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Ten indicted for drug ring in Lycoming, Clinton

Special to The Express An 11-member heroin distribution network was operating in Williamsport and in Clinton County since January 2014, allegedly bringing in up to 3 kilograms of heroin along with cocaine, hallucinogens and prescription drugs, according to the U.S. Attorney’s office. On ...

Suspected serious injuries in Friday Route 150 crash

MILL HALL — Robert L. Rote, 80, of Howard sustained suspected serious injury after a collision with Nycole D. Meeker, 30, of Bellefonte on Eagle Valley Road, Mill Hall, on Friday at 10:25 p.m. The crash occurred as Meeker was traveling south on Eagle Valley Road. Rote was traveling north on ...

Trial against commissioners likely delayed

From staff reports WILLIAMSPORT — It appears very unlikely there will be a trial next month as scheduled in the federal lawsuit a former warden of the Clinton County Correctional Facility filed against the county and its three commissioners. The parties Friday in U.S. Middle District ...

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These vacant houses on Ontario Avenue, Renovo, have been a nuisance to the borough for years. Bids are currently being accepted, with a public pre-bid meeting slated for Jan. 25.

Renovo holds reorganization meeting

By KEVIN RAUCH For The Express RENOVO — The Renovo Borough Council addressed various issues at their yearly reorganizational meeting Wednesday. Council is accepting bids on the vacant houses starting at 500 Ontario Ave., structures that have plagued the borough for years. The houses ...

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Shown is an old postcard that is featured on the back of the historical brochure, showcasing Bellefonte’s eight 19th-century churches.

Looking at the histories of Bellefonte’s 19th-century churches

BELLEFONTE — Bellefonte has a rich history with its Victorian churches, with many nearing or having passed their 200th anniversary. One individual, Karen Arnold, concert chair for Trinity United Methodist Church, has spearheaded a collaborative effort to raise awareness of the rich history ...

Drug dog proposed for KCSD

MILL HALL — If all goes according to plans, the next officer to join the Keystone Central School District’s police force will have four legs. District Chief Resource Officer Brandon Coleman said the drug interdiction canine would be a visible reminder of the district’s stance against ...

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Richard P. Vilello Jr., former longtime mayor of Lock Haven, receives the Jefferson Award given by the Penn Ag Dems.

Rick Vilello receives Jefferson Award for public service

HARRISBURG — Richard P. Vilello Jr. of Lock Haven was honored with the Jefferson Award for Service to Rural Pennsylvania. Penn Ag Dems, an organization of Democrats outside of Philadelphia and Pittsburgh, gives the award each year at its annual Jefferson-Jackson Farm Show Luncheon. This ...

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Good day And happy birthday to Sharon Schenck Stover of Lock Haven. Word of the day Nonpareil      (non-puh-REL) — A person or thing having no equal; a small pellet of colored sugar for decorating candy, cake, and cookies. Quote of the day “Talent for talent’s sake is a ...

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This is the temporary haul road built next to the existing rail line to accommodate the thousands of trucks needed to bring in the material to build the new plant’s foundation.

Joint Rail Authority supports First Quality Tissue’s new plant

LOCK HAVEN — In support of First Quality Tissue’s upcoming third plant that will create about 184 new family-sustaining jobs, the SEDA-COG Joint Rail Authority (JRA) partnered with local and state entities to help the plant come to fruition. A broad base of support was shown by funding ...

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Body positively identified as Teresa Hill

LOCK HAVEN — Rodney Heaton was telling the truth when he said the body of the woman found on Dec. 22 at 5 Corning St. was Teresa Hill, whom he said he had been staying with in July 2015. “DNA analysis has been completed and has positively identified the body to be that of Teresa Hannah ...

Keystone Central eyes First Quality excavation project

MILL HALL — The Keystone Central School Board  heard a proposal by First Quality representatives that would — if approved — turn a mountain into a molehill out back of Central Mountain High School. Bruce Kirkpatrick and Pat Hawbaker of Glenn O. Hawbaker Inc. told the board about ...

