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Chief reports violent crime down

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Some violent crime rates in the city have dropped over the past two years. “We have seen a nominal decrease in violent crime from 2017 to end of 2018,” Damon R. Hagan, city police chief, told the City Council public safety committee on Tuesday. Overall, violent crime rates have dropped ...

Misleading claims dog noncitizen voter search

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HARRISBURG — Two Pennsylvania state lawmakers are making a disputed claim in a long-running, and possibly futile, effort by elections officials to determine how many non-U.S. citizens had registered to vote over the years. On Tuesday, the lawmakers, Republican state Reps. Daryl Metcalfe and ...

Parents of pledge sue frat members

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HARRISBURG — The parents of a Penn State sophomore who died two years ago after a night of drinking and hazing have sued 28 members of a shuttered fraternity and a security company hired to help enforce alcohol regulations. Lawyers for Tim Piazza’s parents announced the federal wrongful ...

Phil doesn’t see shadow, predicting early spring

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PUNXSUTAWNEY (AP) — It may be hard to believe as a large swath of the U.S. thaws out from a bitter polar vortex, but spring is coming early, according to handlers for some of the country’s most famous prognosticating groundhogs. Just before 7:30 a.m. Saturday, Punxsutawney Phil emerged ...

Government control

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Do you remember history? A quick refresher —prohibition. In this case a result of federal action to stop the sale of alcohol. Did it reduce drinking? If you think so let me tell you about the “Speak easy.” Both side of my family extended income through wine making and beer making for ...

Perverting Democracy

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Democrats have come out against voter ID on the grounds that a few poor and presumably, black, voters would be disenfranchised, but they have no problem with disenfranchising whole states full of voters. Sanctuary policies for illegal immigrants, are designed to do just that. It has been ...

Elementary school

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President Trump reminds me of elementary school when I was in first grade. Especially during recess. That’s when the we would have to face the intimidation and name calling of a couple of bullying 6th graders. They would saunter on over to our spot, all puffed up, shove us around a little, ...

Getting it right

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David Faust’s recent letter to the editor inaccurately and unfairly accuses the natural gas industry, and those who proudly work in it, of violating the earth and our obligation to protect our natural resources. Your readers deserve better. Pennsylvania’s natural gas operators are among ...

An appeal

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This letter is an appeal to decent Democrats who love America and it's Constitution as written. I know you exist, I know your out there. I served for eight years on a local school board; during that time I worked with both Republicans and Democrats. I can tell you, both served with ...

Gas concerns

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An op-ed in the Jan. 14 edition of the Sun-Gazette decried decisions by Maryland and New York to block construction of interstate natural gas pipelines. What the author failed to say was that our neighbors to the north and south have moratoriums on gas drilling due to proven public health and ...

Good job, Tom

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Tom Marino’s last day as our representative in the United States Congress has passed. It was early 2010 when I first met Tom. We both decided to run for Congress to challenge the incumbent Democrat in the former 10th Congressional District. The two of us spent many hours together during the ...

Thomas Byrne: ‘It was good for me’

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Thomas “Red” Byrne may no longer be a young man, but he still appears every bit the U.S. Marine. Husky and fit, Byrne, 85, recalled his days serving as a young Marine more than 60 years ago. From 1953 to 1956, Byrne served as a telephone lineman overseas and stateside. “I kept the ...

Majority of city workers want option to live outside of Billtown

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More than 100 city employees taking an online survey distributed by officials at City Hall say they don’t want to be required to live in the city. With 102 employees responding, about 42 percent of city workers weighed in, said Megan Dayhoff, city human resources director. The report was ...

Will Phil see shadow?

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Meteorologists expect temperatures to rise dramatically in the next five days with clouds and some precipitation later on in the week; however this does not seem to affect their cold disposition towards Punxsutawney Phil, who many expect to give an accurate forecast today. For many, the best ...

County office tallies $36.6 million in 2018 collections

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The Lycoming County Central Collections Office was able to bring in about $36.6 million in taxes, delinquent taxes and criminal costs and fines in 2018, said Thomas D. Heap, assessment and tax claim director. Heap provided data on the office’s receipts for 2018 to the commissioners Thursday ...

Commissioners create 2 new county positions

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The Lycoming County commissioners unanimously approved the creation of two new positions Thursday morning: one public defender in the courts and one bail release officer in the prison. The public defender position, to be assumed later this month by Nicole J. Spring, a county employee for ...

The Left’s toolbox

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Referring to William L. Emick's letter ''Infringement'' Sunday, Jan. 13, I'd like to commend him on statements well done. It's true, our 2nd, 4th, 5th and 14th Amendments are being abused by our government, locally and Federal. This Red Flag Gun Confiscation Law and/or the Risk Protective ...

The way it was

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I just read the letter “Arguing over Silly Things” in which the writer said the problem in our schools could be fixed if we quit emphasizing how different we are in our beliefs and ways of living and returned to teaching morals, discipline, respect, simple math and even the Golden ...

Students nominate Hellbender as state amphibian

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The state of Pennsylvania is one step closer to having an official state amphibian, with local students playing a key role in the passage of the bill to make it happen. Recently, the Senate State Government Committee, chaired by Sen. Mike Folmer, R-Lebanon, unanimously approved Senate Bill ...