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By JENNIFER FITCH | waynesboro@herald-mail.com | July 30, 2013
The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in Franklin County increased three-tenths of a percentage point to 6.5 percent in June, according to the latest data from the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry. Neighboring Fulton County saw its rate increase two-tenths of a percentage point to 8.9 percent. Both the state and national unemployment rates were unchanged from May to June. They stood at 7.5 percent and 7.6 percent, respectively, according to a labor department news release.
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July 30, 2013
Members of the Franklin County Cyclists made donations totaling $5,600 to the Rhonda Brake Shreiner Women's Center and the Cumberland Valley Breast Care Alliance following the group's third annual Franklin County Metric Century, held June 22. This was the third annual ride, and the group's third donation to support breast cancer programs in the Franklin County area. More than 160 bicyclists road through Franklin County on routes totaling 12, 18, 42, and 62 miles to benefit the two area breast cancer programs.
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By JENNIFER FITCH | waynesboro@herald-mail.com | July 25, 2013
At least 12 groups are considering submitting proposals to buy the Franklin County-owned Falling Spring Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, county officials said Thursday. County officials have distributed packets to a dozen skilled nursing providers seeking information about the possible sale of the nursing home, according to Franklin County Commissioner David Keller. “At least two vendors have been in to tour the facility, and I believe a couple other tours are in the works,” Keller said Thursday.
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By JENNIFER FITCH | waynesboro@herald-mail.com | July 18, 2013
A $93 million Procter & Gamble warehouse being developed in Franklin County, Pa., is expected to bring nearly 1,000 jobs to the region, the company announced Thursday. The consumer goods powerhouse said it will use a new 1.7 million-square-foot distribution center to serve its Northeast retailers. “Shippensburg is a perfect location,” said Jeff LaRoy, a spokesman for P&G. P&G will lease the facility from Liberty Property Trust, a real estate investment business based in Malvern, Pa. It has holdings in the Lehigh Valley, central Pennsylvania and Hagerstown.
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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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By JENNIFER FITCH | waynesboro@herald-mail.com | July 16, 2013
Two people are facing criminal charges for allegedly operating an in-home, methamphetamine-manufacturing lab that caused an explosion in downtown Waynesboro Monday night. Logan Tyler Buchanan and Josie Lee McCormick were taken into police custody after the explosion at 153 W. Main St., a two-story brick building at the intersection of West Main and Grant streets. Buchanan, 30, of 4576 Lemar Road, Lemasters, Pa., and McCormick, 33, of 153 W. Main St., Apt. 1, Waynesboro, were charged with possession of precursors with the intent to manufacture methamphetamines, operation of a methamphetamine laboratory, and causing or risking a catastrophe.
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By ROXANN MILLER | roxann.miller@herald-mail.com | July 11, 2013
Franklin County Fair's move from late summer to July is proving to be a very good change, fair officials and attendees said. “It's been great,” Robert Eckstine, president of the fair board, said on Thursday. Attendance has been up over last year, he said. Karen Hack with Franklin County 4-H, said cash registers have been humming at the 4-H's ice cream and beef and pig club food stands at the Chambersburg Rod & Gun Club, where the fair is held. “Both of the food stands are up from last year, and that's good for 4-H,” Hack said.
NEWS
July 10, 2013
Wednesday's schedule of events at the Franklin County Fair: 10 a.m. - Youth goat show 6 p.m. - Demolition derby (arena) 6:15 p.m. - Talent contest signups begin 6 p.m. - Midway rides begin 7:30 p.m. - Talent contest 7:30 p.m. - 4-H/FFA animal dress-up parade The fair continues through Saturday at 3725 Warm Spring Road, Chambersburg. Admission is $10 per carload and $5 for single admission and walk-ins. Parking is free.
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By JENNIFER FITCH | waynesboro@herald-mail.com | July 10, 2013
Franklin County (Pa.) Commissioner Robert L. Thomas underwent a bone-marrow transplant this week and is expecting to start another round of chemotherapy Friday. Thomas, 58, announced May 17 that he had been diagnosed with the blood- and bone-marrow disease myelodysplastic syndrome. He said tests began to show a steady decline in his blood platelets a little over a year ago. His daughter, Bobbie Brown, donated a liter of bone marrow and blood Tuesday morning. “Doctors reported no complications or harvest issues,” Thomas wrote in an email Wednesday after his daughter was discharged.
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By JENNIFER FITCH | waynesboro@herald-mail.com | July 9, 2013
Legislation that was recently passed by the Pennsylvania General Assembly will allow the Franklin County, Pa., government to keep its current structure of elected officials. Because the county's population exceeded 145,000 in the 2010 U.S. census, the commissioners could have been required to add a new elected row office. The county's row offices include sheriff, prothonotary, register and recorder, treasurer, coroner and district attorney. County commissioners anticipated being required to add a new row office - register of wills and clerk of the orphans court.
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