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Geisinger taking reigns of Jersey Shore Hospital operations

JERSEY SHORE — The Jersey Shore Hospital and Geisinger Health are set to merge after a 17-0 vote by the “1987 Hospital Members” of Jersey Shore Hospital Foundation Inc. at a special meeting held at the hospital Thursday. The transaction is expected to officially close in early July and ...

County’s trash becomes another group’s treasure

Lycoming County commissioners awarded contracts for surplus used recycling containers in the amount of $19,900 during their meeting Thursday morning. In an effort to downsize the amount of unused equipment and generate more revenue, the county has been selling off recycling containers that ...

Firemen speak out about new township building

PENNSDALE — Although the public was invited to a meeting held Thursday night by officers of the Pennsdale Volunteer Fire Co. it was primarily aimed at seeking the opinion of fire department members about the proposed offer made by the Muncy Township Board of Supervisors to the fire ...

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From left to right, Kamryn Pryer, Abbigail Davis and Kerryn Best shoot BB guns at a bundle of hay bailes as part of Camp Cadet's firearm safety portion of the week.

Camp cadets: Children learn teamwork, discipline

Over 100 boys and girls arrived at the Little League World Series Complex grounds on Sunday to participate in the 41st annual Camp Cadet. Designed to teach discipline, teamwork and to familiarize participants with police and emergency personnel, Camp Cadet enables children to ...

Council may finalize question of city charter

City Council tonight is expected to take a second vote toward having a question placed on the fall general election ballot that may lead to a commission to study the city’s form of government. Should the motion pass tonight, voters in November will be asked if they support the study. ...

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Plea made to increase state tourism funds

With a state budget deadline looming, officials of many agencies heavily dependent on funding are hopeful they won’t see their dollars cut. Then there’s Carrie Lepore, deputy secretary for marketing, tourism and film at the state Department of Community and Economic ...

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SLIDESHOW: Cutters and fans kick off home opener

The Williamsport Crosscutters home opener brought out local fans, city leaders and local politicians to swing in a new season at the newly renovated BB&T Ballpark at Bowman Field Tuesday evening. The park’s new look features new bullpens and dugouts, which have handicapped lifts ...

Wolf takes dim view of GOP’s budget-balancing strategies

HARRISBURG — Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf poured cold water on leading ideas from Republican lawmakers Wednesday to patch up the state’s deficit-wracked finances as they wrestle with the state’s biggest cash shortfall since the recession. Wolf’s comments came as top Republican lawmakers ...

Pa. court ruling on police videos to be short-lived

HARRISBURG (AP) — A lawmaker says legislation expected to reach Gov. Tom Wolf’s desk would nullify the effect of a day-old court ruling providing more public access to video from police dashboard cameras. Montgomery County Sen. Stewart Greenleaf said Wednesday he expects a final vote on ...

US officials underscore threat Russia posed to 2016 elections

WASHINGTON — U.S. officials sought Wednesday to underscore for lawmakers the threat Russia posed to the 2016 vote for the White House, outlining efforts to hack into election systems in 21 states and to fill the internet with misinformation during a divisive campaign season. Officials ...

Animal welfare group fetes 150 years of helping

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Pennsylvania’s animal welfare agency is celebrating its 150th birthday, and one special gift it has received is new legislation strengthening laws against animal cruelty. The Pennsylvania Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals held a birthday party for itself ...

Authority mulls $1 million for new office space, parking meters

Williamsport Parking Authority is a step closer to approving a $1 million loan for building a new office at the Trade and Transit Centre I building at West Third and Pine streets. On Wednesday, the authority took no action but discussed the loan and the financing package being arranged by ...

Supervisors accept tar and chip bid

LINDEN — Woodward Township’s Board of Supervisors voted to accept a bid from Hammaker East Ltd. for tar and chip road work pending review to determine if there is anything out of line. Hammaker submitted the lowest bid at $64,469.03. In conjunction with this, the supervisors voted to ...

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local residents gather in the Trade and Transit Centre II 
building to discuss city government Tuesday evening.

Town hall: Informs, yields questions on city direction

It was described by one city councilman as an “exercise in democracy.” About 30 individuals gathered inside the Trade and Transit Centre II building Tuesday night to listen and have their questions answered on a process underway in Williamsport. City Council sponsored the town hall as a ...

ACLU and local lawmakers debate body camera bill

Local lawmakers back legislation passed by the state House of Representatives governing the police use of cameras, including body-worn cameras, that at least one group claims will severely limit the public’s access to video. “If this bill becomes law, as it appears it will, the ability of ...

Court rules in favor of access to police videos

HARRISBURG — Pennsylvania’s highest court said Tuesday the public should have access to dash camera video footage unless the police agency can prove it amounts to criminal investigative material and may be redacted. The Supreme Court ruled 5-2 in favor of a lower-court decision granting ...

PA issues permits to 12 medical marijuana growers, 1 in Avis

HARRISBURG — Pennsylvania on Tuesday awarded permits to 12 applicants to grow and process medical marijuana, a landmark as the state aims to make the drug available to patients sometime next year. One of the 12 permits to grow and process medical marijuana was awarded to Terrapin Investment ...

WASD OKs budget with tax increase

The Williamsport Area School Board unanimously voted in agreement to adopt a final 2017-18 budget reflecting a tax increase of .34 mills during its meeting on Tuesday. The 2016-17 budget reflected 15.82 mills. The increase brings the 2017-18 budget to 16.16 mills. Jeff Richards, business ...

Handel wins Ga House seat in key contest

DUNWOODY, Ga. (AP) — Republican Karen Handel has won a nationally watched congressional election in Georgia, avoiding an upset that would have rocked Washington ahead of the 2018 midterm elections. Her narrow victory Tuesday over Democrat Jon Ossoff in Georgia’s 6th Congressional District ...

Finance committee recommends payment to demolition company

The city appears to be on the path toward paying $360,396 to settle a dispute with Lycoming Supply Co. that occurred during the preparation of the Kohl’s development. City Council’s finance committee Tuesday gave a positive recommendation to make the payment, a recommendation that will go ...