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Friday, March 27, 2020

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.

PA Republicans Question Governor’s Shut Down Order

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Legislative Republicans questioned the constitutionality of Gov. Tom Wolf’s sudden shutdown order for non-life-sustaining businesses, arguing that it caused nothing but chaos and panic across the state.

Non-Compliant PA Businesses Ordered to Shut Down to Contain Coronavirus Spread

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Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf ordered non-life-sustaining businesses to close their doors by 8 p.m. Thursday lest they face serious consequences, from losing their state licenses to forfeiting disaster aid to risking criminal prosecution.

Wolf Calls for Emergency Small Business Loans Amid Coronavirus Outbreak

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Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf called on the federal government Wednesday for help sustaining small businesses and nonprofits during the novel coronavirus outbreak.

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.

Republicans Hold Onto Three Seats in PA Special Elections Amid Coronavirus...

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Pennsylvania Democratic Party Chairwoman Nancy Patton Mills criticized Republicans for holding the elections despite the ongoing epidemic, leading to what she called skewed results.

Turnpike Commission Offering Summer Jobs

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The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission is accepting applications for its summer employment program. Available positions include toll collector, maintenance, clerical, engineering and information technology.

PennDOT Secretary Asks Homeland Security to Extend REAL ID Deadline

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The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) sent a letter today to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, asking them to consider extending the October 1, 2020 REAL ID enforcement deadline.

PennDOT to Remove, Replace Cumberland County Bridge

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Pennsylvania's Department of Transportation (PennDOT) announced today that starting at 7:00 AM Monday, March 23, weather permitting

Franklin County Residents Urged to Respond to 2020 Census

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Invitations to respond to the 2020 Census will be delivered March 12-20. Once received, residents can use their unique identifier (included with the invitation) to respond online, by phone, or by mail.

Schemel’s Town Hall to Focus on Veterans Issues

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State Rep. Paul Schemel (R-Franklin) and a representative of the American Legion will answer questions from veterans during a town hall meeting on Thursday, March 19.

Grants Go to Area Historical Groups, Renfrew Museum

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The PA Historical and Museum Commission awarded grants to four area museums and county historical societies in Franklin and Adams Counties

Mastrino: Disabled First Responders Should Get Free Fishing Licenses

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First responders who are injured while in the line of duty would be eligible for a free fishing license under a proposal unveiled by State Senator Doug Mastriano (R-33).

Pennsylvania’s Unregulated CBD Market Troublesome, but Not Without Promise

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Public officials in Pennsylvania warned state lawmakers on Tuesday that the proliferation of unregulated CBD products into the marketplace

County Files Petition To Intervene in Transource Hearing

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Franklin County Commissioners are asking courts to let them be heard during final PUC hearings on the Transource project .

James Powell is County’s Employee of the Month for February

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Powell was chosen from a field of eleven nominations. His ability to interact with the public in a positive way is one of the traits earning him the February honor.

Mastriano to Conduct Teletown Hall Thursday

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A telephone town with State Senator Doug Mastriano (R-33) will gather feedback on issues from 33rd District residents.

Franklin County Recognizes Dee Allison for 20 Years of Service to...

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Franklin County Commissioners recognized Verdona “Dee” Allison recently for over 20 years as a volunteer ombudsman, helping people living in long-term care.

Proposal to Create Pennsylvania Fire Commission Garners Tentative Support From Firefighters,...

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A Pennsylvania House committee is weighing a measure that seeks to make changes in how fire and emergency services are administered in the state.

County Commissioners Continue Support of Redevelopment Efforts at Letterkenny

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Franklin County Commissioners passed a resolution extending the Keystone Opportunity Zone (KOZ) at Letterkenny Industrial Park.

PA Property Tax Described as Essential to Maintaining Public Schools but...

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A proposal to eliminate school property taxes in Pennsylvania is being met with a chorus of different viewpoints. Legislators, representatives of disparate organizations and residents weighed in on the thorny topic.

Toomey Pushes for Legislation to Make It Easier to Donate Food...

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To encourage charities and businesses to donate excess food to organizations that can distribute that food to the needy, the entity doing the donating is generally exempt from any legal liability provided that the donation is made “in good faith.”

Election Reforms in Effect for April 28 Primary

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Comprehensive reforms designed to encourage greater voter participation will be in place for the upcoming April 28 Primary Election.

Shapiro Suing Delta Auto Protect in Repair Scam

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Attorney General Josh Shapiro filed a civil lawsuit Thursday against extended automobile warranty company Delta Auto Protect. The suit seeks reimbursement for consumers and repair shops which fell victim to a car repair scam.

Legislation Creating First-Time Homebuyers Savings Account Ok’d by Senate

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The state Senate recently approved legislation to create a First Time Homebuyers Savings Account in Pennsylvania.

Legislature Sends Opioid Bill To Governor Wolf

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Legislation aimed at strengthening oversight of opioid prescriptions and reducing the risk of drug abuse has been sent to the governor for consideration, according to State Senator Doug Mastriano (R-33).

John Thierwechter Hired as Assistant County Administrator

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Franklin County’s Director of Emergency Services John Thierwechter moves to a new role this month as the county’s assistant administrator.

Pennsylvania Senate Passes Pair of Bills Designed to Aid Fire, EMS...

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Two bills designed to bolster fire and emergency services in Pennsylvania now head to the state House after senators passed them unanimously.

Senate Adopts Mastriano Resolution Marking Desert Shield & Storm Anniversary

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A resolution introduced by State Senator Doug Mastriano (R-33) that marked the anniversary of Operation Desert Shield and Desert Storm recently received approval by the Pennsylvania Senate.

Chambersburg Taking Applications for CDBG Funding

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The Borough of Chambersburg is accepting applications for its 2020 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program.

Chambersburg Cuts Its Electric Rate

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Chambersburg's electric customers will see power bills drop. The Borough Manager estimates most customers will soon see bills drop by about $2 a month.

Lawmakers, Advocates Rally For Property Tax Reform

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For Pennsylvania lawmakers who see the state’s rising property taxes as an intolerable burden on the state’s fixed-income residents, Monday was a day to try to rally support for repealing the taxes.

Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program Opens

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Forms for the Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program are now available for eligible Pennsylvanians to begin claiming rebates on property taxes or rent paid in 2019.

Brady Strite is Franklin County’s Employee of Month For January

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Franklin County Emergency Services Telecommunicator Brady Strite is the county’s Employee of the Month for January.

PSP Cadet Program Taking Applications for Summer Program

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The Pennsylvania State Police will host Southcentral Camp Cadet from June 7-12 at York College. The week-long law enforcement program developed by and coordinated through the Pennsylvania State Police, Troop H, gives teens a taste of life as a police recruit.

State Appoints Justin Slep to Veterans Services Advisory Committee

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Justin Slep, Director of the Franklin County Office of Veterans Affairs, has been appointed to the newly established Advisory Committee on the Coordination of Veterans Services.

Chambersburg Changes Ambulance Fee Billing

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A month into the new year, Chambersburg is already making changes to the way it collects its new $7 monthly ambulance fee.

Black and Davison Law Group to Provide Solicitor Services for Franklin...

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The Franklin County Solicitor position provides legal counsel and advice for the Board of Commissioners.

State House Takes Stand Against Human Trafficking

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Pennsylvania’s House of Representatives today passed a package of bills aimed at combating human trafficking.

It’s Tax Time Again, Is Your 2019 Tax Return Ready?

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Franklin County taxpayers can begin filing their 2019 tax year returns later this month but don't let that stop you from preparing your return.

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