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Lycoming Mall owners seek lower tax assessment

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PENNSDALE — Kohan Retail Investment Group, which owns the Lycoming Mall, is appealing a Lycoming County Board of Assessment decision to deny its request for a lower tax assessment. The mall is assessed at $44.89 million, said Gwen Pidcoe, Muncy Township office manager. Kohan, which owns ...

14 sentenced in Lycoming County

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Fourteen individuals recently were sentenced at the Lycoming County Courthouse, according to court documents. Two were sentenced to state prison. They are: • Robert J. Harer, 35, state prison, three to 12 months in state prison for possession of a controlled substance. • Jameson ...

Thanksgiving week looking good for travel

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With the next significant chance of rain coming on Saturday, forecasters with the National Weather Service in State College are saying Thanksgiving week is looking ideal. There were minor and isolated snow showers in the area yesterday, forecaster John LaCorte said. “And that’s it, ...

4 sentenced in Tioga County

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WELLSBORO — Four individuals recently were sentenced in Tioga County Court. Sentenced to intermediate punishment were: • Shawn Butler, 36, of Tioga, two years and a $500 fine for driving under the influence • Jeffrey C. Temill, 42, of Mainesburg, two years for driving under the ...

AP Explains: Farm runoff and the worsening algae plague

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Harmful algae blooms have become a top water polluter, fueled by fertilizers washing into lakes, streams and oceans. Federal and state programs have spent billions of dollars on cost-sharing payments to farmers to help prevent nutrient runoff, yet the problem is worsening in many places. ...

SUN-GAZETTE FILE PHOTO
This is a portrait of William Hummel that was included in the special “Hummel Edition” of the Gazette and Bulletin. The edition was a comprehensive look at the murders from start to finish, released on the day Hummel was hung on June 5, 1900.

Quadruple ax murder once was considered worst case in county

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The discovery of a newlywed and her young children bludgeoned to death with an ax spawned local hysteria at the turn of the 20th century. The brutality of the quadruple murder made some consider it the worst case in the history of Lycoming County, according to newspaper reports at the ...

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 6:37 a.m., trespasser, 200 block of William Street, Williamsport. 8:38 a.m., theft, 300 block of Brandon Avenue, Williamsport. 9:04 a.m., ...

Channel your inner lumberjack by harvesting your own firewood

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When winter scratches at the door, flannel-shirted lumberjacks fight back with roaring fires fueled by wood they hauled, cut and dried themselves. But local expert Richard Spencer has tips on how to harvest firewood so that even fledgling tree-fellers can invoke their inner lumberjack, ...

The true cost of opioid epidemic tops $500 billion

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WASHINGTON — The White House says the true cost of the opioid drug epidemic in 2015 was $504 billion, or roughly half a trillion dollars. In an analysis to be released Monday, the Council of Economic Advisers says the figure is more than six times larger than the most recent estimate. The ...

Monsanto asks Arkansas judge to halt state’s ban on herbicide

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — A major agribusiness company asked an Arkansas judge Friday to halt the state’s plan to ban an herbicide that’s drawn complaints from farmers across several states who say the weed killer has drifted onto their fields and caused widespread damage. Monsanto asked a ...

Legislative Tally: Tax hikes likely

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Locally elected and appointed officials voted on the following matters in the past week: Federal • The House voted 237-189 in favor of the 21st Century Flood Reform Act. The legislation increases flood insurance premiums for many property owners to help fund the National Flood Insurance ...

Riders compete in state 4-H horse show

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HARRISBURG — The 58th annual Pennsylvania State 4-H Horse Show was held Oct. 27-29 at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex and Expo Center. More than 700 youth from over 55 counties participated in 73 performance classes throughout the weekend. More than 1,600 entries were shown by youth. The ...

Nelle Seeley Calkins

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Nelle Seeley Calkins, 87, of East Troy, passed away Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017, at Twin Oaks, Granville Summit. Services will be private at the convenience of the family. Services provided by Buckheit Funeral Chapel and Crematory, Inc., 637 S. Main St., Mansfield. www.buckheitfcandcrematory.com

Learn about issue of farm succession

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Penn State Extension will offer a two-day workshop from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 7 and 14 for farmers who are facing how to decide what do to with their farms when they retire. Titled “What’s Your Exit Strategy? Empowering Families To Get Started On Their Succession Plan,” the workshop ...

Auction announces realized prices

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DEWART LIVESTOCK MARKET Report for Nov. 13 No hay report issued. All animals sold per 100 pounds unless otherwise stated. The market information in this report is collected through the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Quality Systems Assessment’s Livestock Auction Market Reporting ...

Real estate transactions filed in county courthouse

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The following deeds have been registered in the Lycoming County Courthouse: Loyalsock Township • Wayne Riley Jr. and Jessica Emily Smith to Ronald C. Gair Jr., $196,000, 1301 Country Club Drive • David C. and Pamela L. Shipman to Michael J. Bower, $260,000, 2031 Riverside Drive • ...

Soybean workshops set for December

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The Penn State Extension Crop Management Team has scheduled four soybean production workshops in December. The daylong workshops teach soybean producers new integrated pest and cultural management practices covering the entire growing season, from planting to harvest. Each workshop ...

BILL BOWER/Sun-Gazette Correspondent
During the southward migration, geese, will stop to feed and wait until they have a tail wind to continue the trip.

Reflections in Nature: Where the wild goose goes

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So far this has been an autumn with temperatures staying higher than normal. Although the leaves on the trees were late in changing colors, as I’m writing this column, many trees still retain their leaves. We have birds that have not migrated south, and I have seen only a few northern ...

Game Commission field officers report on outdoor happenings

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Field officers for the state Game Commission’s Northcentral region filed the following reports on Oct. 13, according to the agency’s website: • Clinton County Wildlife Conservation Officer Kirk Miller reported it was nice to see good hunter participation on the first day of archery ...