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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.

Crisis Intervention Team Reaches 150 Members

Another 21 trained crisis intervention experts were added to a roster of over 150 crisis intervention specialists in Franklin County this month.

Janelle Friese is Franklin County Employee of the Month

Janelle Friese was chosen as the county government's Employee of the Month for April. It was presented by Franklin County Commissioners on behalf of the Special Thanks And Recognition (STAR) Committee.

Local Opinion on Marijuana Issue Divided

Most of those who turned out for Lt. Gov. John Fetterman’s listening tour in Franklin County had strong opinions about legalizing marijuana. Few were neutral, or undecided, on the issue.

Absentee Ballot: Who Can Use Them and How to Do It

A voter may apply for and receive an absentee ballot for the upcoming 2019 Municipal Primary Election/Special Election if they are registered to vote and fall into one of the following criteria

2019 Election Information for Franklin County, PA

The County Board of Elections and the Department of State Bureau of Commissions are responsible for management of all elections in Franklin County.

Auditors Report Blasts Use of State’s Gas Tax for Non-Road Projects

A new audit of PennDOT says it could repair more highways and structurally deficient bridges with money it has been forced to pay to State Police.

County Will Have New Voting Machines for November Election

Voting machines in Franklin County will be in place in time for November's general election.

Got Bulky Items? Get Rid of Them This Week

FRANKLIN COUNTY -- Got an old fridge, or a bed or bike you need to get rid of or recycle? This week you can do it without paying a big landfill fee if you live in Chambersburg, Greene or Guilford Townships.

Today Is Last Day to Register to Vote Before Primary

Today is the last day to register for the May 21 Primary election. Here's where you can go and how to do it

County Legislators Will Skip Pot ‘Listening’ Tour

CHAMBERSBURG -- Pennsylvania's Lieutenant Governor John Fetterman is coming to town next month to hear local views on legalizing recreational marijuana.

Kauffman Champions Victims Rights and Protection

HARRISBURG – House Judiciary Committee Chairman Rob Kauffman (R-Franklin) legislation to empower and protect crime victims in Pennsylvania.

Road Work Ahead! Chambersburg Street Improvement set to Begin this...

Local residents can expect some detours around town this summer with major road work expected on ten roads.

Coming Home: Helping Rebuild Lives

Commissioners want to raise awareness among local residents about the difficulties faced by inmates who have served their time and are trying to rebuild their lives.

PA House Bill would Regulate ‘Vape’ Products

To help keep harmful vaping products out of the hands of minors, the House this week passed legislation that would add “electronic nicotine delivery systems” (ENDS) to the law that currently makes it illegal to sell tobacco products to minors.

State Grants Support Local Roadway Improvements, Business Expansion

Three local communities will receive state grants for projects that will improve roads and help create jobs, Rep. Rob Kauffman, R-89, said this week.

CPD’s Sgt. Greenawalt Completes Leadership Training

Chambersburg Police Department Sgt. Jon Greenawalt graduated February from the School of Police Staff and Command (SPSC) at Northwestern University

Grand Jury takes on local opioid crisis

FRANKLIN COUNTY -- A grand jury worked hard the last two years to change attitudes toward drug addiction while targeting the illegal drug trade, according to a report released this week by District Attorney Matt Fogal.

New Hours for Franklin County Senior Centers

Small change in hours of operation for activity centers will benefit seniors in a big way, according to Ag ed ncy on Aging director Traci Kline

CPD Tackling Diversity, Bias Issues

Over half of Chambersburg Police Department's officers completed diversity and implicit bias training this week. The day long training was conducted by Mike Jefferson, the Director of the Crispus Attucks Center for Employment & Training.

Local Fire Companies could get DCNR Grants

DCNR Grants would train, buy equipment to help volunteer fire companies fight brush and forest fires.

Stacie Horvath Honored by County

"We often forget the great things that happen right before our eyes and when they do happen, they should be recognized."

Trapped Motorist Rescued, Taken to MD Hospital

MERCERSBURG -- A trapped motorist was rescued by local emergency responders late last night following a one-vehicle crash on Mercersburg Road.

March is Developmental Disabilities Month

The proclamation seeks to raise awareness about the inclusion of people with developmental disabilities in all areas of community life.

Nonprofits can Seek Block Grant Money

Time is limited for nonprofits to apply for CDBG funds. March 15 is the deadline for projects that will qualify for part of the anticipated $350,000 in funds that Chambersburg expects to get as part of this year's Community Development Block Grant program.

MDJ office reopens in Greencastle

Greencastle's Magisterial District Court 39-3-05 at 401 S. Washington Street is scheduled to reopen on Thursday, Feb. 21. The office was closed last fall to fix mold problem.

Franklin County Working to Address Homelessness

Franklin County is conducting a Point-In-Time Count between January 23rd and 24th. This count will help to identify, understand, and better address the needs of those who are currently experiencing homelessness.
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