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Lower Arnot Road Bridge Replacement Project Starts April 7

A PennDOT bridge crew in Tioga County will begin a bridge replacement project on Route 2023 (Lower Arnot Road) in Bloss Township on Monday, April 7.

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Friday 03/28/2014
Gazette brings home 7 awards
Updated: March 31, 2014 - 10:31 am

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

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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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Nessmuk fish salvaged - Construction to begin
Posted: March 26, 2014 - 9:38 am

On March 19 and 20, staff from the Pa. Fish and Boat Commission and Pa. Department Environmental Protection spent hours removing fish from the frigid waters of Lake Nessmuk. They saved 5,000 pounds of fish, although no on can quite say how many fish that equals. For details on the project and the progress of the dam construction project, check out the front page of the Gazette.

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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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Kidnapper pleads guilty - UPDATED
Updated: March 31, 2014 - 10:31 am

Billie Jo Ribble, 36, accused of kidnapping a woman and her child in Wellsboro in 2013, pleaded guilty in federal court to kidnapping on March 19 and is scheduled for sentencing June 25.

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STSD eliminates 41 positions
Updated: April 08, 2014 - 3:23 pm

During a five hour meeting on Tuesday, March 25, the Southern Tioga School District board of directors voted to eliminate 41 positions. However, the board is still undecided on other issues prompted by the closing of North Penn High School, namely parent choice and rebranding.

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Tuesday 03/25/2014
Farmers can register by March 26 for free breakfast this Saturday
Updated: March 31, 2014 - 10:31 am

One hundred and fifty five people – that is how many people the average farmer can feed in one year. That is an increase from 26 people each farmer fed in 1960. Agriculture continues to be a major industry locally and across our nation. National Ag Day is a day set aside each year to celebrate that fact and tell the story of agriculture to remind people that agriculture has an impact on everyone’s life. This year’s theme for National Ag Day is “365 sunrises and 7 billion mouths to feed.”

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Sunday 03/23/2014
Route 15 Slide Repair Project in Tioga County Resumes Soon
Posted: March 23, 2014 - 10:58 am

A slide repair project adjacent to Route 15 southbound in Tioga County is scheduled to resume work on or about March 31.

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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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Wednesday 03/19/2014
Losing a parent - Young adults recall loss after accident
Posted: March 19, 2014 - 9:38 am

Death and loss may be a part of life, a lesson to be learned by young people. When it's a parent's death from an accident that didn't have to take place, the affect on surviving children can be devastating. Reporter Kelly Stemcosky spoke with two young adults who lost their mothers through accidents. Their story is this week's front page story.

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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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Blossburg signs $13,000 park planning contract
Posted: March 19, 2014 - 2:30 pm

With a school closing, Blossburg leaders are planning for the community's future. One goal is to develop and improve Island Park. To accomplish that, the borough council signed a contract with Rettew Associates, the consultant working on the borough's comprehensive plan, to develop one for the park. For more details, pick up a copy of the Gazette

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Three counties fight Ward fire
Posted: March 19, 2014 - 12:00 pm

Fire departments from three counties battled a Ward Township fire last week. While the homeowner lost all the contents, he was thankful for something else. Find out what that is in this week's front page story.

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Wellsboro may seek grant for walking/biking path
Posted: March 19, 2014 - 12:00 pm

Wellsboro is investigating whether to apply for grants to develop a safe walking/biking trail from the downtown to the Charleston Street Recreation area, which houses the baseball and softball fields.

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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
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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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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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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STSD moves forward; Blossburg protests
Posted: March 12, 2014 - 2:30 pm

The Southern Tioga School District is making plans for the future, as Blossburg citizens raise concerns about the impact on children. Several representatives of the newly formed North Penn Area Concerned Citizens voiced their thoughts at the March 10 meeting. Their concerns and Southern Tioga's next steps are outlined in this week's front page article.

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Wellsboro is focus of Irish article on gas
Posted: March 12, 2014 - 2:30 pm

Ireland is facing a similar question as are people in this area: what are the consequences and affects of natural gas development. A reporter from the Irish Independent visited Wellsboro to learn about the many aspects of gas. She was accompanied by local photographer Tim McBride, who provided photos for her finished article. That story and a link to Orlaith Farrell's completed article are on this week's front page.

