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Ed Willits: ‘I looked out and saw sparks’

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As a teenager, Ed Willits was part of the Ground Observer Corps, a Civil Defense organization formed to spot low-flying aircraft. His affiliation with the group, which numbered some 750,000 volunteers nationwide during the height of the Cold War, helped spark an interest in the military and ...

A history of the bell ringers

Religion

When the sound of bells ringing can be heard at malls or outside stores, then you know the Christmas season is beginning. In this area of the country, there are two main non-profits that employ bell ringers to usher in the holiday season. The Salvation Army and the American Rescue Workers ...

Justice Department orders review of City Hall access

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City officials learned Friday they are facing a federal probe of city-owned property. It’s all to check whether it meets national accessibility law. That includes City Hall, which City Council and Mayor Gabriel J. Campana’s administration confirmed were out of compliance. The ...

Shelter resident rings bell for ARW

Religion

If you happen to go to the Dollar General in South Williamsport, you will be greeted with the familiar sound of a bell ringing and the smiling face of Clayton Witherite, who is manning that spot as a bell ringer for the American Rescue Workers. Witherite readily shares how he understands ...

Inmate numbers continue to decrease

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The average daily overall prison population decreased between the months of October and November, according to figures released this week by the Lycoming County Prison Board. Inmate numbers for both male and female inmates in the county dipped from 337.39 to 332.17 per day during that period ...

City approves agreement to create stormwater authority

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City Council approved a memorandum of understanding with Williamsport Sanitary Authority Thursday to create a stormwater authority, one that could assess fees on residential, commercial and industrial properties as well as nonprofits. In order for the underground discharge systems to be ...

Who is next?

Letters

Check the Dec. 6 Williamsport Sun Gazette. If you have not, here is a condensed version. The UPMC Susquehanna Sunbury Hospital will be closing on March 31, 2020. The reason the hospital is closing will be a loss of approximately $2 million, never mind the loss of 150 jobs. The problem with ...

City budget adopted with tax increase

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City Council adopted a $28.1 million tax-hike budget Thursday night with Mayor Gabriel J. Campana saying he remained undecided on whether to veto or not sign it. The budget sets the tax rate at 15.72 mills and includes a 0.25-mill tax increase, which is $25 per year. Campana offered no ...

Lock Haven man sentenced to 10 to 20 years for arsons

Police Fire and Court

LOCK HAVEN — James Arnold Brown has been sentenced to 10 to 20 years in state prison. Brown, 54, of East Park Street, Lock Haven, entered guilty pleas earlier this fall to two first degree felonies for starting two separate fires in the city of Lock Haven in 2018, Clinton County District ...

Commissioners near deal for district judge office

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Lycoming County Commissioners say they are close to a deal for securing a new site for the office of Magisterial District Judge William C. Solomon. The present location in Old Lycoming Township, leased by the county, is in need of upgrades. “The facility is old,” Commissioner Jack ...

25 sentenced in Lycoming County courts

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Twenty-five people have been sentenced for various crimes in Lycoming County court. Four people were sentenced to state prison. They are: • Kasan R. Sanders, 40, of Lycoming County prison, 12 to 24 years for three convictions of possession of a firearm; and two to four years for delivery ...

County Commissioners address personnel, contracts

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Lycoming County Commissioners approved personnel hirings and took care of other business at their meeting Thursday. Tiffany Bartholomew and Devin Bailey were hired as full-time correctional officers at the hourly wage of $16.81 per hour. Each has a starting date of Monday. In another ...

Authority addresses infrastructure work

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The Williamsport Municipal Airport Authority approved payments for infrastructure improvements during its regular monthly meeting Thursday. Payments of $26,628 to address an airport taxiway and $15,806 for a runway represent the final payments to HRI Inc. for the work. Also approved was a ...

Stupidity has no age limits

Letters

Responding to the letter “Vaping: The epidemic that continues to grow,” the lung illness is no longer a mystery, according to a definitive report by The Centers for Disease Control released on Dec. 6. Autopsies of the victims proved that they had consumed marijuana products and died from ...

Auditors give Penn College highest level of assurance

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Reporting on what she called the “financial story of the college,” Suzanne T. Stopper, senior vice president for finance at the Pennsylvania College of Technology, told the board of trustees that the annual audit was given an unmodified opinion, which is the highest level of assurance that ...

Basin Street is open to traffic but remains one-way

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After a year of waiting, a remodeled section of Basin Street will soon be reopened for two-way traffic, city officials said. The street has been closed since March, as well as the intersecting portion of East Third Street, with traffic blocked off and a challenging detour around several city ...

Tractor trailer hits bridge on Route 220

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JERSEY SHORE — Tiadaghton regional police responded to a tractor trailer accident along Route 220 just passed the intersection of Route 287 around 10:30 a.m. Wednesday that resulted in both northbound lanes on 220 to be blocked off for over an hour. Safety Officer Adam Kilpatrick, explained ...

Neumann students earn medals at Decathlon

Education

In the Central PA Fall Scrimmage, Nov. 14, the Academic Decathlon team from St. John Neumann Regional Academy brought home nine medals. The students who participated were high school students from grades ninth through 12th, coached by teacher Nikki Bartholomew and assisted in math preparation ...

Man who shot state trooper in Tioga County is dead

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ELKLAND — An individual who shot at and kept state police in a 14-hour standoff in a house in Tioga County was shot and killed by a special emergency operations team of state troopers early Wednesday, state police said. State police identified the offender as Delos P. Lowe, 68. He was shot ...

Thankful for the busy family, music and a busy holiday season

Education

When I was younger, my impression of high school was that everyone belonged to a group or a clique. In my mind, I always pictured a cafeteria filled with pockets of tables where each clique sat. This scared me because I felt I didn’t belong to any particular group. I was never into sports, ...