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Undisputed ‘Queen of Soul’ Aretha Franklin dies at 76

NEW YORK (AP) — Aretha Franklin, the undisputed “Queen of Soul” who sang with matchless style on such classics as “Think,” ‘’I Say a Little Prayer” and her signature song, “Respect,” and stood as a cultural icon around the globe, died Thursday at age 76 from pancreatic ...

Bridge restoration continues with beams

TROUT RUN — Steel beams are being set for the new bridge spanning Lycoming Creek, just north of the village of Powys in Lewis Township. The $3.5 million bridge restoration project is one of the many the state is doing this year. The beams, some of which are 55 feet long and 110 feet long, ...

Municipalities seek pollution reduction plans

Several local municipalities have prepared joint pollutant reduction plans to submit to the state Department of Environmental Protection as part of the permit renewal process for the Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System, or MS4, program. According to MS4 regulations, in order for ...

Driver license center to close for renovations

The state Department of Transportation’s driver license center at TJ Maxx Plaza, 1782 E. Third St., will be closed for renovations from Monday through Sept. 3. During the closure, customers may use the following locations: Wellsboro, 40 Plaza Lane; Selinsgrove, 1015 Route 522; or Monroeton, ...

Community unites to welcome Series players, families

Chairs were lined up along West Fourth Street for the city’s Grand Slam Parade as early as Tuesday morning as baseball fans of all ages reserved their spots to personally welcome Williamsport’s newest visitors on Wednesday. Those chairs quickly filled with thousands of fans as the ...

Mid-Atlantic player carries father’s legacy through baseball

First baseman John Calabrese Jr. dove toward the hole, stretched his body like a rubber band and somehow made a spectacular diving catch that preserved a perfect game. If they closed their eyes, those who knew Calabrese’s father, John Calabrese Sr., could see him making the same play. ...

Residents hit hard by flood still recovering, seeking aid

Flash floods have done damage to homes in the region, with several residents pumping out basements today as groundwater tables are slow to drop. Officials also are providing disaster relief assistance in various places. Up to 10 residences pumped water out of basements south of Route 220 ...

Bishops accused of brushing off sexual abuse complaints

HARRISBURG (AP) — A priest raped a 7-year-old girl while visiting her in the hospital after she had her tonsils removed. Another priest forced a 9-year-old boy into having oral sex, then rinsed out the youngster’s mouth with holy water. One boy was forced to say confession to the priest who ...

Hughesville School District talks flood damage

HUGHESVILLE — With the opening of school approaching, East Lycoming School District is battling water in the basement boiler room at the high school and in the playground areas at Ashkar elementary, Michael Pawlik, superintendent, said at the school board meeting Tuesday night. Pawlik ...

The Beach Boys to perform during Little League

The world-famous Beach Boys will be performing after the 2 p.m. baseball game at Howard J. Lamade Stadium at the Little League World Series complex on Sunday. They will perform on the hill behind the stadium after the game. “Sunday, Aug. 19, is going to be a truly special day at the ...

Clouds to part for Grand Slam Parade

Today’s Grand Slam Parade is expected to be under sunny and dry skies, a respite from recent rainy weather that could last into the Little League World Series that begins Thursday in South Williamsport. As the Little League regional champions cross through the city on team floats today at ...

Facelift eyed for Lycoming County prison entrance

A facelift may be in the cards for the Lycoming County Prison, as the commissioners will consider approving a $16,350 professional service agreement Thursday with Paul Albert Architect to redesign the exterior of the prison’s front entrance. “The purpose of the project is to provide more ...

Region nears record rainfall for year

The year is shaping up to record-high numbers in rainfall. Not since the Tropical Storm Agnes in June 1972 there has been this much rainfall for the year-to-date, since 1895, according to John Banghoff, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in State College. Williamsport may ...

Township residents inform supervisors of flood impacts

Loyalsock Township’s board of supervisors fielded a number of complaints regarding recent flood waters in the township at a meeting on Tuesday night. During the public comment portion of the meeting, three residents spoke to the board about local waterways that had flooded their homes as ...

Joel Garrison Day rescheduled

The annual Joel Garrison Day for city and area children is being rescheduled to 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday at Memorial Park, according to Jessie Novinger, city recreation director. Novinger said the rescheduling was neccessary because of the heavy rainfall the area experienced Sunday and ...

Hughesville filing for emergency flooding permit

HUGHESVILLE — Hughesville Borough Council announced at its meeting Monday that it would seek an emergency permit for Muncy Creek due to the recent heavy and continuous rains. The creek bank, off of Route 118, by the Race Street Pump House, is slowly being washed away due to the heavy rains, ...

Traffic light, winter road maintenance on township’s agenda

Two agreements about roadways discussed by the Old Lycoming Township Supervisors Tuesday night will cost about $1,900 — and may have about $18,600 coming in. An agreement with the state Department of Transportation will see the state provide the township with about $18,600 for winter ...

Cappelli to be new South Side manager

South Williamsport Borough Council hired two seasoned officials to lead the borough administration. Seasoned politician Steven W. Cappelli was hired Monday night as the borough manager. He will be paid a salary of $70,000 a year and replaces Michael Miller, who recently accepted the position ...