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Art patrons admire the work of Andreas Rentsch during THE Gallery Guide launch at the Lycoming College Art Gallery Thursday.

Art community features local galleries in new guide

Thursday night the art community gathered at the Lycoming College Art Gallery to celebrate the launch of the Gallery Guide, a comprehensive map that outlines each gallery in the Williamsport area. Included are Gallery 425, 425 Market St.; Lycoming College Art Gallery, 25 W. Fourth St.; ...

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This photo, taken sometime in the early 1930s, shows the city’s bus fleet, which took over as the city’s primary transportation system when trolleys were rendered obsolete.

In mid-1930s, buses overtake trolleys as main mode of public transportation

The city’s trolley cars had their final run on the night of June 10, 1933, before being replaced by buses as the primary means of public transportation. “Electrically powered trolley cars, Williamsport’s principal medium of transportation for 42 years, clattered a farewell over the ...

Snow peeks around the icy corner

Two cold front systems are expected to move into the area this week driving temperatures down and bringing snow with them, according to the National Weather Service in State College. Although the snowfalls won’t be major, it’s going to feel like winter, forecaster Greg DeVoir said. ...

LEGISLATIVE TALLY: 2 bills OKed by local reps

Locally elected and appointed officials voted on the following matters in the past week: Federal • The House voted 231-198 in favor of the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017. The bill allows people with permits to carry concealed weapons to legally travel with those firearms to other ...

New evacuations as huge California fire flares up

LOS ANGELES — A powerful flare-up on the western edge of Southern California’s largest and most destructive wildfire sent residents fleeing Sunday, as wind-fanned flames churned through old-growth brush in canyons and along hillsides toward coastal towns. Crews with help from a fleet ...

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Educators hope to help students cope

With teen suicide nationally at epidemic proportions, local schools are working to meet the challenges posed by student mental health. According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, one in five children ages 13-18 have or will have a serious mental illness, including mood disorders, ...

Mental health care begins at elementary school level

Watching out for student mental health isn’t just happening in the middle and high schools. It’s happening in the elementary grades too. “Student mental health isn’t just a high school or middle school issue. It’s a K-12 issue,” said Dr. Richard Poole, Williamsport Area School ...

Unnatural deaths

Since 2012, there have been 104 suicides in Lycoming County. Of those, five were teenagers, according to Charles E. Kiessling Jr., county coroner. That averages out to one teen suicide a year. It could happen to a student in any school district. According to Kiessling, suicides are the ...

Prime minister says Iraq’s fight against Islamic State is ending

BAGHDAD (AP) — After more than three years of combat operations, Iraq announced Saturday that the fight against the Islamic State group is over after the country’s security forces drove the extremists from all of the territory they once held. Iraqi and American officials warned, however, ...

City Council may block possibility of casino

City Council is preparing to move on a resolution next week that would take Williamsport off the list of potential locations for a mini-casino in the county. The interest in a mini-casino in the city first was aired by Mayor Gabriel J. Campana last month after an AP reporter contacted him ...

Diplomats criticize Jerusalem decision

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — One by one, 14 members of the U.N. Security Council spoke out against President Donald Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel at an emergency meeting on Friday, some with regret and some with anger at the 15th member, the United States. It ...

Prison focusing on poor mental health

Lycoming County Prison officials are seeking ways to improve the handling of mental health within the prison, using “data-driven justice” to help identify individuals with mental health problems who might be better served elsewhere. Chris Ebner, deputy warden of inmate services, said the ...

Assistant DA to take reins, complete term

As Lycoming County District Attorney Eric R. Linhardt prepares to take the oath of office as judge, a longtime assistant district attorney in his office has been appointed to Linhardt’s unexpired term. Kenneth Osokow, who started with the county as a law clerk in 1976, will officially be ...

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From left, Lycoming County Commissioners Rick Mirabito, Jack McKernan and Tony Mussare adopted the resolution for the 2018 budget at their meeting Thursday in the city.

Tax hike, cuts result in lowest deficit in decade

The Lycoming County commissioners unanimously approved the 2018 budget Thursday with a 0.75 millage real estate tax increase, bringing the millage rate from 5.75 mills to 6.5 mills. The expected deficit was narrowed down to just over $1.53 million, the lowest county deficit since 2006, said ...

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From left, Megan Page, human resources director; Joe Gerardi, department of codes; Police Chief David Young and Fire Chief Todd Heckman watch the city budget presented on a screen during the first reading of the city budget Thursday night.

2018 city budget advances on 1st vote

City Council on first reading Thursday approved a proposed no-tax-hike budget of $26.6 million. Council set the tax rate as proposed at 14.72 mills, which is what it was in 2017, said William E. Nichols Jr., city finance director. That is expected to bring in $12.8 million at a 92-percent ...

Liberty Arena plans move foward

City Council gave land development approval Thursday night to developer who wants to build extensions to Liberty Arena that include a restaurant and arcade and for subdivision approval for eventual reuse of the remaining part of the YMCA. Council approved modifications to a land development ...

Donations for congressman near $50,000

U.S. Rep. Tom Marino, R-Cogan Station, has amassed $47,210 in contributions during the most recent campaign filing period. Federal Election Commission records for the nine months between Jan. 1 and Sept. 30, 2017 show expenditures of $116,468 for the Marino for Congress Committee ...

Man gets 5 1/2 years in prison for firearms theft

A Loyalsock Township man was sentenced to 5 1/2 years in federal prison for breaking into a firearms dealership near Muncy in February and taking 11 guns. Samuel Bozochovic broke into R&J Welch at 1462 John Brady Drive Feb. 8 to feed a heroin habit. Bozochovic, who was sentenced by U.S. ...

Illegal border crossings up despite president’s tough rhetoric

MISSION, Texas (AP) — Felicita Villagran Villeda and her 15-year-old son sat on a dirt road next to the Rio Grande passing a plastic water jug back and forth, trying to catch their breath as the Texas sun bore down on them overhead. Border Patrol agents in green uniforms stood nearby, waiting ...