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Diplomats criticize Jerusalem decision

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — One by one, 14 members of the U.N. Security Council spoke out against President Donald Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel at an emergency meeting on Friday, some with regret and some with anger at the 15th member, the United States. It ...

Prison focusing on poor mental health

Lycoming County Prison officials are seeking ways to improve the handling of mental health within the prison, using “data-driven justice” to help identify individuals with mental health problems who might be better served elsewhere. Chris Ebner, deputy warden of inmate services, said the ...

Assistant DA to take reins, complete term

As Lycoming County District Attorney Eric R. Linhardt prepares to take the oath of office as judge, a longtime assistant district attorney in his office has been appointed to Linhardt’s unexpired term. Kenneth Osokow, who started with the county as a law clerk in 1976, will officially be ...

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From left, Lycoming County Commissioners Rick Mirabito, Jack McKernan and Tony Mussare adopted the resolution for the 2018 budget at their meeting Thursday in the city.

Tax hike, cuts result in lowest deficit in decade

The Lycoming County commissioners unanimously approved the 2018 budget Thursday with a 0.75 millage real estate tax increase, bringing the millage rate from 5.75 mills to 6.5 mills. The expected deficit was narrowed down to just over $1.53 million, the lowest county deficit since 2006, said ...

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From left, Megan Page, human resources director; Joe Gerardi, department of codes; Police Chief David Young and Fire Chief Todd Heckman watch the city budget presented on a screen during the first reading of the city budget Thursday night.

2018 city budget advances on 1st vote

City Council on first reading Thursday approved a proposed no-tax-hike budget of $26.6 million. Council set the tax rate as proposed at 14.72 mills, which is what it was in 2017, said William E. Nichols Jr., city finance director. That is expected to bring in $12.8 million at a 92-percent ...

Liberty Arena plans move foward

City Council gave land development approval Thursday night to developer who wants to build extensions to Liberty Arena that include a restaurant and arcade and for subdivision approval for eventual reuse of the remaining part of the YMCA. Council approved modifications to a land development ...

Donations for congressman near $50,000

U.S. Rep. Tom Marino, R-Cogan Station, has amassed $47,210 in contributions during the most recent campaign filing period. Federal Election Commission records for the nine months between Jan. 1 and Sept. 30, 2017 show expenditures of $116,468 for the Marino for Congress Committee ...

Man gets 5 1/2 years in prison for firearms theft

A Loyalsock Township man was sentenced to 5 1/2 years in federal prison for breaking into a firearms dealership near Muncy in February and taking 11 guns. Samuel Bozochovic broke into R&J Welch at 1462 John Brady Drive Feb. 8 to feed a heroin habit. Bozochovic, who was sentenced by U.S. ...

Illegal border crossings up despite president’s tough rhetoric

MISSION, Texas (AP) — Felicita Villagran Villeda and her 15-year-old son sat on a dirt road next to the Rio Grande passing a plastic water jug back and forth, trying to catch their breath as the Texas sun bore down on them overhead. Border Patrol agents in green uniforms stood nearby, waiting ...

No tax hike in DuBoistown

DuBoistown Borough Council gave its final approval to the 2018 budget, which carries with it no tax increase for borough residents. A 50-cent increase for all part-time police officers and a 2 percent raise for all other employees was added since the first reading, although the bottom line was ...

President re-elected in school district

HUGHESVILLE — The East Lycoming Area School Board unanimously approved the re-election of Richard Michael as president and Richard Bradley as vice president. Both Michael and Bradley were re-appointed to their positions with a 7-0 vote. Incumbents Michael Mamrak and Karen Berger were ...

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Williamsport City Clerk Janice Frank, left, hands paperwork to District Judge Christian Frey, as Tony Nardi looks on before members of the Charter Commission were sworn in at City Hall Wednesday.

Charter commission begins with budget proposal, schedule

The city Charter Commission elected on Nov. 7 held its initial meeting Wednesday and prepared a budget and schedule of meetings to be posted publicly. The members of the group elected Fred Holland, a lawyer, as the commission chairman and Patrick Marty as vice-chairman. Others on the group ...

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Williamsport Citizens for Home Rule members Jon Mackey, left, Margaret Tupper, center, and Alice Hirsch, right, meet Wednesday morning at the Pajama Factory in Williamsport.

Home rule group prioritizes research

The local research committee of the Government Study Commission met Wednesday to go over strategies including looking at what is working — and not working — in the city. “We want to start by asking city officials what problems there are and what are the right solutions,” said Alison ...

Bill would require tax dollars for settlements be paid back

After first introducing a bill to address sexual harassment among federal lawmakers, U.S. Rep. Tom Marino, R-Cogan Station, now is taking that fight a step further. His newest piece of legislation would require repayment of taxpayers dollars used in sexual harassment settlements by members of ...

Beaver Lake residents to see $30 rate hike

After lengthy discussion revolving around ways to handle ongoing sewer rate issues at Beaver Lake, the Lycoming County Water and Sewer Authority voted 6-3 Wednesday to increase Beaver Lake’s rates to $161 per home per month and to $50 for unimproved lots in 2018. The approved new rate is ...

Commissioners to vote on 2018 budget today

The Lycoming County commissioners are set to vote on a finalized 2018 budget today, with the expected deficit now down to about $1.5 million from the initial proposal of $7.4 million. As part of their efforts to narrow down the deficit, the commissioners have included a .75 millage real ...

House OKs expansion of gun owners’ rights

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans rammed a bill through the House on Wednesday that would make it easier for gun owners to legally carry concealed weapons across state lines, the first significant action on guns in Congress since mass shootings in Nevada and Texas killed more than 80 ...

Pearl Harbor sailors to be posthumously honored with medals

HONOLULU (AP) — Two men are being posthumously awarded medals for helping save the lives of their fellow sailors during the 1941 Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. The Navy said Monday the late Lt. j.g. Aloysious Schmitt is being recognized for sacrificing his own life while helping his ...

State moves to dial back annual testing of students

HARRISBURG (AP) — Pennsylvania’s governor announced Wednesday changes to the state’s regimen of standardized tests that are designed to reduce their impact and length. The Pennsylvania System of School Assessment, the state’s standardized testing system, will last two weeks next year, ...