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US average mortgage rates fall again; 30-year loan at 3.04%

Business

WASHINGTON (AP) — Mortgage rates fell for a second straight week amid signs of economic improvement. Mortgage buyer Freddie Mac reported Thursday that the benchmark 30-year home-loan rate declined to 3.04% this week from 3.13% last week. At this time last year, the long-term rate was ...

With layoffs down and spending up, US rebound gains momentum

Business

WASHINGTON (AP) — A much-awaited economic boom coming off the pandemic recession appeared to edge closer to reality Thursday with fresh data showing the pace of layoffs dwindling, consumers spending freely and manufacturing rebounding. The latest barometers point to a U.S. economy that’s ...

Women face uphill battle for elected office

Lifestyles

In a letter dated March 31, 1776, Abigail Adams urged her husband, John Adams, and the other members of the Continental Congress not to forget about the nation’s women when fighting for America’s independence. In 2020, the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage in the United States, Stacy ...

Local student removed from school due to violent threat

Local News

From staff reports LEWISTOWN — A Mifflin County Junior High School student was taken into custody by police and removed from the building Wednesday after threatening to commit an act of violence at the school, according to the Mifflin County School District. The district made the ...

Phase 2 of relief funding open in Mifflin County

Local News

LEWISTOWN — The second phase of a new COVID-19 relief grant is now open for eligible hospitality industry businesses, and the Mifflin County Commissioners are urging more businesses to apply. During the now-closed first phase of the Coronavirus Hospitality Industry Recovery Program, six ...

Single-digit COVID cases confirmed for 3 counties

Local News

From staff reports Three local counties reported less than 10 new cases, and all five local counties report no new deaths according to data released Wednesday by the Pennsylvania Department of Health. Mifflin County reported eight new cases to bring its total to 4,903 cases and 175 deaths so ...

More COVID-19 state shutdowns are unlikely

Coronavirus

When one of the nation’s top health officials this week suggested states dealing with a spring spike of coronavirus cases should “shut things down,” the remark landed with a thud. Even Democratic governors and lawmakers who supported tough stay-at-home orders and business closures to ...

Be aware of phone scams

Local News

LEWISTOWN- Mifflin County Regional Police Department announced on Wednesday afternoon that a new phone scam is active in the area at this time and put out a press release with the information regarding the scam. According to the release, the scam involves a miniced phone number associated ...

Calendar

Local News

Editor’s note: The Sentinel offers nonprofit and other community organizations an opportunity to promote upcoming events for free in this community calendar for three days before the event. Events needing reservations also may be promoted for up to two weeks prior to the reservation ...