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As sex scandals topple the powerful: Why not Trump?

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WASHINGTON — “You can do anything,” Donald Trump once boasted, speaking of groping and kissing unsuspecting women. Maybe he could, but not everyone can. The candidate who openly bragged about grabbing women’s private parts — but denied he really did so — was elected president ...

Lycoming County Housing Authority OKs 2018 budget

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The Lycoming County Housing Authority Board approved the 2018 operating budget at its regular monthly meeting Thursday. The $3.85 million plan includes rental income, operating subsidies and other revenues. The vote was 5-0 in favor of the budget. Voting yes were George Girio, Kenneth ...

The Animal Care Sanctuary is opening a pet pantry for families in need of supplies for their furry friends at Beckoning Cat Project starting Dec. 13. Pictured, back row from left, are Kerry Perry, Beckoning Cat Project director, Joan Smith-Reese, executive director of the Animal Care Sanctuary, Tami Wenner, PetSmart store manager, and Jarrod Newman, assistant store manager. Kneeling are pet pantry volunteers Rana Colaianni and Tracy Haas-Ungard.

New pantry to serve Lycoming County pets

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The Animal Care Sanctuary, of East Smithfield, is partnering with Beckoning Cat Project, a low-cost spay and neuter clinic at 1417 E. Third St., to provide pet food and supplies to furry friends in need. The Pet Pantry of Lycoming County is the third pantry made available by the sanctuary and ...

Montoursville’s 70th tree lighting to shine for the locals

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The 70th annual Montoursville tree lighting will take place at 5 p.m. Wednesday at 1050 Broad St., Montoursville. Although the tree will be lit for the first time on Wednesday, the ceremony to honor the 70th year will take place at 6 p.m. Dec. 2 at the tree at the former Sylvania ...

Blue Star Mothers stepping up efforts

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The Blue Star Mothers of America want to step up their outreach to military personnel. The local group, North Central Chapter 12, is in search of military families with loved ones who would appreciate some gifts. “What we try to do is just brighten up their day,” chapter first vice ...

Reduce corporate welfare, too

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There has been much public banter regarding the reduction of the corporate tax rate from 35 percent to 20 percent and its affect on the economy and job creation. One fact has been seriously underreported or ignored. Many corporations pay far less than 35 percent due to tax loopholes and other ...

Where are they now?

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Once again innocent people are killed or injured, thanks to yet another brainwashed- misguided ISIS follower. To hear that he is requesting an ISIS flag to be in his hospital room is absolutely disgraceful. Sadly I am sure our country will accommodate his request. What is even more ...

President Donald Trump gives a thumbs up as he walks with Vice President Mike Pence as he departs Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017. Trump urged House Republicans Thursday to approve a near $1.5 trillion tax overhaul as the party prepared to drive the measure through the House. Across the Capitol, Democrats pointed to new numbers showing the Senate version of the plan would boost taxes on lower and middle-income Americans.  (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

House OKs GOP tax bill; Senate fate less clear

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WASHINGTON — Republicans rammed a $1.5 trillion overhaul of business and personal income taxes through the House Thursday, edging toward the code’s biggest rewrite in three decades and the first major legislative triumph for President Donald Trump and the GOP after 10 bumpy months of ...

12 people charged with variety of crimes

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Twelve people have been charged with various criminal offenses, according to court records. Those who were charged and the police departments involved: • Cody Ryan Farley, 29, of 16535 Route 44, Allenwood; state police; false imprisonment, terroristic threats, simple assault and harassment ...

The Lycoming County Commissioners Richard Mirabito, left,  Jack McKernan, center, and Tony Mussare, right, hold the commissioners' meeting Thursday morning in the city. 
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County redirects $1 million to authority’s water project

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The Lycoming County commissioners approved an amendment to an agreement Thursday with West Branch Regional Authority, allowing the authority to redirect the $1 million remaining from the Route 15 Corridor Sanitary Sewer project. The authority originally dedicated $2 million of county funds ...

20 motorists to face DUI charges in county court

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Twenty motorists have been charged with driving under the influence of intoxicants or controlled substances. Those charged and the police departments involved were: • David M. Miller, 57, of 400 N. Washington St., Montoursville; Montoursville police following a crash in the 500 block of ...

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: WEDNESDAY 1:11 a.m., theft, 16500 block of South Route 44, Washington Township. 1:18 a.m., disorderly conduct, 700 block of High Street, Williamsport. 2:07 ...

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A van with a parking ticket on the window sits in a no-parking zone in front of the Old Corner restaurant on Court Street with a Miller Lite delivery truck parked behind it.

Illegal loading area parking a problem in city business district

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The loading and unloading signs in the city Central Business District are going to be reviewed because of numerous violators, city officials said. The Williamsport Parking Authority listened to perspectives from enforcement officers who see individuals parking in unauthorized zones, causing ...

Williamsport Area School District hires new business administrator

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Effective July 1, 2018, the Williamsport Area School District will have a new business administrator. Wanda M. Erb will receive a yearly salary of $125,000, the board decided this week. Currently the business manager for the Northern Tioga School District, Erb will take over for Jeffrey ...

Keystone pipeline leaks 210K gallons of oil in South Dakota

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AMHERST, S.D. (AP) — TransCanada Corp.’s Keystone pipeline leaked an estimated 210,000 gallons of oil onto agricultural land in northeastern South Dakota, the company and state regulators said Thursday, but state officials don’t believe the leak polluted any surface water bodies or ...

Muncy council approves new member, postpones casino opt-out vote

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MUNCY — The Muncy Borough Council appointed resident Bill Burns to fill a vacancy on the council left by the resignation of Tillie Noviello last month. Burns will serve until the next municipal election which is in two years. Burns’ first action as a council member was joining the others ...

Montoursville, county get grant for roadwork

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More than $500,000 in state grant money is coming to local municipalities for road improvements. Dollars from the Commonwealth Financing Authority’s Multimodal Transportation Fund Program include $402,500 to Montoursville for Mill Street upgrades. “It’s good news,” Montoursville ...

State official tells Chamber environment attracts business ventures

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During a three-day trip to the county, Patrick McDonnell, secretary of the state Department of Environmental Protection, spoke to the Williamsport/Lycoming Chamber of Commerce about the intricate relationship between economic development and the environment. The relationship is often ...

Gas drilling company continues efforts after spill

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Remediation efforts continued Thursday in response to an overflow of treated and filtered brine water at Inflection’s TLC well site in Eldred Township, according to an update released by the company. Continuous monitoring is showing that conductivity levels are decreasing in a nearby ...

Board discusses app to use digital libraries

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The James V. Brown Library board of trustees discussed digital libraries through the use of Libby by Overdrive, an app available on most electronic devices that allows patrons to borrow books online, during its meeting on Thursday. Sue Mayshock, audiovisual librarian, said that the library is ...