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Jersey Shore School Board weighing options

JERSEY SHORE — With Monday night’s defeat of options for dealing with the ongoing budget issues at the Jersey Shore Area School District, the administration will revisit budget procedures, according to Dr. Jill Weinrich, superintendent. “We are looking at the budget closely to find a ...

Locals comment on impeachment proceedings

Area residents who closely follow politics had mixed reactions about the impeachment hearings for President Donald Trump, which got under way Wednesday. Stanley Berard, professor of political science, Lock Haven University, called the hearings a necessary process given the President’s ...

Impeachment witness says Trump asked about Ukraine probes

WASHINGTON (AP) — A top American diplomat revealed new evidence Wednesday of President Donald Trump’s efforts to press Ukraine to investigate political rivals as House investigators launched public impeachment hearings for just the fourth time in the nation’s history. William Taylor, ...

County officials continue counting local votes

Lycoming County Voter Services officials have been busy this week conducting the official count. The government-mandated process, which got under way Friday, involves re-counting and checking all the ballots that were cast in the county on Election Day for accuracy. Much of the task ...

New York Yankees donate $35K to Montoursville schools

MONTOURSVILLE — The New York Yankees, on behalf of Mike Mussina, donated $35,000 to Montoursville Area School District athletics. The school board formally accepted the money Tuesday. “It was a contribution to the district relative to (Mussina) being inducted into the hall of fame,” ...

US budget deficit surges to $134.5 billion in October

WASHINGTON (AP) — The federal government, which ended the 2019 budget year with its largest deficit in seven years, began the new budget year with a deficit in October that was 33.8% bigger than a year ago as spending hit a record. The Treasury Department said Wednesday that the deficit ...

Let it snow

Above, snow dots the landscape seen looking south over Route 220 from Wrights View near Sonestown on Tuesday morning after the area’s first snowfall of the season.

Jersey Shore takes step toward $445K bridge replacement

JERSEY SHORE — Borough council Monday night approved a memorandum of understanding with Lycoming County to become part of the local bridge bundling program. The agreement opens the way to tap the bundling fund to pay for the $445,000 Wilson Street Bridge replacement project. About ...

Lawsuit: Staff ignored, ridiculed sick inmate

HARRISBURG (AP) — The family of a sick inmate who died inside a rural jail two years ago claims guards and medical professionals ignored and even ridiculed his medical distress while they documented his agony the last two weeks of his life. A federal lawsuit filed Friday by the mother of ...

Commissioners talk taxes, lost revenues

Lycoming County has 51,993 taxable parcels with an assessed value of more than $5.7 billion. Of the parcels, 2,016 are tax exempt with an assessed value of about $1 billion, according to figures released at Tuesday’s county commissioners meeting. With next year’s county tax rolls up for ...

Business manager recommends staying within tax index

JERSEY SHORE —In his report to the board on the preliminary 2020-21 budget, Ben Enders, business manager, recommended the board stay within the Act 1 index, which has been set at 3.6 percent, when considering real estate tax rates for next year. The index for the current fiscal year is 3.2 ...

WAHS hires secondary curriculum supervisor at salary of $107K

Dr. Charles F. Greevy IV was approved by the Williamsport Area School board as the district’s new secondary curriculum supervisor at a salary of about $107,000 Tuesday night. He replaces Dr. Bernadette Boerckel who resigned from the position in September. Greevy comes to the district ...

Supervisors set for budget work session

Old Lycoming Township supervisors said Tuesday during their meeting they are preparing to hold a budget work session at 9:30 a.m. Thursday at the township building at 1951 Green Ave. The meeting will be the first time the public can listen and hear about the proposed 2020 general fund budget, ...

Bids, other business on Thursday’s agenda

Lycoming County Commissioners are expected to act on personnel, bids, service contracts and other business at their Thursday meeting. They were presented Tuesday with personnel to be hired or promoted to various county positions in the Department of Public Services, Resource Management ...

Group honors veterans’ sacrifice in Montoursville

Well before the rifle salute and the playing of “Taps” and Arno Vosk had closed the event with his bagpipes rendition of “Amazing Grace,” a decided feeling of solemnity surrounded the Veterans Day ceremony held under gray November skies at the Montoursville Cemetery. A state ...

South Side passes budget with no increase in tax rate

South Williamsport Borough Council approved a no-tax-increase budget Monday night. The borough adopted a 2020 budget of $2.4 million. The tax rate is 4.48 mills for general purposes and 0.64 mills for fire protection service, for a total of 5.12 mills, said Steven W. Cappelli, borough ...

Tie on vote to close Jersey Shore schools stalls decision

JERSEY SHORE — The Jersey Shore Area School Board ended its Monday meeting with a tied vote on a motion to close Avis and Salladasburg elementary schools and reconfigure the grades. The vote was 4-4. On the agenda were six options, but only one made it to the floor, only to be voted down. ...

Accidental death reported at World’s End State Park

There was a report of an accidental death at World’s End State Park, in Forksville Township, at about 8 a.m. Sunday. State Trooper Weaver, working out of Laporte, received the call and is investigating the death at the park. According to a public release, it was a hiker, 17, of Philadelphia, ...

Collapse of Berlin Wall signaled end to the Cold War

Perhaps no event symbolizes the end of the Cold War more significantly than that of the collapse of the Berlin Wall 30 years ago. On Nov. 9, 1989, a tidal wave of East Germans poured across the West Berlin border separating them from their West German neighbors when travel restrictions ...