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COVID-19

Help for the Community

Centre YMCA hosting soup drive-throughs BELLEFONTE — Every Wednesday from 11 a.m. to noon, Bellefonte YMCA of Centre County’s anti Hunger program will host a soup drive-through at the Bellefonte YMCA. Meals will be distributed behind the building in the municipal parking lot. ...

Mass gatherings, erosion of trust upend virus control

NEW YORK (AP) — Protests erupting across the nation over the past week — and law enforcement's response to them — are threatening to upend efforts by health officials to track and contain the spread of coronavirus just as those efforts were finally getting underway. Health experts need ...

Pa. coronavirus cases pass 72,000, new cases lowest in more than two months

HARRISBURG — The Pennsylvania Department of Health reported 356 new coronavirus cases Monday, raising the statewide total to 72,282. Across Pennsylvania, 5,567 deaths have been tied to COVID-19, including 12 new fatalities reported today. About two-thirds of the coronavirus deaths have ...

Amish stay abreast, make changes, but maintain traditions

ALTOONA, Pa. — On the sunny side of a steep hill in Sinking Valley, Reuben Peachey led his horse-drawn plow over an empty field. Peachey, a young, thin man with a corn-colored hat, light-brown beard and plain dress, ambled from his equipment to ask how long the interview might ...

Interpreters help deaf residents stay informed about virus

SANTA FE, N.M. — Shira Grabelsky finds it “hurtful” the White House does not provide sign language interpreters at media briefings about COVID-19. “It is both discriminatory and also withholds information, both of which can endanger people amidst this global pandemic,” said the deaf ...

Masks, social distancing, mail-in ballots will make a difference

LOCK HAVEN — Our world has been turned upside down in the past few months as the coronavirus pandemic has resulted in many changes in our lives. And, we’ll be experiencing another big change. This one deals with the primary election tomorrow. It’s safe to say there’s never been an ...

Weis Market employee tests positive for virus

LOCK HAVEN — An employee at the Lock Haven Weis Market has tested positive for COVID-19. “We can confirm a Weis associate, who worked in our Lock Haven store has tested positive for COVID-19. This associate has not worked in our Lock Haven store, or any other Weis store, since May 20,” ...

LHU plans strategy for fall reopening

LOCK HAVEN — Lock Haven University is planning reopening strategy for fall. The university’s executive team is involved in daily discussions about various opening scenarios. “Our desire is to resume studies this fall with the health and safety of our Haven family at the forefront, and ...

Help for the Community

Centre YMCA hosting soup drive-throughs BELLEFONTE — Every Wednesday from 11 a.m. to noon, Bellefonte YMCA of Centre County’s anti Hunger program will host a soup drive-through at the Bellefonte YMCA. Meals will be distributed behind the building in the municipal parking lot. ...

Clinton County moving to ‘green phase’ next Friday

LOCK HAVEN —The Clinton County Commissioners have received the much anticipated call from the Governor’s office. Clinton County will move into the “green phase” of re-opening on Friday, June 5. Commissioner Miles Kessinger received the call early Friday morning from the ...

Wolf moves more counties to green

HARRISBURG — With more than 80 percent of the state in some phase of reopening, Governor Tom Wolf on Friday announced that 16 additional counties will take another step forward and move to green effective 12:01 a.m., June 5. Counties include Allegheny, Armstrong, Bedford, Blair, Butler, ...

State park beaches, pools to begin opening

HARRISBURG —The Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn has announced a phased opening of all state park swimming beaches and some pools in keeping with Governor Wolf’s direction to ensure Pennsylvanians have opportunities to safely ...

Trump strikes China over virus, Hong Kong and student visas

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump announced Friday he would withdraw funding from the World Health Organization, end Hong Kong’s special trade status and suspend visas of Chinese graduate students suspected of conducting research on behalf of their government — escalating tensions with ...

Lycoming, Clinton going ‘green’ June 5

Gov. Tom Wolf will lift most of his pandemic restrictions in another 16 counties that are home to nearly 3 million people across western and central Pennsylvania, including much of the Pittsburgh area, his office said Friday. The counties include Allegheny, Armstrong, Bedford, Blair, Butler, ...

Pennsylvania lawmakers plow ahead on budget, emergency aid

HARRISBURG — A piecemeal, no-new-taxes $25.8 billion spending package headed to Gov. Tom Wolf's desk on Thursday, as did legislation to distribute about $2.6 billion in emergency federal coronavirus aid to counties, nursing homes and wide range of other causes. Both won speedy approval in ...

County says it’s time to go green

LOCK HAVEN — When will Clinton County go green? The Clinton County commissioners have been asked that question many times recently. They’ve also been accused of not doing their job by pushing Governor Tom Wolf harder to get the county moved from the yellow phase to the green phase. At ...

Keystone Central School District shores up graduation plans

The graduation ceremonies for Central Mountain High School and Bucktail High School are set. On Thursday, the Keystone Central School District announced in a press release that graduation ceremonies will be held virtually for the Class of 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The virtual ...

Rep. Brian Sims: House speaker should be in jail

HARRISBURG — Rep. Brian Sims said Thursday that Pa. House Speaker Mike Turzai should step down, and that the state’s Attorney General should launch an investigation into his actions after Sims said Republicans withheld information from Democrats about one of their colleagues testing ...

County’s furloughed employees are returning to work

LOCK HAVEN — Half of the 50 full- and part-time county employees who were furloughed at the beginning of the pandemic are back at work, Clinton County Chief Clerk Jann Meyers announced at Thursday’s meeting of the board. It was noted that county government remained open during this time, ...

Area business owner will help with nursing home patient transfers

WILLIAMSPORT — Liberty Group CEO Dan Klingerman said he is definitely on --board to help assist in the plan to transfer patients from ManorCare-Jersey Shore where the coronavirus has infected patients and personnel. “We were made aware of the difficult position families are put in when ...