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Jul 20, 2017; Lovelock, NV, USA; O.J. Simpson reacts after learning he was granted parole at Lovelock Correctional Center. Simpson is serving a nine to 33 year prison term for a 2007 armed robbery and kidnapping conviction. Mandatory Credit: Jason Bean/Reno Gazette-Journal-Pool Photo via USA TODAY NETWORK

O. J. Simpson granted parole: ‘I’ve done my time’

LOVELOCK, Nev. — O.J. Simpson was granted parole Thursday after more than eight years in prison for a Las Vegas hotel-room heist, successfully making his case for freedom in a nationally televised hearing that reflected America’s enduring fascination with the former football ...

Police: Man jailed after selling heroin during string of overdoses

A city man arrested after selling suspected heroin “and/or fetanyl” to a police informant in June was arraigned on additional charges Tuesday and jailed in lieu of $550,000 bail. Wayne S. Davidson, 24, 315 Center St., was arrested on June 29, which coincides with a string of over 50 ...

County probation office faces funding ‘crisis’ as population grows

While the state continues to lower its prison populations by sending inmates to county probation programs, it also continues to lower the amount of funding those programs receive, said Ed McCoy, chief adult probation officer, at Thursday’s Lycoming County commissioners meeting. By statute, ...

Probation faces funding ‘crisis’ as population grows

While the state continues to lower its prison populations by sending inmates to county probation programs, it also continues to lower the amount of funding those programs receive, said Ed McCoy, chief adult probation officer, at Thursday’s Lycoming County commissioners meeting. By statute, ...

Commissioners delay in-prison treatment program vote

The Lycoming County commissioners voted Thursday to delay action on allowing drug and alcohol treatment sessions in the county prison through a $50,000 agreement with West Branch Drug and Alcohol. Commissioner Tony Mussare made the motion to wait, not because he doesn’t support the idea, ...

Senate panel rejects Trump cuts to foreign aid, domestic

WASHINGTON — Rebuffing a Republican president, a GOP-led Senate panel on Thursday rejected President Donald Trump’s proposed cuts to foreign aid and deep reductions in spending on domestic programs such as education, housing and energy. The powerful Appropriations Committee that oversees ...

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SLIDESHOW: County fair holds Power Wheel Derby

The Lycoming County Fair held the Power Wheel Derby Thursday evening, a demolition derby-styled competition for 21 young contestants. The fair continues today and Saturday with a 6 p.m. tractor pull tonight.

Library digitizing history

The James V. Brown Library trustees on Thursday heard about how the state is moving to digitize its libraries through the PA Scan Project. “It’s a great way for our libraries to be able to digitize and put into digital form their history and local history,” said June Houghtaling, ...

Councilman seeks to help Williamsport Cemetery stay tidy

A city councilman Thursday requested the city finance director look for possible funding to assist a private association that tends to the regular maintenance and keeps a trust fund for Williamsport Cemetery. Councilman Randall J. Allison asked William E. Nichols Jr., city finance director, ...

Parking authority office estimate higher than expected

A few members of the Williamsport Parking Authority expressed “sticker shock” Wednesday at a $600,000 estimated cost to build a new office inside the Trade and Transit Centre I building. The authority has been mulling over how River Valley Transit plans to spend a $1 million loan and ...

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Larue Tressler kneels alongside a grave marker in the Williamsport Cemetery recently, showing how high the grass was before he and a group of volunteers mowed the grounds last weekend.

Unsightly no more: Volunteers tidy historic city burial site

About a dozen volunteers came with mowers and weed-whackers in hand to clean up Williamsport Cemetery along Washington Boulevard over the weekend. Their labor of love for a historic burial site of the city’s founding fathers and the only state governor from the city jolted Mayor ...

Police: Arson suspected in borough blaze

JERSEY SHORE — A fire in a house being used as a workshop on Monday night is under investigation after flames caused a significant amount of damage. Tiadaghton Valley Regional Police said they suspect the fire at 413 Bailey Alley is a case of arson. The owner of the home, whose name ...

Teacher accused of indecent assault

JERSEY SHORE — A high school special education teacher has been accused of inappropriately touching six students and a teacher’s aide, according to police. Samuel E. Rothrock, 36, of 511 Sherman St. Ext., Muncy, was charged with seven counts of harassment and one count of indecent ...

Doctors: John McCain has a brain tumor

WASHINGTON — Arizona Sen. John McCain, the 2008 Republican presidential nominee with a well-known maverick streak that often vexes his GOP colleagues, has been diagnosed with a brain tumor, his office said in a statement Wednesday. The 80-year-old lawmaker has glioblastoma, an aggressive ...

Trump exhorts Senate anew to rid US of ‘Obamacare’

WASHINGTON — Lecturing fellow Republicans, President Donald Trump summoned GOP senators to the White House Wednesday and told them face-to-face they must not leave town for their August recess without sending him an “Obamacare” repeal bill to sign. Senators responded by vowing to revive ...

House panel approves budget with hopes for tax reform

WASHINGTON — A key House panel on Wednesday approved a Republican fiscal plan that probably won’t deliver on its promises to balance the budget, but would begin to clear a path for a GOP effort to overhaul the tax code this fall. The Budget Committee approved the measure by a party-line ...

School board approves agreement to increase rates with Williamsport

The Loyalsock Township School Board took action on a number of items, including the approval of a memorandum of understanding with the Williamsport Area School District to provide career and technical programming for senior high students, during its meeting Wednesday night. District ...

Woodward passes resolutions for tax exonerations and Act 13 funds

LINDEN — Two resolutions were approved by the Woodward Township supervisors during their meeting Wednesday night. The first resolution granted tax exonerations for mobile homes that are no longer in the township. The second resolution amended the capital reserve budget for gas impact fees ...

After last year’s inaugural Sunrise Sunset Susquehanna Paddle and Play, the Middle Susquehanna Riverkeeper has expanded this year’s event to include more river-centric events.
This year’s program on Saturday will be a  daylong event with three parts: An 11-mile kayak paddle from Jersey Shore to Susquehanna State Park, activities along the river and an evening cruise aboard the Hiawatha.
“We really wanted to include as many people as possible,” said Middle Susquehanna Riverkeeper Carol Parenzan, who said that the point of the event is to celebrate the river and to raise awareness for its conservation.
Last year’s event was a 22-mile kayak paddle that lasted the entire day and, according to Parenzan, organizers wanted to give eventgoers more ways to enjoy the river.
“The main thing is allowing people to make a connection with the river,” Parenzan said.
The 11-mile kayak paddle will include breakfast and lunch, guide and safety services and will start early in the afternoon. While the kayak paddle is not the only portion of the event this year, according to Parenzan, the number of attendees doubled in size. She added that registration is now closed. 
Those who want to attend but stay on land, can spend the afternoon along the river at the Susquehanna State Park from noon to 5 p.m. During the land portion of the event, which is free, there will be family-friendly activities like live music, storytelling, balloon animals, photography lessons and interactive exhibits.
Tickets for the evening cruise on the Hiawatha are still open. The Hiawatha ride will include bird-watching, river-gazing, music and ice cream.

Susquehanna Riverkeeper hosts paddle and play

After last year’s inaugural Sunrise Sunset Susquehanna Paddle and Play, the Middle Susquehanna Riverkeeper has expanded this year’s event to include more river-centric events. This year’s program on Saturday will be a daylong event with three parts: An 11-mile kayak paddle from Jersey ...