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Budget approved, Montgomery borough taxes rise

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MONTGOMERY — Borough Council met briefly Tuesday night to approve the 2019 budget with a 0.25-mill increase. Four members of council were present for the vote. They were: Susan Andrews, Lynn Crist, Fae Herb and Dale Brendle. Absent were: Whitlow Wertz, James McCarty and Amber Wilt. The ...

County to pursue federal opioid lawsuit

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Lycoming County will join hundreds of counties and municipalities, and more than half the states nationwide, in suing pharmaceutical companies not yet named for damages incurred by the opioid crisis. The commissioners unanimously approved requesting an action plan and fee schedule from ...

Voting machines to be in place for November 2019

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Although Gov. Tom Wolf has proposed funding up to 50 percent of the projected $150 million state mandate for all counties to replace voting systems, the proposal is in its infancy with no signs of the current directive changing, said Forrest Lehman, director of Lycoming County Voter ...

Trump’s demand for wall moves government closer to shutdown

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WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump’s demand for border wall funds hurled the federal government closer to a shutdown as House Republicans approved a package Thursday with his $5.7 billion request that is almost certain to be rejected by the Senate. The White House said Trump will ...

Library balances budget

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The Board of Trustees for the James V. Brown Library approved a balanced budget of just over $2 million at their monthly meeting Thursday. Next year’s $2,117,689 budget reflects a decrease of $159,882 from the 2018 budget of $2,277,571 on the expenses side. The expected revenues are down ...

A little humor

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President Trump and Nancy Pelosi go Fishing! The president and the head of the Democratic Party argue extensively over immigration. Nancy wants free access to our borders. Trump wants to secure the border to ensure only the right people come in. Instead of going to a costly and ...

Unaffordable

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The Affordable Care Act (ACA) is unaffordable. Who would have thought such a "good" idea would fail so miserably. Many people have lofty ideas, but when they are inserted into the equation of the human family they don't work. Worse that fail, they hurt people and are very expensive. I'm sure ...

Apartment talks underway for old YMCA building

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Negotiations are underway between the owner of the YMCA Discovery Workshop building and a builder seeking to renovate and bring in high-end apartments, city officials said. The building, at the corner of West Fourth and Elmira streets, has been vacant since a demolition accident caused it ...

Mayor promises no drop in services despite job cuts

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Even though the 2019 budget calls for seven fewer city employees next year, the mayor promises to not let city services slip. With a challenging budget mandate to staff seven fewer positions next year, city officials say services should remain steady. “We will provide the same quality of ...

Law orders domestic violence abusers to turn in firearms

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A couple of local lawmakers are not embracing a bill recently signed into law by Gov. Tom Wolf providing stricter laws for those issued protection from abuse orders. The legislation requires domestic violence abusers issued a final PFA or convicted of domestic charges to turn over their guns ...

Prosecutor begins investigating Chester County pipeline work

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HARRISBURG (AP) — A county prosecutor in Pennsylvania is opening a criminal investigation into construction on three natural gas liquids pipelines that have drawn blame for causing sinkholes and polluting drinking water and waterways. Tom Hogan, Chester County’s district attorney, said ...

Poland signs deal to buy US natural gas

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WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland has signed a long-term deal with a U.S. company for supplies of liquefied natural gas as part of an effort to reduce its dependence on Russian energy. Port Arthur LNG, a subsidiary of Sempra Energy, and Poland’s state gas company PGNiG jointly announced ...

No tax hike, new Dollar General for Woodward Township

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LINDEN — Supervisors unanimously approved the 2019 Budget with no tax increase Wednesday as well as made several steps in approving a new 9,100-square-foot Dollar General to open alongside Muncy Bank and Harvest Moon Restaurant on Route 220. As in previous years, municipal and real estate ...

Bond to go toward city sewer repair and relining

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Officials with Williamsport Sanitary Authority said Wednesday a bond refinancing will save about $1.7 million and used toward sanitary line projects. The savings will be used to pay for a program to replace and reline sewer mains associated with the underground collection system, said John ...

Time to wake up

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Here we go again. Every time the city, county or school district need money they punish the property owners. Does anyone else wonder why there are so many houses for sale in Williamsport or why so many city, county and school employees don't live here? It’s not hard to figure out. The ...

Warm weather continues for week ahead

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For those hoping for a blanket of snow for Christmas, conditions don’t look optimal, according to the forecast from the National Weather Service in State College. Temperatures on Friday, the winter solstice, also will be the warmest of the week, at a balmy low-50 degrees. The solstice ...

Man charged with dealing heroin after foot chase

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After allegedly selling heroin to an undercover police officer and a brief foot chase, Jamill Shakeem Hines, 22, was arrested and charged on Wednesday, according to the Lycoming County Narcotics Enforcement Unit. A month earlier, Hines, of Williamsport, sent texts to a number that Malik ...

Williamsport man gets life sentence for fatally stabbing Scott Cole

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A city man was sentenced to life and seven to 14 years in state prison Monday for fatally stabbing Scott Cole more than 30 times. Rashawn D. Williams, 27, who was found guilty of first-degree murder and related offenses in October by a jury, was sentenced to a life in state prison and added ...

Man charged with rape of minor

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A 40-year-old Fairfield Township man is accused of allegedly having a sexual relationship with a girl under the age of 16 over a two-year period, state police said. Matthew Allen Sauter, 40, allegedly engaged in the relationship in at least two different residences, including a city ...