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Former Old Lycoming Township Police Chief Salvatore Casale holds a portable siren he had to use briefly on his family’s car in the early 1970s when the police department’s sole cruiser was out of service.

Birth of a police agency, from boiler room to full-time staff

(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.) When Salvatore Casale was appointed as the first full-time police chief for the Old Lycoming Township Police Department in 1971, there was ...

County recycling of electronics will continue

From Staff Reports Locally elected and appointed officials voted on the following matters in the past week: Federal • The U.S. Senate and House of Representatives did not vote last week. State • The state Senate voted 50-0 to pass an act amending the Second Class Township Code, ...

Man drowns in Rock Run

RALSTON — A scuba team recovered the body of a man believed to be in his early 20s from the high waters of a popular recreational spot at Rock Run after he slipped in Sunday evening. Members of Ralston, Trout Run, Hepburnville and Clinton Township fire companies responded to a call of a ...

Police searching for Blossburg shooting suspect

BLOSSBURG — Borough police are on the lookout for James Wesley Lynch IV, of Cleveland, Texas, who is a suspect in a shooting early Saturday morning at the Bear A Bar, 200 Main St. Lynch allegedly was asked to leave the bar around 12:20 a.m. He did so, police said, but then returned, ...

2-way traffic plan drawing mixed reviews

From the window at Gustonian Gifts, sales associate Dot Murphy said she sees people every day try to dart across Pine Street to avoid oncoming vehicles. “It’s stupid,” Murphy said of a city proposal to make the one-way portion of the street two-way. Under study for consideration to ...

Major grant to assist in Pine Street project

The city and Williamsport Municipal Water and Sanitary Authority were notified this week the city has been awarded a $729,000 grant for work on Pine Street from the Appalachian Regional Commission. “Pine Street is a critical link to the final phase of Connect Williamsport,” Mayor ...

Talk of moving tax offices may avoid security hassle

Real estate taxes are coming due for property owners in Lycoming County, and those who prefer to pay their taxes at the county Tax Claim Bureau must maneuver through the courthouse security system to drop off a check. While there are a number of other options for filing real estate ...

Possible shutdown, health care quagmire awaiting Congress

WASHINGTON — Lawmakers returning to Washington this coming week will find a familiar quagmire on health care legislation and a budget deadline dramatized by the prospect of a protracted battle between President Donald Trump and Democrats over his border wall. Trump’s GOP allies control ...

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Chad Eckert, city forester, left and Tom Cillo, general manager of streets and parks, right, plant a tree along Little League Boulevard near the intersection with Pine Street in Williamsport on Thursday.

Plantings celebrate Earth Day

As the root was placed into a hole dug into the grass along the curb of Little League Boulevard, a young Kentucky coffee tree received a new home. The species grows a pod with seeds inside that may be used to make coffee, but don’t go looking for the seeds because the city ordered a ...

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During the 2015 Earth Day at Mill Cove, a crowd gathers to see the European eagle owl perched on Cheri Heimbach’s leather-gloved outstretched hand.

Mill Cove offers activities

The sixth annual Earth Day celebration at Mill Cove Environmental Area will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. today with plenty of free, hands-on activities and educational programs. Mill Cove is north of Mansfield and directions may be found online at www.millcovearea.org/ about.html. “We ...

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Corey Mowrey, CASA board president, reads a poem from the perspective of an abused child, tugging the heartstrings of those in attendance at the child abuse awareness ceremony at the courthouse Friday.

Pinwheels ‘planted’ for awareness of child abuse

One hundred and eighty — that’s the number of child abuse reports Children and Youth Services of Lycoming County has received since the start of 2017. Of those, 18 so far have been verified as legitimate, said Director Mark Egly. Egly spoke out against child abuse Friday during ...

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City hires engineer to replace retiring longtime employee

The city administration has hired a full-time engineer to replace retiring engineer John Grado, who is leaving city government in early July after a 35-year career. Rebecca Haladay has been hired as starting engineer, according to Mayor Gabriel J. Campana, who plans to introduce her ...

Flood plain mitigation, economic development agency meetings on tap

MUNCY — Muncy Borough Council this week unanimously agreed to establish an economic development authority, and it announced plans for a public meeting next week on flood plain mitigation. The initial step in creating an authority is to hold a public hearing, according to Bill Ramsey, ...

Trump to young immigrants in US illegally: ‘Rest easy’

WASHINGTON — Young immigrants brought to the U.S. as children and now here illegally can “rest easy,” President Donald Trump said Friday, telling the “dreamers” they will not be targets for deportation under his immigration policies. Trump, in a wide-ranging interview with The ...

Young immigrants won’t ‘rest easy’ despite Trump’s comments

HOUSTON (AP) — Young immigrants protected by executive action from deportation say they won’t “rest easy,” even if President Donald Trump says they should. Several “dreamers” told The Associated Press on Friday that they were not comforted by Trump’s pledge, in an AP ...

Hollywood producer gives $30M to Penn State communications

STATE COLLEGE (AP) — A Hollywood producer and screenwriter known for creating such television hits as “Magnum, P.I.,” “Quantum Leap” and “NCIS” donated $30 million to Penn State University on Friday. The donation from Donald Bellisario and his wife, Vivienne, will be used for ...

Doc may have done liposuction in a barn, authorities say

GLENN, Mich. (AP) — Southwestern Michigan authorities say a doctor may have endangered patients and the public by performing liposuctions in a pole barn. Health officials said they learned from Allegan County sheriff’s investigators that the doctor was performing the procedures in the ...

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The above drawing illustrates the Repasz Band as it appeared in the Civil War.

Repasz Band earns state historical marker

They’ve performed at two presidential inaugurations. They witnessed Gen. Lee’s surrender at Appomattox, Virginia, at the end of the Civil War. And now the Repasz Band, the nation’s oldest continuously operating band, is being honored with a state historical marker. The local band ...

Interstate 180 paving begins Sunday night

Contractors will mill and pave the Interstate 180 in both directions between the Route 15 northbound interchange and the Carl E. Stotz Little League Memorial Bridge starting at 7 p.m. Sunday as part of a multi-year, $6.6 million project, reducing traffic to a single lane during work hours, ...