Local News | September 30, 2016

Local News | September 30, 2016

Local News | September 30, 2016

More than a week into the season of fall and farmers throughout the region say they’re feeling the pinch of the dry summer weather.

Harner Farms in Ferguson Township says the summer was awfully hot and dry, from about July 4 to about mid-August.

Farmers are warning consumers to not be surprised if they noticed a difference in two popular crops this year due to the lack of rain: sweet corn and pumpkins.

Some of the fields we saw so much as an 80 percent loss, referring to corn.

As for pumpkins, consumers may notice a sizeable difference, with the crops being slightly smaller than usual.

Consumers can expect about a fifty-cent increase when purchasing corn.

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Earlier this week, Governor Tom Wolf urged lawmakers to take immediate action on the states opioid and heroin crisis.

Wolf said in the past year alone, we lost over 3,500 Pennsylvanians, which is a thousand more lives taken than the year before.

Governor Wolf is pushing for immediate action on bills he hopes will slow the epidemic.

The legislation includes more checks on pain pill prescribers and would also limit prescriptions of opioids to one week’s worth of pills for minors and fund more education on the dangers of opioid abuse.

Legislation appears to have support from both Democrats and Republicans.

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Hundreds of animal lovers packed the State Capitol steps earlier this week to support harsher penalties for animal cruelty.

You may remember the story of Libre, the Boston Terrier puppy found sick and neglected on a Lancaster County farm.

Libre is seven months old now. His fur has grown back in, and is now a happy healthy dog, but his story inspired an entire state.

Libre’s Law would increase the penalty for animal cruelty up to as high as a third-degree felony. The majority of cases now are charged as a summary offense, similar to a traffic ticket.

The law would not apply to agricultural animals.

It is believed Libre’s Law will pass.

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A broad range of topics were covered during a Downtown Lewistown Inc. meeting earlier this week, but the primary focus was on securing grants.

Collaboration with two yet-to-be-named manufacturing businesses within the Keystone Communities designated area of Lewistown Borough, Granville and Derry Townships, submitted applications for Neighborhood Zone Tax Credits through the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development.

Zubler said communities throughout the state are competing for $18 million in tax credits, which are used for investment and job creation.

There is even the possibility of collaborating with Lewistown Borough on a project in the future to reline a significant portion of waste water lines.

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Donald Trump will try to win over Midstate voters this weekend in Lancaster County and authorities are preparing for a big turnout.

The Republican presidential candidate is holding a rally Saturday night at 7 p.m. at Spooky Nook Sports.

Those planning to attend may not bring the following items into the venue: Weapons of any type, umbrellas, signs on sticks, water bottles and food.

East Hempfield Township officials anticipate a great deal of congestion on area roads for much of the day since doors are scheduled to open at 3 p.m.
Travelers are urged to use alternative routes to Route 283, Spooky Nook Road and Champ Boulevard from noon until 10 p.m.

Tickets for the event are available through Trump’s campaign website.

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