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July heat will continue through dry weekend

Temperatures will peak around 87 degrees and The National Weather Service in State College is reporting a slight chance of showers and thunderstorms Friday afternoon and evening before entering a dry, hot weekend. Severe storms predicted Thursday over the region never materialized except over the extreme southern parts of York County. Showers and thunderstorms were scattered from Franklin and Adams counties over through York and Lebanon counties around 11 p.m. and were forecast to continue off

Fatal crash closes Dauphin County intersection for hours

Update: The crash followed a police chase, according to reports Emergency officials were on the scene of a crash Thursday night at the intersection of Progress Avenue and Union Deposit Road in Susquehanna Township. WHTM ABC 27 is reporting that one person died. A Dauphin County emergency dispatcher confirmed the call came in around 8 p.m. for the crash. A post to Progress Fire Company’s Facebook page confirmed a crash involving multiple vehicles with multiple patients and entrapment. Coloni

Looking for a bike? Columbia Borough Police Department to hold bicycle auction

Amid a national bicycle shortage caused by the coronavirus pandemic, there is a local opportunity for central Pennsylvanians to get some new wheels. The Columbia Borough Police Department is hosting a bicycle auction Saturday morning to benefit the department’s Bike Patrol. Officials said around 55 bicycles will be auctioned. The inventory of bikes are from those that were picked up off the street, lost or stolen and were never claimed, according to officials.

Firefighter and tow truck driver remembered for devotion to family, quick wit

Friends, family and coworkers are remembering Tyler Laudenslager for his laughter, wit and great love for his wife and daughter. The 29-year-old Halifax man was killed in a crash earlier this week while he was working roadside on Interstate 78 in Berks County. Laudenslager worked as a tow truck driver for H&S Towing Service, Inc. Jackie Weyandt, the human resources manager at H&S Towing Service, spoke highly of Laudenslager. “Tyler was an incredible man. Aside from being an exemplary employee

Gettysburg monuments were cleaned, not vandalized: park officials

While some visitors to the Gettysburg National Military Park thought they saw vandalism to a monument Wednesday, park officials said visitors actually saw a part of the cleaning and preservation process. Jason Martz, acting park public affairs officer, said preservation crews were merely taking the opportunity to “quickly and effectively” start the cleaning process. Monument preservation staff sprayed a biological cleaning solution on the Arkansas Memorial as the rain began to fall on the batt

ASSETS and Lancaster Works build community through impacting businesses, individuals

The demands of starting a business can be difficult for any entrepreneur with an idea. But those demands are amplified when socioeconomic barriers hinder a hopeful business owner’s ability to effectively grow his or her business. A determining factor in whether or not a business “makes it” is support and resources in which not everyone has access. Enter ASSETS and Lancaster Works – a Lancaster-based duo that provides the necessary support and resources. ASSETS provides education, loans, resou

Charges dropped against York man arrested in Maryland rape case

Maryland prosecution officials have dropped charges against a York man who the U.S. Marshals Service arrested Wednesday. Collin Mailman, 22, of York, was arrested by members of the U.S. Marshals Service Fugitive Task Force for an alleged sexual assault near Baltimore. In a press release, officials said they arrested and charged Mailman with second-degree rape among other charges at a home in the 200 block of Country Club Road in York. Officials said the Baltimore County Police Department was

Lebanon County native receives National Science Foundation award

The National Science Foundation recently awarded a Pennsylvania College of Technology graduate and Lebanon County native $500,000 in funding for academic and research endeavors. The foundation honored Gregory Ditzler with a “Faculty Early Career Development Award.” The agency said this is its most prestigious grant given to faculty in their first academic assignment. Ditzler is a University of Arizona assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering. He completed his undergraduate at

The ‘Glam Squad’ helps their clients look and feel their best through makeup

“Glam Squad,” a business consisting of two makeup artists who provide their services for special events, was born in an unlikely setting: a law office. Alexis Pettis, a paralegal, met Frank Revesz when he was a temporary worker at the law office where she is a paralegal. Revesz would comment on her makeup and they began chatting about new trends, brand releases and more. When a new Morphe palette came out, both Pettis and Revesz could not wait to talk about it with the other. “We just clicked

