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Richard James, a member of the Beloved Community Council, relays some of his group’s ideas for breaking down divisive stereotypes both at a personal level and as a community.

Roundtable discussion asks people to listen

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The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. didn’t just want equality. He called for unity through understanding — to see the person beyond the skin color. The Beloved Community Council hosted a roundtable discussion Wednesday meant to expand on the idea of unity through understanding as part of ...

Commission: Survey will address best gov’t option

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A non-paid elected commission looking into the best form of government for Williamsport held a meeting Wednesday and came up with several questions for a survey. The seven-member city Charter Commission crafted the survey, which is to be taken by about 200-plus city employees, current and ...

Area fugitive nabbed near Blossburg

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A Blossburg man who was to be sentenced on charges of indecent assault and became a fugitive from justice was taken into custody by U.S. Marshals Service. Justing Gardner, 32, was arrested earlier this week without incident in the 500 block of Arnot Road in the borough in Tioga County. U.S. ...

WH involvement in Bannon testimony shows ‘privilege’ dispute

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WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump’s White House is relying on a sweeping interpretation of executive privilege that is rankling members of Congress on both sides of the aisle as current and former advisers parade to Capitol Hill for questioning about possible connections with ...

8 sentenced in Tioga County

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WELLSBORO — Eight individuals recently were sentenced in Tioga County Court. Sentenced to state prison was: • Tyrell M. Schmidt, 31, of Westfield, nine to 24 months for criminal trespass. Sentenced to County Prison were: • Chance Lee Gilbert, 21, of Lake Worth, Florida, for ...

Justices ponder throwing out state congressional map

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HARRISBURG — Pennsylvania’s highest court may soon decide how much partisan gerrymandering is too much, at least in terms of the state constitution. A challenge by Democratic voters to Pennsylvania’s Republican-crafted 2011 congressional district map landed before the state Supreme ...

Rival Koreas agree to form first unified Olympic team

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SEOUL, South Korea — The rival Koreas agreed Wednesday to form their first unified Olympic team and have their athletes parade together for the first time in 11 years during the opening ceremony of next month’s Winter Olympics in South Korea, officials said. The agreements still require ...

Ditch the nicknames

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I don't know why our president insists on using demeaning nicknames. Crooked hillary, Lyin' Ted, Crazy Bernie, Pocahontas, Little Marco, and now Dicky Durbin. I would have a lot more respect for President Ronald McDonald Trumpski if he stopped using demeaning nicknames. Jay D. ...

He does hear you

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My letter is in response to Michael Heyd's letter "Not What We Want." Mr. Heyd, have you ever thought that your opinion is in the minority? Or that Congressman Marino really does listen to you, but simply disagrees? I'm sure Congressman Marino's office receives hundreds of calls daily ...

Three things

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Three things that the president should do immediately: 1. Move the embassy in Libya to Benghazi. 2. Make Hillary the Secretary of State. 3. Make Tim Mannello the ambassador to Libya. If it doesn't work – What difference would it make? Ray Hartman Williamsport Submitted by ...

With just a little push

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Before I married my second wife she was living off the government or as people call it "Welfare" She was made to work for her money. Her son was in school, so the state made her work six hours a day to earn the money she received. She came home with sore hands from picking stones and when she ...

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Cyclists enjoy a ride on the Rails to Trails north of Waterville.

Citizens group suggests ways to attract tourists

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An organization dubbed the Lycoming County Tourism Coalition has drafted a vision statement full of suggestions for promoting tourism in the county, offering ideas in order to generate discussion about the best use of hotel occupancy tax dollars that are meant to go toward tourism ...

Slippery roads lead to numerous crashes

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A wet, but steady snowfall on Tuesday afternoon blanketed area roads with a slushy mess, making conditions very slippery and contributing to numerous accidents. One crash with injuries on Route 220 near Pennsdale forced the closing of a section of the two-lane road between Rabbittown Road to ...

County may aid police academy with Act 13 funds

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The Lycoming County commissioners are considering using impact fee money to help fund the Mansfield Police Academy, Commissioner Tony Mussare said on Tuesday. The academy has been the training grounds for many county residents over the years, but the county has never contributed to the ...

Man who supplied near-fatal opioid dose pleads guilty

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The supplier of a near-fatal dose of fentanyl pleaded guilty to a delivery charge and two other counts spanning three separate cases in Lycoming County Court Tuesday. Police initially thought the small batch that Raymond O. Kontz IV split with Emily Haller in September of 2015 was heroin. ...

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Local attorney stood up for the underdog

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Passionate, dedicated, hard-working — while those words might best describe Ron Travis by those who knew him, they only partially capture a picture of the late Williamsport attorney. All who knew Travis, known to some as “Lefty,” seem to agree he was a giant among his contemporaries ...