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[ 19 Aug 2014 | No Comment ]
First responders and members of the Corn Festival committee participate in emergency preparedness exercises for the big event. (Submitted)

SHIPPENSBURG >> Area First responders and members of the Shippensburg Corn Festival Committee conducted a table top exercise on Aug. 12 to prepare in the case of an emergency, according to the Shippensburg Fire Department.
Those in attendance participated with three scenarios to exercise our emergency action plan for the festival. The three scenarios addressed a downtown fire, a mass casualty incident and a weather emergency.
All in attendance agreed that this was an eye opening experience and that more of these types of exercise are needed to prepare for an emergency in the downtown area during the festival.  Additional training will …

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[ 18 Aug 2014 | No Comment ]
Participants in a past corn eating contest. (Submitted)

SHIPPENSBURG >> The 34th annual Shippensburg Corn Festival is scheduled from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, August 30, rain or shine, in downtown Shippensburg.
Seven blocks of King Street, Shippensburg’s main thoroughfare, become a bazaar for a day with more than 300 vendors of handmade crafts and fabulous food, great family-friendly entertainment, crafts demonstrations, special activities for kids, an antique car show and the festival’s exciting, sixth annual Corn Eating Contest.
Contestants may register for the Corn Eating Contest until the start of the 11:30 a.m. event. Cash prizes go to …

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[ 6 Aug 2014 | No Comment ]

SHIPPENSBURG >> A white and tan pit bull mix was found in the 200 block of Dykeman Road on Aug. 1, according to the Shippensburg Police Department.
The owner or anyone with knowledge of who the owner is may contact Better Days Animal Shelter at 866-493-3590.

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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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[ 30 Jun 2014 | No Comment ]
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By Becky Metrick
bmetrick@publicopinionnews.com
CHAMBERSBURG >> John Louis Arout will face aggravated assault and other charges at a preliminary hearing on Tuesday. Arout, 33, allegedly beat a woman and tried to confine her to a Shippensburg home on June 24, according to charging documents.
Arout had allegedly argued with the unidentified woman while at a bar earlier in the evening, according to court documents. The woman left and went to bed, she told Shippensburg Police.
Soon after, Arout allegedly arrived at the residence and turned off the circuit breakers in the apartment, according to charging …

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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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[ 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)

By LAUREN CAPPUCCIO
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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[ 28 May 2014 | No Comment ]

SHIPPENSBURG >> Shippensburg University has announced plans for a fundraising campaign to restore Stewart Hall.
A special event announcing a half-million dollar Challenge Gift campaign is scheduled to be held Saturday, May 31, according to a press release.
It will be held in conjunction with Shippensburg University’s Alumni Weekend Ice Cream Social.
The Campaign for Stewart Hall is part of the Shippensburg University Foundation’s $45 million comprehensive campaign, Charting the Course, Lighting the Way, the Campaign for Shippensburg University.
Invited speakers include Dr. G. F. “Jody” Harpster, interim president of Shippensburg University, Mr. Michael …

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[ 26 May 2014 | No Comment ]
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By LAUREN CAPPUCCIO
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 …