Williamsport Salvation Army has change in leadership

The Sal­va­tion Army of Williamsport has announced a change in lead­er­ship. Major’s Don­ald and Paula Spencer have taken over as the head of the local Sal­va­tion Army. The two have been involved in the Chris­t­ian based com­mu­nity orga­ni­za­tion for the past 23 years and say they have a pas­sion for estab­lish­ing music pro­grams at the loca­tions they serve. They say they believe their skills are per­fectly suited for the Williamsport branch.

Final teen pleads in rock throwing incident

An 18 year old Mil­ton teen could spend up to 20 years in prison after plead­ing no con­test in the rock throw­ing inci­dent last July which severely injured an Ohio woman. Tyler Porter was in court yes­ter­day to enter the plea of no con­test to con­spir­acy to com­mit aggra­vated assault. In return other charges against the young man were dropped. He is the final teen to resolve his case in the inci­dent which injured Sharon Budd after a large rock was thrown from the over­pass onto Route 80 strik­ing the wind­shield of the car. Should a judge accept the plea deal, He will be sen­tenced along with two oth­ers in the case.

Higher Healthcare costs

Health­care spend­ing will rise nearly six per­cent every year for the next decade. A gov­ern­ment study bases the pro­jec­tion on higher costs for America’s aging pop­u­la­tion and increased cov­er­age under Oba­macare. Prior to 2014, health­care spend­ing rates aver­aged about a four per­cent increase per year.

Rick Santorum’s campaign stragedy

Pres­i­den­tial hope­ful Rick San­to­rum is not chang­ing his cam­paign strat­egy by press­ing to raise polling num­bers to ensure he’s part of the campaign’s first major debate, August 6 in Cleve­land. A spokesman says his TV appear­ances in recent days have been timed more to take advan­tage of his time in New York this past week. San­to­rum is not expected to be part of the debate.

Lyme Disease Awareness

With Penn­syl­va­nia lead­ing the nation in reported cases of Lyme dis­ease, The state Depart­ment of Health has called for increased aware­ness about this seri­ous dis­ease and out­lined the department’s efforts to com­bat tick-borne dis­eases in Penn­syl­va­nia. When detected early, Lyme dis­ease can be treated with antibi­otics. Left untreated, the dis­ease can spread to the joints, heart and ner­vous sys­tem. Early diag­no­sis is impor­tant in pre­vent­ing late-stage complications.

Missing Florida Boys

The Coast Guard is con­tin­u­ing what it calls an aggres­sive search for two 14-year-old boys who have gone miss­ing off of Florida’s east coast. The boys’ cap­sized boat was located about 60 miles off­shore from Day­tona Beach on Sun­day. The boys were appar­ently try­ing to make it to the Bahamas on their 19-foot boat.

Possible heatwave

The heat is here. Tem­per­a­tures are expected to con­tinue in the 90’s for the next few days, with the humid­ity mak­ing it feel like it’s over 100 dur­ing the peak time of day. Susque­hanna Health and other health offi­cials are reminded res­i­dents to drink plenty of water, espe­cially if they are going to be out­side for any long peri­ods of time. Also to make sure your pets have plenty of water, and shaded areas if they are out­door pets. Elderly per­sons are reminded to stay inside with the air con­di­tion­ing on if pos­si­ble, and you are reminded to check on neigh­bors who may not have air conditioning.

PA State Politics

Law­mak­ers are call­ing on Gov­er­nor Tom Wolf to arm troops at National Guard bases in the state. More than 100 leg­is­la­tors signed a let­ter sent to the gov­er­nor last week, call­ing for him to sign an exec­u­tive order that allows guards­men to carry firearms on a daily basis. The calls come on the heels of a shoot­ing Chat­tanooga, Ten­nessee that left four Marines and a sailor dead. In a state­ment, Wolf says he under­stand the con­cerns and plans to meet with mil­i­tary advis­ers on the issue.

In nine months, Democ­rats can expect to decide a pri­mary con­test to deter­mine who will chal­lenge Repub­li­can Sen­a­tor Pat Toomey for his seat. Demo­c­rat Joe Ses­tak will return for a rematch, but it looks like he’ll have to beat Gov­er­nor Tom Wolf’s ex-chief of Staff Katie McGinty who resigned her posi­tion last week amid spec­u­la­tion she’ll run for the Sen­ate seat. The seat is expected to be crit­i­cal to deter­min­ing con­trol of the Senate.

Governor Jindal warns protesters

Louisiana’s gov­er­nor is warn­ing pro­test­ers to stay away from today’s funer­als of vic­tims from last week’s mass shoot­ing at a movie the­ater. Gov­er­nor Jin­dal has threat­ened to take mem­bers of the West­boro Bap­tist Church into cus­tody. The church responded to Jindal’s threats on Twit­ter, call­ing them ille­gal. It also invited him to join them in pick­et­ing. The gun­man who killed two peo­ple praised the West­boro Bap­tist Church on social media.

Wolf picks new Chief of Staff

Gov­er­nor Tom Wolf’s leg­isla­tive liai­son will be his new chief of staff. Wolf picked Mary Isen­hour Thurs­day after his pre­vi­ous chief of staff Katie McGinty resigned Wednes­day. McGinty is expected to seek the demo­c­ra­tic nom­i­na­tion to run against Repub­li­can Sen­a­tor Pat Toomey.