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Charter commission elects newest member

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A city man was elected by the Williamsport Charter Commission Wednesday to fill a vacancy. Thomas Forquer, of Union Avenue, was chosen. Mike Gardner, of Louisa Street, also sought the position but was not selected. Forquer fills the vacancy of Steve Shope who said his new employer will not ...

Reassuring Rudy

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Isn't it reassuring to know that Rudolph Giuliani, celebrated as "America's mayor", has been hired as yet another legal advisor by President Trump? It was "Rudy" during several Fox News appearances in 2016 who gleefully hinted that he had privileged foreknowledge of certain covert, ...

Roadwork projects in city begin

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More than four months of gas line replacement and street reconstruction is taking place in areas north of High Street in the city. UGI and its sub-contractor, Kiely Construction, have begun to excavate portions of Rural Avenue, from First Street west, according to Joseph Gerardi, city codes ...

Watsontown fire leaves 3 homeless

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WATSONTOWN — Three family members, whose Route 44 home caught fire Monday night, escaped through doors and windows as the blaze worsened, according to a local fire chief. The residents in the home at the time of the fire included husband and wife, Mark and Sunny Phillips and Mark ...

5 years in federal prison for dealer

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A heroin dealer from Philadelphia who distributed the drug and firearms in Williamsport and Lycoming County was sentenced this week in U.S. Middle District Court to serve five years in a federal prison. Lamont Johnson, 25, was sentenced by U.S. Middle District Judge Matthew W. Brann for ...

ATV crash sends 15-year-old boy to Geisinger

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PHILIP A. HOLMES/Sun-Gazette A 15-year-old Hepburn Township boy was flown to Geisinger Medical Center, Danville, to be treated for head injuries he suffered when he lost control of the all-terrain vehicle he was operating and crashed at Bloomingrove and Academy roads in the township about ...

Resident asks about over budget projects

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After requesting approval from Lycoming County commissioners Tuesday on the $83,147 repair cost to Cleveland Brothers Equipment Company Inc. for work on a 2009 Caterpillar tractor, which was about $18,000 over the budgeted amount, Jason Yorks, director of Resource Management Services, was met ...

Lock Haven man crashes after high-speed chase

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A Lock Haven man faces charges for allegedly taking area police on a 13-mile high-speed chase earlier this month that began on the Maynard Street bridge and ended only after he crashed his 1999 Porsche Carrera near the Main Street interchange of Jersey Shore, according to South Williamsport ...

East Lycoming approves preliminary budget with tax hike

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HUGHESVILLE — East Lycoming School District’s board introduced a preliminary draft of the proposed final general fund budget for 2018-19, which includes an increase of 0.44 mills, bringing the real estate tax rate for the district to 13.94 mills. This reflects a 3.26 percent increase in ...

Signatures on petition against Newberry stage exceed 100

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More than 100 signatures are on a petition citing opposition to a stage getting built at a park in Newberry, city officials said. The petition was obtained from a private resident by City Councilman Derek Slaughter who presented the information to fellow councilmen during the public safety ...

Great?

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President Trump’s campaign slogan was “Make America Great Again.” Does making the country “Great Again” include hiring EPA director Scott Pruitt, who spends taxpayer dollars to employ excess security guards, rent bullet proof cars, travel first class and stay in luxury hotels? ...

A Trump U grad

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I didn't know Trump University had a campus in Morris but after reading Mr. Lockett’s letter about Tim Mannello's letter, I came to the conclusion he must be a Trump U. grad. He says he will not be brainwashed or intimidated. He can't figure out if he voted for Trump, he has been ...

DEP regional office holds open house

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Visitors to the state Department of Environmental Protection open house Monday could learn about anything from radiation to small business and see small fish and aquatic specimens on display. All ages were represented in the crowd that moved from room to room learning what the northcentral ...

13 people charged for various crimes

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Thirteen people have been charged with various offenses, according to court records. Those charged and the police departments involved were: * Amber R. Evano, 38, 1630 Circle Road; state police; DUI, careless driving and registration and certificate of title required at Market Street, North of ...

Planned burns likely source of smoke

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Controlled burns in Union County, scheduled to avoid multiple rain showers expected to hit the area this week, could be to blame for a haze and stench of smoke that blanketed Lycoming County on Monday. Wind moving from the south and southeast of the state could have brought with it smoke ...

Jersey Shore students worried about school closings

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JERSEY SHORE — A survey of 75 students at the Jersey Shore Area High School revealed concerns about overcrowding in response to the upcoming school board’s decision regarding closing two schools and doing a district wide reconfiguration. The survey was conducted and presented by Emma ...

Williamsport a nominee for investment program

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Williamsport and Towanda have been nominated for a new federal Opportunity Zone program to bring investment to low-income neighborhoods. The two municipalities have been added to the list of census tracts in the state submitted to the U.S. Treasury for inclusion in the program, according to ...

Airport approves $116K change for new terminal

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Several changes to the Williamsport Regional Airport’s new airport terminal building project were approved unanimously during a special meeting of the Airport Authority early Monday. For an additional $116,000, the authority approved framing modifications to the glass canopy expected to ...