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Members of the county planning staff, below, look over maps that are part of the draft comprehensive plan. From left are Jenny Picciano, head planner; Kim Wheeler, deputy director of planning; Kurt Haussamman, director of planning; and Fran McJunkin, deputy director for geographic information systems.

Planners examine ‘threads’ that bolster the area’s economy

The local economy was highlighted this past week by the Lycoming County Department of Planning and Community Development as it rolled out its second of eight presentations about the draft of the new county comprehensive plan. Jenny Picciano, lead planner, and Kim Wheeler, deputy director of ...

PAT CROSSLEYSun-Gazette Correspondent
Grandmother Verna Caruso came out in the rain to show her support for ending gun violence. Caruso said she was there for her grandchildren in hopes that they wouldn’t have to deal with someone coming into their school with a gun.

Locals rally to show support for survivors

The solemn sound of a bell rang out as about 35 people listened while the names of the 17 people killed in the school shooting at Parkland, Florida, last week were read at the beginning of a rally on The Green at Williamsport mid-day Saturday. Organized by the Lycoming County Progressives, ...

Low taxes, spending cuts and 2nd Amendment dominate dinner

Candidates for governor, a U.S. Senate seat and other positions outlined their agendas Saturday night as former Lycoming County Republican Party chairman Harry Rogers received the Alvin C. Bush Republican Service Award at the party’s annual Lincoln Day dinner. Scott Wagner, a state ...

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Retired Stevens Elementary School teacher Kathleen Stiber speaks from the heart about keeping school students safe during a news conference in Williamsport Mayor Gabriel J. Campana’s office, when he announced an initiative for school safety, on Friday morning.

Mayor to implement safe school initiative

As a retired teacher of second-graders, Kathleen Stiber said her heart is broken. Stiber was among the officials gathered during a late Friday morning news conference called for by Mayor Gabriel J. Campana at his office. A friend and confidant of the mayor, Stiber said Campana invited her ...

Firefighter sues, alleges board held unadvertised election meeting

A member of the South Williamsport Fire Department officially has accused its board of directors of violating a law ensuring transparent public meetings by allegedly holding a special meeting to overturn the results of an internal election. The civil action suit arguing that the board ...

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Centre County man seeks House seat

A Centre County man is running for Congress, representing the 12th House seat. Marc Friedenberg, a Democrat, said he is focused on four issues: health, jobs, education and the environment. He said he’s also interested in making a difference in the fight against the opioid epidemic. He ...

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Senator Bob Casey talks about his accomplishments during an editorial board meeting at the Williamsport Sun-Gazette on Wednesday morning.

Casey: Cooperation vital to solve issues

U.S. Sen. Bob Casey, D-Scranton, feels bipartisanship to solve some of the pressing issues facing the nation is badly needed. During a meeting with the Sun-Gazette on Wednesday, he spoke on a plethora of issues ranging from border security to tax reform. Casey faces a challenge this ...

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Area woman seeks state House seat

A Lawrenceville woman has announced she is running for the 68th state House seat recently vacated by Matt Baker. “I am running because I am a native of Tioga county and an advocate of agriculture,” Melissa Bravo said. Bravo, a Republican, said she is very concerned about the future of ...

Judges decline to immediately throw out map

HARRISBURG — A new congressional map in Pennsylvania on Friday survived a request from eight of the state’s Republican congressmen that federal judges throw it out immediately, but the case remained far from settled days before candidates will start collecting signatures to get on the ...

Lt. gov. candidate to speak locally

The Young Democrats of Lycoming County will host Aryanna Berringer, candidate for lieutenant governor, from 5 to 6:15 p.m. Monday in the community room of the Pajama Factory, 1307 Park Ave. Berringer is one o af seven declared candidates for the position. She is an Iraq War veteran, ...

East Lycoming School District hires new coaches

HUGHESVILLE- The East Lycoming Area School Board unanimously approved the hiring of new head football and boys tennis coaches at a meeting this week. Adam Gehr, previously an assistant football coach with the district, was hired as a head football coach for the 2018-19 season for ...

Megan Keller, whose grandparents live in Williamsport, and her fellow United States hockey team members celebrate with their gold medals after beating Canada in the women’s gold medal hockey game at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Gangneung, South Korea, on Thursday. Keller is at the top left.

Olympian wins gold as city relatives watch

Olympic gold medalist Megan Keller is a shining star today, and her achievement is being celebrated by two grandmothers and a grandfather who live in Williamsport. Keller, 21, of Farmington Hills, Michigan, a suburb northwest of Detroit, plays for the U.S. women’s hockey team, which won ...

Candidates set to circulate petitions amid realignment

As state Republicans hold out hope that the U.S. Supreme Court will block Pennsylvania’s new Congressional map they say favors Democrats, House candidates are preparing to circulate petitions allowing them to run for office. The realignment of House districts has changed the political ...

County seeks funds for levee, Route 15 water line

The Lycoming County commissioners adopted two resolutions Thursday allowing the county to apply for state Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program (RACP) grants to help fund both the levee project and the completion of the Route 15 water line project. Because the total estimated cost of the ...

Trump: Raise age for buying assault rifles, defying NRA

WASHINGTON — The nation should keep assault rifles out of the hands of anyone under 21, President Donald Trump declared Thursday, defying his loyal supporters in the National Rifle Association amid America’s public reckoning over gun violence. He also pushed hard for arming security guards ...

FILE - In this Oct 26, 1994 file photo, Evangelist Billy Graham begins his sermon in Atlanta's Georgia Dome.   Graham, who transformed American religious life through his preaching and activism, becoming a counselor to presidents and the most widely heard Christian evangelist in history, has died. Spokesman Mark DeMoss says Graham, who long suffered from cancer, pneumonia and other ailments, died at his home in North Carolina on Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018. He was 99. (AP Photo/John Bazemore, File)

Billy Graham, ‘America’s Pastor,’ dies at 99

MONTREAT, N.C. (AP) — The Rev. Billy Graham, the magnetic, movie-star-handsome preacher who became a singular force in postwar American religious life, a confidant of presidents and the most widely heard Christian evangelist in history, died Wednesday at 99. “America’s Pastor,” as he ...

Local family connected to hockey gold medalist

Williamsport has been touched by gold following a historic win Wednesday of the U.S. women's hockey team at the Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea. Megan Keller, whose grandmother lives in the city, is a member of the team that defeated Canada to capture the gold medal. Her father is the son ...

Lawmaker says state has ‘spending problem’

Gov. Tom Wolf’s proposal to raise spending 3.7 percent does not represent the kind of budget plan that one local lawmaker can support. “We don’t have a revenue problem in Harrisburg,” state Rep. Garth Everett, R-Muncy, said. “We have a spending problem.” Everett, speaking at a ...

GOP leaders request hold on redistricting map

HARRISBURG — Republican leaders of the Pennsylvania Legislature on Wednesday asked the U.S. Supreme Court to block a new congressional district map that is widely considered likely to give Democrats a boost in their quest to capture control of the U.S. House. House Speaker Mike Turzai and ...