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State police no longer sending troopers to some calls

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HARRISBURG (AP) — Pennsylvania State Police will no longer respond in person to some types of calls as the agency tries to limit troopers’ contact with the public and slow the spread of the coronavirus, officials announced Wednesday. Calls for lost and found, littering, identity theft and ...

City to see unexpected federal funds

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Williamsport is getting more than $600,000 in unexpected federal funds to be used toward the pandemic recovery. Mayor Derek Slaughter said he was surprised when he was informed Wednesday the city was to be given $609,247 in grant funding through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban ...

Colleges reschedule commencements

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Lycoming College will hold commencement on Oct. 4 for students to have the opportunity to walk across the stage and receive diplomas in front of friends and family. The ceremony will include speakers and the announcement of the Chieftain Award winner. The event will be livestreamed for those ...

WVIA launches Nightly Storytime

Education

To inspire and encourage reading at home, VIA has launched Nightly Storytime with VIA. Each night on the WVIA Education Facebook page, members of the VIA Education department and other staff members will read to viewers and their families using books received in a recent grant from the United ...

State Department of Education offering resources, $5M in funding

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The state’s Department of Education announced it will offer resources, including $5 million in state funding for equity grants, to help districts provide continued instruction to students during the COVID-19 closures. The grants would be available to schools to purchase computer equipment, ...

Bloomsburg University students complete academic internships

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BLOOMSBURG — Students from Bloomsburg University recently completed academic internships during the 2019 fall and winter sessions. For-credit, academic internships must meet requirements set by academic departments. Students work with a site supervisor and faculty advisor during the ...

Allowable travel and activities under stay-at-home order

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HARRISBURG — The following rules are in place regarding Gov. Tom Wolf’s stay-at-home order which he extended to all 67 counties in the Commonwealth Wednesday. Individuals may leave their residence only to perform any of the following allowable individual activities and allowable ...

Graphic design students excel in national competition

Education

Sixteen design projects created by graphic design students at Pennsylvania College of Technology have been honored in the national Flux Student Design Competition. “This is, by far, the best showing we’ve ever had in this contest,” said Nicholas Stephenson, instructor of graphic design ...

Daycare centers work to serve ‘essential’ parents

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When Gov. Tom Wolf issued his declaration ordering non-essential businesses to close in an effort to slow the spread of the coronavirus which causes COVID-19, daycares were on the list with a caveat that the closures did not apply to those located in home settings. “On March 16, Gov. Wolf ...

Biochemistry captures the attention of medical school hopeful

Education

It hasn’t taken long for the new biochemistry major at Lycoming College to spark interest among students. Launched in the fall of 2018, the lab-based science that marries biology and chemistry is becoming a popular choice for students who aspire to work in academia, industrial settings, ...

Montoursville school district allows administration more autonomy

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In attempting to quickly solve issues created by the COVID-19 outbreak, the administration at Montoursville Area School District will have more autonomy in contracting services and paying bills following the virtual board meeting Tuesday. Any items or services purchased by the more autonomous ...

Superintendent’s contract renewed for 5 years

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Christina Bason, superintendent of Montoursville Area School District, received a five-year contract extension Tuesday, for $146,667 a year with a two percent minimum raise every year. She will receive medical, dental, vision, unemployment and life insurance, according to her contract, as ...

TeenCentral, a ‘safe space’ for youth

Education

Fears about fitting in at a new school, concern about parents heading for divorce, questions and doubts about relationships and sexuality. Since 1998, these issues and many more have been raised with the team at TeenCentral.com, a therapeutic support service by KidsPeace. With COVID-19, ...

Blues Festival postponed until June of 2021

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The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in cancellation of the 2020 annual Billtown Blues Festival at Hughesville, pushing the 31st festival to June of 2021, its executive director said. “This health risk and economic crisis associated with coronavirus has come at a most critical time for the ...

Mother who abandoned baby in Loganton found, charged

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LOGANTON — An 18-year-old mother has admitted giving birth to a baby boy and leaving him on the back porch of a home on West Main Street, Loganton, early last Thursday morning. Cassandra Rochelle Stitzer, of Loganton, was charged with endangering the welfare of children, a felony of the ...

Lycoming up to six cases; more counties under stay-home order

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As Lycoming County goes from four to six confirmed COVID-19 cases, Gov. Tom Wolf has added seven more counties Tuesday to his order to stay at home. Wolf told residents of Lebanon, Franklin, Somerset, Lawrence, Cameron, Crawford and Forest counties to stay home at least through April 30, ...

Misleader in chief

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Instead of providing leadership, President Trump has been misleading America. He is the misleader-in-chief. This was particularly true in the early days of COVID-19. When you consider that the number of confirmed infections in the U.S. is now doubling every three days, all those days of ...

Superintendents unsurprised by indefinite closures

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The consensus of local school superintendents, contacted following the announcement by Gov. Tom Wolf that schools in the state would be closed until further notice, was that it was not a surprise. Many of them acknowledged that their districts have been preparing and planning for this ...