Ron Southwick,

Ron Southwick

East Cocalico Township, PA, United States

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Past articles by Ron:

Pa. lawmakers push again to change probation system, but can they get it done?

Many say too many stay on probation for too long, depriving people of second chances and wasting taxpayer money. But critics say legislation to fix the system misses the mark. → Read More

Nearly half of Pa. school principals surveyed said they’ve been threatened over mask order

Across the nation, school administrators and board members said they've been dealing with threats and harassment. → Read More

Pa. Sen. Pat Toomey questions legality of President Biden’s mandates on COVID-19 vaccine

The Republican senator said he encourages everyone to get vaccinated but said imposing an order on larger companies may not be legal. Biden is moving for all companies with more than 100 workers to require vaccinations or regular testing for the virus. → Read More

More than 2,000 in hospitals across Pa. due to COVID-19

The number of hospitalizations has been climbing. In the middle of July, less than 300 with the coronavirus were treated in hospitals. → Read More

More than 9,000 new COVID-19 cases reported in Pa. over the weekend

Statewide, 1,800 coronavirus patients are being treated in hospitals. Nearly every county is seeing high spread of the virus. → Read More

Wegmans is now asking all customers to wear masks

The grocery chain also says it's requiring employees to wear face masks. → Read More

Pa. Turnpike approves toll increase for 2022

Drivers on the toll road have seen annual increases for years. → Read More

Pa. Gov. Tom Wolf vetoes election overhaul bill with voter ID requirement

As he said he would, the governor rejected the legislation that would have required voter ID at the polls. → Read More

Pa. businesses can still require masks, even under new federal guidance

While Pennsylvania is following the federal government's relaxed policy, businesses can still tell customers to wear masks, the state's acting health secretary says. → Read More

Pa. raises capacity for indoor, outdoor events beginning May 17

The governor announced indoor events can go up to 50% while outdoor events can have up to 75% of capacity. → Read More

Pa. changes COVID-19 guidance for schools

Gov. Tom Wolf's administration said it is following federal guidelines and will now allow for shorter distances between desks. Schools can also reopen more quickly as cases are found. → Read More

Dr. Rachel Levine says she’s ‘humbled to be the first’

Levine became the first openly transgender federal official to be confirmed by the U.S. Senate. She thanked those who paved the way. → Read More

Pa. Gov. Tom Wolf signs another extension of COVID-19 disaster declaration

The renewal will last until the day after the May primary, when voters will decide if the governor's emergency powers should be curbed or maintained. → Read More

Pa. Sen. Pat Toomey explains why he voted to find Trump guilty in impeachment trial

Both Toomey and Democratic Sen. Bob Casey Jr. voted to convict Trump. Toomey was one of seven Republicans to find Trump guilty, though the former president was ultimately acquitted. → Read More

Gov. Wolf says he’s nominating Alison Beam as new Pa. Health Secretary

Beam serves as the governor's deputy chief of staff. If confirmed by lawmakers, Beam will succeed Dr. Rachel Levine, who has been nominated for a key role in President Joe Biden's administration. → Read More

Biden inauguration: Pa. officials offer praise and pledge to work together, when possible

A native of Scranton, Pa., Joe Biden takes office as America's 46th president. Democratic lawmakers projected hope and optimism, while Republicans said they would collaborate but won't compromise. → Read More

Gov. Tom Wolf says 450 Pa. National Guard members put on active duty

The guard members will be positioned around Pennsylvania as the state bolsters security to avoid any repeats of the violence in the U.S. Capitol last week. → Read More

Why Sen. Pat Toomey says he won’t support $2,000 COVID-19 relief checks

The Pennsylvania Republican senator said he doesn't think it's sound financial policy. U.S. Sen. Bob Casey Jr. has supported bigger relief checks. → Read More

COVID-19 restrictions on Pa. restaurants, other businesses will be lifted Jan. 4

The suspension of indoor dining at restaurants and other temporary limits on businesses will expire. → Read More

Biden takes lead over Trump in Pa., vote count continues in Election 2020

Biden leads by about 5,600 votes, as Pennsylvania could determine who wins the White House. → Read More