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Should you need to pass a social media check to get a gun?

ALBANY, N.Y. — Should hateful tweets keep you from getting a gun? That’s a question many have asked after suspects in several horrific mass shootings were found only later to have left social media hints of violence that went unheeded for years. Now a New York lawmaker has introduced a ...

Area nonprofits honored with grants from Pearls with a Passion

Six nonprofits involved in working with children and youth were awarded grants totaling $18,000 from the women’s philanthropic group, “Pearls with a Passion,” at their annual luncheon Tuesday. With a membership that has grown each year since 18 women founded it in 2013, the group is ...

No-tax-increase budget adopted by Montoursville

Montoursville Borough Council adopted a $2.3 million 2019 general fund budget Wednesday, with no real estate tax increase. The spending plan includes budgets for water of about $1.1 million and highway aid of $253,900, according to Ginny Gardner, borough secretary. The tax rate is 4 mills, ...

Konkle re-elected as Montoursville board president, tax limit passed

The Montoursville Area School Board re-elected Scott Konkle as president during its annual reorganization meeting Tuesday night. The vote was 9-0 to retain Konkle as president. Voting yes were William Ruffing, Susan Beery, Dottie Mathers, Dave Shimmel, Robert Logue, Daniel Albert, Ron ...

Muncy OKs different health insurance provider; new manager hired

MUNCY — Borough police officers will undergo a change to their health insurance in the coming year, according to council Tuesday night. In addition, a new borough manager was approved. On Dec. 31, all health insurance for borough employees will be moved to a different provider. The ...

Deer program helps feed the hungry

Not all of the deer harvested from the woods and fields of the state will end up as meals on the tables of hunters. Many of the deer will once again be donated to hungry families and individuals through the Hunter’s Sharing the Harvest venison donation program. Last year, more than ...

Jury finds Groves guilty of murder

LOCK HAVEN — The word “guilty” rang out through the large courtroom 12 times as a jury announced the verdict in the Loyd Groves murder trial. The courtroom was quiet as the jury walked into the room after announcing to the judge that they had reached a verdict just about 2:30 p.m. ...

Jersey Shore board votes down school closure hearings

JERSEY SHORE — A motion before the Jersey Shore Area School district’s board to set dates for public hearings for the closure of Avis and/or Salladasburg Elementary schools was defeated as the vote ended in a tie at their meeting Monday night. Voting for the measure were: Craig Allen, ...

Noviello seeks GOP Williamsport mayor nomination

Don Noviello, of Third Avenue, has announced his intention to seek the city Republican nomination for mayor in the spring primary. “We need to develop more opportunities to bring the city further into the 21st century,” said Noviello, a city councilman. In an interview, Noviello cited the ...

11 homeless after city fire damages 2 buildings

Two men are credited with rescuing Victoria Blackson and her 4-year-old great-grandson from their second-floor balcony on Sunday afternoon when the two became trapped during a three-alarm fire that ripped through their five-unit apartment building in the 1500 block of Memorial Avenue. A total ...

Bower League finds new location

The sound of the basketballs pounding and sneakers squeaking on a hardwood court could be heard Saturday as another year of the John H. Bower Sunday School Basketball League began, league officials said. That almost didn’t happen, said Bob Cellini, league secretary. That’s because the ...

County OKs retirement fund contribution hike

Locally elected and appointed officials voted on the following matters in the past week: Federal • The U.S. legislature was not in session this week. State • The state legislature was not in session this week. County • The Lycoming County commissioners unanimously approved a ...

Crunch time nears in state to buy new voting machines

HARRISBURG — It’s getting down to crunch time for Pennsylvania’s counties to decide which new voting machines to buy, and how, as Gov. Tom Wolf presses them to switch to voting machines that leave a paper trail as a safeguard against hacking. Wolf’s administration told county ...

George H.W. Bush’s life embodiment of Texas spirit

HOUSTON — Although he was born and grew up on the East Coast, former President George H.W. Bush was the quintessential Texan. He found early success in the state’s oil fields, helped change the landscape of Texas politics and loved Tex-Mex food. And in his adopted hometown of Houston, ...

George H. W. Bush: ‘Kinder and gentler’ president, dies at 94

HOUSTON — George H.W. Bush played many prominent public roles in nearly a century of life, from when he was a 20-year-old World War II hero to the 41st president of the United States. In between came turns as a congressman, the director of the CIA, an ambassador to the United Nations and ...

Rolley named new publisher of Sun-Gazette

Robert O. “Bob” Rolley Jr. has been named publisher of the Williamsport Sun-Gazette. “The Sun-Gazette has such a strong history of serving its communities,” Rolley said. “I’m honored to come back to my hometown newspaper where I began my career 37 years ago. The newspaper is a ...

Flood insurance rebuilds homes with public money repeatedly

WASHINGTON, N.C. (AP) — Floodwaters rose about 15 inches into Danielle Rees’ home in September when Hurricane Florence drenched this tidewater city on the Pamlico River and overwhelmed a local creek and marshland. The first floor was a sopping mess of gritty, swampy water in three bedrooms, ...

Newberry tree-lighting planned

Santa Claus is expected for the Newberry/Jaysburg Christmas tree lighting at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday. The event of the Newberry Community Partnership will be held on the Brodart property at West Third and Arch streets. Steve Hulslander and West Branch School students will lead Christmas carols.

Festival of Lights brings glow to park

The annual Festival of Lights in Brandon Park took place on Friday with Mayor Gabriel J. Campana flipping the switch and trees throughout the park taking on a festive glow. Musical and dance performances along with Disney characters delighted the crowd as Santa listened to special requests from ...

Commonwealth: Groves planned woman’s murder

LOCK HAVEN — Kathy Heckel had become something toxic in Loyd Groves’ life, similar to the asbestos he removed from the buildings at Hammermill Paper Co. That’s why he killed her. That was just one of many accusations Senior Attorney General Daniel Dye stated in an fiery closing ...