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More criminal justice reform on legislators minds

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New criminal justice reforms are designed to make it easier for drug offenders to turn their lives around, get jobs and become contributing member of society.

Constitutional amendments pass state senate

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Two constitutional amendments have passed the Pennsylvania Senate and await consideration in the House of Representatives.

Progress Update: Court Facility Improvement Project

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The multi-faceted Franklin County Court Facility Improvement project is progressing on schedule and continues to be within budget according to Project Manager John Hart.

Democrats take over PA House floor

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Displaying a “Black Lives Matter” banner next to the speaker’s podium, a series of legislators delivered remarks demanding that the House consider police reform legislation.

Franklin County Employee of the Month

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Franklin County Commissioners have named a 911 Center employee credited with helping save a man’s life last summer as its October Employee of the Month. Commissioners presented Makenzie Cleary with the award during a special ceremony this week.

Unofficial Election Results

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Franklin County, PA voters have made their choice yesterday. Here are the latest results for the May 21st Primary Election.

Drivers license expirations extended

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Driver licenses, photo ID cards and learner's permits expiring between March 16 and May 31 have been extended through June 30.

Franklin County Seniors Can Get Free Fruits, Veggies

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The USDA Pennsylvania Farmers Market Nutrition Program provides low-income seniors with a way to purchase fresh fruits and vegetables from participating local farmers.

Kati McGrath Is County’s Top Employee for June

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Franklin County's Chief Juvenile Probation Officer Kathleen (Kati) McGrath was selected as the county's top employee for June.

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.

Katrina Wright is County’s July Employee of Month

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Katrina Wright, an Intake caseworker with Franklin County's Children and Youth Services, was recognized by County Commissioners as the July 2019 Employee of the Month.

Supreme Court could rule this week in Wolf-legislature issue

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There is no mandated timeline for a ruling, but the high court uses King’s Bench jurisdiction only for matters of “immediate public concern,” so the ruling should come soon.

Senate Committee to Hold Public Hearing on MS4

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The state Senate Environmental Resources & Energy Committee will discuss Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) requirements Committee members will hear from local municipalities trying to comply with federal stormwater regulations

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.

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.

Letterkenny Army Depot to Conduct Annual Anti-Terrorism Exercise

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Letterkenny Army Depot will conduct its annual anti-terrorism Active Shooter exercise; Avenger Shield at Building 41, on Tuesday and Wednesday, 29-30 October 2019.

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.

New Judge, Other Elected Officials Take Oath of Office

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Franklin and Fulton County’s newest judge took her place Friday on the bench with the 39th Judicial District Court of Common Pleas.

Auditors Report Blasts Use of State’s Gas Tax for Non-Road Projects

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A new audit of PennDOT says it could repair more highways and structurally deficient bridges with money it has been forced to pay to State Police.

Bicycle, Skateboard Rules in Chambersburg

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Local police are warning cyclists and skateboarders they need to walk their “vehicles” in downtown Chambersburg.

Franklin County Resident Mastriano Wins Special Election

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Doug Mastriano was quickly welcomed to the Pennsylvania Senate following his landslide win over Democrat Sarah Hammond Tuesday.

Tara Goetz is Franklin County’s November Employee of the Month

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Veterans Affairs Coordinator Tara Goetz is Franklin County’s November Employee of the Month.

County Announces Online Bidding and Auction Partnership

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The Franklin County Procurement Department is announcing a new partnership with Public Purchase, an e-procurement system to help streamline the county’s purchasing process.

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.

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.

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.

Franklin County 911 Dispatcher Receives Clinical Save Award

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Makenzie Cleary, a 911 Dispatcher, received a prestigious award for her actions this summer in helping save a man’s life.

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.

LIHEAP Program Taking Applications For Heating Assistance

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Residents struggling with home heating bills can apply for assistance from the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), which opened Nov. 1.

Franklin County Modifies Operations in Response to COVID-19

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Franklin County is closing its buildings to the public beginning Monday, except in rare cases, until the current Coronavirus crisis is over.

Franklin County looking for a few good reps

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The Franklin County Commissioners are looking for interested applicants to represent the county in planning America’s Semiquincentinnial celebration.

Candidate List for the May 21st Election

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The 2019 Municipal Election for Franklin County, Pennsylvania is scheduled for Tuesday, May 21st, 2019. Polls will open 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Mercersburg Vibrancy Steering Committee Announced

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The stage has been set to streamline community planning in Mercersburg and its surrounding communities.

Help for special class of unemployed

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Help is now available for a special class of unemployed, thanks to the federal CARES Act, including most who would not otherwise qualify.

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.

Chambersburg Gas Department to Release Telephone Survey

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Chambersburg's natural gas department will soon be undertaking a Gas Knowledge Telephone Survey, according to Borough Manager Jeffrey Stonehill.

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.

Topper’s Office Open Additional Hours

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Rep. Jesse Topper’s McConnellsburg office will now be open an additional day each week.

State Grants Support Local Roadway Improvements, Business Expansion

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Three local communities will receive state grants for projects that will improve roads and help create jobs, Rep. Rob Kauffman, R-89, said this week.

Absentee Ballot: Who Can Use Them and How to Do It

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A voter may apply for and receive an absentee ballot for the upcoming 2019 Municipal Primary Election/Special Election if they are registered to vote and fall into one of the following criteria

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