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At top: A video camera from inside the Pantry convenience store in Avis shows the armed robber entering the store Monday night. Above: The Pantry convenience store is located at 101 E. Central Ave., Avis.

Knife-wielding bandit holds up Avis store

AVIS — A masked man armed with a knife held up the Pantry convenience store in Avis just before 10 p.m. Monday, according to Pine Creek Township Police Chief David Winkleman. The robber got away with an undisclosed amount of cash and the female clerk was not injured, the chief said. The ...

Goodwill Hose looks at new garage

LOCK HAVEN — The Clinton County Planning Commission gave the tentative nod to plans for construction of a new ambulance garage and building at the Red Eye Center in Flemington. Consulting Engineer Steve Gibson of McTish Kunkle & Associates of Montoursville submitted the land ...

Dollar General store proposed for Porter

LOCK HAVEN — The Clinton County Planning Commission reviewed plans Tuesday evening for a new Dollar General store in Porter Township. The commission offered generally positive comments about the effort. The submission was made to the planning office on Nov. 22 and started the 30-day clock ...

Treatment center hearing is Thursday

LOCKPORT — A zoning hearing will be held Thursday at 6:30 p.m. about plans to build a residential drug and alcohol treatment center in a neighborhood zoned low-density residential. Dr. Robert C. Wise wishes to build the center for teen boys and girls ages 13 to 17. To do so, he must get a ...

Flemington Borough sewer rates go up

FLEMINGTON — Sewer bills in this community have gone up by 20 percent for this year. Borough Council voted for the increase recently as it looked at the spending plans for 2017. Council President Albert “Hap” Hill said the hike is a response to the expected increase in the borough’s ...

Centre projects hopeful to receive state assistance

BELLEFONTE — At least six Centre County redevelopment projects, from economic development projects to new facilities that will benefit the local community, are hoping to be included in the state capital budget this year. A new round of funding through a commonwealth grant program called the ...

Permit issues stop fill digging for First Quality

LOCKPORT — An excavation project in Woodward Township has been halted by permit issues, according to Township Supervisor Brian J. Hoy. The excavation has been providing dirt fill to local industry First Quality for its expansion project. Hoy said the supervisors cannot discuss the ...

Calendar of events

THURSDAY r Lamar United Methodist Church Community Outreach Lunch, noon, free, featuring pork hot dogs and sauerkraut, mashed potatoes, Harvard beets and dessert. Food pantry opens at 1 p.m. r Patriotic Time Out!, 5:30-7:30 p.m., VFW, 1110 E. Water St., Lock Haven (site of the former ...

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Good day And happy birthday to Karen Heverly of Marsh Creek. Quote of the day “The reduction of political discourse to sound bites is one of the worst things that’s happened in American political life.” — John Silber Lifesaving in the wild George Gedon, local ...

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Josh Welty, left, executive director of the Clinton County United Way, and his assistant, Elle Yothers, are out and about making presentations and talking about the United Way’s 2016-2017 fundraising campaign.

Clinton County United Way fundraising campaign under way

LOCK HAVEN — From Girl and Boy Scouts to library books. From special need infants to homeless people. Across the nation, they all have one thing in common: The United Way. More than any other nonprofit charity, the United Way is a campaign most people know, and an agency that helps ...

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West Ward vacancy filled in Bellefonte

BELLEFONTE — Bellefonte Borough has welcomed a new face to council. In a 4 to 3 vote, Bellefonte Borough Council appointed newcomer Courtney Dickman to serve the rest of former Councilman Paul DeCusati’s term, which is set to expire this December. Voting to appoint Dickman were council ...

LH City Council gives support to downtown events

LOCK HAVEN — Save the date of Saturday, June 24. That will be the 2017 Best of Clinton County Summer Festival, one of the days our downtown will shine this year. The festival is planned from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. with a parade at 1 p.m. and will include the popular children’s activities, live ...

JSAHS pool open to area residents

JERSEY SHORE — Starting Saturday, Jan. 21, local residents in the Jersey Shore area will be able to take a dip in the Jersey Shore Area High School’s swimming pool, courtesy of the Recreation Committee in the borough. The “Winter Swim” program will run each Saturday starting on the ...

Calendar of events

TODAY r Covenant Cafe, 1-3 p.m., Assembly Room of Covenant United Methodist Church, 44 W. Main St. The Covenant Cafe is an activity group for people in the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease or other diagnoses with memory loss. The group meets on the first and third Tuesdays of each ...

Participating in the ribbon cutting ceremony Monday at Hair Studio 35 are, from left, top, Clinton County Commissioners Jeff Snyder, Paul Conklin and Pete Smeltz, and Janaan Maggs; middle, Wendy Salisbury, Julie Brennan, Darlene Weaver, Jason Walker; front, Sydney Weaver, Carol Orndorf, Dana Walker and Tim Keohane.

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Dana Walker takes ownership of Hair Studio 35

LOCK HAVEN — It’s a dream come true for Dana Walker. “If you put your mind to it and your heart in it, you can do anything,” Dana said of becoming the owner of her own full-service beauty salon. Ever since she started beauty school 10 years ago, she’s dreamed of having her own ...

Library selling celebrity photos

LOCK HAVEN — In 2017, there will be several ways to support the Ross Library, and many events and programs. As a fundraiser, the Annie Halenbake Ross Library will be selling autographed celebrity photographs throughout January and February. All photos will be priced at $5 apiece. Photos ...

KC sets kindergarten registration

LOCK HAVEN — Keystone Central School District has scheduled kindergarten registration for children who will enter kindergarten in the district in August. Any child who will be 5 years old before Sept. 1 is eligible to enroll in kindergarten. Parents should call the school where their child ...

Around the Town

Good day And happy anniversary to Tom and Sharon Doebler. Word of the day Vexillology (vek-suh-LOL-uh-jee) — The study of flags. Hillbilly Gypsies bluegrass concert The Hillbilly Gypsies are slated to perform 7-10 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 21, at the Lock Haven Elks Club’s Main ...

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Skiers young and old enjoy the beginners’ slope at Denton Hill State Park a few years ago. Denton Hill State Park closed in 2014, but plans to reopen this month.

Skiing, snowboarding coming back to Denton Hill State Park

By JESSICA WELSHANS For The Express DENTON HILL — Potter County, called the snow belt of Pennsylvania, is where winter’s weather lake-effect dumps piles and piles of white fluff, creating a winter recreational wonderland. Denton Hill ski area closed in 2014, but in early December of ...

Pittsburgh area accordionists plan to have a ball at inaugural gala

By RICK SHRUM (Washington) Observer-Reporter WASHINGTON, Pa. (AP) — Melania Trump will bring a significant slice of Slovenia to Washington, D.C., next week. So will a couple of brothers from Washington County. Frank and Darryl Valencic, and their button accordions, will perform ...