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New Legislation Designed to Save Tax Dollars

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Three bills introduced by Rep. Paul Schemel (R-Franklin) that aim to improve intergovernmental cooperation to save taxpayers money were signed into law.

LIHEAP Program Taking Applications For Heating Assistance

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Residents struggling with home heating bills can apply for assistance from the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), which opened Nov. 1.

New Law Supports #GoodJobs4PA

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A new state law signed by Gov. Tom Wolf this month brings the most significant reforms to the state's Career and Technical Education laws in more than three decades.

House ‘Helpers and Heroes’ Package Awaits Senate Action

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Pennsylvania’s House of Representatives continued its commitment to supporting first responders last week.

New State Parks Study Will Help Shape Future of State’s Park...

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A preliminary report gleaned from results of an extensive two-year survey seeking public input on the future of Pennsylvanian’s state parks is now available for public viewing.

Chambersburg To Set Rules For Tattoo Parlors, Body Piercing Businesses

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New rules and regulations for tattoo parlors and body piercing businesses are coming to Chambersburg.

Chambersburg Gas Department to Release Telephone Survey

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Chambersburg's natural gas department will soon be undertaking a Gas Knowledge Telephone Survey, according to Borough Manager Jeffrey Stonehill.

Rowley Announces Candidacy for PA’s 13th District Congressional Seat

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Todd Rowley, 55, of Donegal Township, Westmoreland County, has announced his candidacy as a 2020 Democratic candidate for Pennsylvania’s 13th Congressional District seat.

Controlled Burns Set At Letterkenny

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Letterkenny Army Depot is going to do some controlled burns the next several weeks to reduce understory brush, control vegetation growth and improve wildlife habitat.

Input Sought on Future of Pennsylvania’s State Parks

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Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn has announced the release of a preliminary report gleaned from an extensive two-year survey seeking public input on the future of Pennsylvanian’s state parks.

Chambersburg Borough Adds New Features to Nicholson Square Park

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The Chambersburg Recreation Department celebrated the completion of its newest park with a ribbon-cutting this week.

Franklin County Employee of the Month

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Franklin County Commissioners have named a 911 Center employee credited with helping save a man’s life last summer as its October Employee of the Month. Commissioners presented Makenzie Cleary with the award during a special ceremony this week.

Dolaway Seeks Re-Election to Chambersburg Borough Council

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Herb Dolaway, a Borough resident for nearly 40 years, is seeking a second term on the Chambersburg Borough Council Representing the 3rd Ward in the Nov. 5 general election.

County Hosts Area Vets at 5th Annual Veterans Expo

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The Franklin County Commissioners invite the public to the 5th Annual Veterans’ Expo at Chambersburg Mall.

Victims Bill of Rights Question on Ballot Nov. 5

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Pennsylvanians will have the opportunity to vote on a proposed amendment to the state Constitution when they head to the polls on Nov. 5.

Supporting PA’s Helpers and Heroes

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With the declining number of volunteer emergency responders reaching critical levels, the state House is taking up a “Helpers and Heroes” package.

Leedy Seeks Re-Election to Borough Council

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Kathy Leedy, a lifelong resident of Chambersburg, is seeking a second term on Chambersburg Borough Council in the upcoming general election. Election Day is Nov. 5.

2020 County Budget: $163.6 M, but No Tax Increase

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Franklin County Commissioners reviewed the preliminary budget for 2020 at this morning’s Board of Commissioners meeting.

Chambersburg To Buy Wayne Ave Property, Move Public Works Facility

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The stage has been set to provide a new home for Chambersburg’s public work’s facility, but it won’t cost local residents a penny in extra taxes.

Emergency Services Alliance Moves Forward with Fire/EMS Study

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The Franklin County Emergency Services Alliance is moving forward with a county-wide study of the area’s emergency services.

Chambersburg Curb and Sidewalk Policy To Be Reviewed This Week

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Curbs and sidewalks have been an issue in Chambersburg for a number of years.

Elia Announces Re-election Bid for Chambersburg Council

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First Ward Borough Council member Alice Elia is gearing up a reelection campaign in preparation for next month’s general election.

AG Objects to Perdue Pharma’s Bonuses Plan

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Attorney General Josh Shapiro filed a legal objection yesterday to Purdue Pharma’s $38 million dollar bonuses for company executives.

Letterkenny Army Depot to Conduct Annual Anti-Terrorism Exercise

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Letterkenny Army Depot will conduct its annual anti-terrorism Active Shooter exercise; Avenger Shield at Building 41, on Tuesday and Wednesday, 29-30 October 2019.

Gun Bills Out of Committee, Ready for House Consideration

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Rep. Rob Kauffman led the committee in voting on a package of bills to keep firearms out of the hands of criminals and those with mental health issues.

Gov. Wolf Gives Endorsement for Marijuana Reform as Part of Criminal...

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The Pennysliviana Auditor General Eugene DePasquale applauded Gov. Tom Wolf for calling on the General Assembly to reform Pennsylvania’s marijuana laws as part of criminal justice reform.

Susan Boyle Named Head of House Republican Research

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Susan Boyle, who has devoted 28 years to the House Republican Caucus, was named director of Research for the House Republican Caucus.

Mummert Takes Over as County Ombudsman, Volunteer Coordinator for Aging Services

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Payton Mummert is Franklin County’s new Ombudsman / Volunteer Coordinator for Aging Services. Her appointment to the position is effective September 19.

County Administration Building Project Comes in Within Budget

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Three area companies have submitted the lowest bids for a new county administration building.

Voting Registration Deadline Nears

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The voting registration deadline is quickly approaching. County residents not registered to vote have less than two weeks to accomplish that task to be able to vote on Nov, 5.

AG Launches Safe2Say Something Week

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The Office of Attorney General today launched Safe2Say Something Week. The Pennsylvania House and Senate are expected to designate the week of September.

Rep. Hershey: New Dairy Commission Important to District

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Rep. John Hershey (R-82) is excited about his appointment to the new Pennsylvania Dairy Future Commission.

Online Absentee Ballot Applications Launch Monday

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The mobile-friendly, online application site, available at votesPA.com/ApplyAbsentee, goes live on Monday, Sept. 16, the first day that registered voters may apply for absentee ballots for the Nov. 5 election.

‘Be Prepared, Not Scared’ PA Emergency Management Urges

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Be Prepared, Not Scared. That’s the message this month from the state’s Emergency Management Agency.

Terminix Court Settlement Could Help Some Consumers

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Attorney General Josh Shapiro today announced his office has reached a settlement with The Terminix International Company, L.P. Terminix is a Delaware limited partnership with regional offices across Pennsylvania.

Franklin County 911 Dispatcher Receives Clinical Save Award

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Makenzie Cleary, a 911 Dispatcher, received a prestigious award for her actions this summer in helping save a man’s life.

Property Owners Invited to Storm Sewer Discussion

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A pubic meeting this month gives property owners a chance to review and discuss the draft Storm Sewer Utility Rate Structure and Credit Program.

Senate Committee to Hold Public Hearing on MS4

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The state Senate Environmental Resources & Energy Committee will discuss Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) requirements Committee members will hear from local municipalities trying to comply with federal stormwater regulations

Franklin County Commissioner Bob Thomas announces Write-in Campaign

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County Commissioner Bob Thomas will run a write-in campaign for re-election on November 5.

Chambersburg to Bring Restaurant Enforcement In-House

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Restaurant owners and managers will see changes in the way their restaurants are inspected next year.
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A 25-year-old woman who fell 75 feet from an overlook at High Rock has been rescued and is being airlifted to Meritus Medical Center in Hagerstown, Md.
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