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PEL to present program on gerrymandering

The Pennsylvania Economy League will feature Draw the Lines PA with David Thornburg, executive director of the Committee of Seventy, for “Gerrymandering 101” from noon to 1:30 p.m. May 17 at the Williamsport Country Club, 800 Country Club Road, Williamsport. Pennsylvania has a new ...

Government study commission reschedules

The Williamsport Government Study Commission on Home Rule meeting scheduled for Saturday has been rescheduled for 5:30 p.m. Monday at City Hall, according to commission officials. Commissioners are considering whether to change all of the Saturday meetings to Monday evenings. The commission ...

County authority looks toward future development

Development “has picked up” and the Lycoming County Water and Sewer Authority is hopeful “that’s an indication of what to come,” said Christine Weigle, executive director. Several development inquiries and completed services were announced Wednesday in a report from John Bickhart, ...

Thruway project on schedule, 2 years out

Although the final completion date of the northern section of the Central Susquehanna Valley Transportation project still is two years out, state officials commend “great progress on the project.” “Construction sections are going well, so far. We do have a long way to go, but we are ...

$82 million in projects open for public viewing

The Williamsport Area Transportation Study’s coordinating committee on Monday approved a package of highway and bridge improvements of $86 million to be done over the next four years. Among the projects on the list of 67 projects are 43 bridge-related repairs, said Mark Murawski, ...

10 upcoming projects in Lycoming County

The state Department of Transportation is planning to start the following roadwork projects in Lycoming County this year: • Rehabilitation of the Route 14 bridge over Lycoming Creek in McIntryre Township. Construction is expect to begin in Spring 2018 with completion in Fall 2019. Traffic ...

Williamsport school board proposes tax hike for city

The Williamsport Area School Board unanimously approved its proposed 2018-19 budget reflecting a tax increase of 0.4 mills on Tuesday. The proposed budget is subject to change until the final budget is adopted on June 5. The total millage for the district in 2017-18 was 16.16 mills, and the ...

Toomey remains skeptical of North Korea denuclearization

U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Zionsville, said he’s skeptical about North Korea scaling back on its nuclear weapons capability but is glad that attempts are being made by the United States to discuss the situation. “Is denuclearization in the cards?” he said. “I doubt it very much. I’d ...

Technological marketing tools explored by city planner

City Council’s economic revitalization committee on Tuesday looked with the city planner at ways to market the city using cellular technology and online means. The budget for marketing is at $15,000, and Chelsea Myers, city planner, was given some guidance from the committee on how best to ...

Step taken in FEMA property buyout

MUNCY — The Federal Emergency Management Agency’s buyout of the Waltman property at 113 N. Washington St. moved one step closer to reality following a discussion at Tuesday’s borough council meeting. Council heard from Lycoming County hazard mitigation planner Josh Schnitzlein about the ...

TLC Inc. possible lead for county housing assistance program

The Lycoming County commissioners will consider contracting Transitional Living Centers Inc. Thursday as the lead agency to assist the county with a master leasing program, a new initiative toward housing assistance. If approved, the comissioners then will vote to award TLC $292,500 out of a ...

Jersey Shore votes to keep schools open as deficit continues to loom

JERSEY SHORE — In the ongoing discussion of ways to fight the district’s ongoing deficit of $1.63 million, the Jersey Shore Area School Board voted 6-3 against closing Avis and Salladasburg Elementary schools Monday — leaving the schools open next year. Voting no on the closure were ...

Private firm issues $30 parking tickets, weekend violators to be reimbursed

Many who parked at the Hepburn Plaza lot Friday and Saturday to watch Uptown Music Collective perform a tribute to The Rolling Stones at the nearby Community Arts Center got $30 parking tickets. It has upset people who were unaware of the private firm Williamsport Parking Properties Inc. ...

City man arraigned in meth lab fire

A city man who admitted to UPMC Susquahanna staff members that he had started a fire in his bedroom after his meth lab exploded on Edwin Street late Friday night, was arraigned in district court Monday afternoon. Axel R. Greene, 23, of 630 W. Edwin St., arrived at the hospital with second and ...

State officials address flood insurance, dairy farms at forum

Issues ranging from flooding and farming to education and the opioid crisis were discussed by state officials with the public during a forum at Lycoming College Monday. The Cabinet in Your Community event came to Williamsport as part of an initiative to reach out to residents across the ...

Little League bat undergoes repairs

Motorists and pedestrians passing Market Square in Williamsport may have noticed the sudden disappearance once again of the bat from one of the Little League Baseball statues. The bat has not been stolen, just temporary retired, according to Williamsport/Lycoming Chamber of Commerce Vice ...

New Jersey man pleads guilty to assaulting ex-wife

A man who assaulted and threatened to kill his ex-wife and attacked her neighbor pleaded guilty to a number of charges on Monday, the day of his jury trial in county court. Amer Omar Ghayyada, of New Jersey, who confronted his ex-wife and her neighbor at her 341 Clayton Ave. home last August, ...

Warden of 13 years to retire, lauded as ‘cream of the crop’

A pillar of Lycoming County’s criminal justice system, Warden Kevin DeParlos, will make his exit Friday when he slips off into retirement after 13 years at the helm of the county prison. DeParlos started with the county in 1981 as a resident supervisor for work release — the same year his ...

Sunny days ahead to bring the warmth

Following a chilly weekend, temperatures will be more comfortable today and in coming days even feel like summer. Sunday was especially cool, making the training exercise in Williamsport a bit uncomfortable for emergency responders participating in the drill. Today is expected to be mostly ...

President Abraham Lincoln’s myriad of connections to Lycoming County

(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.) Many historians consider him to be the greatest president of the United States and many view him as a “secular saint,” but what is rarely ...