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State OKs 1st medical pot facility

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HARRISBURG — Pennsylvania officials on Thursday announced the first all-clear for a medical marijuana dispensary in the state to begin providing the drug once it becomes available from a licensed grower. The Keystone Canna Remedies dispensary in Bethlehem received the state authorization, a ...

Jersey Shore bank robber gets state prison sentence

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The Jersey Shore man who stuck up a bank and was found by U.S. Marshals hiding under his mother’s mobile home days later was sent back to state prison for over four years in a sentence handed down in Lycoming County Court. The official time Bryan N. Giacomi, 28, formerly of 404 Eden St., ...

Borough swears in newly elected and returning council members

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DUBOISTOWN—Borough Council started the year out with the swearing in of newly elected and returning members along with former councilman and new mayor of the borough Norman J. Cowden at their meeting Thursday night. Council members sworn in by District Justice William C. Solomon were: ...

South Side council reorganizes

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The South Williamsport Borough Council welcomed a former councilman back and swore in four for new terms at its reorganizational meeting Tuesday. Daniel A. Cupp will replace Henry Frey Jr. on council and as its representative on the safety committee. Frey’s term on council ended in 2017 ...

Bridge on Southard Road open to traffic

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A new bridge on Southard Road in Gamble Township is open to traffic after the previous bridge was washed out during the October 2016 flash flood. According to the state Department of Transportation, the bridge spanning Murray Run still needs road reconstruction and final paving, which will ...

Defining a living wage

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We hear the term “living wage” a lot. The definition of living wage is "a wage that is high enough to maintain a normal standard of living." The definition of 'a normal standard of living' is "the level of wealth, comfort, material goods and necessities available to a certain socioeconomic ...

What Wolf vetoed

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The Pennsylvania Legislature has passed a bill that would protect our most vulnerable citizens: the unborn. Senate Bill 3 reduced the maximum gestational age for legal abortions from 24 to 20 weeks and also prohibited dismemberment abortion –the practice of tearing a baby apart by its ...

Costs vs. safety weighed for sidewalk repairs at city town hall

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Get ready to spend a part of your budget on sidewalk repair, according to discussion Wednesday at a town hall meeting in City Hall. Some in the city will have to do just that since the city codes administration has announced inspections of sidewalks to begin in February or March, further ...

5 face variety of charges in Tioga County

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TIOGA — Five people either have appeared or will appear before district judges to face various charges in Tioga County. They are: • Amanda M. Barnes, 26, P.O. Box 92, Blossburg, faces charges of burglary, forgery, theft by deception and theft by unlawful taking following an incident in ...

Man gets 32 to 65 years for rape of girls

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A Jersey Shore man will spend at least three decades in a state prison for raping two girls over a span of years. The two girls were under 10 years old when Nathan Edward Shaffer, 33, started fondling them in 2001. The abuse escalated over the years to Shaffer molesting and raping them ...

16 charged with separate offenses

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Sixteen people have been charged with various criminal offenses, according to court records. Those charged and the police departments involved were: • Shirell F. Fields, 51, and Jeffery T. Robertson, 58, both of 1441 Memorial Ave.; simple assault and disorderly conduct following a ...

Sunoco gas pipeline shuts down construction

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Pennsylvania environmental officials ordered Sunoco on Wednesday to halt construction of a natural gas pipeline across the southern part of the state, citing a series of spills and leaks of drilling fluid and other “egregious and willful violations” of state law that have plagued the $2.5 ...

Robbery, assault accusations withdrawn

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JERSEY SHORE — All charges against Dustin Lyle Troy were withdrawn Wednesday after the alleged victim in the case, his estranged wife, Amanda, refused to testify against him, according to Tiadaghton Valley Regional police. Troy, 29, with no address, was charged with robbery, simple assault, ...

Winter storm slaps coastal South with most snow in nearly 3 decades

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SAVANNAH, Ga. — A brutal winter storm smacked the coastal Southeast with a rare blast of snow and ice Wednesday, hitting parts of Florida, Georgia and South Carolina with their heaviest snowfall in nearly three decades. Forecasters warned that the same system could soon strengthen into a ...

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 10:35 a.m., burglary, 400 block of Clark Street, South Williamsport. 11:40 a.m., reckless/intoxicated driver, 2600 block of Route 15, Armstrong ...

Employee stole $60,000 from Faxon Lanes

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A Muncy man admitted to stealing $60,000 from his employer, Faxon Lanes, over the course of three years after an audit proved money was missing from an account. Faxon Lanes owner Mehrdad J. Jahanshahi confronted the business manager of the 1225 River Ave. bowling alley when he noticed that ...

City Streets and Parks contract moving closer to acceptance

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The City Council finance committee Wednesday gave a positive recommendation for a four-year contract with city union representing Streets and Parks Department employees. The contract calls for workers to contribute toward health insurance and creates a hybrid pension similar to a retirement ...

Council looks toward the river and at proposed union contract

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More “River Town” designation news will be presented tonight to City Council. The city was identified as a River Town last year, meaning it is one of many along the Susquehanna River basin, a designation that can assist in economic growth, funding streams and tourism, according to Mayor ...

Fairfield water tank project nears completion

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Construction on the Fairfield water tank is complete and the tank is ready to be filled and tested, Erin Threet, water and wastewater engineer, told the Lycoming County Water and Sewer Authority on Wednesday. She said the tank should be filled by the end of next week with water tightness ...

The Dems game plan

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After a year of the Democrats repeatedly obstructive agenda against our great president and the American people, what have we to look forward to in the coming year? I predict they will put the race card in reserve (but never discard) because of its success for the left in the past year of ...