YORK – Our nation is at a tipping point where if action is not taken soon by churches, we may lose our freedoms. Pastors and church leaders will be equipped to regain a crucial balance before the point of no return at an upcoming Tipping Point Summit to be held in York. The summit seeks to create a grassroots effort among a non-denominational and diverse group of Bible believers who are coming together in unity to deal with the urgency of the times and helping to demonstrate how pastors can step up as cultural leaders, especially in this critical election year. Pennsylvania Pastors Network President Sam Rohrer said the summit will also be streamed live on the web. The Tipping Point Summit is free of charge and held at Grace Fellowship in York on Saturday, September 10 from 9 a.m. till 12:30 p.m. Attendees are asked to register whether attending in York or watching online. You can register at the website: www.tippingpointamerica.com.
LANCASTER (AP) – Lancaster County officials are calling for their sheriff’s resignation amid claims he sent pornographic and inappropriate emails to a female subordinate. A county deputy sheriff filed a complaint in July against Sheriff Mark Reese, claiming he sent her explicit messages. County commissioners say Reese admitted to sending the emails, but the sheriff’s attorney said the county should conduct a full investigation and also review emails sent to the sheriff. While county commissioners cannot fire the elected official, the state Legislature can impeach him. Taxpayers will bankroll Reese’s legal fees at a reduced rate. Commissioners say they are searching for ways to recoup the costs if they cannot prevent the county from paying Reese’s legal bills. Reese is on voluntary paid leave.
LANCASTER –Over a dozen garages were damaged by a four alarm fire in Lancaster. Crews responded to the 600 block of W. Fulton Street around 1 p.m. Tuesday. Investigators say some men were working on a car in one of the garages when apparently some fuel leaked and caught fire. Two people were treated for injuries.
ENOLA (AP) – A mold outbreak has closed two Cumberland County schools during the first week of classes after summer break. A school district spokeswoman says East Pennsboro Area High School and East Pennsboro Elementary School students were dismissed early Tuesday because of the mold in several classrooms. Students had just returned Monday after summer vacation. The schools will remain closed today and possibly Thursday for cleanup. Mold was found on ceiling tiles at the high school and was later found on pipes at the elementary school. The superintendent decided to shut down the two locations as a precaution for children with allergies and asthma. The testing company blames the growth on extreme humidity and rain over the summer.
HARRISBURG – Gov. Tom Wolf has launched OpenDataPA to enhance access to valuable information by creating a central repository to share the Commonwealth’s data with the public. Citizens can now browse through the first released data sets at data.pa.gov, including information about job creation, school performance, bridges being repaired, and more. Future releases will include data sets from agencies and programs across state government. There is also an online suggestion form for new data sets. By making data easily accessible, the Wolf Administration hopes to encourage citizens to become more familiar with how government is performing, engage with the state’s developer community, and build tools and resources that ultimately make Pennsylvania a better place to live and work.
HARRISBURG – Some area airports will make safety upgrades and expand operations with the assistance of state funding. Lancaster Airport will get $200,000 to construct three new box hangars to accommodate newer privately owned aircraft based at the airport. York Airport will receive over $646,000 to rehabilitate their runway. And Lebanon County’s Deck Airport will get $90,000 to install a new airport weather observation system that reports current weather conditions to pilots.
LANCASTER – Some Lancaster residents detained a Philadelphia man in a home invasion. Last Friday, police responded to a home in the 900 block of Wabank Street after an 85-year-old man answered his front door and found 29-year-old Alberto Merced claiming to be an electric company employee. As the man attempted to close the door, Merced pushed the elderly man and pulled out a handgun. The man yelled for his son, who came to his aid. Merced began to flee when the son grabbed and restrained him. A neighbor came to assist after hearing the commotion and helped the two men hold Merced down until police arrived. Merced faces burglary, assault, and other charges. He is being held in Lancaster County Prison.
OLEY (AP) – State Police say a fight between a father and son at their Berks County home has ended with the younger man dead and his father in the hospital. Troopers say 37-year-old Jason Hirschorn reportedly was assaulting his father, 60-year-old Robert Hirschorn in a dispute in Oley Township. It began in the house in the 1600 block of Limekiln Road and ended outside early today. But police are still trying to determine what the fight was about and how Jason Hirschorn was killed. Police have not said whether a weapon was involved. The investigation continues.
HARRISBURG – Evangelist Franklin Graham is going to every state capitol in our nation this year to challenge Christians to live out their faith at home, in public, and at the ballot box. Graham’s Decision America Tour 2016 will be coming to Pennsylvania, Delaware, and New Jersey in September and to Maryland in October. Graham says America is much different today than the time of his father, Dr. Billy Graham when the Ten Commandments were posted in public schools, teachers read from the Bible, and even people who did not regularly attend church, still had a respect for things of God and Jesus Christ. He says America is drifting away from the God who established her and is allowing abortion, same sex marriage, crime, and evil to run rampant. Graham said he believes his father would be speaking out on today’s issues as he did when communism was a growing threat during his ministry. Franklin Graham’s Decision America Tour will be in Dover, Delaware on Tuesday, September 13 at noon; Trenton, New Jersey on Wednesday, September 14 at noon; and Harrisburg, Pennsylvania on Thursday, September 15 at noon. The tour will be in Annapolis, Maryland on Tuesday, October 11 at noon. You can get more details about each location at www.decisionamericatour.com.
HERSHEY (AP) – In less than a week, two roller coasters somehow got stuck at Hersheypark. Officials say the Sidewinder “experienced a stoppage” at 3:30 p.m. Monday, and workers escorted all 27 riders safely off it. They say the coaster worked as it should during a malfunction by settling at a point that allowed guests to safely exit. The malfunction is being investigated. The Sidewinder is a steel roller coaster that’s rated an “aggressive thrill ride” on park’s website. Last Friday, the park’s Fahrenheit roller coaster was briefly stuck mid-ride for about six minutes. No one was evacuated and the ride continued.