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County Property Tax Payment Deadlines Extended

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Commissioners extended the payment discount period as well as the face value payment period for those taxes. The action does not affect payment deadlines for municipality taxes.

Business waiver debate rages

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Multiple business leaders and lawmakers criticized the governor’s waiver process for its lack of transparency and apparent inconsistency. Similar businesses received different results when they applied, they said.

Bills to reopen pass House

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The Center Square Pennsylvania’s House lawmakers moved forward Tuesday on several bills meant to reopen certain businesses, despite...

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.

Wolf outlines ‘reopening plan’

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The beginning of the phased, regional reopening approach will depend upon as-yet-defined “quantifiable criteria.”

Property tax relief bill sponsored by Mastriano

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Revenue from sports betting goes into the state’s General Fund. Mastriano believes those funds should go toward property tax relief instead.

Construction resumes on courthouse project

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The Franklin County Court Facility Improvement Project construction went on hold while county officials appealed their case to the governor’s office.

Bill headed to governor’s desk

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The Pennsylvania House passed a measure Tuesday evening to allow remote notarization of documents, remote public meetings, and give municipalities flexibility to postpone property tax deadlines.

Jeff Sarver honored by Franklin County

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The Sheriff's Office has received numerous emails and phone calls from teachers, administrators, and citizens in the community and in schools expressing how well Sarver represents the Sheriff's office and the County.

Annual bulky item days postponed

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Annual bulky item days are almost a spring rite of passage in Greater Chambersburg. Now those events have been postponed until at...

Pennsylvania tax revenues slide amid coronavirus pandemic

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Pennsylvania tax revenues came in 6.2% below expectations last month, providing a glimpse into the state’s fiscal future as the coronavirus pandemic further squeezes the economy.

SERVICE Value Award winners recognized

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Franklin County’s SERVICE Value Awards are Franklin County government’s highest employee honor. Commissioners recently honored its 2019 winners.

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.

Pennsylvania Governor Reconsidering Liquor Store Closures

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Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf said Sunday night he’s reconsidering his order to shutter liquor stores as part of the state’s coronavirus mitigation effort.

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.

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.

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