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Southwest fans and family from Lufkin, Texas, cheer on their team.

Grab a glove: Spirited crowd welcomes LLWS teams

One of the largest crowds in the 13 years that the Grand Slam Parade has filled West Fourth Street, welcomed the 16 regional champions of the 2017 Little League World Series on Wednesday. The street was washed in excitement as people cheered and waved to the Little Leaguers as they ...

School board agrees to extend KOZ boon for potential buyer

MONTGOMERY — A property on Route 15 that is owned by Lycoming County and across the highway from the county landfill will retain its Keystone Opportunity Zone, or KOZ, designation, following a vote Tuesday by the Montgomery Area School Board. The action came at the request of Jason Fink, ...

South Williamsport discusses efforts to reduce runoff into river

A public hearing on South Williamsport Borough’s Chesapeake Bay Pollution Reduction plan at Monday’s borough meeting drew concern from those in attendance. According to Borough Manager Mike Miller, the borough is under a federal mandate to reduce nitrogen and phosphorus in storm water ...

Express Scripts to limit opioids; doctors concerned

ST. LOUIS — The nation’s largest pharmacy benefit manager will soon limit the number and strength of opioid drugs prescribed to first-time users as part of a wide-ranging effort to curb an epidemic affecting millions of Americans. But the new program from Express Scripts is drawing ...

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Zane Wilson, left, and Jeff Kneedler, of Steinbacher Enterprises, are part of the team deconstructing Mater Dolorosa Catholic Church, not razing or demolishing the structure due to concerns regarding damage to stone work housing the channel where Grafius Run flows beneath the parcel.

Grafius Run forces careful deconstruction of local church

An underground water channel, a historic church and a future sacred shrine have converged in the city and, resulting in the deconstruction of a local landmark. Mater Dolorosa Catholic Church, on Hepburn Street and Park Avenue, was built in the 1930s on a parcel of land above a watery ...

Tioga commissioners consider making Green smoke free, residents respond

Wellsboro — At their most recent meeting, the Tioga County commissioners floated the idea of banning smoking on the Wellsboro Green, a popular common space opposite the courthouse on Main Street. Commissioner Roger Bunn said that on a recent visit he found the litter of cigarette butts ...

Woodward Township supervisors accept storm water management agreement

LINDEN — Woodward Township Board of Supervisors accepted a storm water best management practices operation maintenance agreement from Cormac Properties for a property in the township. According to Gary Knarr, township zoning officer, the group plans to put an accessory building at the ...

School construction should not prevent Sept. 5 return

MONTGOMERY — “I’d love the headline in the newspaper to read, we’re coming to school Sept. 5,” was the word from Montgomery Area School District Superintendent Daphne L. Bowers at Tuesday night’s school board meeting. Throughout the summer construction has been going on at the ...

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Father Daryl Lewis and Daughter Lisa of Datman Productions assemble the walls of a Little League World Series float for the Grand Slam Parade.

Sun expected for parade, 1st games could see rain

Attendees of tonight’s Grand Slam Parade can expect a “typical mid-August day,” according to the National Weather Service, but a cold front sweeping in by Friday means that the first two days of the Series may not be so lucky. The Grand Slam Parade, which kicks off the Little League ...

Commissioners vote to end state reentry program

The GEO Group started partnering with Pennsylvania last month to provide reentry services for state parolees as it does for the county, Lycoming County commissioners announced at Tuesday’s meeting. Though the program is new, the commissioners voted 2-1 to halt it completely, citing ...

Blighted properties go from 188 to 13

The number of properties listed as blighted in Williamsport has been reduced from a high of 188 in 2008 to a low of 13 this week. The city’s blighted properties review board Tuesday looked at a list and praised the codes enforcement officers saying fines of up to $1,000 per building code ...

Iranian president threatens to revitalize nuclear program

TEHRAN, Iran — Iran’s president warned Tuesday that it could ramp up its nuclear program and quickly achieve a more advanced level if the U.S. continues “threats and sanctions” against his country, which signed a landmark nuclear accord with world powers in 2015. Hassan Rouhani’s ...

Korean leaders, US open door to diplomacy in nuclear crisis

SEOUL, South Korea — North Korea’s military on Tuesday presented leader Kim Jong Un with plans to launch missiles into waters near Guam and “wring the windpipes of the Yankees,” even as both Koreas and the United States signaled their willingness to avert a deepening crisis, with each ...

Report: Higher premiums likely if Trump halts ‘Obamacare’ subsidies

WASHINGTON (AP) — Premiums for a popular type of individual health plan would rise sharply, and more people would be left with no insurance options if President Donald Trump makes good on his threat to stop “Obamacare” payments to insurers, the Congressional Budget Office said ...

Motorcyclist hurt in crash

JERSEY SHORE — David Harkey, 55, of Avis, was taken to the UPMC Susquehanna Williamsport Regional Medical Center for treatment of injuries he suffered when his motorcycle and a tractor-trailer truck driven by David Stojakovich, of Pittston, collided in the 1100 block of Allegheny Street about ...

Bridge work on Bruce E. Bartley Sr. Bridge

Starting today, a state Department of Transportation bridge crew will begin placing an epoxy overlay on the Bruce E. Bartley Sr. Bridge in Lycoming Township. The bridge will be closed between 7:30 a.m. to about 6 p.m., during which a detour will be placed using Daughertys Run Road, Beautys ...

Crisis intervention training to be offered in October

An “intense, specialized” 40-hour training on crisis intervention will be offered to law enforcement and first responders in Lycoming and Clinton counties from Oct. 9 to 13. Marwin Reeves, of the Lycoming County Joinder Board, said the board is bringing crisis training to the area to ...

District buys new furniture

The Williamsport Area School Board unanimously voted to buy furniture, move equipment storage and make personnel changes during its meeting on Tuesday. The board awarded two contracts to Tanner Furniture, of Harrisburg, for the purchase of classroom furniture. The district will pay $11,535 ...

Re-entry group announces new director

After celebrating 30 years and the retirement of its long-standing executive director, Transitional Living Centers Inc. ushered in a new era Tuesday with the announcement that Nicole Hayes will take over the position. Transitional Living Centers Inc. began in the late 1980s to address the ...