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Drug epidemic changing family dynamics

One of the benefits of being a grandparent, so it’s said, is you can spoil your grandchildren and then send them home to their parents. Unfortunately — for a growing number of grandparents — home for those children might be the second floor or extra bedroom of their own home due to ...

City couple among grandparents raising grandchildren

For grandparents Harry and Krista Rogers, stepping in to care for their grandson Aaiden was one stop on a journey that began years before when their daughter was kicked out of pre-school for her rebellious attitude. “Her behavior issues have been lifelong. In fact, I had a judge laugh at ...

Arthur T. Ogdahl

It is with deep sadness the family of Ted (Teddy) Ogdahl shares his passing on Sept. 30, 2018, at Vitas Hospice, Fort Lauderdale, Fla. He was born in Williamsport on Aug. 26, 1946. He was preceded in death by his parents, William Wallace and Miriam L. (Ertel) Ogdahl, as well as his ...

Mayor: Hard look at services needed to spare taxpayers

Mayor Gabriel J. Campana said he must evaluate professional services to save money in the year ahead. Such services under microscope will be health insurance cooperative, insurance brokerage firms, consulting companies, legal advisers and construction management teams. “It has been a few ...

Councilwoman lauds workers’ dedication

A veteran city councilwoman made it clear she is not upset with city employees, many of whom she said are tightening their fiscal belts on behalf of taxpayers. Councilwoman Bonnie Katz said those working at City Hall are putting their hearts and souls into their jobs. “We are the core, ...

Working while they wait, migrants seek jobs at US border

TIJUANA, Mexico (AP) — Before dawn each morning, migrants slip away from a Tijuana shelter within sight of the U.S. border to head to jobs across this sprawling city. Moving solo or in pairs, they are easily recognized by their determined strides as people with someplace to be. By sunrise, ...

Bert Kozen ‘I was there to support the mission’

Immaculate Conception and St. Luke Church sits on a small hill providing a panoramic view of the Nippenose Valley. This peaceful, bucolic setting is Father Bert Kozen’s home, a far cry from the war zones where he spent time as a military chaplain. Kozen served with troops in Iraq and ...

City council approves tax increase on first reading of budget

City Council late Thursday passed a tax hike on first reading of the 2019 $27 million proposed budget. Council passed a 0.75 mills increase, or what would be $1,547 for a tax bill on a property assessed at $100,000. “It’s $75 more per year,” said William E. Nichols Jr., city finance ...

Leidy South project topic of open house

An informal open house next week will allow those planning an expansion of the Transco natural gas pipeline in the area to seek early input from residents and public officials. The open house will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Hughesville Volunteer Fire Co., Hughesville. ...

Everett sets meeting on PGE proposal in Loyalsock valley

A state lawmaker is hosting a meeting on a proposed Pennsylvania General Energy water withdrawal and pipeline project planned for the Loyalsock Creek valley. State Rep. Garth Everett, R-Muncy Township, said the meeting will bring in PGE staff and other agencies involved in protection of ...

Survivors gather at Pearl Harbor for attack remembrance

PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii — About 20 survivors gathered at Pearl Harbor on Friday to pay tribute to the thousands of men lost in the Japanese attack 77 years ago. They joined dignitaries, active duty troops and members of the public in observing a moment of silence at 7:55 a.m., the time the ...

Murawski to retire after 32 years

After 32 years and numerous changes to the Lycoming County landscape, Mark Murawski, county transportation supervisor, will retire today. Murawski earned his masters in public administration at Penn State University. In his subsequent job search, he landed an interview with Jerry Walls, ...

County golf course contract renewal delayed

The Lycoming County commissioners will decide whether to renew a three-year contract with Billy Casper Golf for managing the White Deer Golf Complex next week, instead approving a motion to extend their deadline after intense discussion Thursday. Comments from several community members before ...

Simulated hostage situation trains county emergency responders

It’s the kind of dicey situation, with lives at stake, that would test any emergency responder and one that hopefully won’t happen in Williamsport — an angry man, holding people hostage in a downtown office building, demanding that he get his money back at a financial planning ...

Candidate’s 1980 visit sparked relationship with Little League

“Once in a lifetime.” That was the comment from John Dorin, former Montoursville mayor who was a borough councilman on Aug. 30, 1980, when George H.W. Bush, at the time Republican candidate for vice president, touched down at the local airport. Bush was only in Montoursville for a ...

Retired teacher recalls late Bush on class trip

In the midst of a church-mouse-quiet ceremony held in the Rose Garden at the White House one cool, spring morning early in former President George H.W. Bush’s term, a youngster not versed in the ways of pomp and circumstance suddenly yelled, “We love you, President Bush!” Kathy ...

Area native, legislator remembers crossing party lines for Bush

Mansfield native and former U.S. Rep. C. Thomas McMillen, D-Maryland, was among area people recalling former President George H. W. Bush on Wednesday as he was laid to rest. McMillen, a star basketball player at Mansfield High School in 1970 who went on to a professional basketball career ...

Retired teacher recalls late Bush on class trip to DC

WASHINGTON (AP) — George H. W. Bush was celebrated with high praise and loving humor Wednesday as the nation bade farewell to the man who was America’s 41st president and the last to fight for the U.S. in wartime. Three former presidents looked on at Washington National Cathedral and a ...

Council to review tax hike in proposed $27M budget

City Council tonight will tackle a proposed $27 million 2019 budget that includes an increase in real estate taxes. Mayor Gabriel J. Campana has presented the city with a budget showing a $1.5 million deficit. A three-year financial attack plan drafted by the city finance office indicates ...

LCWSA systems, except Beaver Lake, see rate increases

The Lycoming County Water and Sewer Authority board unanimously approved a 2019 budget Wednesday evening with rate increases planned for all of its systems except Beaver Lake. The increases are as follows: • Armstrong Sewer System rates will increase by $5 to $70 per dwelling per month. ...