May 15, 2012
Children from the Waynesboro (Pa.) Area YMCA's Y's Nest preschool program for 4- and 5-year-olds and teacher Melody Gober recently took a field trip to Penn State Mont Alto. Students of Professor Nancy Funk's Theatre 102 course presented five puppet shows designed to teach the preschoolers. The lessons covered counting, identifying colors, showing respect for others, the 911 emergency process and learning simple, basic Spanish. Between shows, their hostess kept the attention of the children with games and songs. Later, they were provided with supplies to create their very own Nittany Lion puppets.
March 20, 2012
TE Connectivity, formerly Tyco Electronics, has laid off 30 people at its North Grant Street plant. “The plant had about 300 employees prior to the reduction,” company spokesman Mike Ratcliff said. The affected plant does application tooling for other TE Connectivity facilities and products. Ratcliff said the work-force reduction was made because of diminished demand. TE Connectivity enlarged Waynesboro's plant a few years ago when it closed one in Virginia and transferred the work there.
July 3, 2012
The Waynesboro Community Concert Association will present a concert by the 257th Army Band, “The Band of the Nation's Capital,” Thursday, July 12, at 7:30 p.m. in the Waynesboro Area Senior High School auditorium. The school is at 550 E. Second St. The concert is free and open to the public and will be held regardless of the weather. Attendees who have served or are serving in the armed forces are invited to dress in uniform. They will be recognized by the band during the concert.
May 10, 2012
Waynesboro police twice used a stun gun to subdue a man who allegedly struck an officer after yelling “Everyone is going to die!” in the street near 226 W. Second St. Christopher Thomas Wertz, 18, of 13194 C Monterey Lane, Blue Ridge Summit, Pa., allegedly hit an officer Saturday, police said in a news release. He fell to the ground after first being struck by the stun gun, then got to his feet and charged at another officer, police said. Police handcuffed Wertz after the stun gun was used on him a second time.
February 6, 2013
Critics of a rental inspection program proposed in the Borough of Waynesboro urged the borough council Wednesday to scrap the initiative altogether. The proposed rental inspection ordinance would require landlords to register rental units. It would require inspections of those units by the municipality's inspector every year, every three years or every five years depending on past performance. The borough council heard from more than a half-dozen people against the proposed ordinance.
April 16, 2012
With just five numbers, a Rutter's Farm Store customer became nearly $1 million richer late last week. The store at 141 S. Potomac St. sold a Powerball ticket that hit a major jackpot in the April 14 drawing, Pennsylvania Lottery officials announced in a news release. The winning ticket correctly matched all five white balls - 14, 15, 16, 19 and 24 - but not the red Powerball 02, to win a prize of $1 million, less 25 percent federal withholding, the news release stated. Another ticket worth $1 million was sold for the same day's drawing in Montgomery County, Pa. Waynesboro Rutter's Store Manager Jody Stine said she received a phone call Monday morning alerting her of the news.
February 17, 2013
Waynesboro fire officials believe a candle started a fire Saturday night in a duplex at 25 W. Fourth St. Firefighters contained damage to a second-floor bedroom, Waynesboro Deputy Chief Trayer Stoops said. The first crews on the scene at about 10 p.m. saw fire in the windows on the side of the home, Stoops said Sunday. “The residents were getting out of the house,” he said. “They apparently tried to fight the fire before we arrived.” Four or five people were inside when the fire broke out, and they escaped safely, Stoops said.
April 18, 2012
A Borough of Waynesboro recreation area is scheduled to receive water service shortly before the dog days of summer. Northside Dog Park, which opened in 2011, will receive fountains in coming weeks. “There is public water available. All we have to do is run a line,” Borough Manager Lloyd Hamberger said. Costs should be minimal as only manpower and materials are needed, he said. The dog park has two sections to separate small and large dogs. It is off North Potomac Street Extended.
August 7, 2012
A 73-year-old woman was trapped in her 2011 Chevrolet sedan in a two-vehicle accident at 10:45 a.m. Monday, Waynesboro police said in a news release. Emergency crews pulled Roberta Hill, of Cindy Lane in Hagerstown, from the vehicle, police said. An ambulance transported her to Meritus Medical Center, which does release patient conditions. Hill's vehicle crossed the center line in the 500 block of West Main Street and collided with a 2004 GMC work truck driven by Tyler Elkins, 24, of Chambersburg, Pa., police said.
October 31, 2012
A homeowner on Clayton Avenue might have thwarted a burglary early Monday, according to a Waynesboro police news release. Police said they were dispatched at 2:31 a.m. for a burglary in progress. Someone entered the home while the homeowner was sleeping, but the intruder was scared off when the homeowner turned on a light. Nothing appeared to have been taken, police said. The area was searched and no one was found, the news release stated. Later that day, a vehicle's door was found hanging open and items in the center console were in disarray.