Local News | January 27, 2017

Local News | January 27, 2017

Local News | January 27, 2017

One woman has been arrested on felony charges following an embezzlement case involving a nonprofit group, according to a news release from Mifflin County Regional Police Department.

On Sunday, Jan. 22, members of Shining Light Through the Darkness, of the East Freedom United Methodist Church, Burnham, contacted police after suspecting funds had been taken without permission.

Upon investigation by police, it was discovered that the organization’s treasurer, Sandra Gray, 36, of Lewistown, had electronically transferred over $5,000 from the group into her private bank account.

Gray was arrested on felony charges of theft and receiving stolen property.

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Students enrolled in the agriculture program at the Mifflin County Academy of Science and Technology may be headed to Juniata County next school year.

While no official action on the subject was taken, members of the Mifflin County School District Board of Directors gave administration a verbal OK to pursue moving ag students to Juniata County while the district contemplates shifting agricultural studies to Mifflin County High School and replacing ag with another program at the academy.

In the meantime, they will hire a temporary agriculture teacher to replace the one who is leaving the Academy in the next several days.

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Gov. Tom Wolf says his administration will close the state prison in Pittsburgh by June 30 and move 1000 inmates to Camp Hill, which is a maximum-security prison.

Wolf said the growing size and cost of the state prison system has gone unaddressed for too long and has risen to more than $2 billion. He said growing cost threatens funding for programs that Pennsylvanians want, such as education, senior care, and jobs and training programs.

Tom Wolf says closing the state prison in Pittsburgh will save $81 million.

The Pittsburgh prison has just over 500, the governor’s office says all employees will be offered jobs elsewhere.

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This Saturday January 28, there will be an all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast from 7 -10 a.m., at First Baptist Church, in Mifflintown, at the Family Ministry Center.

Cost is by donation. This breakfast supports the Juniata Mennonite School Jamaica Mission Trip.

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