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A very warm, but calm Sunday evening was the backdrop for the annual Vespers Service that helped usher in the 63rd Annual Shippensburg Community Fair. A crowd of approximately 200 people gathered atop the hill at the fairgrounds for an evening of music, prayer, reflection, worship and commun…

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The Big Spring FFA is excited to return to in-person animal showmanship competitions. This week, several members are competing at the Shippensburg Community Fair. Congratulations to Becky Cohick on winning the Senior Division of the 2021 Stockman’s Contest on Sunday. Other notable finishers …

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Area children can once again explore fire apparatus, meet the members of the Newville Police Department and learn about forensics during the return of National Night Out.

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Sunday morning marked the start of the weeklong Shippensburg Community Fair, and many area youth brought their animals to the fairgrounds along Possum Hollow Road to show in various competitions. The Fulton family of Newville was one of the families busy grooming their pet bunnies. Evan, 6, …

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Lions District 14-C Immediate Past District Governor Tom Jones (far right) and current 14-C District Governor Dan Brant (far left) presented a check for $7,792 on July 17 to the PA Lions Beacon Lodge Camp. This donation to support the camp was from a district-wide Rubber Duck Race, which rai…

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The Enhanced 4,500-pound weight class and the Farm Stock 4,500-pound weight class of the Newville Lions Club Fair’s Tractor Pull on Saturday were dedicated in memory of Merle E. Piper and Joseph E. Piper Sr., respectively.

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Competing in the Miss Newville Pageant, three young ladies showed off their gorgeous gowns as they strode across stage and answered some important questions before judges voted to crown Brooke Graham as the 2021 Miss Newville during the Newville Lions Fair.

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Many contestants graced the Newville Lions Club Fairgrounds stage in beautiful dresses, and exhibited their strong personalities for the judges and the crowd during the Junior Miss Newville Pageant last Wednesday.

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The night sky above Shippensburg’s Veterans Stadium was bursting with color as the Shippensburg Community Parks and Recreation Authority hosted the annual Fourth of July fireworks display. Many members of the community gathered in the stadium throughout the evening as SCPRA hosted vendors, t…

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Donald Kramer, 70, of Newville, tragically passed away last Thursday afternoon after suffering a medical emergency while riding a tractor on his property in the 1200 block of Center Road in Lower Mifflin Township, according to fire officials at the scene and Cumberland County Coroner Charley Hall.

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Next weekend marks the return of one of the area’s favorite summer attractions, Newburg’s Rural Life Festival. Presented by Newburg United Methodist Church, the festival takes visitors back to the late 1800s and early 1900s when folks’ way of life depended on hard-working hands and the skill…

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Jolene Peffer, 2, and Jameson Peffer, 1, of Newville, enjoy their flower leis during the 6th annual Bloom Festival in downtown Shippensburg Saturday. The festival featured more than 30 craft and food vendors, an inflatable by Strouse Entertainment, face painting by Kit Kat Sparkles, numerous…

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Relaxing is an assumed benefit of being retired, and for a small group of seniors who attend the Big Spring Senior Center, watercolor painting has been a wonderful way for them to do just that while having fun.

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Had enough of COVID and staying in? Looking for a way to earn a little extra income and highlight your homemade products and wares in a fun and festive atmosphere? Stop by Interstate 81 Antiques in Shippensburg next weekend, and you won’t be disappointed!

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President Tony Burkett, Fire Chief  Dan Burkett and the members of the South Newton Township Fire Co. would like to welcome and invite the community to the return of the Annual Firemen’s Fair, beginning this Thursday evening through Saturday evening, held on the grounds of the fire company o…

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Last Tuesday marked the annual Big Spring High School Senior Awards Assembly as school district administration honored graduates with the many accolades they have earned from their hard work.

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The Big Spring High School Class of 2021 wrapped up its high school career Saturday morning with a memorable commencement ceremony, as graduates embark on a new chapter in their lives. A Moment of Silence was held for their two late classmates -- Britton Finkenbinder and JT Kuhn -- as a beau…

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Cumberland County Coroner Charley Hall announced last Wednesday that the 25-year-old woman who died of injuries she suffered in a West Pennsboro Township crash last Monday night was Mary Staggs of Newville.

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The Big Spring High School Class of 2021 was cheered on by many bystanders last Wednesday as they rolled through Newville in a special graduation procession. Many seniors got creative with their modes of transportation, and this pictured boat was definitely the highlight of the parade, compl…

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The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced last week that Keith McConnell, 43, of Carlisle, was charged by criminal information with perpetrating a wire fraud and money laundering scheme that sought $467,200 in COVID-19 relief funds guaranteed by th…

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During a June 1 work session meeting, Newville Borough Council discussed a request from former area resident William Garland to adopt an ordinance to decriminalize the use of marijuana in the borough, and a revised temporary open container law for an upcoming event.

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During a ceremony last week at the Mount Holly Springs Cemetery, 15-year-old Eagle Scout Casey Essig of Troop 170 of Mount Holly Springs was recognized by the Cumberland County Board of Commissioners for his work in ensuring that 178 Veterans were properly honored with American flag holders,…

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In last Tuesday’s primary election, Cumberland County Court of Common Pleas Judicial candidate Michelle Sibert garnered 24,789 votes, while Kathy Silcox garnered 20,377 votes. Both candidates cross-filed on the Republican and Democratic tickets.

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The Borough of Newville and the Newville Veterans Council are preparing for the return of the Memorial Day Parade and Service on Monday, May 31. The parade will form on Broad Street, starting at noon, and will travel through town at 1 p.m. A Memorial Service will follow the parade at the fou…

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Pennsylvania State Police said 19-year-old Caleb J. Reamer of Newburg died of injuries suffered in a motorcycle crash that occurred at 6:20 p.m. May 20, along Maclays Mill Road, near Mongul Hill Road, in Southampton (Franklin) Township.

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The Cumberland County Courthouse reopened and was cleared at 6:30 p.m. Monday after two explosive detection K-9s alerted for explosive materials inside the courthouse at approximately 3:45 p.m. Courthouse employees and visitors were evacuated from the main courthouse and all entrances were c…

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The Big Spring School Board on Monday discussed the 2021-22 proposed final budget of $55,825,769 in expenditures and $55,815,142 in revenues, with a proposed 3.7 percent tax increase. The board has until June 30 to pass the final budget. 

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Memorial Day is fast approaching, and Borough of Newville Mayor Randy Finkey and Street Superintendent and Maintenance Employee David Handshew were busy last week sprucing up the Veterans Memorial and painting the town fountain in preparation of the holiday where we commemorate all of our fa…