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‘Warming Tree’

RENOVO — Since cold temperatures have made their way into Clinton County, one local organization is working toward making a difference in the lives of children by providing the community with a “Warming Tree.” However, this Christmas tree is no ordinary tree. It’s not decorated ...

Hotel occupancy tax a hot topic for Centre County Commissioners

BELLEFONTE — A week after the Central Pennsylvania Convention and Visitors Bureau proposed a hike in Centre County’s hotel occupancy tax, it was still a hot topic at Tuesday’s Centre County Commissioners’ weekly meeting. At last week’s meeting, CPCVB Executive Director Fritz Smith ...

JS Borough council approves 2019 budget; no tax increase

By PAT CROSSLEY For The Express JERSEY SHORE — For the third year in a row, Jersey Shore residents will see no increase in their tax rate as borough council passed the final 2019 budget Monday night through a unanimous vote. According to Joseph Hamm, borough manager, the tax rate will ...

Flemington Pizza Hut grand opening set for Dec. 20

FLEMINGTON — The Mill Hall Pizza Hut is moving to a new location and will reopen December 20, 2018. The new location is 543 High Street in Flemington next to Arby’s. The existing Mill Hall Pizza Hut closed its doors at the end of business on Monday Dec. 10, 2018. The Mill Hall Pizza ...

Snyder elected president of SEDA-COG board

LEWISBURG — Clinton County Commissioner Jeff Snyder was elected president of the board of SEDA-Council of Governments (SEDA-COG) at last week’s public meeting. Other 2019 SEDA-COG Board of Directors’ officers are Columbia County Commissioner Rich Ridgway, first vice president; Juniata ...

Jailed on drug charges

From staff reports RENOVO — Clinton County District Attorney Dave Strouse announced a major drug arrest made by Renovo Borough Police over the weekend. Dawn Louise Cole, 55, of Saint Clair Avenue in Renovo, was charged Friday with felony possession with intent to deliver controlled ...

Survey: Drug, alcohol abuse biggest problem in the county

LOCK HAVEN — Drug and alcohol abuse has been identified as the biggest problem facing Clinton County. That was the result of a community needs assessment conducted by STEP, River Valley Health and Dental Center and the Center for the Study of Community and the Economy, based on community ...

Downtown Rotary to build ‘little libraries’ in city

LOCK HAVEN — City council approved multiple use-requests by the Rotary Club of Downtown Lock Haven at last night’s meeting which included the construction and placement of a little library in both Triangle and Hanna Parks. Rotary Club of Downtown Lock Haven President Diahann Claghorn and ...

Centre County lets residents, poll workers check out new voting machines

PLEASANT GAP - A crowd of approximately 100 Centre County residents turned out on Monday night for a Town Hall meeting to discuss new voting machines. The Centre County Commissioners - Steve Dershem, Mark Higgins and Michael Pipe - hosted the event, which was held at the Central ...

Echo Hope Church’s Christmas musical is Sunday

Needing some REAL Christmas spirit? Well, mark your calendars for this Sunday, Dec. 16, at 10 a.m. Everyone’s invited to watch a special Christmas musical production put on by the students of Echo Hope Church in Mill Hall. This is a Bethlehem meets “Dragnet.” It’s a caper featuring a ...

Thousands pour into Bellefonte for Victorian Christmas

BELLEFONTE - Although temperatures dipped into the 20s, that didn't stop hundreds of people from descending on downtown Bellefonte for the 37th annual Victorian Christmas Celebration. There was activity throughout Bellefonte all weekend. There were horse-drawn carriage rides throughout ...

Bidwell honored to receive Teacher of the Year Award

MILL HALL — Katie Bidwell is the winner of the 2018 LaRue Hinchcliffe Teacher of the Year Award. She wasn’t able to accept the award in person at Thursday night’s Keystone Central School District board meeting because she was home taking care of her newborn daughter, but she was ...

Santa comes early to Renovo

RENOVO - In what will prove to be impactful to western Clinton County for years to come, Santa Claus came early to Renovo Sunday afternoon in the form of the Vittorio Alfieri Sons and Daughter of Italy Lodge #149 and its officers that handed out $60,000 to thirty area non-profit groups. The ...

LHU professor Amy Way leads student service program in Jamaica

(Editor’s Note: The Express is pleased to partner with Lock Haven University to spotlight the successes of LHU students, faculty and staff and to showcase the personal and professional pursuits and achievements of those who have demonstrated how bald eagles Soar Higher at The Haven in this ...

Cancer survivor to speak to support group

LOCK HAVEN — The Cancer Support Group will hold its holiday meeting, “Celebrating Life as We Celebrate the Holidays” on Thursday, Dec. 13 at 7 p.m. in Conference Room B of Susque-View. The guest survivor speaker will be Karen Macklem of Lock Haven. Karen is a retired nurse and a ...

Pence aide out of running to be Trump’s next chief of staff

By ZEKE MILLER Associated Press WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump's top pick to replace chief of staff John Kelly, Nick Ayers, is no longer expected to fill the role. Ayers, who is chief of staff to Vice President Mike Pence, was seen as the favorite for the job when Trump announced ...

China summons US envoy to protest detention of Huawei exec

By CHRISTOPHER BODEEN Associated Press BEIJING - China summoned the U.S. ambassador to Beijing on Sunday to protest the detention of a senior executive of Chinese electronics giant Huawei in Canada at Washington's behest and demanded the U.S. cancel an order for her arrest. The ...

Boys and Bucks

PHOTOS PROVIDED & SARAH SMELTZ/THE EXPRESS Four local young hunters shot their first bucks this year. At top left, Timmy Bittner, a Beech Creek native, bagged his first buck Saturday, Dec. 1, at 9:40 a.m. It was a big, handsome 6 point! He made a great shot to the front shoulder. ...

Christmas wreaths to be laid at Soldiers Circle

LOCK HAVEN — About 150 veterans are buried in Soldiers Circle at Highland Cemetery. And on Saturday, Dec.15, those veterans will be honored and remembered as a Christmas wreath is placed on each of their graves. It’s part of the National Wreaths Across America Day, held the third ...

MRSA case reported at Renovo Elementary

By CHRIS MORELLI cmorelli@lockhaven.com RENOVO — A student at Renovo Elementary School has tested positive for MRSA — the third MRSA case in the last two months in the Keystone Central School District. In a news released issued Friday afternoon, Keystone Central Superintendent Dr. ...