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Eight Local Stores Affected By Rutter’s Data Breach

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A data breach compromised personal credit card information at eight local Rutter’s convenience stores for seven months in 2018-19. The information came to light after Rutter's announced Thursday that it had experienced a major breach in its credit card payment system.

Brady Strite is Franklin County’s Employee of Month For January

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Franklin County Emergency Services Telecommunicator Brady Strite is the county’s Employee of the Month for January.

New ‘Grandparent’ Program Connects the Generations

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Franklin County Commissioners approved a grant through the Human Services Community Block Grant to fund the Keystone Foster Grandparents program.

State Appoints Justin Slep to Veterans Services Advisory Committee

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Justin Slep, Director of the Franklin County Office of Veterans Affairs, has been appointed to the newly established Advisory Committee on the Coordination of Veterans Services.

McGrath Named 2019 Chief Probation Officer of the Year

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Franklin County’s Chief Juvenile Probation Officer, Kathleen “Kati” McGrath, is Pennsylvania’s 2019 Chief Probation Officer of the Year.

New Judge, Other Elected Officials Take Oath of Office

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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

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

We Could See Snow Monday Morning, but Count on Freezing Rain...

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Weather experts say we could get about an inch of snow across Franklin County by morning. But they warn it will probably be mixed with freezing rain just at the time everyone is getting ready to go to work.

Chamber Foundation’s High School Business Challenge

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The Greater Chambersburg Chamber Foundation's High School Business Challenge is back for 2020!

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

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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

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

Op-Ed: Growing Pains in Franklin County

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When I was in elementary school, there were a few years when I sprouted up past my classmates. At those times my legs, arms and back were in so much pain that my mom took me to the doctor to find out what was wrong.

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.

Oct. 28 – Blue Ridge Mason Dixon Lions Club

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The newly chartered Blue Ridge Mason Dixon Lions Club meets every third Monday at 6:30 pm at the...

Lowe’s Volunteers Give Time To Help Disabled Vets

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Franklin County Veterans Affairs is partnering with five Lowe's Home Improvement stores to help local veterans. Over 100 Lowe's volunteers will be in town this month to build kennel runs for the county's Save-A-Vet, Save-A-Pet program.

Over The Rainbow Eases Trauma of Abused Children, Families

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Child abuse is a serious problem in Franklin County. We see hundreds of cases reported every year. It's all about changing the way people think about and respond to child sexual assault

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.

Franklin County Creek Cleanup Project Looking for Volunteers

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Pulling trash and debris out of the Conocheague Creek is a labor of love for Eric Grace and members of his Creek Cleanup Project.

Chambersburg Officials Address C.Q. Smith Citizen of the Year Award Issue

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Former Boy Scout leader and retired businessman Charles Q. Smith could lose his 2011 Chambersburg Citizen of the Year award as a result of allegations that he sexually abused young boys several decades ago.

Police Log and Court Briefs: August 15th, 2019

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Area police are investigating a variety of incidents, including the case of a missing man with health problems.

County Announces Online Bidding and Auction Partnership

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The Franklin County Procurement Department is announcing a new partnership with Public Purchase, an e-procurement system to help streamline the county’s purchasing process.

Jury: Strawser Guilty of Murdering Timothy ‘Asti’ Davison

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John Wayne Strawser was found guilty by a Franklin County jury this afternoon of murdering Timothy Davison in 2014.

Katrina Wright is County’s July Employee of Month

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Katrina Wright, an Intake caseworker with Franklin County's Children and Youth Services, was recognized by County Commissioners as the July 2019 Employee of the Month.

Tourism Grants Available for Organizations, Municipalities

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Nonprofit organizations and municipalities located within Franklin County whose mission and operations are related to tourism or the improvement of quality of life experiences for county residents are eligible to apply.

Courthouse Campus Project Bids Come in Within Budget

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Commissioners got 18 bids from area contractors for various work including plumbing, electrical, HVAC, elevator, and general construction.

Upper Strasburg Senior Activity Center Extends Hours

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The Upper Strasburg Senior Activity Center will be open full time starting August 1, 2019. Hours will be 8 a.m. – 4 p.m., Monday through Friday.

West Nile: Mosquitoes Test Positive In Quincy, Southampton Townships

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The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection Vector Management has reported two mosquito samples collected in Franklin County have tested positive for West Nile Virus.

Jobs, Higher Wages Grow Franklin County Economy

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The county’s economy is in a very good place right now with new businesses continuing to create new jobs.

County Proceeds With Future Administration Building Plans

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Franklin County Commissioners reviewed floor plans this week for a new 35,772 square-foot administration complex at North Second and Grant Streets.

New Visitors Guide to Franklin County Now Available

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The Franklin County Visitors Bureau completed the 2019 Visitors Guide, the largest and most inclusive publication to help visitors explore Franklin County.

Flood Advisory for Parts of Franklin, Adams Counties

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The National Weather Service in State College PA has issued a Flood Advisory for southwestern Adams County and the southeastern part of Franklin County this evening.

County Hires New Planning Director

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

Report: 30% of Franklin County Households Struggle to Survive

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A new report shows 30 percent of Franklin County households are struggling to survive.

Kati McGrath Is County’s Top Employee for June

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Franklin County's Chief Juvenile Probation Officer Kathleen (Kati) McGrath was selected as the county's top employee for June.

Multi-County Insurance Program Pays Dividends, Offsets Costs

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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.

Walk Unabowed Project Preserves Names, Legacy of area’s early slaves

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The county’s ambitious project to digitally archive more than two centuries of accumulated records is giving area residents a chance to get an unusual look into the past.

Franklin County Employee of the Month ~ May 2019

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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.

Senior Citizens ‘Centers Without Walls’

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

NWS Warns of Severe Thunderstorms Later Today

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The National Weather Service has issued a hazardous weather warning for the county and surrounding communities this afternoon.

Visitors Bureau Photo Contest

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The buds of spring are popping into leaves, so, grab a camera and enter your best shots. The Franklin County Visitors Bureau (FCVB) is seeking a shot of the new 11/30 Visitors Center for the cover of its 2019-2020 Franklin County Visitors Guide.

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Rescue at High Rock

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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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