Today marks the 75th anniversary of the D-Day invasion of Normandy during World War II. The allied invasion, codenamed “Operation Overlord,” began on June 6th, 1944, when more than 156,000 (156,115) American, British and Canadian forces landed on five beaches along a 50-mile stretch of the heavily fortified Atlantic Wall of France’s Normandy region. The invasion was the largest amphibious military assault in history and resulted in the Allied liberation of Western Europe from Nazi Germany’s control. By the following spring, the Allies had defeated the Germans, and victory in Europe was achieved.
Work to replace a Mifflin County bridge will begin today (Thursday, June 6th). The bridge spans Kish Creek on South Main Street (Route 3001) in the Borough of Lewistown. Northbound traffic will follow a detour using West Charles Street (Route 3002) to Route 22 to West Market Street (Route 1005) before reconnecting with South Main (Route 3001). Southbound traffic will use East Water Street to South Dorcas Street to East Charles Street (Route 3002) before reconnecting. A pedestrian detour using East Water Street to South Dorcas Street and the Riverwalk will also be in place. PennDOT reminds drivers to use caution in work zones and obey posted speed limits.
South Hills School of Business & Technology has announced plans to close its Lewistown Campus at the end of August. The Board of Directors cited financial challenges due to changes in demographics and operational costs in recent years. The Lewistown Campus has seen a decline in enrollment that has made the cost of operations unsustainable. South Hills will continue to serve the people and businesses of the region through campuses in State College and Altoona.