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Race to the wire in PA: At 11 p.m., too close to call

MT. LEBANON — The Pennsylvania congressional race between Democrat Conor Lamb and Republican Rick Saccone remained too close to call late Tuesday, with local elections officials still counting absentee ballots. Nearly three hours after polls closed and with 99 percent of precincts ...

Trump axes Tillerson, names CIA’s Pompeo chief US diplomat

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump unceremoniously dumped Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Tuesday — via Twitter — and picked CIA Director Mike Pompeo to shift from America’s spy chief to its top diplomat. The abrupt announcement ended the turbulent tenure of the man who ...

House votes to trim Legislature, but bill’s fate is unclear

HARRISBURG (AP) — A proposal to cut about a quarter of state lawmakers from the Pennsylvania General Assembly moved ahead with a favorable House vote Tuesday, but it’s still not certain that the constitutional amendment will make it onto the November ballot. The House voted 109-80 on ...

Hughesville proceeds with fine system

HUGHESVILLE — Borough council on Monday approved for advertising a change to the borough’s property maintenance ordinance that will establish a graduated fine system for borough property owners. At last month’s meeting, council decided that a first offense fine would be set at $100 ...

Children services requests several contract renewals

Lycoming Children and Youth Services Director Mark Egly is seeking renewal for five contracts, which were presented before the county commissioners Tuesday. The contracts are for the time period of July 1, 2017, through June 30 and are as follows: • STEP Inc. for providing Youth ...

Raise the Region kicks off tonight

Raise the Region, hosted by the First Community Foundation Partnership of Pennsylvania, will be held from 6 p.m. tonight to 11:59 p.m. Thursday. The 30-hour online fundraising event will help 314 local nonprofit organizations fundraising efforts. The public can visit www.raisetheregion.org ...

Yaw to hold telephone town hall meeting

State Sen. Gene Yaw, R-Loyalsock Township, will take calls from his constituents in Lycoming, Bradford, Sullivan, Susquehanna and Union counties from 6 to 7 p.m. Monday to discuss Gov. Tom Wolf’s 2018-19 proposed state budget as well as other state-related issues. The telephone town hall ...

Township: Brush pile likely to reopen

Old Lycoming Township’s brush pile should soon be reopening — possibly by the first of the month or sooner, township supervisors said at their meeting Tuesday night. The brush pile will be available to township residents only, township Manager Bob Whitford said. Residents will be able ...

MAKING A STRONGER LAW: Legislation would refine Right-to-Know

(EDITOR’S NOTE: This is Sunshine Week. Sunshine Week is about the right of everybody to know what government is doing, how it is doing it and why it is doing it. The Sun-Gazette this week will take a closer look at the state’s Right-to-Know Law through a three-day series. We’ll extend the ...

Profile: Montoursville man successful in quest to release school’s emails

It came down to accessing information from the Montoursville Area School District that one citizen felt was worth sharing with the public. In 2016, the district was in the midst of a high school construction project that was dividing the community and the school board. Personal acrimony ...

GEO official: Re-entry program reduces recidivism

Lycoming County’s re-entry services, provided by an organization called the GEO Group, has helped more than 200 former county prisoners transition back into the community with a lower likelihood of re-offending, GEO Re-entry Services Program Manager Michael Boughton told Rotary Club members ...

Trump’s strong words on guns give way to political reality

WASHINGTON (AP) — Not two weeks ago, President Donald Trump wagged his finger at a Republican senator and scolded him for being “afraid of the NRA,” declaring that he would stand up to the powerful gun lobby and finally get results on quelling gun violence following last month’s ...

Wolf wants gift ban, no pay for officials in budget standoff

HARRISBURG (AP) — Pennsylvania’s governor wants to ban gifts to all elected state officials and to suspend pay for himself, lawmakers and their top aides when they have not fully enacted a budget by the annual deadline. Gov. Tom Wolf, a first-term Democrat seeking re-election, outlined a ...

Annual egg hunt, summer activities planned in city

The city recreation department and commission are gearing up for the annual Christy Haberstroh Easter Egg Hunt, set for 2 p.m. March 24 at Brandon Park, with a rain date of March 31. The hunt will include face time with the Easter Bunny, bounce houses and face painting for kids up to age ...

Borough to erect cameras at recycling site

JERSEY SHORE — Borough council has taken steps to stop the ongoing problem of trash dumping at the recycling center. During its regular monthly meeting Monday night, council voted 8-0 to award a contract worth $4,601 to CompuGen for the purchase of two cameras to be placed at the site. ...

Jersey Shore removes iPads from budget

JERSEY SHORE — The Jersey Shore Area School Board voted unanimously to remove the iPad 1:1 initiative from kindergarten to second grade from the 2018-19 budget at its meeting on Monday. This was one of the issues discussed in the board’s last work session on Feb. 28 where it discussed ...

Borough council meeting canceled

The South Williamsport Borough Council did not have a quorum and was not able to take action on any items at its meeting Monday. Robert Cronin, Carl Nolan, Joseph LaRue Jr., John Decker and J. Bernard Schelb were absent. David Geise, Fred March, Dan Cupp and Cory Lehman were present. ...

Profile: Woman uses law to inspire change

The Right-to-Know Law can be a powerful tool, helping citizens affect change within governing bodies. Williamsport resident Rebecca Burke, a former county commissioner, inspired Lycoming County to add its budgets from years prior to the county’s website, according to county ...