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Overall county inmate population down in 2020

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COVID-19 played a big part in decreasing the Lycoming County inmate population by an average of more than 100 prisoners during the past year. County Prison Warden Brad Shoemaker said the coronavirus prompted county officials, including those in the court system to find ways to cut prisoner ...

Montoursville Area School Board votes not to exceed index

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Montoursville Area School Board voted to not exceed the Act 1 index in preparing next year’s budget during its regular monthly meeting Tuesday night. By not exceeding the index, real estate taxes cannot be increased beyond a certain millage percentage before exceptions or a voter ...

Loyalsock to stay within index

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The Loyalsock School Board approved a resolution electing not to increase the tax rate above the index established by the state department of education for the 2021-22 school year. The action came at the board’s meeting held virtually Wednesday night. According to M. Dan Egly, the ...

Old Lycoming passes ordinance differing zoning fees

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The Old Lycoming Township Supervisors unanimously introduced a new ordinance to the township which would set zoning fees at a variety of rates. Previously, the township had more of a “fixed scale,” according to Matt Aikey, the Old Lycoming Township manager. “Now, it’s more of a ...

Trump impeached after Capitol riot in historic second charge

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WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump was impeached by the U.S. House for a historic second time Wednesday, charged with "incitement of insurrection" over the deadly mob siege of the Capitol in a swift and stunning collapse of his final days in office. With the Capitol secured by armed ...

JS FBLA group assists elder care residents

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JERSEY SHORE — For residents of Nippenose Valley Village, a personal care home near Jersey Shore, one of the bright spots in the midst of the months of being socially distanced due to COVID-19, has been the store created and run at the facility by students of the Jersey Shore FBLA. The ...

One-third of America’s rivers have changed color since 1984

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America's rivers are changing color — and people are behind many of the shifts, a new study said. One-third of the tens of thousands of mile-long (two kilometer-long) river segments in the United States have noticeably shifted color in satellite images since 1984. That includes 11,629 miles ...

Experts explain what it means to impeach, invoke the 25th

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All eyes centered on Capitol Hill Wednesday, a week after a mob stormed the Capitol building, as the House of Representatives began proceedings to discuss the impeachment of sitting President Donald Trump. Talks of impeachment follow the House’s failed call-to-arms asking Vice President ...

Those over 65 may be next on vaccination list

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After a virtual hearing to discuss the roll out of vaccinations, the federal government has suggested moving those who are 65 and older, as well as those who have pre-existing conditions, into phase 1A of the COVID-19 vaccination distribution process, according to Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel ...

Vaccine rollout: Lack of trust, resources of concern in rural areas

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A lack of trust among rural Pennsylvanians and a lack of vaccine resources were the main topics of a virtual hearing Wednesday morning on the COVID-19 vaccine rollout. Organized by the Center for Rural Pennsylvania, participants included state Sen. Gene Yaw, R-Loyalsock Township, center ...

Muncy School District to vote on new projects

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The Muncy School Board met Monday night for its “Committee of the Whole” meeting to prepare agenda items for voting for its public meeting this coming week. The board is forwarding several construction projects to vote on at its Jan. 18 public meeting, including a new security gate, a ...

Board mulls over EIFS replacement project

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At the beginning of its meeting Monday, Muncy School Board also heard from Lobar and Associates about an exterior refresh project for the high school’s exterior. The project is still in its infant stages, but the board is beginning to plan its direction among options provided from Lobar ...

Jersey Shore to honor healthcare, responders in Feb.

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JERSEY SHORE — Borough Council has a bridge problem. The Wilson Street Bridge is in need of repair, but it could be costly. The situation was among topics discussed at council’s first meeting of 2021 this week. The Wilson Street bridge over Pfotus Run has been deemed “poorly ...

Repairman from Lycoming County helps fight western forest fires

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Justin Campbell is not just an everyday maintenance repairman for the state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources — he also works to help fight forest fires out west with a state program DCNR provides for their workers. DCNR is responsible for responding to all wildfires that ...

Williamsport man allegedly leads police on a car chase

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A city man believed to be associated with a domestic disturbance allegedly led city police on a chase from Memorial Avenue to Mosser Avenue earlier this week, say police. Lindsey Williams, 31, of 2500 Federal Ave., Apt. 329, allegedly fled from police in his gold-colored 2003 Buick Sedan ...

Lycoming Law Association elects new president

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The Lycoming Law Association (LLA) held its Annual Meeting by Zoom on January 11, 2021. The members of the LLA elected Donald F. Martino to serve as their 120th president. Martino joined leadership at the LLA in 2015, serving as their treasurer in 2018 and 2019. One of Martino's first acts ...