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Natural gas continues to save county money

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Even though natural gas prices continue to rise, the cost to power Lycoming County buildings drastically has decreased since the transition from oil, officials say. Ken George, county maintenance supervisor, told the commissioners on Tuesday that the county’s last full year of oil usage ...

WASD seeks healthier financial picture

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Over the last few days, Williamsport Area School District Superintendent Dr. Timothy S. Bowers and the administrative team have worked together to trim the 2017-18 budget. “Being efficient in our operations ... and emphasizing needs, the district can be healthier,” Bowers said on Tuesday ...

Upgrades continue at Way’s Garden

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The Way’s Garden Commission recently went over proposed design plans for the continuing renovation of the garden that began in 2014. The commission intends to use about $250,000 in grants and donations to build a pavilion, add an event lawn, pathways and the first stages of the foundation ...

Montgomery is looking to ‘Stop the Bleed’

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MONTGOMERY — In his report to Montgomery Borough Council Tuesday night, Montgomery Volunteer Fire Dept. Capt. Mike Magyar said the fire department will host a course being conducted by the Susquehanna Regional EMS called “Stop the Bleed” on April 19 at the Fire House. Although the ...

Keystone test scores on the rise

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MONTGOMERY — The Montgomery Area School Board announced its students scored significantly higher than last year in all three categories of the 2016-17 Keystone tests during its meeting Tuesday. Juniors were tested in algebra, biology and literature, scoring 9 percent, 10 percent and 20 ...

Muncy hires construction manager for upcoming projects

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MUNCY — The Muncy School Board announced Monday night that it has selected a construction management company for its upcoming renovation and building plans. The board first heard from Reynold’s Construction Management Services on Jan. 17. Since then, the board has heard from other ...

Equipment purchase gets OK

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Montoursville Borough Council voted Monday to purchase GPS equipment for mapping of infrastructure. The equipment, to be bought through COSTARS, a state cooperative purchasing agency, will cost $11,003. Council also agreed to buy software for the equipment at a cost of $1,750 from Topcon, ...

Concerned

Letters

Senior citizens should be aware of the implications of the recently introduced Congressional Bill (the American Health Care Act) designed to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, better known as Obamacare. Consumer Reports recently pointed out that the "House Bill eliminates virtually ...

Use this plan

Letters

Make America Great Again – by using the same plan FDR used at the end of WW II! Do you think the wealthy should again start paying a greater percentage? Income tax rates – 94 percent was the top tax rate in 1945. It was used for public projects, National Highways and etc. and 84.4 percent ...

Forefathers spot on

Letters

A recent letter suggests the Electoral College is undemocratic, and an amendment to the Constitution is needed. The writer doesn't understand all the people are part of the "one man one vote," principle under our Constitution. If this change was to occur, 3 or 4 states would elect candidates in ...

The Constitution, a ‘living document’

Letters

A recent letter said the left should be careful what they wish for. As though we 'liberals' wished for the election of Donald Trump and the subsequent nomination of Judge Gorsuch for the Supreme Court. That is what conservatives wished for and have been granted. Clearly the writer doesn't ...

MARK LUSK

County GOP women host sheriff candidates

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As budget numbers and staffing increases highlighted differences between the Lycoming County sheriff candidates, both the newcomer and incumbent expressed a desire help people and make change. “I’m not just a young guy looking to run for sheriff,” candidate Chad J. Riley said. “I ...

8 individuals are facing various drug-related charges

Police, Fire & Court

Eight people have been charged with various drug offenses, according to court records. Those charged and the police departments involved were: • Dylan James Simcox, 21, of 20 N. Broad St., Hughesville; Hughesville Police Department; endangering welfare of children, recklessly endangering ...

Rural hospitals unsure on GOP health care bill

Business

CLAXTON, Ga. (AP) — Talmadge Yarbrough had just sat down at his desk and opened a box of pecans when he let out a gasp that could have been his last breath. He’d gone into cardiac arrest in his office, a co-worker called 911 and an ambulance drove him 2 miles to the small hospital that ...

This May 2016 photo released by The Ocean Agency/XL Catlin Seaview Survey shows coral that has bleached white due to heat stress in the Maldives. Coral reefs, unique underwater ecosystems that sustain a quarter of the world's marine species and half a billion people, are dying on an unprecedented scale. Scientists are racing to prevent a complete wipeout within decades. (The Ocean Agency/XL Catlin Seaview Survey via AP)

Scientists race to try to prevent wipeout of world’s coral reefs

Outdoors

SOUTH ARI ATOLL, Maldives — There were startling colors here just a year ago, a dazzling array of life beneath the waves. Now this Maldivian reef is dead, killed by the stress of rising ocean temperatures. What’s left is a haunting expanse of gray, a scene repeated in reefs across ...

Minerals and rocks 
will be on display at this coming weekend’s Che-Hanna Rock and Mineral Club’s 48th annual show in Wysox. At left is a clay 
concretion with 
iridescent pyrite, found near the Volga River 
in Russia. For more information about the show and the club, contact Bob McGuire at 570-928-9238 or see the club’s website at www.chehannarocks. com.

48th annual rock, mineral show at new site

Outdoors

WYSOX — The Che-Hanna Rock & Mineral Club will hold its 48th annual show at a new location this year. The show is planned for Saturday and next Sunday at the Wysox Volunteer Fire Co., 111 Lake Road. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. the following day. Admission ...

MIKE REUTHER/Sun-Gazette
Cahy Shreppel, left, takers a tour of the inflatable colon at UPMC Susquehanna Williamsport Regional Medical Center as Jill Kline, a registered nurse, explains some of the signposts along the way.

A tour of the colon is an education

Health

Visitors to Williamsport Regional Medical Center may pause in their tracks at the site of the large inflatable just inside the main entrance off High Street. But those who step inside the model of a human colon can learn something or perhaps even take the first stop toward saving a life. On ...

Man given 19-38 years in rape case

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David C. Bean broke down when he found out he will spend the next 19 to 38 years in state prison Monday for sexually assaulting two women. A jury found Bean, 44, formerly of Loyalsock Township, guilty of 18 of the 20 charges brought against him after a trial in Lycoming County Court in ...

Countywide police activities

Police, Fire & Court

Following are complaints handled by police agencies in Lycoming County, as provided by the county Emergency Communications Center: FRIDAY 7:16 a.m., hit-and-run, Hepburn and Market streets, Williamsport. 10:47 a.m., criminal mischief, 100 block of North Main Street, Muncy. 11:56 p.m., ...

North Central Sight Services grant program aids area vision

Health

North Central Sight Services Inc. recently announced a $25,000 eSight grant program to benefit the visually impaired within Lycoming County. According to a news release from the organization, the grant program will award up to $5,000 per qualifying individual to be used towards the purchase ...