August 23, 2011
A magnitude 5.8 earthquake centered in Virginia Tuesday afternoon sent shock waves to Franklin County and beyond. It lasted less than 30 seconds, but in that short time the quake rattled dishes, shook the ground and knocked pictures off walls. "My cabinets were shaking and the floor was moving. It felt like something hit the building," said Nathan Rotz, president of Innernet Inc., of Chambersburg. His office is on the second floor of Kerrstown Square on Main Street in Chambersburg.
June 23, 2011
The Franklin County Commissioners and Planning Department is asking for input from the public into its county comprehensive planning project. Three meetings have been scheduled around the county in July. They are: July 18 — Norlo Park Community Center, 3050 Lincoln Way East, Fayetteville, Pa., 6 p.m. July 25 — Renfrew Park Visitors Center, 1010 E. Main St., Waynesboro, Pa., 2 p.m. July 25 — Peters Township Municipal Building, 5000 Steele Ave., Lemasters, Pa., 6 p.m.
October 27, 2012
On Saturday, Franklin County, Pa., government officials declared a state of emergency to position them to be able to make quick repairs and to buy supplies, according to Dave Donohue, director of emergency services. "We do want to encourage citizens to be prepared, including making a plan and having their emergency supplies kit," Donohue wrote in an email. A emergency services drill planned in Shippensurg, Pa., tonight was expected to go on as scheduled. Donohue warned of 5 to 8 inches of rain, wind and possible tornado activity.
June 10, 2012
The Franklin County (Pa.) Commissioners hired Sean E. Crager last week as the new chief information officer for Franklin County government. Crager has more than 15 years of information-technology experience, including more than seven years of experience as a chief information officer or equivalent roles, according to a news release. His experience includes processing design/improvement, network and software optimization/upgrades and migrations, the news release states. Crager holds a bachelor's degree in geoenvironmental studies from Shippensburg (Pa.)
April 30, 2012
Franklin County, Pa., saw improvements to its unemployment rate in March, while neighboring Fulton County experienced a spike in its rate, according to the latest data from the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry. The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for Franklin County dropped two-tenths of a percentage point to 6.1 percent in March. Fulton County's rate increased five-tenths of a percentage point to 8.1 percent in March. The state and national seasonally adjusted unemployment rates fell one-tenth of a percentage point to 7.5 percent and 8.2 percent, respectively, the labor department said in a news release.
May 29, 2012
The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in Franklin County, Pa., held steady in April at 6.1 percent, according to the latest data from the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry. Neighboring Fulton County saw its seasonally adjusted unemployment rate spike nearly a full percentage point to 9 percent. In Franklin County, unemployment was at its lowest rate since December 2008, when it was 5.9 percent. The county tied with five other counties for the sixth lowest unemployment rate in April among Pennsylvania's 67 counties, labor department analysis states.
September 26, 2011
The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in Franklin County, Pa., increased three-tenths of a percentage point to 7.2 percent in August, according to the latest data from the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry. It was the highest rate since January, a labor department news release stated. Neighboring Fulton County's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate dropped one-tenth of a percentage point to 10 percent. A labor department analysis stated Franklin County lost 200 nonagricultural jobs from July to August, but the total of 56,400 jobs was 600 higher than August 2010.
May 6, 2013
Firefighters contained a mobile home fire to the property's kitchen Sunday afternoon. The Franklin Fire Department and a half-dozen other departments responded to 649 N. Franklin St., Lot 112, at 3:15 p.m., according to fire officials and the Franklin County (Pa.) Department of Emergency Services. The first crews to arrive saw fire coming out of one window in the single-wide trailer, Franklin Fire Chief Mark Trace said. Everyone was out of the home, although one of the residents tried to go back in, Trace said.