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State expert leery of city’s simultaneous study groups

The election of study government study groups this past November may have complicated issues for voters and may lead to a court challenge, depending on the electorate. “Only one study commission should have been on the ballot,” said Ed Fosnaught, representing the state Department of ...

MLK Day brings local groups to honor diversity

Honoring the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy and the remembrance of 50 years since his passing, many throughout the community decide to reflect back on King’s life, legacy or how to continue his teachings today. This year’s MLK Dreamweek kicks off with a peace walk, rally and ...

Loyalsock Township School District to stay within tax index

The Loyalsock Township School Board elected to keep the district’s property tax increases for the 2018-19 school year within the state published maximum at a meeting Wednesday night. The board has never needed to send a preliminary budget to the capital to ask to raise taxes higher than the ...

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An elderly couple was displaced Tuesday morning after a multiple-alarm blaze destroyed this Susquehanna Trail home in Northumberland County. The fire burned out of control for nearly 90 minutes. There were no reports of injuries.

Fire consumes home of elderly couple, good Samaritans assist

MUNCY — Rushing to a reported house fire Tuesday morning on the Susquehanna Trail, David Brown, an assistant chief with the Warrior Run Area Fire Co., was two miles from the scene when he could see thick smoke in the sky. When he arrived at the Northumberland County home of Richard and ...

County mulls drugmakers lawsuit option

Lycoming County may seek legal action against the pharmaceutical industry in light of the opioid epidemic, said Commissioner Tony Mussare on Tuesday. “We’re trying to find a way to make those who have some culpability for what’s become an incredibly expensive, 20-year problem,” said ...

Commissioners aim to pay golf complex debt

The Lycoming County commissioners will consider action Thursday to pay off the White Deer Golf Complex debts in order to allow Billy Casper Golf to “run this year with a clean slate,” Commissioner Jack McKernan said on Tuesday. “(The debt) was incurred before all three of us got the ...

District considers increase beyond state tax index

Property owners in the Montoursville Area School District may be reaching deep into their pockets in the next school year. Business Manager Brandy Smith told the school board Tuesday that not only will a millage increase be required to balance next year’s budget, but at an amount that ...

Penn National sues over state’s casino expansion

HARRISBURG — Pennsylvania-based casino owner Penn National Gaming sued Tuesday in a challenge to a central element of the state’s aggressive new law expanding casino gambling that Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf signed as part of an effort to fill a massive budget deficit. In the lawsuit, filed ...

School board discusses tax hike

HUGHESVILLE — The East Lycoming School Board adopted a resolution Tuesday night to remain within its Act 1 index — limiting property tax increases for 2018-19 to the state published amount. By agreeing to keep the tax increase under the state published index, the board has agreed not to ...

Township to work with city on cutting pollution

Loyalsock Township entered into an agreement with the city in coming up with a plan to comply with the Chesapeake Bay Pollution Reduction Plan. The requirement, also placed on Williamsport, DuBoistown and Hepburn and Old Lycoming townships, states that each municipality must reduce its load ...

Rezoning will make way for new enterprise

LOCK HAVEN — City Council voted Monday in favor of rezoning a piece of Susquehanna Square. Another favorable vote is required before the rezoning takes effect, and the topic will be on council’s agenda again on Jan. 22. However, a neighborhood resident raised questions about how the ...

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Loyalsock Creek named state’s top waterway

Loyalsock Creek beat out four other state streams and rivers to earn the title of 2018 River of the Year. The state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources and the state Organization for Waterways and Rivers recognizes one body of water as the River of the Year annually for over 20 ...

Jersey Shore moves step closer to possible school closures; sets hearing dates

JERSEY SHORE — The Jersey Shore Area School Board voted 5-4 in favor of setting school closing public hearing dates for Avis and Salladasburg Elementary Schools on Jan. 25 and 26 during its board meeting on Monday. The hearings will take place at the Jersey Shore Area Middle School, 601 ...

North, South Korea officials begin rare formal talks

SEOUL, South Korea — Senior officials from North and South Korea began the rivals’ first formal talks in about two years Tuesday to discuss how to cooperate in next month’s Winter Olympics in the South and how to improve their long-strained ties. The talks in the border village of ...

Plaintiffs seek speedy replacement in congressional map case

SEOUL, South Korea — Senior officials from North and South Korea began the rivals’ first formal talks in about two years Tuesday to discuss how to cooperate in next month’s Winter Olympics in the South and how to improve their long-strained ties. The talks in the border village of ...

Apple investors urge action to curb child gadget addiction

NEW YORK (AP) — Two major Apple investors have urged the iPhone maker to help curb smartphone addiction among children, highlighting growing concern about the effects of gadgets and social media on youngsters. New York-based Jana Partners LLC and the California State Teachers’ Retirement ...

Jersey Shore appoints county as tax collector

JERSEY SHORE — Borough council Monday night voted unanimously to appoint Lycoming County to collect its taxes for the next three years. The cost will be $1.50 per tax bill, an increase of 50 cents over the previous costs. Borough Manager Joseph Hamm noted that no person has run for the ...

South Side school board fills last vacancy

The South Williamsport Area School Board voted unanimously Monday to appoint Susan Bowman to the vacant seat for Region One, which encompasses the borough’s 1st Ward and the 1st precinct in the borough’s 2nd Ward to the east side of Curtin Street. The seat opened up when former board member ...

South Williamsport moves forward with home improvement grant

South Williamsport voted to continue with a SEDA-Council of Governments home rehabilitation grant program. The council approved a resolution Monday to continue with the group’s the Home Grant application. The borough has been using the program, now in its sixth phase, for years. And ...

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Ducks struggle to swim in icy waters at the East Buffalo Township Duck Pond near Lewisburg on Sunday.

Forecaster: Warmer temperatures coming

It’s going to be a January thaw starting today and continuing through the week, but today starts with a scattering of snow showers, with accumulation of a half to an inch of snow by Tuesday morning. Today, look for temperatures approaching 30 degrees for a high, which is a 34-degree change ...