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Williamsport man charged with allegedly choking wife

Police Fire and Court

Williamsport police arrested a city man they say assaulted and choked his wife in their home last week. Correy Charlton Branch, 31, of 606 Maple St., faces charges of strangulation, terroristic threats, simple assault, and harassment. Police stated they went to the address July 30 after ...

‘If Not Us, Then Who?’

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Milton-based activist group “If Not Us, Then Who?” drew together hundreds of protesters, most wearing masks, for a Black Lives Matter rally in front of City Hall on Sunday afternoon. Chants of “If not us, then who? If not now, then when?” and “No justice, no peace” filled the air. ...

Louie Gohmert

Letters

The Democrats are dancing with glee because Louie Gohmert (Republican Congressman who doesn’t mask) has COVID-19. Although there is still much discussion in the medical community on the effectiveness verses breathing problems and virus containment, etc., with masks (although anti-maskers are ...

As school begins amid virus, parents see few good options

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WOODSTOCK, Ga. — John Barrett plans to keep his daughter home from elementary school this year in suburban Atlanta, but he wishes she were going. Molly Ball is sending her teenage sons to school in the same district on Monday, but not without feelings of regret. As the academic year begins ...

Avis Borough to allow evening performances at area 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 ...

Drug abuse continues to confront communities

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rugs and the havoc they wreak in peoples’ lives continue to be a problem in central Pennsylvania. In fact, the problem might be worse than ever, according to local officials who deal with the issue. “The numbers are continuing to climb overall,” Lycoming County Coroner Charles ...

City needs a patriotic concert

Letters

Just as soon as some of the restrictions are lifted, Williamsport needs a patriotic concert by the Repaz Band in Brandon Park. The musicians could gather under the shade of the trees, plenty of room for social distancing and an enjoyable evening for everyone. Regarding the $122,000 allotted ...

Scientists get closer to blood test for Alzheimer’s disease

Health

An experimental blood test was highly accurate at distinguishing people with Alzheimer’s disease from those without it in several studies, boosting hopes that there soon may be a simple way to help diagnose this most common form of dementia. Developing such a test has been a long-sought ...

Cosmetology students, hairstylists describe a race divide

Business

After repeatedly being denied service by high-end salons because her hair was perceived as “too difficult” to style, Kanessa Alexander took an unusual step. She opened a shop of her own in a predominantly white Boston neighborhood with four Black stylists serving all hair textures. “I ...

Pilgrims pray on peak day of hajj in shadow of coronavirus

Religion

UBAI, United Arab Emirates — Masked pilgrims arrived Thursday at Mount Arafat, a desert hill near Islam’s holiest site, to pray and repent on the most important day of the hajj, the annual pilgrimage in Mecca in Saudi Arabia. The global coronavirus pandemic has cast a shadow over every ...

Alleged shooter denies plea deal

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An alleged city shooter from Harrisburg denied the district attorney’s plea deal Friday, claiming he’s been treated unfairly. Ejuan Jamal Cosby, 22, of Harrisburg, faces attempted criminal homicide, aggravated assault and related offenses for allegedly firing six shots at Alrashan Jones, ...

Double Wow! Wow!

Letters

I enjoy reading the paper as well as the next person, but sometimes it gets a little depressing when you pick and read about crime, violence, killings, COVID-19, wear or not to wear a mask, not to mention politics, but I guess that’s who we are in this society, but the point I’m getting at ...

Column: Six tips for sun safety for children

Health

­­­Over the last few months our families have spent a lot time at home and indoors, and we are ready to spend quality time outside. Before we send our kids out to play and enjoy summer, we need to be careful to protect their skin from the harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays. The Skin Cancer ...

Footsteps to Follow: Why not me?

Religion

Today my mission is to ask, is this me. Wow, what happened? It can be so many choices, good or bad. It is up to you. James 1:23-25 might help you come to a decision. “For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man observing his natural face in the mirror, for he ...

Libertarian VP candidate makes stop in city

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Jeremy “Spike” Cohen believes in an alternative to the two-party system that has long represented people in the U.S. and that’s why he’s running for vice president as a Libertarian. Cohen was in downtown Williamsport on Friday where he talked to a small gathering of area residents in ...

What a wonderful world

Letters

Congratulations to George and Sharon Thompson on their 50 years of marriage! What caught my eye particularly in the notice was their decision to celebrate their noble occasion by doing “50 Acts of Kindness.” What a wonderful thing to do! I, too, enjoy doing that but haven’t quite ...

UPMC offers low-cost blood analysis screening

Health

WELLSBORO — UPMC Wellsboro is offering community multidiagnosis blood analysis screenings at nine locations throughout the month of September, according to a recent press release. The screening can establish normal blood levels to monitor from year to year, help detect changes, or help lead ...

Fire victims identified

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Frank and Deanna Allen have been identified as the residents of a trailer destroyed by fire Wednesday night in Wolf Township. Fire units from a number of area departments including Pennsdale and Picture Rocks responded to the blaze at 2001 Pine Run Road, according to the Hughesvllle Area Vol. ...

Tired of bad news; here is some good news

Letters

I am in an electric wheelchair and my husband walks with a walker. We went to the supermarket on a Wednesday, several weeks ago, and my husband accidentally dropped a can on the floor. Immediately a lady came over and said, “I will pick it up for you.” I went down an aisle by myself and ...

UPMC urologist offers services in Wellsboro

Health

WELLSBORO — UPMC urologist Robert Grzonka, MD, is now offering services in Wellsboro, according to a recent press release. Offering a full range of diagnostic procedures and treatments of all disorders and diseases of the genitourinary system in men and women, Grzonka specializes in all ...