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No-tax-increase budget proposed for Montgomery Borough

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MONTGOMERY — A no-tax-increase 2018 budget was presented and approved for a first reading by Montgomery Borough Council at its meeting Tuesday night. Taxes will remain at 7.24 mills, with 6.05 for general purposes, 1 for fire protection and 0.194 for library uses. According to Borough ...

Trump’s jibe deepens feud with Tillerson

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WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump challenged Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to “compare IQ tests,” delivering a sharp-edged ribbing that threw a bright spotlight on his seemingly shaky relationship with his top diplomat. The White House insisted the president was only joking. Trump ...

GOP gubernatorial stakes grow with Pittsburgh lawyer

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HARRISBURG — The Republican race for the nomination to challenge Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf’s re-election bid drew a third contestant Tuesday with the entry of Laura Ellsworth, a lawyer who ran her firm’s office in Pittsburgh and has played a prominent role in steering the city’s civic ...

Firm behind Trump-Russia dossier subpoenaed by House panel

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WASHINGTON (AP) — A political research firm behind a dossier of allegations about President Donald Trump’s connections to Russia has been subpoenaed by the House intelligence committee. Joshua Levy, a lawyer for Fusion GPS, said in a statement Tuesday that the subpoenas were signed by ...

Township enters agreement with county in flood buyout program

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The Loyalsock Township supervisors paired with Lycoming County Tuesday in an ongoing flood mitigation plan allowing properties that have had a history of flooding to be bought out using state and federal funds dispersed by county. The program is specifically in place to assist properties ...

County: Block grant funding in final consideration

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The final public hearing to discuss the Lycoming County recipients for 2017 Community Development Block Grant funding will take place Thursday. Pending public comment, the commissioners will vote on a resolution to submit the final application for funding. Out of the $247,101 Lycoming County ...

Montoursville approves canopy for filming platform

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The Montoursville Area School Board voted 6-2 in favor of an approximately $4,700 project to install a canopy over a film platform on the football field during its school board meeting. “We received a very generous $2,700 donation to put a filming platform over our pressbox,” said William ...

Respect one another

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Sit, stand, stay in the tunnel, lock arms, take a knee, it doesn't matter to me. Standing for the national anthem does not make one a patriot, kneeling does not make one unpatriotic. What is patriotism? I find it difficult to define. Is it patriotic to hold the flag, while burning ...

Hard to believe

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Hard to believe that some loud mouth celebrity would use their stardom as a platform to criticize the president of the United States or to lead a protest against his policies. Harder to believe that same loud mouth celebrity became the next president of the United Sates. It is no wonder ...

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Titan of Little League safety remembered by friends, associates

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Dr. Creighton J. Hale’s research made the game much safer for boys and girls in Little League Baseball. It was Hale, who died Sunday at 93, whose work led to the development of the double ear-flap batter’s helmet, catcher’s helmet and chest protector with throat guard, and the non-wooden ...

9 face charges for various offenses

Police Fire and Court

Nine people have been charged with various criminal offenses, according to court records. Those charged and the police departments involved were: • David Eugene Fricke, 59, of 1003 Hepburn St.; city police; aggravated assault for allegedly striking his 4-year-old son at the family’s home ...

School board to hear options on upcoming budget

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JERSEY SHORE — Jersey Shore Area School Board faces a challenge as it prepares to hear options from administrators at its next meeting regarding a difficult upcoming budget and financial forecast for the next three years. The district projects a $29 million budget, one that likely includes ...

8 accused of drug-related crimes

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Eight people have been charged with various drug offenses, according to court records. Those charged and the police departments involved were: • Robert James Harer, 34, of 1017 Park Ave.; city police; possession of suboxone without a prescription in the 400 block of Little League Boulevard ...

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Members of the Jersey Shore GSV All-Star, Jersey Shore VFW, Jersey Shore Junior League, Jersey Shore Black Fall Ball, Loyalsock Township WD, South Williamsport South All-Star and Labels by Pulizzi Little League teams hold up their anti-drug sport water bottles for a photo after volunteer umpire Barry Rake unveiled the bottles Monday as part of a new anti-drug campaign.

Water bottles aid in anti-drug education

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Barry Rake, a volunteer softball and baseball umpire for the past 40 years, is giving sport water bottles to kids ages 5 to 13 in an attempt to spread the drug-free message, “Be too smart to start.” The program was inspired by a Little League coach in Ohio who lost his son to a drug ...

Judge throws out case for lack of evidence

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Ruling there was insufficient evidence presented in the case, District Judge Allen P. Page III threw out a city police felony charge of intimidation of a witness against Miguel Wayne Knight, 38, of 405 High St. The charge stemmed from an incident in which police had alleged Knight ...

Governor plans to borrow against Farm Show site

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HARRISBURG (AP) — Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf’s administration said Monday that it will look to borrow against the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex and Expo Center to help plug a projected $2.2 billion deficit and make payments to schools and human services providers. It is the second ...

Countywide police activities

Police Fire and Court

Following are complaints handled by police agencies in Lycoming County, as provided by the county Emergency Communications Center: SUNDAY 12:53 a.m., theft, 200 block of East Water Street, Hughesville Borough. 12:57 a.m., disturbance, 800 block of Memorial Avenue, Williamsport. 1:12 ...

Feds to relax rules on coal-fired plants

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration is moving to roll back the centerpiece of President Barack Obama’s efforts to slow global warming, seeking to ease restrictions on greenhouse gas emissions from coal-fired power plants. In a plan expected to be made public in coming days, the ...

Borough eyes curbing to staunch flooding

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JERSEY SHORE — On Monday night, borough council here unanimously agreed to pay $7,000 to John Sanso Concrete to pour concrete curbing on the intersection of Nichols Alley and Railroad Street to decrease basement flooding in the area. Borough Manager Joseph Hamm introduced a motion for ...

Future special events include Halloween party and Christmas parade

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The city recreation commission continues to plan for a Halloween party at Liberty Arena. It is scheduled for 5 to 7 p.m. Oct. 28, the commission reported on Monday. The interior of the arena will be a party atmosphere for city and area children, according to Jessie Novinger, city recreation ...