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Authorities: Pot dealer confesses to Bucks County killings

DOYLESTOWN (AP) — A marijuana dealer gave police a grisly account of killing four men on his family’s farm, saying he crushed one of them with a backhoe after shooting him and tried to set three of the bodies on fire in a metal bin with the help of his cousin, according to court papers ...

Prison board backs electronic messaging kiosk

After months of deliberation, the Lycoming County Prison Board gave the nod of approval Friday toward implementing electronic messaging kiosks for prison inmates. The Lycoming County Commissioners are slated to vote on the matter on Thursday. The kiosks would allow inmates to message ...

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County fair opens with educational exhibits, fireworks and food

HUGHESVILLE — Emily Secules of this borough seemed to be pleasantly surprised Thursday night at the 147th Lycoming County Fair. Her tea table setting garnered her a first place blue ribbon and her mantle layout a second place. Representing Townsend House Bed and Breakfast in the borough, ...

New reports say rabid cat bit 2, dog quarantined

MUNCY – Two people are being treated and a dog is quarantined after a rabid cat attacked them Saturday morning, Muncy Borough Police Chief James Dorman said. Police responded to reports of a person attacked by a cat that had been acting odd Saturday around 11 a.m. A woman walking her ...

$3.3 million grant for airport construction

The Williamsport Regional Airport was awarded $3.3 million in grant money from the Federal Aviation Administration, to go toward new construction, said Airport Director Thomas Hart during the airport authority’s meeting Thursday. The funds will specifically go toward the milling and overlay ...

New Senate GOP health care bill teeters on the brink

WASHINGTON — Republican leaders unveiled a new health care bill Thursday in their increasingly desperate effort to deliver on seven years of promises to repeal and replace “Obamacare.” They immediately lost two key votes, leaving none to spare as the party’s own divisions put its top ...

Trump, Macron look past differences on Paris climate pact

PARIS (AP) — President Donald Trump and French President Emmanuel Macron set aside lingering differences on climate change during their meeting in France on Thursday, asserting that it shouldn’t prevent them from working together toward a post-war roadmap for Syria and to enhance Mideast ...

House to act quickly on GI bill expansion

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Republicans and Democrats unveiled legislation Thursday that would provide the biggest expansion of college aid for military veterans in a decade, removing a 15-year time limit to tap into benefits and increasing money for thousands in the National Guard and ...

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Madison Wertz, 12,  left, along with her father Michael Wertz second from left, and Madison’s grandfather Leonard Wertz, right, deliver 6,500 signatures on a petition calling for the testing of rape kits to state Rep. Jeff Wheeland, R-Loyalsock Township, third from left, at his office in Williamsport on Thursday morning. According to Wheeland, “She has done an amazing job collecting these signatures, I am very proud that she is one of my constituents in District 83.”

12-year-old girl moves forward in awareness for rape kits

After being named one of the Sun-Gazette’s 2016 people of the year for starting a petition to fund untested rape kits, Madison Wertz, 12, of Loyalsock Township, did not retire. What started as just gathering a couple of signatures everyday when she had the time when she was 11 years old ...

Reentry coalition discusses progress

The Lycoming County Reentry Coalition has achieved a lot in the two years it’s been around. At the group’s meeting Thursday, Dr. Kerry Richmond, an associate professor of criminal justice and criminology at Lycoming College, was there to explain the journey and the approach to offering ...

University’s interim president selected

Scott W. H. Barton was selected by the board of governors of Pennsylvania’s state system of higher education to serve as interim president of Mansfield University effective Aug. 19. Barton, who started at Mansfield in February 2016 and has been the vice president of administration and ...

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The Alumni Hall Student Center and most other buildings on the Mansfield University campus were quiet on Wednesday, the day of the release of a report on colleges in the state System of Higher Education.

Weak system: No closings, mergers eyed for state schools

HARRISBURG — A consulting firm issued a bleak assessment Wednesday of Pennsylvania’s state-owned university system, recommending a series of changes but not dramatic steps such as closing or merging any of its 14 institutions. The report by the National Center for Higher Education ...

Heroin dealer from New York City gets 15 years

A New York City man who supervised a crew of dealers selling heroin to users in Williamsport and the region received a 15-year federal prison sentence Wednesday in U.S. Middle District Court. Larry Eason, 36, supplied heroin obtained in New York to 11 others who sold it to dealers and users ...

Property tax measure is heading to referendum

HARRISBURG (AP) — Pennsylvania voters will have the chance to decide whether to amend the state constitution in what lawmakers call an effort to allow more significant residential property tax reductions. The Senate voted 46-2 on Tuesday, clearing the way for the question to appear on the ...

Optimistic Wolf insists he’s doing ‘the right thing’

HARRISBURG — Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf said Wednesday he was optimistic about getting a good budget agreement and that his administration was acting legally in waving through a budget that lacked the tax collections to sustain it for the entire fiscal year, the second time in two ...

FBI nominee rejects Trump claim: Russia probe no witch hunt

WASHINGTON — Donald Trump’s pick to lead the FBI broke with the president in key areas Wednesday, rejecting the idea that an investigation into possible coordination between Russia and the Trump election campaign is a “witch hunt” and promising not to cave to any pressure from a White ...

Man sentenced for needle that stuck deputy 2 years ago

A successful recovering addict was sentenced to serve 120 days on electronic monitoring and three years of probation nearly two years after one of his uncapped heroin needle punctured a deputy sheriff’s finger. In 2015, Jacob P. Fry was an active heroin user with a bench warrant out for his ...

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Photo Bomber driven by Tony Schadel of Sacramento, PA holds off Toobox Tuesday, driven by Roger Hammer of Bedford, PA, and Irish Valentine, driven by Christopher Shaw of Scenery Hill, PA in the first of nine, three year old colt harness race of the day at the Lycoming County Fair Wednesday. Races will continue on Thursday for the two yar old colts.

SLIDESHOW: Lycoming County Fair harness races

The Lycoming County Fair kicks off its harness races with 3-year-old colts on Wednesday. The races will continue today for the 2-year-old colts. Shown here from beginning to end: Photo Bomber, driven by Tony Schadel, of Sacramento, Pa., holds off Toobox Tuesday, driven by Roger Hammer, of ...

Township: Motorists ignore closed signs

Safety on local roads has officials in Washington Township concerned. Apparently some motorists have been ignoring road closure signs, driving faster than the signed maximum speed on closed roads of 5 mph and endangering crews working on the roads there. The township recently posted a legal ...

Police offer reasons for new department need

PENNSDALE — Citizens concerned about building plans that had been discussed over the past three months packed the room for Wednesday night’s Muncy Township Board of Supervisors meeting seeking to be heard by the board. One issue that had repeatedly came up was whether the township ...