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Gazette brings home 7 awards

The Gazette is pleased to announce that it has seven wins in the 2014 Keystone Press Awards competition.

  • icon Updated: March 31
Wednesday 03/26/2014
Bulldozer roll-over claims life in Pike Twp.
Posted: March 26, 2014 - 2:30 pm

A bulldozer accident claimed the life of a 23-year-old Youngsville, Pa. man in Pike Township. Jeremy J. Saporito was pronounced dead by Deputy Coroner Ken Wingo at 8:35 p.m. on March 17 as the result of blunt force trauma.  

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Maple Weekend 2014
Posted: March 26, 2014 - 12:00 pm

Check out coverage from the Potter-Tioga Maple Producers' Maple Weekend in both the Gazette and Free Press-Courier.

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Structure fires continue in Westfield area
Updated: March 31, 2014 - 10:30 am

Tuesday, March 18 was a busy day for Crary Hose Fire Department of Westfield. A home on Church Street, Westfield Township, went up in flames, and an outhouse in Potter Brook burned. 

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Liberty man dies in logging accident
Posted: March 26, 2014 - 2:30 pm

A Liberty father of two died tragically in a logging accident last Friday, March 21. Andy Graham, 35, died around 11:30 a.m. of blunt force trauma after a large tree fell on him. For details, see this week's paper.

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Saturday 03/22/2014
Auditor General seeks updated municipal pension, firefighter relief association info
Posted: March 22, 2014 - 8:00 am

Auditor General Eugene DePasquale urges municipal officials to submit updated information for the state’s municipal pension system and volunteer firefighter relief association programs by March 31.

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Friday 03/21/2014
Bath VA to hold veterans event in Westfield
Posted: March 21, 2014 - 10:45 am

The Bath VA Medical Center (VAMC) is holding a veterans economic hardship event on Thursday, March 27, from 10 a.m. to noon. The event will be conducted out of the VA Mobile Clinic Van at the Westfield Community Center, 429 East Main Street.

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Wednesday 03/19/2014
Deerfield Township needs secretary/treasurer
Posted: March 19, 2014 - 6:00 pm

Deerfield Township Supervisors met in regular session Wednesday, March 12 with a substitute secretary/treasurer.

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Elkland breaking up with water operator
Posted: March 19, 2014 - 2:30 pm

Elkland Borough Council met in regular session on Monday, March 10, when they discussed ending a contract, putting an employee in the position of sewer/water operator and setting up an office space for Mayor Scott Tanner.

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Crary Hose honors volunteers
Posted: March 19, 2014 - 12:00 pm

At the Annual Crary Hose Fire Department’s awards banquet on Saturday. March 15, the department involved the entire community and outlying areas. Crary Hose Chief 5, Jeff Abbott welcomed everyone to the banquet, then asked Marty Heyler to do the Invocation prior to a buffet-style meal catered by Peggy Bebout and her crew that was enjoyed by the approximately 80 people in attendance.

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Woodshed did not hear shot
Posted: March 19, 2014 - 9:29 am

The manager of Fred’s Woodshed, Tioga Township, says she did not hear a gunshot around the time state police responded to the area on Sunday, March 9. Police have not commented on the incident since faxing a brief report that day.

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Friday 03/14/2014
Driver charged in one car accident
Posted: March 14, 2014 - 11:37 am

State police charged a Westfield woman with driving at an unsafe speed after a one car accident on Thursday, March 13.

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Warmer weather to return soon
Posted: March 14, 2014 - 7:00 am

Wednesday's wintry mix may be short lived as temperatures are expected to climb into the high 40s today, March 14. Residents shivered as winter returned with a vengeance after Tuesday's mild weather, but the good news is winter's end is near.

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Thursday 03/13/2014
Fire departments remove six from homes in Middlebury
Updated: March 13, 2014 - 2:37 pm

Six people were removed from their home during a high water event in Middlebury Center on Wednesday, March 12.

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Wednesday 03/12/2014
CVHS FFA banquet and awards 2014
Posted: March 12, 2014 - 2:30 pm

The FFA Program at Cowanesque Valley High School is alive and well, growing by leaps and bounds as evidenced by the number of students that received the Greenhand Degree this year. This degree is the first one that can be earned in FFA.

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Commissioners approve Knoxville bridge
Posted: March 12, 2014 - 12:00 pm

The room was unusually full as nearly 30 students in the Tioga County Development Corportation’s Youth Leadership Program observed the Tioga County Commissioners meeting on Tuesday, March 11.

