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PennDOT secretary applauds thruway project

WINFIELD — The progress made on the Central Susquehanna Valley Thruway project since its groundbreaking in May 2016 has been amazing, said Leslie S. Richards, secretary of the state Department of Transportation, who visited the construction site of the northern section on Tuesday. The $700 ...

Secretary pushes importance of STEM for women in transportation

For the state Department of Transportation, teaching students the importance of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) disciplines are a priority as the department continues to aim for diversity in its workforce. Leslie S. Richards, secretary of the state Department of ...

No-tax-increase budget proposed for Montgomery Borough

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 ...

Titan of Little League safety remembered by friends, associates

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 ...

School board to hear options on upcoming budget

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 ...

Water bottles aid in anti-drug education

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 ...

Governor plans to borrow against Farm Show site

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 ...

Feds to relax rules on coal-fired plants

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

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

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 ...

Hughesville mulls dead tree ordinance

HUGHESVILLE — Hughesville Borough Council got a first look at the draft of an ordinance dealing with dead and diseased trees. The draft was brought to council by borough solicitor Ryan Tira at its meeting Monday night. The draft outlined the procedure for dealing with these issues. Tira ...

South Side moves to offer exemptions to Matthews Boulevard parking

After a few residents came to the South Williamsport Borough Council to speak against an ordinance that would restrict all trailers and recreational vehicles from parking on Matthews Boulevard, the safety committee came back with a suggestion at Monday’s meeting — exemptions. Instead of ...

Woman hurt in crash identified

HUGHESVILLE — The woman whose pickup truck crashed into a tree on Route 405 in Wolf Township about 2 p.m. on Sunday was Mildred A. Harner, 77, of Pennsdale, who was taken by ambulance to the UPMC Susquehanna Williamsport Regional Medical Center, state police said.

Stretch of rain likely to follow sunny weekend

Keep your umbrellas nearby today because you’re sure going need them as the weak remnants of what used to be Hurricane Nate, now a tropical depression, could drench the region, according to Rob Radzanowski, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in State College said Sunday ...