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Day 7 of murder trial sees rebuttal from witness

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LOCK HAVEN — It was a short day Thursday for jurors hearing the Loyd Groves murder trial, as the majority of day seven saw defense and prosecution attorneys meeting behind closed doors with Senior Judge Kenneth Brown, who is presiding over the case. Groves is charged with first- and ...

Fire chief urges city regionalization

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The city’s top fire official this week urged City Council to consider exploring regionalization with volunteer departments to cover major events around the clock. More often than not, volunteer firefighters are having to assist city fire crews during major structure fires in the city, Todd ...

Report warns of crisis in state fire, rescue services

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HARRISBURG — A report released Wednesday warns that Pennsylvania’s fire and rescue services face a crisis, saying the number of volunteers continues to fall amid funding needs and training challenges. The 95-page legislative study said there were about 300,000 volunteer firefighters in ...

State commits to new voting machines, election audit

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HARRISBURG — Gov. Tom Wolf’s administration is settling a vote-counting lawsuit stemming from the 2016 presidential election, in part by affirming a commitment it made previously to push Pennsylvania’s counties to buy voting systems that leave a verifiable paper trail by 2020. Paperwork ...

Should PHEAA be abolished?

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During the pass 55 years, the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency has been awarding public taxpayer funds to students with financial need, based on family income, to attend a community college, a public four-year university or a private higher education institution of their choice. ...

Lycoming, Tioga counties receive federal aid for storm damage

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Lycoming and Tioga counties can be expected to be reimbursed for costs associated with flooding from last summer. Through the public assistance program granted by the federal government, applicants that include counties, municipalities and state agencies requesting aid can receive up to 75 ...

City Parking Authority has no intention of raising rates

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The Williamsport Parking Authority said Wednesday that it does not intend to increase parking rates in 2019. The authority does not intend to raise rates as part of the proposed $1.2 million budget, said William E. Nichols Jr., city finance director. The proposed budget has not altered from ...

Williamsport authority: $300K saved on refinanced bond

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The Williamsport Municipal Water and Sanitation Authority anticipates saving about $300,000 by refinancing a $28 million bond, according to authority officials who met Wednesday afternoon. The refinancing will take advantage of the lower interest rate in the range of 3.5 percent, according to ...

Defense: Heckel’s cut finger casts doubt in Groves’ case

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LOCK HAVEN — On a day when attorneys for accused murderer Loyd Groves promised “bombshells” from the witness stand, they worked hard to deliver evidence and testimony to cast doubt on Groves’ guilt. With victim Kathy Heckel’s blood found in Groves’ van as key DNA evidence, the ...

Christmas celebrations planned all over county

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A number of communities in and near Lycoming County have planned their Christmas celebrations. Hughesville will light its Christmas tree at 7 p.m. Friday at the corner of Water and Main streets. The event is sponsored by the Hughesville Rotary Club. Hughesville also will hold a Christmas ...

Jersey Shore School Board passes updated chaperone policy

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JERSEY SHORE — After much discussion, a request for an exemption to school policy requiring a one-to-10 chaperone-to-student ratio for a field trip was approved by the Jersey Shore Area School Board on Tuesday. The request was made by the Future Business Leaders of America for them to ...

Supervisors approve lights for ball field at James Short Park

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Baseball and softball players at James Short Park will be able to play at night next season, as the township supervisors released previously committed funds for a new lighting system on Tuesday. Matt Custer, Little League project manager, and Britt Bassett, owner of Bassett Engineering, ...

A denier’s case

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The most vilified Green House Gas (GHG) is carbon dioxide (CO2), as this benign gas is an unavoidable product of fossil fuel combustion. Activists seem to not know that human production of CO2 is less than 5 percent of that contributed by nature and, regardless, the primary GHG in our ...

Speaking up for Christian beliefs

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I am mad that we Christians are allowing non-Christians to dictate what can and cannot be displayed...They don't want to see crosses nor anything Christian-related. Let me tell them I don't care, you can look the other way. I am a Christian who believes there is a God in Heaven. I believe in ...

Local man awarded first Lifetime Achievement Award

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Local businessman and city native, Marvin H. Staiman, recently received the first Max Miller Lifetime Achievement Award from Hope Enterprises at a reception last month in Lewisburg. Staiman, who has been involved with Hope Enterprises since the 1950’s when, he said, the group did not ...

1 dead, 3 injured in crash near Lewisburg

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LEWISBURG — Motorist Jeremy C. Clark, 41, of Sunbury, suffered fatal injuries resulting from a crash on Route 405 in West Chillisquaque Township, Northumberland County Saturday afternoon. According to State Police at Milton, Clark was travelling south when his Honda CRV began to rotate ...

Golf complex, pensions cause some concern

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White Deer Golf Complex and Lycoming County’s retirement fund were highlighted at the commissioners meeting Tuesday, with an employee questioning his job security and the commissioners slated to vote on increasing the county’s contribution to the fund. A 19-year employee with the complex ...

16 charged in Lycoming County

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Sixteen people have been charged with various criminal offenses, according to court records. Those charged and the law enforcement agencies involved were: • Cynthia Betar, 59, of 617 Green St.; city police; theft from a motor vehicle and receiving stolen property for allegedly stealing ...

Entrepreneur offers city $240K donation for recreation fund

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A local philanthropist said Tuesday that he was willing to donate $240,000 toward city recreation as part of a legacy fund. Businessman Steve Poorman met with City Council’s economic revitalization committee, which listened but did not deliberate on the matter, according to Councilman ...