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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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By JENNIFER FITCH | waynesboro@herald-mail.com | January 30, 2012
Franklin County, Pa., lawmakers expect grim news when Gov. Tom Corbett delivers his annual budget address Feb. 7. Poor tax collections are resulting in an unexpected budgetary shortfall that some estimates place at $1.5 billion, according to state Sen. Richard Alloway, R-Franklin/Adams/York. “We have an idea it's not going to be good. We have our work cut out for us,” Alloway said. Some legislative leaders are pushing for public education to be funded at the same levels as 2011-12, state Rep. Todd Rock, R-Franklin, said.
NEWS
By JENNIFER FITCH | August 25, 2010
FAYETTEVILLE, Pa. -- U.S. Senate candidate Pat Toomey said Tuesday he'll win in Franklin County, Pa., but he wants supporters to help him do so by a wide margin. Toomey, a Republican, is running against Democrat Joe Sestak for the Senate seat held for five terms by Arlen Specter. Specter changed parties to become a Democrat and was beat out by Sestak in the primary. On Tuesday, Toomey made a campaign stop at Norlo Park east of Chambersburg, Pa. He was greeted by approximately 50 supporters and 10 people holding Sestak signs.
NEWS
July 8, 2012
Legislation updating Pennsylvania's education code containing a measure authored by Rep. Todd Rock that allows school districts in Pennsylvania to retain school resource officers (SROs) was recently signed into law by Gov. Tom Corbett. According to a news release from Rock's office, previous law did not permit school districts to use taxpayer funds to contract with local police departments or county probation offices in order to have their personnel keep regular hours and interact with school personnel.
OPINION
April 15, 2013
Pa. lawmakers do not support our local schools To the editor: If Franklin County residents like paying higher property taxes so that our communities' children can go to school in crowded classrooms with fewer and fewer educational opportunities, they have elected the perfect governor and state lawmakers. If Franklin County residents want their school tax dollars to be spent on expensive advertising, political lobbying, seven-figure CEO salaries and shareholder profits for cyber charter school management companies instead of being used to educate children, they have elected the perfect governor and state lawmakers.
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By C.J. LOVELACE | cj.lovelace@herald-mail.com | April 27, 2011
The Chambersburg Area School Board learned Wednesday that the district has received state approval to potentially increase taxes by an additional 1.6125 mills, if they see fit, in its 2011-12 budget. The board's Finance Committee met on April 11 and committee members learned that the district was approved for the Act 1 index exceptions. Anne Boryan, a Finance Committee member, reported to the board during its regular meeting Wednesday night inside an almost empty board room at the Administration Building.
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By JENNIFER FITCH | waynesboro@herald-mail.com | May 20, 2012
Linda L. Kelly can now add “commencement speaker” to her long résumé, which includes 30 years as a prosecutor, assistant district attorney and senior litigation counsel as Assistant U.S. Attorney. Kelly, who is Pennsylvania's attorney general, delivered her first graduation address Sunday when she spoke to Wilson College's Class of 2012. “I'd like them to take from my message that life is a journey, an unpredictable one,” Kelly said in an interview before the ceremony.
NEWS
By ROXANN MILLER | roxann.miller@herald-mail.com | April 6, 2011
Some of the pedestrian crosswalks in Greencastle could soon get a new look. The Greencastle Borough Council voted unanimously Monday to hire Ginny Lays, president of The Write Group Inc., to research and write a grant to help fund the new crosswalks. But, the council hasn't voted on installing the new crosswalks yet. While Lays will spend about eight hours researching federal, state and foundation funding options to support the project, she is unsure if she'll get the money for the project.
NEWS
By ROXANN MILLER | roxann.miller@herald-mail.com | April 10, 2012
Sheldon Schwartz of Greencastle has launched a write-in campaign to represent the 90th House District currently held by Todd Rock. Schwartz, 75, wants to unseat Rock, R-Franklin, by running a write-in campaign as a Democratic candidate in the April 24 primary. Rock has served two terms in the state house. The 90th District includes Waynesboro, Greencastle and most of the surrounding townships. “I'm asking all voters to blacken in the oval and write my name in. It is time for someone to speak up for the middle class in Franklin County,” Schwartz said.
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