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Despite growing ‘opt-out’ trend, standardized tests serve a purpose

April 21, 2015 “Okay, everyone: Take a deep breath. Relax. Make sure your pencils are sharpened. You’ve studied hard to get here. Do your best. more »»

What Americans want in a president

April 21, 2015 By GREG ALLEN How do we define America? Is it the land of the free, home of the brave? That characterization has been used so much it’s wore our thoughts thin to the point of complacency. more »»

There’s plenty to chew over on state budget table

April 20, 2015 By MARK SCOLFORO Associated Press HARRISBURG — Pennsylvania measures its state budget deficit in the billions, is led by a Democratic governor and Republican Legislature who have much different idea... more »»

Rand Paul takes heat on women

April 20, 2015 It is interesting to observe people’s behavior when no one else is watching. A few years ago, I was in Washington, D.C. attending a conference. more »»

Did you miss the tax deadline?

April 20, 2015 April 15 has come and gone. If you didn’t file a tax return or an extension but should have, you need to take action now. more »»

Out of the shadows

April 18, 2015 (Editor’s Note: Information for this commentary was compiled by Jennifer Bottorf, the victim-witness coordinator for Clinton County within the office of Clinton County District Attorney. more »»

Media increasingly forgetting about traditional values

April 18, 2015 By LEE H. HAMILTON I have been involved in politics and policy-making for over 50 years, and as you can imagine, I hold strong feelings about reporters and the media. more »»

Bad decisions; age is only a number

April 17, 2015 By GLENN MOLLETTE Two police officers — one from South Carolina and one from Oklahoma — should never have pulled their handguns. more »»

Pa. shale drillers should pay their fair share

April 16, 2015 Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf’s first budget address, which was unveiled during a joint session of the House and Senate on March 3, was highly anticipated and rather ambitious. As Go. more »»

Bring the rail trail to Clinton County

April 16, 2015 By WELDON C. COHICK JR. I personally would like to commend the Clinton County commissioners and PP&L Utilities for finding common ground on how to achieve an easement for a 5. more »»

We need a balanced federal budget for a stronger America

April 15, 2015 On Sept. 22, 2011, former Joint Chiefs of Staff Adm. Mike Mullen referred to our national debt as “the single biggest threat to our national security. more »»

Pa. Democrats’ intraparty fight haunts second U.S. Senate campaign

April 15, 2015 By MARC LEVY Associated Press This month marks six years since Arlen Specter switched parties to become a Democrat, upending Pennsylvania’s 2010 U.S. more »»

Federal tax income refunds for many take hit or get a bump from health law

April 15, 2015 By RICARDO ZALDIVAR The Associated Press As the income tax deadline hits at midnight tonight, people who got help paying for health insurance under President Barack Obama’s law are seeing the direct... more »»

The original report of Lincoln’s assassination

April 14, 2015 EDITOR’S NOTE — On the night Abraham Lincoln was shot, April 14, 1865, Associated Press correspondent Lawrence Gobright scrambled to report from the White House, the streets of the stricken capital,... more »»

Volunteers, police, rescuers to be commended

April 14, 2015 While it remains to be determined just what happened to Kelley Jo Snyder in Renovo, one thing is for sure: The community turned out in droves to find the missing, 34-year-old mother of three. more »»

Breaking from ‘The Herd’

April 14, 2015 By RALPH DOTTERER JR. Stop/Alto: Sensitive individuals may feel uneasy with comments I make in the opening thought. Others might be thoroughly disgusted with me and my subject matter at some point. more »»

Say thanks to your township supervisors

April 10, 2015 Did you know ... r On average, township supervisors in Pennsylvania earn just $1,875 a year. For this, they attend countless meetings, maintain and plow roads, build parks, and balance budgets. more »»

Survey: Motorists likely to enjoy cheapest summer gas prices in a decade

April 10, 2015 Motorists will be driving for joy when they learn GasBuddy is projecting that this summer’s gasoline prices will bring the most affordable summer months since at least 200. more »»

Wait times at Veterans Affairs clinics in Pennsylvania are better than average

April 10, 2015 By PETER JACKSON Associated Press HARRISBURG — More than 18,000 medical appointments were delayed at least a month at Veterans Affairs hospitals and clinics in Pennsylvania during a recent six-month... more »»

Acting DEP chief seeks nat gas pipeline strategy

April 9, 2015 By ROBERT SWIFT rswift@timesshamroc. more »»

Gas-fired plant at Renovo has great potential

April 9, 2015 Building a natural gas-fired, electric power plant at Renovo makes both a lot of sense, and a lot of cents. more »»


The 58th annual Bellefonte Kiwanis Pancake Day April 21, 2015

With all the pancakes you can eat, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. and 4-7 p.m., Undine's Lambert Hall, benefits kids' projects. more »

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