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July 15, 2011
A vehicle fire has been reported in the 1400 block of Johnsons Mill Road in Fulton County, Pa., a supervisor for Washington County Emergency Services said. Firefighters from Hancock were responding to the incident at around 9:25 a.m. Friday.
BREAKINGNEWS
June 5, 2011
A Fulton County, Pa., man drowned Saturday afternoon after a riding lawn mower rolled into a creek and he became pinned under the mower, Pennsylvania State Police said. Larry Houck, 69, of New Grenada, Pa., was mowing grass around 1:30 p.m. Saturday near a creek embankment at 269 Hoover Road, north of McConnellsburg, when the mower rolled over the embankment and into the creek, police said. Hoover Road is north of Pa. 913, northwest of Waterfall, Pa., and southeast of Robertsdale, Pa., in northern Fulton County.
NEWS
By JENNIFER FITCH | waynesboro@herald-mail.com | November 30, 2011
Unemployment rates in both Franklin and Fulton counties improved in October, according to the latest data from the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry. Franklin County's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate fell two-tenths of a percentage point to 6.5 percent in October from September, labor department analysis states. The rate was down 1.4 percentage points from October 2010. Fulton County's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate dropped four-tenths of a percentage point to 8.9 percent in October.
NEWS
March 31, 2011
Criminal charges have been filed against a Fulton County, Pa., couple accused of financially victimizing family members for their own personal gain, the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s Office announced Wednesday. Acting Attorney General Bill Ryan identified the defendants as William Craig Carnell, 48, and Melissa “Missi” Ann Carnell, 50, both of 5809 Pleasant Grove Road, Warfordsburg. Ryan said in a news release that between 2005 and 2008 the Carnells, who are husband and wife, served as caregivers for William’s elderly mother, Margaret “Peggy” Carnell, along with William’s brother, John, who is deaf, speech impaired and requires the use of a wheelchair.
NEWS
January 9, 2013
Pennsylvania State Police said about 200 gallons of heating fuel was removed over the weekend from the Waterfall Grange Hall in Fulton County. The fuel is believed to have been taken between Friday and Sunday at the Grange Hall at 1035 Waterfall Road in Taylor Township, according to a state police news release.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
May 1, 2012
Work will begin today to resurface U.S. 522 in Bethel Township, Fulton County. The contractor will be paving approximately 4.1 miles of U.S. 522 from the intersection with Pa. 643 continuing south to the Interstate 70 interchange, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation said in a news release. Other work will include guiderail upgrades. Work on this project will be done under single-lane closures that will be controlled by flaggers during work hours. The contractor for this $1.8 million project is P & W Excavating Inc. and all work is expected to be completed by August, PennDOT stated.
NEWS
August 12, 2013
A 17-year-old girl was flown to the hospital following a traffic accident Sunday afternoon in Fulton County on Battleridge Road in Dublin Township, Pennsylvania State Police said. The girl, whose name was not provided, was flown to Altoona (Pa.) Regional Hospital to be treated for major injuries, according to a state police news release. Troopers said the accident happened shortly before 5:30 p.m. Sunday, when a Chevrolet Cavalier that the girl was driving east on Battleridge Road left the roadway and struck a utility pole.
NEWS
By JENNIFER FITCH | waynesboro@herald-mail.com | 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.
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NEWS
September 5, 2013
A Chambersburg man has been charged with sexually abusing a 15-year-old girl multiple times over the course of a 15-month period, Pennsylvania State Police said. Dennis Ray Thomas, 43, was charged with 11 different sex offenses, including rape and indecent assault, according to a state police news release. Troopers said the girl was raped and sexually assaulted a number of times in Fulton County from September 2011 to December 2012. Thomas was arraigned and remanded to the Franklin County Jail  on Tuesday , according to the release.
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NEWS
By JENNIFER FITCH | waynesboro@herald-mail.com | September 4, 2013
Fulton County's lawmaker in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives was in critical condition Wednesday in a Pittsburgh hospital, according to the Associated Press. State Rep. Dick Hess, 74, suffered complications following a leg operation two weeks ago. The medical condition of Hess, R-Bedford/Fulton/Huntingdon, took a turn for the worse over the weekend, House Republican spokesman Steve Miskin said. Miskin said family members provided the update to the legislative staff in Hess' district office.
