May 15, 2011
Two pit bulls killed several sheep at a Funkstown-area farm over the weekend, Maryland State Police said. The dogs are believed to be family owned and not strays, according to a state police news release. Police were called to the farm at 116 Old National Pike shortly before 9 a.m. Sunday after the farm’s owner, Joseph Frey, arrived to tend to the farm and was confronted by two large pit bulls, which chased him into a barn, police said. Frey was able to shut the barn door and keep the dogs from entering, but discovered several sheep in the barn who had been attacked and mauled during the night, police said.
January 9, 2012
Mercersburg police were seeking information Monday about a theft reported from the nativity scene at Trinity United Church of Christ at 129 E. Seminary St. Between Dec. 5 and Jan. 5, someone stole a sheep statue that was about 10 inches tall and 20 inches long, police said in a news release. Anyone with information may call police at 717-328-2221 or Franklin County (Pa.) Crime Solvers at 717-263-3000. The same church reported that someone threw eggs at its east wall on Jan. 8, police said.
June 16, 2011
A pit bull involved in an a vicious May attack on sheep at a Funkstown farm should be euthanized, the Washington County Animal Control Authority ruled Thursday night. The dog, Isabella, was one of two pit bulls witnesses said they saw at Joseph Frey’s farm at 116 Old National Pike the morning of May 15, when Frey found six of his sheep dead and 14 others injured. Eight of the wounded sheep had to be euthanized because of the extent of their injuries, and the remaining six are recovering, Frey said Thursday.
October 15, 2007
Sheep and goat producers alike find there can be problems when it comes to the lambing and kidding process. A full-day workshop is planned to help address issues about caring for pregnant ewes and does before and during the birthing process, administering injections and medications, lamb and kid care and processing, producing better sheep and goats through record keeping and performance testing, as well as the opportunity to participate in...
October 9, 2007
CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Commissioner of Agriculture Gus R. Douglass is warning West Virginia sheep and cattle farmers to be on the lookout for signs of epizootic hemorrhagic disease (EHD), which has been observed in cattle in Ohio and West Virginia, although confirmatory testing is not yet complete. It can also be contracted by sheep, and has been observed in deer in numerous states, according to a news release from the West Virginia Department of Agriculture. The agency said the disease is spread by the bite of blood-feeding midges - a gnat-like fly - not by animal-to-animal transmission.
March 11, 2013
You can hardly pick up a newspaper or watch a news show without reading something about the environment or the ominous question: How are we going to feed 9 billion people? You will hear such buzzwords as greenhouse gases, carbon sequestration or green energy. Then there is the seeming contradiction that is the solar “farm” that is springing up along Roxbury Road and Sharpsburg Pike. Am I against solar energy? Not at all. I think it has its place, but certainly not taking up cropland or when it is so one-dimensional.
August 26, 2009
HAGERSTOWN -- Two Washington County Sheriff's deputies and a local farmer on Wednesday morning attempted to corral two sheep that got loose Monday afternoon when the farmer tried to deliver them to Four States Livestock Auction on East First Street in Hagerstown. By Wednesday morning, the sheep were in the area of Weiss Bros. of Hagerstown Inc. on Oak Ridge Drive. Two deputies, one on either side of the Weiss Bros. driveway, tried to catch the animals but one of the sheep tried to kick one of the deputies in the face before both sheep ran off into a field behind the business, Michael Weiss said in a telephone interview from his office.
September 5, 1997
By LISA GRAYBEAL Staff Writer, Chambersburg McCONNELLSBURG, Pa. - Ray Koontz considers bagging a legendary Montana grizzly bear, which weighed more than 600 pounds and possessed seven-inch claws, one of the highlights of his hunting experiences. Still, killing "Giefer" in April 1977, known for pilfering cabins and defying several attempts on his life, didn't pose much of a challenge to the now 81-year-old hunter. Neither did a mountain lion, a bobcat, an arctic wolf, five other bears, several deer, two moose, an ibex and a variety of other animals, birds and fish that he has brought back as trophies and has stored as mounts in his McConnellsburg office and home.
September 8, 1999
By KATE COLEMAN / Staff Writer photo: RICHARD T. MEAGHER / staff photographer Nanci Koerting will be baa-ck at Boonesborough Days this weekend after an absence of a few years. She'll be at Shafer Park showing her sheep as a community service. People seem to enjoy seeing them, even if they don't know much about them. "Oh, look at the poodle," she heard a woman say one year. [cont. from lifestyle ] Koerting will be accompanied by Lexi, a "bottle lamb," born in February on Koerting's farm outside Boonsboro.
November 1, 2005
At least three from the area have entered livestock in the 32nd annual North American International Livestock Exposition, which is being held in Louisville, Ky., from Saturday through Nov. 18. Participants include: Linda Jordan, of Waynesboro, Pa., who has entered seven head of Southdown in the sheep division; Kornerstone Farms, of Boonsboro, which has entered one beefer; Allen M. Hess, of Smithsburg, who has entered...