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[ 22 Jul 2014 | No Comment ]
Jordan Fleming is crowned 2014 Miss Shippensburg Fair queen. Photo by Kerri Fleegle.

By Becky Metrick
@BeckyMetrickPO on Twitter
SHIPPENSBURG >> In a swirl of glitter, gowns and deeply rooted farm traditions, four lucky ladies were crowned this year’s Little Miss and Miss Shippensburg Fair Queens and runners up on Monday night. The two competitions, sponsored by two dozen local businesses, hosted 14 girls from each age group for the competition.
In the Little Miss competition, Breanne Rotz took home the title of Little Miss Shippensburg Fair and Jossalyn Eckert won Little Miss Shippensburg Fair Princess.
The two girls, Rotz wearing pink and Eckert in a white …

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[ 22 Jul 2014 | No Comment ]
Aaron Feather, 30, Shippensburg will be competing in the International Tree Climbing competition on Aug. 2 and Aug. 3. (Submitted)

SHIPPENSBURG >> Ever since he was a kid, Aaron Feather, Shippensburg, has been climbing trees.
The 30-year-old certified arborist said it got him into trouble more than once when he came home covered in sap and pine chips. But years later, he’s become a top tree climbing competitor in the region.
Feather, who has worked for nine years as a production foreman and safety coordinator with Cumberland Valley Tree Service, will compete Aug. 2 and Aug. 3 at the International Tree Climbing Association in Milwaukee, Wis.
While he has competed for four years, …

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[ 21 Jul 2014 | No Comment ]
Officials move a gate as a ceremonial groundbreaking for the Downtown Shippensburg Pedestrian Connection Walkway beside the U.S. Post Office on King Street, Thursday, July 17, 2014. Pictured from left, Curt Cramer, Lance Hoover, Lizzie Bailey, Ben Laudermilch and Andrea Lage. Markell DeLoatch - Public Opinion

SHIPPENSBURG >> Work is to begin soon on a new walkway in downtown Shippensburg, the first phase of a long-term project to improve walkability and link various parts of the borough.
Local leaders marked the start of the project Thursday by removing a section of fence where the walkway will be built between the post office and Shippensburg Historical Society.
“It’s exciting because it’s one part of what we see as a much larger picture,” said Andrea Lage, Shippensburg council president. “We want to showcase Shippensburg’s downtown, which is an amazing resource, …

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[ 24 Jun 2014 | No Comment ]
A gathering of local, state, federal and Swedish officials lent an international air to the Monday ribbon-cutting ceremony at Volvo's North American Customer Center in Shippensburg. (Submitted)

By T.W. Burger
SHIPPENSBURG >> As ribbon-cuttings go, it was pretty dramatic.
On Monday, officials ranging from Franklin County and Washington lawmakers, the Swedish Ambassador to the United States, and high-level Volvo management officially opened their new North American Customer Center at their Shippensburg manufacturing site.
Well, not exactly a “ribbon” cutting.
One of Volvo’s smaller construction vehicles shouldered its way between a row of bigwigs and snipped through a thick, bright red chain with something that looked like the business end of a very large snapping turtle, but made of heavy steel.
The 20,000 square-foot …

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[ 16 Jun 2014 | No Comment ]
Ribbons representing different forms of cancer adorn the fence outside of the track during Relay for Life of Shippensburg. (Photo by Lauren Cappuccio)

BY Lauren Cappuccio
@LCappuccioPO on Twitter
SHIPPENSBURG >> Cancer survivors, supporters and family members of those who have lost the fight to cancer walked the track this weekend during The Relay for Life of Shippensburg’s 14th annual event.
This year’s Disney theme, “Making the Fairytale of a Cure Come True” had tents filled with references to classics such as “Dumbo” while also paying homage to newer favorites such as “Cars” and “Finding Nemo.”
Elizabeth Bakner and Rhonda Wolford, committee members for the event, said that the attendance was good. They said the weather was …

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[ 14 Jun 2014 | No Comment ]
Shippensburg seniors wait to graduate. (For Public Opinion-by Kerri Fleegle)

School name: Shippensburg Area Senior High School
Colors: The school colors are maroon and gray. The school mascot is a greyhound.
Number of graduates: 231, of whom 80 were inducted into the National Honor Society, which require a grade point average of 3.8 or higher.
Valedictorian: Zachary Cole Faulker.
Salutatorian: Rachel Anna Nye.
Commencement address: Given by Jonathan Baynum and Tiana Webber.
Program participants: Instrumental music provided by the Shippensburg Area Senior High School Orchestra, directed by Robert A. Maag. Choral music provided by The Sharps and Senior Chorus member solos. Assistant Superintendent Matthew Strine introduced …

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[ 31 May 2014 | No Comment ]
Mary Jo and Gary Grove, national co-chairs of Charting the Course, Lighting the Way, the Campaign for Shippensburg University. pledged a $500,000 matching gift for the project. The two had their first date at a dance at Stewart Hall. (Photo by Lauren Cappuccio/Public Opinion)

SHIPPENSBURG >> Organizers at Shippensburg University have announced plans to turn Stewart Hall into a new alumni house and have started a campaign to restore the historic building.
The campaign was given its first boost when Gary and Mary Jo Grove pledged to match donations — up to a total gift of $500,000.
The couple co-chairs the Charting the Course, Lighting the Way, the Campaign for Shippensburg University, which is part of the SU Foundation’s $45 million comprehensive plan.
Dr. Jody Harpster, interim president of SU, said that the goal of …

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[ 26 May 2014 | No Comment ]

SHIPPENSBURG >> Police have released the name of the individual charged in the stabbing death of a Shippensburg man on Saturday.
Nolan Michael Burke, 25, Chambersburg was charged with criminal homicide after police found Christian Paffos, 22, Shippensburg dead in the 300 block of East Neff Avenue Saturday around 9:55 p.m.
Cumberland County Coroner Charles Hall said he was called to the scene, where he declared Paffos dead.
Shortly after the stabbing, Burke voluntarily walked to the Shippensburg Police Station to be interviewed and was charged, according to police.
An official autopsy …

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[ 25 May 2014 | No Comment ]
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SHIPPENSBURG >> Police have a suspect in custody after a fatal stabbing Saturday night.
At around 9:55 p.m. Saturday night, police were called to the 300 block of East Neff Avenue for a reported stabbing and they found a man lying on the roadway with a stab wound.
Cumberland County Coroner Charles Hall was called to the scene and declared Christian Paffos, 22, Shippensburg dead at the scene, he said. 
The suspect, whose name has not been released, arrived at the Shippensburg Police Department voluntarily to be interviewed, according to police, and was …

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[ 14 May 2014 | No Comment ]
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Harrisburg >> A Shippensburg man was indicted by a federal grand jury on charges of cocaine distribution, according to a release from the U.S. States Attorney, Middle District of Pennsylvania Pete J. Smith’s office. Dante Kaleek Darby, 32, is facing four counts of distribution of a controlled substance, cocaine, for incidents occurring between Sept. 2012 and Oct. 2013 in Franklin County.
According to the release, the case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Pennsylvania State Police and the Franklin County Drug Task Force. Darby will face a statutory maximum of …