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Hearing resumes in pledge’s fatal fall at Penn State frat

BELLEFONTE — Members of a shuttered Penn State fraternity accused of crimes related to the death of a pledge were back in a Pennsylvania courtroom Thursday as a hearing resumed into whether there is enough evidence to send the case to trial. In its fourth day, the preliminary hearing for ...

Trump increases threats, says to ‘get their act together’

BEDMINSTER, N.J. — Not backing down, President Donald Trump warned Kim Jong Un’s government on Thursday to “get their act together” or face extraordinary trouble, and suggested his earlier threat to unleash “fire and fury” on North Korea was too mild. “Maybe that statement ...

Trump to declare opioid crisis a ‘national emergency’

BEDMINSTER, N.J. — President Donald Trump said Thursday that he will officially declare the opioid crisis a “national emergency” and pledged to ramp up government efforts to combat the epidemic. “The opioid crisis is an emergency. And I am saying officially right now: It is an ...

McCain promotes his own Afghan plan

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a rebuke of President Donald Trump, Republican Sen. John McCain declared Thursday that “America is adrift in Afghanistan” as he promoted a war strategy that would expand the U.S. counterterrorism effort and provide greater support to Afghan security forces. McCain, ...

‘Ongoing dialogue’ running smoothly between township and fire department

PENNSDALE — Things are moving along smoothly and the township and the fire department are working together nicely, Muncy Township Solicitor J. Mike Wiley told citizens at Wednesday night’s supervisors’ meeting in response to questions about the future of the township building. “There ...

Way’s Garden restoration bid work to be reviewed

City Council is expected to review work bids for continued restoration of Way’s Garden, on the 800 block of West Fourth St., at its Sept. 14 meeting. The Way’s Garden Commission met Thursday to address the issue and others. The commission has obtained a $90,000 grant from the state ...

Green Free Library marks centennial with a Sunday open house

Wellsboro — As part of its year-long celebration of service to the Wellsboro community, Green Free Library will hold an open house from 1 to 5 p.m. on Sunday, at the 1885 Mary Robinson house, 134 Main St. The event will be highlighted with an in-character presentation of the library’s ...

Faith-based fun: Families flock to annual block party

Tajon Jones munched on a hot dog beneath the shade of a tree as crowds gathered for the annual Antioch Baptist Church block party on a crystal-clear Wednesday night. “I’m here to see my friends,” the 13-year-old said, standing next to his brother, Travonte-Jones, 12. “I ...

Susquehanna Trailways to end daily bus trips to cities

Those without a car who need to get from Williamsport to Philadelphia or Harrisburg will need to find alternate transportation. Susquehanna Trailways, 11 W. Church St., will end its regular route bus service as of Aug. 31, according to the corporate office’s statement. Regular service ...

North Korean leaders dismiss Trump’s threat

WASHINGTON — North Korea on Wednesday officially dismissed President Donald Trump’s threats of “fire and fury,” declaring the American leader “bereft of reason” and warning ominously, “Only absolute force can work on him.” In a statement carried by state media, Gen. Kim Rak ...

‘Rhinestone Cowboy’ singer Glen Campbell dies at age 81

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Glen Campbell, the affable superstar singer of “Rhinestone Cowboy” and “Wichita Lineman” whose appeal spanned country, pop, television and movies, died Tuesday, his family said. He was 81. Campbell’s family said the singer died Tuesday morning in Nashville and ...

FBI agents search former Trump campaign chairman’s home

WASHINGTON — FBI agents looking for financial documents have searched one of the homes of President Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, whose past foreign political work has been swept into the investigations into Russian interference in the 2016 election. A Manafort ...

District promotes teacher, coach to position of assistant principal

The Loyalsock Township School Board voted unanimously Wednesday night to hire Ashley Sekel as the assistant high school principal. She will receive a prorated salary of $73,000 for the 2017-18 school year. “About seven years ago, I was acting superintendent when we made the recommendation ...

The Link to roll out for job-seekers

A career center on wheels is about to launch for those seeking jobs. The Link, as it is called, will be staffed to help businesses find talent and job-seekers find opportunities right for them, said Erica Mulberger, executive director of the Central Pennsylvania Workforce Development ...

Construction to begin on Callahan Run bridge

Construction for the Route 414 bridge, spanning Callahan Run in McHenry Township, is part of the state Department of Transportation’s Rapid Bridge Replacement Project. Temporary traffic signals will be placed today and will be fully activated on Aug. 16, according to PennDOT. This will ...

‘Fire and fury’: Trump, North Korea trade escalating threats of fire

SEOUL, South Korea — North Korea and the United States traded escalating threats, with President Donald Trump warning it would be met “with fire and fury like the world has never seen” and Pyongyang claiming Wednesday it was examining its plans for attacking Guam. The comments follow ...

Montoursville ponders use of naloxone in schools

The Montoursville Area School Board is expected to vote next month on whether to have district staff trained on the use of the narcotic antagonist drug naloxone, which also is known by the brand name Narcan. District Superintendent Christina Bason made the announcement Tuesday night ...

New access point for Pine Creek Rail Trail dedicated

WELLSBORO — “The Muck,” as the locals call it, once was a tract of land in Delmar Township known for growing celery. But insistent rains washed away what was needed to sustain the crop, so it became a dairy farm. On Tuesday, “The Muck” was dedicated as the newest access point in ...

Shot records needed before school starts

HUGHESVILLE — East Lycoming School District Superintendent Michael Pawlik announced that more than 100 students still need to submit updated immunization records to the district in order to attend the first day of school, Aug. 24, during Tuesday’s school board meeting. The state ...

Fires — still under investigation — unrelated

JERSEY SHORE — There is nothing suspicious — at this point — about two barn fires and a garage fire that recently took place on three farms near here, state police Cpl. Nicholas A. Loffredo said Tuesday morning. The fires are not related in any way, he said. The fire that consumed a ...