Dubois

A kiosk with writing that reads "the city of DuBois"
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Voters in the city of DuBois and nearby Sandy Township will likely get to decide whether to consolidate the two municipalities in November. A petition that will present the choice to voters was submitted to the Clearfield County Elections Office on Tuesday.

In June, Sandy Township’s Board of Supervisors voted four to one against looking into a consolidation plan. They said a survey they conducted did not show enough support to pursue a merger with DuBois. 

A vaccinator administered a shot of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine to a patient during a mass vaccination clinic held by Centre Volunteers in Medicine on Saturday, Feb. 6.
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People who meet Pennsylvania’s COVID-19 vaccination eligibility guidelines under the state’s 1B and 1C phases can now sign up for waitlists to get shots from Penn Highlands Healthcare. 

Mount Nittany Health pharmacy supervisor David Johnson receives the hospital's first shipment of COVID-19 vaccines on Dec. 16, 2020.
Mount Nittany Health

Officials with Penn Highlands Healthcare said they expect to get 975 doses of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine at each of three of their facilities slated for the first round of distribution in Pennsylvania: Penn Highlands DuBois, Elk and Huntingdon.

Andrew Kurtz, system director for retail pharmacy services at Penn Highlands, said about 240 staff in the emergency unit, ICU, cardiovascular ICU and lung center will be the first to receive the vaccine Friday. 

Photo of the outside of the Penn Highlands DuBois hospital
Penn Highlands Healthcare

As Pennsylvania sets multiple records for one-day increases in COVID-19 cases in recent days, Penn Highlands Healthcare announced Thursday it’s offering rapid COVID-19 testing in six locations.

Chief Operating Officer Mark Norman announced during a conference call that rapid testing will be available in six Penn Highlands locations for symptomatic individuals or those who have been exposed. Those include Clearfield, DuBois, Punxsutawney, Moshannon Valley, St. Marys and Huntingdon.

Photo of the outside of the Penn Highlands DuBois hospital
Penn Highlands Healthcare

Penn Highlands Healthcare, which has six rural hospitals in Central Pennsylvania, reopened its dedicated COVID-19 unit last week due to rising case numbers, hospital administrators told reporters during a call Thursday.

The unit in the DuBois hospital was closed in May because it wasn’t needed as cases decreased, head of Penn Highlands Healthcare’s COVID-19 task force, Shaun Sheehan, said. 

Courier Express editor David Sullens commented on a protest video "Good time and place to eliminate the whole bunch."
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On a Houston, Texas, group’s Facebook video showing black protestors and police officers, (DuBois) Courier Express editor David Sullens commented, “Good time and place to eliminate the whole bunch.” 

  

Three-quarters of the Cuba family standing near home plate at Heindl Memorial Field.
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Loud cheering is typical for a Tuesday evening at the Ruth and Dennis Heindl Memorial field in DuBois. The field hosts the Challenger League on Tuesday and Thursday nights – a league meant specifically for mentally and physically disabled athletes – but according to League Commissioner Bill Cuba the league started ten years ago on a dirt softball field with only two teams.

Lt. Gov. John Fetterman
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Pennsylvania Lieutenant Governor John Fetterman was in DuBois Thursday night as part of his statewide listening tour on legalizing recreational marijuana. Most of the people who spoke at the event support legalization.

“All I want to do is have a little puff," a retired school teacher told Fetterman to applause from the crowd.

The former teacher said he’d like to be able to smoke marijuana without worrying about getting into trouble. He was one of about two dozen people who spoke in favor of legalizing recreational marijuana.

The Rowland Theatre in Philipsburg.
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The first Veritas Film Festival continues through Thursday at the Rowland Theatre in Philipsburg and the Ritz Theater in Clearfield.

Hollywood filmmaker Spencer Folmar grew up in the Philipsburg area. He returned to his hometown this week to bring the Veritas Film Festival to the community. Over the course of the past week, Veritas has screened a variety of films that Folmar said all share a common thread.