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Here’s the Early Edition for Wednesday, January 12, 2022. 

Warmer weather on tap today

Tuesday was the coldest winter day in Lancaster County so far, recording a temperature of 16 degrees at the Lancaster Airport. 

Temperatures will rise back into the 40s today and tomorrow beofre more sub-freezing temps are expected later this week, according to the National Weather Service in State College. 

Today will be mostly sunny with a high near 41 and a light wind. Thursday and Friday will be similar, with temps in the mid- to low-40s. 

Click here for the seven day forecast. 

COVID-19 skyrockets death rate in Lancaster County

Deaths in Lancaster County residents jumped 19% in 2020, increasing another 9% higher in 2021, compared to 2019, according to data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 

COVID flags - reuse 1/12/22

2,155 flags stood around a sign that that says "215,00+ WE Honor" on Oregon Pike just south of Creek Road in Manheim Township to commemorate the Americans who had died of COVID-19 as of Oct, 20, 2020. As of Jan. 11, 2022, more than 835,000 Americans have died of COVID-19, including close to 1,500 Lancaster County residents.

A total of about 6,070 county residents died in 2020, a significant increase from the average death rate in 2015-2019. 

In 2021, of the more than 5,570 residents who died 700 died due to COVID-19, following a nationwide trend that has seen an increase in death rates due to the virus. 

Click here to read the full story. 

Lancaster city names interim fire chief

Lancaster city announced on Tuesday a new interim fire chief to lead the bureau after Scott Little announced his departure last month. 

Todd Hutchinson, a Lancaster County native with 25 years of experience in county fire and emergency services, will lead the 76-member department. 

Little's final day as chief will be Friday. 

Click here to read the full story. 

Close calls on the court

Lebanon boys basketball skimmed past McCaskey Tuesday night in a L-L League crossover, moving to 8-2 overall and remaining undefeated in the league. 

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Lebanon's Marquis Ferreira (23) knocks down a 3-point shot against Warwick during first-half action of an L-L League Section 2 boys basketball game at Lebanon High School in Lebanon on Tuesday, Jan. 4, 2022.

"It was kind of a grind," Lebanon coach Tim Speraw said, "which is kind of what our games turn into a lot." 

Click here to read more about the game. 

In girls basketball, Lebanon make a comeback to take the win from McCaskey, 58-53. 

It was the second big comeback in a row for the Cedars, who rallied from a 14-point deficit just 24 hours prior. 

Click here to read the full story, along with other notable performances from the league. 

3 pups with local ties heading to Puppy Bowl

Three puppies from a rescue organization that coordinates pet adoptions with Lancaster businesses will be in this year's 2022 Puppy Bowl. 


Noir is one of three dogs that will be sent to the 2022 Puppy Bowl. 

The dogs, named Thelma, Patsy and Noir, will join 100 other puppies for the showcase event, which will air on Animal Planet on Feb. 13. 

The Puppy Bowl is meant to showcase adoptable dogs and celebrate those who take care of them. 

Click here to read the full story.

A look around the Pennsylvania Farm Show on Tuesday

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ICYMI: Former coach of Matt Nagy reflects on his firing from Chicago Bears

Matt Nagy, a Manheim Central High School grad, was named NFL Coach of the Year four years ago in his first season as head coach. 

Bears Firings Football

FILE - Chicago Bears head coach Matt Nagy walks the sideline during the first half of an NFL football game against the New York Giants Sunday, Jan. 2, 2022, in Chicago. The Chicago Bears decided to make sweeping changes and fired general manager Ryan Pace and coach Matt Nagy on Monday, hoping new leadership in the front office and on the sideline will lift a struggling franchise.

Monday, he was fired from the helm of the Chicago Bears (6-11) following a loss to the Minnesota Vikings. 

“It’s a tough gig, being a pro coach,’’ Mike Williams, who coached Nagy at Manheim Central and still speaks with him often, said Monday. “The media out there really destroyed him. With the media and fans against him at this point, it would have been tough to continue.’’

Click here to read the full story. 

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

- Maytown man set multiple fires outside Lancaster city home, sped away from cops twice: police

- Popular shrub, tree found locally to be banned

- Penn Township woman defrauded thousands of dollars from brides in wedding services scheme: police