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Let it snow

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Above, snow dots the landscape seen looking south over Route 220 from Wrights View near Sonestown on Tuesday morning after the area’s first snowfall of the season.

9 people charged with various crimes

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Nine people have been charged with various criminal offenses, according to court records. Those charged and the law enforcement agencies involved were: • Dareesha Brooks-Alston, 30, of 815 W. Fourth St.; city police; multiple counts of access device fraud for allegedly making 12 attempts to ...

Jersey Shore takes step toward $445K bridge replacement

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JERSEY SHORE — Borough council Monday night approved a memorandum of understanding with Lycoming County to become part of the local bridge bundling program. The agreement opens the way to tap the bundling fund to pay for the $445,000 Wilson Street Bridge replacement project. About ...

Defending Science

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They call me a science denier. That’s ironic considering that most of the people saying that are scientifically illiterate. Their view of science is much like what they claim is the Christian view of God. They worship science because someone told them to believe. They have no first-hand ...

Lawsuit: Staff ignored, ridiculed sick inmate

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HARRISBURG (AP) — The family of a sick inmate who died inside a rural jail two years ago claims guards and medical professionals ignored and even ridiculed his medical distress while they documented his agony the last two weeks of his life. A federal lawsuit filed Friday by the mother of ...

Commissioners talk taxes, lost revenues

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Lycoming County has 51,993 taxable parcels with an assessed value of more than $5.7 billion. Of the parcels, 2,016 are tax exempt with an assessed value of about $1 billion, according to figures released at Tuesday’s county commissioners meeting. With next year’s county tax rolls up for ...

Business manager recommends staying within tax index

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JERSEY SHORE —In his report to the board on the preliminary 2020-21 budget, Ben Enders, business manager, recommended the board stay within the Act 1 index, which has been set at 3.6 percent, when considering real estate tax rates for next year. The index for the current fiscal year is 3.2 ...

WAHS hires secondary curriculum supervisor at salary of $107K

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Dr. Charles F. Greevy IV was approved by the Williamsport Area School board as the district’s new secondary curriculum supervisor at a salary of about $107,000 Tuesday night. He replaces Dr. Bernadette Boerckel who resigned from the position in September. Greevy comes to the district ...

Supervisors set for budget work session

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Old Lycoming Township supervisors said Tuesday during their meeting they are preparing to hold a budget work session at 9:30 a.m. Thursday at the township building at 1951 Green Ave. The meeting will be the first time the public can listen and hear about the proposed 2020 general fund budget, ...

Bids, other business on Thursday’s agenda

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Lycoming County Commissioners are expected to act on personnel, bids, service contracts and other business at their Thursday meeting. They were presented Tuesday with personnel to be hired or promoted to various county positions in the Department of Public Services, Resource Management ...

Group honors veterans’ sacrifice in Montoursville

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Well before the rifle salute and the playing of “Taps” and Arno Vosk had closed the event with his bagpipes rendition of “Amazing Grace,” a decided feeling of solemnity surrounded the Veterans Day ceremony held under gray November skies at the Montoursville Cemetery. A state ...

Fire prompts city factory to evacuate

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All employees at Lycoming Engines at High and Oliver streets in the city were safely evacuated when a deburring machine caught fire on the first floor about 10 a.m. Monday, city Deputy Chief Dave Dymeck said. The fire activated a sprinkler that helped contain it, Dymeck said, adding that ...

China aims to build its own Yellowstone on Tibetan plateau

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XINING, China (AP) — There’s a building boom on the Tibetan plateau, one of the world’s last remote places. Mountains long crowned by garlands of fluttering prayer flags — a traditional landscape blessing — are newly topped with sprawling steel power lines. At night, the ...

South Side passes budget with no increase in tax rate

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South Williamsport Borough Council approved a no-tax-increase budget Monday night. The borough adopted a 2020 budget of $2.4 million. The tax rate is 4.48 mills for general purposes and 0.64 mills for fire protection service, for a total of 5.12 mills, said Steven W. Cappelli, borough ...

Board reports decrease in prisoner numbers

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For the fourth straight month, the number of Lycoming County jail and Pre-Release Center inmates showed a decrease, according to latest figures reported at Friday’s prison board meeting. Between the months of September and October, the average daily population for male and female prisoners ...

Using nature to celebrate the season

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Last week Mary Alice and I went on a scavenger hunt for items in nature to decorate a Christmas tree. We were fortunate to find many different items, including bittersweet. Many years ago, I saw bittersweet growing along the roadside and stopped to cut a few vines for Mary Alice, thinking ...

Tie on vote to close Jersey Shore schools stalls decision

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JERSEY SHORE — The Jersey Shore Area School Board ended its Monday meeting with a tied vote on a motion to close Avis and Salladasburg elementary schools and reconfigure the grades. The vote was 4-4. On the agenda were six options, but only one made it to the floor, only to be voted down. ...

Disappointed

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Representative Fred Keller has so far been doing an exceptional job so far, with constituent outreach, a strong and sincere interest in keeping Pennsylvanians in his district informed, and seems to be working hard in Congress on issues of interest to residents of this district. I was ...

Accidental death reported at World’s End State Park

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There was a report of an accidental death at World’s End State Park, in Forksville Township, at about 8 a.m. Sunday. State Trooper Weaver, working out of Laporte, received the call and is investigating the death at the park. According to a public release, it was a hiker, 17, of Philadelphia, ...

Collapse of Berlin Wall signaled end to the Cold War

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Perhaps no event symbolizes the end of the Cold War more significantly than that of the collapse of the Berlin Wall 30 years ago. On Nov. 9, 1989, a tidal wave of East Germans poured across the West Berlin border separating them from their West German neighbors when travel restrictions ...