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Madge Miles | Around Jonathan Street | June 14, 2013
The For Our Kids Sake organization and the newly named Robert W. Johnson Community Center (formerly Memorial Recreation Center) want to thank the community for supporting the fashion and talent show on June 2 at the Martin Luther King Center. The event included 14 models ranging in age from 2 through 20, and two soloists. A big thank you goes to everyone, and the organizers look forward to the community's continued support for other fundraisers to be held before the bus trip to the amusement park scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 10.  Donations can also be made at any Hagerstown Trust branch to account number 141518.
Paula Wolber | Around Maugansville | June 14, 2013
The Maugansville Ruritan Club will host its 10th annual Kevin's Fund Golf Tournament Friday, June 28, at Black Rock Golf Course.  Play begins with a shotgun start at 8:30 a.m. and includes first- and second-team prizes in three flights.  The $80 registration fee includes green fees with cart, breakfast items, beverages on the course, a post-tournament meal by Celebrations Catering, door prizes, and prizes for hole-in-one, longest drive, and...
By JENNIFER FITCH | | June 13, 2013
Franklin County, Pa., government leaders are trying to recoup tax money from a collection agency that went out of business. Central Tax Bureau of Pennsylvania, or Centax, did not collect taxes within Franklin County. However, it collected earned income taxes in neighboring Cumberland and Adams counties. Some Franklin County residents who work in Adams or Cumberland counties likely had income taxes withheld by their employers. That money should have been returned to their home municipalities and school districts.
By DON AINES | | June 11, 2013
A discussion Tuesday about the Adequate Public Facilities Ordinance served to illustrate why the Washington County Board of Commissioners is considering a new formula on how new residential developments should help pay for schools. Attorney Jason Divelbiss presented a plan to the board for The Reserve at Collegiate Acres, a 272-unit apartment complex. The plan offered no money for school mitigation, instead proposing a phase-in development over a period of years that would roughly coincide with the construction and opening of a planned West Side Elementary School.
By DON AINES | | May 27, 2013
The portion of Community Development Block Grant funding available for public service programs in Hagerstown will be 23 percent less in fiscal 2014, according to figures reviewed recently by the Hagerstown City Council. An estimated $105,000 is available for fiscal year 2013-14, which begins July 1, but the exact figure is not yet known, Community Development Manager Jonathan Kerns told the council earlier this month. The approved allocation for the 2013 fiscal year was $135,000, according to figures provided to the council.
May 27, 2013
Hagerstown's federal Community Development Block Grant entitlement is expected to decline for fiscal 2014, a trend that has been ongoing for about three years, according to Jonathan Kerns, the city's Community Development manager. CDBG is a program run by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's Community Planning Division, Kerns said recently. “In general, the federal government has been cutting its budget” in areas such as CDBG funding for a few years, Kerns said.
May 23, 2013
The City of Hagerstown, in partnership with the Hagerstown-Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau has launched a public art project-- which will honor the service of the city's long-forgotten black Civil War veterans, who belonged to the Lyon Post No. 31 of the Grand Army of the Republic. The project will result in a monument, which will be erected at Rose Hill Cemetery. A special dedication ceremony is planned for September. The project partners are hoping to raise the necessary funds for the monument and site preparation through Kickstarter.
By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | | May 17, 2013
The Berkeley County Building Commission advanced a bond ordinance to second reading Thursday that would allow officials to obtain up to $700,000 in financing to complete the new Hedgesville, W.Va., public library building. The bond ordinance for the county's public library system, along with another ordinance that proposes bond refunding to reduce county debt incurred from construction of the county's judicial center, are on track for final approval June 6. The building commission Thursday separately adopted a resolution that will allow the county to shave off nearly six years of payments on debt incurred from the ongoing public safety building project.
May 16, 2013
The Borough of Chambersburg and an area business have been awarded state funding to purchase natural gas vehicles or convert existing vehicles to natural gas. The Borough of Chambersburg, along with project partners IESI Corp. and the Borough of Shippensburg, will receive $472,500 for the purchase or retrofit of 19 vehicles to operate on compressed natural gas. The vehicles include refuse and recycling trucks, a utility bucket truck, and an ambulance, according to a news release from state Rep. Rob Kauffman, R-Franklin/Cumberland.
May 13, 2013
The Franklin County (Pa.) Department of Emergency Services is seeking local businesses affected by a tractor-trailer fire Thursday that closed Interstate 81 in Dauphin County, Pa., for several days. Due to the crash and fire last week, Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett declared a state of disaster. He is consulting with the director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency to determine if there is a need for a federal declaration, according to a news release. If a federal declaration is made, there might be federal funds available to offset uninsured business losses due to the incident.
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