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Lane closure on Route 220 south

On Friday, a contractor began work on the Route 220 southbound structure over the West Fourth Street off-ramp in Woodward Township, according to the state Department of Transportation. Traffic is reduced to a single lane until 9 a.m. Monday so expansion dams may be installed on the structure.

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Free-range fowl on the chopping block

MARSH HILL — Butcher Albert Boyer has taken matters into his own hands to help neighbors irritated with flocks of free-range chickens roaming on properties in this McIntyre Township village. Boyer, who also is chairman of the township supervisors, said he’d tried numerous times to get ...

Trump won’t pull out of ‘worst’ Iran deal — for now

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump on Friday angrily accused Iran of violating the landmark 2015 international nuclear accord, blaming the Iranians for a litany of sinister behavior and hitting their main military wing with anti-terror penalties. But Trump, breaking his campaign pledge to ...

Social Security recipients to see 2 percent COLA boost in 2018

WASHINGTON — Millions of Social Security recipients and other retirees will get a 2 percent increase in benefits next year, the largest increase since 2012, thought it comes to only $25 a month for the average beneficiary. The cost-of-living adjustment, or COLA, affects benefits for more ...

Trump’s blow to ‘Obamacare’ jolts health consumers, politics

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump’s abrupt move to cut off federal payments to insurers jolted America’s health care and political worlds alike on Friday, threatening to boost premiums for millions, disrupt insurance markets and shove Republicans into a renewed civil war over their ...

Executive order could mean bigger rate increase in Pennsylvania

HARRISBURG — Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf, Pennsylvania’s leading hospital association and advocates for the poor all reacted strongly Friday to a move by the Trump administration to stop paying subsidies that have helped lower the price of health insurance policies sold through the ...

Belleville man killed in rear-end crash

JERSEY SHORE — A Belleville man was pronounced dead at the scene of a crash on Oct. 13 after rear ending a truck and its attached trailer. Hardy A. Sterling, 21, of Belleville, driving a 2001 Saturn S-Series, drove his vehicle into the back of the trailer of John E. Zook, 48, of ...

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Frank Pellegrino is honored by The Susquehanna Council Boy Scouts of America as the 2017 Distinguished Citizen of the Year at Mary Lindsay Welch Honors Hall.

Boy Scouts honor local philanthropist

The Boy Scouts of America Susquehanna Council held their annual 2017 Distinguished Citizen of the Year award at the Mary Lindsay Welch Honors Hall Friday night. The Distinguished Citizen of the Year award is the Susquehanna Council’s opportunity to honor an individual in the community they ...

Judge: Reentry cheaper than housing inmates elsewhere

The county’s reentry program cost a total of $1.5 million from its opening in September-October 2014 through August of this year, while about $3.61 million has been spent on out-of-county housing for Lycoming County inmates over the same time period, according to a report provided by John ...

School board approves personnel matters

The Loyalsock Township School Board unanimously approved multiple personnel changes on Wednesday. The board appointed Deanna Dincher as an art teacher with a salary of $50,626. In other personnel changes, the board approved Sameerah Graham as a part-time paraprofessional for $10.60 an hour ...

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State Sen. Gene Yaw, R-Loyalsock Township, speaks with the Williamsport Sun-Gazette editorial board in the city on Thursday morning.

Opioid discussion set for later this month

A public hearing to discuss the opioid epidemic set for Oct. 26 in Williamsport will bring together professionals from law enforcement, drug treatment, business and industry, and those in drug recovery. State Sen. Gene Yaw, R-Loyalsock Township, board chairman for the Center for Rural ...

Councilman, mayor point fingers over ‘disrespect’

Sparks flew at the City Council meeting Thursday night as Mayor Gabriel J. Campana and Council President Jonathan Williamson got into a verbal spar, one that led to each accusing the other of playing political games. When a motion for suspending rules and voting on appointment of city ...

Transportation study group mulls 1-way traffic for street

County transportation officials discussed the possibility of turning a section of Third Street in downtown Williamsport to one-way traffic during the Williamsport Area Transportation Study Transit Advisory Committee’s biannual meeting on Thursday. Mark Murawski, committee chairman and ...

President, mayor of San Juan trade more criticism

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump lashed out at hurricane-devastated Puerto Rico on Thursday, insisting in tweets that the federal government can’t keep sending help “forever” and suggesting the U.S. territory was to blame for its financial struggles. His broadsides triggered ...

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A monkey walks near a pool of water next to an iguana in Cayo Santiago, known as Monkey Island, in Puerto Rico, one of the world’s most important sites for research into how primates think, socialize and evolve.

Hurricane mauled renowned research center

CAYO SANTIAGO, Puerto Rico (AP) — As thousands of troops and government workers struggle to restore normal life to Puerto Rico, a small group of scientists is racing to save more than 1,000 monkeys whose brains may contain clues to mysteries of the human mind. One of the first places ...

Family of 5 held captive by Taliban-linked group released

WASHINGTON (AP) — An American woman, her Canadian husband and their three young children have been released after years held captive by a group that has ties to the Taliban and is considered a terrorist organization by the United States, U.S. and Pakistani officials said Thursday. U.S. ...

Two additions proposed for airport terminal construction

Two change orders may add to the expense of the new terminal project at the Williamsport Regional Airport, albeit by a relatively small sum, said Thomas J. Hart, executive director of the airport. Hart brought two changes to the Williamsport Municipal Airport Authority’s attention Thursday ...

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Randy Williamson, Williamsport Area High School construction trades instructor, left, looks over some steps that Nathan Welch, twelfth grade student, has been working on at the Williamsport Area High School. Students learn how to construct steps, install drywall, plumbing and electrical and many other interior finishes of houses.

Williamsport teacher named finalist for national excellence prize

A Williamsport Area High School construction trades instructor, Randy Williamson, was named as one of 10 finalists for the 2017 Harbor Freight Tools for Schools Prize for Teaching Excellence. As a finalist, the school and the teacher will receive at least $30,000 and up to $100,000 if they ...

Parents decry board’s response to school threat; gun brought on property

Loyalsock Township School District parents upset with how they feel the district responded to two separate incidents at Donald E. Schick Elementary School, fielded their frustrations during a school board meeting Wednesday night. The reactions came after two emergencies caused the school to ...

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Walkers toss rose petals into the Susquehanna River from the Carl E. Stotz Little League Memorial Bridge in memory of those lost to domestic violence during the Walk of Remembrance Wednesday. The walk to the bridge was part of the YWCA's Domestic Violence Vigil at the Commissioners Boardroom.

YWCA remembers local victims of domestic violence

The 15 victims who lost their lives to incidents of domestic violence in Lycoming County since 1996 were remembered at a vigil held by the Northcentral Pennsylvania chapter of the YWCA on Wednesday. Victims themselves, family of those remembered and representatives of agencies and offices ...