PHILIPSBURG — Back in 2015, a dirt BMX pump track was constructed at the 13th Street/Slabtown playground with the help of some local residents and the company Dirtsculpt. Four years later, Dirtsculpt returned to Philipsburg to pave the track.

CHICAGO - There's an acute need for another starter on the Yankees, but that hasn't stopped them from adding more offensive firepower. Slugger Edwin Encarnacion is heading to the Yankees via trade from the Seattle Mariners, as first reported by ESPN's Jeff Passan. A former three-time All-Star, the right-handed hitting Encarnacion, 36, is currently leading the AL with 21 home runs and is ...

PUERTO MALDONADO, Peru - For more than a decade, authorities turned a blind eye to the sprawling illegal gold mine in southeastern Peru that had become a national embarrassment but fueled the local economy. The area, known as La Pampa, stretches across 40 square miles of what used to be old-growth Amazon forest. Now it's a desertlike wasteland, gouged with toxic mud pits. It's a place where ...

CHARLESTON, S.C. - Four Democrats hoping to be their party's presidential nominee in 2020 promised at a forum Saturday to improve the economic status of blacks, while also defending themselves against criticism they aren't doing enough to win over black voters, the South Carolina Democratic Party's largest voting bloc. Mayor Pete Buttigieg of South Bend, Ind., told reporters in Charleston that ...

GUATEMALA CITY - Guatemalan voters go to the polls Sunday to elect a new president and other lawmakers in this former Cold War battleground that Washington now views through the prism of two key strategic concerns - U.S.-bound illicit immigration and drug trafficking. Sandra Torres, a former first lady who has denied allegations of illicit campaign funding from an unsuccessful 2015 ...

WASHINGTON - Whether it's an immigration deal with Mexico, a new base for U.S. soldiers in Poland or tariffs on Chinese imports, what's important to Donald Trump is that some other country will pay the bill. The U.S. president has repeatedly boasted this month that the costs of various agreements he's struck will either be born by foreigners or will be dramatically less expensive for taxpayers ...

PARIS - Ryann Torrero's journey to the Women's World Cup began in the back of an ambulance. After a short stint playing soccer in Switzerland and with a couple of second-division teams in the U.S., Torrero returned to Southern California three years ago to look for something better. The decision nearly cost her life. On a drive home from practice, a driver abruptly swerved in front of her, ...

TUSCARAWAS, Ohio - The driver of a semitrailer hauling Case Farm chickens fell asleep Friday morning causing his truck to overturn along eastbound U.S. Route 30 on the Pigeon Run bridge. According to the Ohio Highway Patrol, the man said he fell asleep and when he awoke the truck was veering off the roadway and into the guardrail and embankment. Crews were called to the scene about 5:30 Friday ...

BARTOW, Fla. - Two years ago, Christopher Paul stood at his father's graveside in Bartow's Wildwood Cemetery as Jerry Paul was laid to rest with full military honors. He walked away feeling comforted, he said, knowing that his father, a Vietnam veteran, was at peace. He didn't know it would be short-lived. A year later, Paul and his wife, Sara, learned that Jerry Paul had been buried in a ...

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - For the past few weeks, there has been talk in recruiting circles that Cliff Omoruyi - one of the few frontcourt prospects in the 2020 class with a Kentucky scholarship offer - might try to graduate from high school this summer and play college basketball next season. Omoruyi - a 6-foot-10 post player originally from Nigeria - told the Herald-Leader at NBPA Top 100 Camp ...

MERRILLVILLE, Ind. - The principal at Bailly Preparatory in Gary is facing termination over a "verbal conflict" with the mother of an autistic boy given a "most annoying" award at the school last month. Principal Carlita Royal is also cited for failing to prescreen the fifth grade student poll, with trophies given at an end-of-school ceremony at the Merrillville Golden Corral on May 23, ...

WASHINGTON - Pete Buttigieg said the way credit scoring is done in the U.S. is fraught with inequality and he's worried the process may get worse with systems based on artificial intelligence. Buttigieg, a Democratic presidential candidate, was responding to a black business owner who asked about the denial of capital to blacks during the Black Economic Alliance Forum held jointly with Black ...

CHICAGO - The death of Yovanny Jadiel Lopez, who lived seven weeks after he was cut from his mother's womb, was ruled a homicide, officials said. An autopsy Saturday revealed the baby died from lack of oxygen and blood to his brain, and a prolapse of the umbilical cord and placenta, due to a maternal assault and demise, according to the Cook County medical examiner's office. Yovanny's mother ...

LOS ANGELES - The Anthony Davis saga is over and the Lakers have their next superstar big man. The New Orleans Pelicans agreed Saturday to trade Anthony Davis to the Lakers, according to people with knowledge of the deal. The Lakers sent Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram and Josh Hart along with three first-round draft picks, including the No. 4 selection on June 20, to New Orleans to acquire Davis. ...

WASHINGTON - Sen. Ted Cruz, a conservative movement star, wants to team up with Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the rising star among Democratic ' progressives. It won't be easy. Cruz, a Texas Republican, offered on Twitter to join the New York Democrat on a "simple, clean" bill that would make birth control available for sale over the counter. Cruz has not elaborated on what a "simple, clean" ...

WASHINGTON - Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren shrugged off surveys showing her gaining support nationally and in California, an important early primary state, to place second behind front-runner Joe Biden. "It's way too early to talk about polls. What are we, eight months away from the first caucuses and primary elections?" the Massachusetts senator told reporters Saturday in ...

Crime and Courts

ROMULUS — A Newark man who bailed himself out of the Seneca County Jail with a bogus $100 bill now faces a felony charge after he was arrested again last week.

Business and Economy

SYRACUSE, N.Y. — Paul Reid, CEO of The Reid Group/Crosby’s, recently received the New York Association of Convenience Stores’ 2019 Carl Tripi Award at the association’s Chairman’s Banquet held May 16 in Syracuse.

    In continuing to bring our readers new and interesting information about your friends and neighbors, we are presenting our “What’s Your Story” series. This is a Q & A panel of 20 questions that we ask Randolph County Residents. The information is fun facts and good advice from them on various topics. We are interested in seeing what we can learn about our readers in 20 questions! Hope you enjoy!

PITTSBURGH — The average price of gasoline across Western Pennsylvania is eight cents cheaper this week at $2.925 per gallon, according to AAA East Central’s Gas Price Report.

READING — Tracing its roots to a handful of companies that illuminated downtown streetlights – from dusk until an hour after the saloons closed in some spots – the Pennsylvania Electric Company (Penelec), a FirstEnergy Corp. utility, marks its 100th anniversary on June 10.

Health Care

According to the Oxford Dictionary, a boundary is defined as “a line that marks the limits of an area.” In more straightforward terms, it’s the line you clearly draw so that others know not to cross it. Boundaries are essential to healthy relationships, whether that’s among friends, within the workplace or in a romantic partnership.

Root canals and comedy clubs. It’s true that one is significantly more pleasant than the other, but they share the same goal: To put a smile on your face. There is another commonality. Both are among the patient services at Brockport Smiles, a dental office with a fresh approach to patient care and oral health.

During this past winter, there seemed to be three types of weather in Bucks and Montgomery counties – cold, icy and snowy. Sometimes it was a combo platter. Cold mixed with snow. Cold mixed with ice. Cold mixed with snow and ice.