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Frank Mills

Mills seeks fourth term as district judge

RENOVO — Frank P. Mills Sr., 50, of Chapman Township, has announced he is seeking re-election for a fourth term as district judge for Magisterial District 25-3-8 in Renovo. Mills has served Western Clinton County for 13 years. He was first appointed in 2004 by then Gov. Ed Rendell. He ...

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Photographer Sandy Considine takes photographs of Susque-View residents Peggy Bartlebaugh, left, and Lois St. Clair. Their pictures will be included in Sandy’s book, “Beautiful Old Souls,” a compilation of photographs of senior citizens.

‘Beautiful Old Souls’

By LANA MUTHLER lmuthler@lockhaven.com LOCK HAVEN — Nursing homes conjure up mixed emotions, sadness yet peace of mind that a loved one is being cared for when relatives no longer have the ability to do so. It is a tough decision for many. There are family disputes. Some family members ...

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Lock Haven native Matthew McKeague holds the book he authored, “Darker Seuss: Extra Grim Fairy Tales of Even Grimmer Existence.”

Lock Haven native’s new book uses comedy to ponder the deeper meaning of life

LOCK HAVEN — Throughout his childhood, Matthew McKeague would listen attentively while his parents, Linda and Alvin McKeague of Lock Haven, would open a book and read to him every day. His parents also supported Matthew’s quirky creative projects and exposed him to comedy in his younger ...

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Dr. Michael Fiorentino Jr., center, president of Lock Haven University, is seen with William T. Hanelly, left, vice president for finance and administration, and Rodney Jenkins, vice president for university relations.

The value of an LHU education

LOCK HAVEN — “We are not worried about the future,” the president of Lock Haven University said. “We are planning for our future and have been for the past six years.” The president, Dr. Michael Fiorentino Jr., said university finances and academics go hand in hand, and involve a ...

LHU may cut some sports

LOCK HAVEN — No decisions have been made yet, but three athletics programs at Lock Haven University may eventually be dropped from the roster of offerings. Under discussion for possible elimination are the men’s track and field indoor, the men’s track and field outdoor, and the ...

First responders awarded over $300K in grants

LOCK HAVEN — Volunteer fire departments and emergency medical service companies in the 76th Legislative District have been awarded grants totaling $310,519, State Rep. Mike Hanna, D-Lock Haven, has announced. The grants are part of a $30 million Fire Company/Volunteer Ambulance Service ...

Michelle L. Kunes

Kunes seeks another term as treasurer

Michelle L. Kunes, 44, of Mill Hall, has announced she is seeking re-election as Clinton County treasurer in the May 16 primary election. Kunes, a Republican, was elected to her first four-year term as treasurer in November 2013, after being appointed to the post upon Patricia Edwards’ ...

Express to publish candidate political announcements

The Express community newspaper is accepting announcements for public office in 2017 and will publish those announcements through Wednesday, March 8. Candidates for public office can begin to circulate and file nomination petitions on Tuesday, Feb. 14, with their county voter registration ...

UGI seeks rate hike for portion of market

LOCK HAVEN — The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission will investigate a proposed general rate increase for UGI Penn Natural Gas Inc. for its natural gas service. The commission voted 5-0 on Thursday to investigate the request, which was filed on Jan. 19, 2017, and would increase annual ...

Around the Town

Good day To Nate Akeley of East End, Mill Hall, on his 11th birthday. Jersey Shore Historical Society meeting The Jersey Shore Historical Society is holding its winter meeting today at 10 a.m. at the Moss House Museum. This meeting is to discuss current and future plans for the ...

The Woodward Township Zoning Hearing Board held a three-hour session Thursday on the drug and alcohol rehab center proposed by Dr. Robert Wise II off the Coudersport Pike. Board members are, from left, David Coleman, Edward J. Cox, Terry V. Shultz, Brenda F. Dunlap and Jeffrey J. Raymond.

Zoning hearing continued on rehab center

DUNNSTOWN — There is no decision yet on the drug and alcohol rehab center proposed in Woodward Township. The township zoning hearing board heard sworn testimony from both sides Thursday night, from Dr. Robert C. Wise II and people in support of his proposed center as well as ...

Renovo power plant plans move forward

RENOVO — Plans are moving forward on construction of an $800 million, natural gas fired electric power station here. Renovo Council this week heard an update on the plans by Bechtel Development Corp. and Renovo Energy Center  (REC) LLC’s massive investment. Thomas D. Emero, director of ...

EADS to oversee construction at Clinton prison

LOCK HAVEN — The Clinton County commissioners approved a number of agreements related to computers, finances and construction in series of votes Thursday. The first was an amendment to EADS Architects Inc. for the bidding and award phase of services related to the improvements project sat ...

Brian Marshall

Brian Marshall runs for Centre judge

BELLEFONTE — Local family law attorney Brian Marshall has announced he is a candidate in the May 16 Primary Election, seeking to replace retiring Judge Thomas K. Kistler on the Centre County Court of Common Pleas. Practicing in diverse areas of law for more than 15 years, Marshall joined ...

Keith Kibler

Keith Kibler seeks district judge seat

LOCK HAVEN— Keith Kibler has announced his candidacy for election as Magisterial District Judge in Clinton County District 25-03-01 which serves residents of the townships of Allison, Castanea, Colebrook, Crawford, Dunnstable, Gallagher, Pine Creek I and II, Wayne and Woodward; the city of ...

Calendar of events

TODAY r Friday Film “The Princess Bride” (PG) with popcorn and discussion, 1-4 p.m., Centre County Library Historical Museum, 200 Allegheny St., Bellefonte, 814-355-1516, www.centrecountylibrary.org. r “Up in the Air” musical comedy cabaret featuring Erin Long, 6-8:30 p.m., ...

Local briefs

Pam Blesh heads HELP for Pets LOCK HAVEN — Pam Blesh has been elected president of HELP for Pets for 2017. Other officers elected include Debra Tarantella, vice president; Jackie Parucha, treasurer; Jo Ann Williams, secretary; Christina Frank, veterinary liaison, and board members Krish ...

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Pictured from left are John Ripka, James Turner, Matthew English, Brent Ohmit, Ben Parker, Remy Ripka, Luke Barton and Ms. Arleen Parker.

Scouts race to the finish line in Pinewood Derby

BLANCHARD — Cub Scout Pack 54 held its annual Pinewood Derby and Blue and Gold Banquet on Saturday, Feb. 4, with family and friends on hand to watch the scouts race their Pinewood Derby cars. Awards were handed out for the fastest cars. The winner of each den will continue on to district ...

Regional History Day Contest at LHU

LOCK HAVEN — Students in grades 6-12 will be participating in Regional History Day at Lock Haven University on Saturday, Feb. 18. The contest is co-sponsored by Central Intermediate Unit #10 and Lock Haven University and the public is invited to attend, free of charge. Regional History is ...