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By JENNIFER FITCH | waynesboro@herald-mail.com | July 26, 2012
A Republican candidate for state treasurer visited Franklin County, Pa., on Thursday to meet with government leaders and later stopped by the Shippensburg (Pa.) Fair. Diana Irey Vaughan has been a county commissioner in Washington County, Pa., for 17 years. She said she wants to bring successful techniques from her home county to the state. Irey Vaughan, who talked with reporters after meeting with Franklin County Treasurer Dave Secor, said she also is learning about financial practices used in other states.
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By ROXANN MILLER | roxann.miller@herald-mail.com | 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.
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March 22, 2011
A Franklin Fire Co. firefighter recovering from burns at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center in Baltimore was listed in good condition Tuesday afternoon, a hospital spokeswoman said. Assistant Chief Jason Kuehler was inside a mobile home at 1449 Frank Road in Hamilton Township, Pa., when it “flashed” Saturday, according to information on the fire department’s website. Another firefighter, Nick Stefany, was treated and released from a hospital. He told a Herald-Mail reporter he is “faring all right.” “I may have a few procedures ahead of me, but the prognosis looks good,” he wrote in a Facebook message.
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By JENNIFER FITCH | waynesboro@herald-mail.com | October 31, 2012
As Superstorm Sandy left the Tri-State area Tuesday, emergency services officials in Franklin County, Pa., are turning their attention to streams and creeks that have reached flood stage. The Conococheague Creek had flooded east of Philadelphia Avenue in Chambersburg, according to Dave Donohue, director of Franklin County Department of Emergency Services. “It's still over its banks in Greene Township,” he said at 3 p.m. “Borough waterways now appear to be reaching capacity, and the potential for flooding is very high,” Chambersburg Borough Manager Jeffrey Stonehill said, saying police and highway personnel will be monitoring the situation for possible evacuations.
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By BILL KOHLER | billk@herald-mail.com | November 8, 2011
Turnout for the Pennsylvania municipal general election was light in Franklin County at noon despite unseasonably warm conditions for the second week of November. Jean Byers, deputy chief clerk who has been overseeing elections in Franklin County for 24 years, said things were going well in the county's 73 polling places. "It sounds like a very light turnout so far. We hope it will pickup up after people get home from work," she said. Byers said there were no major problems.
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By ROXANN MILLER | roxann.miller@herald-mail.com | September 14, 2011
The United Way of Franklin County's annual campaign officially got under way on Wednesday. “We're going after the highest goal we've ever set, because the money is desperately needed and we'll meet our goal,” campaign Chairwoman Pam Anderson said. This year the goal is to raise $750,000 for Franklin County's agencies from Sept. 14 to Feb. 14. Despite tough economic times, United Way Executive Director Amy Hicks thinks the goal is attainable. “I think people recognize the need is great and for those who are working, for those of us who have steady jobs that are fortunate …  I believe people will give back because they want to help,” she said.
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December 21, 2011
Penn State Extension 4-H in Franklin County is teaming with JCPenney to establish a robotics program in which a team of youths, ages 14 to 18, will build a robot for competition.   The FIRST, or For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology, program, revolves around a six-week design-and-build session in which teams are given a kit of parts and a game-like task to perform. The program begins in January. All materials are provided. Participants do not have to be 4-H members to join.
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July 16, 2013
A small earthquake was recorded in Franklin County, Pa., late Monday by the U.S. Geological Survey's National Earthquake Information Center. A 2.1-magnitude earthquake was recorded at 11:58 p.m. in what the U.S. Geological Survey's system calls Guilford Siding. That area, which is believed to refer to Guilford Township, is six miles north of Waynesboro. No residents reported to the center that they felt the earthquake, geophysicist John Bellini said. This type of earthquake would typically last a second or two, and could be felt, Bellini said.
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September 26, 2011
A Sept. 17 traffic accident on Old Forge Road in Franklin County, Pa., has claimed a second life. Zachary Downin, 17, of 13796 Harbaugh Church Road in Washington Township, Pa., was pronounced dead at 9:10 p.m. Saturday at York (Pa.) Hospital, the Washington Township Police Department said Monday. Also killed in the accident was 18-year-old Kyle David Downin, who was pronounced dead at Waynesboro Hospital after the accident. He graduated from Waynesboro Area Senior High School in June.
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April 18, 2013
Grants to teachers in Franklin County public schools will be awarded to encourage the innovative use of technology in kindergarten through 12th grade. The Greater Chambersburg Chamber Foundation, an affiliate of the Greater Chambersburg Chamber of Commerce, is offering the Innovative Technology Challenge Grants to educators in all six school districts. The deadline for applications is June 28. Applicants will be evaluated based on three key criteria: innovation, value added to curriculum and advanced academics.
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