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Police: Bath salts arrests on rise in Jersey Shore region

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A recent uptick in the use of bath salts in the Jersey Shore area has resulted in the arrests of several individuals, according to court records filed by the Tiadaghton Valley Regional police. In one case, officers intercepted a potential drug sale involving a 34-year-old mother who was ...

The great liberal give back

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Radical Democrats are so outraged by the supposed theft of America from the Indians — see recent Supreme Court ruling declaring the eastern half of Oklahoma, containing over 5 million acres and the city of Tulsa, a Creek Nation reservation. American patriots would like to see these bellicose ...

Lycoming County commissioners approve grant for election needs

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Lycoming County commissioners approved state funding for election modernization and security and took action on other business during its meeting Tuesday. The $542,531 grant will enhance the election process this November in a year when the public is faced with COVID-19 and the use of ...

The arrogance of now

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We live at the apex of a pyramid of all the events that have preceded us. These preceding events we call “History” or “the Past” and our location at the apex we call “Now.” We base all our actions on current standards and on history. Looking at history presents challenges because ...

Montoursville doles out CDBG, virus relief funds

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The Montoursville Borough Council moved to allocate nearly $145,000 gained through two large state and federal funds to different projects Monday. That money will be given to rental tenants or homeowners whose income has been affected by the pandemic on a “first-come, first-serve basis” ...

Worries about 2020 census’ accuracy grow with cut schedule

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ORLANDO, Fla. — The U.S. Census Bureau is cutting its schedule for data collection for the 2020 census a month short as legislation that would have extended the national head count’s deadlines stalls in Congress. The move is worrying researchers, politicians and others who say the change ...

Avis Borough to allow evening performances at restaurants

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AVIS — The Avis Borough Council unanimously voted to allow local businesses, like Dave and Ruby’s Oak Grove Tavern, to play music and have bands play for their customers up until 10 p.m. on weekdays and 11 p.m. on weekends. The tavern’s owners said they just finished an outside deck ...

Rental evictions restart at month’s end

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Evictions can legally begin at the end of the month, said area landlords and city officials. Landlords who’ve been asked to hold off on issuing eviction notices can begin the process on Aug. 31. On May 7, Gov. Tom Wolf imposed a four-month moratorium on evictions and amended it later to ...

White Deer staff reportedly test positive for COVID-19

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Staff members have tested positive for COVID-19 at White Deer Run of Williamsport, 901 Westminster Drive, according to an administrative assistant there, though CEO Jeff Thomas said the company would not comment on positive staff members due to privacy concerns. “We do not have any ...

‘Agri-cultural’ mismanagement

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For over a decade, seeds of racism and hatred have been sown into our societies. Those seeds were fertilized by many seeking to affect changes to our ways of life. Two months ago, the reaping of the crops began. Persons intent on destroying the foundation of our civilized society, the rule of ...

Red-breasted nuthatch a favorite of birders

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Red-breasted nuthatches are often a challenging and favorite bird for local birders. Many are probably more familiar with their relative, the white-breasted nuthatch, which is a very common deciduous forest and feeder bird. Most who see red-breasted nuthatches find the winter visitors, which ...

Jobless rates keep climbing; 4K out of work countywide

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The COVID-19 pandemic continues to create spikes in joblessness in Lycoming and Clinton counties. So far, more than 5,000 jobs have been lost since last year in the two counties, Department of Labor and Industry and Pennsylvania Economy League statistics showed, and officials blame the ...

West Branch Paddle Club launched

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The Susquehanna Greenway Partnership (SGP) is excited to launch the West Branch Paddle Club: a program that provides resources and celebrates paddlers of all ages and ability levels for their exploration of the Susquehanna River Water Trail-West Branch (West Branch). Whether you’re a day ...

Lawmaker monitoring virus outbreak at federal prison

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A federal lawmaker said his office is keeping a close eye on a recent outbreak of COVID-19 among inmates at a Union County prison in his congressional district. Thirty-three prisoners recently tested positive for coronavirus at USP Lewisburg, bringing the number of cases there to 35. The ...

Child killed by toppled forklift near Montgomery

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MONTGOMERY — A tragic accident involving a forklift on private property on Saturday night claimed the life of a 12-year-old boy from Lancaster County, according to Lycoming County Coroner Charles E. Kiessling Jr. Pronounced dead at the scene following the 10:15 p.m. accident was Samuel ...

East End school started as log building

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The history of education in what is now the East End of Williamsport began in 1850 with the purchase of land north and east of Academy Street in what became known as Lloyd’s Addition. According to the publication “Williamsport Schools Through the Years,” compiled by the Williamsport ...

Committee not set on canceling veterans parade

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The fate of the 2020 Lycoming County Veterans Parade remains on hold. Richard Swank, president of the parade committee, said no decision has yet been made on whether or not to hold the event. “The decision will be forthcoming a week from Monday (today) when we have our meeting,” he ...

Anti-scientism in sheep’s clothing

Letters

Sound science requires evidence-based specificity. Sadly, too many critics of science revel in fiction and unsupported generalities. A recent letter entitled “Science” exemplifies such feckless, factless, flailing fluff. All human endeavor is imperfect. So, it’s fair to critique it ...