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Local man injured by train files federal lawsuit

WILLIAMSPORT — A railroad employee who lost an arm and leg when run over blames the accident on the carelessness and recklessness of the shortline company for whom he worked. Wayne Brewer of the Lock Haven area makes the accusation in a suit filed last Wednesday in U.S. Middle District ...

State marks anniversary of first COVID-19 case

HARRISBURG — It is an ominous anniversary of sorts. A little over one year ago, on March 6, 2020, Gov. Tom Wolf announced two confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Pennsylvania. Those were the first confirmed cases in the Commonwealth of the disease. Less than two weeks later, the state reported ...

Steiner announces candidacy for BASD board

BELLEFONTE — Jeff Steiner will be running as a candidate for both the Democratic and Republican nominations for director of the Bellefonte Area School District in this year’s May 18th primary. Steiner served on the board from 2009 to 2013 and 2017 to present. Married to Gwen ...

Guizar seeks another term on BASD board

BELLEFONTE — Jon Guizar is running as a cross-filed candidate for school director in the Bellefonte Area School District in the May primary election. Jon is in his sixth year serving on the board and is currently the board president. He and his wife, Leah, have three children, all of ...

Former employee admits defrauding AccuWeather

WILLIAMSPORT – A former employee benefits administrator for AccuWeather Inc. has admitted she defrauded the State College weather forecasting firm out of thousands of dollars. Aira Nelson, 37, of West Chapel, Florida, on Thursday pleaded guilty in U.S. Middle District Court to a wire ...

Boy Scout troop organizes in Lock Haven

LOCK HAVEN — After several years, Lock Haven has a Boy Scout troop again. Troop 711 was started two months ago by three boys and their families to offer shorter travel distance than before. Previously, Clinton County only had two troops — Troop 66 in Woolrich and Troop 54 in Beech ...

228 vaccines coming to KC staff by March 15

MILL HALL — More than 200 staff members at the Keystone Central School District will have access to the COVID-19 vaccine very soon. KCSD superintendent Jacquelyn Martin announced during Thursday night’s school board work session that up to 228 KCSD staff members will have access to ...

KCSD food distribution dates announced

MILL HALL — Late Friday afternoon, Keystone Central School District superintendent Jacquelyn Martin announced that all classes in the district would remain in-person. There is also no change for remote learners. Additionally, she announced that seven days of bundled breakfasts and lunches ...

Dem split on jobless benefits slows relief bill in Senate

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats laid aside one battle over boosting the minimum wage but promptly descended into another internal fight Friday as the party haltingly tried moving its $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief bill through the Senate. Senators seemingly killed progressives’ last-ditch ...

Biden signals support to end war power authority

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden on Friday signaled support to replace decades-old authorizations for the use of military force in the Middle East, a little more than a week after he relied on the authorizations to carry out a retaliatory airstrike against Iranian-backed militia in ...

New Centre County casino being planned for former Macy’s site

STATE COLLEGE — The former Macy’s department store at the Nittany Mall will see second life — soon. The vacant Macy’s is the site for a new proposed mini-casino in Centre County. This week, College Township officials received a local impact report, which is required by the ...

Gabe’s set to fill vacant Bon-Ton location at Nittany Mall

STATE COLLEGE — One of the anchor slots at the Nittany Mall will soon be occupied. The former Bon-Ton Department Store, which was most recently used as a COVID-19 free testing site, will have a new life as a Gabe’s clothing store. It will be the first Gabe’s in the Centre Region. ...

LHU consolidation subject of March 30 virtual town hall

LOCK HAVEN — Faculty at Lock Haven University plan to host a virtual town hall on March 30 to discuss the controversial integration of Lock Haven, Mansfield and Bloomsburg universities. With more questions than answers about the proposed merger, LHU members of the Association of ...

Police request 60-day extension of Guard at US Capitol

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Capitol Police have requested that members of the National Guard continue to provide security at the U.S. Capitol for another two months, The Associated Press has learned. Defense officials say the new proposal is being reviewed by the Pentagon. The request underscores ...

Senate begins considering Democrats’ $1.9T virus relief bill

The Senate voted Thursday to begin debating a $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief bill, after Democrats made eleventh-hour changes aimed at ensuring they could pull President Joe Biden’s top legislative priority through the precariously divided chamber. Democrats were hoping for Senate approval ...

‘Falling through cracks’: Vaccine bypasses some older adults

Jean Andrade, an 88-year-old who lives alone, has been waiting for her COVID-19 vaccine since she became eligible under state guidelines nearly a month ago. She assumed her caseworker would contact her about getting one, especially after she spent nearly two days stuck in an electric recliner ...

A sad day as friends bid final farewell

LANA MUTHLER/THE EXPRESS Hundreds of people, many of them young men and women in their early 20’s, turned out Wednesday afternoon to say good-bye to a special friend, Jakob L. Haines, 21, of Beech Creek, who died tragically last Friday night. Vehicles filled the large parking lot and ...

Pennsylvania teachers, school staff to get 1-dose vaccine

HARRISBURG — With growing emphasis on getting students back in schools during the pandemic, teachers and school staff will receive the first doses delivered to Pennsylvania of the newly approved one-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine, under Gov. Tom Wolf’s plan released Wednesday. State ...