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Commissioners mull board for assessment appeals

Lycoming County commissioners were divided between efficiency and legitimacy Tuesday, concerning the existence of an independent board of assessment appeals to examine real estate tax appeals. Under county resolutions, the commissioners must appoint their current board members to four years, ...

Council considers block grant funds

Montoursville Borough Council discussed possible uses for this year’s allotment of Community Development Block Grant funding during its regular monthly meeting Monday night. Among the possible projects considered were street improvements and handicapped accessible doors for the municipal ...

New door locks at South Side schools

South Williamsport Area School District is slated to install NightLock door locks on doors on their school buildings to add some increased safety, as discussed by board members Monday. Mark Stamm, superintendent, met with school resource officers to discuss how they’ve used their Physical ...

Volunteer companies respond to truck fire near DuBoistown

Volunteer firefighters from DuBoistown and Nisbet responded to the Armstrong Township building on Waterdale Road about 12:45 p.m. Tuesday when DuBoistown's maintenance truck caught fire. The cause of the fire was ruled accidental, and the truck, a 2004 Chevrolet, was a total loss, according to ...

Games raise money for cancer battles

Rain washed away the last innings of the Coaches/Seniors vs. Cancer Game Saturday night at Bowman Field, but not the hopes of those fighting the disease. The game comprised of players and coaches of local high school teams raises money for the disease which impacts so many lives. It ...

Codes: Firm missed key residential spots in plan

A New York state consulting firm’s report on the condition of houses as part of the Park Avenue Plan missed several residential locations, city officials said. P.D. Mitchell, a multi-unit housing for low-income residents operated by the Lycoming Housing Authority, is not on a report ...

Navy carrier lingers outside Persian Gulf

ABOARD THE USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN (AP) — A U.S. aircraft carrier ordered by the White House to rapidly deploy to the Mideast over a perceived threat from Iran remains outside of the Persian Gulf, so far avoiding any confrontation with Iranian Revolutionary Guard forces, amid efforts to ...

US, Mexico officials to begin talks over tariffs, border

WASHINGTON (AP) — Mexico launched a counteroffensive Monday against the threat of U.S. tariffs, warning not only that it would hurt the economies of both countries but also could cause a quarter-million more Central Americans to migrate north. A high-level delegation from the Mexican ...

Many revved up for annual Soapbox Derby Saturday

Soap box cars don’t have engines, but the 64 drivers participating in Williamsport’s Soap Box Derby surely are revved up for race day on Saturday. This weekend, kids will fly down the Market Street hill as spectators cheer them on in the race’s 10th year. The winner will take a trip ...

Spotty rain, and a chilly day ahead

This coming week’s weather will bring nothing unexpected, with no serious thunderstorms on the horizon, according to the National Weather Service, but showers are expected to return mid-week. Today will be unseasonably cool, said Aaron Tyburski, meteorologist. “We’ll see ...

Minimum-wage hike may be June’s big horse trade in Capitol

HARRISBURG (AP) — June in Harrisburg is when mayflies swarm from the Susquehanna River and the state Capitol teems with lobbyists and politicians horse-trading over the tens of billions of dollars that will keep Pennsylvania ticking for another year. This year, Pennsylvania’s minimum wage ...

Father John Manno: A man with a big impact for good

It is rare that a man is admired by everyone. The Rev. John K. Manno, 78, a well-known local Catholic priest who died Thursday, fit into that mold. He could banter with an inner-city boy or girl one day or console a grieving widow the next. He would see a problem in his neighborhood and ...

George A. Ferrell Elementary School receives national award

PICTURE ROCKS — Prideful shouts of “Ferrell Elementary,” could be heard in the crowd Friday after the school, in East Lycoming School District, was notified it was awarded a National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence Award presented by the U.S. Department of Education. Created in 1982 ...

Audit: Game Commission failed to track gas and oil royalties

The Pennsylvania Game Commission failed to make sure that energy companies paid what they owed in royalties from oil and gas production on state hunting lands, according to an audit released Thursday. The commission relied on the drillers’ own data and didn’t confirm their royalty ...

Judge vows to move fast ahead of July 1 UPMC-Highmark split

HARRISBURG (AP) — Patients in western Pennsylvania bracing for higher costs under the pending breakup of the business relationship between two large Pittsburgh-based health care providers will soon learn whether that can be delayed. A state judge on Friday said he hoped to rule by June 14 ...

Past, present and future embraced by 2019 Muncy grads

MUNCY – With the Muncy High School crest as the back drop the past, present and future were embraced as 64 students graduated in the 139th annual commencement. Tyler Sampsell, a member of the class’s National Honor Society, opened the commencement with a welcome speech following the ...

Montgomery’s class celebrated for determination, accomplishments

MONTGOMERY– Friends and families arrived early bearing gifts of flowers and balloons for the class of 2019 at Montgomery Area High School’s commencement Friday. Sporting their red and white gowns, the class processed into the packed Montgomery Area Athletic and Community Center amid ...

Tenants forced out of apartment morning after building collapses

JERSEY SHORE — At least a half a dozen people were forced out of their apartments early this morning after part of the back of their six-unit apartment building on South Main Street collapsed, Tiadaghton Valley Regional police and fire officials said. It was believed the collapse ...

Authority: Sewer pipe break cause of large sinkhole

A 42-inch broken sewer pipe under Campbell Street was the cause of a 15-foot-deep sinkhole between Third and West Fourth Streets, according to the city’s Water and Sewer Authority. Workers reported the sinkhole at around 12:40 p.m. Friday. The road will be closed during normal day ...