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Biden signs burst of virus orders

WASHINGTON (AP) — With a burst of executive orders, President Joe Biden served notice Thursday that America’s war on COVID-19 is under new command, promising an anxious nation progress to reduce infections and lift the siege it has endured for nearly a year. At the same time, he tried to ...

LH woman headed to court in death of 9-year-old boy

LOCK HAVEN — Jamie Lynne Jackson, 36, charged with criminal homicide in the death of her 9-year-old nephew, was bound over on all charges by District Judge Keith Kibler following a preliminary hearing Thursday afternoon at the Clinton County Courthouse. Jackson is also charged with ...

Local COVID numbers decline

HARRISBURG — There’s good news and bad news when it comes to COVID-19 numbers in Pennsylvania. First, the good news: Clinton and Centre counties combined for just 54 new cases of the virus on Thursday. Clinton County added three cases. Its total now stands at 2,395 total cases. Centre ...

City manager talks lease agreement

LOCK HAVEN — City Manager Gregory Wilson reminded the public that a potential solar array development in Greene Township near Ohl Reservoir is just that, potential. Council approved a lease agreement of approximately 180 acres of land with BAI Consultants out of State College at a cost of ...

County landfill agrees to sell methane gas

McELHATTAN — A $15 million landfill gas purchasing agreement and facility project with MAS Wayne RNG, LLC has been approved by the Clinton County Solid Waste Authority, pending final review by the solicitor. The Wayne Township Landfill will be selling the landfill methane gas to MAS Wayne ...

Pennsylvania hospitals: Not enough vaccine to go around

Some of Pennsylvania’s largest health systems are delivering a reality check after the state greatly expanded eligibility for the COVID-19 vaccine this week, pointing out there’s not nearly enough supply to meet surging demand. Pennsylvania, which surpassed 20,000 deaths attributed to the ...

Biden takes the helm as president: ‘Democracy has prevailed’

WASHINGTON (AP) — Joe Biden was sworn in as the 46th president of the United States on Wednesday, summoning American resilience to confront a historic confluence of crises and urging people to come together to end an “uncivil war” in a nation deeply divided after four tumultuous ...

UPMC LH Hospital to see upgrade in 2021

LOCK HAVEN — Exciting new services and projects at local UPMC facilities are expected to come to the Susquehanna Region hospitals later this winter and spring according to Steve Johnson, UPMC Susquehanna president and CEO. Hospital upgrades, new locations, expanded services and even a ...

Council addresses vandalism in Bellefonte Borough

BELLEFONTE — The vandalism that took place on the second weekend of 2021 at Jake’s Cards and Games in Bellefonte continues to send shock waves through the community. The mural was vandalized on Jan. 8 with messages of hate from the same white supremacist group that left stickers ...

Child care workers eligible for $600 grants, Gov. Wolf says

HARRISBURG (AP) — Employees of licensed child care facilities in Pennsylvania will be eligible for a one-time, $600 grant to reward them for providing a valuable service through the pandemic, Gov. Tom Wolf’s administration said Wednesday. Wolf’s administration said the money is coming ...

SAT doing away with optional essay, subject tests

NEW YORK (AP) — The College Board said Tuesday it will eliminate the optional essay from the SAT and do away with subject tests amid a changing college admissions landscape. “The pandemic has highlighted the importance of being innovative and adaptive to what lies ahead," according to a ...

Biden arrives for inauguration with big plans, big problems

WASHINGTON — President-elect Joe Biden made a sober entrance to the nation’s capital Tuesday, ready to assume power as America reels from the coronavirus pandemic, soaring unemployment and grave concerns about more violence as he prepares to take the oath of office. Biden, an avid fan of ...

Bucktail CEO ‘optimistic’ virus outbreak under control

SOUTH RENOVO — Bucktail Medical Center Nursing Facility was on day 11 on Tuesday with no new positive residents and staff, its CEO told The Express. “Our goal is to be 14 days with no new resident or staff positives so we can return to ‘normal,’” said Timothy J. Reeves. Reeves ...

JS man attacks police station, busts windows

JERSEY SHORE — A middle-aged Clinton County man allegedly smashed three windows to gain access to the Tiadaghton Valley Regional Police Department station Saturday night, all in the name of proving a point about alleged police corruption. Aaron Hall, 40, of 1559 Sulphur Run Road just east ...

Residents move to Phase 1A for vaccine

HARRISBURG — Residents ages 65 and older and ages 16 to 64 with serious health conditions will now be able to receive their vaccinations under the updated phase 1A vaccine distribution guidelines created by the federal government. This adds 3.5 million Pennsylvanians into phase 1A for ...

Innovative natural gas project gaining investors

KEATING — A company seeking to integrate natural gas production, manufacturing, and carbon dioxide capture and storage is recruiting and gaining investors. A top KeyState Zero executive told The Express that the firm continues to work toward building a natural gas synthesis plant on ...

Biden taps Levine for assistant secretary

WASHINGTON — President-elect Joe Biden has tapped Pennsylvania Health Secretary Rachel Levine to be his assistant secretary of health, leaving her poised to become the first openly transgender federal official to be confirmed by the U.S. Senate. A pediatrician and former Pennsylvania ...

Contract approvals rule the day in Centre County

BELLEFONTE — The Centre County commissioners got right to business on Tuesday. In a relatively short 22-minute meeting, they approved several contracts and moved several items to next week’s consent agenda. County administrator Margaret Gray opened the meeting by reminding residents ...

Food deliveries continue in Renovo

KEVIN RAUCH/THE EXPRESS Food boxes have been a regular site in the Renovo area as several groups have continued to offer remarkable amounts of assistance to those affected by the coranavirus as well as those just needing help in general. The New Love Center of Jersey Shore has been steadfast ...

Testing site opens today in Bellefonte

BELLEFONTE — The COVID-19 testing site operated by AMI Expeditionary Healthcare under contract with Centre County reopens today at a new location. The new testing site is located at 1155 Benner Pike, Suite 120 (former Comcast location). Testing is available Tuesday through Saturday from 10 ...