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Sons of Italy doles out $52k in donations to local organizations

LOCK HAVEN — A large crowd gathered on the second floor of the Sons of Italy Tuesday night as its board handed out over $52,000 in donations to multiple local organizations. The money is taken from the club’s gambling proceeds. The club is required to donate 60 percent of the funds to ...

Centre County seeks larger food allocation

BELLEFONTE — Many residents of Centre County rely on food banks to put food on their tables. At Tuesday’s meeting, the Centre County commissioners unanimously approved a letter of support that will be sent to Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf in support of an increase in allocation for the State ...

McConnell abruptly eases impeachment limits

By LISA MASCARO, ERIC TUCKER, and ZEKE MILLER Associated Press WASHINGTON — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell abruptly eased his restrictive proposed rules for President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial, backing off the condensed two-day schedule to add a third for opening ...

US gets first case of mysterious new Chinese illness

By CARLA K. JOHNSON and MIKE STOBBE Associated Press SEATTLE — The U.S. on Tuesday reported its first case of a new and potentially deadly virus circulating in China, saying a Washington state resident who returned last week from the outbreak's epicenter was hospitalized in good ...

Bucktail coach suspended; investigation ongoing

From staff reports MILL HALL — As rumors continue to swirl concerning the suspension of Bucktail Area High School Boys Varsity Basketball Coach Gene Bruno, Keystone Central School District Superintendent Jacquelyn Martin released a brief statement on Monday. “The Keystone Central ...

Woodward supers approve 1 mill fire tax

DUNNSTOWN - The Woodward Township supervisors unanimously approved an ordinance which sets a fire tax for 2020 at 1 mill based on a home's assessed value. The issue has been a hot topic among residents, many of who are against the tax, after the supervisors held two public meetings in ...

Avis Elementary teacher continues to set students up for success

By PAT CROSSLEY For The Express AVIS — When you first meet Gina Wert, a fifth-grade teacher at Avis Elementary, you are struck by her seemingly boundless energy and enthusiasm. Even at the end of a day of teaching, she is excited about her school, profession and most of all her ...

Martin Luther King Jr. Day: Faith, politics mix on holiday

By JEFF AMY Associated Press ATLANTA — Monday's Martin Luther King Jr. holiday found leaders still wrestling over his contested legacy against the backdrop of a presidential election year. Republicans told a sometimes cool crowd at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta that they were ...

Pro-gun rally by thousands in Virginia ends peacefully

By ALAN SUDERMAN and SARAH RANKIN Associated Press RICHMOND, Va. — Thousands of gun-rights activists from around the country rallied peacefully at the Virginia Capitol on Monday, protesting plans by the state's Democratic leadership to pass gun-control legislation that have become a key ...

Jersey Shore Elementary School creating STEAMlab for students

JERSEY SHORE — Last January, after receiving two, $500 Exxon Mobil grants, the principals at Jersey Shore Elementary School, Adrienne Johnston and Jennifer Berry-Propst, formed a STEAM Committee with grade level representatives to share their vision of creating a STEAMlab. The STEAMlab ...

Haverford has nation’s oldest high school radio station

By MARI A. SCHAEFER The Philadelphia Inquirer, via AP HAVERTOWN, Pa. — Deep inside Haverford High School sits WHHS (99.9) FM, a little 10-watt radio station with a 20,000-watt legacy. The impact of the tiny, student-run operation extends well beyond the mile-sized broadcast range that ...

LHU gets state grant to combat campus sexual assault

HARRISBURG — Nearly $1 million in grants from the Wolf Administration to combat campus sexual assault at 36 colleges and universities, including Lock Haven University, were announced this week. A steadfast supporter of campus safety, Gov. Tom Wolfe established It’s On Us PA, the ...

Trump’s defense, prosecutors dig in

By LAURIE KELLMAN Associated Press WASHINGTON — Advocates for and against President Donald Trump gave no ground Sunday on his Senate impeachment trial, digging in on whether a crime is required for his conviction and removal and whether witnesses will be called. But even as Trump's ...

SpaceX launches, destroys rocket in astronaut escape test

By MARCIA DUNN AP Aerospace Writer CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — SpaceX completed the last big test of its crew capsule before launching astronauts in the next few months, mimicking an emergency escape shortly after liftoff Sunday. No one was aboard for the wild ride in the skies above Cape ...

Renovo rowhouse residents’ appeal of condemnation proceedings denied

By KEVIN RAUCH For The Express RENOVO — After three witnesses testified for six hours over two evenings, a three-member board of appeals was unanimous in denying the appeal of residents and property owners of the 14th Street rowhouses, which were deemed unsafe and condemned. Upon ...

Fire tax uncommon in Clinton County

DUNNSTOWN — Woodward Township supervisors will consider adopting a fire tax at their regular meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Dunnstown Fire Hall. The fire tax has been a topic of debate among residents during and after two recent public meetings hosted by the supervisors. The ...

JS father charged with shaking baby

By PHILIP HOLMES For The Express JERSEY SHORE — A 21-year-old father surrendered to face assault-related charges for allegedly shaking his infant son so hard that it has left the baby blind and brain damaged, according to state police. Accompanied by his attorney, Tyler Vaughn, of 290 ...

KC admin: No tax hike is budget goal

MILL HALL — The Keystone Central School District superintendent is intent on not raising school property taxes in the next fiscal year that starts July 1. She and district Business Manager Susan Blesh outlined their goals to the school board on Thursday night. Currently the administration ...

Gov. Wolf to follow through on plan to close state prison

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Gov. Tom Wolf said Friday that he will follow through on his plan to close another state prison, announced originally in August as a cost-cutting step amid a declining inmate population and rising prison costs. Wolf's administration carried out the required hearings ...

Get your taxes done for free

LOCK HAVEN — AARP Foundation is providing in-person tax assistance and preparation through its Tax-Aide program — and it’s completely free. Help is available starting Monday, Feb. 10, and ending Monday, April 13, at The STEP Clinton County Community Center located at 124 E. Walnut St., ...