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Christmas Shoes: Part II

BELLEFONTE — Just because Christmas is over and the calendar has flipped to 2020 doesn’t mean Joey Gearhart is slowing down. Quite the contrary, things are rolling along and even picking up steam for the fifth-grade student at Marion-Walker Elementary, who is collecting money to purchase ...

Kisses, cheers, fireworks welcome 2020 in Times Square

By REBECCA GIBIAN Associated Press NEW YORK — Couples kissed. Others cheered and waved balloons as fireworks burst into the night sky and confetti fell to welcome the start of 2020 in New York City's Times Square. In one of the globe's most-watched New Year's Eve spectacles, the crowd ...

Man stabbed in Hanukkah attack may have brain damage

By JIM MUSTIAN Associated Press NEW YORK — A man wounded in the Hanukkah stabbings north of New York City may have permanent brain damage and be partially paralyzed for the rest of his life, his family said. The Orthodox Jewish Public Affairs Council released a statement from the family ...

Financial tug-of-war emerges over fire victims’ settlement

By DAISY NGUYEN Associated Press SAN FRANCISCO — A financial tug-of-war is emerging over the $13.5 billion that the nation's largest utility has agreed to pay to victims of recent California wildfires, as government agencies jockey for more than half the money to cover the costs of their ...

Board issues letter to judge over his traffic stop behavior

HARRISBURG (AP) — A written reprimand from the entity that investigates claims of judicial misconduct in Pennsylvania was made public Monday, describing a county judge's behavior, captured on video, challenging a patrolman who stopped his SUV. The Judicial Conduct Board's “ letter of ...

Down and out

A single-vehicle crash in downtown Bellefonte took down this light at a railroad crossing in the early hours of Dec. 29. More details on the crash were unavailable as of press time.

Downtown Bellefonte may look different by the end of 2020

BELLEFONTE — 2019 certainly was an interesting year for Bellefonte and the Centre Region. And there are going to be plenty of changes on the horizon in Bellefonte and the Centre Region in 2020. With that in mind, let’s take a closer look at some things to watch as we flip the calendar ...

New treatment court for 2020

LOCK HAVEN — With an increasing number of mental health diagnoses within the criminal justice system, Clinton County Judge Michael Salisbury and a committee of his legal peers have developed a program to give those who have committed crimes due in part to mental illness a chance to better ...

Prison taking steps to reduce mental health issues

McELHATTAN — Mental health is becoming a common problem in the Clinton County Correctional Facility. But steps are being taken to prevent it from becoming worse. In 2019, 382 out of 582 county residents housed at the facility were seen by the organization for mental health related ...

County elected officials to be sworn in Friday

From Staff Reports LOCK HAVEN — With the new year comes new faces in Clinton, Centre and Lycoming counties government offices. All three counties are holding ceremonies on Friday for elected officials to take the oath of office. The public is invited to attend these ceremonies. CLINTON ...

Wayne Township filled with excitement in December

McELHATTAN — The Wayne Township Recreation Committee was very busy during the month of December. The first event was a tree contest offered to township businesses. The group visited about 12 businesses, and three businesses agree to put decorated threes in the Nature Park. They were ...

New overtime rules should help 60,000 workers in Pennsylvania

HARRISBURG (AP) — More than 60,000 Pennsylvania residents are expected to see a pay increase in 2020 as a new federal overtime rule goes into effect. The rule taking effect Wednesday guarantees time-and-a-half pay to nearly all hourly employees who work more than 40 hours a week and ...

Local high school football teams make 2019 a year to remember

LOCK HAVEN — 2019 was a very memorable season for three area high school football teams. Bald Eagle Area, Bellefonte and Jersey Shore all went on deep runs into the post season. All three captured district titles en route to the PIAA state playoffs. While each came up short of their ...

Be safe: Police, victims warn against firing guns on New Year’s Eve

By MARK GILLISPIE Associated Press Kaitlyn Kong thought she had been punched hard in the abdomen as she stood among thousands of people in downtown Raleigh, North Carolina, as the new year arrived a year ago. Her best friend, standing next to her, thought Kong had been stabbed as blood ...

Breaking bread with Amish, refugee families

By NEIL STREBIG York Daily Record, via AP STRASBURG, Pa. — It’s a melancholy morning. The mist is heavy enough to make the long drive feel foreign. And in many ways, it is. We're in Strasburg, the heart of Amish Country. We're about to step inside an Amish kitchen, learn how to ...

As robots take over warehousing, workers pushed to adapt

By MATT O'BRIEN AP Technology Writer NORTH HAVEN, Conn. — Guess who's getting used to working with robots in their everyday lives? The very same warehouse workers once predicted to be losing their jobs to mechanical replacements. But doing your job side-by-side with robots isn't easy. ...

Three years in, no sign of Trump’s replacement for Obamacare

By AAMER MADHANI and RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR Associated Press WASHINGTON — As a candidate for the White House, Donald Trump repeatedly promised that he would “immediately” replace President Barack Obama’s health care law with a plan of his own that would provide “insurance ...

Penn College to help expo patrons ‘imagine’ career possibilities

WILLIAMSPORT — A New Year’s tradition - Pennsylvania College of Technology’s eye-opening participation in the nation’s largest indoor agricultural attraction - is about to be renewed. Knowledgeable students and employees will busily represent the college at the Pennsylvania Farm Show ...

Penn State wins 53-39 against Memphis in NCAA Cotton Bowl

Penn State linebacker Micah Parsons (11) celebrates with his team following the 53-39 win over Memphis in an NCAA Cotton Bowl college football game, Saturday, Dec. 28 in Arlington, Texas. See page B1 for even more information about the game.

Five stabbed at Hanukkah celebration

By RYAN TARINELLI and MICHAEL R. SISAK Associated Press MONSEY, N.Y. (AP) — A knife-wielding man stormed into a rabbi's home and stabbed five people as they celebrated Hanukkah in an Orthodox Jewish community north of New York City, an ambush the governor said Sunday was an act of ...