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Option for prom gown shoppers
Posted: March 12, 2014 - 12:00 pm

On March 15, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., at Elkland High School Gymnasium, Northern Tioga Schools along with Wellsboro High School will hold a Prom and Semi-Formal Dress Sale. The idea for this joint venture was started by Cowanesque Valley Student Council under the direction of Karin Knaus. Students from three schools have been collecting prom and semi-formal dresses to sell at reduced rates to help keep costs down for prom, homecoming and winter semi-formals. If you have dresses to donate, drop them off at Cowanesque High School, Williamson High School or Wellsboro High School by March 12. Those donating dresses will receive a $5 voucher for each dress donated. Students may also sell their dresses giving a 10 percent commission to the group hosting the event. Leading this committee for Wellsboro Area High School are Rose Worrell, Laci Harriger, Emma Eccher, and Natalie Mee.

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No name in fatal Morris Township car crash - VICTIM NAMED IN TODAY'S PAPER
Posted: March 12, 2014 - 12:00 pm

State police in Mansfield have  released the name of the person killed in a one-car crash on Route 287, just south of Sand Run Road, Morris Township, at 7 p.m. on March 9.

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Monday 03/10/2014
STSD to vote on bus routes
Updated: April 30, 2014 - 10:06 am

The Southern Tioga School Board is scheduled to vote on Option 2 for future bus routes, as discussed at last week's work session. Superintendent Sam Rotella presented two options to the board last week for transporting students after North Penn High School closes. Option 2 would cost less and keep some high school and elementary students on the same bus. For further details on the transportation options, visit the school district's online agenda, watch the attached Youtube video or read the story in the March 5 Gazette.

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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
Posted: March 05, 2014 - 12:00 pm

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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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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Wellsboro region looks into future - Public input sought for plan
Posted: March 05, 2014 - 2:30 pm

Four municipalities in the Wellsboro region - Wellsboro Borough and Charleston, Delmar and Duncan townships - are joining forces to develop a comprehensive plan. The plan details what the communities want to be in the future, plus methods of achieving that.

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All PASSHE universities have financial problems
Posted: March 05, 2014 - 12:00 pm

Despite a report that Mansfield University is on the brink of closure, Kenn Marshall, medial relations for the Office of Chancellor for the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education, said there are no plans to close any university. In an email obtained by the Gazette, Chancellor Frank T. Brogan outlines plans for the future of the universities in the front page of this week's Gazette.

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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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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
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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Mansfield Chamber awards scholarships
Posted: February 26, 2014 - 2:30 pm

The Mansfield Chamber of Commerce recognized 22 Youth Leaders of Tomorrow and selected one from each of the four schools to recognize, as well as an overall winner. Eric Kreger was honored as the Youth Leader from Liberty High School and overall. He was joined by Erin Dempsey from Mansfield; Kurtis Eby, New Covenant Academy; and Rebekah Erway, North Penn in Blossburg. For more details, check out this week's paper.

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STSD is behind on planning
Posted: February 26, 2014 - 12:00 pm

Southern Tioga School District has a late start in its planning for the 2014-15 fiscal and school year. At a recent meeting of the Long Range Planning Committee, board members took a look at comprehensive plans, committees and how they function, as well as the calendar. For full details, check out the story on the 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
Shell reduces royalty checks - Clerical error results in temporary cutback
Posted: February 19, 2014 - 9:56 am

Some landowners are receiving lower royalty payments and will continue to do so for the next eight months. The reason behind the cut is a clerical error. This reporter looked into what happened and how this change is impacting municipalities and private citizens. It's on the front page of the Feb. 19 Gazette.

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13 nonprofits to receive $30,250 in sponsorships
Posted: February 19, 2014 - 2:30 pm

The Tioga County Visitors Bureau announced the 13 nonprofits and 19 events that will benefit from this year's Sponsorship Award program. The money is generated by the county's Room Tax and a portion is set aside to promote the heritage, history and uniqueness of Tioga County. For a list of receiving organizations and details on the events, check out the front page of the Feb. 19 Gazette.

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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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'Luge' returns in Blossburg
Posted: February 19, 2014 - 12:00 pm

While the competition in Sochi is hot, the Blossburg luge run is a cool place for kids and adults to hang out and have some fun. Reporter Jason Przybycien checked it out and his story is on the front page of this week's Gazette.

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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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Police seek garden cart thief
Posted: February 13, 2014 - 11:30 am

State police at Mansfield are seeking information on a theft.

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