being diligent about sun exposure, water safety and other issues.

Local RN Receives DAISY Award

Derek Coy, a Registered Nurse at WellSpan Chambersburg Hospital, received the June DAISY award after being nominated by a heart attack survivor for his exceptional care and compassion.

A ‘Sign’ of the Times at WellSpan Waynesboro Hospital

Signs going up at WellSpan Waynesboro Hospital literally point to continued high-quality health care from familiar faces at the 57-bed facility, according to hospital officials.

Obituary: Dora E. Eckenrode 1928 ~ 2019

Dora E. Eckenrode, 91, of Orrstown, passed away peacefully at home, surrounded by her loving family, on Thursday, July 4, 2019, the eve of her 72nd wedding anniversary.

Flood Advisory for Parts of Franklin, Adams Counties

The National Weather Service in State College PA has issued a Flood Advisory for southwestern Adams County and the southeastern part of Franklin County this evening.

Fireworks: Know the Rules and Stay Safe

Recently, the Chambersburg Police Dept. has responded to a number of incidents of fireworks being set off next to occupied structures and areas that are prohibited.

Work of Area Artists at Chambersburg Hospital

The work of area artists Gloria Walker and Bonnie O’Leary are featured in an art exhibit at Chambersburg Hospital this month.

Obituary: Alfred R. Ocker 1938 ~ 2019

Alfred R. Ocker, 80, of Shippensburg, passed away on Tuesday, July 2, 2019 in Select Specialty Hospital of York, as a result of an automobile accident.

Food Map Helps Feed the Hungry

An interactive food nutrition map is now available to assist the public and service agencies who are looking for food resources in Franklin County.

Keystone Opens Chiropractic, Foot and Ankle Center

Keystone Health has opened two new practices this month. Keystone Chiropractic and Keystone Foot and Ankle Center began seeing patients on July 1.

Ribbon Cutting: Sweet Grace Ministries

Sweet Grace Ministries officially opened their headquarters at 77 Horst Avenue with an open house and ribbon cutting Thursday, June 27.

New legislation will Expand Protections for Child Testifiers

The governor recently signed into law Senate Bill 479, legislation that mirrors a bill authored by Rep. Rob Kauffman (R-89), to protect more children from the trauma of testifying in court.

Obituary: Michael Albright 1949 ~ 2019

Michael Albright, 69, of Shippensburg, departed this life on the morning of Tuesday, June 25, 2019 at the Chambersburg Hospital.

Governor Signs Hershey’s Crime Victims Bill

Gov. Tom Wolf today signed legislation that guarantees crime victims access to court proceedings in their cases.

County Hires New Planning Director

Mercersburg resident Steve Thomas has joined Franklin County’s staff as the county’s new planning director.

Obituary: William Scott Baker 1962 ~ 2019

William Scott Baker, 56, of St. Thomas, departed this life on the afternoon of Wednesday, June 26, 2019, at his home.

Report: 30% of Franklin County Households Struggle to Survive

A new report shows 30 percent of Franklin County households are struggling to survive.

‘Smoke on the Mountain’ Opens This Weekend

The hugely popular Bluegrass Gospel stage musical was first presented during the 1997 season and was so successful it returned again the next year in 1998.

Obituary: Blain A. Kirby 1939 ~ 2019

Blain A. Kirby, 80, of St. Thomas, departed this life on the evening of June 24, 2019, at the Chambersburg Hospital.

Kati McGrath Is County’s Top Employee for June

Franklin County's Chief Juvenile Probation Officer Kathleen (Kati) McGrath was selected as the county's top employee for June.
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