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1/19 First Edition: Weaver Nut Co. Closes Retail Store, Lancaster County Plans & More |

“Early Edition” is a guide to help you start your morning, get the news you need to know, and catch up on what you missed.

It is published Monday to Friday, between 6 a.m. and 7 a.m.

Here is the early edition of Wednesday, January 19, 2022.

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Snow forecast tonight, tomorrow

Today will be the hottest day of the week, with highs around 43.

Temperatures will drop into the 30s tonight and rain is expected after 8 p.m., according to the State College National Weather Service.

This rain will turn to snow overnight and continue through Thursday morning, ending before noon, NWS said.

Snowfall forecasts predict that Lancaster County will have between one and three inches of snowfall, according to hazardous weather forecasts released by the NWS.

“It’s a weak disturbance and a fast disturbance,” said Kyle Elliott, director of the weather information center at Millersville University. “So a change in its trajectory could mean the difference between a little snow and no snow at all.”

A larger storm is also expected this weekend.

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Weaver Nut Co. closes Clay Township retail store

Weaver Nut Co., a family-owned manufacturer and marketer of candy, chocolate, nuts and bulk foods, announced Monday that it will be closing its Clay Township retail store and e-commerce platform.

The company said it will continue to focus on wholesale and distribution facilities in Lebanon and will work to upgrade its site in Berks County.

Weaver Nut Company Fire the next day

Smoke and debris from the Weaver Nut Company warehouse in Clay Township photographed the morning after the fire, Thursday morning August 5, 2021. The fire destroyed the warehouse Wednesday evening, but no injuries were reported.

The decision comes months after a fire in August destroyed the company’s warehouse and damaged its retail store.

The retail store will close on February 14.

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Sports record

Columbia boys basketball still boasts a perfect 13-0 record.

Columbia vs. Lancaster Mennonite - LL League Men's Basketball

Columbia’s J’Von Collazo (2) drives between Lancaster Mennonite’s Savier Sumrall (5) and Jadyn Taylor (24) during the second half of an LL League Division five boys basketball game at Lancaster Mennonite School on Thursday, January 13, 2022.

J’Von Collazo had 31 points in Columbia’s Tuesday night win over Trinity, 75-64.

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Sportswriter Jeff Reinhart breaks down Tuesday night’s games and what’s next for women’s basketball in the LL League.

Close matches included Warwick’s 35-31 victory over McCaskey and Garden Spot’s narrow victory over North Lebanon, 46-43.

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Take a look at Tuesday night’s Lebanon-Hempfield game below.

White House soft launches COVID-19 test request website

The Biden administration quietly launched its website for COVID-19 home testing on Tuesday.

The website, COVIDTests.gov, went live a day ahead of the site’s scheduled official go-live date.

The website now includes a link for “every household in the United States” to access a U.S. Postal Service order form to order four home tests per household, The Associated Press reported Tuesday.

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Here’s what other people are reading this morning on LancasterOnline:

— Lancaster School District superintendent Damaris Rau to retire in July

– The cause of the fire that killed 2 people and destroyed the Fulton Township home on Monday is still unclear

— Efforts to ban books in Lancaster County school districts part of national trend