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Safety along Route 220 corridor just a piece of 20-year transportation plan

An 8-mile stretch of Route 220 between Williamsport and Jersey Shore requires an infusion of $400 million over the next 20 years to improve safety for motorists. That’s what officials at the Williamsport Area Transportation Study technical committee learned Monday. But instead of ...

Bowman Field grant a boost for final improvements

The city recently was notified that it will receive a $600,000 state grant to go into structural improvements at Bowman Field. The improvements at the BB&T Ballpark at Bowman Field should be the last at the historic ballpark, according to Mayor Gabriel J. Campana. The state ...

School discusses excusal for days missed due to mold

JERSEY SHORE — In her report to the board, Jill Wenrich, superintendent of the Jersey Shore Area School District, said the state Department of Education has not yet responded to the district’s request to be excused for the days missed at the beginning of the school year due to a mold ...

Prosecutor in Bill Cosby case asks for 5 to 10 years in prison

NORRISTOWN (AP) — Declaring Bill Cosby doesn’t deserve a free pass because of his advanced age, prosecutors on Monday asked a judge to sentence the comedian to five to 10 years in prison for drugging and sexually assaulting a woman, while the defense argued that he is too old and helpless ...

10 days after Florence, fresh chaos in S. Carolina

YAUHANNAH, S.C. (AP) — More than a week ago, pastor Willie Lowrimore and some of his congregants stacked sandbags around their South Carolina church to protect it from the fury of Hurricane Florence. They moved the pews to higher ground and watched anxiously for days as the nearly black, ...

Area group spreading peaceable mindset

About eight people gathered Saturday afternoon with one goal in mind—to learn more about the Alternatives to Violence Project’s philosophy and how it could impact their lives by attending a mini-workshop at the Recovery Community Connection. The focus of the workshop was to empower the ...

Cold front to drive week’s temperatures down

A string of wet, cooler weather is continuing into this week, but an incoming cold front is expected to bring drier weather by Wednesday. Sunshine this morning will turn into showers by the end of the night, according to Craig Evanego, of the National Weather Service in State College, and ...

Candidate for state House discusses stance on the issues

Voters asked questions about immigration, health care, the environment and other topics Saturday night at Susquehanna State Park, and Airneezer Page, Democratic nominee for state House of Representatives, was prepared to answer them. Page, a health care professional with UPMC Susquehanna ...

WASD hires new class principal

Locally elected and appointed officials voted on the following matters in the past week: State • The Senate and House will return to session today. County • The Lycoming County commissioners voted to apply for a $255,998 grant to pay the salaries and benefits of two victim and ...

Trump to reaffirm ‘America First’ during UN visit this week

BRIDGEWATER, N.J. (AP) — President Donald Trump is poised to redouble his commitment to “America First” on the most global of stages this week. In the sequel to his stormy U.N. debut, Trump will stress his dedication to the primacy of U.S. interests while competing with Western allies ...

Iran’s president blames US after attack on military parade

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran’s president on Sunday accused an unnamed U.S.-allied country in the Persian Gulf of being behind a terror attack on a military parade that killed 25 people and wounded 60, further raising regional tensions. Hassan Rouhani’s comments came as Iran’s Foreign ...

Veteran recalls the flag raisings over Iwo Jima

John Betz can recall the U.S. flag being raised at Iwo Jima. It was near the end of World War II, and he was on a boat with his fellow shipmates, watching the historic event. The Battle of Iwo Jima involved U.S. Marines and Japanese forces in early 1945. The island, located about 750 miles ...

Few hatchery brook trout genes found in wild fish

Wild brook trout in the Loyalsock Creek watershed show few genes from hatchery fish, despite many years of the introduction of the stocked trout into those streams, according to a Penn State University study. Shannon White, a doctoral student and the lead researcher in the study, said the ...

AP source: Kavanaugh, Ford agree to testify on Thursday

WASHINGTON (AP) — A tentative agreement was reached Saturday for the Senate Judiciary Committee to hear testimony Thursday from Christine Blasey Ford, the woman accusing Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault from decades ago, according to two people briefed on the ...

Storm floods prompt new evacuations

GALIVANTS FERRY, S.C. (AP) — With muddy river water still washing over entire communities on Friday, eight days after Hurricane Florence slammed into land with nearly 3 feet of rain, new evacuation orders forced residents to flee to higher ground amid a sprawling disaster that’s ...

Killing of woman in Newberry was to fulfill ‘fetish’

The men charged for the killing of a woman in her Newberry home were fulfilling a fetish for murder, according to testimony during a preliminary hearing Friday. Edward Heck, 49, of Williamsport, is charged with hiring another man to kill his wife in August at his Willamsport home. The body of ...

Lycoming College students help to fight hunger

Five nights a week, students at Lycoming College package up the food left from dinner and take it to the men’s shelter at the American Rescue Workers. The project, which the school has participated in since 2014, contributes between 3,000 and 4,000 pounds of food to the shelter a ...

Pennsylvania jobless rate hits 18-year low; payrolls slip

HARRISBURG (AP) — Pennsylvania’s unemployment rate hit a nearly two-decade low in August, even as payrolls slipped below July’s record high. The state Department of Labor and Industry said Friday that Pennsylvania’s unemployment rate dropped one-tenth of a percentage point to 4.1 ...

4 WASD alumni honored with distinguished award

Four alumni of the Williamsport Area School District were honored by the district’s education foundation with the 2018 Distinguished Alumni awards at an event Thursday night at the Trade and Transit Center II. Over a hundred people were on hand as Michael D. Stratton, Greg Walker, Dr. ...