June 15, 2011
A Pa. 316 bridge over railroad tracks one and a half miles southeast of Chambersburg will close June 28 for several months. Pennsylvania Department of Transportation spokesman Michael Crochunis said the bridge deck, abutment and beams will be replaced in the $1.8 million rehabilitation project. PennDOT will post Pa. 914 and Interstate 81 as the detour route, Crochunis said. The work is expected to continue through September, he said. The bridge, which was built in 1937, is listed as “structurally deficient” in the PennDOT system.
January 11, 2012
Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa., will hold a jobs and economy town hall meeting at 9 a.m. Friday at Letterkenny Army Depot in Chambersburg. Attendees must present photo identification to gain entrance to the depot. Visitors should use Advantage Avenue to access the gate at the intersection with Wisconsin Avenue. The town hall meeting will be held in the depot's building No. 10 at 1 Overcash Road.
August 3, 2012
Northbound Interstate 81 between Chambersburg and Scotland was closed Friday afternoon as a result of a crash near Exit 20, according to a Franklin County 911 dispatcher. A Pennsylvania state trooper said the accident, which was called in at 2:16 p.m., involved more than one vehicle, but had no other details. A member of the Franklin Volunteer Fire Co. in Chambersburg said a medevac helicopter had been called to the scene. Traffic was being detoured at Exit 16 onto U.S. 30 east to Pa. 997, the dispatcher said.
July 18, 2012
On Saturday, history replays with “1864 The Burning of Chambersburg,” when Confederate cavalry, under the command of Gen. John McCausland, serve a ransom on the town's courthouse steps. True to history, Chambersburg does not pay the ransom demand of $100,000 in gold or $500,000 in greenbacks, and the town is burned - with lights. “1864 The Burning of Chambersburg” is an impressive and realistic re-enactment and is interactive as Confederate soldiers take to the crowd, searching for shoes, food and valuables, according to a news release from the Franklin County Visitors Bureau.
February 18, 2013
William Alexander, president of the Chamber of Commerce of Chambersburg (Pa.) and burgess of the town, conceived the idea of the first flight over Chambersburg in 1911. The Chamber contracted Paul Peck, exhibition pilot for the Rex Smith Airplane Co., to fly over Chambersburg on Sept. 23, 1911. Peck was an aviation pioneer - the first pilot from West Virginia and the first to fly over the U.S. Capitol. He also was among the first to transport mail by plane. The biplane was manufactured at College Park, Md., and shipped on several flatcars by train and assembled in Chambersburg the day of the flight, according to historians.
December 12, 2011
Capitol Theatre Center manager Linda Boeckman said the facility has raised $63,334 in its 2011 Be A Star! fundraising campaign. She said $36,666 was still needed by Dec. 31 to reach the campaign goal of $100,000. Donations may be made online or by check. Gifts can also be made online at www.thecapitol theatre.org. Checks can be made payable to Capitol Theatre Center Foundation and mailed to: Capitol Theatre Center, 2011 Be A Star! Campaign, 159 S. Main St. Chambersburg, PA 17201. To schedule an appointment to make a tax-deductible gift, call Boeckman at 717-263-0202, ext. 203.
November 16, 2012
A Chambersburg man charged in the October shooting death of a man in the 300 block of East King Street faces additional charges in the case after a hearing Friday before Magisterial District Judge Glenn Manns. Carl L. Varner, 54, of 238 E. McKinley St., now faces 10 counts of kidnapping, five counts of unlawful restraint, five counts of robbery and one count of person not to possess firearm. He previously was charged with first-degree murder, second-degree murder, robbery, burglary, criminal conspiracy to commit murder in the first degree and criminal conspiracy to commit robbery in the death of Victor Hugo Campos-Olguin.
July 21, 2012
Chambersburg got on top of Hagerstown 'B' early in the first game of the PONY Section Tournament at Funkhouser Park, scoring an 8-1 victory on Saturday night. “The first four hitters for Chambersburg hit the ball extremely well and we couldn't get them out,” Hagerstown manager Ed Kipe said. “That was the difference in the game.” The first four hitters combined for seven of Chambersburg's 10 hits. Carlin Christian, the third hitter, slugged two home runs and finished with three hits and three RBIs.
May 25, 2011
Urology Associates of Chambersburg recently sent letters to patients who underwent prostate biopsies informing them of needles being reused in the procedure. According to a copy of the letter obtained by The Herald-Mail, patients were advised to have their blood tested for conditions. Accompanying the letter was a laboratory outpatient form for tests for Hepatitis Bs Ag, Hepatitis C and HIV. A Greencastle, Pa., resident who received the letter said Urology Associates paid for his blood test, which did not indicate he had infectious diseases.