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Threats written on walls prompt school evacuation

MONTGOMERY —Two separate threats found Tuesday morning written on a bathroom wall in the building that houses the Montgomery Junior-Senior High School, as well at the Elementary School, forced both schools to be evacuated. WNEP reported borough police told them that a teacher found the ...

Some fear shift in power if new form of government passes

“Voters are reluctant to give up power to appointed people.” That’s what Dr. G. Terry Madonna said when asked to review what might happen in Williamsport as a result of the Nov. 6 general election. An expert in political matters, Madonna is director of the Center for Politics and ...

UPMC Susquehanna announces $113M in expansion projects

UPMC Susquehanna is expanding once again, this time to the tune of $113 million for two projects expected to be underway within the next several months. The brunt of the cost is wrapped up in a $100 million expansion project to extend UPMC Suquehanna Tower to the medical office building at ...

DNA focus on 2nd day of Williams trial

Blood leading from within the home of Rashawn D. Williams and onto the street where Scott Cole lay contained mostly Cole’s DNA, experts said on the second day of Williams’ trial in county court. First Assistant District Attorney Martin Wade continued where Monday’s trial had postponed ...

Another death announced from Pennsdale wreck

PENNSDALE — Monday’s fatal three-vehicle crash on Route 220 has claimed a second life, according to Lycoming County Coroner Charles E. Kiessling Jr. Hurley Gordner, 97, of Hughesville, a wheelchair-bound passenger in a Dodge Caravan, died Tuesday afternoon in the intensive care unit at ...

City heroin dealer sentenced to 25 years in federal prison

A Philadelphia man using a local High Street residence as a drug house in a conspiracy to sell heroin, crack cocaine and cocaine was sentenced to 25 years in federal prison Tuesday. Hakim Handy, 35, was dealing drugs out 925 High St., according to U.S. Middle District Judge Matthew W. ...

Officials: City brush pile overrun by outsiders

Too many people without city residency are using the brush and mulch pile at the public works building, prompting the need for a residency check and new hours, a city official said. “We have too much brush and no place to put it,” said Adam Winder, general manager of city streets and ...

City has $450K to add second ramp at City Hall

The city plans to use a part of $450,000 in a line of credit borrowing package to build a second ramp for handicapped accessibility and to repair the elevator in City Hall. A ramp that leads to the city police department at the rear of the building is too steep for access for many using ...

Officials further mull tax abatement program

City officials are hopeful about retaining the Local Economic Revitalization Tax Abatement program in Williamsport. City council’s economic revitalization committee met Tuesday to discuss extending LERTA and possibly changing or expanding its boundaries. LERTA is designed to attract ...

County seeks public input for radio system overhaul payment

The Lycoming County commissioners want to hear from community members on how to tackle paying for the county radio system overhaul, said Commissioner Tony Mussare. One option to cover the approximately $7.4 million project is to take out a bond and pay on it for 20 years, which would cost the ...

Medical officials: Area drop boxes to be used for unused drug disposal

UPMC Susquehanna is partnering with West Branch Drug and Alcohol Abuse Commission to host drug take back week next week. Community members with unused prescription medication may deposit them in drug return drop box locations throughout the area. “Given the opioid crisis we face in ...

Home Rule Charter features concepts driven by citizens

Giving more power to people and less to politicians. That’s the whole premise behind the home rule charter produced by the Williamsport Government Study Commission. “We wanted a government that is more accountable to the citizens, flexible in nature and can adjust to the future needs of ...

Schools evacuated in Montgomery

MONTGOMERY — Late Tuesday morning the Montgomery Area Junior-Senior High and Elementary schools were being evacuated reportedly due to a possible threat. As of 12:50 p.m. nothing official had been released by the district or police. However parents standing across from the school told the ...

Trial for man accused of knife slaying begins

A vivid picture of Scott ‘Scotty’ Cole’s final moments lying unconscious in a puddle of his own blood after being stabbed 35 times last summer was presented during the first day of Rashawn D. Williams’ trial in Lycoming County Court. First Assistant District Attorney Martin Wade ...

Police: 3 burn house in plot to collect insurance

Three people recently have been charged for allegedly setting fire to a house and planning to collect the insurance money to build a new one. James Matthew Confer, 41, currently homeless, Richard Hall Wheeler, 36, and Abbi Lynn Orrico, 41, both of 450 Colvin Rd. all are facing various charges ...

1 dead, 4 others injured after wreck on Route 220

PENNSDALE — One person died and four others were injured in a violent three-vehicle crash at Route 220 and Rabbittown Road about 3:20 p.m. Monday, fire officials confirmed. Killed in the crash was one of the drivers, a 78-year-old New York City man who ran a stop sign at the intersection, ...

District construction project nearly $17M

MUNCY — Muncy High School’s construction project to renovate a number of classrooms and create a new connecting building with the school is estimated to cost the district a total of $16,943,633 upon completion. During a school board meeting held Monday night, the district, along with the ...

Retiring police chief looks back on jobs serving others

At the end of the day, the two fishermen were still upset about being cheated out of their money when they earlier put coins in a South Williamsport bait machine near West Southern Avenue and Curtin Street, but nothing came out. “The two men decided to come back late at night to try to ...

City-manager option aims to provide accountability

No preconceived ideas. No bias. Just good old-fashioned, fair, hard-nosed research and interviews. That’s what the Williamsport Charter Commission leadership said it took to reach a recommendation for a council-manager under optional third-class city charter law as the preferred form of ...

Organization holds idea session for a better city

A downtown hotel was buzzing with ideas in a Monopoly-themed session Sunday afternoon with citizen-driven proposals, concepts and visions for a better Williamsport. About 60 people took part in a summit of the community organization, Heart of Williamsport, hosted by the Susquehanna ...