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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.
By JENNIFER FITCH | | 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.
By ROXANN MILLER | | March 28, 2012
Dust off your fishing gear and grab some bait - Saturday is the first day of trout season in Franklin County beginning at 8 a.m. Along with Franklin County, Saturday also will be opening day of the trout-fishing season in 17 other Pennsylvania jurisdictions, including neighboring Adams, Cumberland, Juniata and Perry counties. April 14 is opening day for the rest of the state. Trout fishing season ends on Labor Day. The two-week early start to trout season in the 18 counties has a lot to do with water temperature, said state Sen. Richard Alloway, R-Franklin/Adams/York.
By ROXANN MILLER | | April 18, 2013
Franklin County residents are losing ground on some very important health-related issues, according to a study released by Summit Health Thursday. Summit Health, in cooperation with the Penn State Institute of State and Regional Affairs, released the results of its 2012 Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) of Franklin County and Shippensburg, Pa., at Green Grove Gardens near Greencastle. After wading through a sea of data over the course of a year, Summit's 30-member advisory group pinpointed four priorities - education, nutrition, access to health care and mental health.
By ROXANN MILLER | | 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.
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.
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