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Former student teacher accused of inappropriate relationship with student

A former student teacher at Jersey Shore Area Middle School turned herself in Thursday morning to face charges for allegedly having a yearlong sexual relationship with one of her former students, a 14-year-old boy she taught in the spring of 2017, according to William Weber, Lycoming County's ...

County dreads mandate to update voting machines

LOCK HAVEN — In advance of the 2020 presidental election, Clinton County has been mandated by the state of Pennsylvania to replace all of its electronic voting machines, Commissioner Robert “Pete” Smeltz said at Thursday’s commissioners’ meeting. “Currently there are 83 voting ...

Some county employees get new job titles

LOCK HAVEN — The county commissioners on Thursday approved a number of personnel items, including the transfer of several IT employees to new positions. The transfers follow last week’s approval of an overhaul of the information technology department which included reestablishing titles, ...

Wildlife for Everyone Foundation receives $250,000 grant

BELLEFONTE — The Wildlife for Everyone Foundation received a $250,000 grant from the PA Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) to kick off planning and construction of its highly-anticipated Wildlife Center, located in Huston Township, Centre County. The DCED award was ...

Final hearing Wednesday on Centre, Bellefonte CDBG funds

By CAROL TERRACINA HARTMAN cterracina@lockhaven.com BELLEFONTE — The boards of Centre County and Bellefonte Borough have scheduled a joint final public hearing on the county’s intention to apply for approximately $144,976 in Community Development Block Grant funds, CDBG, for the 2018 ...

Former public defender pleads no contest to reckless endangering

From staff reports WILLIAMSPORT— A former Clinton County public defender has pleaded no contest to charges related to a 13-mile police chase during which speeds exceeded 100 miles an hour. Stephen Chadwick Smith, 68, of Lock Haven, Wednesday told Lycoming County Judge Marc F. Lovecchio he ...

Elizabeth Smart draws massive crowd to LHU

LOCK HAVEN — “Do not let the horrible things that have happened to you describe you or define your life. Your choices define your life. There is nothing that can be done to you that can take away your worth as a human being.” That was the message of Elizabeth Smart, the 30-year old ...

First Quality paper machine project to bring 900 contractors here in 2019

LOCK HAVEN - First Quality Tissue’s construction of a third paper-making machine has brought 400 contractors into the area as they work to get the new machine online by January 2020. But that number will more than double next spring ... to 900 contractors. That’s according to Mike ...

Former LH woman drowns in S.C. flood waters

From staff reports NICHOLS, S.C. — A former Lock Haven woman was one of two women who died Tuesday night when the sheriff’s van they were riding in was swept away in flood waters near Nichols, S.C. A Marion County coroner confirmed the two deaths and identified the women as Wendy ...

Tonight, candlelight ceremony held to fight addiction

BELLEFONTE — Light a candle to remember those who fight the disease of addiction and lost and to honor those who continue to fight. That’s the theme of a candlelight Remembrance Ceremony today at 6:30 p.m. on the steps of the Centre County Courthouse, 102 S. Allegheny St. As part of ...

Gunman killed by police after shooting four people at Masontown MDJ office

MASONTOWN, Pa. - The man who shot four people at the office of a Fayette County magistrate was facing charges of strangulation and assault in relation to an August domestic violence incident. State police and District Attorney Rich Bower did not identify the man, but said he was shot and ...

Bridge work continues on Route 64 near Lamar

LAMAR — Area drivers may encounter delays late this week and through next week as the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) continues with work to improve a Route 64 bridge in Centre County. The bridge spans Little Fishing Creek near the village of Lamar and the Centre/Clinton ...

Business celebrates 50 years

MILL HALL — Leonard Hoffman has now served the Mill Hall area for over half a decade, and his business continues humming along. Leonard is the owner and founder of Mill Hall Speed and Custom who has experienced plenty of success, and change, along the way over the past 50 years. ...

Storage building approved for the Centre County Safety Center

By Carol Terracina Hartman cterracina@lockhaven.com BELLEFONTE – Giving the final nod to a state grant-contract, the Centre County Board of Commissioners also approved agreements with two vendors for construction of an equipment storage building at the Centre County Public Safety ...

Woodward Twp. auditor resigns

LOCKPORT — Woodward Township supervisors rescinded a motion to accept auditor Rebecca Reeder’s resignation at last night’s meeting. Reeder moved to Pine Creek Township which made her ineligible to be a township auditor. Originally a motion was made by Supervisor Wayne Love and ...

Sayers Dam doing its job, officials say

From staff reports HOWARD — Additional staff from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers are on hand at the Foster Joseph Sayers Dam to monitor and prepare for the potential for the dam’s highest water levels since Tropical Storm Agnes passed over the region in 1972. Between the already ...

Prison ordered in toddler’s death

LOCK HAVEN — A local couple charged with involuntary manslaughter and endangering the welfare of children in the death of their son more than a year ago was sentenced in Clinton County Court on Monday. Steven Allen Killion Sr., 37, and Toni Baker, 37, were each sentenced to 16 months to ...

Waterways to rise

An already saturated ground here in Central Pennsylvania can’t take much more rain. But that’s just what remnants of Hurricane Florence are bringing. Upward of 3 more inches of rain is likely to fall across our region through today, according to the National Weather Service. There ...

Penn State to host horticulture open house in LH

LOCK HAVEN —The Penn State Cooperative Extension will host an open house in their new offices in the Garden Building in downtown Lock Haven in October. Tom Butzler, the horticulture educator at Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences, is helping to organize the event set for Oct. 2 at ...