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Outreach meeting and public survey on Grafius Run damage proposed

A public outreach meeting is being arranged to provide residents impacted by the flooding of Grafius Run information about a survey to be distributed that will collect damage estimates to be given to state officials. Chelsea Myers, city planning director, told City Council Thursday she is ...

As state gambling expands, casinos’ interest in area lacking

The state’s expansion of gambling is planned to bring gaming to truck stops, airports and places online, but companies aren’t showing interest in opening up a mini-casino in Lycoming County just yet, Doug Harbach, of the state Gaming Control Board, said during a talk on ...

Antique machinery show opens amid rain threat

Tractors will roar through the fields at the Consolidated Sportsmen’s grounds along Route 87, in Montoursville, as the Loyalsock Valley Antique Machinery Association holds its 31st annual reunion this weekend. The event opened yesterday and features over 100 flea market vendors and 22 ...

As deadline looms, mayor accused of halting broker shopping

City Council leadership Thursday accused Mayor Gabriel J. Campana of attempting to stop the shopping for an insurance broker. “He is trying to stop the process so we can’t have a request for proposals and bring in brokers who can go out and find the best quality insurance for the lowest ...

Congressman hosts discussion on poor options for rural internet

MANSFIELD — Residents don’t have to live more than a few miles from a populated community in Pennsylvania before a low broadband internet signal can keep them from performing simple tasks on the internet. Those individuals living in rural areas in the state who are dealing with weak ...

Bicycle ride planned to support skatepark

Lifland Skatepark is hosting a community bicycle ride to support the expansion and maintenance of its facility in Elm Park. Lonnie Wilcox, skatepark president, said the goal of the “Radical Ride” is to build a brighter future with a bigger skatepark. The ride is scheduled from 10 a.m. to ...

Hall of Famer to appear at welcoming event

Fresh off his 2018 Hall of Fame induction ceremony on July 29, the Lycoming County Visitors Bureau is bringing to Williamsport and hosting former Los Angeles Angels and Hall of Fame outfielder Vladmir Guerrero for this year’s Williamsport Welcomes the World on Aug. 24. One of the best ...

Plan disagreements lead to pricey bid switch

The Lycoming County commissioners voted Thursday to reject a $94,600 bid package from Old Castle Precast Inc. for concrete manhole boxes needed at the county landfill for the force main waterline project despite having accepted that bid on July 12. Jason Yorks, director of county Resource ...

Man finds 13 four-leaf clovers in lucky week

Old Lycoming Township resident Merlin may not be magic, but no one can argue how lucky he is. A local writer, Merlin Waltz found his first four leaf clover in Heshbon Park while he was editing an early copy of a book he was working on. The next day, he found two more while he was having his ...

Former coach, teacher admits to sexual involvement with minors

Suspended teacher and former coach, Kelli Vassallo, admitted she abused her close mentorship with two underage girls to form sexual relationships in Lycoming County Court Wednesday. Vassallo, 36, of 1346 Lafayette Parkway, pleaded guilty to charges of institutional sexual assault and ...

Consulting firm head alleges ‘gag order’ by mayor

Jason Fitzgerald, president of Penn Strategies Inc., said Wednesday that Mayor Gabriel J. Campana asked him not to speak any further with the Sun-Gazette. Fitzgerald said the “gag order” followed Fitzgerald’s comments in a Sun-Gazette story regarding the firm’s compensation versus ...

Former city officer to fight termination

Eric Houseknecht, a veteran former police officer fired for insubordination last month, will fight the July 19 decision by City Council’s 4-0 vote, according to the city police union. The former corporal and the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 29 will proceed to arbitration to have the ...

Video shared on Facebook brings charges to woman seen wielding knife

A video that surfaced on social media was instrumental in criminal charges being filed Wednesday against 22-year-old Kiana McCray who, while armed with a knife, is seen in the video chasing another woman during a disturbance Tuesday afternoon outside McCray’s home, city police said. McCray, ...

Council-manager final suggestion for charter commission

After nine months of study, research and deliberation — much of it done in public sessions — the city charter commission called it quits Wednesday, prepared a final report and recommends a City Council-manager form of government to be on the Nov. 6 ballot. The final report is to be ...

Showers to continue into end of the week

Showers are expected to continue into the end of the week, but high pressure systems moving into the area should limit cloud cover for the weekend and bring in some sunshine. “It looks like (today) is going to be a showery day ... (there) could be some thunderstorms,” Craig Evanego, ...

Residence inn addition on City Council agenda today

City Council is expected tonight to review a certificate of appropriateness request by a hotlelier who seeks to build an addition to the Residence Inn at 150 W. Church St. Chartwell Hotels, owned by George Tsunis, wantsx to put an addition on the existing hotel, but during its last meeting ...

Lycoming County sewer system overcame steady rainfall

Extreme weather last week forced sewer systems to work together, Christine Weigle said Wednesday. The Lycoming County Water and Sewer Authority worked with systems in DuBoistown, Wolf Township and other municipalities to keep flows under control despite steady rainfall, said Weigle, who is ...

Loyalsock Township debates concession stand construction

The Loyalsock Township School Board discussed the possibilities of a future concession stand during its work session on Wednesday night. “It would be a track concession stand ... It’s roughly a 60 by 32 foot building,” said Dan Egly, business manager. He said the district is accepting ...

Municipalities: Grass Clippings in streets clog sewers, cause flooding

It’s a common but often overlooked problem facing many municipalities, and perhaps one not many residents consider. Grass clippings from lawns are blown onto streets and roads, wash into storm sewers and drain into streams. “That is always a big problem for us,” said Bill Ramsey, ...

Lycoming County tax office apologizes for deadline mistake

A miscommunication in the Lycoming County tax collection office may have troubled some taxpayers who attempted to submit their taxes after the deadline of June 30, which fell on a weekend, Commissioner Rick Mirabito said Tuesday. State law dictates that tax collectors across all levels of ...