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.
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.
June 29, 2012
A 17-year-old Chambersburg boy has been charged as an adult in a robbery Thursday of Park Avenue Pharmacy, according to borough police. Ryan Nicholas Laprad, of 1012 Paper Mill Road, is charged with one count of robbery, a first-degree felony, police said. He was arraigned Friday morning before Magisterial District Judge Todd R. Williams and was being held in Franklin County Jail in lieu of $100,000 bail. His preliminary hearing is scheduled for July 5 at 1 p.m. in Franklin County Central Court, according to court records.
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.
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.
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.
August 25, 2013
Penn State Extension Office and Franklin County Conservation District will hold the third annual joint meeting Friday, Oct. 25, at Solomon's Evangelical Lutheran Church, 4868 Wayne Road, Chambersburg. The featured speaker will be George Greig, secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture. Greig will talk about the following topics: the future of agriculture in Pennsylvania (including issues most affecting Pennsylvania agriculture and how the department is addressing those issues)
July 19, 2012
The Borough of Chambersburg has installed a new weather station and web camera at its wastewater treatment facility. Weather affects operations at the J. Hase Mowrey Regional Wastewater Treatment Facility, according to a news release from Borough Manager Jeffrey Stonehill. The plant serves the borough and several surrounding townships. It is in the midst of a $35.2 million capital project, the largest public works project in Chambersburg history, the news release stated. The camera can keep the public and municipal partners informed on the project's progress, Stonehill said.
August 29, 2011
The Borough of Chambersburg will soon be featured on national television, highlighting what it's like to live, work and play in the heart of Franklin County. The town will be featured on “Insights with Terry Bradshaw,” which airs nationally on the Fox Business Network, according to a news release from the Franklin County Visitors Bureau. According to the show's website, “'Insights takes viewers around the world with fascinating stories of business owners, inventors, doctors, engineers and everyday individuals who are eager to share the latest developments in their respective fields.” Vice President of Production Jim Nicholas called this portion of South Central Pennsylvania a “hidden gem.” “Franklin County was chosen as one of the best and smartest areas for growth, for its existing 'shovel-ready' locations and its high quality of life, among other things,” Nicholas said.