LOCAL NEWS | MAY 15, 2019

LOCAL NEWS | MAY 15, 2019

LOCAL NEWS | MAY 15, 2019

Today is “Peace Officers Memorial Day.”  The day was designated by a proclamation signed by President John F. Kennedy in 1962.   This week also designated as “Police Week.”  The names of 371 law enforcement officers who have died in the line of duty—including 158 who died in 2018—were formally dedicated on Monday evening, during the 31st Annual Candlelight Vigil, held on the National Mall in Washington, DC.  The national monument now contains the names of nearly 22,000 (21,910) fallen law enforcement officers.  One Middle District of Pennsylvania officer – York City Police Officer Alex Sable – was added this year.  An estimated 30,000 people attended the ceremony on Monday.


The Borough of Lewistown is currently without a borough manager.  Scott Welham, who previously held the post, was relieved of his duties at Monday’s borough council meeting.


Three Huntingdon County teens face charges after an assault late last month.  State Police say 19-year-old Natalio Mendoza, along with two other males, ages sixteen and seventeen, assaulted two men on Water Street in Orbisonia on April 27th.  One victim was punched, kicked, and stabbed, and suffered a fractured ankle.  He was taken to JC Blair Hospital.  The other victim sustained minor injuries.  The perpetrators were all taken into custody.


For every four farmers in Pennsylvania over the age of 65, there is only one farmer under 35. Of the 7.7 million acres of farmland across Pennsylvania, 41% is managed by a farmer 55 years of age or older, and 11% of that land is expected to transfer in the next five years.  Legislation to provide a financial incentive to retiring farmers to sell or lease land to starting farmers, was passed in the state Senate last week among a package of bills to benefit the agricultural industry. Senate Bill 478, modeled after a successful program in Minnesota, will provide a personal income tax credit for landowners who lease or sell their land, buildings and equipment to beginning farmers. Legislators say the bill helps ensure that farmland remains in agricultural use instead of being sold to commercial developers.



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