(Hershey, PA) -- The American Hockey League and the Hershey Bears are moving their anticipated 2021 start date to February 5th due to complications with COVID-19.
A statement on the Bears website said that the decision came from the league's Return to Play Taskforce.
A-H-L officials say that they would work with their 31 member clubs to monitor developments and local guidelines in league cities.
>>Cumberland County To Count Mail-In Ballots After Election Day
(Carlisle, PA) -- Elections officials in Cumberland County say they will start counting mail-in ballots the day after the election. Legally, they are allowed to begin at 7-a-m on the day of the election. Secretary of the Commonwealth, Kathy Boockvar, said the sooner they start, the sooner they will finish.
>>PLCB To Waive Licensing Fees In 2021
(Harrisburg, PA) -- The PLCB is agreeing with Governor Tom Wolf’s suggestion they waive 2021 licensing fees. In a 2-to-1 vote Wednesday, the board decided to forgive over $27-million in fees. Each bar and restaurant will still need to get the license but won’t have to fork over the money to pay for it.
>>Work Is Complete On Penn State Children’s Expansion
(Derry Twp., PA) -- Work is officially completed on Penn State Children’s Hospital’s three-floor expansion. Wednesday, the hospital celebrated the project’s completion of the $148-million expansion, which added more pediatric beds and a new Women and Babies center. The facility also now has the only Small Baby Unit in the state.
>>PA COVID-19 Case Totals Pass 200-Thousand
(Harrisburg, PA) -- The PA Department of Health is adding 2,228 new COVID-19 cases statewide. Wednesday’s announcement pushed the commonwealth over the 200-thousand cases mark since the start of the pandemic. There were 22 new deaths related to coronavirus complications announced, bringing the death toll to 8,718.
>>Man Hurt In York Shooting
(York, PA) -- A man is hurt after a shooting in York Wednesday. It happened near McKinley K-8 school yesterday afternoon, though no students were in the building at the time. The victim was found in Dalton Alley nearby and is expected to recover.
>>Mount Rose Cemetery Cancels Drive-Thru Trick Or Treat
(York, PA) -- Mount Rose Cemetery is cancelling its planned drive-through trick-or-treat event. In an announcement on their Facebook page, the organizers say they are pulling the plug due to the amount of mixed reviews. The plan was to have vehicles drive through a lit path through the cemetery.
>>Reading School District To Continue Remote Learning
(Reading, PA) -- Students in the Reading School District will continue learning remotely for now. The school board voted eight-to-one last night to accept administrators' recommendation to keep moving forward with full-time remote learning. The learning method will continue at least until administrators make a new recommendation. The sole board member to dissent said teachers should have the option to teach in the classroom.
>>Lancaster Police Identify Shooting Victim
(Lancaster, PA) -- Lancaster police are identifying a victim of a deadly shooting. Police say 36-year-old Terrell Coley was shot Tuesday night in the 500-block of Manor Street. He was taken to the hospital where he was pronounced dead. Authorities say a 24-year-old woman received non-life-threatening injuries in the shooting. Officials say the shooting doesn't appear to be random.
>>New West Reading Brewery Applauding PLCB's Decision To Waive Fees
(West Reading, PA) -- A new West Reading brewery is applauding the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board's decision to waive fees. Willow Creek Brewing owner Mark Camlin says he is pleased that PLCB license fees have been waived for 2021. Camlin says it is helpful when opening a brewery during the COVID-19 pandemic. Governor Tom Wolf recently urged the PLCB to take such an action to help businesses that sell beer and liquor start or stay in business.
>>Reading Residents Approaching Trick-Or-Treaters In Different Ways
(Reading, PA) -- Reading residents are approaching Halloween trick-or-treaters in different ways. Some residents say they will be masking up to greet children at the door or out front. Others are pre-packaging candy in baggies to create a contactless trick-or-treating experience. Still others are putting up outdoor displays that include candy that children can take as they move by. Homes not participating in trick-or-treating are asked to turn off their porch lights.
>>Election Officials Urge Voters To Drop Off Mail-In Ballots
(Lehigh, PA) -- Northampton County election officials are offering their advice to voters who never received their mail-in ballots. Officials say they should call the election office to get a replacement or prepare to vote on Election Day. They also advise those who still have their mail-in ballots to not put it in the mail at this time and instead drop them off at a secure ballot drop box or at the elections office. They emphasize this message due to their concerns over delays with the postal system, despite the postmaster general saying all cutbacks have been rolled back.
>>Secretary Of State Urges Counties To Start Counting Ballots Soon
(Williamsport, PA) -- Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar is urging counties to begin precanvassing ballots on Election Day. Boockvar says if not at 7 a.m. then at some point on Election Day because it is going to take a while, and the sooner they start the sooner they will finish. Due to the state's ballot deadline extension, counties can put off counting the ballots until Friday after the election. But, Boockvar hopes they start sooner as two of the 67 counties have already said they won't.
>>Pocono Hotel Management Convicted Of Criminal Sex Trafficking Offenses
(Stroudsburg, PA) -- Management officials from a Pocono hotel in Stroudsburg have been convicted of sex and drug trafficking charges. Attorneys say the owner and manager of the Pocono Plaza Inn Hotel, Faizal Bhimani and Nazim Hassam, made rooms available for sex traffickers and drug dealers and took payment from the criminal activities. Employees were also aware of the activity, and some even engaged in selling drugs and sexual activity with the victims. The investigation led to about 40 defendants being convicted federally for these crimes.