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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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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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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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By ROXANN MILLER | roxann.miller@herald-mail.com | November 10, 2011
DRV NOW ... TXT L8R for nontexters means drive now, text later, and it's a warning that could save your life. Pennsylvania Wednesday became the 35th state to ban texting while driving when Gov. Tom Corbett signed a bill into law prohibiting it. The law, which goes into effect in March, will make texting a primary offense, meaning police can pull over drivers they see violating the law. It carries a potential $50 fine. There were 13,790 crashes and 66 fatalities in Pennsylvania in 2010 caused by distracted driving, according to Corbett.
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By JENNIFER FITCH | waynesboro@herald-mail.com | December 21, 2010
Developing a balanced budget for fiscal 2012 by the end of this fiscal year will be the main focus of the Pennsylvania General Assembly in coming months, according to Franklin County legislators. "That is by far the biggest priority at this point. With the $5 billion deficit at this time, that's not easy," said state Rep. Todd Rock, R-Franklin. The legislature will now be working with a Republican governor, Tom Corbett. It will try to prove "even though it's difficult, we can get it done and get it done on time," Rock said of the budget.
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