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News | By ROXANN MILLER and roxann.miller@herald-mail.com | December 8, 2011
There are Christmas lights and then there's the Wilson Family Christmas Lights with more than 80,000 separate beams that could possibly guide Santa's sleigh to Chambersburg. But the visual beauty is just the obvious aspect of the display. The display is in memory of Colbie A. Daywalt, who lost his battle with cancer at age 7, and all donations collected from visitors are given to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. When Trevor Johns, 27, of Chambersburg, decided to decorate his grandmother LaWanda Wilson's house at 490 Starr Ave. last year it was a labor of love in Colbie's memory.
NEWS
BY ANDREW MASON and LAURA ERNDE | December 16, 2002
andrewm@herald-mail.com laurae@herald-mail.com CHAMBERSBURG - To know Tim Cook was to want to be Tim Cook. That's the standard of excellence set by the long-time math teacher and track and cross country coach at Chambersburg Area Senior High School, those who knew him said Saturday. Cook and his wife, Susan, were killed late Friday night in an accident on Interstate 81 in Guilford Township, Franklin County coroner Jeff Conner said. Both were 49. "It's just unbelievable, such a tragedy," said Ed Sponseller, superintendent of the Chambersburg (Pa.)
LIFESTYLE
By MARIE GILBERT | marieg@herald-mail.com | May 12, 2013
It began with piece of junk mail. Because you were busy, you tossed it on a table, and moved on to other, more important things in your life. But the next day, a magazine and a store catalog landed there, plus several birthday cards from friends and a week's worth of newspapers. Every time you passed by, you considered sorting through the items and discarding what you didn't need. Instead, you continued adding to the pile, telling yourself you'd get around to straightening things up as soon as you had some free time.
NEWS
By DAN DEARTH | dan.dearth@herald-mail.com | December 28, 2010
With white hair and a worn memory, 90-year-old Charlotte Eccard doesn't remember the details of a somber letter that she wrote 69 years ago to her parents in Clear Spring. But the words on the faded paper speak volumes about what she was thinking. "They aren't sending his body home are they?" she wrote on Dec. 9, 1941. "Don't blame me if you can't read this because my eyes are all blinded with tears. " Eccard was writing about her friend and former Clear Spring resident Joseph C. Herbert.
NEWS
March 24, 2013
What are the regulations in Maryland for obtaining historic tags for your car or truck? Once you get the historic registration, are there restrictions for how you are allowed to use the vehicle? The Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration website at www.mva.maryland.gov provides the following information about historic registration: To qualify for historic registration, your vehicle must not have been substantially altered, remodeled or remanufactured from its original design; must be a passenger vehicle, motorcycle or truck (with a gross vehicle weight rating of 10,000 pounds or less)
NEWS
By DON AINES | April 11, 2000
GREENCASTLE, Pa. - A man and woman who suspected their spouses were having an extramarital affair were charged Tuesday with plotting the death of the woman's husband, who disappeared 15 years ago, Pennsylvania State Police said. cont. from front page Ronald West Harshman, 51, of 11807 Clearview Road, Hagerstown, and Joan Snyder Hall, 56, of 12850 Grant Shook Road, Greencastle, were both charged with criminal homicide and criminal conspiracy in the death of Melvin E. Snyder, who was last seen May 25, 1985.
NEWS
May 14, 2001
Body found in Antietam Creek By KIMBERLY YAKOWSKI AND TARA REILLY Police are investigating the death of an unidentified man whose body was found by children fishing near Antietam Creek bridge at Eastern Boulevard and Mount Aetna Road early Sunday afternoon, Hagerstown City Police said. continued The children found the man lying on his side in a few inches of water on top of the dam near the old city Light Plant, said Hagerstown City Police Chief Arthur Smith.
NEWS
by RICHARD BELISLE | July 15, 2004
waynesboro@herald-mail.com "You're going to jail. You will never teach again," Franklin County Judge John R. Walker told a former Fannett-Metal High School teacher Wednesday while sentencing him to nine to 23 months on three counts of corruption of minors involving three teenage students. William Bradley Palm, who turned 24 Wednesday, will serve nine months in jail. He will be on parole for the next 14 months, then on probation for four years. Walker also ordered Palm to enter the sex offender program, have no contact with his victims, never work with minors again and surrender his teaching certificate.
NEWS
By DAVE McMILLION | davem@herald-mail.com | December 30, 2011
Les Spade's holiday decorating extravaganza is highlighted by a 35-foot-tall "Christmas tree" that twinkles in the horizon as motorists drive up Greenberry Road. There's another 33-foot lighted tree form in the front yard, a line of candy canes in front of the house and smaller lighted trees at the side of the house. But to get the real effect of Spade's creation in the Greenberry Hills neighborhood, you have to tune your radio to 102.3 FM. That's when you will hear holiday tunes synchronized to the flashing lights on the displays on the property.
NEWS
by PEPPER BALLARD | January 6, 2005
pepperb@herald-mail.com HAGERSTOWN - Tyshawn Jones barely flinched Wednesday when a Washington County Circuit Court jury foreman announced a guilty verdict for the March 14, 2004, first-degree felony murder of Jonathan M. Dennis. But as the subsequent verdicts were announced, Jones rubbed his hands slowly over his head and face. Jones, 23, whose last known address before his arrest was 113 S. Locust St., was convicted Wednesday on charges of first-degree felony murder and second-degree depraved heart murder.
NEWS
December 12, 2011
Poinsettias were introduced into the United States almost 200 years ago by Joel Poinsett, the first U.S. Ambassador to Mexico. They were given the common name poinsettia in his honor.   Over time, poinsettias have become the best-selling flowering potted plants in the U.S.  They are tidy attractive plants with clusters of several colored leaves, or bracts. Bracts are typically red, pink or cream and are often mistaken as part of the flower. However, actual poinsettia flowers are small and yellowish green; they are located within the bract clusters.
ENTERTAINMENT
By BOB GARVER | Special to The Herald-Mail | March 7, 2011
Don't be fooled by the kid-friendly PG rating attached to "Rango. " Don't be fooled by the kid-friendly Nickelodeon Studios logo attached to the film. Don't be fooled by the ads that paint "Rango" as a kid-friendly animated film with a cute chameleon lead. "Rango" is not kid-friendly. Don't be fooled into taking your family to see it.   The film opens with an unnamed chameleon (voiced by Johnny Depp) living a life of contentment inside his terrarium. The terrarium is in the back of a car, the car hits a bump, the terrarium goes flying, it shatters and the chameleon is left stranded in a desert in the middle of nowhere.
NEWS
November 21, 1997
Man charged in Pa. slaying By LISA GRAYBEAL Staff Writer, Chambersburg CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A preliminary hearing for the Fayetteville, Pa., man accused of shooting his 29-year-old girlfriend in their Mountain Shadow Terrace home on Wednesday night is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. Monday before District Justice Gary Carter. Victor Harold Vaughn Jr., 43, of 1472 Mountain Shadow Terrace, was charged with criminal homicide in the death of Tonya Marie Caldwell. He was being held Thursday without bail in Franklin County Prison.
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