Lower Dauphin schools plan to mix in-person and remote learning this fall

The Lower Dauphin School Board approved its plan to partially return students to classrooms for the 2020-21 school year Monday night. The district will follow a hybrid reopening that balances in-person and remote learning for all students. According to the Lower Dauphin COVID-19 Health and Safety Plan, Group A-K will attend on Mondays and Wednesdays, Group L-Z will attend Tuesdays and Thursdays, while all students will learn online on Fridays. Superintendent Rob Schultz said based on studies o

PETA continues calls for cruelty charges against local sportsmen’s club in letter to Pa. Governor

MILLMONT, Pa. – The battle over Dillan the black bear continues. People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) is asking Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf to ensure cruelty charges against a local sportsmen’s club over the treatment of the bear. PETA sent a letter to the governor Monday. In the letter, PETA asks for Wolf to “ensure that cruelty and neglect charges are filed against all those at the Union County Sportsmen’s Club responsible for causing long-term pain and suffering through their w

Harrisburg Academy plans to return to in-person learning in the fall

Harrisburg Academy officials announced Monday the private school is planning to return to in-person classroom instruction Aug. 25. In a press release, school officials said students grades pre-kindergarten through 12 will return to classrooms five days a week. The 2020-21 reopening plan is available on the school’s website. Students who have medical conditions or who choose distance learning will be offered hybrid or multi-modal instructional options, the release said. Athletic department off

‘A big difficult street to cross’: Harrisburg completes 6th Street Corridor safety improvements

Harrisburg City officials answered the public’s questions about recent and upcoming road safety projects under a blazing sun Saturday afternoon at the Broad Street Market. Harrisburg City Engineer Wayne Martin and Mayor Eric Papenfuse showed poster boards of information and were on hand to answer the public’s questions about city projects. The updates to 6th Street are a part of the “Vision Zero Project,” which aims to reduce and eliminate accidents involving drivers, bicyclists and pedestrian

The spotlight is on Lancaster’s Amish community again after Linda Stolzfoos’ disappearance; experts explain just how rare events like this are

It’s rare for violent crime from the outside world to touch Lancaster County’s Amish population, but not unprecedented. Although their presence in Lancaster County draws thousands of tourists each year, the Amish hold themselves apart from their non-Amish, or “English” neighbors. Crime within the Amish community is exceedingly rare, said Mark Louden, a University of Wisconsin-Madison professor who studies Amish language, healthcare and legal issues. “More common, but still rare, are violent cr

Police search for seafood thief who fled on a small pink bike

The Manheim Township Police Department is searching for a man who they say stole hundreds of dollars worth of seafood from a local grocery store. Police said a man entered the Giant Food Store at 1360 Columbia Ave. in Lancaster Township around 2 p.m. on July 7. He is seen in surveillance footage exiting the store with a shopping cart full of seafood, which police say is valued at $675.48. The man made his getaway on a small pink bicycle, according to police. Anyone who knows the identity of

Carlisle police seeking information on fatal July 2 shooting

The Carlisle Police Department is asking for the public’s help in the investigation of the shooting death of a man earlier this month. Police responded to multiple gunshots just after midnight July 2. When they arrived near West Penn and North West Streets, they found 42-year-old Paul Laney with “significant” injuries, police said. Police said Laney was driving a vehicle when he was shot multiple times. The vehicle crashed into a telephone pole and came to a stop on railroad tracks. Laney als

‘This is a staying-in-school plan': CV superintendent explains how the district is set up for fall

Cumberland Valley School District administrators are preparing to welcome back students in the fall. After the CVSD school board met Monday night, superintendent David Christopher further explained the district’s plan in a YouTube video posted on Tuesday. The current plan will open schools Aug. 25. “Student, staff and community will drive our decisions,” Christopher said in the video. “It absolutely has to drive what we do. Christopher noted that the coronavirus’ effect on younger people is n

Cumberland Valley releases ‘scaffolded reopening’ plan to return to classrooms in the fall

Members of the Cumberland Valley School District School Board met Monday night to discuss reopening plans for the upcoming academic year. Officials explained the plan while parents and other community members shared their concerns for reopening during a time of public comment. The questions ranged from attendance and bus ride policies to athletics and extracurricular activities. In addition to a PowerPoint presentation, officials discussed the district’s “Return to School Safely Plan.” Accord

Josh Shapiro, 17 other attorneys general file suit against visa rule for international students

Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro was part of a group Monday that filed a lawsuit to stop a new federal rule that threatens to bar international students from studying in the United States. Shapiro joins 17 other attorneys general from Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia and Wisconsin. In a press release sent Monday, Shapiro said he took ac
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