September 9, 2013
Paving, road repairs to cause delays on U.S. 340 RIPPON, W.Va. - Paving and road repairs will cause delays on U.S. 340 in Jefferson County beginning around Sept. 16, according to the West Virginia Division of Highways. The highway will be temporarily reduced to one lane from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. for a resurfacing job that includes base failure repair and paved shoulders. The project will begin at the Virginia state line and will continue north for about two miles, ending about 50 feet north of Myerstown Road, according to a news release.
September 8, 2013
Vice President Biden to talk about TIGER 2013 grant Vice President Joe Biden will join Gov. Martin O'Malley Monday at the Port of Baltimore to talk about a $10 million Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery, or TIGER, grant to the port, according to a news release from the White House Press Office. The TIGER 2013 discretionary grant is given out by the U.S. Department of Transportation. “The vice president will highlight a $10 million TIGER grant to the Port of Baltimore that will help improve the port's productivity by widening a channel into the port while increasing the port's cargo storage capacity and avoiding the need for costly repairs,” according to the news release.
September 2, 2013
Town to restore historic windows, doors to Borough Hall CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - The Chambersburg Town Council is embarking on an initiative to restore 22 historic windows and three doors in the Borough Hall. The council set aside money in utility funds and matched them with long-term, building-improvement trust money, according to a news release. No real estate taxes or loans are being used, the release said. The original building, known as the Market House, was built to serve the community in 1830 as the municipal building and a roofed farmers market.
September 1, 2013
The top readers in Alexander Hamilton Memorial Free Library's summer reading program grabbed plastic shovels and turned dirt in a recent groundbreaking ceremony for a project that will add 9,200 square feet to the East Main Street library. The children who read the most books in their age category were accorded the honor. They ranged in age from 1 to 12. “The children are our future, so it was only appropriate that they be up front and center,” Pat Groff, president of the library's board of trustees, said in a news release.
August 30, 2013
General Motors Access Road, which has been closed since January due to a bridge reconstruction project, was expected to reopen to traffic Friday afternoon, the West Virginia Division of Highways announced. The access road to Cumbo Yard Industrial Park from W.Va. 9 was expected to reopen sometime between 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. , state highways officials said in a news release. Motorists should be alert for changes in the traffic pattern, but no delays are expected, officials said.
August 28, 2013
The board of directors for the Washington County Community Action Council Inc. announced Wednesday that Executive Director Dave Jordan is no longer with the organization. A brief news release from the board did not give a reason for Jordan's departure. Attempts Wednesday night to reach Jordan and Peggy Martin, the president of the organization's board of directors, were unsuccessful. Jordan has guided the organization for 11 years, the release said. Lisa Davis, director of administration, has been named interim executive director, the release said.
August 26, 2013
A Franklin County, Pa., man has been charged with involuntary deviate sexual intercourse and manufacturing child pornography in a case investigated by the Pennsylvania Attorney General's Child Predator Unit. Glenn Jason Wileman, 28, of Mont Alto Road, was arrested Aug. 21 and charged with one count of involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, one count of aggravated indecent assault, one count of indecent assault, two counts of manufacturing child pornography, 15 counts of possessing child pornography, two counts of distributing child pornography and one count of criminal use of a communication facility, according to a news release from the attorney general's office.
August 18, 2013
Hagerstown officials and owner Malik Mehboob officially opened Checkers at 1720 Dual Highway in Hagerstown on Aug. 8. The restaurant features a double drive-in with over-the-top checkerboard squares, chrome styling, red neon signs and classic food. Checkers is open every day from 10 a.m. to midnight. To celebrate the opening, and in appreciation of its guests, Checkers offered the choice of any of its burgers for $1 all day on Aug. 8, with a limit of two per car or customer. “We want to thank Malik Mehboob for bringing Checkers to Hagerstown and for creating 45 jobs, both part time and full time, for the area,” Hagerstown Economic Development Manager Jill Estavillo said in a news release.
August 15, 2013
The Franklin County (Pa.) Commissioners on Thursday announced their finalists from 10 proposals submitted by private skilled nursing providers looking to buy the county-owned Falling Spring Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. Four firms made the short list, including Complete HealthCare Resources Inc., of Dresher, Pa.; Mid-Atlantic Health Care Acquisitions LLC, of Timonium, Md.; Nationwide Health Services LLC, of Brick, N.J.; and Transitions Healthcare LLC, of Sykesville, Md. All four finalists operate skilled nursing facilities in Pennsylvania, according to a news release.
August 13, 2013
Del. Tiffany Lawrence, D-Jefferson, is the new chairwoman of the House of Delegates Standing Committee on Political Subdivisions that meets weekly during the regular legislative session that begins in January. Lawrence will assume the role vacated by former Chairman Tim Manchin of Fairmont, W.Va., who became judiciary chairman. Lawrence has served as vice chairwoman of the Committee on Political Subdivisions since her second term in the House, in 2010. The committee handles and addresses legislation affecting townships, cities and counties and their relationships with the state, according to a news release.