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By JENNIFER FITCH | waynesboro@herald-mail.com | February 21, 2013
Three Pennsylvania lawmakers stopped by a Tuscarora Area Chamber of Commerce breakfast Thursday to talk about Harrisburg's ambitious political agenda that could have far-reaching and long-term effects. Members of the Pennsylvania General Assembly this spring are debating the merits of the governor's plans to improve revenues. For 2013-14, Gov. Tom Corbett has proposed a $28.4 billion budget, which represents 3 percent in new spending. “The budget is going to be a challenge again this 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.
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
January 27, 2011
State Sen. Richard Alloway and state Rep. Rob Kauffman have started the 2011 session of the Pennsylvania General Assembly by reintroducing their favored legislation that didn't pass in previous years. Alloway, R-Franklin/Adams/York, introduced a bill that would expand the Castle Doctrine in Pennsylvania to protect gun owners who act in self-defense. According to a news release, Senate Bill 273 would remove the "duty to retreat" clause when an individual is threatened by an attacker in any place that an individual has a right to be, including the individual's home or vehicle.
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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.
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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 | 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 DON AINES | December 23, 2006
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.
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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