Today is Patriot Day, an annual observance to remember those who were injured or died during the terrorist attacks in the United States on September 11th, 2001.


Hurricane Florence has been upgraded to a Category 4 storm with winds of 140 mph.  The storm will likely make landfall Thursday evening in North Carolina.

The National Weather Service and Mid-Atlantic River Forecast Center released a Flood Warning for Mifflin County (Juniata River) this morning from 6 AM until 10:28 this evening.

The Juniata River is expected to crest at 24 ft. near 10 AM this morning.  The most notable impacts will be slight roadway flooding in the area of

  • the Kish Bank Center on South Main St., Lewistown
  • State Route 103 in the area of the sandflats
  • The entrance to the Locust Campground/development.

The flooding is expected to be transient in nature (receding this afternoon).  Depending on the amount of water on the roads, they may be closed for a short time until the water recedes (late afternoon).

No evacuations are recommended at this time.  Residents in the affected areas may want to move their vehicles out of adjacent parking lots or plan on leaving home early/returning home slightly later than normal.


Authorities in Juniata County are searching for a runaway teen.  According to State Police, 17-year-old Julia Rose Graybill has been missing from her home on Licking Creek Road in Mifflintown since last Friday.  Graybill is black, with black hair with red highlights.  She is five-eight, approximately 150 pounds, and might be wearing glasses.  She could also be wearing leopard-print sneakers and carrying a brown pocketbook with white flowers on the flap.  Graybill could be heading to Altoona, or trying to acquire transportation to Colorado.  Anyone with information is asked to contact State Police.


The Juniata County Fair Committee will receive $1.3 million in funds for infrastructure improvements to the fairgrounds.  The grant was announced recently by State Senate Majority Leader Jake Corman (R-34).  Corman said, recent race days have brought people from 26 states to Juniata County and the fairgrounds. The grant from the state’s Department of Community and Economic Development will be used to address some important infrastructure issues such as storm water runoff, a handicap tunnel and the convenience of restrooms.


Construction for a Shade Road (Route 1004) bridge, spanning Little Lost Creek in McAlisterville that was expected to begin yesterday (September 10th) has been postponed one week, and will now begin on September 17th.


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