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REVIEWING GOVERNING: Home rule proponents tout its flexibility

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Introduced a bit late in the year, the home rule supporters in the city believe in less government oversight and more power given to the people. If voters choose, the government study commission looking at Home Rule Law could take up to 18 months and hold town halls, according to Alison D. ...

Muncy man struck by vehicle

Police, Fire & Court

A Muncy man is in serious condition after he was struck by oncoming traffic while crossing Lycoming Creek Road on Friday, police said. According to state police, Michael J. Irion, 37, was hit by a 2001 Chrysler PT Cruiser driven by Rebecca S. Woodring, 38, of Cogan Station, as he attempted ...

Altoona mayor sees home rule, manager as no power struggle

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The manager of Blair County’s largest city says the mix of home rule and working with council has helped her pay attention to daily duties as officials there work together to run efficient government and climb out of financial distress. “My council allows me the freedom to manage the ...

5 people charged with crimes

Police, Fire & Court

Five people have been charged with various crimes, according to court records. Those charged and the police departments involved were: • Tommy Hoffman, 18, of Lock Haven; Tiadaghton Valley Regional police; theft, receiving stolen property and criminal trespass for attempting to steal a ...

Jersey Shore approves new coach salaries

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JERSEY SHORE — The Jersey Shore Area School Board unanimously approved a new salary system including raises for athletic coaches during its meeting on Monday. The salary increases will be implemented over three years, starting in the year 2017-18 and finishing in 2019-20. Because it is ...

Middle Class downfall

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It is no mystery when you look at the overall progress of nations to see that a political entity, usually a nation, develops itself through the heard work of the middle class. Usually the middle class benefits the nation to such degree that it becomes self-sustaining and well off and then along ...

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Steve Hunter, author of "From The Command Car," a book about Sgt. Charles Libby's life, left, shares the cover of the second novel, "100 Years of Stories," with Libby, right, during the 100th birthday celebration of Libby, U.S. Army veteran who served in the 628th Tank Destroyer Battalion during World War II, at Nippenose Valley Village, Oval, on Sunday.

WWII Vet celebrates 100th birthday, 2nd book

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OVAL — Sgt. Charles Libby, a World War II Army veteran who served in the 628th Tank Destroyer Battalion attached to Gen. George S. Patton, celebrated his 100th birthday among family and friends at the Nippenose Valley Village senior living community on Sunday. Friends and family packed the ...

REVIEWING GOVERNING: Most candidates support giving voters choices

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(EDITOR’S NOTE: City voters will be asked this fall if they want a study done on the city’s form of government, and if they want to study the potential for home rule. The Sun-Gazette takes a closer look this week at the ballot questions in a special four-part series that continues ...

Buggy struck, 6 injured in hit and run with truck

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MONTGOMERY — State police are looking for the driver of a pickup truck that rear ended a horse drawn buggy carrying seven members of an Amish family on Route 54, just east of Route 15, Sunday night. A mother and father and their five children were in the buggy, which was destroyed ...

4 homeless after house fire in city

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Two families were evacuated from a double home, 630 Fifth Ave. after the attic caught fire Sunday. Cory Blee was in one half of the double home with a woman and three young children when he heard the fire alarm go off just after 5:30 p.m. “We were confused ... had absolutely no idea ...

Gunman opens fire in Nashville church; 1 dead, 7 wounded

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. — A masked gunman opened fire at a Nashville church Sunday, walking silently down the aisle as he shot unsuspecting congregants. At least one person was killed and seven others wounded, authorities said. An usher confronted the shooter, who apparently shot himself in the ...

SPCA’s roots in vet’s backyard

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The Lycoming County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals hasn’t always been located on Reach Road. In fact, the society’s path to current day was much more grassroots. In 1950, the society entered into a contract with Dr. Robert G. and Helen F. Little, allowing the ...

Funerals

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BACON — Beverly J. Bacon, Genesee, 11 a.m. today, Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses. WILLIAMS — Virginia F. Williams, city, 11 a.m. today, St. Joseph Worker Parish Annunication Church, 702 W. Fourth St., Williamsport. Visitation from 10 to 11 a.m. FRICK — Elva M. ...

From 1st SPCA to missing statue of local shelter’s 1st pres

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Peter Bellis, an AmeriCorp volunteer, spent his summer with the local SPCA and compiled the following information about its history: • The world’s first Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals began in London in 1824 and primarily dedicated itself to preventing the abuse of ...

School district approves construction

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(EDITOR’S NOTE: Each Monday, the Sun-Gazette summarizes major votes of the past week and, more specifically, how our locally elected and appointed officials voted on each matter. Watch for it each Monday in the Sun-Gazette.) From Staff Reports School District • The Williamsport Area ...

Cut state police funding

Letters

The state of confusion known as Pennsylvania has a deficit of around $2 billion. I remember reading that the Pennsylvania State Police inhales that much in funding. Stop funding them. It would make liberals happy since they believe we have too many police already. Conservatives would be ...

Teachers on strike

Letters

This letter is concerning about the teachers strike at the Abbington Heights school district. The school teachers are striking over higher wages and free health care. If the school teachers don’t like what their school board is offering, go find another profession. I pay over $80 a month ...

National Anthem

Letters

I just read the letter from Wayne Frye on the National Anthem. I agree 100 percent. Our National Anthem is the most beautiful anthem in the world. I love to hear it sung. The thing that irks me, and probably more people, and makes me mad is when it’s sung, is when whoever sings it adds a ...

What happened?

Letters

The title of Hillary’s new book is “What Happened”. There is a quick and simple answer: You lost. Charles Ardell South Williamsport

REVIEWING GOVERNING: Referendum questions needn’t be confusing

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Voters will have plenty to consider when they go to the polls Nov. 7, with two referendum questions and two sets of study commissioners to elect. Voters may decide whether to elect a panel of seven charter commissioners to study the city charter. If it does, the commission will take the ...