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Saturday lineup keeps Billtown Blues Festival goers dancing

The sun peaked through the clouds to set a spotlight on the 30th annual Billtown Blues Festival at the Lycoming County Fairgrounds Saturday. “Keeping the blues alive” on the second day of three, the Billtown Blues Association (BBA) hosted a lineup of eight musical artists and groups ...

Judge: UPMC’s deal with Highmark can’t be extended

HARRISBURG (AP) — A 5-year-old agreement between two Pittsburgh-based health care conglomerates can’t be extended through litigation past its June 30 expiration date, a Pennsylvania judge said Friday. Commonwealth Court Judge Robert Simpson wrote that a clause in the 2014 consent decree ...

Airport parking lot paving project done

Those heading to and from the Williamsport Regional Airport will be able to drive there in style. The paving of the road surface is done and it makes a nice smooth ride, according to Thomas Hart, executive director of the Williamsport Municipal Airport Authority. Hart gave an executive ...

Dave Hall: ‘I don’t think you have time to be scared’

Dave Hall had a long military career which included flying bombing missions in Vietnam and carrying out leadership posts in the Air Force. Hall, 71, grew up in Belfast, Maine, and graduated from Syracuse University. He figured on becoming a forest ranger, but ended up in ROTC in ...

Flags Across America March honors late founder’s patriotism

The atmosphere was as if Anthony DiSalvo special ordered it. That is what Jack McKernan, Lycoming County commissioner, and others said Friday at the 2019 Anthony DiSalvo Flags Across America March in Williamsport. Sponsored by the city Recreation Department, the march brought out the ...

Leadership Lycoming celebrates latest class

Speaking at the graduation of the Leadership Lycoming Class of 2019, Jason Fink, president and CEO of the Williamsport/Lycoming Chamber of Commerce, spoke of all the people who had helped to get the idea up and operational over the years and those in the community that continue to support ...

Immigration official brought on as Trump’s ‘border czar’

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Friday said he was bringing a longtime lawman and enthusiastic supporter out of retirement to serve as “border czar” as his administration struggles with a worsening crisis that his hard-line immigration policies have failed to stem. Thomas ...

Campbell Street sinkhole worse than thought

The city Municipal Water Authority estimates $550,000 in emergency repairs will be spent on the Campbell Street sinkhole repairs — as part of the city’s century-old sewer line, this sinkhole is symptomatic, according to project engineers. The repairs are slated for completion in two ...

Penn College tuition to spike

The Pennsylvania College of Technology board of directors unanimously approved the 2019-20 budget of $157.3 million, which represents a $7.1 million decrease in spending from the current budget. The budget includes a 2.51 percent tuition and fee rate increase; a 1.5 percent increase for ...

Memorial Park to lose accessible playground

The city is removing the handicapped accessible playground at Memorial Park today. The dismantling of the iron, plastic and broken pieces is going to be done by city streets and parks department employees, according to Mayor Gabriel J. Campana’s office. Campana ordered the removal of the ...

Comms to apply for grant to house domestic violence victims

Lycoming County commissioners agreed to apply for a grant to help provide emergency housing for people fleeing domestic violence at Thursday’s meeting. The $52,475 state Department of Community and Economic Development grant would come with matching funds from the Lycoming County United ...

Angel McLaughlin 1973 — 2019

MONTGOMERY — The late Angel McLaughlin had the right first name, according to her friends and colleagues. The five-year veteran of the Montgomery Police Department lost her fight with cancer June 1, and soon afterwards, sentiment came pouring out from various communities where she served as ...

Montoursville approves budget with tax hike

Montoursville Area School Board Tuesday night approved a $30 million budget for next year that includes a real estate tax increase of 0.30 mills. The tax hike means a $30 higher annual bill for homeowners whose properties are assessed at $100,000. Property taxes are expected to bring in ...

Township approves senior center expansion contracts

Senior citizens in Loyalsock Township and elementary school students after classes are going to have a place to congregate and sometimes share activities. Township supervisors Tuesday night approved contracts for building a $1 million extension on the recreation center at 1607 Four Mile ...

West Point accepts Loyalsock Township graduate

For Loyalsock Township High School graduate Alessia Antonacci, the decision to apply to West Point came after spending the summer at Harvard University and realizing that she wanted more than just academics in her future. “I was taking courses there and when I was there I had a really ...

Tax hikes approved for Jersey Shore school district

JERSEY SHORE — Following a vote of 5-3 by the Jersey Shore Area School District board Monday night, homeowners in the district can expect to pay more in property taxes next year. Voting for the tax increase were Karen Stover, John Pecchia, Mary Thomas, Kelley Wasson and Craig Allen. Voting ...

Mayor candidates comment on Gateway project

Two mayor candidates offered their views on a nearly $40 million proposed economic development project targeted for the East Third Street Gateway Revitalization area east of Market Street. Republican Eric Beiter and Democrat Derek Slaughter agree that more should be permitted to be explained ...

Official primary nominees released

Election results for Lycoming County offices, as well as municipal and school board positions, are now official. Candidates were reported as nominees immediately following the May 21 primary. But those results were considered unofficial until the county completed its official vote count as ...

Sheriff: County can’t carry out all warrants

With 1,100 active bench warrants issued, Lycoming County sheriff’s limited staff must decide if detainees are worth the cost of their extradition, said a deputy sergeant, at Tuesday’s commissioner’s meeting. A contract allowing the county’s domestic relation’s office to pay the ...

March to honor God, country returning

The 39th annual Flags Across America March will be named after the late Anthony “Tony” DiSalvo, lifelong member of the Susquehanna Council of the Boy Scouts of America and founder of the march in Williamsport. The patriotic march, which begins at 6:30 p.m. June 14, will be officially ...