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Harrison man still critical after Feb. 21 fire
Posted: March 12, 2014 - 12:00 pm

Ronald Miller, of Harrison Valley, remains in critical condition after being severely burned in a fire that destroyed his home on Feb. 21, according to a family member. 

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Man waives hearing in death of dog
Posted: March 12, 2014 - 9:22 am

Matthew Scott Stone, 29, of Elkland appeared with Tioga County Public Defender Mary Morris, his attorney, before Senior Magisterial District Judge C. Roger McRae at Elkland Friday morning, March 7.

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Northern Tioga talks funding, insurance
Posted: March 12, 2014 - 9:13 am

At its meeting Monday, March 10, the Northern Tioga School Board discussed prosed changes to the funding formula for basic education. 

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Schools will dismiss early due to weather
Updated: March 12, 2014 - 12:53 pm

Addition: Awana Club programs at Covington Baptist Church and Wellsboro Bible Church are canceled tonight due to the early dismissal.

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Police seek suspect in Tioga Twp. shooting - UPDATED IN GAZETTE
Updated: March 12, 2014 - 9:29 am

State police are seeking information on a man suspected of shooting another.

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Saturday 03/08/2014
Spring ahead this Sunday
Posted: March 08, 2014 - 12:00 pm

Remember to change your clocks one hour ahead this Sunday, March 9. The official time change is 2 a.m., but you can do it before you turn in for the night.

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Friday 03/07/2014
Towanda woman charged with stealing $97K from elderly, bank
Posted: March 07, 2014 - 8:27 am

State police at Towanda have charged a Towanda woman with stealing $97,619 from five elderly people while employed at a bank.

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Wednesday 03/05/2014
No money doesn’t mean no lunch for students
Posted: March 05, 2014 - 2:30 pm

Lots of kids like peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, but what if a child had to eat one every day for lunch?

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Westfield man charged in 2006 hit-and-run death - FULL STORY IN THIS WEEK'S PAPER
Updated: October 01, 2015 - 9:56 am

State police have recently charged a Westfield man in a hit-and-run crash involving a homemade trailer that came lose and killed another driver in 2006. 

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Red Cross fire prevention program coming to Westfield
Posted: March 05, 2014 - 9:53 am

Residents of Westfield may find a message from the Red Cross hanging on their doors on Tuesday, March 11. 

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Westfield couple loses everything in fire - SEE FULL STORY IN THIS WEEK'S PAPER
Posted: March 05, 2014 - 9:45 am

A family in Westfield has lost everything after a house fire on Friday, Feb. 28. 

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Elkland Authority talks water, sewer
Posted: March 05, 2014 - 12:00 pm

The Elkland Borough Authority met in regular session Wednesday, Feb. 26, when a lengthy discussion about the level of reserves in the water and sewer accounts was held with no clear explanation being given.

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Friday 02/28/2014
Reward offered for lost poodle
Updated: March 03, 2014 - 8:30 am

Bonnie Walker of Elkland sent this message to the newspaper:

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Thursday 02/27/2014
Lycoming County reports several burglaries
Posted: February 27, 2014 - 11:00 am

State police at Montoursville released information on several burglaries today, Feb. 27.

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Westfield Area Drug Education group meeting March 1
Posted: February 27, 2014 - 10:02 am

Westfield Area A.D.E. (Addiction and Drug Education) will be hosting a community meeting on Saturday, March 1, at 2 p.m. at the Westfield Community Building on Main Street near the Acorn Market.

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District IV Class A consolation update
Posted: February 27, 2014 - 8:16 am

The District IV Class A consolation playoff between Galeton and Mansfield boys has been rescheduled to  Saturday, March 1, at Wellsboro with a game time set for 1 p.m.

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Wednesday 02/26/2014
Lawrenceville dental clinic gets another $50,000
Posted: February 26, 2014 - 3:00 pm

A Chicago-based dental organization presented a second $50,000 check last week to a local dental clinic. State Rep. Matt Baker, who was instrumental in securing the donation, presented the check to Tioga Dental Services (TDS) on behalf of Dental Dreams last Friday, Feb. 21.

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Apply for Deerfield Trust funds online
Posted: February 26, 2014 - 12:00 pm

Deerfield Charitable Trust will no longer accept applications for a grant through the mail. The application must now be made out online and sent electronically, announced the organization.

