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Council passes city budget that no one is very happy about

December 30, 2015 Williamsport’s city budget for 2016 was doomed from the start to be a plan no one is ultimately happy about. The $24.1 million budget approved by City Council carries with it a 1. more »»

City correct to seek fine for late cutout patching

December 29, 2015 We don't know if the city of Williamsport will be successful in its quest to recover $1,000 per day in late payments for failure to complete paving of streets where water and gas main replacements... more »»

Intelligence analysts’ claims are much more than a political game

December 28, 2015 More than 50 military intelligence analysts have said their conclusions about battling terrorists in Syria and Iraq were altered by U.S. more »»

Tough times mix with moments of progress in 2015

December 27, 2015 A local election year that promises a transition in much of the area's public leadership. A heroin crisis that is being battled head-on and a violent crime trend that causes daily concern. more »»

The Bergdahl case: On one issue, the verdict is already in

December 26, 2015 Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl is being tried by a general court-martial on charges he deserted his unit in Afghanistan and engaged in misbehavior before the enemy. more »»

On this day, we need renewal of peace, hope, faith

December 25, 2015 On this Christmas day, we celebrate the soul that exists in all of us – regardless of our particular spiritual beliefs. You can argue, given the times, we've never needed Christmas more. more »»

Holiday-inspired push needed for United Way campaign

December 24, 2015 The Lycoming County United Way has topped $1 million in pledges in its annual fundraising campaign. The sobering news is that the campaign needs to raise $1. more »»

Step one in reuse of Nippenose School property is taken

December 23, 2015 It turns out the Nippenose Valley Elmentary School, closed two and a half years ago, is valuable to someone. A local contractor bid $470,000 to successfully buy the school at a recent auction. more »»

Lawsuit embodies deserved gas lease royalty protection

December 22, 2015 When a landowner agrees to lease property for gas drilling, it’s a rather sacred covenant. That covenant includes royalty payments that are due the landowner. more »»

Iran takes missile buildup cue from North Korea

December 21, 2015 At least President Barack Obama has been candid about what he plans to do about Iran’s missile buildup: nothing. more »»

South Williamsport fire company merger: Practical, necessary

December 20, 2015 Three could soon become one in South Williamsport. That’s the crux of fire operations action taken by South Williamsport Borough Council Monday. more »»

There are reasonable alterations available regarding gun control

December 19, 2015 Most people would agree terrorists should not be permitted to buy guns. But what about “suspected violent extremists”? In both the U.. more »»

School test results: The eye test marks count just as much

December 18, 2015 The bad news is that the new Pennsylvania System of School Assessment, or PSSA, test shows results for area schools that are not as good as years past. more »»

Residency rule makes police chief hire more difficult

December 17, 2015 Given Williamsport’s crime circumstances, it’s arguable that the position of police chief is the most important position in city government. more »»

Consider more tucks on city budget to reduce tax increase

December 16, 2015 Williamsport City Council did a lot of nipping and tucking to the city budget last Thursday night. more »»

House Republicans should tinker with unacceptable budget

December 15, 2015 State House Republicans spent much of their weekend tinkering with a budget presented by the state Senate and Wolf administration that increases spending by 6 percent over 2015. more »»

For Israelis, terrorism is much more personal and immediate threat

December 14, 2015 Terrorism tends to gain attention when single, large-scale attacks claim many victims, as in the Paris massacre of 129 people by Islamic State operatives. more »»

New Montoursville school coalition halts project – what’s next?

December 13, 2015 It didn’t take long for the new power base of the Montoursville Area School Board to formalize its opposition to the district’s $36 million building project. more »»

Taxpayer defrauded in VA bureaucratic job shuffling

December 12, 2015 Two high-ranking Department of Veterans Affairs officials bullied managers lower on the bureaucratic totem pole into accepting job transfers so they could take the vacated jobs — with less work but... more »»

The root causes of tragic shootings difficult to attack

December 11, 2015 Our nation was rocked again last week with a senseless shooting rampage in California that killed 14 people and wounded 12 others. more »»



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