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President Donald Trump waves after taking the oath of office as his wife Melania holds the Bible, and Tiffany Trump looks out to the crowd, Friday.

Slideshow: Donald Trump becomes 45th President of the United States

Associated Press Photos WASHINGTON (AP) - President Donald Trump quickly assumed the mantle of the White House and began setting up his new administration on Friday, signing a bill that allows retired Gen. James Mattis to serve as his defense secretary, as well as the nomination ...

Trump takes charge: Sworn in as nation’s 45th president

WASHINGTON (AP) — Pledging to empower America's "forgotten men and women," Donald Trump was sworn in as the 45th president of the United States Friday, taking command of a deeply divided nation and ushering in an unpredictable era in Washington. His victory gives Republicans control of the ...

Planning commission OKs compressor station

Plans are underway for a natural gas compressor station near Trout Run. Approval of the land development for the station, owned by NFG Midstream Trout Run LLC, a subsidiary of Natural Fuel Gas Midstream Corp., was given during the Lycoming County Planning Commission’s meeting Thursday ...

Another $100,000 for golf course

Lycoming County has designated $100,000 to the White Deer Golf Complex as the course pushes through the winter months with less revenue to pay the bills. The county commissioners approved the funds for the course during their meeting Thursday that are in addition to $50,000 transferred to the ...

Student housing proposed to occupy vacant former institute

The city zoning hearing board on Thursday cleared the path for a city business to renovate the former Newport Business Institute on West Third Street into college student housing. Alpha Housing LLC officials want to renovate the building at 941 W. Third St. for 33 students living in seven ...

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The Rev. Dr. Jamie Washington concluded Dream Week with a speech that outlined four key steps to creating a more inclusive community for all at the Klump Academic Center Thursday evening.

Speaker outlines 4 steps to building community

Getting “your MLK on” doesn’t mean that you’re living out the dream of inclusion, the Rev. Dr. Jamie Washington, president and founder of Washington Consulting Group, of Baltimore, told his audience at the George S. Klump Academic Center during his speech Thursday to conclude Dream ...

Library hopes to improve circulation desk this year

The James V. Brown Library is looking forward to updating its facilities this year including improving the circulation area. The One Desk Plan is to have a single spot in the center of the main information and circulation area where patrons can check out library materials, purchase passports ...

Heating bills to increase

UGI Penn Natural Gas customers can expect their heating bills to increase this year. The company has submitted a rate hike request with the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission that will mean a rise in heating bills for residential, business and industrial customers in the region. If ...

City’s residency rules tweaked, but only temporarily

City Council made an exception Thursday its members cringed over. It passed on first reading Mayor Gabriel J. Campana’s amendment to the residency ordinance in order to ensure the potential next human resources director she wouldn’t have to reside within the city limits. The decision ...

As presidency changes, Trump remains Trump

WASHINGTON — Donald Trump enters the White House on Friday just as he entered the race for president: defiant, unfiltered, unbound by tradition and utterly confident in his chosen course. In the 10 weeks since his surprise election as the nation’s 45th president, Trump has violated ...

Congressman expects large turnout

After an historic election, a local legislator expects to see a high turnout for President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration. “This election was unlike any other and people came out en masse to elect Donald Trump as the 45th President of the United States,” said U.S. Rep. Tom Marino, ...

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The Rev. John Manno, center, asks a question during a roundtable discussion about finding common ground, hosted by the Beloved Community Council, at the City Alliance Church Wednesday evening. The event is one of several meant to bring the community together for Dream Week, in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Common ground: Community focuses on learning, not winning

Ask friends and family for a list of buzz words hot in today’s media and some form of the word “divisive” is bound to be at the top. To address this, the Beloved Community Council hosted a roundtable discussion, as part of Dream Week, on the topic “Empowering Ourselves ...

$9K raise on way for ’Sock chief

A new five-year contract for Gerald McLaughlin, superintendent of the Loyalsock Township School District, raises his pay in the next school year by about $9,000 to $137,000, or about 7 percent. In the second through fifth years of the contract, the superintendent will receive annual salary ...

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Dan Klingerman stands in front of what will be Buffalo Wild Wings on Third Street in Loyalsock Township on Wednesday June 26, 2013.

Slew of parking tickets draws ire of Liberty Arena owner

Parking tickets issued to multiple drivers parked outside Liberty Arena sparked a discussion Monday with the arena’s owner and the Williamsport Parking Authority. Daniel A. Klingerman, owner of The Liberty Group, developer of the indoor arena at West Fourth and Hepburn streets, met ...

Report: More work needed on ID’ing Great Lakes toxins

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — A report by a U.S.-Canadian agency says the two nations are behind schedule on identifying chemical pollutants in the Great Lakes and developing strategies to deal with them. The International Joint Commission says familiar toxic substances such as PCBs and ...

In break with Trump, EPA pick says climate change isn’t hoax

WASHINGTON — Donald Trump’s choice to head the Environmental Protection Agency said Wednesday that climate change is real, breaking with both the president-elect and his own past statements. In response to questions from Democrats during his Senate confirmation hearing, Oklahoma Attorney ...

Marujada procession mixes historical traditions

Associated Press Photos Started in 1798, the Marujada religious celebration mixes indigenous, African and Portuguese traditions. It arose when black slaves persuaded their masters to let them form a brotherhood to pay homage to St. Benedict.

So long from White House: Obama aims final messages at Trump

WASHINGTON — Barack Obama stepped behind the White House podium for the last time Wednesday, fielding questions from the crush of journalists crammed in for the occasion and offering assurances to Americans watching on TV. But at times, his answers seemed aimed at an audience of one: the ...

Business district on council’s agenda tonight

City Council is expected tonight to review the city administration’s application of a $729,000 grant from the Appalachian Regional Commission to reconstruct part of Pine Street and open it to two-way traffic between West Third and West Fourth streets. As the city, the Lycoming County ...

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Work begins on the foundation of a temporary bridge spanning Wallis Run on Wallis Run Road in Gamble Township on Tuesday. Wolyniec Construction Inc., of Williamsport, is the prime contractor of the $490,000 project. The temporary structure is expected to be open to traffic by mid-February. The original bridge was destroyed during the October 2016 flood. A series of pipes and fill were installed since the flood to provide a temporary crossing. Once the new temporary bridge is in place, the pipe crossing will be removed and a permanent bridge is expected to be constructed this year.

Temporary Wallis Run Road bridge under construction

Work on a temporary bridge spanning Wallis Run on Wallis Run Road at Butternut Grove in Gamble Township has begun. A contractor is building the foundations for a temporary structure that is expected to be in place and open to traffic by mid-February. The original bridge was destroyed during ...