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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.

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.

Alice Elia Heads 2020 Chambersburg Council

Chambersburg’s Borough Council made history this week with the election of its first woman president. Alice Alia became Chambersburg’s top elected official after being chosen Monday night to head Borough Council.

County Commissioners Add Quarterly Night Meetings

Franklin County Commissioners are adding some night meetings to their 2020 board meeting schedule. Commissioners approved four extra meetings a year, to be held in municipalities outside Chambersburg, the county seat.

New Judge, Other Elected Officials Take Oath of Office

Franklin and Fulton County’s newest judge took her place Friday on the bench with the 39th Judicial District Court of Common Pleas.

$267K Awarded to Franklin County Community Projects

A dozen different projects will receive $267,000 in funding this year through Franklin County ‘s Tourism and Quality of Life Enhancement Grant.

Commissioners Approve 2020 Budget, Library Tax Resolution

The budget does not increase the county real estate tax but does add an extra 1/4 mill to the library tax.

House Approves ‘Smart Justice’ Package

In an effort to better protect the public and prison corrections staff by ensuring dangerous criminals are held accountable, the House passed a package of bills this week known as the “Smart Justice” package, said Rep. Rob Kauffman (R-89), chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, which first vetted the bills.

County Looks at Increasing Library System Funding

Franklin County Commissioners are looking at a request from the Franklin County Library System (FCLS) for funding to maintain its buildings, services, and staff.

Kauffman: Putting PA on the Path to Better Health

With the goal of building a #HealthierPA, Rep. Rob Kauffman, R-89, said he is supporting several bills designed to remove barriers to treatment and better assess behavioral health and other needs.

Chambersburg Council to Talk About Curbs, Sidewalks Next Month

Town Council will conduct a Public Hearing Dec. 9 to review and discuss a Curb and Sidewalk Installation Plan/Map, and consider approving it by Ordinance.

$160M Franklin County Tentative 2020 Budget: No Tax Increase

Franklin County Commissioners approved a tentative 2020 $157,971,700 budget on Tuesday. This represents a $5.7 million decrease from the preliminary budget proposed in October.

Tara Goetz is Franklin County’s November Employee of the Month

Veterans Affairs Coordinator Tara Goetz is Franklin County’s November Employee of the Month.

Chambersburg Residents Are Winners In Landfill Electricity Deal

Chambersburg residents have been using electricity from a landmark landfill-gas-to-electricity power plant at Progressive Waste’s Blue Ridge Landfill in Scotland for five years now.

Judiciary Committee to Vote on Criminal Justice Reform Measures

The House Judiciary Committee will hold a voting meeting Tuesday to consider the following bills, which focus on criminal justice reforms:

Medical Emergencies Happen: EMS Chief, Borough Manager Talk About Importance Of...

Medical emergencies can happen anytime, anywhere, to anyone. When they do, most people reach for the phone and call 911.

Chambersburg to Host Active Transportation Course

Local residents interested in finding alternative ways to get around town can explore ‘active’ transportation alternatives next month.

Douglas Wilburne New Head Of County’s Adult Probation Dept.

Douglas Wilburne took on the role of Franklin County's Chief Adult Probation Officer last month. His promotion became effective October 3rd, 2019.

Chambersburg to Lower Property Tax in 2020

Chambersburg homeowners and businesses will pay a little less in property taxes next year if Council adopts a proposed 2020 budget outlined by Borough Manager Jeffrey Stonehill Tuesday night.

New Legislation Designed to Save Tax Dollars

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

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

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

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...

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

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

Chambersburg Gas Department to Release Telephone Survey

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

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

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

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

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

Franklin County Employee of the Month

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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