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Lycoming Mall owners seek lower tax assessment

PENNSDALE — Kohan Retail Investment Group, which owns the Lycoming Mall, is appealing a Lycoming County Board of Assessment decision to deny its request for a lower tax assessment. The mall is assessed at $44.89 million, said Gwen Pidcoe, Muncy Township office manager. Kohan, which owns ...

Thanksgiving week looking good for travel

With the next significant chance of rain coming on Saturday, forecasters with the National Weather Service in State College are saying Thanksgiving week is looking ideal. There were minor and isolated snow showers in the area yesterday, forecaster John LaCorte said. “And that’s it, ...

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This is a portrait of William Hummel that was included in the special “Hummel Edition” of the Gazette and Bulletin. The edition was a comprehensive look at the murders from start to finish, released on the day Hummel was hung on June 5, 1900.

Quadruple ax murder once was considered worst case in county

The discovery of a newlywed and her young children bludgeoned to death with an ax spawned local hysteria at the turn of the 20th century. The brutality of the quadruple murder made some consider it the worst case in the history of Lycoming County, according to newspaper reports at the ...

The true cost of opioid epidemic tops $500 billion

WASHINGTON — The White House says the true cost of the opioid drug epidemic in 2015 was $504 billion, or roughly half a trillion dollars. In an analysis to be released Monday, the Council of Economic Advisers says the figure is more than six times larger than the most recent estimate. The ...

Legislative Tally: Tax hikes likely

Locally elected and appointed officials voted on the following matters in the past week: Federal • The House voted 237-189 in favor of the 21st Century Flood Reform Act. The legislation increases flood insurance premiums for many property owners to help fund the National Flood Insurance ...

Nelle Seeley Calkins

Nelle Seeley Calkins, 87, of East Troy, passed away Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017, at Twin Oaks, Granville Summit. Services will be private at the convenience of the family. Services provided by Buckheit Funeral Chapel and Crematory, Inc., 637 S. Main St., Mansfield. www.buckheitfcandcrematory.com

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Brett Hinkal of the Will Huffman Toy Train Expo, shows little Gideon Garza, 2, how the trains work on a model.

Weekend events in the city bring out locals

The city’s historic homes and churches opened their doors to visitors once again during the 19th annual Victorian Christmas hosted by Preservation Williamsport over the weekend. On Saturday, the entire city was buzzing with Victorian Christmas events. There was a growers market on the ...

Beth Miller, left, Linda Neupauer, center, and Cheryl Johnson, right, of the Williamsport Sun-Gazette classified department look over the Thanksgiving day sale flyers.
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Holiday edition stuffed with savings and flyers

It’s the biggest Sun-Gazette edition of the year, chock-full of holiday sales, bargains and the year’s largest selection of savings for shoppers. Once again, the Williamsport Sun-Gazette’s Thanksgiving Day edition, with by far the largest selection of shopping deals around, literally ...

Wolf looks like ‘two-term Tom’ as 2018 approaches

HARRISBURG — He’s starting to look like two-term Tom. Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf likely has wrapped up his biggest first-term fights with the Legislature’s huge Republican majorities and his record is largely set a year before voters decide whether to give him a second term. He now ...

Zimbabweans say Mugabe must quit now, but more talks planned

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Giddy with joy and finally free to speak out, vast throngs of demonstrators turned Zimbabwe’s capital into a carnival ground on Saturday in a peaceful outpouring of disdain for President Robert Mugabe and calls for him to quit immediately. Still clinging to his ...

Suzan Weaver, left, and Kathy Gingerich, right, look through the many festive decorations at the Holiday House hosted by the DuBoistown Garden Club at The Lycoming College Academic Center.

Victorian Christmas will be cold and wet

The 19th annual Victorian Christmas is looking to be a great way to spend today by touring historic city homes, but according to weather reports, visitors may be wet and cold when they get there. Meteorologist Kraig Evanego, of the National Weather Service in State College, noted that the ...

Authority: Cops abusing parking privileges in city; police want cars snow free

The Williamsport Parking Authority is trying to free up parking spaces for consumers and asking for assistance from Lycoming County officials. “We see that abusing on-street parking hinders the convenient parking options for the consumer, hurts the retailer, and decreases the tax base for ...

New jet service expected at airport by end of month

The Williamsport Regional Airport is expecting its new jet aircraft to arrive on Nov. 29. Embraer 145 regional jets with capacity for 50 passengers will replace all of the airport’s 34-seat Dash 8s for flights to Philadelphia. The jet is expected to touch down at 12:23 p.m. and depart again ...

Medicare ‘Part B’ premiums to rise next year for many

WASHINGTON — Many Medicare beneficiaries will pay higher monthly premiums next year for outpatient coverage, an expense that will eat away at an increase in their Social Security checks, the government announced late Friday afternoon. The news about “Part B” premiums was buried in the ...

As sex scandals topple the powerful: Why not Trump?

WASHINGTON — “You can do anything,” Donald Trump once boasted, speaking of groping and kissing unsuspecting women. Maybe he could, but not everyone can. The candidate who openly bragged about grabbing women’s private parts — but denied he really did so — was elected president ...

Lycoming County Housing Authority OKs 2018 budget

The Lycoming County Housing Authority Board approved the 2018 operating budget at its regular monthly meeting Thursday. The $3.85 million plan includes rental income, operating subsidies and other revenues. The vote was 5-0 in favor of the budget. Voting yes were George Girio, Kenneth ...

The Animal Care Sanctuary is opening a pet pantry for families in need of supplies for their furry friends at Beckoning Cat Project starting Dec. 13. Pictured, back row from left, are Kerry Perry, Beckoning Cat Project director, Joan Smith-Reese, executive director of the Animal Care Sanctuary, Tami Wenner, PetSmart store manager, and Jarrod Newman, assistant store manager. Kneeling are pet pantry volunteers Rana Colaianni and Tracy Haas-Ungard.

New pantry to serve Lycoming County pets

The Animal Care Sanctuary, of East Smithfield, is partnering with Beckoning Cat Project, a low-cost spay and neuter clinic at 1417 E. Third St., to provide pet food and supplies to furry friends in need. The Pet Pantry of Lycoming County is the third pantry made available by the sanctuary and ...

Montoursville’s 70th tree lighting to shine for the locals

The 70th annual Montoursville tree lighting will take place at 5 p.m. Wednesday at 1050 Broad St., Montoursville. Although the tree will be lit for the first time on Wednesday, the ceremony to honor the 70th year will take place at 6 p.m. Dec. 2 at the tree at the former Sylvania ...

Blue Star Mothers stepping up efforts

The Blue Star Mothers of America want to step up their outreach to military personnel. The local group, North Central Chapter 12, is in search of military families with loved ones who would appreciate some gifts. “What we try to do is just brighten up their day,” chapter first vice ...

President Donald Trump gives a thumbs up as he walks with Vice President Mike Pence as he departs Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017. Trump urged House Republicans Thursday to approve a near $1.5 trillion tax overhaul as the party prepared to drive the measure through the House. Across the Capitol, Democrats pointed to new numbers showing the Senate version of the plan would boost taxes on lower and middle-income Americans.  (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

House OKs GOP tax bill; Senate fate less clear

WASHINGTON — Republicans rammed a $1.5 trillion overhaul of business and personal income taxes through the House Thursday, edging toward the code’s biggest rewrite in three decades and the first major legislative triumph for President Donald Trump and the GOP after 10 bumpy months of ...