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Centre County furloughs 63 on 2-1 split vote

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BELLEFONTE — With many county office buildings closed due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Centre County commissioners, on a split 2-1 vote Tuesday, temporarily furloughed 63 employees, reduced hours of 20 more employees and said 17 positions soon to be vacant will not be filled. Chair ...

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GOOD DAY to Julie Brennan Word of the Day Schlep — To carry; lug. Quote of the Day “The mediocre idea that generates enthusiasm will go further than a great dea that inspires no one.” — Mary Kay Ash Did you know? Birds need gravity to swallow. Mask Contest Need something ...

Pa. Curve ‘has been flattened significantly’

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In mid-March, Pennsylvania put stay at home orders and non-essential business closures in place to help flatten the coronavirus curve. Now that mid-April has arrived, the state’s top health official says the efforts are working as they were designed to. It’s still not time to return to ...

Mail-in, absentee ballot applications surging in Pa.

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HARRISBURG (AP) — Pennsylvania counties have processed about 283,000 absentee and mail-in ballots for the June primary, and requests from Democrats are three times more common than from Republicans, state elections officials said Tuesday. The Department of State said 89,000 absentee ballot ...

Farm Bureau wants Wolf to open garden centers

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CAMP HILL — As backyard gardeners and professional landscapers head into the height of the spring growing season, Pennsylvania Farm Bureau is calling on Gov. Tom Wolf to allow independent garden centers to allow curbside or parking lot pick up options currently used by restaurants. ...

2020 Lycoming County Fair canceled

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According to a post on the Lycoming County Fair’s Facebook page, the 2020 fair is being postponed to 2021. The next fair will be the event’s 150th. “As sad of a decision as this was to make, we’ve been really thinking on it for a while, and deemed it necessary to protect our ...

PSU experts: Coronavirus not spread by food

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UNIVERSITY PARK— Is the novel coronavirus spread by food? As the extreme contagiousness of COVID-19 has become clear, that question has been asked over and over. The answer, according to food safety experts in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences, is that there is no evidence that ...

No new COVID-19 cases reported in Clinton

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No new cases were reported in Clinton County Wednesday afternoon, keeping the total at 8 cases, the Pennsylvania Department of Health reported. Two new cases were reported in Centre County increasing their number from 70 to 72 and Lycoming saw an increase from 29 to 30 cases. One death is ...

PA businesses to benefit from waiver of prepayment of sales tax

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HARRSIBURG - As part of the effort to help businesses affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, Governor Tom Wolf today announced businesses that collect Pennsylvania sales tax will not have to make Accelerated Sales Tax (AST) prepayments over the next three months. That means businesses that ...

Several factors made the Hazleton area a virus hot spot

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HAZLETON — As COVID-19 whipped through this small city perched on a mountain in southern Luzerne County, making it one of Pennsylvania’s epicenters for the disease, residents and officials searched for the possible cause. They identified several: The region’s burgeoning warehouses and ...

Central PA Food Bank receives $100,000 from PNC Foundation

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HARRISBURG — The Central Pennsylvania Food Bank announced it received a $100,000 grant from the PNC Foundation to aid in response to the COVID-19 crisis. This gift will be used to help meet the needs of food insecure residents of central Pennsylvania during the COVID-19 crisis. To feed ...

JS Borough closes parks, recreation areas

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JERSEY SHORE — Parks within borough limits were closed Monday as Jersey Shore Borough Council extended its disaster emergency during its virtual meeting. “This is our 90-day extension, it just extends it from March 31 for an additional 90 days from that date,” Joseph Hamm, borough ...

Cancellations and Postponements

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EVENTS — The annual Sugar Valley High School Alumni Reunion Banquet scheduled for May 16, has been canceled for this year. —Catholic Daughters of America Valentines Remembance Mass scheduled for 9:30 a.m. April 16 at St. Agnes Church has been canceled. — The 35th annual Sentimental ...

Help for the Community

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Drop and Go Lunch Program PLEASANT GAP — The YMCA Drop and Go Lunch Program has added Pleasant Gap Elementary to its list of distribution points. Lunches will be served in the front of the building. In addition to Pleasant Gap Elementary, the meals are served from noon to 1 p.m. at the ...

$1,000 worth of tools stolen

Police, court and fires

SPRING MILLS — State police at Rockview are investigating a theft of $1,005 worth of tools from a garage along Upper Georges Valley Road, Potter Township, Centre County. The theft occurred between April 11 at 8 p.m. and 3 p.m. April 13 and saw multiple tools stolen from a garage owned by an ...

Bellefonte Church distributes food boxes

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Last week, the First Baptist Church of Bellefonte distributed food boxes at the church. The boxes came from the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank and were filled with a variety of fresh and non-perishable foods.

Wolf joins governors developing reopening plan

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The leaders of six Mid-Atlantic states, including Pennsylvania, announced the formation of a committee to help tackle how they will reopen businesses, schools, and other things that have been shuttered by the coronavirus pandemic. Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf joined Gov. Andrew Cuomo (New ...