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JustBen Agriculture LLC partners Justin Frederico, left, and Ben Hall, right, show Pennsylvania Secretary of Agriculture Russell Redding some of their hemp plants. The partners grow about five acres of hemp plants for research purposes.

Exploring potential of new crop

McCLURE — Imagine looking to build a home 50 years from now. What kind of materials do you think will be used for building materials? Did materials made from hemp cross your mind? The hemp plant, like its sister the marijuana plant, is not a new crop to the country. In fact, according to ...

Ten facts about Pennsylvania’s hemp history

From Pennsylvania Hemp Industry Council 1. Lancaster County was the hemp capital of early America. The county’s original Hempfield Township was formed in 1729 and was named for the “vast quantities of hemp raised there.” 2. George Washington visited and inspected Pennsylvania hemp ...

Board approves personnel changes

MIFFLINTOWN — Nora E. Houser, social studies teacher at East Juniata High School, has retired, effective July 6. The Juniata County School District Board of School Directors on Thursday approved Houser’s retirement, as well as a listing of other personnel changes. Approvals ...

Calendar

Editor’s note: The Sentinel offers nonprofit and other community organizations an opportunity to promote upcoming events for free in this community calendar for three days before the event. Events needing reservations also may be promoted for up to two weeks prior to the reservation ...

Veteran Pin

Commissioners honor Vietnam vets

LEWISTOWN - Area veterans who served active duty during the Vietnam War from the late 50s to 1975 were honored Thursday with a 50th anniversary pin ceremony by the Mifflin County Commissioners. A total of 16 veterans who were among the 33 eligible for the pins were on hand at the ...

Garbage Truck

Garbage truck damaged in fire

LEWISTOWN — A garbage truck went up in flames around 2:49 p.m. Thursday afternoon. Mifflin County Communications dispatched multiple pieces of fire equipment to the Mifflin County Landfill at 87 Landfill Road, Derry Township. The communications center advised arriving apparatus that it was on ...

School board holds special voting meeting

LEWISTOWN - Two long-standing playground equipment projects were the main topic of a special voting meeting of the Mifflin County School District Board of Directors on Thursday. Of the two projects, new equipment at East Derry Elementary School got the green light to proceed. The proposal for ...

JCSD accepts construction bids

MIFFLINTOWN - The Juniata County School District has accepted bids for elementary school building consolidation projects. During a meeting Thursday night, the school board approved the following bids: General construction - Lobar Inc., at a price of $17,569,000, including the combined ...

Groundbreaking set for elementary schools

MIFFLINTOWN — Construction for the Juniata County school consolidation initiative will soon be underway. Groundbreaking ceremonies for each of two sites are set to begin at 9 a.m. Aug. 22 at Fermanagh-Mifflintown Elementary School, 75 Fifth St., Mifflintown. After a brief ceremony, the ...

Three defendants sentenced in Mifflin County

LEWISTOWN —A Hallstead man who pleaded guilty to statutory sexual assault was sentenced to 18 to 36 months in state prison on Thursday. Christopher J. Reinwald, 31, will also be registered as a lifetime registered sex offender after he allegedly sexually assaulted a 15-year-old ...