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A boom rat works the logs in the Susquehanna Boom more than a century ago when lumber still was king here. Jay Decker, of Cogan Station, believes the photo is of his grandfather, Henry Amon Decker.

Harsh, frightening stories of a boom rat

(EDITOR’S NOTE: Today the Sun-Gazette offers the next installment in a weekly history series that tells the stories of those who came before us.) A headless logger haunting the river’s edge, searching for his lost noggin. Bloody battles on frozen logs and legs plunging into ice-cold ...

3 local school districts looking to raise taxes

(EDITOR’S NOTE: Each Monday, the Sun-Gazette summarizes major votes of the past week and, more specifically, how our locally elected and appointed officials voted on each matter. Watch for it each Monday in the Sun-Gazette.) Locally elected and appointed officials voted on the following ...

Big cuts to food stamps part of Trump’s budget proposal coming Tuesday

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump’s budget would drive millions of people off of food stamps, part of a new wave of spending cut proposals that already are getting panned by lawmakers in both parties on Capitol Hill. Trump’s blueprint for the 2018 budget year comes out Tuesday. ...

Students from 15 schools compete for drama awards

Students involved with drama at the Shikellamy High School represented their school well as they took home eight awards, including the Ray Phillips Memorial Trophy for Best Dramatic Program, at the ninth annual Ray of Lights Awards’ program Saturday at the Community Arts Center. This is the ...

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Reese Walizer, 9, of Montoursville, examines a monarch butterfly on her Q-tip at Folks Butterfly Farm’s booth during Rider Park’s open house Sunday.

Displays, activities highlight natural treasure

WARRENSVILLE — Bluebirds, bats and butterflies were among topics of interest to those attending the fourth annual open house at Rider Park on Sunday. A gift to the community from the late civic leader and businessman Thomas J. Rider, the park site includes over 868 acres of woodlands and ...

Sun-Gazette newsroom staff takes home 7 awards from 2 organizations

The editorial staff of the Williamsport Sun-Gazette received seven journalism awards over the weekend at the Pennsylvania Press Conference in Lancaster. On Friday night, Sun-Gazette staff received four Pennsylvania Associated Press Managing Editors awards. Sun-Gazette editor David F. Troisi ...

US pitches Syria plan to Russia

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States has proposed to Russia a plan for managing an increasingly complex battlefield in Syria’s main oil-producing region, where U.S.-backed forces fighting Islamic extremists are in conflict with Russian-backed Syrian forces. Marine Gen. Joseph Dunford ...

Mistrial declared on homicide charges in ’15 shooting

A hung jury in Dwayne Jaleel Hall’s murder trial led a judge in Lycoming County Court to declare a mistrial Friday on the criminal homicide and assault charges brought against him for allegedly killing Irahmeen Mills in 2015. After deliberating since Thursday afternoon, the jury wasn’t ...

Model sub christened the USS Williamsport

“I christen thee, U.S.S. Williamsport.” With those words, and the crashing of a champagne bottle, what had long been a dream of Bill Reasner’s became reality. “It’s been a two-year struggle to construct a sub for a float,” Reasner said as he stood before city hall where the ...

Report: FBI probe moves into White House

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump told Russian diplomats last week his firing of “nut job” James Comey had eased the pressure on him, even as the FBI’s Trump-Russia investigation had moved into the White House, according to reports Friday that pursued the president as he began his ...

Trump to Muslims on first foreign trip: Drive out terrorists

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump will use his first visit to the Middle East to call for unity in the fight against radicalism in the Muslim world, casting the challenge as a “battle between good and evil” and urging Arab leaders to “drive out the terrorists from your places of ...

Deliberation continues in murder trial

After deliberating most of Thursday afternoon, the jurors in the murder trial of Dwayne Jaleel Hall were sent home and will continue working towards a verdict today. Hall, 27, is fighting homicide and other charges for allegedly shooting and killing Irahmeen Mills, across the street from a ...

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Steve Denhup, Drug Enforcement Administration Intelligence Group Administrator for the Philadelphia Field Division presents a drug threat assessment briefing at Pennsylvania College of Technology Thursday.

Heroin still a scourge, but fentanyl on rise

Heroin continues to be the greatest drug threat across the U.S., but the use and distribution of fentanyl is dramatically increasing. Steve Denhup, intelligence group supervisor with the federal Drug Enforcement Administration in Philadelphia, shared drug information with Project Bald Eagle ...

President calls independent investigation into Russia ties a ‘witch hunt’

WASHINGTON (AP) — Brimming with resentment, President Donald Trump fervently denied on Thursday that his campaign had collaborated with Russia or that he’d tried to kill an FBI probe of the issue, contending that “even my enemies” recognize his innocence and declaring himself the most ...

Supporters blame leaks

WASHINGTON (AP) — To the White House and its supporters, the big story in Washington isn’t the investigation into possible Trump campaign ties to Russia. It’s about leakers working to undermine the president. “SABOTAGE,” read the subject line of emails sent out by President Donald ...

Black community leaders to Tulsa: Act on pledges of racial harmony

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Tulsa community leaders say the acquittal of a white Oklahoma police officer who killed an unarmed black man ripped open a long-festering wound. From the mayor’s office to schools and churches, race relations have been terrible in Oklahoma’s second-largest city for ...

UGI to raise gas rates

UGI Penn Natural Gas customers will face heating bill increases beginning June 1. “Wholesale natural gas prices have been subject to upward price pressure over the past six months, and this adjustment reflects those higher costs,” Paul Szykman, UGI’s chief regulatory officer, said. UGI ...

Decision against zoning map change in Trout Run recommended

The Lycoming County Planning Commission unanimously agreed to recommend the county commissioners vote against approving a zoning map amendment application which would allow the retail chain Dollar General to put up a new store along Route 14 northbound in Trout Run. The application was ...

Muncy council hires full-time police officer

MUNCY — Borough Council voted unanimously at its meeting Thursday night to hire Ernest Delp III as a full-time borough police officer, effective July 1. Delp, who had been working for the borough as a part-time officer, was hired at a salary of $20 per hour. With the Aug. 1 deadline to make ...