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A tractor-trailer and its contents, all electronic goods, were consumed by flames around 11:30 a.m. last Wednesday at the Blue Mountain Service Plaza along the Pennsylvania Turnpike in Newburg.

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A barn and its contents were destroyed by flames last Friday morning on the property of Jones Harvesting LLC at 75 Goodyear Road in West Pennsboro Township, Newville.

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Haley Fraker, a junior at Big Spring High School, and her sister, Alyssa, an 8th grader at Big Spring Middle School prepared to hit the books from home last week as the 2020-21 school year went underway. Haley was up bright and early, while Alyssa posed from the comfort of her bed as she did…

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The fall season is upon us, and what better way to usher in the cooler weather than by wandering through a corn maze, especially a maze that has been designed as one of Newville’s most popular landmarks.

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Captain Heather Franzoni and Chief Shawn Hartsock of Shippensburg Area EMS spoke with Newville Borough Council via Zoom last Tuesday to discuss the purchase of a new paramedic unit.

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Cumberland Valley Rails-to-Trails Council members Allen Dieterich-Ward and Jim Stanton proposed an idea to develop a potential rail-trail museum in the Newville community to council last Tuesday.

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As a way to spark up excitement for the new school year, Newville community churches continued their six-year streak hosting the Back to School Bash Sunday at the Newville Community Park to provide free school supplies for Big Spring Students, along with free food and fun activities.

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Big Spring School District Assistant Superintendent Dr. Kevin Roberts presented a 30-page document to the school board last monday that extensively outlined positive feedback and concerns from staff members, and what the upcoming school year will look like at BSSD.

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Margaret Butts of Newville is a friend and neighbor of mine. We have lived across Mount Road Road from each other since the mid-1980s when our families purchased mid-1700’s stone houses. Because we were busy raising our children and tending to our own jobs and activities, neighborly visits w…

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Newville Police Chief Todd Koser presents a Certificate of Appreciation to police clerk Vickie Negley who retired Aug. 14 after serving the department from 2007 to 2020. See next week’s Valley Times-Star for more on Negley’s years with the police department.

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With students soon heading back to school, the House Education Committee convened a two-day hearing last week to gather testimony about the challenges of safely reopening schools this fall from a variety of education advocates and organizations.

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In 1883, John Skinner Elliott founded the J.S. Elliott Coffee Co. in the kitchen of his home at 109 Big Spring Avenue in Newville. As his business expanded, he constructed a two-story building for the coffee company at the rear of his property. The first floor housed the roasting furnace and…

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With the start of school -- whatever that may look like -- just around the corner, the Route 11 Cruz’n invited local car enthusiasts to kick back, relax and show off their rides in an effort to raise money to feed area students. 

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The Department of Public Safety, Cumberland County Commissioners, the Sheriff’s Department, officials from the U.S. Army Garrison-Carlisle Barracks, and law enforcement officers from surrounding counties, honored K-9 Brutus Friday during a memorial service at the Cumberland County Law Enforc…

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The John Graham Library in Newville is celebrating its 60th anniversary on Saturday, Aug. 1, with two virtual special events.  At 11 a.m., there will be a program on the history of the library.  At 1:30 p.m., all kids and families are welcome at a virtual library birthday party. There will b…

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When God whispers in your ear…it’s a good sign that he has something good to share. That’s what happened when two ladies from the Newburg First Church of God had the same idea, but hadn’t yet talked to one another. Megan Pryor and Lisa Laughlin both enjoy gardening and thought it would be a …

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Route 11 Cruz’n and the Pepsi Cola Plant of Newville visited the Vigilant Hose Co. of Shippensburg last Friday afternoon to donate a pallet of bottled water to the three Shippensburg fire companies and Shippensburg Area EMS.

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Many fire and EMS companies attended the funeral service for Gregory A. Bretzman, former Firefighter and Fire Chief of The Mount Holly Springs Fire Co. and former Fire Chief of Dickinson Township, Saturday.