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Will change ever come to prevailing wage mandates?

LOCK HAVEN — The Clinton County commissioners hope a recent interpretation of Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry regulations will be softened by state legislation so money for local housing programs can be spread farther and benefit more homeowners. The matter was discussed Monday ...

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Leah Jones,  left,  poses with her long time best friend Joyce Hostrander as the two caught up on what’s been happening in their lives since the last Sentimental Journey Fly-In. Hostrander and Jones remain in contact and enjoy the Sentimental Journey Fly-In yearly.

Nose dive into a legacy

By JORDAN SLOBODINSKY jordanslobo@aol.com LOCK HAVEN— There isn’t much connection between a dentist’s office and an airport. Cleaning teeth and flying planes seem to be almost polar opposites to the majority of the world. Yet Leah Jones, 90, of Charlottesville, Va., found a ...

Renovo

Hostesses, Representatives announced

KEVIN RAUCH/THE EXPRESS The 2017 Miss Bucktail and Flaming Foliage Hostesses as well as the 2018 Laurel Representative were chosen recently and announced during the final days of school. Those young ladies were the guests at last week's FFF committee meeting as all were excited to talk ...

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The block of Main Street between Jay and Grove streets, seen at top last year, will be closed Saturday, Aug. 19 for the second annual LH JAMS Festival — Lock Haven Jazz and Art on Main Street. Above, Grahm Dion and the Susquehanna River Band featuring drummer Rich Cummings will perform from 7:30 to 10 p.m. at Odd Fellas Burger, a new alcohol-free venue that has been added to the festival this year. At right, Karl Leitzel will return to LH JAMS this year as one of the en plein air artists who will paint on Main Street, Saturday, Aug. 19. Below right, Zeropoint Big Band with Larry McKenna will perform from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. on the Elks front patio.

LH JAMS Festival expands in second year

LOCK HAVEN — “Get ready to jam because the second annual LH JAMS Festival has been expanded to be bigger and better,” said Steve Getz, festival director. The second Lock Haven Jazz and Art on Main Street Festival is scheduled for Friday and Saturday, Aug. 18 and 19. All phases of the ...

Get your Festival Passport now

LOCK HAVEN — The annual LH JAMS Festival is supported by the “Art and All That Jazz” reception. This year’s fun event is set for Friday, Aug. 18 from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. in the Durrwachter Alumni Conference Center at Lock Haven University. “Passports” are required to attend. The ...

School lunch prices to rise in Keystone

LOCK HAVEN — The Keystone Central School District is raising its lunch prices, but also investigating a “free lunch” program beyond the current subsidized and free-lunch program in place. At Thursdaynight’s meeting, the board unanimously approved a 10-cent increase per lunch price ...

Police: Man jailed after ‘lost identity’ claim

JERSEY SHORE — Out of work and with nothing left in his savings, 54-year-old Michael Gebhart was apparently so “desperate” to get help that he allegedly made up a story Thursday morning about losing his memory, claiming falsely to authorities that he no idea who he was when he arrived at ...

Bald Eagle Township needs new supervisors

MILL HALL — Bald Eagle Township has lost two supervisors at once, James H. Bechdel Sr. and Jack B. Bechdel. Their seats are now open to township residents who have until the end of this month to send a letter and resume to the county court administrator. The Bechdel brothers resigned ...

Jennifer Bottorf to wage write-in campaign for KC school board seat

By BOB ROLLEY brolley@lockhaven.com MILL HALL — Jennifer K. Bottorf of Rote has announced that she will run a write-in campaign for the Region II seat on the Keystone Central School Board after a candidate who won enough write-in votes in the May 16 primary election declined to seek ...

Roadwork slated this week

LOCK HAVEN — The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) will begin roadway improvement work next week in Clinton County, focusing on Route 64 and Route 477. This work is part of a group contract to improve more than 38 miles of roadway in Centre, Clinton, Clearfield, Mifflin ...

Lycoming commissioners approve $5 vehicle fee

WILLIAMSPORT — Lycoming County commissioners have unanimously passed an ordinance enacting a $5 fee per vehicle registration countywide to begin Oct. 1. The fee is meant to help the county repair up to 40 structurally deficient municipal bridges, depending on which municipalities choose to ...

Penn College approves record-low tuition increase

WILLIAMSPORT — The 2017-18 budget for Pennsylvania College of Technology includes the lowest percentage increase for tuition in the college’s history. For the third consecutive year, tuition will rise by the smallest percentage since the institution became an affiliate of Penn State in ...

Around the Town

Good Day And Happy Saturday Birthday to Makenzy Goldsmith! Word of the Day Feckless — Careless and irresponsible. Volleyball camp A volleyball camp will be held at the Central Mountain High School Gym, June 19 to 22, for girls entering sixth through ninth grade. The camp will run each ...

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Greg Strouse holds a bell given to him by Keystone Central School District Superintendent Kelly Hastings at last night's school board meeting as a thank you for his years of service on the board. Strouse, a local attorney, has resigned due to professional and family commitments. The board membership could see significant change in the coming months up through the November election.

School budget passes; Pre-K survives

MILL HALL — Before a sparse room and on a 6-3 vote, the Keystone Central School Board adopted a $77.1 million spending plan last night that increases property taxes by 3.4 percent and keeps its new Pre-K program intact for another year. Voting yes were Wayne Koch, Butch Knauff, Greg ...

County hires Melinda Fryer as HR admin

LOCK HAVEN — The Clinton County Board of Commissioners has hired its first-ever human resources administrator — Melinda Fryer. Fryer, who lives in the Woolrich area, was among some 45 people who submitted applications for the position, and was among the final few who made it to the ...

Missing man found at Pine Creek identified

JERSEY SHORE — A Muncy man is safe and has been released from hospital care after he sought help because he said he had no idea who he is, police said. According to Sgt. Brian Fioretti of the Tiadaghton Valley Regional Police Department, Michael Gebhart, 55, of Muncy said he woke up ...

Flag Day ritual

Over 700 American Flags were ceremoniously retired Wednesday, Flag Day, in Renovo as the Western Clinton County Veterans Council deemed the flags unfit for service any longer. The flags had adorned area veterans’ gravesites as well as flying proudly in front of area businesses and homes, but ...

Officials move ahead with $700K home rehabilitation effort

LOCK HAVEN — The Clinton County Commissioners moved ahead with a $700,000 effort to rehabilitate homes in two sections of the county Thursday. According to Clinton County Planner Tim Holladay, the initiative combines a $40,900 Community Development Block Grant with $500,000 from the ...

Clinton County begins 2017 CDBG process

By JIM RUNKLE jrunkle@lockhaven.com LOCK HAVEN — The Clinton County commissioners began their 2017 Community Development Block Grant process this week, by sending out 80 to 100 letters to various agencies that might want to apply for $224,743 in grant funding through the Department of ...

CALENDAR OF EVENTS

Today r Yard sale, 8 a.m.-6 p.m., Trinity United Methodist Church, corner of Allegheny and Glover streets, Jersey Shore. r Community Yard Sale, Linnippi Village, 8 a.m.-2 p.m.; Take the 220 exit at McElhattan. Look for the balloons. r Smoked Country Jam Bluegrass Festival with onstage ...