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Tioga County wants to stop collecting union dues
Posted: February 26, 2014 - 12:00 pm

Citing a conflict between state law and public sector employees union practices, the Tioga County Commissioners adopted a resolution to end their involvement in collecting union dues.

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Galeton discusses water meter problems
Posted: February 26, 2014 - 10:29 am

The Galeton Water Authority met on Feb. 11, when they discussed the inadequate performance of the Master Water Meters that are located in the Wetmore.  

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Plowing out Pennsylvania
Posted: February 26, 2014 - 9:13 am

When winter hits hard - like it did this year - it takes a team to keep the roads clear and traffic moving. Reporter Kelly Stemcosky rides along during a recent storm to see what the job entails. Her story is on this week's front page!

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Rx meds can still lead to DUI
Posted: February 26, 2014 - 12:00 pm

Driving under the influence is commonly associated with alcohol, but drugs - even prescribed ones - can affect a person's driving ability and lead to criminal charges. One man under a physician's care fought charges when pulled over for DUI. His story is in this week's paper.

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Thursday 02/20/2014
Lycoming Department is victim of fraud
Posted: February 20, 2014 - 8:25 am

The Lycoming County Department of Public Safety has been a victim of fraud, according to a press release issued by Pa. State Police at Montoursville.

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Wednesday 02/19/2014
Deerfield Township secretary, treasurer resign
Posted: February 19, 2014 - 3:00 pm

Deerfield Township supervisors met in regular session February 12 when they learned that both the secretary and treasurer resigned. No explanation was given however, the resignations were accepted.

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Elkland Borough residents ask council for water bill relief
Posted: February 19, 2014 - 12:00 pm

Elkland Borough Council met in regular session Feb. 10 when they discussed numerous water-related problems. Several residents and businesses requested consideration of a sewer bill that arose from a water leak.  

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Westfield signs contract with fire company
Posted: February 19, 2014 - 9:53 am

Westfield Borough Council Vice President Gail Bollinger conducted the meeting on Wednesday, Feb. 12, in the absence of Council President Jim Davis.

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PA State Police update I-81 homicide investigation
Posted: February 19, 2014 - 12:09 pm

The Pennsylvania State Police today announced updated information in reference to the Interstate 81 homicide which occurred on Jan. 4 in Franklin County, Pennsylvania.

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Thursday 02/13/2014
Agency records accessible following fire
Posted: February 13, 2014 - 12:23 pm

A day after a fire late Wednesday afternoon, Feb. 12, the North Central Sewage Agency office in Middlebury Center is taking steps to resume business.

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School closing early - and other cancellations
Updated: February 13, 2014 - 12:49 pm

Wellsboro Area School District is closing at 1 p.m. due to poor road conditions. All after school activities have been cancelled.

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Feb. 12 fire destroys house - UPDATED
Updated: February 13, 2014 - 10:38 am

A log home along Route 49 near Knoxville was destroyed in a fire in Feb. 12.

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Wednesday 02/12/2014
Pet food bank helps 7 area families so far
Posted: February 12, 2014 - 2:30 pm

Their goal was to collect 100 pounds of dog and cat food by Valentine’s Day, Feb. 14. By Saturday, Feb. 8, MaKenzy and Isaiah Jackson of Covington had collected 305 pounds of pet food. 

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Tioga Borough securing grants for improvements
Posted: February 12, 2014 - 12:00 pm

The Tioga Borough Council met Monday evening, Feb. 3, to continue their work on the improvements envisioned for their community.

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Galeton tigers go pink for cancer
Posted: February 12, 2014 - 9:29 am

The Galeton Tigers will host the Bucktail Bucks on Friday, Feb. 14 at 6 p.m. in the GHS Gym. Both teams will be wearing pink and pink attire, hats and baked goods will be on sale during the game. All proceeds from the event will go to the Patterson Cancer Center at Charles Cole Memorial Hospital. Pictured in their Pink Out attires are Galeton’s Lady Tigers.

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NTSD learns of new recording policy
Posted: February 12, 2014 - 9:24 am

The Northern Tioga School Board discussed a new school bus recording policy, a potential tax committee and student recognition at its monthly meeting on Monday, Feb. 10. 

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Friday 02/07/2014
New scam working in area - UPDATED
Posted: February 07, 2014 - 12:00 pm

UPDATE: If you are a victim of this scam, report the call to the Federal Trade Commission at this number: 1-877-382-4357.

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