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Last Tuesday marked Fastnacht Day in the area as members of the Amish community once again banded together with the Newburg-Hopewell Fire Co. to bake the delicious doughnuts marking Fat Tuesday, the day before Ash Wednesday and the beginning of Lent. Several dozen glazed, cream-filled fastna…

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Jonathan “JT” Kuhn spent his short life on this earth giving back to others. The promising Big Spring athlete sadly passed away nearly two years ago at age 16, but his selfless decision to become an organ donor has kept his spirit and legacy alive in six other people.

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Local post office personnel say they aren’t currently experiencing staffing issues due to the COVID-19 pandemic, while many area residents have complained about missing mail and packages for several days or weeks. Other local postal employees have resigned from their posts due to reported fr…

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Our own Kim Spencer got out in the snow over the weekend to wish passersby in Newburg a Happy Valentine’s Day! Her snow couple holds a string of hearts and a sign that reminds all that love really is grand! We hope even with these unprecedented times, you were able to enjoy a special Valenti…

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Pennsylvania residents have been frustrated by the slow rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine as area healthcare providers and pharmacies work to distribute the shots to the most vulnerable populations, and legislators work to increase distribution rates in the state.

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The Cumberland Valley was blanketed in nearly a foot of snow between Sunday and Monday. Several area families enjoyed playing in the powder, and submitted their photos to The Valley Times-Star. Pictured, at left, is Wrenley Boose, enjoying her first snowfall in Newville. At right, 3-year-old…

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Big Spring School District is applying for 1,762,732 in ESSER II grant funds to help close the budget shortfalls created by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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During a special meeting last month, Newville Borough Council voted to approve a separation agreement between the borough and former secretary/treasurer Lindsay Williamson, and hire Jody Hoffman as the new secretary/treasurer.

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Big Spring Middle School FFA students and staff brought the Pennsylvania Farm Show to Newville last week as they celebrated local agriculture with the new virtual event that was altered due to the pandemic.

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A garage and its contents located to the rear of 91 W. Main St. in Plainfield, West Pennsboro Township, were damaged by fire around 10:50 a.m. last Friday.

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Bulldog David Gutshall has dedicated the past 16 years to serving on the Big Spring School Board, and was recognized for his service by the Pennsylvania School Boards Association during the Dec. 7 school board meeting.

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Newville Borough Council’s Quality of Life Committee and the Newville Area Events Committee held a Christmas Wreath Sale last month that helped to benefit two Newville area nonprofit organizations. The Quality of Life Committee, chaired by Councilwoman Joey Diehl, sold wreaths to the public …

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The Cumberland County Commissioners recently remembered Chief Clerk Sandy Moyle, who passed away on Christmas Day after a long illness. During a public meeting, the commissioners ordered the county flag to be flown at half-staff until Tuesday, Jan. 18, 2021, in memory of Sandy, as a testamen…

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The Pennsylvania Departments of Agriculture and Education recently announced opportunities for agriculture and STEM learning for all ages to be featured in the 2021 Farm Show. Several opportunities will help K-12 students and teachers meet Pennsylvania academic requirements for environment a…

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Boy Scouts from Troop 174 in Newville helped the Newville VFW cultivate more than 1,000 pounds of potatoes this year to donate to the Big Spring Area Food Bank to feed local families in need. They delivered 600 pounds of potatoes at the end of November for the last of the 2020 distribution f…

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The heavy rains that fell on Christmas Eve into Christmas Day, along with the melting of about a foot of snow, caused the Conodoguinet Creek to overflow its banks, closing part of Potato Road in Upper Frankford Township and sparking the evacuation of many area families on Christmas Day.

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Christmas is right around the corner, and jolly old Saint Nicholas paid a special visit to Newville Borough on Saturday to hand out toys and candy for children who were more than grateful for the festive encounter.

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Santa sure gets around, especially when you need him most! He was spotted in Hopewell Township the morning of Dec. 12, through a thick fog, handing out gifts and spreading good cheer. Newburg’s Christmas in the Country Committee, along with Newburg Borough Council members, changed up their

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Last week, Big Spring School District Superintendent Dr. Richard Fry issued an update to parents of all elementary-level students, noting the district is moving all three elementary schools to an all-virtual instruction schedule that began Monday, Dec. 14.