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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.

Topper’s Office Open Additional Hours

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

New Law to Close Alcohol Sales Loophole

A bill by Rep. Jesse Topper (R-78) to close an alcohol sales loophole in the updated liquor laws and give voters more say in their community has been signed into law by Gov. Tom Wolf.

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.

Governor Signs Hershey’s Crime Victims Bill

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

New Legislation Restores Police Ability to Conduct Joint Operations

Rep. Rob Kauffman, R-89, says legislation that is awaiting Gov. Tom Wolf’s signature makes it possible for the area’s police agencies to continue to work together on joint enforcement projects.

County Hires New Planning Director

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

Balanced PA Budget Passes House, Goes to Senate

Franklin County legislators weren't entirely in agreement about the 2019-20 state budget package approved by the House of Representatives this week.

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.

Auditor General to Revisit Dog Law Enforcement Audit

The Auditor General Eugene DePasquale said today that he will be revisiting his 2013 special performance audit of the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture’s Dog Law Enforcement Office.

Legislative Report With Rep. Rob Kauffman

Rep.Rob Kaufman reports on happenings in the PA legislature.

Warning: Scam Calls Targeting Recipients of Property Tax & Rent Rebates

The Department of Revenue today issued a warning to Pennsylvanians to be cautious of a scam targeting seniors and people with disabilities who receive rebates through the Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program.

Property Tax, Rent Rebate Deadline Extended

The deadline to apply for the state’s Property Tax/Rent Rebate has been extended to Dec. 31.

Multi-County Insurance Program Pays Dividends, Offsets Costs

Being part of the County Commissioners Association of Pennsylvania’s PA Counties Risk Pool Unemployment Trust is paying off for Franklin County. Franklin County has received an average of $49,665 per year since 2015 from the unemployment compensation trust fund.

Hershey Highlights Availability of Unclaimed Property

An estimated 1 in 10 Pennsylvania residents has unclaimed property waiting for them. That totals more than $3 billion sitting in the Pennsylvania Treasury.

Kauffman Gets Guardian of Victims’ Rights Award

Rep. Rob Kauffman, R-89, was presented the Guardian of Victims' Rights Award last week at his Chambersburg office.

Bill Supporting AG Education Passes House

House Bill 1514 will revise and reestablish the Healthy Farms Healthy Schools program has unanimously passed the House of Representatives today.

New Co-Pilot System in Use at Senior Centers

Franklin County Commissioners approved hardware and software for a touchscreen system in senior centers through December 2021.

House Passes Charter School Reform Package

Today, the Pennsylvania House of Representatives passed four pieces of legislation designed to update and improve the Commonwealth’s charter school law.

Road Work Scheduled in Chambersburg

Major road construction is scheduled this summer on seven streets in Chambersburg, according to Assistant Borough Manager Phil Wolgemuth.

Franklin County Seniors Can Get Free Fruits, Veggies

The USDA Pennsylvania Farmers Market Nutrition Program provides low-income seniors with a way to purchase fresh fruits and vegetables from participating local farmers.

Farm-to-School Act for Pre-K to 5th Grade

The House Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee on Wednesday approved a package of bills that included one sponsored by Rep. John Hershey (R-Juniata/Mifflin/Franklin) in pursuit of supporting agriculture education.

House Bill 360 – Combating Human Trafficking and Child Marriage

The House today approved legislation by Rep. Jesse Topper (R-Bedford/Franklin/Fulton) to increase the legal age a person can get married to 18 as part of efforts to address the heinous crime of human trafficking.

Bicycle, Skateboard Rules in Chambersburg

Local police are warning cyclists and skateboarders they need to walk their “vehicles” in downtown Chambersburg.

Lose a Bike? CPD Might Have It

The owner of a red and white Huffy bicycle found in the 400 block of South Fourth Street last week can claim it at Chambersburg Police Department.

Franklin County Employee of the Month ~ May 2019

The Franklin County Commissioners on behalf of the Special Thanks And Recognition (STAR) Committee proudly present the Employee of the Month award to Dr. Kim Eaton.

AG Takes Game Commission to Task for Lack of Transparency

Auditor General Eugene DePasquale today said his new performance audit shows the Pennsylvania Game Commission should strengthen its financial oversight and hold gas and oil companies accountable for lease royalty payments.

Senior Citizens ‘Centers Without Walls’

The Franklin County Area Agency on Aging recently hosted a “Center Without Walls” event at the Carrack United Methodist Church in Fort Loudon.

PA Auditor General Takes Legislature to Task Over PSP Pay Issue

With the busy Memorial Day travel period beginning, Auditor General Eugene DePasquale today thanked Pennsylvania State Troopers for keeping our highways safe and urged the General Assembly to adequately fund the statewide law enforcement agency.

Voters Give Shank Overwhelming Win

Mary Beth Shank won both Republican and Democratic nominations for an opening on the bench as a judge in the Court of Common Pleas 39th Judicial District during Tuesday's primary election.

Anthony Wins Republican Nomination for Sheriff

Dane Anthony is looking forward to his anticipated return to the Franklin County Sheriff’s office in January.

Franklin County Resident Mastriano Wins Special Election

Doug Mastriano was quickly welcomed to the Pennsylvania Senate following his landslide win over Democrat Sarah Hammond Tuesday.

Unofficial Election Results

Franklin County, PA voters have made their choice yesterday. Here are the latest results for the May 21st Primary Election.

Chambersburg Hires a Diversity Manager

A bilingual Greencastle woman was hired by the borough of Chambersburg this month to lead an effort to bring diversity to the town's workforce.

Committee Advanced HB-360, HB-365, and HB-1402

The House Judiciary Committee today approved three House bills to increase the safety of Pennsylvania homeowners, minors and those who are the targets of sexual extortion.

Candidate List for the May 21st Election

The 2019 Municipal Election for Franklin County, Pennsylvania is scheduled for Tuesday, May 21st, 2019. Polls will open 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Town Hall Meeting to Focus on Criminal Justice Reform

State Rep. Paul Schemel will address criminal justice reform efforts during a town hall meeting Thursday. Schemel will talk about initiatives underway.

Judiciary Committee to Hold Voting Meeting

Rep. Rob Kauffman to lead a voting meeting on House Bills 360, 365 and 1402 and any other business that may come before the committee.

K-9 Demos to Be Part of Training Center Open House

Attendees can expect to see demonstrations including article searches, drug locating and suspect apprehensions.

Franklin County Continues Partnership with ICE

Franklin County will not become a sanctuary for immigrants in the area illegally. County Commissioners said that Franklin County law enforcement agencies will continue to cooperate with ICE.
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