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July 7, 2011
Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett on Thursday signed legislation naming an Adams County, Pa., bridge for David L. Grove, a wildlife conservation officer killed in the line of duty in November 2010. Grove, 31, was a graduate of Grace Academy in Hagerstown and lived in Waynesboro, Pa., before moving to Fairfield, Pa. Corbett signed House Bill 1255, naming a bridge crossing Marsh Creek on Business Route 15 joining Freedom and Cumberland townships in Adams County. The bridge is now the Wildlife Conservation Officer David L. Grove Memorial Bridge.
NEWS
November 15, 2009
FORT LOUDON, Pa. -- A 51-year-old Adams County, Pa., man was killed following a motorcycle accident Sunday on U.S. 30, Pennsylvania State Police said in a news release. Police said Jed Alan Emig of Abbottstown, Pa., tried to pass another vehicle when traveling east on U.S. 30 near Pa. 75 in Peters Township in Franklin County. Emig lost control of the 2003 Harley-Davidson Electra-Glide on a curve and crashed off the side of the road at 2:30 p.m., police said. Franklin County (Pa.)
NEWS
April 2, 2012
Franklin and Fulton counties experienced improvements in their seasonally adjusted unemployment rates, according to the latest data from the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry. Franklin County's rate dropped fourth-tenths of a percentage point to 6.1 percent in February. That is the county's lowest rate since December 2008, when it was 5.9 percent. Fulton County's rate improved more than a full percentage point, declining from 8.8 percent in January to 7.7 percent in February.
NEWS
February 17, 2009
MARCH 6, 1955-FEB. 14, 2009 CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. -- Belvia W. Chambers, 53, of 213 Park Circle, died Saturday, Feb. 14, 2009, at Chambersburg Hospital.   Born March 6, 1955, in Adams County, Pa., she was the daughter of the late Calvin Forney and Gertrude Kopp. She was a graduate of New Oxford High School. She was a member of Chambersburg First Church of God. She was involved with the programs at the House of Grace.  She is survived by one daughter, Sonya Brown of Chambersburg; one son, Timothy Kopp of Chambersburg; her companion, Melvin Walker of Chambersburg; and six grandchildren.
NEWS
May 18, 2012
The new executive director of the Berkeley/Jefferson Day Report Center has been commuting from the Harrisburg, Pa., area since he started the job last week. Jason Castillo, 36, of Enola, Pa., was hired by the center's board to replace Joe Sacchet, who retired in March after helping county officials start the alternative sentencing program in the Eastern Panhandle. Castillo's resume´ was among 37 reviewed, community corrections board President Pamela Games-Neely said. “And any one of them could have been hired,” Games-Neely said of the quality of the applicant pool.
NEWS
April 17, 2013
Police are investigating the death of an Adams County, Pa., man who was found in a restaurant parking lot and died in a hospital four days later. Robert Branson, 28, of 247 Tract Road in Fairfield, Pa., died April 13 at Hershey (Pa.) Medical Center, according to a news release from the Waynesboro Police Department. Police said they responded at about 7 p.m. April 9 to a report of an unresponsive individual lying adjacent to the parking lot at the McDonald's restaurant at 302 E. Main St. Branson was taken to the Waynesboro Hospital for initial treatment and was then transferred to Hershey Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead, police said.
OBITUARIES
November 7, 2012
The Rev. Robert Warren Koons, 95, of 263 Barlow St., Gettysburg, Pa., died peacefully at his home surrounded by his family on All Saints Day, Nov. 1, 2012. The son of John Raymond and Kathryn Herr Koons, he was born July 11, 1917, in Altoona, Pa., and lived his early years in Harrisburg, Pa. In 1949, he married Grace Bowman of Timberville, Va. Their lives together spanned 57 years, until Grace's death at 89 in 2006. He is survived by three children, three grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
NEWS
July 22, 2012
PennDOT to repair and resurface Pa. 16 in Adamas County CARROLL VALLEY, Pa. - The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation will be repairing and resurfacing Pa. 16 in southern Adams County, Pa., through December. Preparatory work begins Wednesday, PennDOT said in a news release. Affected is a 3.3-mile section of Pa. 16 from the intersection with Old Waynesboro Pike in Carroll Valley borough to the Pennsylvania/Maryland state line. The $2 million contract was awarded to New Enterprise Stone & Lime Co. of Bedford County, Pa. It includes roadway base replacement, shoulder reconstruction, inlet and drainage pipe work, milling and resurfacing, guardrail installation and new traffic lanes.
OBITUARIES
November 4, 2011
Kathleen V. (Hutzell) Bayer, 84, of Chambersburg, Pa., went home to be with the Lord on Thursday, Nov. 3, 2011, at the Village of Laurel Run in Adams County, Pa. Born Oct. 20, 1927, in Hagerstown, Md., she was the daughter of the late Elmer Cleveland Hutzell and Lena V. (Gainer) Hutzell. She was the widow of John B. Bayer Sr., who preceded her in death on Oct. 3, 2009. A loving mother and homemaker, Kathleen enjoyed cooking, sewing and gardening. She also cherished her duties with Camp Joy-El's Release Time Ministry.
NEWS
By JENNIFER FITCH | waynesboro@herald-mail.com | March 19, 2012
Franklin County ballots for Pennsylvania's April 24 primary election are changing to reflect objections filed in court regarding candidates' nominating paperwork. Two county men will not appear on ballots as planned. Travis Schooley of Quincy Township, Pa., will not appear as a candidate for the Ninth District in the U.S. House of Representatives and James B. Taylor of Mercersburg, Pa., will not be listed as a candidate for the 33rd District in the Pennsylvania Senate. Both received challenges to their nominating petitions based on not having enough valid signatures from registered voters.
