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Sunny days greet spring equinox as cold lingers

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Although temperatures are typically rising a degree every few days this time of year, the week’s expected highs are clocking in below average, according to the National Weather Service in State College. Today will remain mostly sunny, said forecaster Kevin Fitzgerald. “Although there ...

LEGISLATIVE TALLY: Bill passed to reduce state house members

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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.) Locally elected and appointed officials voted on the following ...

Majority left out of legislation

Letters

Why is it so hard to prevent violence by a person who maybe mental ill or mental retarded who uses a gun? Both state and federal laws were written to protect both groups. These same laws are not protecting the general population. What the public screamers are asking for is gun control ...

Broke and badly bent

Letters

Our city of Williamsport is always pleading poverty, always in debt. Why not try and live within our means? The paying for things we already know instead of buying something new and fixing the roof on City Hall and putting more bleachers in the school sports stadium. That will probably cost the ...

Tax reform that makes sense

Letters

The most powerful man in Lycoming County is usually the district attorney – right now the most powerful person in Lycoming County is state Sen. Gene Yaw . We have to watch his actions closely, his vote is coming up very soon to totally eliminate school property taxes. It is very important. ...

Passing on grades

Education

ALTOONA (AP) — Altoona Area High School Principal Andrew Neely said change in education is like turning a big aircraft; it can’t turn on a dime, but it does move. The direction it’s moving is away from grades and toward competency-based projects, which Neely is excited ...

Students travel across curricular boundaries in vintage vehicle

Education

An interdisciplinary collaboration at Pennsylvania College of Technology applied three-dimensional printing to a singular piece of American history, readying an electric 1908 Studebaker for display at a prestigious international automobile show in Florida. Students and faculty in additive ...

WAHS hosts career fair; more than 50 industries represented

Education

The Williamsport Area High School held its first-ever career fair for students recently. With representatives from more than 50 businesses, organizations, colleges, universities and military branches on-site, students were given an opportunity to interact with and explore their post-secondary ...

In the Schools

Education

Loyalsock Township School District finishes second at K’NEX STEM Design Loyalsock Township School District sent their three best teams of K’NEX kit engineers to the 2018 Regional STEM Design Challenge, hosted by BLaST Intermediate Unit 17. The event took place at Pennsylvania College of ...

Dean’s lists

Education

Alvernia University Reading HUGHESVILLE — James Secules. MUNCY — Kylie Wright. Boston University Boston, Mass. WILLIAMSPORT — Madison K. Confair. WATSONTOWN — Amelia R. Kramer. California University of Pennsylvania WILLIAMSPORT — Roger Wilson. BETHLEHEM — Tashina ...

County plan seeks updated zoning regulations for economic growth

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The Lycoming County comprehensive plan includes land use regulations and enforcement as its fifth chapter, which the county planning department reviewed with the commissioners this past week. John Lavelle, development services supervisor, said current land use regulations, or zoning ...

Brush fires on rise in region

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Several brush fires kept volunteer fire departments busy Friday and into Saturday and were apparently the start of a season when forest fires and wildfires are at their highest. According to the state Department of Forestry, the months of March, April and May are well known for fires because ...

Countywide police activities

Police Fire and Court

Following are complaints handled by police agencies in Lycoming County, as provided by the county Emergency Communications Center: THURSDAY 1:27 a.m., reckless/intoxicated driver, 1700 block of West Fourth Street, Williamsport. 9:52 a.m., criminal mischief, 600 block of Lycoming Street, ...

Lawmakers quibbles over $1.3T spending bill details

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WASHINGTON — Top-level congressional talks on a $1.3 trillion catchall spending bill are reaching a critical stage as negotiators confront immigration, abortion-related issues and a battle over a massive rail project that pits President Donald Trump against his most powerful Democratic ...

Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar joins St Patrick’s Parade

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NEW YORK — Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar joined along as Manhattan’s Fifth Avenue came alive with the sound of bagpipes, trumpets and lots of green Saturday at the 257th running of New York City’s St. Patrick’s Day parade. Several bagpipe bands led a parade made up of over 100 ...

McCabe kept memos on Trump dealings; Mueller now has them

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Andrew McCabe, the onetime FBI deputy director long scorned by President Donald Trump and just fired by the attorney general, kept personal memos detailing interactions with the president that have been provided to the special counsel’s office and are similar to the notes ...

A teacher’s lament

Letters

So, you want me to go into that classroom with all those kids, fill their every waking moment with a love for learning. I am also to instill a sense of pride in their ethnicity, modify disruptive behavior, plus observe them for signs of abuse. I am to fight the war on drugs, sexually ...