NEWS
By ROXANN MILLER | roxann.miller@herald-mail.com | September 3, 2013
Six bridges in Franklin County and five in Fulton County are among about 1,000 in the state that will be subject to lower weight restrictions to slow their deterioration and ensure safety. New sign postings began last week and could take several months, according to Pennsylvania Department of Transportation officials. Pennsylvania State Police and local officers will enforce the new weight restrictions, PennDOT spokesman Mike Crochunis said last week. The weight restrictions were added to about 1,000 structurally deficient bridges across the state to ensure bridge safety and to preserve the aging bridge system, PennDOT Secretary Barry J. Schoch said in a news release last month.
NEWS
August 30, 2013
The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in Franklin County, Pa., dropped 0.1 percent in July, according to the latest data from the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry. The rate stood at 6.4 percent. It included a reported loss of 700 jobs, largely due to the end of the academic year at public schools. In neighboring Fulton County, the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate increased 0.3 percent to 9.1 percent, placing the county's unemployment higher than a year prior.
NEWS
August 28, 2013
The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in Franklin County, Pa., dropped 0.1 percent in July, according to the latest data from the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry. The rate stood at 6.4 percent. It included a reported loss of 700 jobs, largely due to the end of the academic year at public schools. In neighboring Fulton County, the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate increased 0.3 percent to 9.1 percent, placing the county's unemployment higher than a year prior.
NEWS
August 27, 2013
Two McConnellsburg, Pa., men have been charged with assaulting a woman Monday evening in the 600 block of Lincoln Way East, Pennsylvania State Police said. Troy James Knepper, 43, and Jason Richard Rodriguez, 19, were charged with harassment, according to a state police news release. Troopers said the incident occurred between 7 and 11:30 p.m. at 648 Lincoln Way East in McConnellsburg, where Rodriguez grabbed and twisted the woman's wrist during an argument. Police allege Knepper then got involved by striking the woman in the face.
NEWS
August 12, 2013
A 17-year-old girl was flown to the hospital following a traffic accident Sunday afternoon in Fulton County on Battleridge Road in Dublin Township, Pennsylvania State Police said. The girl, whose name was not provided, was flown to Altoona (Pa.) Regional Hospital to be treated for major injuries, according to a state police news release. Troopers said the accident happened shortly before 5:30 p.m. Sunday, when a Chevrolet Cavalier that the girl was driving east on Battleridge Road left the roadway and struck a utility pole.
NEWS
By JENNIFER FITCH | waynesboro@herald-mail.com | August 11, 2013
A Harrisonville, Pa., teenager was named the 2013 Fulton County (Pa.) Fair queen Sunday evening in front of more than 200 people. Sarah Hollinshead, 17, is the daughter of Eric and Anne Marie Hollinshead. She will be a senior at McConnellsburg High School this fall. The 93rd annual Fulton County Fair continues through Saturday. “This week, I want to be a role model,” Sarah said. She said that as a child, she always looked forward to seeing the fair queen. Morgan Strait, the 2012 fair queen, participated in the crowning.
NEWS
Anne Weatherholt | Around Hancock | August 7, 2013
Friday evening is the time for the Greater Hancock Church Softball League championship game. In last weekend's playoffs, second-place Warfordsburg (Pa.) Presbyterian Church narrowly defeated Hancock's Church of Latter-Day Saints by a score of 5-4.  Meanwhile, first-place St. Thomas' Episcopal Church beat Orchard Ridge First Church of God, 11-1.  This brings St. Thomas' Episcopal and Warfordsburg Presbyterian together to see who will be the 2013 league champions. The game begins at 6:30 p.m. on the field in Widmeyer Park, and the community is invited to turn out and cheer for their favorite team.  On Sunday at 3 p.m., the league will close the season with a picnic for all seven teams and members of their congregations.
NEWS
By RICHARD F. BELISLE | richardb@herald-mail.com | August 4, 2013
Kaylee Thompson thinks her hard work in recent months getting Zoey, her 4-month-old Holstein “dairy calf,” ready for the Berkeley County Youth Fair's show ring will pay off with a winner's ribbon. “I think Zoey has a good chance because I've been working a lot with her and she's doing well,” Kaylee said. The calf was born in April on her grandfather Bruce Linton's Linton Brothers farm. “I got her out of the hutch and started training her to get her used to the halter so she would be ready for the fair,” she said.
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