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MAKING A STRONGER LAW: Legislation would refine Right-to-Know

(EDITOR’S NOTE: This is Sunshine Week. Sunshine Week is about the right of everybody to know what government is doing, how it is doing it and why it is doing it. The Sun-Gazette this week will take a closer look at the state’s Right-to-Know Law through a three-day series. We’ll extend the ...

Profile: Montoursville man successful in quest to release school’s emails

It came down to accessing information from the Montoursville Area School District that one citizen felt was worth sharing with the public. In 2016, the district was in the midst of a high school construction project that was dividing the community and the school board. Personal acrimony ...

GEO official: Re-entry program reduces recidivism

Lycoming County’s re-entry services, provided by an organization called the GEO Group, has helped more than 200 former county prisoners transition back into the community with a lower likelihood of re-offending, GEO Re-entry Services Program Manager Michael Boughton told Rotary Club members ...

Trump’s strong words on guns give way to political reality

WASHINGTON (AP) — Not two weeks ago, President Donald Trump wagged his finger at a Republican senator and scolded him for being “afraid of the NRA,” declaring that he would stand up to the powerful gun lobby and finally get results on quelling gun violence following last month’s ...

Wolf wants gift ban, no pay for officials in budget standoff

HARRISBURG (AP) — Pennsylvania’s governor wants to ban gifts to all elected state officials and to suspend pay for himself, lawmakers and their top aides when they have not fully enacted a budget by the annual deadline. Gov. Tom Wolf, a first-term Democrat seeking re-election, outlined a ...

Annual egg hunt, summer activities planned in city

The city recreation department and commission are gearing up for the annual Christy Haberstroh Easter Egg Hunt, set for 2 p.m. March 24 at Brandon Park, with a rain date of March 31. The hunt will include face time with the Easter Bunny, bounce houses and face painting for kids up to age ...

Borough to erect cameras at recycling site

JERSEY SHORE — Borough council has taken steps to stop the ongoing problem of trash dumping at the recycling center. During its regular monthly meeting Monday night, council voted 8-0 to award a contract worth $4,601 to CompuGen for the purchase of two cameras to be placed at the site. ...

Jersey Shore removes iPads from budget

JERSEY SHORE — The Jersey Shore Area School Board voted unanimously to remove the iPad 1:1 initiative from kindergarten to second grade from the 2018-19 budget at its meeting on Monday. This was one of the issues discussed in the board’s last work session on Feb. 28 where it discussed ...

Borough council meeting canceled

The South Williamsport Borough Council did not have a quorum and was not able to take action on any items at its meeting Monday. Robert Cronin, Carl Nolan, Joseph LaRue Jr., John Decker and J. Bernard Schelb were absent. David Geise, Fred March, Dan Cupp and Cory Lehman were present. ...

Profile: Woman uses law to inspire change

The Right-to-Know Law can be a powerful tool, helping citizens affect change within governing bodies. Williamsport resident Rebecca Burke, a former county commissioner, inspired Lycoming County to add its budgets from years prior to the county’s website, according to county ...

A powerful business tool

The Williamsport Area School District received 17 Right-to-Know requests in 2017, and all of them were from people outside of Lycoming County. John Mecca, of Dunmore, filed one Right-to-Know request for the district last year. “I have a consulting business in the Scranton area. A client ...

Trio served 54 years total in sheriff’s office

(EDITOR’S NOTE: Today the Sun-Gazette offers the next installment in a weekly history series that tells the stories of those who came before us.) It was supposed to be a routine assignment, just part of his job. Lycoming County Sheriff L. Eugene Pauling was arriving at the county prison ...

Spring nears, but winter clings on

While the first day of spring is eight days away, don’t get any ideas of putting away the winter jackets just yet. Toward the end of the week, it will be warmer with temperatures reaching the 50s. However, before we get there, it will remain chilly for the next several days with a chance ...

City man dies in late Sunday night crash on Route 15

A 41-year-old man was killed late Saturday night in a one-car crash on Route 15, just south of the lookout, in Armstrong Township, according to state police. Brett E. George, of the city, was pronounced dead at the scene minutes after he lost control of his southbound 2011 Mitsubishi ...

Council hires policeman

Locally elected and appointed officials voted on the following matters in the past week: Federal • The House voted in favor of the Satisfying Energy Needs and Saving the Environment Act. Voting yes were U.S. Reps. Tom Marino, R-Cogan Station, and Glenn Thompson, ...

ACTIVATING TRANSPARENCY: All citizens may use law to gain access to records

(EDITOR’S NOTE: Today marks the start of Sunshine Week. Sunshine Week is about the right of everybody to know what government is doing, how it is doing it and why it is doing it. The Sun-Gazette this week will take a closer look at the state’s Right-to-Know Law through a three-day series. ...

Profile: 2 men with different interests in city operations

Kenneth Delonian, a representative of a Florida company that does data collection, regularly asks for figures from River Valley Transit. Scott Miller, of 822 Tucker St., continually holds city officials’ feet to the fire for facts and figures. Those were among two of the top writers of ...

Incarcerated frequent filers

The Right-to-Know Law is meant to help all citizens obtain public records from state and local governing bodies, including those who may be in jail. The state Department of Corrections even has its own agency open records officer to respond to Right-to-Know requests, according to the ...