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How businesses can save on health insurance costs

Business

Health insurance costs have risen dramatically over the last decade and this trend shows no sign of abating. While many large employers have solved this problem by moving from traditional insurance policies to self-funded plans, smaller companies had been reluctant to take on the risks of ...

Questioning numbers

Letters

Regarding Rollanda Frazier’s letter “Stop Complaining,” something doesn’t sound right when she says she got a Social Security raise to $709 a month and doesn’t qualify for housing. I get more in Social Security, plus two pensions from when I worked and I qualify and live in a housing ...

Kudos to wall backer

Letters

Kudos to the man from Sonestown that wants the steel wall at the southern border of our country. Me too. I understand that many immigrants enter our country claiming to be here for employment. Not all immigrants approve of our country’s laws and most illegal immigrants clearly don’t ...

Appalled by all bullying

Letters

We are appalled by bullying in our school classrooms, and justly so, but it seems to me that a certain about of adult bullying exists today, especially in Congress. We have career politicians who have been re-elected so many times that they become a permanent fixture there. After they have ...

Careerlink, Penn State team up to help students earn diplomas

Education

“Hey, I passed my test!” Those words of hard-won accomplishment are sweet to the ears of Joseph Wells, who is the student support coordinator at Penn State University’s Career Pathways Program. Wells is based locally on the second floor of the Careerlink offices, 329 Pine St., where ...

The brain architecture game training, classroom visits and fitness

Education

School counselors and psychologists recently came together to learn about suicide prevention, adverse childhood experience and trauma-informed care. Also, Christina Steinbacher-Reed, executive direction at BLaST IU 17 visited three classrooms to see how BLaST staff carries out the ...

Williamsport’s PMEA District Orchestra festival

Education

The Williamsport Area High School Orchestra recently hosted the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association (PMEA) Concert for District 8 Orchestra. “I’m very thankful for my supportive colleagues, the helpful students and everybody from the cafeteria staff to the custodians,” said ...

Students and positive behavior

Education

School wide positivity is something that Williamsport Area High School holds to a high standard. So much so that the school wide Positive Behavior Committee recently asked a group of students to come together to speak about ways the school can continue to encourage, reward and enforce school ...

Safe2Say Something

Education

Recently, the high school hosted a Club Fair during the BANK period of the school day. Each club gathered in the commons of the high school with a table and a display of what their club is all about. The club fair is specifically geared toward freshmen to help familiarize them with the ...

Students to participate in SkillsUSA Competition

Education

Williamsport Area High School will be sending 18 students from the collective CTE (Career and Technical Education) programs to compete in the Pennsylvania SkillsUSA Competition on Friday. Students compete in various events such as conducting job interviews, creating advertisement designs and ...

High school art students participate in elements show

Education

In the fall the Williamsport Area High School art department began their part in a district wide project focusing on diversity. To go along with the art curriculum in the classroom, each student was assigned an element of art, including line, shape, space, value, form, texture and color, and ...

New leadership wants police to interact with public

Top News

he new city police administration want people of Williamsport to focus more on their officers. “It’s your police department,” said Damon Hagan, city police chief as of Jan. 14. His counterpart, Aaron LeVan, assistant chief, has a similar philosophy. “We want our officers to get ...

Chief reports violent crime down

Top News

Some violent crime rates in the city have dropped over the past two years. “We have seen a nominal decrease in violent crime from 2017 to end of 2018,” Damon R. Hagan, city police chief, told the City Council public safety committee on Tuesday. Overall, violent crime rates have dropped ...

Misleading claims dog noncitizen voter search

Top News

HARRISBURG — Two Pennsylvania state lawmakers are making a disputed claim in a long-running, and possibly futile, effort by elections officials to determine how many non-U.S. citizens had registered to vote over the years. On Tuesday, the lawmakers, Republican state Reps. Daryl Metcalfe and ...

Parents of pledge sue frat members

Top News

HARRISBURG — The parents of a Penn State sophomore who died two years ago after a night of drinking and hazing have sued 28 members of a shuttered fraternity and a security company hired to help enforce alcohol regulations. Lawyers for Tim Piazza’s parents announced the federal wrongful ...

Phil doesn’t see shadow, predicting early spring

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PUNXSUTAWNEY (AP) — It may be hard to believe as a large swath of the U.S. thaws out from a bitter polar vortex, but spring is coming early, according to handlers for some of the country’s most famous prognosticating groundhogs. Just before 7:30 a.m. Saturday, Punxsutawney Phil emerged ...

Government control

Letters

Do you remember history? A quick refresher —prohibition. In this case a result of federal action to stop the sale of alcohol. Did it reduce drinking? If you think so let me tell you about the “Speak easy.” Both side of my family extended income through wine making and beer making for ...

Perverting Democracy

Letters

Democrats have come out against voter ID on the grounds that a few poor and presumably, black, voters would be disenfranchised, but they have no problem with disenfranchising whole states full of voters. Sanctuary policies for illegal immigrants, are designed to do just that. It has been ...