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South Side development pulled after zoning issues are raised

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ate developer to purchase land for two new businesses in South Williamsport were canceled amid zoning issues. Gabriel Hutchinson, Hutchinson Realty Development vice president, spoke to the South Williamsport Borough Council this week about a project to purchase Williamsport Seventh-Day ...

Voter Services begins official count

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Lycoming County Voter Services personnel will be busy into next week going over ballots cast in the recent primary election. It’s all part of the official count process required by law. “We redo the election process for accuracy,” said Forest Lehman, director of county Voter Services. ...

Stage set for Middle East catastrophe

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The stage is once again set for catastrophic events in the Middle East. Imagine the scenario in which an unstable "leader of the Free World" – a man who several years ago probably had no idea even which powers had been U.S. co-signatories in the "Iran nuclear deal" of 2015 – has now ...

Counties, partners show support for mental health care

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When Richard Simpson, acting sergeant for the Lock Haven Police Department, recently received a call about a suicidal man expressing wishes to harm himself and others, several outcomes were possible. Someone could have gotten hurt or worse, and that suicidal man could have been arrested and ...

Woman sentenced for starving 3-month-old baby

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A mother charged with endangering the wellfare of her child was sentenced to county prison this week after the county’s children and youth office took her malnourished 3-month-old baby into emergency custody. Marissa L. Smith, 23, of Lewistown, received 12 months, less one day, to 24 ...

Hope, STEP partner while preschool to shuts doors

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With the closing of preschool services at its Edwin Street and Lycoming College locations, Hope Enterprises has announced a partnership with STEP, Inc., to offer Head Start classes at the Edwin Street site beginning in August. Noting that it was a business decision, Rob Labatch, president of ...

Jersey Shore school board considers teacher furloughs

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JERSEY SHORE — A list of potential positions that would be eliminated in order to bring a deficit-ridden budget under control was outlined for the Jersey Shore Area School board Thursday night. Facing a deficit of over $1.4 million, the board listed potential furloughs throughout the ...

Dryer fire causes evacuation at Econo Lodge

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Guests and staff safely evacuated the Econo Lodge, 2019 E. Third St., in Loyalsock Township about 11 a.m. Thursday when a commercial dryer in the basement caught fire, according to township fire officials. The fire was discovered by an employee who was credited with alerting other employees, ...

Group seeks an end to backroom deals that lead to gerrymandering

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David Thornburgh believes a political system rife with the backroom deals and partisanship that leads to gerrymandering needs fixed. And, he believes the best way of doing it is to allow the people to get the ball rolling. Draw The Lines is a grassroots group created to come up with its own ...

Tractor trailer crashes into pole

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LAIRDSVILLE — A truck driver escaped injury when his tractor-trailer truck, carrying a bulldozer, crashed into a utility pole on Bald Eagle Road, just off of Route 118, two miles east of here, about 5:15 p.m. Thursday, according to fire officials. Some utility lines came down, cutting off ...

City kitchen fire leaves 9 homeless

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Nine people were left homeless after a kitchen fire erupted on one side of a double home in the 300 block of Locust Street about 1:15 p.m. Thursday, according to city fire officials. Beth Saiers was sitting on the shared front porch at 326-328 Locust St., visiting a sister who lives on the ...

26 sentenced in county court

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Twenty-six individuals recently were sentenced at the Lycoming County Courthouse, according to court documents. Five were sentenced to state prison. They are: • Brian J. Murray, 40, Lycoming County Prison, 12 to 24 months with credit for 23 days served for theft, small amount of marijuana ...

Countywide police activities

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Following are complaints handled by police agencies in Lycoming County, as provided by the county Emergency Communications Center: WEDNESDAY 12:32 a.m., harassment, 100 block of North Broad Street, Jersey Shore. 2:40 a.m., shots fired, 500 block of Grandview Place, South ...

Library looks to digitize 2 centuries of microfilm

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James V. Brown Library is moving ahead with trying to secure funding for a project to digitize more than 200 years of newspaper microfilm for public use. The project, which was presented to the library’s board of trustees at a meeting Thursday, would make over 1,500 reels of newspaper ...

Airport authority to review bids for fuel farm project

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The Williamsport Municipal Airport Authority opened three bids ranging from $985,322 to $1.08 million for the second phase of its fuel farm relocation project at a special meeting Thursday. The project includes a new fueling system and tank installation, which the authority’s engineers ...

Tiresome

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It is becoming tiresome to read journalists and editors who have picked up and are using the right wing euphemism “entitlements”. I have paid into Social Security and Medicare every year, faithfully, for almost fifty years. When the time comes, I want my money back, with interest. I have ...

Has the press surrendered?

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Has the press entirely surrendered to the unfiltered noise of the internet? I am only guessing that a recent writer's published comments referring to Ebola found in romaine lettuce really meant E-coli. Otherwise, these “alternative facts” should not be published. J.D. ...

Lycoming College kicks off $12.5M for ‘gateway’ project

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Lycoming College is set to kick off a $12.5 million project to open a “gateway building” that will change the main entrance of the college to the southeastern edge of campus near East Fourth and Franklin streets. The college project includes a new entrance or “gateway” to the college ...

City oversees $7M in infrastructure improvements

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The city is moving ahead with $7 million of public improvements in the East Third Street/Old City Gateway Revitalization project, city administrators said Wednesday. The work entails complete street reconstruction, additional sidewalks, and converting a small alleyway, Willow Street, into a ...

Authority chairmen ousted in raucous public meeting

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The leadership of the Williamsport Municipal Water and Sanitary Authorities was publicly ousted Wednesday in a heated meeting described by one board member was “an orchestrated massacre.” Thomas Marnon Jr., chairman of the water authority and Johnny Meyer, chairman of the sanitary ...