June 22, 2018

Franklin County Commissioners vote to oppose the Trans Source Energy Power line project.  Transource Energy has filed an application with the state PUC to build the line thru a section of Franklin County.

State lawmakers were joined by advocates at a rally at the state Capitol in support of immigrant families separated by the Trump Administration’s enforcement of the “zero tolerance” immigration policy. Eryn Spangler has more

Republican lawmakers are asking the U.S. Supreme Court to again consider the legality of new congressional district boundaries imposed earlier this year by the state’s highest court in a gerrymandering case. The state House and Senate’s GOP leaders on Thursday asked the federal justices to take the case in a 60-page filing.

Proposed state budget approved Wed by the house is set for a vote today in the senate.

Washington County flood victims are eligible for low-interest disaster loans from the  Small Business Administration (SBA).  A loan outreach center has been set up at the Sharpsburg Fire Department.  The center will be open today through Tuesday, June 26 from 9:00am-6:00pm and Saturday, June 23 from ten am until two pm.

Recognizing the importance of agriculture to Pennsylvania’s economy, the Senate has passed several measures to support farmers and held a hearing to explore ways to promote the dairy industry.. Pennsylvania dairy farming supports 52,000 jobs and contributes $14.7 billion to the state’s economy.

Data collected by the State shows more than 6.9 million total traffic tickets were issued in Pennsylvania from 2013 through 2017. That is an average of 3,796 traffic tickets per day, with speeding violations leading the pack.

The Governor’s Office Thursday announced the passing of Gov. Tom Wolf’s mother Cornelia Rohlman Westerman Wolf. She passed away at her Mt. Wolf home.She was 94.

Police have identified the man killed after a shooting on E. Penn St. in Carlisle. 23-year-old Michael Burch was shot and killed Thursday afternoon. Police are looking for two suspects. At this time police believe the shooting was targeted. Witnesses said they saw the two suspects drive from the scene in a maroon Chevy Equinox.  The car was recovered by police about a block away from the scene.

There may be more charges against others stemming from the investigation of Justice Allen Loughry.  U.S. Attorney Mike Stuart kept dodging the direct question whether or not other justices are under investigation or more charges could be forthcoming.  However, he did not rule it out,

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June 21, 2018

A single lane of Sandy Hook Road  in Washington County will open today at four PM. The road was heavily damaged by flooding after heavy rains last month.

A $32.7 billion spending package for Pennsylvania‘s approaching fiscal year began speeding through the state Legislature on Wednesday with little public debate, a stark change from the first three budgets hashed out by Gov. Tom Wolf and the House and Senate’s huge Republican majorities.

Washington County flood victims are eligible for low-interest disaster loans from the  Small Business Administration (SBA).  A loan outreach center has been set up at the Sharpsburg Fire Department.  The center will be open today through Tuesday, June 26 from 9:00am-6:00pm and Saturday, June 23 from ten am until two pm.

 

Washington County BOE members met this week and say North Hagerstown High students will be getting new Chromebook laptops when school starts in the fall. The Chrome Books will replace I Pads.

Today is the final day for early voting in Maryland before next Tuesday’s primary election. Voting sites are open until eight.

In public, West Virginia Supreme Court Justice Allen Loughry gave speeches about honesty and integrity in government. But federal prosecutors say in private he was raking in money by defrauding others. FBI agents arrested Loughry on Wednesday and took him to the federal courthouse in Charleston to face a 22-count federal indictment.


June 20, 2018

Some Pennsylvania State Police troopers are now wearing body cameras.  It’s part of a new pilot program launched with a 52-thousand dollar grant to purchase 30 of the cameras and train troopers to use themThe test program runs through the end of the year.

A 27-year-old Waynesboro man is charged with 11 felonies after exchanging  “illicit messages and images” with a Clay County Florida teen. Nickers Beauchamps iis locked up in the Franklin County jail. The illicit pics were found on the girls cell phone.

 Early voting continues in Maryland this week. Voting sites are open from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Thru Thursday. Elections-dot-Maryland dot -gov.  Washington County voter guide available on the FACEBOOK page.  Primary will be held on June 26.

We should start hearing details soon about the new state budget plan.  WE did get word on Tuesday about a package negotiated behind closed doors by top Republican lawmakers and  Gov. Tom Wolf.

Vice President Mike Pence was in Philadelphia last night with Scott Wagner for a GOP fundraiser.  The private event was held at the Rittenhouse Hotel to benefit the Republican Governors Association. Wagner the GOP nominee for Governor will face Tom Wolf in November.

Police in Hagerstown charge a 23-year-old man with murder in connection with a stabbing in Hagerstown last month. Malcolm Hasaunn Martin-Dorm is in custody. Police found the victim, 36 year old Juan Martinez Marroquin on East Franklin Street with multiple stab wounds.

Washington County flood victims are eligible for low-interest disaster loans from the  Small Business Administration (SBA). Washington County’s disaster loan outreach center is will be hosted at the Sharpsburg Fire Department, located on Chapline Street in Sharpsburg. The center will be open today through Tuesday, June 26 from 9:00am-6:00pm and Saturday, June 23 from ten am until two pm.

A group of Pennsylvania lawmakers observed Juneteenth, the oldest celebration of the emancipation of slavery in America, at the state Capitol on Tuesday.

State house members approve legislation to limit the use of eminent domain on land that has been set aside as green space or open space.

A House committee has approved a package of bills to help police and families prevent suicides and gun violence.