Clinton County jail sees decrease in prisoners

LOCK HAVEN — The average number of local prisoners at the county jail has decreased over the past five years from 100 to around 70, according to County Commissioner Jeffrey A. Snyder who chairs the county Prison Board. At times, he said, the number of local prisoners at the Clinton County ...

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Amanda R. Keiffer, CPA, cuts the ribbon Wednesday morning in front of her new business, Keiffer & Associates LLC, at 142 W. Water St., Lock Haven. From left are April Henry-Bittner of the Clinton County Economic Partnership; the new business owner’s husband, Tom Keiffer, holding their daughter, Morgan; Amanda Keiffer with the ceremonial scissors; Downtown Manager Natasha Gorham; and Jeff Miller, president of the Downtown Lock Haven Inc. Board of Directors.

Amanda Keiffer opens CPA firm

LOCK HAVEN — A new, full service CPA firm is open for business, just in time for tax season. Certified public accountant Amanda Keiffer cut a sparkly, winter-white ribbon in front of Keiffer & Associates, LLC, on the frosty morning of Jan. 11. In her office at 142 E. Water St., ...

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Good day And happy birthday to Chelsea Gipson of Lock Haven, turning 13 today. Outdoor Skills, Camping Series Venture out to Ross Library to learn wilderness survival skills on the second Tuesday of every month at 5 p.m. on the lawn next to the parking lot or on the third floor of the ...

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Pictured with the 1949 antique Allis Chalmers are members of the class, from left, Seth Darby, Trevor Smith, Gannon Vonada, Trent Rickert, Anthony Underkoffler, Seth Shade, Ryan Courter, Justin Dixon, Heath Wertz, Zach Holdren, Chris Shinn, Austin Swortwood, Brandon Brungard, Austin Herlocher and instructor Paul Bohnert. Missing from the photo are Jake McCauley and Jake Myers.

CM students enter restored tractor in competition

Central Mountain High School students in Paul Bohnert’s Agriculture Mechanics class are competing in this year’s Pennsylvania Farm Show. The students entered their rebuilt 1949 antique Allis Chalmers tractor in the first ever Tractor Restoration Competition. “Kids can show animals, ...

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Jim Harbach, left, and Dairy Princess Halee Wasson helped unveil the butter sculpture.

Jim Harbach, Halee Wasson help unveil butter sculpture

Clinton County dairy farmer Jim Harbach was front and center at the 101st Pennsylvania Farm Show as a 1,000-pound butter sculpture was unveiled, paying tribute to the history of environmental stewardship by dairy farmers. Pennsylvania State Dairy Princess Halee Wasson of Centre County also ...

Pacts outline pay for employees

MILL HALL — Five different labor contracts were approved late last year between the Keystone Central School Board and unionized or Act 93 school district employees. The net additional cost to the district and taxpayers for the various new agreements amounts to $1,781,287 for all four years ...

Health insurance costs rise

MILL HALL — Keystone Central School Board President James “Butch” Knauff looked at the stack of documents on the table and pronounced himself well pleased with the recently completed series of negotiations and agreements with school employees. For a district the size of Keystone - a ...

Two killed in pile-up on Interstate 80

BELLEFONTE — Two tractor trailer truck drivers were killed early Wednesday morning in a six-vehicle pile-up on a snow- and ice-covered Interstate 80. The accident occurred at 12:45 a.m. Wednesday near milepost 165 in Marion Township, Centre County, according to state police at ...

‘GT’ named vice chair of House Ag Committee

WASHINGTON — U.S. Rep. Glenn “GT” Thompson has been named vice chairman of the House Agriculture Committee for the 115th Congress. The Republican from Howard in Centre County whose mostly rural 5th Congressional District is among the largest geographic districts east of the Mississippi, ...