Tri-State briefs for 5-27

May 27, 2008

Development OK'd by Ranson Council

RANSON, W.Va. - A mix of commercial and residential development is being planned for a 274-acre property at Curry Road and W.Va. 115 in Ranson, city officials said last week.

The project, known as Clay Hill Farm, also would set aside about 30 to 40 acres for community use, City Manager Dave Mills said following a Ranson City Council meeting.

An old restored farmhouse also is on the property, Mills said.

Mills said he could not give specifics about the commercial and residential use since the project is in its early stages. The development would have more commercial development than residential, and will have a community feel, Mills said.

Ranson City Council members gave preliminary approval to the plan last Tuesday night.

- Dave McMillion

Charity basketball game Friday in Pa.

WARFORDSBURG, Pa. - Southern Fulton Junior/Senior High School will be hosting its third annual varsity/faculty basketball game Friday at 7 p.m.


All proceeds from the event will benefit a local 3-year-old who is battling brain cancer.

The night will feature the game, a three-point shootout, a half court contest, and a 50/50 raffle.

Dairy princess candidates sought

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - The Franklin County dairy industry is seeking candidates to serve as County Dairy Princess for a one-year period beginning at the end of June.

Any single young woman from a dairy background or with an interest in the dairy industry should consider devoting a year of her spare time helping to further the interest of the largest industry in Franklin County.

The 2008-09 Franklin County Dairy Princess will be selected on June 28 during a contest to be held at the Kauffman Community Center.

The 2008-2009 princess will serve the dairy industry of Franklin County for one year. She will make many appearances at schools, malls and grocery stores and have the opportunity to speak to civic clubs, senior citizens groups, farm and non-farm audiences and to appear on television and radio.

Anyone interested may contact Linda Grove (717-532-9114, 717-891-2123, or Patty Hege (717-375-2811, 717-729-6306,

The deadline to enter is Sunday.

Pa. hospital scores well in recent study

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Cleverley + Associates has named Chambersburg Hospital one of the Top 100 hospitals on their Community Value IndexTM (CVI).

In its fifth annual study, Cleverley + Associates uses three core areas to evaluate a hospital's value to its community: financial viability and plant reinvestment, cost structure and charge structure.

Along with being in the Top 100 hospitals on the CVI, Chambersburg Hospital, being in the top 20 percent of hospitals evaluated, also earned a "five-star facility" designation.

Shepherd professors receive promotions

SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. - Six Shepherd University faculty members have received promotions, the university announced in a recent news release.

· Michael Austin has been promoted to professor of English.

· Jason Best has been promoted to professor of astronomy and astrophysics.

· Rick Bruner has been promoted to professor of art.

· James Lewin has been promoted to professor of English.

· Stephanie Slocum-Schaffer has been promoted to associate professor of political science.

· James Tuttle has been promoted to associate professor of education.

Slocum-Schaffer and Tuttle were each granted tenure.

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