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NEWS
By JENNIFER FITCH | waynesboro@herald-mail.com | June 20, 2013
The Franklin County (Pa.) Commissioners voted unanimously Thursday morning to offer Falling Spring Nursing and Rehabilitation Center for sale after listening to additional public comment on the issue. The three commissioners are expected to issue request-for-proposals documents to potential buyers of the county-owned nursing home on Franklin Farm Lane. The potential buyers will have four to five weeks to submit proposals for the 186-bed facility. The commissioners said they are not obligated to sell to the highest bidder, and can visit the buyers' existing facilities and evaluate their backgrounds.
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NEWS
By JENNIFER FITCH | waynesboro@herald-mail.com | June 13, 2013
Franklin County, Pa., government leaders are trying to recoup tax money from a collection agency that went out of business. Central Tax Bureau of Pennsylvania, or Centax, did not collect taxes within Franklin County. However, it collected earned income taxes in neighboring Cumberland and Adams counties. Some Franklin County residents who work in Adams or Cumberland counties likely had income taxes withheld by their employers. That money should have been returned to their home municipalities and school districts.
NEWS
By JENNIFER FITCH | waynesboro@herald-mail.com | June 11, 2013
Buyers are being sought for the Franklin County-owned Falling Spring Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. A consultant for the Franklin County Commissioners has identified about 10 private companies that could be interested in acquiring the nursing home, which could sell for an estimated $6.5 million to $9.3 million based on market values of similar facilities. Falling Spring Nursing and Rehabilitation Center on Franklin Farm Lane has 186 beds in shared rooms and 223 employees.
NEWS
April 17, 2013
Police are investigating the death of an Adams County, Pa., man who was found in a restaurant parking lot and died in a hospital four days later. Robert Branson, 28, of 247 Tract Road in Fairfield, Pa., died April 13 at Hershey (Pa.) Medical Center, according to a news release from the Waynesboro Police Department. Police said they responded at about 7 p.m. April 9 to a report of an unresponsive individual lying adjacent to the parking lot at the McDonald's restaurant at 302 E. Main St. Branson was taken to the Waynesboro Hospital for initial treatment and was then transferred to Hershey Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead, police said.
OBITUARIES
November 7, 2012
The Rev. Robert Warren Koons, 95, of 263 Barlow St., Gettysburg, Pa., died peacefully at his home surrounded by his family on All Saints Day, Nov. 1, 2012. The son of John Raymond and Kathryn Herr Koons, he was born July 11, 1917, in Altoona, Pa., and lived his early years in Harrisburg, Pa. In 1949, he married Grace Bowman of Timberville, Va. Their lives together spanned 57 years, until Grace's death at 89 in 2006. He is survived by three children, three grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
NEWS
July 22, 2012
PennDOT to repair and resurface Pa. 16 in Adamas County CARROLL VALLEY, Pa. - The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation will be repairing and resurfacing Pa. 16 in southern Adams County, Pa., through December. Preparatory work begins Wednesday, PennDOT said in a news release. Affected is a 3.3-mile section of Pa. 16 from the intersection with Old Waynesboro Pike in Carroll Valley borough to the Pennsylvania/Maryland state line. The $2 million contract was awarded to New Enterprise Stone & Lime Co. of Bedford County, Pa. It includes roadway base replacement, shoulder reconstruction, inlet and drainage pipe work, milling and resurfacing, guardrail installation and new traffic lanes.
NEWS
May 18, 2012
The new executive director of the Berkeley/Jefferson Day Report Center has been commuting from the Harrisburg, Pa., area since he started the job last week. Jason Castillo, 36, of Enola, Pa., was hired by the center's board to replace Joe Sacchet, who retired in March after helping county officials start the alternative sentencing program in the Eastern Panhandle. Castillo's resume´ was among 37 reviewed, community corrections board President Pamela Games-Neely said. “And any one of them could have been hired,” Games-Neely said of the quality of the applicant pool.
NEWS
April 2, 2012
Franklin and Fulton counties experienced improvements in their seasonally adjusted unemployment rates, according to the latest data from the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry. Franklin County's rate dropped fourth-tenths of a percentage point to 6.1 percent in February. That is the county's lowest rate since December 2008, when it was 5.9 percent. Fulton County's rate improved more than a full percentage point, declining from 8.8 percent in January to 7.7 percent in February.
NEWS
By JENNIFER FITCH | waynesboro@herald-mail.com | March 19, 2012
Franklin County ballots for Pennsylvania's April 24 primary election are changing to reflect objections filed in court regarding candidates' nominating paperwork. Two county men will not appear on ballots as planned. Travis Schooley of Quincy Township, Pa., will not appear as a candidate for the Ninth District in the U.S. House of Representatives and James B. Taylor of Mercersburg, Pa., will not be listed as a candidate for the 33rd District in the Pennsylvania Senate. Both received challenges to their nominating petitions based on not having enough valid signatures from registered voters.
OBITUARIES
November 4, 2011
Kathleen V. (Hutzell) Bayer, 84, of Chambersburg, Pa., went home to be with the Lord on Thursday, Nov. 3, 2011, at the Village of Laurel Run in Adams County, Pa. Born Oct. 20, 1927, in Hagerstown, Md., she was the daughter of the late Elmer Cleveland Hutzell and Lena V. (Gainer) Hutzell. She was the widow of John B. Bayer Sr., who preceded her in death on Oct. 3, 2009. A loving mother and homemaker, Kathleen enjoyed cooking, sewing and gardening. She also cherished her duties with Camp Joy-El's Release Time Ministry.
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