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$9K raise on way for ’Sock chief

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A new five-year contract for Gerald McLaughlin, superintendent of the Loyalsock Township School District, raises his pay in the next school year by about $9,000 to $137,000, or about 7 percent. In the second through fifth years of the contract, the superintendent will receive annual salary ...

Man waives hearing on gun-related charges

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Shon E. Helm, 20, of 1230 Memorial Ave., remains locked up on no bail after he waived his preliminary hearing on city police charges of receiving stolen property, carrying a firearm without a license and tampering with evidence. The charges stem from an incident on Dec. 13, when Helm received ...

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Dan Klingerman stands in front of what will be Buffalo Wild Wings on Third Street in Loyalsock Township on Wednesday June 26, 2013.

Slew of parking tickets draws ire of Liberty Arena owner

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Parking tickets issued to multiple drivers parked outside Liberty Arena sparked a discussion Monday with the arena’s owner and the Williamsport Parking Authority. Daniel A. Klingerman, owner of The Liberty Group, developer of the indoor arena at West Fourth and Hepburn streets, met ...

Pottstown man nabbed on burglary-related charges

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Fugitive Nicholas Thomas, 37, of Pottstown, was taken into custody Monday on Old Lycoming Township police charges of allegedly burglarizing Cable Services Co., 2113 Maynard St., three times between Jan. 3 and Friday, and stealing a total of $3,400 worth of copper wire. An employee of the ...

Report: More work needed on ID’ing Great Lakes toxins

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TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — A report by a U.S.-Canadian agency says the two nations are behind schedule on identifying chemical pollutants in the Great Lakes and developing strategies to deal with them. The International Joint Commission says familiar toxic substances such as PCBs and ...

15 motorists are charged with driving under the influence

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Fifteen motorists have been charged with driving under the influence of intoxicants or controlled substances. Those charged and the police departments involved were: • Sean David Watkins, 43, of 192 N. Second St., Hughesville; state police following a crash at Main and Bower streets in ...

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Marcellus Shale information

By The Associated Press Pennsylvania environmental regulators have fined a natural-gas driller more than $3.5 million for violations at 10 well sites and six pipeline locations. The Department of Environmental Protection said Dec. 7 that subsidiaries of Rice Energy Inc. operated an ...

In break with Trump, EPA pick says climate change isn’t hoax

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WASHINGTON — Donald Trump’s choice to head the Environmental Protection Agency said Wednesday that climate change is real, breaking with both the president-elect and his own past statements. In response to questions from Democrats during his Senate confirmation hearing, Oklahoma Attorney ...

Marujada procession mixes historical traditions

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Associated Press Photos Started in 1798, the Marujada religious celebration mixes indigenous, African and Portuguese traditions. It arose when black slaves persuaded their masters to let them form a brotherhood to pay homage to St. Benedict.

Tioga County Police & Court

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3 are sentenced in Tioga County Court WELLSBORO — Three people were sentenced in Tioga County Court recently. Sentenced to county jail time were: • Ashley Marie Rice, 23, of Wellsboro, 65 days to 24 months; 200 restitution to First Community Bank and a $50 fine  for ...

So long from White House: Obama aims final messages at Trump

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WASHINGTON — Barack Obama stepped behind the White House podium for the last time Wednesday, fielding questions from the crush of journalists crammed in for the occasion and offering assurances to Americans watching on TV. But at times, his answers seemed aimed at an audience of one: the ...

Knife-wielding bandit robs convenience store in Avis

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AVIS — A masked man armed with a knife held up the Pantry convenience store in Avis just before 10 p.m. Monday, according to Pine Creek Township Police Chief David Winkleman. The robber got away with an undisclosed amount of cash, but the female clerk was not injured, the chief said. The ...

Business district on council’s agenda tonight

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City Council is expected tonight to review the city administration’s application of a $729,000 grant from the Appalachian Regional Commission to reconstruct part of Pine Street and open it to two-way traffic between West Third and West Fourth streets. As the city, the Lycoming County ...

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 4:44 a.m., criminal mischief, 200 block of Rose Street, Williamsport. 6:01 a.m., theft, 10 block of Mill Street, Montoursville. 8:36 a.m., ...

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Work begins on the foundation of a temporary bridge spanning Wallis Run on Wallis Run Road in Gamble Township on Tuesday. Wolyniec Construction Inc., of Williamsport, is the prime contractor of the $490,000 project. The temporary structure is expected to be open to traffic by mid-February. The original bridge was destroyed during the October 2016 flood. A series of pipes and fill were installed since the flood to provide a temporary crossing. Once the new temporary bridge is in place, the pipe crossing will be removed and a permanent bridge is expected to be constructed this year.

Temporary Wallis Run Road bridge under construction

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Work on a temporary bridge spanning Wallis Run on Wallis Run Road at Butternut Grove in Gamble Township has begun. A contractor is building the foundations for a temporary structure that is expected to be in place and open to traffic by mid-February. The original bridge was destroyed during ...

Labor Department awards money for region’s flood recovery

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Federal funding has been awarded to local regions affected by the October flash flood that swept through the region. A National Dislocated Worker Grant of $238,049 was given by the U.S. Department of Labor to the state Department of Labor and Industry. The funds will be dedicated to ...

Veterans work together to keep Via Bella banners displayed

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As motorists travel down Via Bella in Williamsport, they will notice banners displaying the faces of local heroes. But this dedication to veterans came close to going away for good. In 2014, Valley Prevention Services, which had been running the banner program since 2009, ran out of funding. ...

Supervisors discuss election deadlines, motorcycle safety training

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LINDEN — Information about important dates for anyone who is interested in running for office in the May 16 municipal primary was mentioned at a brief meeting of the Woodward Township supervisors Wednesday night. The Lycoming County Board of Elections had relayed the information to the ...