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wreaths decorate the graves of veterans on National Wreaths Across America Day.

Mothers of veterans gear up for wreath-laying event

The city’s chapter of Blue Star Mothers of America will lay wreaths in Wildwood Cemetery through Wreaths Across America for the second year this December. Blue Star Mothers, a national non-profit made up of mothers who have children either serving or who have served in the military, are ...

Local outreach meetings set for budget review

The Lycoming County commissioners have announced public outreach meeting dates at which community members can learn about the proposed 2018 county budget and ask questions about or provide insight regarding the proposal. These meetings will be held at the following locations from 6 to 7:30 ...

Trump considers withdrawing Marino as drug czar nominee

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump on Monday raised the possibility of withdrawing his nomination of Republican Rep. Tom Marino to be the nation’s drug czar following reports that the lawmaker played a key role in passing a bill weakening federal authority to stop companies from ...

Judge to say if Sandusky gets new sexual abuse trial

BELLEFONTE (AP) — A Pennsylvania judge said Monday he will announce later this week whether to grant former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky a new trial or throw out child sexual abuse convictions against him. Judge John Foradora posted an announcement online Monday that ...

Former homeless man claims agency saved him from a slow death on streets

Roger Alter said he would have been gone — as in dead. A few years ago, he took baths in creeks and told the time of day by looking at the sun, the former homeless man told a stunned Lycoming Reentry Coalition audience Monday. He shared with them his ordeal of living on the land and finding ...

Wolf blames Trump, Congress for spiking health coverage cost

HARRISBURG — Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf’s administration on Monday blamed President Donald Trump and the Republican-led Congress for a sharp increase in the cost of health insurance that will take effect next year for some of the 500,000-plus people who buy individual plans in ...

Technology at Muncy schools ‘in great shape,’ board says

MUNCY — Aside from a few needed upgrades, the Muncy School District heard Monday that it’s in great shape as far as technology within its schools. Scott Moll is the director of technology for Intermediate Unit 17 and has worked with Muncy for over two decades. He was present Monday to ...

2 bridges replaced in Lycoming County

The Route 414 bridge spanning Callahan Run in Jersey Mills, McHenry Township, and the Route 15 bridge, in Clinton Township, which spans Black Hole Creek, were reopened on Friday as a part of the state Department of Transportation’s Rapid Bridge Replacement Project. Both were on the ...

Fall spectacle delayed by warmer days

The unusual stretches of high temperatures and limited wind in early October may have pushed back peak fall foliage views as much as an entire week. Without periods of cold early morning weather and frost, the chlorophyll that gives the leaves the green color remains on the trees, Barry ...

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Flaming Foliage Festival gives queen’s crown to Bucktail gal

RENOVO – For everyone in the town of Renovo, the 69th annual Flaming Foliage Festival weekend saved its best moment for last, as Ann Cowfer, hometown Miss Bucktail, was named Queen. The Bucktail Area High School gymnasium shook with excitement when the Bucktail senior’s name was called. ...

The Black Forest Inn provided a float that includes a snow mobile on top of a truck as the participants fire confetti to the delight of the crowd.

Parade of Queens celebrates Fall Foliage Festival

KEVIN RAUCH/Sun-Gazette Correspondent The streets of Renovo were often three people deep as parade watchers celebrated the Parade of Queens during the 69th annual Fall Foliage Festival Saturday afternoon. Fire engines, bands, floats, animals, kids and just about every other festivity that ...

Official: Projected MS4 cost ‘scares the bejesus out of everyone’

s Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System, or MS4, regulations continue to roll out statewide, local officials are working out the projected costs of fully conforming to the federal mandate. The mandate calls for certain municipalities to make changes to their sewer systems, storm water ...

MS4 coalition reorganizing

What formerly was known as the Lycoming County Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System Coalition, or MS4, has been changing, said John Bickhart, engineering services manager for the Lycoming County Water and Sewer Authority. The coalition was formed by nine municipalities and Pennsylvania ...

Trump’s speech inflames tension between US, Iran

TEHRAN, Iran — President Donald Trump’s refusal to certify the Iran nuclear deal has sparked a new war of words between the Islamic Republic and America, fueling growing mistrust and a sense of nationalism among Iranians. The speech has served to unite Iranians across the political ...

Trump leaves Republicans with heavy lift on Iran deal

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans demanded a major say on the Iran nuclear agreement two years ago and never got it from Democrat Barack Obama. Now that President Donald Trump has directed Congress to make the international pact more stringent, the GOP is finding that having that voice won’t be ...

Army of firefighters brave deadly, epic California firestorm

SONOMA, California (AP) — Santa Rosa firefighter Brandon Palmer has fought big blazes in his 20 years on the job, but the 81-hour shift he spent fighting the fire storm in his own neighborhood this week was still stunning. “It’s crazy to watch your hometown be annihilated by fire,” he ...