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South Williamsport Borough officials, Maria Maddy, treasurer; David Lechniak, mayor; John Decker, council member; Bernie Schelb, council president; and Teri MacBride, regional affairs director PPL Electric Utilities, in back from left, watch a tree being planted in the 200 block of Main Street in South Williamsport on Thursday morning. Four trees, two spruce and two pin oak, were planted on the borough-owned property in honor of Arbor Day. The trees were donated by PPL and Penn Line and are visible from the overpass going into South Williamsport on Route 15. Arbor Day is today. Penn Line is one of PPL’s vegetation management contractors.

Pleasant weather for Arbor Day event

Today’s a good day to plant a tree, according to Paul Head, a National Weather Service meteorologist. Though there may be some fog this morning after the evening’s rain showers, the sun is expected to come out and bring temperatures over 75 degrees with it. The main part of the day ...

Bill would toughen law for drug overdoses

New legislation to toughen state law on drug addicts will require overdose victims to get treatment in exchange for immunity. “The goal of this legislation is not only to save lives, but to get those people suffering from addiction, opioid use or misuse, into treatment,” said state Sen. ...

Council OKs $2 million skyway to be financed with state grant

Avoiding any appearance of using city general fund dollars, City Council authorized Thursday the administration’s pursuit of funds toward a $2 million pedestrian skywalk that would cross West Third Street and link a parking garage to Trade and Transit I and II buildings. The project, a ...

Judge concurs with murderer’s death sentence

MILFORD (AP) — With his victim’s two young sons in court for the first time, a gunman who shot and killed a Pennsylvania trooper was formally sentenced to death Thursday, one day after a jury determined he should receive a lethal injection for the ambush at a state police barracks. Eric ...

Pentagon probes ex-adviser’s foreign payments

WASHINGTON (AP) — The investigations into President Donald Trump’s ousted National Security Adviser Michael Flynn intensified Thursday as the Pentagon’s watchdog joined lawmakers in scrutinizing the legality of payments he accepted from foreign sources including a Russian state-sponsored ...

Federal funds approved for local municipalities

The Lycoming County Commissioners approved three subrecipient agreements with local municipalities for federal funds on Thursday. One for $102,386 will go to work on construction on Hill Road in Washington Township, a second for $37,900 will go to installing a generator for Tiadaghton Valley ...

Boil advisory lifted in Loyalsock Township

The water boil advisory for areas of Four Mile Drive and Warrensville Road in Loyalsock Township has been lifted, according to the Williamsport Municipal Water and Sanitary Authority. The advisory was put into effect for customers following a water main break Tuesday. “It is not longer ...

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Kathleen Carpenter of Americorps, middle, and volunteer Julie Hulslander assist Miasia Poole5, daughter of Star Poole of Williamsport as she works on her part on the muras on "What children want to see in the ideal city" during  the Heart of Williamsport's Summit Up! Community Celebration of What We Value at Cochran Elementary School Wednesday.

Cityfolk seeking safety, diversity

Richard Hosch could see a common theme developing on his table at the Heart of Williamsport “Summit Up” event Wednesday night. The theme was the transition of the city’s downtown as a destination with more attractions, such as the Susquehanna River Walk, and a myriad of ...

Texas man accused in Blossburg shooting captured

A Texas man who allegedly shot a 24-year-old man in a Blossburg bar on Saturday has been arrested by the U.S. Marshals Service in Texas. James Wesley Lynch IV, 39, of Cleveland, Texas, who allegedly shot Derrick Ricco, 24, in the abdomen in the Bear A Bar, 200 Main St., was arrested without ...

US sets up missile defense system in South Korea as North Korea shows power

SEOUL, South Korea — Hours after a display of North Korean military power, rival South Korea announced Wednesday the installation of key parts of a contentious U.S. missile defense system meant to counter the North. South Korea’s trumpeting of progress in setting up the Terminal ...

Trump tax plan could be good news for many, bad for deficit

WASHINGTON — Dismissing concerns about ballooning federal deficits, President Donald Trump on Wednesday proposed dramatic tax cuts for U.S. businesses and individuals — outlining an overhaul his administration promises will spur economic growth and simplify America’s tangle of tax code ...

Local man elected to state township association’s executive committee

Members of the state Association of Township Supervisors have elected Howard W. Fry III, chairman of the board of supervisors for Cogan House Township in Lycoming County and owner of Fry’s Fire Protection, to a three-year term on the association’s executive committee. The seven-member ...

Help offered to disabled veterans

The Disabled American Veterans Mobile Office will be in the area next month. Veterans and their families in need of assistance may visit the center from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 23 at the Kmart in the Loyal Plaza. For more information, call Jason Hassinger, mobile service office supervisor, ...

Robot-building competition set Saturday at Lycoming Mall

The Bloomsburg Robotic team will host the fifth annual Rage in the Cage Tournament on Saturday at the Lycoming Mall. Students will be finishing up their final construction on their robots both during and after school in preparation for the tournament, which starts at 10 a.m. and will finish ...

Lycoming among counties benefiting from grants

Fire departments, schools, parks and townships are a few of the 44 Pennsylvania organizations that will receive $326,800 in funding this spring from Williams, a global energy and communications company, through its bi-annual community grant program. The total includes $30,000 that will be ...

Wegmans raises donations for hunger relief

ROCHESTER, N.Y. — In the winter of 2017, 27 Wegmans stores in Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, Buffalo and the Southern Tier of New York participated in a checkout scanning campaign that raised $1,089,769 toward hunger relief. The campaign allowed customers to donate options of $2, $3, $5 or ...

Hire of math teacher forces need for Loyalsock school tax hike

Loyalsock Township Middle School Principal Charles Greevy will advertise for a new math position for the 2017-18 school year after getting majority support from the school board during a budget-central work session Wednesday. Members agreed that bridging an apparent gap between middle and ...

Water boil advisory remains in effect

A water boil advisory remains in effect today for those impacted by a water main break covering a more than 6-mile stretch of Warrensville Road in Loyalsock Township, officials with the Williamsport Municipal Water Authority said Wednesday. “Provided there are favorable tests of the water, ...

Walking path and more buses on city agenda

City Council may get its first glimpse tonight of a proposal by River Valley Transit to build a crosswalk bridging West Third Street and connecting it to a parking garage and Trade and Transit Centre I and II. The proposed “skywalk,” as William E. Nichols Jr., city finance director and ...

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The Community Arts Center introduced its new executive directors during a meet and greet Tuesday. From left are Dana Beth Evans, general manager; Dave Whitnack, operations director; and Sharon Mack, managing director.

New CAC managing director introduced to public

“I am so happy to be here in this community,” said Sharon Mack, new managing director at the Community Arts Center. “Most people that I meet ask me ... ‘What brought you here?’ My answer to them is, I was searching for my place, and I believe I have found my place,” Mack ...