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Columbia County Christian School – Learning Center is open
Columbia - Montour Vo - Tech
Luzerne County Community College
The Wolf Administration is touting the state's efforts to help businesses. Secretary of the Budget Randy Albright says a new manufacturing tax credit, additional funds for apprenticeship training and targeted job training efforts are aimed at increasing investment in manufacturing. Albright says the Wolf Administration also continues to work to make it easier to do business in PA by developing one-stop shopping for companies through the Department of Community and Economic Development.
Animal Resource Center
With new laws on the books to prevent dog abuse... Linda Bird of the Animal Resource Center says there is no excuse to report the problem. That number is 1 – 866-601-7722. Meantime... you can see what the Animal Resource Center has up for adoption by going to their website... “NoKillARC. Org...” or follow the conversation on Facebook.
Even in the dead of winter, local communities are looking ahead to spring and their tree-planting efforts. The PA Department of Conservation and Natural Resources oversees a public / private partnership known as Tree-Vitalize, which has awarded close to 200 thousand dollars in grants to plant trees in local communities this spring. A total of 28 projects statewide have been awarded grants for 2018 for tree planting, urban forestry, and for upgrading riparian buffers to help prevent runoff into creeks, streams and rivers.
Maple syrup producers at last week's Pennsylvania Farm Show were looking forward to another season which is fast approaching. Late winter, early spring is the time when maple syrup is typically produced in Pennsylvania. While people often link Vermont with maple syrup, Bradford County maple syrup producer Maggie Pratt says maple syrup production in PA is bigger than people think. About 60,000 gallons of maple syrup are produced each year in PA.
A card skimming device was found at a Turkey Hill in Luzerne County. Conyngham police say more than a dozen people reported fraudulent activity on their credit cards after using them at the Turkey Hill on Brookhill Road. Police are asking anyone who used a credit or debit card at that store to check their accounts.
A search is on for a thief in Schuylkill County, accused of running into a beer store and stealing the cash register. As soon as the theft happened over the weekend, the owner of The Quart House in Frackville put out the surveillance video on social media in hopes of finding the thief. Cops are also investigating.
Protesters in invoked the name of Martin Luther King Jr. on Monday while rallying against a bill authored by state Sen. Scott Martin. The bill would make anyone convicted of a crime related to public protest responsible for paying police, emergency responders, medical costs, and damages related to the event. Senator Martin, who is from Lancaster County, telling a Harrisburg Television station that authored State Bill 754 in response to violent pipeline protest in North Dakota. The bill currently sits in committee, where it has sat since it was introduced last session.
There is no cause yet of fire that leveled a trailer in Luzerne County. Smoke could be seen for miles as the place on Oriole Court near Wilkes-Barre burned late Sunday night. Authorities say no one lived there.
West Wyoming Fire
A fire shut down a Luzerne County facility for the night. Firefighters were called to Diamond Manufacturing in West Wyoming around 10:30 Sunday. Officials say a heater caught fire in the roof.
No one was hurt, but workers were sent home after the fire. There’s no word on the extent of the damage to the business.
Casey & Company
Big bucks for a big campaign... Democratic U.S. Sen. Bob Casey reports that he’s heading into his re-election year with $8.6 million in campaign cash, easily leading his rivals. Casey’s cash total is almost twice as much as he reported at the same point in 2012 while running for his current term. U.S. Rep. Lou Barletta says his campaign had more than $1 million, while Paul Addis, a former energy-sector executive, says he had more than $1.3 million. They’re running for the GOP nomination to challenge Casey.
Change on Paperwork
More than 20 Republican lawmakers have written a letter to Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf, asking to him to change the title of “parent” on birth certificates back to “mother” and “father.” Rep. Daryl Metcalfe (R-Butler), who penned the letter... said the governor misused his power. However, the Health Department says the change is legal, citing a Supreme Court ruling that a family can be a mother and a mother, a father and a father, or a mother and a father.