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By JENNIFER FITCH | waynesboro@herald-mail.com | May 4, 2011
Facing crippled funding streams, Franklin County, Pa., school districts are exploring myriad ways to save money, including joining together in a consortium to improve buying power. Waynesboro Area School Board voted this week to enter into the consortium. Other invited members are the Greencastle-Antrim, Chambersburg Area, Tuscarora, Fannett-Metal and Shippensburg Area school districts. Evan Williams, assistant superintendent in the Waynesboro Area School District, said the participating districts are not obligated to anything by signing the initial agreement.
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NEWS
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.
NEWS
August 20, 2009
NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) -- Pennsylvania Attorney General Tom Corbett says a Franklin County man accused of traveling to York, Pa., to have sex with what he believed was a 14-year old girl, and a former girls' volleyball coach for a suburban Philadelphia school were among those arrested in an online sex sting. Corbett said Chad Randall Keefer, 43, of 13327 Locust Level Road, Greencastle, Pa., allegedly used an Internet chat room to approach an undercover agent who was using the online profile of a 13-year-old girl from York, Pa. Keefer allegedly asked if she would be interested in meeting so they could "play" -- explaining that he was interested in touching and feeling her, along with "whatever else" she would allow, Corbett said.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
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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