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FILE - In this Oct 26, 1994 file photo, Evangelist Billy Graham begins his sermon in Atlanta's Georgia Dome.   Graham, who transformed American religious life through his preaching and activism, becoming a counselor to presidents and the most widely heard Christian evangelist in history, has died. Spokesman Mark DeMoss says Graham, who long suffered from cancer, pneumonia and other ailments, died at his home in North Carolina on Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018. He was 99. (AP Photo/John Bazemore, File)

Billy Graham, ‘America’s Pastor,’ dies at 99

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MONTREAT, N.C. (AP) — The Rev. Billy Graham, the magnetic, movie-star-handsome preacher who became a singular force in postwar American religious life, a confidant of presidents and the most widely heard Christian evangelist in history, died Wednesday at 99. “America’s Pastor,” as he ...

Local family connected to hockey gold medalist

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Williamsport has been touched by gold following a historic win Wednesday of the U.S. women's hockey team at the Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea. Megan Keller, whose grandmother lives in the city, is a member of the team that defeated Canada to capture the gold medal. Her father is the son ...

Nine people charged locally with various crimes

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Nine people have been charged with various criminal offenses. Those charged and the police departments involved were: • Hakeem D. Danley, 24, of 672 Sixth Ave.; city police; terroristic threats, simple assault and harassment for allegedly threatening to kill Felica Hamilton while armed with ...

Lawmaker says state has ‘spending problem’

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Gov. Tom Wolf’s proposal to raise spending 3.7 percent does not represent the kind of budget plan that one local lawmaker can support. “We don’t have a revenue problem in Harrisburg,” state Rep. Garth Everett, R-Muncy, said. “We have a spending problem.” Everett, speaking at a ...

Four people charged with various crimes in Tioga

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TIOGA — Four people will appear before district judges to face various charges in Tioga County. They are: • Ryan Martin, 46, 24 Longview Lane, Mansfield, faces charges of simple assault and harassment following a domestic violence incident in which he allegedly struck a victim in the face ...

GOP leaders request hold on redistricting map

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HARRISBURG — Republican leaders of the Pennsylvania Legislature on Wednesday asked the U.S. Supreme Court to block a new congressional district map that is widely considered likely to give Democrats a boost in their quest to capture control of the U.S. House. House Speaker Mike Turzai and ...

Countywide police activities in Lycoming County

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Following are complaints handled by police agencies in Lycoming County, as provided by the county Emergency Communications Center: MONDAY 9:07 a.m., disturbance, 1000 block of Hepburn Street, Williamsport. 9:16 a.m., reckless/intoxicated driver, 4000 block of Route 87, Upper Fairfield ...

Muncy student threatens ‘to shoot up’ school

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MUNCY — A 16-year-old female student was arrested and removed from the Muncy Area Junior-Senior High School on Wednesday morning for allegedly making threats “to shoot up the school,” according to borough police Chief James Dorman. Referring to the Valentine’s Day mass shooting at ...

Charter Commission to release public survey on March 8

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In just about two weeks, city residents can make their voices heard. The Williamsport Charter Commission has nearly finalized its public survey to be released around March 8. The commission’s survey is meant to help the seven elected officials gain insight as to what may be the best form ...

Liberty Arena may install ‘bump-out’ for restaurant

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The City Planning Commission this week recommended approval for a “bump-out” for a restaurant at the Liberty Arena. A bump-out is an extra space that is much smaller than a full addition. The addition, which will face the entrance to Hepburn Street and the parking lot, was recommended for ...

Sewer, stormwater lines inspected for leaks at Brandon Park

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The Williamsport Municipal Water and Sanitary Authority placed closed-circuit television cameras inside pipes carrying sewage and stormwater beneath Brandon Park on Wednesday. The investigation was due to a statement made at a Brandon Park and Shade Tree Commission meeting the day before ...

Students across nation walk out of class to protest gun violence

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In a wave of demonstrations reaching from Arizona to Maine, students at dozens of U.S. high schools walked out of class Wednesday to protest gun violence and honor the victims of last week’s deadly shooting in Florida. The protests spread from school to school as students shared plans for ...

City school board makes personnel changes

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The Williamsport Area School Board unanimously approved personnel changes during its meeting on Tuesday. In the vote, the board approved the following: • Lori J. Luke as a full-time confidential secretary in the human resources department at a salary of $42,627. • Amber R. Whited, ...

High salary

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In the Jan. 24 edition of the Lock Haven Express, Keystone Central School District set to hire a substitute superintendent. You’ve got to be kidding me – $500 a day for a school superintendent that totals to $62.50/hour. You talk about cutting school programs and are now thinking about ...

Hugs are free

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In this present day of running here and there, getting this and that done, everyone is trying to get the impossible accomplishment. BP’s rusing, tempers flare, nerves are frayed — try this idea on for size. Hugging is the perfect cure for what ails you and it’s free and safe. No ...

Evaluating GEO

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Recently a "proposal" from GEO, a re-entry services program for probationers in Lycoming County, was approved by the county commissioners. Have any of the commissioners or judges visited or spent even part of a day observing that program? A proposal is only words on paper. Also, have any ...

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Girl Scouts from Troop 60470 touch a corn snake held by Ann Gardner, of Clyde Peeling’s Reptiland, during a STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) expo at Pennsylvania College of Technology on Saturday.

Girl Scouts explore world of science, math

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Six hundred Girl Scouts took over the Pennsylvania College of Technology campus Saturday afternoon in a truly hands-on way to learn about science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Local businesses and volunteers showed Scouts from across central and northeastern Pennsylvania in ...

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Williamsport crash sends driver to hospital

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The driver of this car was taken to a local hospital after he lost control of the vehicle which a struck a sign and then went down an embankment along the Faxon off-ramp of Interstate 180 East about 1:20 p.m. Tuesday. The off-ramp was closed until the car was towed from the scene. The ...

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Shooter gets 26 to 60 years for woman’s death

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Carolyn Barr, the accidental victim of the fatal shooting on Brandon Avenue over two years ago, was a beloved member of the neighborhood she died in, according to statements during the shooter’s sentencing hearing Tuesday. Knowledge Dante Frierson, 24, was sentenced to serve 26 to 60 years in ...

Police ID crash victims

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Four people were injured and taken to area hospitals following Sunday’s violent one-vehicle crash on Middle Road near Oval, according to state police. Neither the driver of the 2002 Subaru Outback, Travis J. Wagner, 20, of Nisbet, nor any of his three teenage passengers were wearing seat ...