News Live 365: September 16th, 2021

Due to national and regional bus driver shortages caused by COVID-19, Penncrest School District has set a schedule of rotating two hour delays for their different campuses. According to a letter by District Superintendent Timothy Glasspool the delays will work in the same manner as weather delays, they are only scheduled and not guaranteed, and the families of the students will receive information in the morning if a delay is enacted. PennCrest also closed Cambridge Springs Jr/Sr High school until Monday, September 20th, due to COVID-19 infections.

The Meadville Family YMCA christens its brand new childcare facility in Linesville today with a ribbon cutting and an open house. The new location is at 401 South Mercer Street and the ribbon cutting ceremony takes place at noon with the open house scheduled for 6PM until 8PM. During the open house there will be some light refreshments and the head teachers will be on hand to answer questions and discuss enrollment. The facility opens to children on Monday the 20th. For more information you can contact Childcare Operations Director Stacie Hiott by calling (814)336-2196 or via email at stacie.ymca@zoominternet.net

The Pennsylvania Senate Intergovernmental Committee voted yesterday to subpoena the Department of State for documents related to the 2020 election and 2021 primaries. Among the information sought by the committee are public information like the names of registered voters and if they voted, but the committee also seeks more private information including driver’s license numbers, addresses, and Social Security Numbers. According to Committee Chair Christopher Dush this information is necessary because of people’s concerns about the validity of votes in the previous elections. Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro vowed to protect the sensitive personal information of commonwealth residents in the courts if he had too.

27 year old Daryl Gillespie has been arrested and charged with homicide in the death of Christina Ruhl-Farnsworth of Conneaut Lake. 23 year old Christina was found shot to death in her bedroom on Tuesday afternoon and the Pennsylvania State Police based in Meadville connected her estranged husband Gillespie to the slaying. They allege he shot her early Tuesday morning and then went back to his home in Erie.

The Clarion Hospital Foundation has given its 2021 Doc Humphrey Clarion Hospital Service Award to Dr. Robert Luderer. The Doc Humphrey recognizes a community member, staff member, or hospital employee that exemplifies the mission of Clarion Hospital. Dr. Luderer has been practicing medicine since 1974 and specializes in Oncology; he was one of the most instrumental people in the creation of Clarion Hospital’s cancer ward. Dr. Luderer is described as a family oriented man, an outdoorsman, and a fixture of the community who has been named educator of the year multiple times.

A TikTok challenge has led to criminal charges for several students of Boyertown Area School District in Bucks County. Known as the “bathroom challenge”, it has students recording themselves stealing from and damaging school bathrooms. The district superintendent warns that criminal charges will continue to be filed against students who take part in the challenge.