SAFE 2 SAY SOMETHING HOTLINE OFF TO BIG START

A statewide hotline created to lessen the threat of school violence had been deemed a success so far.  The Safe 2 Say something program is a hotline in which anonymous callers can report possible threats in schools to the State Attorney General’s office.  Officials say that in it’s first month in January, the hotline fielded more than 4,900 tips, about a third of them considered serious enough to pass along ot local police and school officials.  The goal of the hotline is to respond to any troubling behavior, unsafe school situations and anything else tipsters deem appropriate to report.

SCHOOL BOARD SAYS YES TO PRELMINARY BUDGET

The Muncy Area School Board last night gave approval to a preliminary budget for the 2019-2020 school year.  Though they say tweaks will be made, the budget as stands would spend an estimated $18.6 million dollars in the district and would raise taxes just a bit over a mill.  With that tax increase the deficit would still be around $300,000 dollars and would be covered by the district’s fund balance.  Final passage does not have to happen until June.  In addition, it was learned last night that bids are slated to be opened for the High School’s construction and renovation project during a special meeting next Monday. 

TWO MORE CANDIDATES FOR CLINTON COUNTY COMMISSIONER

The candidate list for Clinton County Commissioner continues to grow.  Current four term commissioner Steven Dersham has announced that he will run for the Republican nomination in May for a fifth term as Commissioner there, saying he will continue to work to keep allof the county part of the growing prosperity.  Angela Harding, currently working in a public relations capacity in the Keystone Central School District has announced that she will seek the Democratic nomination to run for a commissioner seat in the fall.  Harding says running for commissioner has always been a professional goal and that the timing feels right for this election.

MUSSARE AND NASSBERG ANNOUNCE

A current Lycoming County Commissioner has announced that he will run for a third term on the board.  Tony Mussare who has served as a commissioner for the past seven years will seek the Republican nomination during the May 21st primary in order to run in the fall for another term.  Mussare says he will work on regionalization efforts, level recertification, as well as other issues to help save the county money and keep it moving forward.  Also announcing her candidacy is Kathryn “Tabby” Nassberg who will seek the Republican nomination in May saying she believes county taxpayers should not have to pay for the current board’s mistakes and bad spending.

MAN SUFFERS SMOKE INHALATION IN COLUMBIA COUNTY FIRE

Fire struck in Columbia County last night, sending a man to the hospital after he breathed in too much smoke while trying to quell the flames.  The fire broke out around 7pm on the kitchen of a home along Central Avenue in Scott Township as a woman was cooking on the stove.  Fire quickly spread up the wall behind the stove and the man suffered the smoke inhalation while trying to put it out. His condition was not released.  The couple is temporarily homeless following that fire. A damage estimate has not been released.

WOMAN INJURED IN CRASH

A Williamsport woman was injured in a one vehicle crash in Loyalsock Township yesterday morning.  The crash occurred on Cemetery Road just north of Cemetery Street shortly past 7:30 as 22 year old Meika Aeppli was travelling northbound when her vehicle slid off the road and struck a tree then went into a roll, striking another tree. She was transported to UPMC Susquehanna Williamsport Regional Medical Center where her condition was not reported. No one else was involved in that Loyalsock Township crash.

ALBRIGHT TO SPEAK AT BUCKNELL

Bucknell University has announced their keynote speaker for this year’s graduation ceremonies.  Former U.S. Secretary of State Madeline Albright will headline the Lewisburg University’s 169th commencement ceremonies on May 19th.  Albright served as the country’s first female secretary of state from 1997 to 2001.  Albright is currently a professor on staff at Georgetown University and remains active in government affairs. 

CLINTON COUNT RESIDENT WOULD LIKE TO GO TO CONGRESS

A 7th person has come forward saying they would like the blessing of he Republican Committee to run for Tom Marino’s vacant seat in the U.S. Congress.  Jessica Bowman-Hosley of Mill Hall who is a professor at Lock Haven University has announced that she would like to run for the seat in the 12th district vacated when Marino resigned last month.  Hosley, a conservative is said to be ready to relentlessly fight for President Trump’s America First Agenda.  A candidate for the special election is expected to be chosen next week in Williamsport.