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Mike Packer retires from Murray Motors

LAURA JAMESON/THE EXPRESS Murray Motors salesman Mike Packer is retiring after five and a half years at the Ford dealership on Bellefonte Avenue.. Packer was an area educator and coach for 35 years before taking on the role of salesman at the dealership. “I’m going to miss working with ...

NSSC transforms into Clean Energy Center at Penn College

WILLIAMSPORT — The National Sustainable Structures Center at Pennsylvania College of Technology, a leading provider of building performance and energy-efficiency training in the mid-Atlantic, has rebranded to mirror the rapid transformation of the energy workforce. At the center of the ...

Central PA Virtual Everything Home Expo

STATE COLLEGE — For the last 36 years, the Builders Association of Central PA has provided homeowners the opportunity to meet with industry experts during our annual home show, and 2021 will be no exception. This virtual event will still provide homeowners with everything they have come to ...

Glenn O. Hawbaker, Inc. receives three paving awards

STATE COLLEGE — Glenn O. Hawbaker, Inc. (GOH), a heavy construction services and products company, received three quality paving awards at the 61st annual Pennsylvania Asphalt Pavement Association (PAPA) Conference. PAPA works in conjunction with PennDOT to determine and award the best ...

A new stage: Dr. Martens valued at $5 billion in share sale

LONDON (AP) — Dr. Martens boots have been valued by rebellious youth through the decades. From Wednesday, the maker of the famous air-cushioned boots with the distinctive yellow stitching will be valued at some $5 billion when it sells shares publicly. Born in the aftermath of World War II ...

US consumer spending fell in December in face of virus

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. consumers slowed their spending by 0.2% in December, cutting back for a second straight month in a worrisome sign for an economy struggling under the weight of a still out-of-control pandemic. The decline reported Friday by the Commerce Department followed a ...

Bank CEO joins Penn State Board of Trustees

LOCK HAVEN — Randall E. Black, CEO and president of Citizens Financial Services, Inc. and First Citizens Community Bank, with offices in Bald Eagle Township, Clinton County, was recently named to the Penn State University Board of Trustees as a result of his ability to lead a successful ...

Truck-Lite completes expansion in McElhattan

McELHATTAN — Truck-Lite Co., LLC, a worldwide leader in LED lighting and visibility systems, has completed expansion efforts at its Coudersport and McElhattan facilities. The completion of each 15,000-plus square-foot addition comes amid the recent acquisition of ECCO Safety Group (ESG) by ...

Brewery gets state grant to expand operations

JERSEY SHORE —A $1 million state grant has been secured to help a Jersey Shore-area business become one the state leaders in the nation’s craft beer industry, a state lawmaker and its co-founder said. Bald Birds Brewing Co. is the recipient of the Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program ...

Rutter’s gaming room opens in Bellefonte

BELLEFONTE — Rutter’s has opened its 17th Video Gaming Terminal (VGT) room inside its Bellefonte location. In conjunction with Marquee by Penn, Rutter’s opened the first VGT room within a Qualified Establishment in Pennsylvania, in August 2019. This is their second VGT location opened ...

Nittany MinitMart donates to American Cancer Society

STATE COLLEGE —As part of the ongoing “We’re here for you campaign,” which works to identify and provide support to our local communities, Nittany MinitMart conducted a donation drive for the American Cancer Society and all 27 Nittany MinitMart retail locations across the region raised ...

Weis Markets presents $800,000 check to Paralyzed Veterans of America

SUNBURY — Weis Markets presented a check for $800,000 to Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA) to support its Mission: ABLE campaign. This donation included a corporate donation and customer contributions raised during an in-store fundraising program, during which they were asked to ...

OPEC, Russia to nudge up oil output after hit from pandemic

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — OPEC and allied countries including Russia agreed Thursday to increase oil production by 500,000 barrels a day from January and said they would meet monthly to decide further output levels, gingerly adding more crude to a global economy still suffering from the ...

Best Western recognizes Ron and Abby Pete

LOCK HAVEN — Best Western Hotels and Resorts recently recognized Ron and Abby Pete of the Best Western Lock Haven with a Silver Anniversary Award in honor of their 25 years of service to the brand. The award was presented last month at Best Western’s first-ever Virtual Convention in front ...

S&P 500 adds to record, Dow heads for own on vaccine hopes

NEW YORK — Stocks are rallying again Monday, with the S&P 500 adding more to its record high and the Dow Jones Industrial Average on track to erase the last of its pandemic losses, following another round of encouraging data on a possible coronavirus vaccine. Moderna said early in the ...

Local law firm named ‘best’ in elder law

JERSEY SHORE — Marshall, Parker & Weber, LLC, an elder law and estate planning law firm, has been named as a “Best Law Firm” in Elder Law for 2021 by U.S. News — Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms.” This is the eighth consecutive year that the firm has received a “Best Law ...

Nittany Minitmart raises $44,969 for local firefighters

STATE COLLEGE — In response to the challenges facing local local volunteer fire fighting companies due to COVID-19 State College based Nittany MinitMart undertook a campaign to try to help. These volunteer fire fighting organizations rely heavily on fundraisers to help them purchase ...

US hiring slows for 3rd month in sign of struggling economy

WASHINGTON (AP) — America’s employers added 661,000 jobs in September, the third straight month of slower hiring and evidence from the final jobs report before the presidential election that the economic recovery has weakened. With September’s hiring gain, the economy has recovered only ...

Woodlands Bank sponsors students of Clinton County

LOCK HAVEN —The Pennsylvania Council on Financial Literacy (PennCFL) provides to all students in grades third through 12 in Pennsylvania a world-class, web-based stock simulation platform and curriculum. Students can learn how to trade all year long by using the whole curriculum, courses ...

Wind halts McElhattan McDonald’s from getting an upgrade Thursday

McELHATTAN — The golden arches did not take flight on Thursday. At the McDonald’s in McElhattan, workers assembled new golden arches and they sat on the back of a flatbed. A crane was at the ready to put the new golden arches into place. Alas, it didn’t happen. High winds made the job ...