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Business celebrates 50 years

MILL HALL — Leonard Hoffman has now served the Mill Hall area for over half a decade, and his business continues humming along. Leonard is the owner and founder of Mill Hall Speed and Custom who has experienced plenty of success, and change, along the way over the past 50 years. ...

Storage building approved for the Centre County Safety Center

By Carol Terracina Hartman cterracina@lockhaven.com BELLEFONTE – Giving the final nod to a state grant-contract, the Centre County Board of Commissioners also approved agreements with two vendors for construction of an equipment storage building at the Centre County Public Safety ...

Woodward Twp. auditor resigns

LOCKPORT — Woodward Township supervisors rescinded a motion to accept auditor Rebecca Reeder’s resignation at last night’s meeting. Reeder moved to Pine Creek Township which made her ineligible to be a township auditor. Originally a motion was made by Supervisor Wayne Love and ...

Sayers Dam doing it’s job, officials say

From staff reports HOWARD — Additional staff from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers are on hand at the Foster Joseph Sayers Dam to monitor and prepare for the potential for the dam’s highest water levels since Tropical Storm Agnes passed over the region in 1972. Between the already ...

Prison ordered in toddler’s death

LOCK HAVEN — A local couple charged with involuntary manslaughter and endangering the welfare of children in the death of their son more than a year ago was sentenced in Clinton County Court on Monday. Steven Allen Killion Sr., 37, and Toni Baker, 37, were each sentenced to 16 months to ...

Waterways to rise

An already saturated ground here in Central Pennsylvania can’t take much more rain. But that’s just what remnants of Hurricane Florence are bringing. Upward of 3 more inches of rain is likely to fall across our region through today, according to the National Weather Service. There ...

Penn State to host horticulture open house in LH

LOCK HAVEN —The Penn State Cooperative Extension will host an open house in their new offices in the Garden Building in downtown Lock Haven in October. Tom Butzler, the horticulture educator at Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences, is helping to organize the event set for Oct. 2 at ...

Centre Library plans paranormal investigation

BELLEFONTE —Is there a ghost in the library? A paranormal investigation is slated at the Centre County Library and Historical Museum, 203 N. Allegheny St. The library is inside the historic Miles-Hume House. Spring Hill Paranormal Investigators will check out the 204-year-old building on ...

Public hearing on rezoning in Centre Crest postponed

BELLEFONTE – A public hearing, which was originally set for Aug. 20, to possibly rezone a large land parcel in Bellefonte Borough that includes the Centre Crest nursing home has been rescheduled for Thursday, Nov. 8 at 6 p.m. Bellefonte Borough Assistant Manager Don Holderman told the ...

Ulmer Farms produces tomatoes, beans, sunflowers and more

LOCK HAVEN — Agriculture is a leading industry in our area. And the Great Island just outside of Lock Haven has some of the most fertile, Susquehanna River river bottom soil around, producing some of the best crops. Ulmer Farms, 710 Island Road, farms about 1,200 acres, growing a ...

Flaming Foliage Queens on display

KEVIN RAUCH/THE EXPRESS In anticipation of the upcoming 70th Annual Flaming Foliage Festival Weekend in October, the FFF committee hosted a social to kick off the upcoming weekend and events that lead up to it. Around 100 people stopped in to the Sons of Italy Sunday afternoon and were ...

Texas Restaurant supports KC Culinary Arts Program

LOCK HAVEN — The Texas Restaurant celebrated its 100th birthday this summer and one of the many events included a guessing contest. The Anastos family recently donated the proceeds of the contest to the Keystone Central School District Career and Technical Center Culinary Arts program. ...

Shocking warnings for White House

By JULIE PACE, CATHERINE LUCEY and ZEKE MILLER Associated Press WASHINGTON — The prognosis for President Donald Trump and his party was grim. In a post-Labor Day briefing at the White House, a top Republican pollster told senior staff that the determining factor in the election ...

Family won’t take in Elizabeth Smart’s kidnapper

By LINDSAY WHITEHURST Associated Press SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Once an accomplished organ player in Salt Lake City, Wanda Barzee became a disturbing figure for members of her own family after she helped in the 2002 kidnapping of then-teenager Elizabeth Smart. Days before the ...

$2.5M bond for Border Patrol agent in killings of 4 in Texas

By JUAN A. LOZANO Associated Press HOUSTON — A U.S. Border Patrol supervisor was jailed Sunday on $2.5 million bond in Texas, accused of killing at least four women and injuring a fifth who managed to escape. Juan David Ortiz, 35, was in custody in Laredo on four counts of murder ...

Woodward says ‘thank you’

Woodward Elementary students spend the afternoon with emergency service workers Students at Woodward Elementary School recently honored local emergency responders at the school’s Sixth Annual September 11 Ceremony. “While we realize (and it is hard to believe) that even this ...

Fatal shooting of area man ruled self-defense

From staff reports AVIS — After a nearly year-long investigation, Clinton County District Attorney David A. Strouse has ruled the fatal shooting last year in Pine Creek Township was a case of self defense. “This is a clear example of the Pennsylvania Castle Doctrine,” he said Friday ...

LHU tuition revenue going down, wages up

By LAURA JAMESON ljameson@lockhaven.com LOCK HAVEN — Lock Haven University’s Council of Trustees approved the 2018-19 budget which includes a decrease in yearly tuition revenue as well as an increase in salary and wages for the fiscal year. The budgeted tuition revenue, which needs ...

Bellefonte man sued for running Ponzi-type scheme

From Pennlive WILLIAMSPORT — A Centre County man already sued for operating what the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) says “bears the hallmarks of a Ponzi scheme” is now charged with securities fraud. James E. Hocker, 48, of Bellefonte, is accused by a criminal information ...

Convicted sex offender guilty of sexual contact with girls aged 5 and 12

From Pennlive WILLIAMSPORT — A man already classified a sexually violent predator has been found guilty of having sexual contact, some of which was captured on video from a hidden camera, with girls aged 5 and 12 in 2016. A Lycoming County jury Thursday found Carlos Ruben Castro Jr., 37, ...