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Donations are being sought for Brandon Park tree replacements

As a result of the storm that went through Lycoming County at the beginning of the month, the Brandon Park Commission is seeking donations to replace damaged trees. With 15 trees in need of replacement, the commission hopes to have the trees replaced by next Arbor Day. “We’d like to ...

Tax hike looms in Montgomery

MONTGOMERY — The Montgomery Area School Board this week approved what will amount to a $48 tax hike for every $100,000 of a home’s assessed value to support the district’s proposed general fund budget for 2017-18. The action raises school property taxes there by 0.48 of a mill, bringing ...

Loyalsock Township still eyes tax increase

The Loyalsock Township School Board Wednesday approved a proposed budget for next year that hikes real estate taxes by 0.25 mills. The millage hike reflects a decrease from an earlier proposed spending plan passed by the board in April. The $22.2 million budget passed by a vote of ...

Route 220/199 plan available to residents

LINDEN — A copy of the final draft of the Route 220/199 multi-municipal plan is available for review by residents of Woodward Township, according to the township supervisors, who met Wednesday evening. Township Secretary Judith Carpenter said there also are comment sheets for the public to ...

Zoning Hearing Board appointment made

MONTGOMERY — Borough Council appointed Katie Cox to the Zoning Hearing Board during its meeting Tuesday night. The meeting had been rescheduled from its usual time on the second Tuesday of the month due to a lack of a majority last week. According to Mayor Andrew Onufrak II, council also ...

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Mary-Kay Camp, of Lycoming County Voter Services, right, takes election packets from different precincts at the Voter Services office Tuesday night.

Both parties favor DA’s bid for judge

The unofficial primary election results show Eric Linhardt, Lycoming County district attorney, sweeping the Republican nomination for county judge and narrowly clinching the Democratic nomination as well. Celebrating his win at home with his family Tuesday night, Linhardt said he would ...

Nominees include incumbents, newcomers

Contested primary election races for party nominations occurred Tuesday in three boroughs and six townships. It set the stage for the Nov. 7 general election. According to unofficial election results: In DuBoistown, Norman J. Cowden, a former police chief, garnered 160 votes and defeated ...

School board nods decided in several districts

A number of school board seats were up for nomination in districts across Lycoming County in Tuesday’s primary. In Montoursville, incumbent board members Scott Konkle, William Ruffing and Jennifer Marriott captured nominations on both Republican and Democratic tickets. Susan Beery and ...

Turnout low at 22 percent

Turnout for the Tuesday primary was low, with 22 percent of the Lycoming County registered voters turning out to the polls. There are 58,635 registered voters in the county and 12,935 voted, with the last precinct coming in around 10 p.m, according to the county Voter Services. The last ...

Alleged shooter ‘hated’ victim

There was resentment between Dwayne Jaleel Hall and Irahmeen Mills before Hall allegedly shot the 25-year-old city man across the street from a business at 762 W. Fourth St. in 2015, according to new testimony during the second day of Hall’s trial Tuesday. Hall, 27, formerly of 1534 Lousia ...

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Twenty-nine celebrated successfully completing the Lycoming County Reentry Service program at the Community Theatre League Tuesday. Many of the graduates also are celebrating staying clean of drugs, having good jobs and their own homes, overcoming past debts and being good parents to their children. Pictured are, front from left, Tracy Moyer, Destiny Little, Latoya Washington, Stephanie Rolley, Christa Gardner, Garren Bigelow, Johnny Nields and Steve Guthrie with his daughter Jasmine. Back from left are Laura Treese, Brian Gallagher, Barbara Cook, Zachary Harlan and Logan Mahaffey. The remaining 16 graduates declined to be photographed.

29 success stories celebrate reentry transitions

“Transition, as a noun, means movement, passage or change from one position, state, stage, subject, concept to another,” said President Judge Nancy L. Butts at the fifth Lycoming County Reentry Service Center program transition ceremony Tuesday. “Transitions are bridges that carry a ...

White House: Disclosures ‘wholly appropriate’

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House on Tuesday defended President Donald Trump’s disclosure of classified information to senior Russian officials as “wholly appropriate,” as Trump tried to beat back criticism from fellow Republicans and calm international allies increasingly wary about ...

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Dan Watson, a Salvation Army volunteer of over 40 years, explains that it’s the excitement he gets from all the people the organization has helped over the years that keeps him going.

Thanking the volunteer ‘army behind the Army’

Volunteers are “the army behind the Army,” Maj. Donald G. Spencer, commanding officer of the Williamsport Salvation Army, told dozens of people at a volunteer recognition breakfast Tuesday at the Genetti Hotel. Spencer and his wife, Maj. Paula Spencer, only have served the Williamsport ...

Court rules in favor of SEDA-COG Joint Rail Authority

A court ruling has upheld SEDA-COG Joint Rail Authority’s position that it did not have sufficient votes to award an operating agreement to a particular company. That leaves the next operator of the JRA in question — at least for now. Jerry Walls, chairman of the Joint Rail Authority, ...

Tax hike probable for Muncy residents

MUNCY — Muncy area residents will pay more for property taxes next year after the Muncy School Board voted Monday night to increase the millage by 0.75 of a mill, from 14.5 mills to 15.50 mills. That would mean an increase of $75 for a home assessed at $100,000. Voting for the increase ...

Importance of local, state elections noted

It’s primary Election Day and voters have from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. to cast their ballot and make their voices heard. “Government starts at the lowest level,” said Joseph Hamm, chairman of the Lycoming County Republican Party. “It’s so important that folks turn out and they let their ...

Deadly shooting testimony begins

A cab driver parked outside of a business at 762 W. Fourth St. moments before the fatal shooting of Irahmeen Mills saw a man conceal the alleged gun that killed the 25-year-old city resident minutes later, according to testimony during the opening day of Dwayne Jaleel Hall’s trial ...

South Side tax hike may go above index

The South Williamsport Area School Board unanimously approved the 2017-18 preliminary budget for the district reflecting a 0.65-mill real estate tax increase at its meeting on Monday. The budget is subject to change before the final budget adoption in June. The increase would mean $65 for ...

Missile launch tests Trump’s China outreach

WASHINGTON (AP) — North Korea’s launch of a longer-range missile shows advances in its technological capabilities and offers the sternest test yet of President Donald Trump’s strategy to work with China to combat the threat. Will China fully enforce global sanctions on North Korea and ...

US: Syria is burning bodies to hide proof of mass Assad killings

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States accused Syria on Monday of executing thousands of imprisoned political opponents and burning their bodies in a crematorium to hide the evidence. The allegation could test the Trump administration’s willingness to respond to atrocities, other than ...