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Judge sends Cosby to prison for 3 to 10 years for assault

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NORRISTOWN (AP) — His Hollywood career and good-guy image in ruins, Bill Cosby was led away to prison in handcuffs Tuesday at age 81 for perhaps the rest of his days, sentenced to three to 10 years behind bars for drugging and sexually assaulting a woman at his gated estate. The ...

Planner: $1M is ‘first step’ toward levee recertification

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The Lycoming County commissioners will formally accept a $1 million grant Thursday for work on the levee relief wells, as announced by Sen. Gene Yaw, R-Loyalsock Township, earlier this month. The grant, from the state’s Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program, covers 50 percent of the $2 ...

County to accept $800k to repurpose underutilized space

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The Lycoming County commissioners will take action Thursday to accept an $800,000 revolving loan fund grant to help clean up and make useable abandoned or otherwise underutilized buildings and properties, known as brownfields. The grant, from the federal Environmental Protection Agency, will ...

Pension spike seen as troubling

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Covering pensions for police, firefighters and office employees in Williamsport now is a lot more expensive. The estimated minimum municipal pension obligation figures were released Tuesday by the city finance department at the City Council finance committee meeting. “We are facing a ...

Pollution-cutting plan halted pending review

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City Council’s public works committee held off Tuesday on giving a recommendation on a proposed agreement between the city and Loyalsock Township for a joint Chesapeake Bay Pollution Reduction Plan. “I think we need to speak to Larson Design Group,” said Councilman Don ...

Mold found in Montoursville elementary school turned costly

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A mold problem discovered at the Loyalsock Valley Elementary School not only forced the building to close for several days, but also left a hefty bill for the Montoursville Area School District. School board members learned Tuesday night that the cost for replacing ceiling and tiles and ...

Trump hits ‘con job’ on Kavanaugh before showdown hearing

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WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump denounced Democratic efforts to block Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court confirmation as a cynical “con job” on Tuesday and launched a dismissive attack on a second woman accusing the nominee of sexual misconduct in the 1980s, asserting she “has ...

Regarding ‘Loving America’

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Ms. Hopper, in denying Israel is "beaten up" at the UN, ignores dozens of resolutions directed against the democratic Israel and the blacklisting/boycotting of Israeli interests throughout the world even though Israel shines as a beacon of freedom in the world, especially in the Middle East. ...

Whose money?

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In his recent diatribe, Jay D Meyers tells us he is living the dream collecting "socialism security and socialized medicine (Medicare)". Jay is living the dream because he is not paying taxes for all the socialist programs he wants to implement and expecting all the working stiffs to pay for. ...

Riot charge against victim of alleged body slam dropped

Police Fire and Court

One charge has been dropped against a Williamsport man who was allegedly body slammed by city police earlier this month. Saladin Basilkah Brown, 19, had been charged with riot, disorderly conduct, resisting arrest, obstructing administration of law and criminal mischief. However, District ...

New owners bringing their vision to local winery

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New owners of the Bastress Mountain Winery, Sarah and Frank Kudlack, have coupled their unique perspective, garnered from their experiences living in different areas along the East Coast and in the midwest, with their vision to make their winery a destination for more than just tasting ...

Bowman Field grant a boost for final improvements

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The city recently was notified that it will receive a $600,000 state grant to go into structural improvements at Bowman Field. The improvements at the BB&T Ballpark at Bowman Field should be the last at the historic ballpark, according to Mayor Gabriel J. Campana. The state ...

School discusses excusal for days missed due to mold

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JERSEY SHORE — In her report to the board, Jill Wenrich, superintendent of the Jersey Shore Area School District, said the state Department of Education has not yet responded to the district’s request to be excused for the days missed at the beginning of the school year due to a mold ...

Prosecutor in Bill Cosby case asks for 5 to 10 years in prison

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NORRISTOWN (AP) — Declaring Bill Cosby doesn’t deserve a free pass because of his advanced age, prosecutors on Monday asked a judge to sentence the comedian to five to 10 years in prison for drugging and sexually assaulting a woman, while the defense argued that he is too old and helpless ...

10 days after Florence, fresh chaos in S. Carolina

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YAUHANNAH, S.C. (AP) — More than a week ago, pastor Willie Lowrimore and some of his congregants stacked sandbags around their South Carolina church to protect it from the fury of Hurricane Florence. They moved the pews to higher ground and watched anxiously for days as the nearly black, ...

Area group spreading peaceable mindset

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About eight people gathered Saturday afternoon with one goal in mind—to learn more about the Alternatives to Violence Project’s philosophy and how it could impact their lives by attending a mini-workshop at the Recovery Community Connection. The focus of the workshop was to empower the ...

How ideas develop

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Today, no one believes the sun and planets revolve around the Earth. But 500 years ago it was common knowledge and an article of faith for the Catholic Church. Then in 1543, Copernicus offered mathematical evidence to support his belief that all the planets revolved around the sun. The evidence ...

An injustice

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The recent allegation against Judge Kavanaugh when he was a teenager is ludicrous. Most of us wonder why it took so long for the senator who is now old like I am to make public the accusation, waiting until the hearing for him was almost over. Are the Democrats so envious because many citizens ...