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Ex-PSU president guilty of 1 count of child endangerment

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HARRISBURG (AP) — Former Penn State president Graham Spanier was convicted Friday of hushing up suspected child sex abuse in 2001 by Jerry Sandusky, whose arrest a decade later blew up into a major scandal for the university and led to the firing of beloved football coach Joe ...

Walking with God

Religion

Institutional services The following institutional services are arranged for and reported by United Churches of Lycoming County: Sunday: County Prison, 1:45 and 3:15 p.m., the Rev. Ronald Shellhamer, area Lutheran pastor, Williamsport. HCR Manor Care South, 2 p.m., Evangelist Dawn ...

Playing cards celebrate the Sun-Gazette area’s historical past

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The past is something that has to be preserved or it may be forgotten. To share the history of Williamsport and Lycoming County, the Williamsport Sun-Gazette has partnered with Barclay Mountain Co. in Canton to put out two decks of regulation playing cards that celebrate the community’s ...

Countywide police activities

Police, Fire & Court

Following are complaints handled by police agencies in Lycoming County, as provided by the county Emergency Communications Center: THURSDAY 12:24 a.m., home invasion, 100 block of Sixth Street, Williamsport. 2:44 a.m., domestic disturbance, 200 block of Palmer Hill Road, Loyalsock ...

Woman charged with selling food stamps for drug money

Police, Fire & Court

WILLIAMSPORT (AP) — A Pennsylvania woman is facing charges that she sold food stamps for heroin, after she tried to sell the food stamps online for cash. Lycoming County authorities filed charges this week against 37-year-old Tanya Keenan-Mack. Court records show Keenan-Mack is in jail ...

Bud’s corner

Religion

A message of hope As a minister of the gospel of Jesus Christ and an American, what message would God have me preach to his church? The world we find ourselves in has gone mad. Kids killing kids. Homes being destroyed. Where will all this end? We are reaping the fruit of a godless society. A ...

Lawmakers seek to bring right-to-work policies to state

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A concerted effort by Republican lawmakers seeks to move Pennsylvania toward right-to-work status, with seven House bills, working to eliminate compulsory union status for state employees. “This package of bills addressing compulsory payment of union dues are not anti-union – they are ...

Dealing with negative thoughts

Religion

Q: My wife and I don’t argue often, but when we do I sometimes find myself spiraling into negative thoughts about her. Is there a practical way to keep myself from going there? Greg Smalley, vice president, Family Ministries: My father, the late Gary Smalley, was a renowned relationship ...

Oil spill on Route 15

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MONTGOMERY — An extensive oil spill that spanned at least four miles occurred Friday morning when “several hundred gallons” of oil spilled out of the back a box truck as it traveled on a number of roads before pulling into the Springs Window Fashion plant on Route 405, Clinton Township ...

Virginia court asks who should lead prayer before government meeting

Religion

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Does it matter whether a prayer opening a government meeting is led by local clergy or an elected official? That's a question a federal appeals court is wrestling with in a unique case examining the constitutional requirement of separating church and state. The case ...

Area church briefs

Religion

TODAY Spaghetti dinner set Lycoming Presbyterian Church, 825 Arch St., will hold a spaghetti dinner from 4:30-6:30 p.m. (takeouts available at 4 p.m.) Cost is $9 for adults and $4 for children. Parking is available in the back of the church off Funston Ave. SUNDAY Pastor installation ...

Quiet zone railroad crossing work gets going in Newberry

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The start of construction on the railroad quiet zone in Newberry to eliminate the train horn noise and improve safety on the tracks and cross-streets has begun, city officials said. The SEDA-Council of Governments Joint Rail Authority began Friday by making signal upgrades at Arch Street, ...

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The Rev. Stephen A Fulkes, left, and his wife, Michelle, have begun ministry at Trinity Assembly of God, 332 N. Loyalsock Ave. in Montoursville.

Church welcomes new pastor

Religion

The Rev. Stephen A Fulkes has assumed the pastorate of Trinity Assembly of God, 332 N. Loyalsock Ave. in Montoursville. An installation service was held on Jan. 15, with the Rev. Dr. Stephen R. Tourville, district superintendent of the Penn-Del District of the Assemblies of God. Fulkes ...

Ten Commandments monument moved from high school

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NEW KENSINGTON. (AP) — A Ten Commandments monument has been moved from a western Pennsylvania high school as part of an agreement to settle a lawsuit. The Valley News Dispatch reports that the monument was apparently removed Tuesday afternoon from Valley Junior-Senior High School in New ...

Judge OKs retrial of ex-monsignor

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PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A Catholic church official’s 14-year legal odyssey over his handling of sex-abuse complaints won’t end anytime soon after a Philadelphia judge said Friday he would be retried on child endangerment charges. Monsignor William Lynn had served nearly three years of a ...

Who’s responsible?

Letters

I was walking across the Maynard Street Bridge today and nearly fell over the bridge three times. The sidewalks are so bad and have not been shoveled. I called the city of Williamsport and they said it was Loyalsock that had to do it. Loyalsock said it was the city and even the Lycoming County ...

Today’s children will suffer

Letters

A New York literacy test designed to weed out unqualified teachers, called the Academic Literacy Skills Test, is to be done away with by the New York State Board of Regents as suggested by a task force according to The Associated Press. The reason for eliminating the test is due to the fact ...

It’s time to pay

Letters

All a bunch of guys need to have a friendly game of basketball is a hard surface, a hoop and a ball; you don’t even need a net. You know what the rules are and if someone cheats, you don’t invite him back. If there’s more at stake than just bragging rights, like playing in High school ...

Hooray

Letters

Hooray for Ida Temple. Just read her letter entitled, “A Truthful President.” No truer words were ever spoken. I agree with her 100 percent. Every person has their own way of telling the truth. Dottie Gibbon Blossburg