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Tioga County hires undercover narcotics detective

WELLSBORO — Getting serious about recent spikes in heroin and opioid abuse in the county, the Tioga County Salary Board recently agreed to hire a full-time undercover narcotics detective. The person who fills the position, which is the first in the county’s history, will receive a ...

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The first of two buildings has been demolished at the Williamsport Regional Airport to make way for a new terminal planned to be built by next August.

‘Key to our future’: Airport terminal construction set to begin

Construction of the Williamsport Regional Airport’s new passenger terminal, set to begin over the next few weeks, is expected to improve overall operations with the possibility of attracting additional air service. “It addresses issues we lacked before,” airport spokesman Dave Frey ...

Police costs could rise in borough

JERSEY SHORE — The borough could be paying more for police service in the not-too-distant future. It was reported at Monday night’s Jersey Shore Borough Council meeting that Porter Township plans to stop paying into the Tiadaghton Valley Regional Police Commission after next ...

Grand Slam Parade to hit streets Wednesday

The Grand Slam Parade to kick off the Little League World Series will step off at 5:30 p.m. and continue until about 8 in downtown Williamsport on Wednesday. It will start at the intersection of West Fourth and Susquehanna streets, then follow West Fourth to its intersection with Market ...

White nationalists: Charlottesville just a beginning

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Emboldened and proclaiming victory after a bloody weekend in Virginia, white nationalists are planning more demonstrations to promote their agenda following the violence that left a woman dead and dozens injured. The University of Florida said white provocateur Richard ...

Standardized test changes to lessen test-taking time, Pa. governor says

HARRISBURG (AP) — Changes to statewide testing of elementary school students that will go into effect this year should shorten the amount of time they spend on those tests by about 20 percent, Gov. Tom Wolf announced Monday. Wolf, a first-term Democrat, said the some sections of the ...

Williamsport Welcomes the World on agenda

The Williamsport Recreation Commission discussed Williamsport Welcomes the World during its meeting Monday. The event is scheduled for 5 to 9 p.m. Friday, Aug. 25. “The date for absolute late applications, with a $25 late fee, is this Friday,” said Jessie Novinger, recreation ...

Borough council approves changes to parking and sidewalk ordinances

HUGHESVILLE — Hughesville Borough Council approved amendments to two existing ordinances at its meeting Monday night. An amendment to the sidewalk ordinance sets guidelines for council in order for it to have consistency in applying the ordinance, according to Ryan Tira, borough ...

Contract with custodians’ union approved by board

JERSEY SHORE — The Jersey Shore Area School Board voted 6-1 to approve an agreement between the Jersey Shore Area School District and the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, AFL-CIO, District Council No. 86, Local Union No. 2639, effective July 1 through June 30, ...

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A combination of flowers mixed in with herbs and vegetables provide a feast for the senses at Garden Fest on Saturday in Loyalsock Township. A product of the work of the Lycoming County Master Gardeners, the demonstration gardens showcase the abilities of the group.

Flowery festival: Garden Fest celebrates greenery

On Saturday, the Penn State Lycoming County Master Gardeners’ annual Garden Fest was abuzz with bees flying from flower to flower and with a crew of skilled gardeners ready to answer questions about flowers, shrubs and much more. Chairwoman Daryl Kern said both the festival and the ...

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Zinnias soak up sunlight in Way's Garden in Williamsport on Sunday.

Heat and sun predicted

Bring on the parade and the games. It looks like much of Little League week will be sunny and hot. Although there is a chance of showers late Thursday night and throughout parts of Friday, it appears that the skies will be clear for the Grand Slam Parade on Wednesday night and the start of ...

1956 dig at Muncy mound revealed early civilization

(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.) A native burial mound in Muncy that has struck at the imagination of artifact hunters since the 1700’s traces back to a group of people who ...

Experts: Violence result of political pressure cooker

The videos that rolled across the television screen were startling: Americans beating each other with clubs and sticks on the streets of a quiet college town. White supremacists with torches; anti-fascists pushing back. An improvised flame thrower fashioned from an aerosol can. Bottles of ...

US officials: Confrontation with North Korea is not imminent

WASHINGTON — Senior U.S. national security officials said Sunday that a military confrontation with North Korea’s is not imminent, but they cautioned that the possibility of war is greater than it was a decade ago. CIA Director Mike Pompeo and Army Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster, President ...

District promotes teacher to position in administration

Locally elected and appointed officials voted on the following matters in the past week: School District • The Loyalsock Township School Board voted in unanimous approval the appointment of Ashley Sekel as the assistant high school principal with a prorated salary of $73,000 for the ...

Study: Treated water may have impact

Releasing millions of gallons of treated water from hydraulic fracturing wastewater into area surface waters may have had a longer-lasting impact than originally thought, according to a study. Penn State researchers have revealed that many of the pollutants remained intact after wastewater ...

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Williamsport Sun-Gazette Classified Advertising Representatives Beth Miller, left, and Susan Short, right, look over the Little League pins for sale at the Sun-Gazette offices in Williamsport, starting at 7:30 a.m. Monday.

Little League World Series pins are back at the Sun-Gazette

As the Little League World Series approaches, the Williamsport Sun-Gazette announced its annual commemorative pins will be available beginning Monday. The front doors at 252 W. Fourth St. open at 7:30 a.m. where collectors and visitors can buy the entire set of ten pins as a collection or ...

Officials: White nationalist rally tied to 3 deaths

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — A car plowed into a crowd of people peacefully protesting a white nationalist rally Saturday in a Virginia college town, killing one person, hurting more than a dozen others and ratcheting up tension in a day full of violent confrontations. Shortly after, a ...

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Hughesville Volunteer Fire Department members Nathan Kilgus, left, rings the bell as Brandon Woodside, center, and Aaron Woodside, right, place flags representing deceased  members during the 125th Central District Volunteer Fireman's Association Memorial Service  Program at the Evangelical Friends Church in Hughesville on Friday morning.

Service reflects gratitude for volunteer firefighters

HUGHESVILLE — Volunteer firefighters who rush to burning blazes, extricate people from wrecks, control accident scenes and calm nerves during natural disasters and medical emergencies were memorialized Friday. The service, at Friends Church, welcomed visiting firefighters as part of the ...

Home rule group starts proceedings for election

Another option for city government structure will be available for Williamsport’s registered voters this fall. Groups supporting Williamsport Citizens for Home Rule have initiated proceedings to place a referendum on the Nov. 7 ballot, according to Alison Hirsch, a spokeswoman for ...