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Muncy Creek Township woman drug from home, in stable condition

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A Muncy Creek Township woman is in stable condition after being attacked by a bear behind her home Wednesday evening. Melinda Lebarron was home alone when she stepped out back to have a cigarette and let her dog out yesterday evening, according to Lucinda Yoder, Lebarron’s sister-in-law. ...

Williamsport approves budget with tax hike

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City Council adopted $27.2 million 2019 budget Thursday with a tax increase of 0.75-mills. It then set a tax rate of 15.47 mills, meaning a homeowner with a property assessed at $100,000 will be paying $1,547 a year in real estate tax, Council President Jonathan Williamson said. The ...

Lycoming County Golf course and commission pick see contention

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The Lycoming County commissioners addressed two issues of contention Thursday, first approving a three-year contract renewal with Billy Casper Golf for the White Deer Golf Complex then hearing further commentary on the Planning Commission appointment made last week, which is seen by some as a ...

No. 2 gas-producing state moves to curb air pollution

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HARRISBURG — Pennsylvania is aiming to curb air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions from its vast natural gas exploration fields, with the governor’s administration proposing new regulations Thursday even as the Trump administration moves to relax federal requirements. Gov. Tom Wolf’s ...

A diminishing road

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The Treasury annual interest expense will be greater than our defense budget in a year of two. Together, they will eventually absorb all income taxes, leaving nothing for the rest of government. This reality will never improve and will soon put the country out of business. Congress keeps ...

Shining an education light

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Your recent editorial on education funding correctly called for Pennsylvania to make higher priority of funding and supporting skills training through career and technical education. The state must do more to provide paths for students to industry-based credentials in their chosen careers. ...

Officials discuss upcoming pipeline at public forum

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BARBOURS — Pennsylvania General Energy Co.’s plans for a pipeline project in the Plunkett’s Creek area of Loyalsock Creek drew plenty of questions, but in many cases, not a lot of specific answers at a public meeting Wednesday night. The company officials, along with those representing ...

Woman in stable condition after bear attack

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A Muncy Creek Township woman is in stable condition after being attacked by a bear behind her home Wednesday evening. Melinda Lebarron was home alone when she stepped out back to have a cigarette and let her dog out yesterday evening, according to Lucinda Yoder, Lebarron's sister-in-law. ...

City budget: Bigger tax hike likely

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City Council may have to adjust the tax millage, cut expenses or a combination tonight, city officials told the Sun-Gazette. “I would not be surprised if the council adjusted millage and did some additional cuts and adjustments,” said an inside source at City Hall familiar with the ...

State senator seeks hike in stream cleaning

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State Sen. Gene Yaw, R-Loyalsock Township, met with local, municipal and state officials Wednesday to take a tour of areas known for flooding along Wallis Run Road and Route 87. During the tour, Yaw spoke about the importance of regular maintenance for waterways. “It’s a problem ...

Fentanyl most fatal drug in US

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NEW YORK (AP) — A bigger share of U.S. drug overdose deaths are being caused by methamphetamine, government health officials reported — but not as big as Fentanyl. The number of fatal overdoses involving meth more than tripled between 2011 and 2016, the Centers for Disease Control and ...

Victim in fatal Williamsport crash identified

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The name of the man who died in a two-vehicle collision at Maynard and West Third streets early Tuesday morning has been identified as Ronald Levine. Levine, 49, of 510 Cemetery St., was the driver of a Mazda car that collided with a River Valley Transit bus at 6 a.m., according to Lycoming ...

Hughesville tax rate remains unchanged with new budget

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HUGHESVILLE — Borough homeowners will go into the new year enjoying no increase in borough taxes as council voted to keep the tax rate at 5 mills again for 2019. The balanced budget of $968,049 was passed by council at a previous meeting, according to Gail Kocher, borough office manager. ...

Parking Authority assures no rate change, new meters

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The Williamsport Parking Authority assures there will be no rate changes in the coming year, although there will be new meters. Authority members approved Wednesday a motion to forgo a short-term loan with M&T Bank to take possession of new parking meters, including the software and ...

Both parties created mess

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So, another letter berating the voting mess in Florida. But let us be honest here, if the Democrats had won those two contentious races in Florida, Republicans would be screaming voter fraud. Heck, when they win they still claim voter fraud because they did not win the popular vote! While local ...

The cost of corrupt government

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I sat in the hospital for months watching President Obama promise I could keep my doctor and insurance plan. Over three dozen times he promised the public and said, "if you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor, period". Thank God I knew he could not be trusted. I really considered ...

Community members rebuke planning seat appointment

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Community members from across Lycoming County filled the commissioners board room in Executive Plaza Tuesday, pleading for the commissioners to reconsider a decision made last week to appoint Joseph L. Reighard to the planning commission in place of Linda Sosniak. Sosniak, the Democratic ...

1 person killed in morning crash with transit bus

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One person was killed when a vehicle collided with a bus early Tuesday morning in Williamsport. The driver of a Mazda car, who was not identified by police, was pronounced dead at the scene. The crash occurred at Maynard and West Third streets at about 6 a.m. Police said the Mazda was ...

Pipeline project open house draws some dissent

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A proposed pipeline expansion in Lycoming County received a less-than enthusiastic reception from at least two people attending a public open house session Tuesday night in Hughesville. The Leidy South Project will increase the capacity for existing right-of-way lines carrying natural gas ...