Local News | October 6, 2016

Local News | October 6, 2016

Local News | October 6, 2016

The Juniata County Commissioners heard a presentation earlier this week on a new tool that will be used to keep local communities informed during crisis situations.

SwiftReach Emergency Notification System enables the county 911 center to quickly alert residents via voice, text or email.

The system also allows emergency services personnel to send alerts from a list of residents or a geographic area.

In order to involve as many county residents as possible, the public, especially those who use cell phones rather than land lines, will need to register with the county to receive alerts.

The department has created a portal on the county’s website that will enable residents to register to receive alerts from the SwiftReach notification system.

This system should be up and running within a week or so.

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A special dinner to honor all military veterans and emergency responders in Mifflin County has bee planned for Veterans Day.

The Veterans Day Spaghetti Supper with be on Nov 11 at 5pm at the Lewistown Armory.

The event is open and free to all military veterans, law enforcement, fire fighters and first responders; spouses are also welcome.

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Evacuations are underway in Florida and South Carolina to move people away from the vulnerable coastline as Hurricane Matthew continues its way toward the East Coast.

Mandatory evacuations started in central Florida Wednesday morning.

Gov. Rick Scott urged other coastal residents potentially in harm’s way not to wait to be told to leave. Residents who live in mobile and manufactured homes also are being ordered to leave.

Farther up the East Coast, South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley also announced plans starting Wednesday afternoon to evacuate a quarter million people, not counting tourists, from the coast.

The National Guard and other law enforcement agents are mobilized, ready to ensure an orderly evacuation.

Governors in Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina declared states of emergency, and the White House said President Barack Obama canceled a campaign and health care events in Florida on Wednesday.

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A jackpot-winning Cash 5 ticket worth $800,000 was sold in Mifflin County.

The ticket for Tuesday’s drawing correctly matched all five balls drawn: 8, 17, 23, 32 and 40. It was sold at Lewistown Mini Mart, at 1219 West Fourth Street.

The prize must be claimed and the ticket validated before winners can be identified.

Cash 5 winners have one year from the drawing date to claim prizes.

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No-fault divorce waiting periods will be shorter in Pennsylvania, under a newly signed law.

Gov. Tom Wolf signed legislation yesterday that reduces the mandatory separation period to obtain a no-fault divorce from two years to one year in Pennsylvania.

The couple can start dividing assets and determining whether alimony is owed after that.

It takes effect in 60 days.

Neighboring states have waiting periods of six months to one year. The bill has the support of the Pennsylvania Bar Association.

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