BIG SNOW ON THE WAY
The area is bracing for an accumulation of snow through Friday with the National weather service in State College calling for up to 8 inches of snow in the region expanding northeast over Williamsport. Travel is expected to be most affected for the Thursday morning and afternoon commutes with the most intense snow seen in the region Thursday afternoon. PennDOT is preparing for the storm by pre-treating roadways with salt-brine and plan to be out and in place the entire time snow is falling. High temperatures are only expected to reach 34 degrees Thursday with wind gusts expected up to 25 miles per hour.
HAND COUNT OF TWO 2020 ELECTION CONTESTS APPROVED
Rules for a hand count of the two statewide election contests from 2020 have been approved by the Lycoming County Board of Elections. According to the Sun Gazette, the director of voter services Forrest Lehman suggested several guidelines to the board about supervision of the process and which contests would be counted. These were then approved in a split decision 2-1, with Commissioner Rick Mirabito voting against. The official date for the hand count of the 202 Presidential and Auditor General contests will be between January 9th and 31st. Further discussion of more details will be at the next Lycoming County Election Board meeting.
HUGHESVILLE TO RAISE REAL ESTATE TAX
Noting inflation and higher overall costs for services, the Hughesville borough Council this week approved a real estate tax increase for the first time in 12 years. According to the Sun Gazette, a .25 tax millage hike to 5.25 mills, will be imposed on property owners, which will add 25 dollars to homeowners’ tax bill for each 100 thousand dollars of assessed property value. The 2022 budget came in about 62 thousand dollars over the 1.06 million dollar spending plan that was approved by the council. Tax revenues are expected to bring in just over 440 thousand dollars.
GAME COMMISSION SURVEY RESULTS
According to information gathered by the Pennsylvania Game Commission, hunters have adjusted to the change in traditionally starting deer season to the Saturday after Thanksgiving rather than the Monday after Thanksgiving. Sixty percent of Pennsylvania deer hunters surveyed by the Game Commission strongly or moderately support opening day of the regular firearms deer season on Saturday, compared to 27% who strongly or moderately oppose it – with many citing tradition as their reason. In the PGC annual report from the 2021 deer season the harvest was larger at 435 thousand deer compared to 375 thousand deer in the 2018-19 season.
MORE CHARGES FOR WILLIAMSPORT BLOW MOLD THIEF
The South Williamsport woman originally charged December 1st by Old Lycoming Police after they discovered she had allegedly stolen holiday blow mold decorations from neighborhoods around Williamsport has had more charges filed against her. According to North Central PA dot com, 40 year old Lane E. Sarcinella was charged yesterday for another theft of decorations worth about 450 dollars from a Jamison Street yard in Linden. Sarcinella and 34 year old Christopher Fraunfelter, her partner in crime who allegedly also stole decorations earlier this month and faces charges by the Williamsport City Police, were turned in by a person who realized they had bought stolen property and called police leading to an investigation and arrest of the pair.
PENNSYLVANIANS ENCOURAGED TO CARRY NAXALONE
The acting Pennsylvania Physician General spoke yesterday at an event in Hershey, PA to raise awareness on the opioid epidemic, encouraging pharmacies to get prepared to help people suffering from overdoses by allowing access to Naxalone whether a person has a prescription or not. According to CBS Philadelphia Dr Denise Johnson said all Pennsylvanians are encouraged to carry Naxalone since there no telling when someone you come in contact with may need it. Any resident of Pennsylvania can get the anti-opioid drug for free online at nextdistro.org.
PENN COLLEGE ANNOUNCES FALL COMMENCEMENT
Pennsylvania College of Technology will hold a commencement ceremony at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 17, at the Community Arts Center for the almost 300 students who have petitioned to graduate after the Fall semester of 2022. Maci Nicole Ilgen who is a Dean’s List student being awarded a Bachelor of Science in nursing, will be the student speaker. The college will also present an Alumni Volunteer of the Year Award to Anthony J. Peachey of Construction Specialties in Muncy. Penn College President Michael J. Reed along with board member Steven P. Johnson will confer degrees and certificates upon the graduates.
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Line Mountain 70 Upper Dauphin 46
Central Mountain 77 Mifflinburg 69
Mount Carmel 48 Shikellamy 31
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Athens 52 North Penn-Liberty 30
South Williamsport 61 Montgomery 3
Hazleton Area 50 Williamsport 30
Montoursville 53 Hughesville 12
Milton 51 Mifflinburg 17
Shikellamy 39 Montgomery 30
Jersey Shore 40 Sugar Valley Rural Charter 15
Muncy 39 South Williamsport 36
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