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Coalition to hear speaker prior to film

A former inmate in a maximum security prison who speaks nationally about his experiences will be hosted at the county’s Reentry Coalition meeting next month. A screening of his movie “Pull of Gravity” will also be shown at the Community Arts Center that night. El Sawyer is a filmmaker ...

City man held for trial in local shooting death

When Zachary Williams allegedly began firing at Maurice Dowling along Poco Farm Road Extension on the night of Nov. 12, the 25-year-old Dowling put his hands up in an apparent attempt to defend himself and deflect the bullets, according to witness Joshua A. Cooley. Shortly after fatally ...

‘Much needed’: Prison system unveils health care wing

MUNCY — The state Department of Corrections held an opening ceremony for a new medical wing in the State Correctional Institution at Muncy Friday afternoon. The new 10,000 square-foot Wilson Infirmary Annex is the women’s prison’s response to an ever increasing population and an ...

State secretary of education visits college

Pedro A. Rivera, Pennsylvania education secretary, and Noe Ortega, deputy secretary for the Office of Postsecondary and Higher Education at the Pennsylvania Department of Education, visited with local superintendents and officials as they spent the day at Lycoming College on ...

TURBOTVILLE — In the library of Warrior Run High School is a memorial wall for soldiers and others in the military who were killed in the line of duty. While it is only days after the death of deputy U.S. Marshal Christopher David Hill, a 1990 graduate of the school district halfway ...

Deputy US marshal killed while serving state warrant

HARRISBURG — A gunman opened fire on law enforcement officers serving an arrest warrant inside a home before dawn Thursday, killing a deputy U.S. marshal before he was shot to death by police as he fled outside, authorities said. Police were on the first floor handcuffing the woman they ...

Gov’t shutdown deadline nears; Trump says ‘not looking good’

WASHINGTON — The government careened toward shutdown Friday night in a chaotic close to Donald Trump’s first year as president, as Democrats and Republicans preemptively traded blame while still struggling to find some accord before a deadline at the stroke of midnight. The lawmakers ...

BB&T awarded Bowman Field naming rights

A local bank was awarded Bowman Field extended naming rights by City Council Thursday, a negotiation led by Mayor Gabriel J. Campana and his administrative team. The two-year contract will bring the city a total of $70,000 and coincide with the ending of the Williamsport Crosscutters’ lease ...

Mattis says US competitive warfighting edge has eroded

WASHINGTON — Countering China’s rapidly expanding military and an increasingly aggressive Russia are now the U.S. military’s top national security priorities, outpacing the threat of terrorism, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Friday. He said competition with those adversaries has ...

House votes to avert federal shutdown, Senate chances dim

WASHINGTON — A divided House on Thursday passed an eleventh-hour plan to keep the government running. But the GOP-written measure faced gloomy prospects in the Senate, and it remained unclear whether lawmakers would be able to find a way to keep federal offices open past a Friday night ...

Pope to indigenous: Amazon is ‘heart of the church’

PUERTO MALDONADO, Peru — From deep in the scorching Amazon rainforest, Pope Francis demanded Friday that corporations stop their relentless extraction of timber, gas and gold from God’s “holy ground,” and called on governments to recognize the indigenous peoples living there as the ...

County grants funds to online education tool

The Lycoming County commissioners will use $19,600 from impact fee monies to help fund ReadyRosie, a web-based program that helps parents interact with and teach their children through videos that demonstrate how to find learning moments in everyday activities, according to the program’s ...

Williamsport Police to get stun devices

City Council on Thursday approved the city police purchase of 38 Tasers, or stun devices, at a cost of about $80,000. City Police Chief David J. Young said they are used as a means of controlling non-compliant individuals and may prevent officers from having to use firearms in many ...

Roundtable discussion asks people to listen

The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. didn’t just want equality. He called for unity through understanding — to see the person beyond the skin color. The Beloved Community Council hosted a roundtable discussion Wednesday meant to expand on the idea of unity through understanding as part of ...

Commission: Survey will address best gov’t option

A non-paid elected commission looking into the best form of government for Williamsport held a meeting Wednesday and came up with several questions for a survey. The seven-member city Charter Commission crafted the survey, which is to be taken by about 200-plus city employees, current and ...

WH involvement in Bannon testimony shows ‘privilege’ dispute

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump’s White House is relying on a sweeping interpretation of executive privilege that is rankling members of Congress on both sides of the aisle as current and former advisers parade to Capitol Hill for questioning about possible connections with ...

Justices ponder throwing out state congressional map

HARRISBURG — Pennsylvania’s highest court may soon decide how much partisan gerrymandering is too much, at least in terms of the state constitution. A challenge by Democratic voters to Pennsylvania’s Republican-crafted 2011 congressional district map landed before the state Supreme ...

Rival Koreas agree to form first unified Olympic team

SEOUL, South Korea — The rival Koreas agreed Wednesday to form their first unified Olympic team and have their athletes parade together for the first time in 11 years during the opening ceremony of next month’s Winter Olympics in South Korea, officials said. The agreements still require ...

Citizens group suggests ways to attract tourists

An organization dubbed the Lycoming County Tourism Coalition has drafted a vision statement full of suggestions for promoting tourism in the county, offering ideas in order to generate discussion about the best use of hotel occupancy tax dollars that are meant to go toward tourism ...