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Lieutenant governor hears concerns about recreational marijuana

Out of more than 100 people who attended Lt. Gov. John Fetterman’s listening session on legalizing recreational marijuana for adults statewide at Mansfield University Tuesday evening, the vast majority indicated they are in favor. During the hour-long session, 25 people of all ages and ...

Tour coming to Lycoming, Clinton and Union counties

Lt. Governor John Fetterman has visited 46 counties around the state to hear people’s viewpoints on legalizing marijuana for recreational use. Fetterman will be in Lycoming County at 6 p.m. Wednesday at the Klump Academic Center, 1034 W. Third St. The debate, so far, has been healthy and ...

Authority rejects county $1 million request on levee

The Williamsport Municipal Water and Sanitary Authority rejected a request for $1 million Wednesday from Lycoming County to go toward the levee recertification. The vote was unanimous by the 10-person board. Fran McJunkin, who is tackling the levee project on behalf of numerous municipal ...

PennDOT tries to ease 2021 traffic worries

MUNCY — Local supervisors and council members gave their input on the state Department of Transportation’s 2021 construction plans to replace the bridge and upgrade an intersection in Muncy. About 20 township and borough officials came to Muncy Creek Township office, Tuesday, to ...

Reconstruction work causes concerns

HUGHESVILLE — The reconstruction of a major intersection that’s underway in Hughesville will take several years. This construction season involves moving a street nearly 100 feet, causing several concerns, according to a Hughesville Borough official. The reconstruction of the routes 405 ...

Moms Demand Action speak about ‘SMART’ gun ownership

It’s hard not to be horrified that mass shootings are becoming more frequent in this country. For a group of local residents teaching others about ways to reduce child gun deaths has become a mission. For Elizabeth Harris, the group leader of the local Moms Demand Action, the statistics ...

Governor signs bill recognizing amphibian

HARRISBURG — It was all smiles in the Governor’s Reception Room at the State Capitol building in Harrisburg for Tuesday’s signing ceremony designating the Eastern Hellbender as the first official state amphibian. Looking around the room state Sen. Gene Yaw, R-Loyalsock Township, said, ...

Commissioners talk reassessment, Sylvan Dell

In light of Lowe’s and Sam’s Club both appealing their county real estate taxes, the Lycoming County commissioners Tuesday brought up why they feel it’s necessary to perform a countywide reassessment. The companies did not agree with the Board of Appeals’ values and instead presented ...

Public works reviews Bowman, City Hall projects

City Council’s public works committee tackled two resolutions Tuesday, one to authorize the city to proceed with City Hall improvements and the other upgrades at Bowman Field. The committee decided to pass with a positive recommendation both resolutions, but the City Hall project may see ...

Committee looks at potential park, greenspace

For the first time as part of the East Third Street/Old City Gateway Project, the city is moving closer to establishing a greenspace and the envisioned Russell Inn Heritage Park at East Third and Mulberry streets. On Tuesday, City Council’s finance committee reviewed the concept of the park ...

Montoursville budget a work in progress

Montoursville Area School District’s budget remains very much a work in progress with school board members Tuesday night discussing how to keep the real estate tax increase lower than projected. The discussion followed a presentation by business manager Brandy Smith on revenue projections ...

Frustration mounts for city residents — as does yard debris

Across Williamsport, mounds of yard debris line city blocks. From the city’s East End, through its center, and in Newberry, the piles are as numerous and as high as they’ve been in recent memory. For homeowners who need to park on the street, the piles are taking up limited space. ...

Coroner: Woman dies in Pennsdale plant accident

PENNSDALE — A female employee of Economy Locker Storage Co. was killed late Monday morning in an industrial accident at the plant’s facility at 324 Worthington Lane, according to Lycoming County Coroner Charles E. Kiessling Jr. “This was a horrible accident,” he said. The employee, ...

Egg hunt organizers urge parents to behave better

The Easter Bunny is writing up a naughty list — but not for the children of the city and region. This list is for their parents, especially for those with children as young as 3 and 4, who are able at that age to scour a lawn and look for eggs with candy and prizes in them, said Jessie ...

Hughesville anxious for work to begin on stream bank

Hughesville Borough “dodged a bullet” this past weekend when a storm, originally predicted to bring 5 inches of rain to that area, shifted east and left less than an inch, Dan Cale, borough council member, told the rest of the council Monday. The borough soon will go out to bid for quotes ...

School board members hear update on deficit

JERSEY SHORE — In the latest update on the preliminary 2019-20 budget, Ben Enders. Jersey Shore School District’s business manager told the board at their meeting Monday that as of April 22, the district is projected to have a $904,192 deficit. Budgeted revenues are expected to be ...

Attempted homicide charge heads to court

After being struck from behind by a car, Chaz Turner got up on his feet and suddenly saw a gun that was aimed at him from the passenger window of the vehicle. “It was pointed at my head. I heard a shot and then I took off running,” Turner testified Monday at the preliminary hearing of ...

Earth Day, then and now

The year was 1970. The Beatles had released their final album, “Let It Be,” after announcing the month before that they were going their separate ways. Punk rock was on the rise and the Cold War and the war in Vietnam continued. On April 17 of that year, the crew of Appollo 13 had ...

House candidates answer why they want to be in congress

The 12th Congressional seat pits Democratic Party nominee Mark Friedenberg against the Republican nominee, state Rep. Fred Keller, R-Kreamer. That district encompasses all or parts of Lycoming, Bradford, Centre, Clinton, Juniata, Mifflin, Northumberland, Perry, Potter, Snyder, Sullivan, ...

An invitation to venture out

With plenty of sunshine in the forecast this week, this should be an ideal time to work in the garden or give yards and lawns the special care and attention they just might need. “It is going to be fairly nice with partly sunny skies” the next several days, according to Craig Evanego, a ...