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Yaw addresses guns, taxes, other issues during town hall

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Guns, taxes and drugs were foremost on the minds of people questioning state Sen. Gene Yaw, R-Loyalsock Township, on legislative issues during a telephone town hall meeting Monday night. Yaw said he does not support a ban on assault weapons but rather a means of making schools, where a number ...

Court Rulings boost Dems’ chances of retaking Congress

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HARRISBURG — Boosting the Democrats’ chances of retaking control of Congress in this fall’s midterm elections, the U.S. Supreme Court and a federal panel on Monday rejected Republican challenges to a newly redrawn congressional map imposed on Pennsylvania by the state’s high ...

Muncy School board weigh’s insurance options

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MUNCY — The school district board heard from an insurance organization offering an owner-controlled insurance program for the district’s upcoming construction and renovation projects. According to a feasibility study from April of 2016, the district would be fully renovating the existing ...

The danger of tribalism

Letters

I appreciated the poignant letter from Jude Richardson titled “Not the gun” on March 9th, which blamed the system of division and isolation for the prevalence of violence. It certainly made me stop and think. I agree that division and isolation are the stuff of violence. However, I do not ...

Broken education system is the problem

Letters

The problem is not guns. The problem is our broken education system. Thanks to the Supreme Court acting illegally, prayer and Bible reading were illegally removed from the public schools (not government schools.) Then our public schools adopted teaching the religions of evolution and millions ...

Wilson awarded director’s chair for community work

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Jennifer D. Wilson, the latest recipient of the Community Arts Center’s Director’s Chair Award, was honored Sunday evening for her contribution to the arts center and to the community. Wilson is the president and CEO of the First Community Foundation Partnership of Pennsylvania. On ...

Firefighter run over by vehicle during brush fire

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BALLS MILLS — A firefighter was air lifted from the scene of a field fire after she was hit by a truck that also was there to fight the blaze. Firefighters from Montoursville and Hepburn, Eldred, Old Lycoming and Loyalsock townships were dispatched to the field just off of Spook Hollow ...

Sunny days greet spring equinox as cold lingers

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Although temperatures are typically rising a degree every few days this time of year, the week’s expected highs are clocking in below average, according to the National Weather Service in State College. Today will remain mostly sunny, said forecaster Kevin Fitzgerald. “Although there ...

LEGISLATIVE TALLY: Bill passed to reduce state house members

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(EDITOR’S NOTE: Each Monday, the Sun-Gazette summarizes major votes of the past week and, more specifically, how our locally elected and appointed officials voted on each matter. Watch for it each Monday in the Sun-Gazette.) Locally elected and appointed officials voted on the following ...

Majority left out of legislation

Letters

Why is it so hard to prevent violence by a person who maybe mental ill or mental retarded who uses a gun? Both state and federal laws were written to protect both groups. These same laws are not protecting the general population. What the public screamers are asking for is gun control ...

Broke and badly bent

Letters

Our city of Williamsport is always pleading poverty, always in debt. Why not try and live within our means? The paying for things we already know instead of buying something new and fixing the roof on City Hall and putting more bleachers in the school sports stadium. That will probably cost the ...

Tax reform that makes sense

Letters

The most powerful man in Lycoming County is usually the district attorney – right now the most powerful person in Lycoming County is state Sen. Gene Yaw . We have to watch his actions closely, his vote is coming up very soon to totally eliminate school property taxes. It is very important. ...

Passing on grades

Education

ALTOONA (AP) — Altoona Area High School Principal Andrew Neely said change in education is like turning a big aircraft; it can’t turn on a dime, but it does move. The direction it’s moving is away from grades and toward competency-based projects, which Neely is excited ...

Students travel across curricular boundaries in vintage vehicle

Education

An interdisciplinary collaboration at Pennsylvania College of Technology applied three-dimensional printing to a singular piece of American history, readying an electric 1908 Studebaker for display at a prestigious international automobile show in Florida. Students and faculty in additive ...

WAHS hosts career fair; more than 50 industries represented

Education

The Williamsport Area High School held its first-ever career fair for students recently. With representatives from more than 50 businesses, organizations, colleges, universities and military branches on-site, students were given an opportunity to interact with and explore their post-secondary ...

In the Schools

Education

Loyalsock Township School District finishes second at K’NEX STEM Design Loyalsock Township School District sent their three best teams of K’NEX kit engineers to the 2018 Regional STEM Design Challenge, hosted by BLaST Intermediate Unit 17. The event took place at Pennsylvania College of ...

Dean’s lists

Education

Alvernia University Reading HUGHESVILLE — James Secules. MUNCY — Kylie Wright. Boston University Boston, Mass. WILLIAMSPORT — Madison K. Confair. WATSONTOWN — Amelia R. Kramer. California University of Pennsylvania WILLIAMSPORT — Roger Wilson. BETHLEHEM — Tashina ...