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Locals take on care of community garden

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A community garden project for local residents of a low income housing community was officially opened Thursday night. Spearheaded by local non-profit Our Towns 2010 and supported by Heart of Williamsport, the Second Street Community Garden Project is meant to help provide sustainable food to ...

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Woman who crashed car used 2 bags of heroin

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PHOTO PROVIDED A Trout Run woman driving this car admitted that she “used two bags of heroin” minutes before she crashed into a guardrail in the 7500 block of Route 15 in Lycoming Township about noon Thursday, according to Old Lycoming Township Police Chief Joseph Hope. The woman’s ...

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At left, local heart transplant recipient Curtis Abplanalp and his wife, Jeannie, kneel in front of their ATV with framed artwork of his donor, Craig MacLaren. Due to their shared interest in ATVs, Abplanalp said he keeps a picture of MacLaren with him whenever he rides. Above, Abplanalp celebrates the 10th anniversary of his transplant by raising a donor flag in Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hospital’s Gift of Life “Donate Challenge” kickoff promoting awareness of organ donation.

Heart recipient celebrates 10th anniversary of transplant

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ELLSBORO — Curtis Abplanalp, of Wellsboro, has been thriving with someone else’s heart for the past 10 years. To celebrate the anniversary of his transplant, Abplanalp joined a 5K Run/Walk and raised the donor flag in the Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hospital’s recent Gift of Life ...

Pa. Senate approves higher taxes to balance budget

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HARRISBURG — The Pennsylvania Senate on Thursday approved a plan to eliminate a $2.2 billion budget deficit that includes heavy borrowing and hundreds of millions of dollars in tax increases, including on Marcellus Shale gas drilling, consumers’ utility bills and online purchases. Floor ...

8 people charged with drug crimes

Police, Fire & Court

Eight people have been charged with various drug offenses, according to court records. Those charged and the police departments involved were: • Lexus Ann Wood, 29, of Woodhall, New York; city police; possession with intent to deliver 10 bags of fentanyl and related offenses in the 1900 ...

Rift between House, Senate GOP rocks legislation

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WASHINGTON — An effort by Speaker Paul Ryan to mend a dispute between House and Senate Republicans over the party’s drive to repeal the Obama health care law is receiving mixed reviews from a group of GOP senators, leaving party leaders’ hopes for pushing an initial measure through the ...

17 people sentenced in Lycoming County Court

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Seventeen individuals recently were sentenced at the Lycoming County Courthouse, according to court documents. Ten were sentenced to county prison. They are: • Tyhir Khalil Waters, 21, 1509 Memorial Ave., 30 days to 12 months with credit for time served and 50 hours of community service ...

Scaramucci threats, insults inflame fierce WH fight

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WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump’s new communications director exploded the smoldering tensions at the White House into a full-fledged conflagration Thursday, angrily daring Trump’s chief of staff to deny he’s a “leaker” and exposing West Wing backstabbing in language more ...

9 charged with DUI

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Nine motorists have been charged with driving under the influence of intoxicants or controlled substances, according to court records. Those charged and the police departments involved were: • Lynda Diane Clarkson, 58, of 6 Hess Drive, Hughesville; Hughesville police following a crash in ...

Salary board approves roster for DUI checkpoints, roving patrols

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The Lycoming County Salary Board, comprised of the county commissioners, District Attorney Eric Linhardt and others, approved an updated roster for DUI checkpoints and roving patrols throughout the county for the period of July 1 through Dec. 31, 2018, at the commissioners’ meeting ...

Mayor accused of selling favors says he’s not guilty

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PHILADELPHIA — The mayor of Pennsylvania’s third-largest city pleaded not guilty Thursday to federal corruption charges that officials likened to putting a for-sale sign on his office while promising political favors to deep-pocketed donors. Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski denied ...

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Local music group finds a place in community

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Dave Brumbaugh, founder of the Uptown Music Collective, spoke to Kiwanis Club members on Thursday about the collective’s place in the community. Brumbaugh explained how the students of the collective learn as they take lessons and perform, and what led up to the founding of the collective, ...

3 kayakers charged, DUI

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The state Fish and Boat Commission has charged three sepatate kayakers with operating a watercraft while under the influence of alcohol or a controlled substance on Pine Creek, according to court records. • Thaddeus Jon Lauer, 48, of 1893 Nices Hollow Road, Jersey Shore; in Watson Township ...

Early holiday spirit to be shared

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It’s five months from the winter holiday season, but Basin Street Shopping Plaza will light up with the spirit of Christmas in July on Saturday with the city’s inaugural celebration event. With the future plans of an East Third Street/Old City Gateway Revitalization in place, organizers ...

Countywide police activities

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Following are complaints handled by police agencies in Lycoming County, as provided by the county Emergency Communications Center: THURSDAY 12:43 a.m., theft, 700 block of High Street, Williamsport. 1:19 a.m., disturbance, 1600 block of Andrews Place, Williamsport. 1:32 a.m., ...

Council members debate purchase of opera house

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MUNCY — Six members of Muncy Borough Council held a special meeting Thursday night to discuss information in order to make an informed decision on whether the borough should take ownership of the Mozley’s Opera House. At their May meeting, borough council voted to table action on the ...

Work approved to install cameras at housing site

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The Lycoming County Housing Authority Board approved STS 007, LLC, of Bucks County, for work to install security cameras at the Michael Ross housing development during its regular meeting Thursday. The bid of $46,000 from STS was the lone one submitted for the 46-camera system that will ...

Why?

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We shake our heads and ask our reps Yaw, Wheeland and Everett why they voted yes for a referendum that is actually a worthless distraction that accomplishes nothing and only delays true school property tax elimination. How can anyone believe that this will solve our property tax problem. ...

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Investigators have ruled that Tuesday’s fire at the UPMC Susquehanna Williamsport Regional Medical Center was caused when a female patient’s hospital gown caught fire moments after the woman lit a lighter in her sixth-floor room. She was reported in critical condition in a burn unit on Wednesday.

Chief: Oxygen tank ‘may have played a role’ in hospital fire

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The fire that critically burned a patient at the UPMC Susquehanna Williamsport Regional Medical Center on Tuesday afternoon was caused when the patient’s clothes caught fire as she stood up and apparently lit a lighter she had in her hand, according to city fire and police ...