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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 ...

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Defendant Dwayne Jaleel Hall, right, is led into the Lycoming County Courthouse by a member of the Lycoming County Sheriff’s Department on Wednesday morning as Hall’s trial for allegedly shooting and killing Irahmeen Mills on Sept. 6, 2015, continues.

Alleged shooter denies he had gun

The man who allegedly shot and killed Irahmeen Mills outside of a bar on West Fourth Street in 2015 concluded three days of testimony by taking the stand Wednesday. When asked by his attorney, Joshua Bower, if he shot and killed the 25-year-old Mills, Dwayne Jaleel Hall answered with a firm, ...

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Jersey Shore Hospital at 1020 Thompson Street in Jersey Shore on Wednesday morning.

Geisinger Jersey Shore coming

JERSEY SHORE — In a joint statement Wednesday, it was announced that Jersey Shore Hospital will be becoming a Geisinger facility. “With all the challenges facing health care today, especially in Pennsylvania, these small independent facilities like Jersey Shore ... it’s really difficult ...

Political newbie seeks GOP nod in race for gov.

HARRISBURG (AP) — Paul Mango, a former health care systems consultant and a political newcomer, will run for governor in 2018, launching himself into a potentially daunting and expensive Republican primary that could be the gateway to taking on Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf’s re-election ...

Worst treatment ever, Trump grumbles; Democrats are demanding deep probe

WASHINGTON (AP) — Surrounded by multiplying questions, President Donald Trump complained Wednesday that “no politician in history” has been treated worse. Democrats demanded an independent commission to dig into his firing of FBI Director James Comey, but Republican House Speaker Paul ...

GOP sticking with Trump

WASHINGTON (AP) — It’s striking how many congressional Republicans are concerned about President Donald Trump’s behavior of late. It’s even more striking how many are not. Republican leaders in the House and Senate are pledging a thorough investigation of Trump’s firing last week of ...

Donations are being sought for Brandon Park tree replacements

As a result of the storm that went through Lycoming County at the beginning of the month, the Brandon Park Commission is seeking donations to replace damaged trees. With 15 trees in need of replacement, the commission hopes to have the trees replaced by next Arbor Day. “We’d like to ...

Tax hike looms in Montgomery

MONTGOMERY — The Montgomery Area School Board this week approved what will amount to a $48 tax hike for every $100,000 of a home’s assessed value to support the district’s proposed general fund budget for 2017-18. The action raises school property taxes there by 0.48 of a mill, bringing ...

Loyalsock Township still eyes tax increase

The Loyalsock Township School Board Wednesday approved a proposed budget for next year that hikes real estate taxes by 0.25 mills. The millage hike reflects a decrease from an earlier proposed spending plan passed by the board in April. The $22.2 million budget passed by a vote of ...

Route 220/199 plan available to residents

LINDEN — A copy of the final draft of the Route 220/199 multi-municipal plan is available for review by residents of Woodward Township, according to the township supervisors, who met Wednesday evening. Township Secretary Judith Carpenter said there also are comment sheets for the public to ...

Zoning Hearing Board appointment made

MONTGOMERY — Borough Council appointed Katie Cox to the Zoning Hearing Board during its meeting Tuesday night. The meeting had been rescheduled from its usual time on the second Tuesday of the month due to a lack of a majority last week. According to Mayor Andrew Onufrak II, council also ...

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Mary-Kay Camp, of Lycoming County Voter Services, right, takes election packets from different precincts at the Voter Services office Tuesday night.

Both parties favor DA’s bid for judge

The unofficial primary election results show Eric Linhardt, Lycoming County district attorney, sweeping the Republican nomination for county judge and narrowly clinching the Democratic nomination as well. Celebrating his win at home with his family Tuesday night, Linhardt said he would ...

Nominees include incumbents, newcomers

Contested primary election races for party nominations occurred Tuesday in three boroughs and six townships. It set the stage for the Nov. 7 general election. According to unofficial election results: In DuBoistown, Norman J. Cowden, a former police chief, garnered 160 votes and defeated ...

School board nods decided in several districts

A number of school board seats were up for nomination in districts across Lycoming County in Tuesday’s primary. In Montoursville, incumbent board members Scott Konkle, William Ruffing and Jennifer Marriott captured nominations on both Republican and Democratic tickets. Susan Beery and ...