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Black and Davison Law Group to Provide Solicitor Services for Franklin...

The Franklin County Solicitor position provides legal counsel and advice for the Board of Commissioners.

Obituary: Virginia Jane ‘Ginny” Highlands

Virginia Jane “Ginny” Highlands, 96, of Shippensburg, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, January 28, 2020, at her home.

“Mamma Mia!” Takes the Simon Theatre Stage February 7-9

Stony Batter Players, Mercersburg Academy’s student theatre company, is proud to announce its winter musical, "Mamma Mia!," which opens Friday.

Obituary: Alex Eugene Rue

Alex Eugene Rue, 26, of Shippensburg, passed away on Sunday, January 26, 2020, at UPMC Harrisburg. Born Tuesday, November 23, 1993, in Camp Hill

Obituary: Eugene Roy Chilcote Sr.

Eugene Roy Chilcote, Sr., 83, formerly of Warm Spring Road, Chambersburg, Pennsylvania passed away January 25, 2020, at Paramount Nursing Home, Fayetteville.

Business Spotlight: Vanity Parlor Takes Hairstyles to a New Level

The hair salon at 75 N. Main St. officially opened Dec. 11 under the ownership of Jenna Keller and Korie Groft.

Obituary: Winifred (Winnie) O. Helman

Winifred (Winnie) O. Helman, 95 of Chambersburg, passed away peacefully on January 22, 2020. She was born December 30, 1924, the daughter of Fred and Lettie (Statler) Overcash in Marion, Pa.

Obituary: Betty J. Crider

Betty J. Crider, 71, of Newville, departed this life on the morning of Saturday, January 18, 2020, at UPMC Carlisle.

Obituary: Carl Clinton Stevens

Carl Clinton Stevens, 67, of Chambersburg, went home to be with the Lord on Monday, January 13, 2020, unexpectedly in his home.

Wilson to Host Acclaimed Taylor 2 Dance Company

As part of an ongoing celebration of its 150th anniversary, Wilson College hosts a performance by the Taylor 2 Dance Company at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 21, at the Capitol Theatre.

Chambersburg Chamber Announces 2020 Board of Directors

Luke Martin of SEK, CPAs & Advisors, heads the Greater Chambersburg Chamber of Commerce’s 2020 board of directors.

Obituary: Edith Norabelle West Miller

Edith Norabelle West Miller passed away on Sunday, January 12, 2020. She was born June 11, 1927, in Fayetteville, PA, the daughter of the late John Adam and Alta Mae (Shepherd) West.

Obituary: Kelly Faye Izer

Kelly Faye Izer, 65, of Chambersburg entered her eternal home on January 12, 2020, at the Chambersburg Hospital.

State House Takes Stand Against Human Trafficking

Pennsylvania’s House of Representatives today passed a package of bills aimed at combating human trafficking.

Chambersburg Cadets Visit Congressman John Joyce in Washington

Seven graduating Cadets from the Chambersburg Area School District Navy Junior ROTC Program spent a day on Capitol Hill recently, touring the Nation’s Capital and learning more about the Federal Government.

Walker Retires From F&M Trust, Franklin Financial Board

Local attorney Martha Walker retired as director of the board for F&M Trust and Franklin Financial Services Corporation after 40 years of service.

Obituary: Leonard Richard “Lenny” Baker

Leonard Richard “Lenny” Baker, 74, of Upper Strasburg, passed away on Saturday, January 18, 2020 at his home.

Completing the Census is Easier Than Ever

Big changes are coming to this year’s census, and it isn’t a citizenship question. Instead, it’s the addition of a new way of submitting data for the 2020 census.

Progress Update: Court Facility Improvement Project

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

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

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

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

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

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’

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.
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