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The Lycoming County Progressives held a Town Hall Meeting at the County Commissioners Boardroom to discuss a strategy for replacing Congressman Tom Marino, should he resign his seat.

Locals look to possibility of filling Marino’s vacant seat

As members of all parties wait for an official announcement that U.S. Rep. Tom Marino, R-Cogan Station, will be appointed to the role of national drug czar, the question of who will replace him in Congress is on the minds of many locals. About 26 of those people gathered Wednesday night, ...

SURVIVOR: Hines visits Penn College to spread suicide awareness

On Sept. 24, 2001, Kevin Hines attempted suicide by launching himself over the side of the Golden Gate Bridge and into the San Francisco Bay 220 feet below. Though that drop has resulted in the deaths of nearly all 2,000 people who have attempted it in the 80 years since the bridge was ...

Bond renewal advances

City Council on Wednesday voted to give the administration permission to renew a revolving line of credit to $5 million to pay for capital improvement projects such as renovation to Bowman Field. The city has about $4.9 million in outstanding balances as a result of economic development ...

Lieutenant governor apologizes for his angry remarks amid investigation

HARRISBURG — Pennsylvania’s lieutenant governor apologized Wednesday in the face of an investigation by the inspector general’s office, but provided scant details about what he feels he did wrong. Democratic Lt. Gov. Mike Stack said he has said “things in anger or stress or ...

Trump declares US-Russia relations may be at ‘all-time low’

WASHINGTON — Laying bare deep and dangerous divisions on Syria and other issues, President Donald Trump declared Wednesday that U.S. relations with Russia “may be at an all-time low.” His top diplomat offered a similarly grim assessment from the other side of the globe after meeting ...

Lawmakers try to keep town halls from getting out of control

DENVER — It was one of the most exclusive tickets in town: Only 800 were made available, and those lucky enough to score one were told they would have to show photo ID at the gate, where they would be issued a wristband and a number. No signs bigger than a sheet of notebook paper allowed, ...

Proposed budget includes tax hike

The Loyalsock Township School Board approved a proposed 2017-18 budget by a 5-3 vote during its Wednesday meeting. The spending plan includes a tax increase of about 0.42 mills, from 14.17 to 14.59 mills. For perspective, someone with a $100,000 property could expect a $42 tax ...

School board’s vote on demolishing historic building ties 4-4

A historic stone structure of Montoursville Area High School, long the topic of debate in the community, will remain standing — at least for now. Discussion over maintaining or razing the 1931 building of Montoursville Area High School dominated action at Tuesday night’s school board ...

Montgomery approves resource officer agreement

MONTGOMERY — A motion authorizing the signing of an intergovernmental agreement with Clinton Township and the Montgomery Borough School Resource Officer was passed by borough council at its meeting Tuesday night. The agreement now needs to be signed by the Clinton supervisors. According to ...

Living ‘Last Supper’ to be performed

The Resounding Cymbals Performing Arts group will present a living “Last Supper” at 6 and 8 p.m. tonight and 7:30 p.m. Friday at the American Rescue Workers Church, 25 Ross St. Admission is free. The production is based on the painting by Leonardo da Vinci and brings to life the moment ...

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Accused killer Graham Nicholas Norby-Vardac, 23, of Alexandria, Va., is escorted by state police Cpl. Travis Doebler into the courtroom of District Judge Gary Whiteman for arraignment Tuesday.

Suspect charged

Five days after 82-year-old Donald Kleese Jr. was found bludgeoned to death in his home on Quaker Hill Road in Eldred Township, a 23-year-old Virginia man was charged Tuesday with killing him during a burglary, according to state police. Graham N. Norby-Vardac, of Alexandria, “struck Kleese ...

Marino may step down, take new post

U.S. Rep. Tom Marino, R-Cogan Station, soon may step down from his position in the Legislature to take on the role as the nation’s drug czar. Marino reportedly will head up the Office of National Drug Control Policy, bringing him directly into President Donald Trump’s administration, CBS ...

Engineering firm lining up to study Grafius Run issue

A city engineering firm is preparing a contract for City Council to review in the next two weeks that would include a flood-reduction study of Grafius Run and its watershed in Loyalsock Township. It would be a hard look at and means of reducing the chance of properties continuing to be ...

Reentry center services are going out to bid

Lycoming County is requesting bids for a county reentry service center, announcing Tuesday it would send bid requests out nationally. Bid proposals are due by May 26 and will be opened on May 30, according to Mya Toon, chief procurement officer for the county. Additionally, a mandatory ...

NKorea decries US carrier dispatch

PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — North Korea’s parliament convened Tuesday amid heightened tensions on the divided peninsula, with the United States and South Korea conducting their biggest-ever military exercises and the USS Carl Vinson aircraft carrier heading to the area in a show of ...

Grant application OK’d for Sylvan Dell project

The Lycoming County commissioners unanimously voted to approve an application for state grant funds to purchase over 200 acres of land in Armstrong Township. The proposal to create the Sylvan Dell Nature Preserve aims to transform two parcels of land just off Prospect Road in Armstrong ...

$1M line of credit boost heads to council

City Council tonight is expected to give final approval to the administration’s request to increase a $4 million line of credit to $5 million to cover continuing renovations to Bowman Field and pay debt on other capital improvement projects. With outstanding balances of $4.9 million on ...

Russia vetoes UN resolution to condemn Syria chemical attack

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Russia vetoed a U.N. resolution Wednesday that would have condemned the reported use of chemical weapons in a town in northern Syria and demanded a speedy investigation, triggering clashes between Moscow and the measure’s Western backers. The vote on the Security ...

Postal employees see 14 percent hike in dog attacks in Central Pa.

The Postal Service has reported that of the 6,755 employees attacked last year by dogs, 114 of those attacks occurred in central Pennsylvania. The regional figure is up by 100 attacks from the previous year. National Dog Bite Prevention Week is this week, and the Postal Service is driving ...

Beer sales set at Loyalsock Sheetz after remodel done

The Loyalsock Township supervisors approved a liquor license transfer to the Sheetz being remodeled at 330 Westminster Drive Tuesday. The demolition and remodel including a 3,282-square-foot addition, parking lot re-arrangement and a new walkway is a part of many similar Sheetz projects and ...