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Business

Brothers to keep furniture store open

LOCK HAVEN — Brothers Jim and Jeff Smith have a unique tradition to uphold. Their Smith Furniture store is Clinton County’s oldest furniture and reupholstery shop, opened by their late father during World War II in 1942. And they’re determined. Destroyed by a collapse caused by ...

FCFP announces new chief financial officer

The First Community Foundation Partnership of Pennsylvania (FCFP) recently appointed Jonathan A. Nichols as Chief Financial Officer. The vacancy was created by the retirement of Jack Willoughby who served in the role for more than a decade. Nichols joins FCFP after spending 14 years in the ...

Lycoming County unemployment shows slow but hopeful recovery

Lycoming County employment data is edging closer and closer to where it was a year ago, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry. According to a recent press release by the state, Lycoming County’s unemployment rate has continued a progressive recovery once more to ...

Racism targets Asian food, business during COVID-19 pandemic

As the coronavirus spread throughout the U.S., bigotry toward Asian Americans was not far behind, fueled by the news that COVID-19 first appeared in China. Some initial evidence suggested the virus began in bats, which infected another animal that may have spread it to people at one of ...

SEDA-COG hires new executive director

Kim Wheeler has been selected as the new executive director of SEDA-Council of Governments (SEDA-COG). The decision was the result of recommendations by the SEDA-COG Board of Directors’ Personnel Committee and is expected to be officially ratified by the board at their Jan. 27, 2021 public ...

Health a higher priority than sales for many small retailers

NEW YORK — Dan Marshall’s toy store should be crowded this time of the year with parents and grandparents buying gifts and children trying out games. Instead, only a handful of customers are in Mischief Toy Store at any time, and their visits are short and efficient. Yet while the ...

Dirt bikes, ATVs on streets help revitalize ex-coal town

SHAMOKIN (AP) — Most cities see dirt bikes and ATVs as a scourge of the streets, annoying on the best days, and deadly on the worst. In Shamokin, a former coal town of 6,984 in Northumberland County, foot traffic is a thing of the past, however, and city officials are banking on dirt-bike ...

Yuengling scholarship includes Penn College brewing program

With the objective of encouraging and supporting women in the brewing industry, the Pink Boots Society and D.G. Yuengling & Son Inc. have partnered to fund a scholarship and included Pennsylvania College of Technology’s brewing and fermentation science program in the initiative. The ...

County’s falling unemployment rate plateaus

Unemployment in Williamsport decreased by almost half a percentage in the month of October, showing the metropolitan area’s trend of a recovering workforce is beginning to plateau out. The Williamsport Metropolitan Statistical Area clocked in a 7.7 percent adjusted unemployment rate in ...

Rep. Wheeland appointed to Penn College Board of Directors

Rep. Jeff Wheeland, R-Loyalsock Township, has been appointed to the Pennsylvania College of Technology Board of Directors by House Speaker Bryan Cutler. Wheeland succeeds Rep. Garth Everett, who is retiring from his seat representing the 84th District in the state House. Everett served on the ...

Penguin to buy Simon & Schuster

BERLIN — German media giant Bertelsmann said Wednesday that its Penguin Random House division is buying rival Simon & Schuster in a megadeal that would reshape the U.S. publishing industry. Penguin Random House, already the largest American publisher, will buy the New York-based Simon ...

Patrick W. Wilson named chief operation officer

In 2019, the Little League International board of directors approved the commissioning of a plan to evaluate and strengthen the organizational structure of Little League International. At this year’s annual meeting, the board approved the initial step in this plan with the announcement of ...

Small businesses share in grant funds

Lycoming County commissioners approved two additional rounds of funding for small businesses from the county’s $10.2 million share of COVID-19 funding. A total of 91 businesses are to receive grants of different amounts from the $883,200 total. The county still has about $2 million of COVID ...

US jobless claims rise to 742,000; millions to lose aid

By CHRISTOPHER RUGABER AP Economics Writer WASHINGTON — The number of Americans seeking unemployment aid rose last week to 742,000, the first increase in five weeks and a sign that the resurgent viral outbreak is likely slowing the economy and forcing more companies to cut jobs. The ...

College partners with Sodick for new instructional equipment

A partnership with Sodick, a global EDM manufacturing leader, is supporting Pennsylvania College of Technology’s acquisition of innovative electrical discharge machines for instructional purposes. Through the collaboration, Sodick, a Japanese company with North American headquarters in ...

Business travel future unclear as coronavirus upends work life

Brandon Contreras represents the worst fears of the lucrative business travel industry. A partner account executive at a U.S. tech firm, Contreras was used to traveling frequently for his company. But nine months into the pandemic, he and thousands of others are working from home and dialing ...

Local United Way is sub-recipient of Grant from Land O’ Lakes Foundation

United Way of Pennsylvania is pleased to announce that the Lycoming County United Way has been awarded a $1,500 sub-grant, from a Land O’ Lakes Foundation grant to United Way of Pennsylvania. The Land O’ Lakes Mid-Atlantic Grants Program works to support valuable projects and charitable ...

For business owners with COVID, virus is just one struggle

By JOYCE M. ROSENBERG AP Business Writer NEW YORK — When Chris Hyland caught the coronavirus, his ordeal went beyond being sick and exhausted — he couldn’t help his business partners manage the virus’s impact on their company just as the outbreak was sweeping across the world. ...

Kallective Wellness offers first aid, CPR training

Abdul-Malik Walker and Anthony Kidd Jr. had been friends since they were in middle school, so when they found there was a void in the community for CPR and first aid training, they decided to combine their years of experience and open Kallective Wellness in the Pajama Factory, 1307 Park Ave., ...

Fair housing groups: Redfin ‘redlines’ minority communities

SEATTLE (AP) — Several fair housing organizations accused Redfin of systematic racial discrimination in a lawsuit Thursday, saying the online real estate broker offers fewer services to homebuyers and sellers in minority communities — a type of digital redlining that has depressed home ...