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First Citizens donates to toy drive

PHOTO PROVIDED The Mark the Shark Toy Drive began in 1993 when Mark Schlesinger, vice president and general manager of WSQV Radio, wanted to give back to the community where he has lived all his life. His annual Mark the Shark Toy Drive is a volunteer-run program, and toys are collected for ...

Cub Haven Model Club

We love this photo of the Cub Haven Model Club, taken by Gordon Vincent whose studio was in the First National Bank Building in Lock Haven. Unfortunately, we don’t know anything about it, not even the names of the club members. Anyone who knows anything about it is encouraged to contact ...

Home heating fuel providers working overtime

By LAURA JAMESON & SARAH PAEZ news@lockhaven.com LOCK HAVEN — Winter is always a busy time of year for businesses that provide home heating fuel. But, Mother Nature has dropped an extra dose of frigid weather on the area in the past few weeks. And that means local providers ...

Safety first when heating with stoves, electric heaters

By LAURA JAMESON ljameson@lockhaven.com LOCK HAVEN — Smokey the Bear isn’t the only one who can prevent fires. You can, too. With this recent cold snap, residents are turning to stoves and electric heating units to help stay warm and supplement their primary heating source. ...

Around the Town

Good Day to everyone trying to stay warm in this bitter cold! Bellefonte bingo Cash Bingo is offered the second Monday of each month at Saint John the Evangelist Catholic School, 116 E. Bishop St., Bellefonte. Doors open to the public at 6 p.m. The first bingo is at 7 p.m. Games of chance, ...

Youth hunters benefit from winter citrus fruit sale

MILL HALL — Southern Clinton Youth Hunters Education Challenge team recently received a $1,000 check from Mill Hall Kiwanis for their participation in this year’s citrus fruit sale. For the past three years, Mill Hall Kiwanis has partnered with the Southern Clinton YHEC team for the ...

Keystone super reportedly won’t return to work

From staff reports MILL HALL - Keystone Central School District Superintendent Kelly Hastings has reportedly submitted a request for leave and intends not to return to work. The situation was revealed to Keystone staff on Wednesday, the day school resumed after holiday break. The Express ...

Talyn Fredericks senior project benefits Wounded Warriors Project

From staff reports LOCK HAVEN — As a member of the Central Mountain Girls’ Basketball team and a delayed-entry enlistee of the United States Marine Corps, Talyn Fredericks is hosting a Military Night on Jan. 13 at the Central Mountain High School gymnasium during the Central ...

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Kirstin and Jared Gist of Jersey Shore rang in the new year by welcoming baby Noelan Robert into the world. Weighing 8 pounds, 9 ounces, Noelan arrived at 1:50 a.m. on Jan. 1, 2018 at UPMC Susquehanna’s Williamsport Regional Medical Center.

Local working couple has New Year baby boy

Just before 2 a.m. on New Year’s Day, weighing 8 pounds and 9 ounces, a very healthy Noelan Robert Gist was born at the UPMC Susquehanna Williamsport Regional Medical Center, the first newborn of 2018 in the county. He is the first child of Kirstin and Jared Gist, of Jersey ...

Renewed blast of frigid air coming

More subzero temperatures. Dead car batteries. Frozen windows and window wipers. An East Coast blizzard. Hey, it’s Jan. 3 in the Northeast. What did you expect? But please heed advice and make sure you’re bundled up - that is, wear layers of clothing, cover your hands, faces and ...

Centre grant aims to combat violence

BELLEFONTE - Centre County’s efforts to combat domestic and sexual violence continues to grow, with continued grant funding in the new year. On Tuesday the Centre County Commissioners approved the new year’s STOP Violence Against Women Grant award agreement in the amount of $135,000. ...

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New Bellefonte Borough Council members are, from left, Anne Walker, Michael Prendergast, Evan Duffey, and Jon Eaton.

Bellefonte Council reorganizes

BELLEFONTE - Bellefonte Borough has four new faces to represent the community. On Tuesday night, Borough Council welcomed new members Evan Duffey, Jon Eaton, Michael Prendergast, and Anne Walker. Mayor Tom Wilson swore in Duffey at the start of the meeting, with the three other new ...

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Nicholas Packing plans are again a township topic

Nicholas Meat Packing LLC and the planning commission of Greene Township, where the plant is located, are working through questions raised by a proposed expansion. Township supervisors, at a meeting Tuesday night, gave the nod to a 60-day continuance for Nicholas to respond. The firm also ...

corrections clarifications

Trinity Episcopal Church in Renovo recently donated $12,000 to the Renovo Vintage Clock Fund. The amount of the donation was incorrectly listed as $1,200 in the headline of the story in our Jan. 1 edition of The Express. We apologize for the error. ————— The Express strives for ...

Lyco coroner: More autopsies, toxicology reports increase budget

WILLIAMSPORT - Lycoming County Coroner Charles E. Kiessling Jr. has cautioned the county commissioners to “be prepared” for his office to exceed its budget - again, Commissioner Tony Mussare said Tuesday. The high number of autopsies and toxicology reports required throughout 2017, ...

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This aerial photo reveals the top story of the burned-out former furniture store on Bellefonte Avenue. This extensive damage cannot be seen from the street because of the store’s facade. The former Town Tavern stands on its right and a building with storefronts on its left. Behind and to the left of the photo is Covenant United Methodist Church’s educational wing. First National Bank is across the avenue, at top right.

City orders action on burned-out store

By WENDY STIVER wstiver@lockhaven.com LOCK HAVEN — The former Heilig-Meyers furniture store at 37-41 Bellefonte Ave., near the monument, was gutted in a dramatic fire on Dec. 16, 2016. It is hard to tell from the street how bad things really are, because the top story of the ...

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Renovo church donates $12,000 toward town clock

KEVIN RAUCH/THE EXPRESS Representing the congregation of the Trinity Episcopal Church in Renovo, treasurer Yvonne Woodring and husband Kenneth Woodring presented a check for $12,000 to Tracy Shady, board member and Fundraising Coordinator for the Greater Renovo Area Heritage Park ...

County approves garbage contract, annual revenue bond

By SARAH PAEZ spaez@lockhaven.com LOCK HAVEN — Clinton County will continue to use Love Disposal, Inc. as its waste management provider for the next three years. Love Disposal and J. J. Peters Disposal submitted bids for county garbage disposal services. Love’s bid will cost the ...

Lock Haven Mayor Baney sees growth in 2018

By WENDY STIVER wstiver@lockhaven.com LOCK HAVEN — Mayor William E. Baney III is optimistic about Lock Haven’s future and the city’s financial picture as a new year begins. He sees growth in business and industry, and he himself is making an offer to entice downtown restaurant ...

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Prenatal drug abuse may be child abuse

HARRISBURG — A three-judge panel of the Pennsylvania Superior Court issued a decision Wednesday that a Clinton County woman’s illegal drug abuse during pregnancy “may constitute” child abuse under the state’s Child Protective Services Law (CPSL). This ruling reversed the May 2017 ...