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Gov. Wolf doubles Pennsylvania Guard sent to help Washington

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania will double the number of National Guard members it’s sending to help secure Washington after the violent riot last week in which angry supporters of President Donald Trump stormed the U.S. Capitol. Gov. Tom Wolf announced Friday he was sending about ...

Fire destroys Avis antique shop

AVIS — A raging fire destroyed an antique shop in downtown Avis on Thursday. The blaze started on the first floor of Powell’s Antique and Lamp Shop, located at 18 W. Central Ave. and quickly spread throughout the building. The owner of the building, John Powell, said he was ...

Solar energy firm eyes site in western Clinton County

RENOVO — A large renewable energy firm’s plans to build solar energy fields in western Clinton County could provide a big economic boost to the area. The Clinton County Zoning Hearing Board last week unanimously approved a special exception request that will allow construction of utility ...

County prepares for arrival of COVID vaccine

LOCK HAVEN — As local residents await their turn to be vaccinated against the coronavirus, they can be assured the county has been working with UPMC and Geisinger on a vaccination schedule and will be prepared to put shots in arms when the vaccine arrives. Clinton County Commissioner ...

PA pharmacists to administer COVID vaccine

HARRISBURG — As part of the Wolf Administration’s effort to rollout the safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine, Governor Tom Wolf has approved a temporary waiver allowing pharmacists licensed by the Department of State to order and administer COVID-19 vaccines without a physician’s order ...

Biden unveils $1.9T plan to steady economy

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — President-elect Joe Biden is unveiling a $1.9 trillion coronavirus plan Thursday to turn the tide on the pandemic, speeding up the vaccine rollout and providing financial help to individuals, states and local governments and businesses struggling with the prolonged ...

Counties call for election reforms based on 2020 experience

HARRISBURG —The County Commissioners Association of Pennsylvania (CCAP) released its preliminary report and recommendations outlining county priorities for further Election Code reforms, and strongly urged the General Assembly and administration to work together closely with counties to ...

Once lost to addiction, she returns with message of hope

PHILADELPHIA — Under the weight of a soaked blanket, Megan Cohen inched her way, on foot, along a stretch of Interstate 95 in Philadelphia, the rain beating against her frail body. She wasn’t looking to be saved. “I was so broken. I was homeless at that point for quite a while and I ...

Local officials: Lack of trust, few resources cause delays

WILLIAMSPORT— Although vaccinations continue to roll out at a good pace, local health care officials say the process would go faster if not for a lack of trust and too few resources getting COVID vaccines into arms. Eagerness and trust in science is low in the rural areas of the state ...

Some could get vaccine sooner than expected

WILLIAMSPORT — People age 65 or older as well as those who have pre-existing conditions could beginning receiving COVID vaccinations sooner than expected. The federal government has suggested moving those 65 and older currently in phase 1B, into phase 1A, State Department of Health ...

Trump impeached after Capitol riot in historic second charge

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump was impeached by the U.S. House for a historic second time Wednesday, charged with “incitement of insurrection” over the deadly mob siege of the Capitol in a swift and stunning collapse of his final days in office. With the Capitol secured by armed ...

Bellefonte students have four options for semester

BELLEFONTE — For students in the Bellefonte Area School District, it’s decision time. Earlier this week, parents were asked to respond to a survey and choose a learning option for their child. There were four options — full in-person classroom instruction, remote, hybrid and BeLa — ...

GOP proposal to elect judges by zone advances by single vote

HARRISBURG — A legislative panel on Wednesday narrowly approved a proposal to amend the Pennsylvania Constitution to elect state appeals court judges by zone, a movement largely motivated by Republicans’ anger over recent rulings from the Democratic-majority state Supreme Court. The ...

Prosecutors ask judge to order Graham Spanier report to jail

HARRISBURG — Pennsylvania prosecutors want a judge to order former Penn State president Graham Spanier to begin serving a county jail sentence for endangering children by the way he responded to a complaint that Jerry Sandusky had attacked a boy on campus. The attorney general’s office ...

PPL building budding readers in Lock Haven

PHOTO PROVIDED PPL’s Cover to Cover program recently paid a visit to the Lock Haven YMCA Susquehanna Avenue Childcare site with free books for Pre-K students. Cover to Cover started in 2016 to provide elementary school students with books to help them maintain their reading skills over the ...

Free COVID testing site moving out of Nittany Mall

BELLEFONTE — The free COVID-19 testing site in Centre County will soon be on the move. At Tuesday’s Centre County commissioners’ meeting, county administrator Margaret Gray announced that the site, which has been operating out of the former Bon Ton department store at the Nittany Mall, ...

JS council discusses Wilson Street bridge

JERSEY SHORE — Jersey Shore has a bridge problem. The Wilson Street bridge is in need of repair, but it could be costly. The situation was among topics discussed at council’s first meeting of 2021 this week. The Wilson Street bridge over Pfotus Run has been deemed “poorly rated” ...

Higgins joins Pipe in criticism of Corman, Benninghoff

BELLEFONTE — Centre County commissioner Mark Higgins has entered the chat. Just one day after the Democratic chair of Centre County’s Board of Commissioners Michael Pipe called on two Pennsylvania Republicans from the county to condemn outgoing President Donald Trump for “inciting and ...

Democrat gets PA Senate seat after GOP court loss

HARRISBURG (AP) — Republicans who control Pennsylvania’s state Senate said they will stop blocking a Democrat from taking his seat in the chamber after his unsuccessful GOP challenger lost another bid in court Tuesday to overturn the results of the close race. U.S. District Judge J. ...