You may know that our country conducts a census every 10 years to determine the number of residents throughout the United States, but did you know it's important that we have an accurate census count at the local level? An accurate census count helps determine distribution of federal funds to local communities like Wharton Township.

As census takers are making the rounds of Wharton Township, please be respectful and provide true and accurate answers to census takers' survey questions.

For more information, and answers to any questions you may have, about the upcoming 2020 census, visit the official Frequently Asked Questions page on census.gov.

By Ben Moyer For the Herald-Standard, orginally published Oct 19, 2018

Local governments face diverse challenges and limited funding, but are still expected to provide infrastructure, public safety and a quality environment for residents. Wharton Township, Fayette County, found itself in such a dilemma with a culvert that carried Big Sandy Creek under Fayette Springs Road about three-quarters of a mile south of Rte. 40 at Chalk Hill.

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“Any sizeable rain caused a flood there, and in one bad event the old culvert collapsed under the strain over a weekend,” said Jim Stanton, vice-president for engineering at McMillen Engineering in Uniontown. “The township made an emergency decision to quickly install a new larger culvert because bus traffic was a main concern. It’s a 5-mile detour if buses or fire trucks can’t cross there.”