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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 ...

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 ...

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, ...

Slow progress upsets councilman

A city councilman on Tuesday complained about the slow pace of work being done at Maynard Street, leading to a discussion with Mayor Gabriel J. Campana afterward. “We were told they’d be done in October,” Councilman Clifford “Skip” Smith, committee chairman, said. Present at the ...

Luncheon commemorates giving spirit

The fifth annual Pearls with a Passion luncheon on Tuesday celebrated the donation of $18,000 in grant money to six regional nonprofit organizations. Pearls with a Passion is an endowed fund with First Community Foundation Partnership of Pennsylvania, and it is the first women’s giving ...

Committee pushes for 2 projects

Two local projects are vying for Transportation Alternatives Program funding, administered by the state Department of Transportation. The Williamsport Area Transportation Study Technical Committee will “highly recommend” both projects to PennDOT’s Harrisburg office in the hopes of ...

President’s plan to call Jerusalem capital of Israel comes with risks

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump forged ahead Tuesday with plans to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital despite intense Arab, Muslim and European opposition to a move that would upend decades of U.S. policy and risk potentially violent protests. Trump also told the leaders of ...

Leaders seek to end fissures over bill averting shutdown

WASHINGTON (AP) — Top Republicans tried quelling GOP divisions over the budget and a partisan immigration clash simmered in the background as leaders labored Tuesday to push a short-term spending bill through Congress by week’s end and avert a partial government shutdown. Republican ...

New president for Montoursville Area School Board

Montoursville Area School Board named Scott Konkle its new president during the annual reorganization meeting Tuesday night. Konkle replaces Ronald Snell, who remains on the board. The vote to approve Konkle was 7-0. Voting yes were Snell, Susan Beery, Daniel Albert, Jennifer Marriott, ...

Williamsport Area School Board re-elects president

The Williamsport Area School Board unanimously re-elected Lori Baer as board president during its meeting on Tuesday. In another unanimous vote, Dr. Jane Penman was elected to be the board’s vice president, replacing Spencer Sweeting. “I just want to take a moment ... to thank Spencer ...

County: Recycling sites have been contaminated

The Lycoming County recycling drop-off centers need some help from patrons who drop off glass. “Glass recycling has become contaminated with plastic bags, cardboard, Pyrex, ceramic, drinking glasses and other materials,” said Lauren Strassuer, Resource Management Services recycling ...