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Jessica Ballard joins Swift Kennedy & Associates

Jessica Ballard has been hired as an Employee Benefits Account Manager at the Williamsport office of Swift Kennedy & Associates, a brokerage firm specializing in group, senior, and individual insurance policies. Her responsibilities will include assisting clients with policy renewals, ...

Coin shortage hits retailers, laundromats, tooth fairy

A convenience store chain is offering a free beverage or sandwich in exchange for them. A laundromat owner drove 4 hours across state lines to get $8,000 worth. A young girl in Illinois wrote the tooth fairy saying she’ll gladly take dollars as a substitute if it helps. There is a shortage ...

After 5 months, AMC Theaters reopens its doors, cautiously

WEST HOMESTEAD — The doors to the AMC Waterfront 22 were locked. They had been for five months, along with most indoor theaters in the U.S. because of COVID-19. But in 20 minutes that was about to change and four people in masks were already gathered outside the theater 8 miles southeast of ...

Low rates, heavy buyer demand send US home sales surging

(AP) Spurred by ultra-low mortgage rates, home buyers rushed last month to snap up a limited supply of existing houses, causing the pace of purchases to jump by a record-high 24.7%. The July surge in sales reported Friday by the National Association of Realtors marked the second straight month ...

Trump’s EPA dumps methane emissions rule for oil, gas fields

HARRISBURG (AP) — President Donald Trump’s administration is undoing Obama-era rules designed to limit greenhouse gas emissions from oil and gas fields and pipelines, formalizing the changes Thursday in the heart of the nation’s most prolific natural gas reservoir and in the premier ...

AMC to offer 15-cent tickets on first day of reopening

NEW YORK — AMC Theatres, the nation’s largest movie theater chain, will reopen in the U.S. on Aug. 20 with retro ticket prices of 15 cents per movie. AMC Entertainment, which owns the chain, said Thursday that it expects to open the doors to more than 100 cinemas — or about a sixth of ...

Penn College launches ‘Corporate Tomorrow Makers’

An initiative developed at Pennsylvania College of Technology supports corporate partners who seek to enhance their engagement with the college and its students. Corporate Tomorrow Makers offers a spectrum of partnership possibilities that benefit companies, students and the future ...

Small class sizes are hallmark at St. John Neumann Academy

For three students at St. John Neumann Regional Academy, one of their favorite things about the school is the small class size and the opportunity for more personal relationships with faculty, staff and, of course, each other. Faith Reid, who will be entering her senior year at the high ...

Area food trucks adapt to survive

Although the area’s food trucks are built to overcome challenges, COVID-19 has introduced several new hurdles to the mobile chefs. In typical years, the food trucks would be flocking to fairs, festivals and other events, but Bill Laney, owner of Taco Bill’s Taco Madness, said he has now ...

Staiman named director emeritus of Hope board

Williamsport native, Marvin H. Staiman, was designated by the Hope Enterprises Foundation, Inc. as director emeritus on June 16. Staiman, past owner and president of Staiman Brother’s Inc., one of Williamsport’s oldest family businesses, joined Hope’s board of directors in 1963. Over ...

Cosmetology students, hairstylists describe a race divide

After repeatedly being denied service by high-end salons because her hair was perceived as “too difficult” to style, Kanessa Alexander took an unusual step. She opened a shop of her own in a predominantly white Boston neighborhood with four Black stylists serving all hair textures. “I ...

Pool companies make a big splash during wave of demand

APOLLO (AP) — When the 90-degree-plus heat soars, artist Joan Marangoni stops painting by noon on her new outdoor mural at Murphy’s Music Center in Leechburg. She practically sprints to her new 30-foot round, above-ground pool at her Washington Township home. “Jumping in a pool to cool ...

Customers dig for deals at Billtown Binz

Bringing a new type of discount store into the area is Billtown Binz, at 433 Hepburn St., where customers dig for their deals. “The idea originated in the Midwest,” said Bob Wise, owner. “I thought, ‘there’s nothing like this around here.’ So we brought the idea back.” On ...

States set goals to jump-start transition to electric trucks

A coalition of states is following California’s lead in setting goals to jump-start a transition to electric-powered trucks, vans and buses in order to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve air quality for communities choked by diesel fumes. The 15 states, plus Washington, D.C., ...

Souzi’s Salon owner: ‘I feel like my dream came true’

Despite a pandemic hanging in the air, it’s still possible to reach through to manifest ambition — provided the aid of a caring community and the grit to persevere, as evinced by a newly-opened downtown hair salon. Souzi’s Salon, 412 William St., was open for less than two months before ...

Harris Family Brewery fights to become state’s first Black-owned brewery

HARRISBURG (AP) — Some hard-core craft beer lovers just didn’t see the point. Why was this trio of beer-brewing partners from Harrisburg so insistent on opening what they believe will be Pennsylvania’s first Black-owned microbrewery? Shockingly, their dreams were dismissed with a shrug ...

Target joins list of major retailers mandating masks

(AP) — Target has joined a list of the nation's largest retailers that will require customers to wear masks as cases of COVID-19 spike. The policy will go into effect Aug. 1. More than 80% of Target's 1,800 stores already require customers to wear masks due to local and state regulations. ...

Radiant Steel uses PPP to keep employees paid

Kathy Fenstamaker has spent many a sleepless nights trying to figure out how to make her and her husband Rick’s company run during the COVID-19 pandemic. She never could have imagined a situation like the one Radiant Steel is facing since it returned to production after a two-month ...

National ‘Strike for Black Lives’ to highlight racism in U.S

A national coalition of labor unions, along with racial and social justice organizations, will stage a mass walkout from work this month, as part of an ongoing reckoning on systemic racism and police brutality in the U.S. Dubbed the “Strike for Black Lives,” tens of thousands of fast ...

Larson Design Group appoints new COO

In continuing to implement its two-year strategic evolution of growth and development, Larson Design Group (LDG) is moving forward with additional exciting changes in leadership. Following the recent transition of David Martin to chief executive officer, the company is pleased to announce ...