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Pets of the Week: Meet Poptart and Wayne

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In accordance with Gov. Wolf’s mandate, the Cumberland Valley Animal Shelter is limiting visits by the public to those seriously interested in adoption.

Police log: Fights, hit and runs, burglary, thefts and noise

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Chambersburg police are looking for a group of men involved in a fight on West Washington and South Main Street Wednesday

COVID-19 update: 560 new positives, state totals 1,687

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Coronavirus cases soared yesterday across the state as deaths rose to 16 statewide. In Franklin County, cases remain at five. Businesses across the county are closed unless the are on the “life sustaining“ list.

Shapiro to online businesses: Stop sellers price gouging

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“Ripping off consumers by jacking up prices in the middle of a public emergency is against the law. Online resellers like Amazon must join in this fight,” Shapiro said in his letter.

Franklin County’s message to its citizens

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Franklin County Emergency services Director Jacob Crider wants county residents to have a list o critical numbers to call if they don’t Hve an emergency but just ant information or help in non-emergency situations.

Gov. Wolf announces $100M coronavirus small business relief fund

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The loans can cover costs associated with operations in the three months prior to the statewide shutdown.

School Closures Extended Through April 6th

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Secretary of Education Pedro A. Rivera said his decision to close all schools for the additional period aligns with the governor’s stay-at-home directive announced. Franklin County schools will remain closed into April as state officials battle a spreading Coronavirus threat. The numbers of new cases of COVID-19 are rising rapidly across the state.

Police Log: Assaults, Thefts, DUIs and Other Crimes

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In the middle of concerns over the spread of the Coronavirus pandemic and orders from authorities to stay at home until it abates, people continue to get out and break the law.

March 23: COVID-19 Cancellations, Postponements, Changes

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Today's list of new changes, cancellations, and closures prompted by the Coronavirus health crisis around Franklin County.

COVID-19 Cases Continue to Rise, No New Cases in Franklin County

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Pennsylvania now has 479 COVID-19 cases, 108 more than yesterday, most of them clustered around the state’s two biggest counties.

Obituary: Waltraud C. Butsch

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Waltraud C. Butsch, 85, of Chambersburg, Pennsylvania passed away March 21, 2020 at home with her family by her side. She was born on December 15, 1934 in Brieg, Germany to Adolf and Klara (Curth) Neuber.

March 22 COVID-19 Cancellations, Closures and Changes

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Local hospitals are restricting visitors until further notice as a result of the Coronavirus pandemic. With schools closed and any type of pubic event or gathering now prohibited

Police Log: Assault, Stalking, Arrests, DUIs, Hit and Runs

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Area police taped busy at week investigating a variety of crimes, from assaults and stalking to criminal mischief and hit and run investigations.

March 21: COVID-19 Cases Rise to 371, No New Cases Locally

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Dr. Rachel Levin, Sec. of Health, said State residents have a very important job right now, she said. She urged people to stay calm, stay home and stay safe.

Chambersburg Police Will Enforce Business Closures

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The Chambersburg Police Department will be educating those business that defy the order with a goal of getting compliance. If enforcement is warranted, citations can be issued.

Downtown Chambersburg Inc Offers Tips to Stay Safe, Support Business

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Chambersburg's downtown merchants are reaching out to the community to reassure area residents that they are doing all they can to keep the larger community safe during the Coronavirus crisis.

March 21 Closures, Cancellations and Changes

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Notices of closures and cancellations have slowed down, mostly because local organizations quickly took proactive action as the Coronavirus began to spread earlier this month.

Chambersburg Closes Borough Offices to Public

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Chambersburg closed its government offices to the public Friday as the county reeled under a state of emergency aimed at trying to halt the spread of the growing Coronavirus pandemic.

Obituary: Jo Ann Heffernan

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Jo Ann Heffernan, born March 11, 1946, in Washington, DC, passed away on March 17, 2020, in Waynesboro, PA. She as the beloved daughter of the late William F. and Doris M. (Cox) Heffernan.

Police and Fire Log: Counterfeit Currency, Armed Robbery, Drugs and Warrants

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Police and fire first responders are always there to serve and protect. But in these uncertain times with a Coronavirus pandemic running rampant across the country, they ask that people with emergencies call 911.

