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By ROXANN MILLER | | June 22, 2013
Greencastle-Antrim's annual Fourth of July celebration won't be held this year, according to event organizers. For the past 11 years, the celebration has been known for its focus on hometown values and patriotism. Citing “extenuating circumstances,” Bonnie Shockey, the woman who spearheaded the event in 2002 in response to the 9/11 terrorist attacks said the decision to cancel was “very difficult.” Shockey and co-chairwoman Mandy Stottlemyer announced they wouldn't be able to pull together the three-hour annual event that has drawn crowds to Tayamentasachta Environmental Center.
By ROXANN MILLER | | June 20, 2013
The Greencastle-Antrim School Board passed a 2013-14 budget Thursday night that includes a real estate tax increase of 2.25 mills. After failing to agree on a budget at its June 6 meeting despite four taxing options - including 2 mills, 2.5 mills, 3 mills and 3.8 mills - the board quickly approved a new option of 2.25 at Thursday's meeting. One mill represents $1 of every $1,000 assessed property value. The nine-member board voted 6-1 to approve the district's $35 million budget, with board member Michael Still casting the dissenting vote.
By ROXANN MILLER | | June 15, 2013
As part of the commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, the Allison-Antrim Museum in Greencastle hosted five nationally recognized Civil War speakers on Saturday. Ted Alexander, chief historian at Antietam National Battlefield, presented “Military Units of Franklin County in the Civil War.” Diseases such as measles and chickenpox could kill you back then, Alexander told those who assembled in the barn behind the museum to listen to his talk. “Diseases quickly whittled down a regiment,” he said.
By ROXANN MILLER | | June 8, 2013
It was a bittersweet graduation for Greencastle-Antrim High School's Class of 2013. For the 228-member class, the absence of one graduate was not far from anyone's mind. As the seniors walked to Kaley Field for Saturday's commencement, they wore orange ribbons pinned to their graduation gowns in honor of Marita Logan Shaffer. Shaffer died as a result of injuries suffered in a June 1 car accident near Mercersburg, Pa. “Her passing, as heartbreaking as it is, is an important reminder how precious and how fleeting this life is,” Pastor Mark S. Durniak said during the invocation.
June 7, 2013
Friday night's graduation at Chambersburg Area Senior High School was postponed due to rain, according to school officials. Commencement will be Saturday at 2 p.m. at Trojan Stadium. Gates will open at 12:30 p.m. Parents and students can check the district's website for additional updates at . Meanwhile, Greencastle-Antrim High School will decide early Saturday whether the Class of 2013 will graduate on Kaley Field or in the gymnasium. District Superintendent C. Gregory Hoover said a decision about the commencement ceremony scheduled for 10 a.m. Saturday for at the football stadium will be made at 7:30 a.m. and posted on the district's website at . Hoover said the starting time could be 10 a.m., 11 a.m. or noon.
By ROXANN MILLER | | June 6, 2013
The Greencastle-Antrim School Board failed to pass its 2013-14 budget Thursday night despite having four taxing options to consider. The options included tax increases of between 2 mills and 3.8 mills. In May, the nine-member board passed by a 5-3 vote a proposed, $35 million budget for 2013-14 that included a 2-mill tax increase to balance the budget. Business Manager Jolinda Wilson said in order to close the $800,000 gap between revenues and expenditures in the budget the district would need to pull $500,000 from the fund balance as well as use the more than $377,000 in revenue that would be generated from a 2 mill tax increase.
May 31, 2013
Firefighters were called to the scene of a silo fire that was reported in the 1300 block of Mason Dixon Road in Antrim Township. The fire was reported at 6:30 a.m. Friday north of the Pennsylvania-Maryland state line about a mile and a half west of State Line, Pa. At least two volunteer fire companies from Washington County - Longmeadow and Halfway - were at the scene. - Caleb Calhoun
By BRETT NIEVES | | May 29, 2013
Greencastle-Antrim secured its spot in the PIAA District 3-AAA softball final with a 3-1 victory over Donegal in Wednesday's semifinals at Carlisle High School. Greencastle (18-6) will face top-seed Twin Valley (24-1) this afternoon at 4:30 at Millersville University. Blue Devils pitcher Elizabeth Ward earned the win after working out of a jam in the seventh inning. Ward retired the first hitter of the inning, but walked Lindsey Mackley, bringing the tying run to the plate.
By ROXANN MILLER | | May 14, 2013
The Antrim Township Board of Supervisors made it clear it is not in favor of a variance that would allow a personal-care facility to be located in an agricultural residential zone. At Tuesday's meeting, Sylvia House, township zoning officer, asked the board of supervisors for direction on how to represent the township during the zoning appeal. Lana Gordon with Caring Hands Personal Care Homes and Nursing Services LLC wants to put a personal-care home at 7465 Angle Road in Chambersburg, Pa. In March, Gordon told the supervisors that she wants to operate the facility at the vacant estate of Donald R. Wishard.
By ROXANN MILLER | | May 2, 2013
As Greencastle-Antrim School Board continues to wrestle with its 2013-14 budget, taxpayers in the school district are facing a possible 2-mill tax increase following a 5-3 vote to pass the proposed final general fund budget on Thursday. Business Manager Jolinda Wilson said combining $500,000 from the fund balance with a 2-mill tax increase won't close up the $505,556 deficit in the $35 million budget. The district has the option of increasing taxes 3.8259 mills, which is the Act 1 Index tax cap, Wilson said.
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