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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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By JENNIFER FITCH | waynesboro@herald-mail.com | July 9, 2013
A St. Thomas, Pa., teenager who was runner-up in the 2012 Franklin County (Pa.) Fair Queen contest took top honors in the competition Monday. Maranda McGowan, 16, was crowned fair queen in a ceremony focused on speeches, essays and answers to an interview question. Maranda shared some memories from past fairs with the crowd. “There are so many fun things to do and only seven days to do them,” she said. The fair on Warm Spring Road continues through Saturday. Mindy Hooven, 19, of Fayetteville, Pa., and Jennifer Warren, 17, of Shippensburg, Pa., also participated in the contest, with Mindy being named Maranda's alternate.
NEWS
July 8, 2013
Washington County Tuesday, Aug. 13 - Vegetable Garden Season Extension, 6:30 to 8 p.m. at University of Maryland Extension - Washington County. Would you like to pick fresh broccoli from your garden in December? This class covers techniques to extend your vegetable-growing season into the late fall (and possibly winter). The class will cover cold-hardy crop choices, planting dates, and how to protect crops with cold frames, row covers, plastic covers, mulch, etc. Vegetable focus: cabbage family.
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By JENNIFER FITCH | waynesboro@herald-mail.com | July 7, 2013
The Franklin County (Pa.) Fair got off to a quiet start Sunday as vendors set up their booths and a handful of children rode their horses in front of judges. The fair begins in earnest Monday with several 4-H Club contests, the fair queen contest and a tractor pull. “Everything is starting to come together,” said Robert Eckstine, president of the fair board. Traditionally, the Franklin County Fair was held the third full week in August. However, the festivities are being held earlier for the first time this year.
NEWS
July 3, 2013
The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in Franklin County, Pa., decreased one-tenth of a percentage point to 6.2 percent in May, according to the latest data from the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry. Neighboring Fulton County, Pa., saw its rate drop five-tenths of a percentage point to 8.8 percent. Franklin County has 58,200 nonfarm jobs (an increase of 400 in May), and Fulton County has 5,000 nonagricultural jobs, labor department data indicates. In May, Franklin County tied with Lancaster and Lebanon counties for the fourth lowest unemployment rate among Pennsylvania's 67 counties.
NEWS
June 26, 2013
The Franklin County Commissioners cut a ribbon Tuesday to celebrate the expansion and renovation of the county courthouse complex.
NEWS
June 20, 2013
Seven occupants in a stolen car on Interstate 81 were taken into custody Wednesday evening in Franklin County, Pa., after their vehicle reached speeds in excess of 90 mph and struck a Pennsylvania State Police cruiser, police said. The only adult in the vehicle, Travon Scott, 18, of Harrisburg, Pa., was charged with receiving stolen property and fleeing, state police said. The other six occupants included two 17-year-old Harrisburg boys, a 16-year-old Harrisburg girl, a 15-year-old Harrisburg girl, a 16-year-old Carlisle, Pa., girl and a 15-year-old girl from Mt. Holly Springs, Pa., police said.
NEWS
By JENNIFER FITCH | waynesboro@herald-mail.com | June 20, 2013
The Franklin County (Pa.) Commissioners voted unanimously Thursday morning to offer Falling Spring Nursing and Rehabilitation Center for sale after listening to additional public comment on the issue. The three commissioners are expected to issue request-for-proposals documents to potential buyers of the county-owned nursing home on Franklin Farm Lane. The potential buyers will have four to five weeks to submit proposals for the 186-bed facility. The commissioners said they are not obligated to sell to the highest bidder, and can visit the buyers' existing facilities and evaluate their backgrounds.
OBITUARIES
June 19, 2013
Elsie Mae (Hose) Humelsine, 90, of 13620 Mercersburg Road, Greencastle, Pa., went to be with the Lord, Tuesday, June 18, 2013, at her home. Born Jan. 11, 1923, in Montgomery Township, Franklin County, Pa., she was the daughter of the late Albert H. Hose and Alda (Myers) Hose. Humelsine attended Sneckleberger School. She was employed at Maryland Ribbon Co., Hagerstown, Md., for 21 years. Humelsine was a member of Broadfording Bible Brethren Church, where she attended ladies Bible study and enjoyed helping with vacation Bible school.
NEWS
June 19, 2013
Two Waynesboro men have been charged with rape after allegedly forcing a woman to perform sexual acts during an incident June 13. Robert Clements, of 3 Cleveland Ave., and Joshua M. Shockey, of 113 C V Ave., are both charged with rape, involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, aggravated indecent assault and indecent assault, according to a news release from Waynesboro police. Clements and Shockey, who were drunk, continued to engage in various sexual acts after the woman said to stop, police allege in an affidavit of probable cause.
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