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By ROXANN MILLER | roxann.miller@herald-mail.com | March 7, 2011
— The Tuscarora School Board is bracing itself to make some of the toughest budget decisions it has had to make in decades when Gov. Tom Corbett unveils Pennsylvania’s 2011-12 budget Tuesday. With the state facing a $4 billion shortfall, the governor is expected to make deep cuts, and education is not exempt. At Monday’s board meeting, board President Clifford Smith said the district could receive $1.1 million to $1.4 million less in state money, depending on whether Corbett goes back to 2007-08 figures or those from 2005-06.
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By JENNIFER FITCH | waynesboro@herald-mail.com | July 14, 2013
As Mont Alto residents filled a time capsule Sunday afternoon, Mayor John Esser mused that the people who open it in 100 years will probably not be familiar with newspapers and printed books. He said they might hardly recognize iPads. “In our time, we've seen advancements in cars and technology. Likewise, we can't even fathom what it'll look like in 100 years,” Esser said before the time capsule was lowered into the ground across from borough hall. Burying the time capsule marked the end of a three-day celebration of the municipality's 100th year.
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By JENNIFER FITCH | waynesboro@herald-mail.com | December 20, 2011
The 9th Congressional District will retain Franklin and Fulton counties if Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett signs the redistricting bill headed to his desk. The state House of Representatives approved the proposed new map, 136-61, on Tuesday; it already passed the Pennsylvania Senate. The Republican governor is expected to sign it into law. “Overall, I'm pleased with how my map came out,” said U.S. Rep. Bill Shuster, who represents the 9th District. Shuster lost parts or all of Cumberland, Juniata, Somerset, Huntingdon and Mifflin counties.
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By JENNIFER FITCH | waynesboro@herald-mail.com | April 12, 2011
Former Franklin County, Pa., jail warden John Wetzel received unanimous approval Tuesday from the Pennsylvania Senate Judiciary Committee as its choice for state corrections secretary. Wetzel, a Chambersburg, Pa., resident, is awaiting a confirmation vote from the Senate as a whole. He has been acting corrections secretary for 12 weeks after being tapped by Gov. Tom Corbett for the position. Wetzel said he's visited 20 of the state's 27 prisons in his time as acting corrections secretary.
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By JENNIFER FITCH | March 11, 2008
CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Richard Alloway II exited stage left and affixed his eyes squarely on Robert "Bob" Curley on Monday evening. Alloway had spoken for three minutes as the first Pennsylvania Senate candidate given the opportunity to do so at the annual Franklin County GOP Lincoln Day Dinner. The 33rd District candidate was noticeably riled up. Curley, one of Alloway's three opponents, had spoken out over the weekend about what Curley maintains are omissions about Alloway's work history.
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By JENNIFER FITCH | waynesboro@herald-mail.com | April 25, 2011
The Waynesboro Area School Board is expected to continue hammering out its 2011-12 budget and possible program cuts at a meeting scheduled for 7 p.m. Tuesday. The board is looking at areas of its curriculum not mandated by the state to be taught. On its list are some foreign language, technology education, and family and consumer sciences classes, according to Superintendent James Robertson. “We’re just looking at ways to close the gap,” Robertson said Monday. The board is grappling with an anticipated $1.9 million deficit, which is after two support staff positions and six teacher positions are cut. Contributing to the deficit is a plan from Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett to return K-12 public education funding to 2008-09 levels.
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By JENNIFER FITCH | waynesboro@herald-mail.com | December 15, 2010
Municipal and county leaders from Franklin County, Pa., called on state representatives Wednesday to address a half-dozen priorities in 2011. The Franklin County Council of Governments (COG) provided five legislators with information about transportation funding, prevailing wage, bid limits, electronic advertising, police radar and storm water management. COG members also shared a few of their other concerns during a relaxed conversation with state Reps. Dan Moul, Rob Kauffman, Mark Keller and Todd Rock and state Sen. Richard Alloway.
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By JENNIFER FITCH | waynesboro@herald-mail.com | November 4, 2012
The Obama and Romney campaigns turned their attention to Pennsylvania and its 20 electoral votes this weekend as polls showed the president holding only a slight lead in the state coming into Tuesday's election. In Franklin County, Pa., registered Republican voters outnumber Democrats nearly 2-to-1. Still, county political watchers say turnout will be key when polls are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Voter turnout was 72 percent in Franklin County in November 2008, according to published reports.
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By JENNIFER FITCH | waynesboro@herald-mail.com | April 13, 2011
Negotiating teams for the Waynesboro Area School Board and the district's teachers union met Wednesday for a bargaining session that both sides described as unproductive. The meeting involved "heated exchanges" and "disagreement," according to Richard Galtman, a lawyer serving as lead negotiator for the school board. "I think the frustration level on both sides is palpable. ... We disconnect on what is and what is not a fair proposal," Galtman said. "It has definitely turned to hostile discussion, majorly hostile discussion of the financial status of the board.
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By DON AINES | November 30, 1999
WAYNESBORO, Pa. ? A Waynesboro man has been indicted by a grand jury on charges of distributing approximately 10 ounces of methamphetamine he obtained in Hagerstown in 2005, according to the Pennsylvania Attorney General's Office. Carlos Justin Mills, 27, of 2954 Oak Hill Road, was arraigned Thursday before Magisterial District Judge Larry Pentz in Waynesboro on charges of delivery of a controlled substance and criminal conspiracy, according to Pentz's office. He was released on $25,000 bail, a member of Pentz's staff said.
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