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Free Press Releases Document Showcasing Winners of Best of Franklin County Contest

On March 1st, the Franklin County Free Press announced the winners of the Best of Franklin County. With over 2,000 community members voting, this is a very well-vetted list and a great sample of the best businesses in Franklin County. We would like to thank everyone for their feedback and participation in the program.

Due to popular demand, we have compiled a downloadable PDF with a list of the winners, along with their contact information. The list will be helpful to those who are looking for the best places to eat, shop, or utilize services. You can save or print the list for future reference.

Click here to download the winner list!

This year, some of the winners include Kenny’s Grill & Ice Cream for Ice Cream, Big Oak for Coffee, Vinnie’s for Pizza, Norland Pub for Wings, Red Robin for Burgers, Five Guys for Fries, Hickory Ridge for Homestyle Food, Aki for Seafood, Texas Roadhouse for Steak, Montezuma’s on Wayne Ave for Ethnic Food, Lotus Bowls for Downtown Eatery, Butcher Shoppe for Bakery and Grocery Store, Gearhouse for Brewery, Olympia for Candy Store, The Loft for Event Venue, Verizon for Cell Phone Store, Monica Kelso Catering for Caterer, Wildflower Salon for Salon, Rural King for Outdoor Store, Black and Blush Boutique for Clothing Store, Cheerful Flowers and Gifts for Gift Store, Paw Spa for Pet Groomer, Rain Tunnel for Car Wash, and Royer’s for Florist.

We are pleased to recognize these outstanding businesses in Franklin County and congratulate them on their well-deserved recognition.

Click here to download the winner list!


Jack G “Digger” Mellott 1926-2024

Jack was a United States Navy Veteran serving at Pearl Harbor, Okinawa, Guam, and Nagasaki during WWII. Jack enjoyed working outside and maintaining his home and property.

David M Lawver 1970-2024

Dave was a member of the Foursquare Church in Gettysburg, PA. He was employed at Shadowfax in York since 1990.

Peter Kernan McCrary 1934-2024

Pete grew up in the Washington, DC area and had fond memories of learning to sail on the Potomac River. He was an avid sailor and boat builder for the rest of his life.

Ella G Daywalt 1929-2024

Ella was employed with the Waynesboro Area School District and worked in Mowrey Elementary as a cafeteria aide for many years.

Who We Are

The Franklin County Free Press, established by Vicky Taylor in 2019, emerged as a beacon of local journalism for the residents of Franklin County. Under Vicky's leadership, it quickly became an essential source of news, particularly at a time when major newspaper publications were increasingly overlooking local coverage.

On January 1, 2022, the torch was passed to Nathan Neil and his firm, Neil Publishing, LLC. Neil, a local entrepreneur with multiple thriving businesses in Chambersburg, shares Vicky's fervent commitment to both the community and the world of local journalism.

Rooted in the heart of Franklin County and powered by its residents, the Franklin County Free Press continues to bridge the gap, ensuring that the local stories, events, and issues that matter most to the community remain in the spotlight.