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Chaz Garrity, of SwiftReach Networks, explains the county's new mass notification system, Swift911, during the Department of Public Safety’s 40th annual Appreciation Dinner for emergency services personnel on Thursday at the Holiday Inn on Pine Street.

‘Thank you for all you do,’ firefighters, EMTs, others told

John Yingling, director of the Lycoming County Department of Public Safety, announced his hope for a peaceful dinner and ceremony to go uninterrupted by the pagers worn by many of the emergency response personnel being honored at the department’s 40th annual appreciation dinner ...

Property in pipeline’s path disputed

A Schuylkill County man whose land is in the path of a multi-million dollar natural gas pipeline project is among those challenging the business’s eminent domain seizure of his property in federal court — and saw a setback Thursday. Ryan J. Regec, of North Hampton, sought in U.S. Middle ...

Jury gets case in trial of Penn State’s ex-president

HARRISBURG (AP) — Attorneys for Penn State ex-President Graham Spanier on Thursday declined to call any witnesses to counter accusations that he acted illegally in handling a 2001 complaint about Jerry Sandusky showering with a boy, sending the case to jurors for deliberation. Spanier ...

London defiant as Islamic State takes credit

LONDON (AP) — Authorities on Thursday identified a 52-year-old Briton as the man who mowed down pedestrians and stabbed a policeman to death outside Parliament in London, saying he had a long criminal record and once was investigated for extremism — but was not currently on a terrorism ...

Lycoming County approves grant for volunteer fire police

As volunteer fire police numbers continue to dwindle, a $1,000 county grant for training and education goes a long way, authorities say. “I can’t say enough about how helpful they are,” said Commissioner Rick Mirabito during the commissioner’s meeting Thursday afternoon. “I think ...

Intermediate Unit budget up by 2 percent

Intermediate Unit 17 has announced its proposed $2.74 million 2017-18 budget and is awaiting approval from each of the 19 school districts that participate in its shared services. There will be a 2-percent increase from the $2.68 million 2016-17 operating budget due to salaries and ...

School board revisits drug test policy

Loyalsock Township School District’s student drug testing policy is now in its fifth year, and the school board is looking for ways to improve it. To do so, the board invited students to its Wednesday work session to share their perspectives. “It gets younger people to stop doing drugs ...

Housing authority hires firm

The Lycoming County Housing Authority Board hired Mansfield Contracting for the Penn Vale kitchen project during its regular monthly meeting Thursday. The firm’s $144,950 bid was the lowest among seven firms seeking the work. The project will include installation of new cabinets, counter ...

Volunteer Ira Hutchins of Unityville is handed a bucket full of trout in Little Muncy creek near Lairdsville while helping with the PA Fish and Boat Commission trout stocking on Wednesday. KAREN VIBERT-KENNEDY/Sun-Gazette

Stocking continues before season opener

After last week’s blizzard forced the rescheduling of a few trout stocking days, the state Fish and Boat Commission is back to it this week. A commission stock truck full of trout from the Tylersville hatchery emptied its cargo into a stretch of Muncy Creek on Wednesday. The ...

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Community Arts Center names 2nd administrator

The Community Arts Center has hired two veteran administrators, a promise it made in December to bring a dual-leadership management style to the theater. Sharon Mack becomes the management director, working with previously named operations director Dave Whitnack, and Dana Beth Evans will ...

Wolf urges delegation to defeat GOP bill

HARRISBURG — Reaction to Republican health care legislation speeding toward a vote was mixed Wednesday among Pennsylvania’s 18-member U.S. House delegation, as Gov. Tom Wolf made another attempt at urging them to defeat it, saying it would jeopardize people’s lives. In a letter ...

5 dead in vehicle, knife attack in Britain

LONDON — A knife-wielding man went on a deadly rampage in the heart of Britain’s seat of power Wednesday, plowing a car into pedestrians on London’s Westminster Bridge before stabbing a police officer to death inside the gates of Parliament. Five people were killed, including the ...

Ex-PSU athletic director: ‘I wish I would have done more’

HARRISBURG — Two former senior administrators at Penn State testified Wednesday they regret how they handled a 2001 complaint about Jerry Sandusky showering with a boy, more than a week after they both struck plea deals and became witnesses against former university president Graham ...

Snowstorm helps bolster reservoir water supplies

Nobody shoveling or plowing last week during after winter storm Stella probably thought how beneficial the blizzard was in terms of fresh-water replenishment. But that’s just what the 17 inches of snow provided to those serving residential and business customers as part of the watershed ...

Brandon Park is ‘all about trees this year’

The Brandon Park Commission is in the planning stages for its annual Arbor Day celebration in the park, to be held at 1 p.m. April 28. The commission hopes to be named a Tree City USA by the Arbor Day Foundation because of its efforts in planting new and removing diseased trees. The actions ...

Motorists treated for injuries from wrecks

Matthew Easton, 36, of Jersey Shore, was treated at a local hospital for injuries he suffered when his SUV overturned in the 1500 block of Cement Hollow Road in Piatt Township about 9:50 p.m. Tuesday, according to the Tiadaghton Valley Regional police. Concerning another crash, Edith Johnson, ...

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Evelyn Wieder, 4, of Loyalsock Township, plays an educational game on a tablet at the James V. Brown Library Welch Children’s Wing on Tuesday morning. The library is one of 30 museums and libraries named as finalists for the 2017 National Medal for Museum and Library Service from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

Brown library among 30 finalists for national award

The James V. Brown Library has been named one of 30 finalists for the National Medal for Museum and Library Service from the Institute of Museum and Library Services. It is the highest national award given by the federal institute for the past 23 years for museums and libraries. The 10 ...

Prosecutor: Not reporting Sandusky let evil ‘run wild’

HARRISBURG (AP) — The failure of Penn State’s former president to report child molestation accusations against Jerry Sandusky allowed evil “to run wild,” prosecutors said Tuesday at the start of Graham Spanier’s trial. A defense attorney accused prosecutors of trying to ...

Major work to begin soon at ballpark

Some of the expected $1.1 million in renovations at Bowman Field are expected to begin within days, the Bowman Field Commission was told Tuesday. The overhaul of the 91-year-old ballpark will bring new dugouts, about 650 seats, an infield wall and netting, according to Chelsea Rawson, a ...

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No promises and no one above law, court pick says

WASHINGTON (AP) — Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch declared Tuesday he’s made no promises to Donald Trump or anyone else about how he’ll vote on abortion or other issues and testified he’ll have no trouble as a justice holding anyone accountable, including the president who picked ...