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President Donald Trump gives a thumbs up as he walks with Vice President Mike Pence as he departs Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017. Trump urged House Republicans Thursday to approve a near $1.5 trillion tax overhaul as the party prepared to drive the measure through the House. Across the Capitol, Democrats pointed to new numbers showing the Senate version of the plan would boost taxes on lower and middle-income Americans.  (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

House OKs GOP tax bill; Senate fate less clear

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WASHINGTON — Republicans rammed a $1.5 trillion overhaul of business and personal income taxes through the House Thursday, edging toward the code’s biggest rewrite in three decades and the first major legislative triumph for President Donald Trump and the GOP after 10 bumpy months of ...

12 people charged with variety of crimes

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Twelve people have been charged with various criminal offenses, according to court records. Those who were charged and the police departments involved: • Cody Ryan Farley, 29, of 16535 Route 44, Allenwood; state police; false imprisonment, terroristic threats, simple assault and harassment ...

The Lycoming County Commissioners Richard Mirabito, left,  Jack McKernan, center, and Tony Mussare, right, hold the commissioners' meeting Thursday morning in the city. 
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County redirects $1 million to authority’s water project

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The Lycoming County commissioners approved an amendment to an agreement Thursday with West Branch Regional Authority, allowing the authority to redirect the $1 million remaining from the Route 15 Corridor Sanitary Sewer project. The authority originally dedicated $2 million of county funds ...

20 motorists to face DUI charges in county court

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Twenty motorists have been charged with driving under the influence of intoxicants or controlled substances. Those charged and the police departments involved were: • David M. Miller, 57, of 400 N. Washington St., Montoursville; Montoursville police following a crash in the 500 block of ...

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: WEDNESDAY 1:11 a.m., theft, 16500 block of South Route 44, Washington Township. 1:18 a.m., disorderly conduct, 700 block of High Street, Williamsport. 2:07 ...

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A van with a parking ticket on the window sits in a no-parking zone in front of the Old Corner restaurant on Court Street with a Miller Lite delivery truck parked behind it.

Illegal loading area parking a problem in city business district

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The loading and unloading signs in the city Central Business District are going to be reviewed because of numerous violators, city officials said. The Williamsport Parking Authority listened to perspectives from enforcement officers who see individuals parking in unauthorized zones, causing ...

Williamsport Area School District hires new business administrator

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Effective July 1, 2018, the Williamsport Area School District will have a new business administrator. Wanda M. Erb will receive a yearly salary of $125,000, the board decided this week. Currently the business manager for the Northern Tioga School District, Erb will take over for Jeffrey ...

Keystone pipeline leaks 210K gallons of oil in South Dakota

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AMHERST, S.D. (AP) — TransCanada Corp.’s Keystone pipeline leaked an estimated 210,000 gallons of oil onto agricultural land in northeastern South Dakota, the company and state regulators said Thursday, but state officials don’t believe the leak polluted any surface water bodies or ...

Muncy council approves new member, postpones casino opt-out vote

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MUNCY — The Muncy Borough Council appointed resident Bill Burns to fill a vacancy on the council left by the resignation of Tillie Noviello last month. Burns will serve until the next municipal election which is in two years. Burns’ first action as a council member was joining the others ...

Montoursville, county get grant for roadwork

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More than $500,000 in state grant money is coming to local municipalities for road improvements. Dollars from the Commonwealth Financing Authority’s Multimodal Transportation Fund Program include $402,500 to Montoursville for Mill Street upgrades. “It’s good news,” Montoursville ...

State official tells Chamber environment attracts business ventures

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During a three-day trip to the county, Patrick McDonnell, secretary of the state Department of Environmental Protection, spoke to the Williamsport/Lycoming Chamber of Commerce about the intricate relationship between economic development and the environment. The relationship is often ...

Gas drilling company continues efforts after spill

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Remediation efforts continued Thursday in response to an overflow of treated and filtered brine water at Inflection’s TLC well site in Eldred Township, according to an update released by the company. Continuous monitoring is showing that conductivity levels are decreasing in a nearby ...

Board discusses app to use digital libraries

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The James V. Brown Library board of trustees discussed digital libraries through the use of Libby by Overdrive, an app available on most electronic devices that allows patrons to borrow books online, during its meeting on Thursday. Sue Mayshock, audiovisual librarian, said that the library is ...

Reality check

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A recent letter writer stated, that on the basis of conversations with "several people from Great Britain, Canada, Israel. Spain. etc.," the politicians they disliked and distrusted the most were none other than President Obama and Hillary Clinton". Unfortunately, a handful of people does not ...

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Grandmother celebrates 94 years with leap from plane

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Eila Campbell, of Williamsport, has dreamed about skydiving for the past 20 years of her life — so she celebrated her 94th birthday by jumping out of a plane thousands of feet above the Poconos. “I told my kids this year, ‘This is the time. I’ve got to do it because I might not be ...

20 face drug charges

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Twenty people have been charged with various drug offenses, according to court records. Those charged and the police departments involved were: • Joseph Andrew Weaver, 27, of 1345 Catherine St.; city police; possession with intent to deliver 193 bags of heroin and receiving stolen property ...

Campana’s budget holds line on taxes

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Mayor Gabriel J. Camapana and his administration Wednesday morning in City Hall presented a proposed budget of $23.6 million that does not include a property tax increase. “We have good news for Williamsport taxpayers,” Campana said of the proposed department requests. The spending plan ...

3 face charges in Tioga County

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TIOGA — Three people either have appeared or will appear before district judges to face various charges in Tioga County. They are: • Emerald Seing, 20, 125 Clinton St., Mansfield, faces charges of possession with intent to deliver marijuana, possession of a small amount of marijuana and ...

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Authorities said Tuesday a gas pad spilled flowback fluid into the above creek.

Fracking spill due to contractor error, cleanup now underway

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The investigation into the accidental spill of fracking fluid into a tributary of Loyalsock Creek continued with state agency and non-profit involvement Wednesday. Inflection Energy LLC, the natural gas company on Yeagle Road, confirmed Wednesday that a contractor on its well pad in Eldred ...

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: TUESDAY 12:52 a.m., burglary, 500 block of East Third Street, Williamsport. 1:22 a.m., fight, 600 block of Center Street, Williamsport. 5:56 a.m., ...