Local News | October 4, 2016

Local News | October 4, 2016

Local News | October 4, 2016

The Mifflin County School District is transitioning to a new reporting system this year for students in kindergarten through third grade, according to a Mifflin County School District press release.

The goal of the new reporting system is to provide parents with specific academic feedback about their child.

The new program is called “Curriculum Based Grading”, and will have teachers produce report cards four times per year that include sub-skills in each content area.

These sub-skills are year-long learning targets children are expected to perform at a given grade level.

Instead of a parent seeing, “math” they may see “Ability to use four basic math functions to solve problems.”

The new system of reporting will allow students to experience growth and not get penalized for it.

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In Pennsylvania, the last day to register is Oct. 11 however, there are many ways to go about being eligible to vote.

In order to vote in Pennsylvania, you must be a U.S. citizen for at least one month before the next election, a resident of Pennsylvania and at least 18 years of age.

In Pennsylvania you can register to vote online, in person at the local county voter registration office or by mail.

If registering online, visit www.votespa.com and have a driver’s license or Pennsylvania Department of Transportation ID card available. There are other options for those who do not have either.

Mifflin County residents who would like to register in person can go between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday to the courthouse, to have registration material sent to a residential address.

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The Juniata County Food Pantry will hold a distribution of food and other groceries from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct.15 at McCoysville Presbyterian Church, between Route 35 and Route 75 south.

The distribution is for families who live at the East Waterford end of Juniata County.

To be eligible for the distribution, families must live in Juniata County and meet certain income guidelines.

Families must contact the food pantry ahead of time if they wish to attend this distribution.

For more information about eligibility, please contact the Juniata County Food Pantry at 436-9718.

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The new state budget sets a 40 percent tax on the wholesale price of e cigarettes and vaping products, and that’s already on top of the six percent sales tax business owners already pay.

Lawmakers are trying to balance the state’s budget, so they jacked up the price of cigarettes by one dollar per pack.

House Bill 2342 would replace that tax with a 5 cent-per-milliliter retail tax on the vapor liquid only. Lawmakers said it would help more than 350 businesses across the state.

Smaller businesses have a harder time to stay open due to the tax increase and industry advocates said you can’t collect taxes if most vape shops close.

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Tonight the Vice President debate between Republican nominee Mike Pence and Democratic rival Tim Kaine starts at 9pm at Longwood University in Farmville, Virginia.

This is the only time the vice presidential candidates will go head-to-head in the 2016 president cycle.

The debate will end at 10:30 with no commercial breaks and will be on all major TV networks including ABC, CBS, Fox and NBC as well as C-SPAN, CNN, and MSNBC.

For those who do not have cable, you can stream the debate on twitter, YouTube, Buzzfeed and Yahoo.

The next presidential debate between Donald Trump and Hilary Clinton on Sunday Oct 9 at Washington University in St. Louis.

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