Athens

Third valley mayor will not run for re-election

A third mayor in the Valley has announced that he will not seek re-election this year. Sayre Mayor Denny Thomas announced yesterday that he will not be seeking a fourth term as mayor, after spending the last 12 years in charge of the borough. Thomas becomes the latest long-serving mayor in the Valley to announce he will be leaving local politics, joining Waverly Mayor Dan Leary and Athens Mayor George Whyte. Thomas thanked the residents of Sayre for their support. Besides his civil service, Thomas also owns a funeral service and is the athletic director of the Athens Area School District.

Athens man accused of injuring girlfriend

An Athens man is in the Tioga County Jail today after allegedly attacking and seriously injuring his girlfriend in Waverly yesterday. Investigators say 25-year-old Michael Comstock attacked his girlfriend at a home in the village. No motive was released. Comstock has been charged with felony assault, criminal obstruction of breathing and criminal possession of a controlled substance. He was taken to the Tioga County Jail in lieu of $20,000 bail.

$10,000 being given to every Bradford County fire and EMS department

For the 3rd year in a row, the Bradford County government is donating $10,000 to every fire department and ambulance service in the county. The money comes from impact fees of natural gas drilling. The Bradford County government does not place restrictions on how the money can be used by the emergency services.

 

In total, over $300,000 has been distributed to county emergency service departments this year alone. Over $1 million has been donated in the past 3 years.

17 people arrested in Bradford County drug trafficking arrests

17 people were arrested by Pennsylvania State Police yesterday, following an investigation into drug trafficking in Bradford County. Arrest warrants were obtained for these individuals after they sold a wide range of illegal drugs to undercover state police officers. Numerous police agencies assisted in the arrests.

 

Arrestees include:

– 43-year-old Dahn Breese of Gillett

– 29-year-old Janet Cobb of Towanda

– 44-year-old Shawn Cranmer of Wysox

– 23-year-old Michelle Drogan of Meshoppen

– 61-year-old Lyle Dunn of Dushore

-29-year-old Stephanie Eberlin of New Albany

– 28-year-old Charles Fedock of Athens Township

– 28-year-old Melissa Ferro of Towanda

– 26-year-old James Frantz of South Waverly

– 46-year-old Rosemary Johnson of Towanda

– 31-year-old Kyle Lane of Wysox

– 22-year-old Brooke Maloney of Towanda

– 23-year-old William McClintic of Monroeton

– 31-year-old Dustin Miller of Waverly

– 52-year-old Joseph Neely of Rome

– 48-year-old Molly Pedro of Towanda

– 39-year-old Douglas Smith of Gillett

– 24-year-old Bonnie Spindler of Tunkhannock

– 28-year-old Joshua Vanderpool of Rome

Drawing to benefit Athens library

There’s less than a week to enter for your chance to ride in an Athens Borough fire truck. Tickets for your chance to win a ride can be purchased at the Spalding Memorial Library on Main Street in Athens now through Sunday.  A single ticket for your chance to win can be purchased for $1, or you can get 6 tickets for $5. The drawing will be held on Monday. All proceeds raised will go directly to help support the Spalding Memorial Library.

Former Athens fire chief dies following battle with cancer

Former Athens Borough Fire Chief of 20 years, Mike Barry, passed away yesterday following a several yearlong battle with cancer. Barry was a life member of the Athens Borough Fire Department. He also worked as the Building and Grounds supervisor for the Sayre Borough School District for numerous years as well.

 

Funeral arrangements have yet to be announced.

PA Lawmakers pass revenue package

Pennsylvania lawmakers passed their 2016-2017 revenue package last night, which has also since been signed into law by Governor Tom Wolf. The upcoming revenue package was passed nearly 9 months sooner than it was last year.

 

Some of the key points of the package include increased money for public education, more money to address state health concerns, such as addictions to heroin and opioids, and the allocation of money to train three new classes of state police cadets.