March 20 COVID-19 Cancellations, Postponements and Changes

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Here is the current list of new closures and cancellations as of March 20. Also included are events with altered hours and/or rules for participation.

Returning Shippensburg Students Test Positive For COVID-19

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Two Shippensburg students returning to the U.S. after spending spring break in Europe tested positive for COVID-19 this week.

Chambersburg Suspends Disconnections on Late Utility Bills

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Chambersburg won’t disconnect residents' utilities if they get behind on their bill during the Coronavirus pandemic emergency.

PA Reports First COVID-19 Death With 52 New Positive Cases

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Pennsylvanians need to take the Coronavirus threat seriously, Secretary of Health warns. The state saw its 1st death from the virus yesterday.

March 19 COVID-19 Related Closures and Cancellations

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Most banks have closed their lobbies but are still open for business at their drive-throughs as the Coronavirus crisis deepens.

Chambersburg, Franklin County Declare State of Emergencies

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Mayor Walt Bietsch declared a health emergency in Chambersburg Wednesday following the announcement that President Donald Trump had declared a national emergency in connection with the COVID-19 outbreak.

Maranatha Spearheads ‘Faith Feeding’ for the Hungry During COVID-19 Emergency

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It will feature a cookout in the ministry’s parking lot, but will not encourage the public to congregate there for the meal. Instead, the prepared food will be packaged for take out or delivery from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday.

Police log: Theft, Assault, Lost Diamond Bracelet

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Today’s police log has the usual thefts, assaults and other crimes, plus one not-so-common item — a BOLO for a diamond bracelet lost downtown earlier this month.

March 18 COVID-19 Related Cancellations and Closures

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Here is the current list of new closures and cancellations as of March 18. Also included are events with altered hours and/or rules for participation

PA COVID-19 Infections Rise to 96, Five New Cases in Cumberland...

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COVID-19 is spreading, with 20 new cases reported by 5 p.m. Tuesday. The new cases bring Pennsylvania’s total to 96, most concentrated in eastern Pennsylvania.

Police Log: Domestic Violence, Vandalism, Theft

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Chambersburg police have been investigating a variety of crimes including an assault case, some vandalism, and theft.

March 17 COVID-19 Cancellations, Closures and Postponed Events

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Here is the current list of new closures and cancellations as of March 17. During this pandemic it’s recommendation is to avoid crowds.

Lunches for Kids During COVID-1 Crisis

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There has been an outpouring of support for the children and families in the Chambersburg Area School District, according to Supt. Dion Betts.

Fire Destroys Marion Home, Family Escaped

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One firefighter suffered minor injuries when debris fell on him. He was taken to Chambersburg Hospital, where he was treated, then released.

Coronavirus Related Closures and Cancellations

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During this pandemic it’s recommendation is to avoid crowds. A number of local cancellations have been announced, and more are coming in daily. Even more are taking place state-wide and nationally.

Police Log: Theft, Assault, DUIs and Drugs

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The most serious crime reported by area police last week was an assault on a Chambersburg Hospital security guard. But local police still kept busy with numerous lesser crimes.

New COVID-19 Cases: 16 Positives, Two More in Cumberland County

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The state’s health department today confirmed 16 new COVID-19 cases, including two new cases in Cumberland County.

Roy Pitz Stube: Stepping up to Feed Hungry Kids in Time...

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Roy-Pitz Stube is stepping up to the plate to help hungry kids while local schools are closed this month.

COVID-19 Comes to Cumberland County: State Total Now at 45

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The COVID-19 virus reached Cumberland County yesterday, with three cases listed in a state health department report at 4:30 p.m. As of noon today, the total number of cases across the state reached 45.

Coronavirus Related Cancellations in and Around Franklin County

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All area school districts have announced schools will be closed for the next two weeks. The Franklin County Library System is also closing, as well as Results Fitness and several WellSpan mini care facilities around the county.

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Rescue at High Rock

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A 25-year-old woman who fell 75 feet from an overlook at High Rock has been rescued and is being airlifted to Meritus Medical Center in Hagerstown, Md.

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Library is refuge, even online during pandemic

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the Franklin County Library System has long had a vibrant online presence and a substantial eBook and downloadable audiobook collection.