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Crow-infested tree outside City Hall to be cut down

The 100-year-old oak tree where crows are roosting outside of City Hall is close to being taken down. City codes administrator Joseph Gerardi said bird droppings continue to accumulate on the sidewalk and streets despite efforts, such as trimming branches, to dissuade the birds from roosting ...

A Williamsport Bureau of Police cruiser sits on Fifth Avenue just north of West Fourth Street while officers and other units search for the suspects in alleys around the scene. 

PHILIP A. HOLMES
Sun-Gazette

Shots fired in city, no injuries

Numerous police officers rushed to the 1000 block of West Fourth Street to investigate a report of shots fired about 8:30 Thursday night, but there were no reports of injuries. “It sounded like handgun rounds to me,” said a Pennsylvania College of Technology student who heard the gunfire ...

New maps sent to court in state’s gerrymandering case

HARRISBURG — New proposals to redraw Pennsylvania’s congressional districts rolled in Thursday in a high-stakes gerrymandering case, meeting a court-ordered deadline to submit maps of boundaries for the state Supreme Court to consider adopting for this year’s election. Pennsylvania’s ...

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 Bill Lamey, owner of Taco Bill’s Taco Madness food truck, works in his truck at lunchtime along Lycoming Creek Road in Old Lycoming Township on Wednesday.  The Old Lycoming Township supervisors will likely have updates to the food truck ordinances to vote on at their next meeting.

Township may update food truck ordinance

Old Lycoming Township supervisors discussed updating food truck ordinance and honored the township’s police officer of the year Tuesday night. Township manager Bob Whitford said the community wants to know who is operating food trucks, “but we don’t want to discourage it,” he ...

Jersey Shore school board OKs prelim budget with tax hike

JERSEY SHORE — The Jersey Shore Area School Board voted 6-2 to adopt its preliminary 2018-19 budget reflecting a tax increase on Wednesday. Voting yes were members Kelley Wasson, Craig Allen, John Pecchia, Karen Stover, Christopher Fravel and Mary Thomas. Voting no were members Harry ...

Former student opens fire at high school, killing 17

PARKLAND, Fla. (AP) — A former student opened fire with a semi-automatic rifle at a Florida high school Wednesday, killing at least 17 people and sending hundreds of students fleeing into the streets in the nation’s deadliest school shooting since a gunman attacked an elementary school in ...

Home rule committee members feel time crunch

The chairwoman of the Williamsport Government Study Commission expressed some anxiety over the limited amount of time the seven-elected commissioners have to come up with a draft recommendation for voters to look at the best form of city government. “We have to have our decision on what the ...

Charter cuts commission option from government study

“Then there were three.” That’s what Patrick Marty, of the Williamsport Charter Commission, said this week after the commission voted to remove the “commission” form of local government from its planned recommendation for voters in the fall. That leaves strong mayor-City Council, ...

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Tom F. Gregory, associate vice president for instruction at Pennsylvania College of Technology, talks about the new makerspace area and points out the early stages of construction for it inside the Kenneth E. Carl Building Technologies Center on the Penn College campus. He points to the “clean space” side, which will feature carpeted floors.

‘Makerspace’ underway at college for inventors and experimenters

Construction for a “makerspace” already has started, and officials hope it will be completed for student use as early as the fall semester at Pennsylvania College of Technology. “What is a makerspace? One of the maker movement founders wrote that a makerspace might share aspects of a ...

County program to aid jailed mentally ill

The Lycoming County commissioners will formally announce Thursday the county’s participation in a national initiative called Stepping Up, which is designed to help reduce the number of people with mental illnesses being sentenced to prison. Stepping Up is a national movement to provide ...

Driver in fatal hit and run charged

Nearly a year after 29-year-old Cheney Ray Orwig was struck and killed by a hit-run driver while crossing Lycoming Mall Drive, just east of Montoursville, state police filed charges against the motorist. Gary Wayne Worth, 70, of Green Street, Muncy, who surrendered to authorities about two ...

School board approves preliminary budget 7-2, calls for tax increase

As expected, Montoursville Area School Board approved a preliminary budget that calls for a real estate tax increase of 0.85 mills. The tax hike exceeds the Act 1 Index of 3.1 percent allowed by the state. Business Manager Brandy Smith noted that the spending plan of $29.3 million remains a ...

Wolf rejects GOP district map, as deadline looms

HARRISBURG — Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf will not submit a new Republican-drawn map of Pennsylvania’s congressional districts to the state’s high court, saying Tuesday that it uses the same unconstitutionally partisan tactics as the 6-year-old boundaries struck down in a gerrymandering ...

Federal vote-protection efforts lag ahead of first primaries

With the first primaries of the 2018 elections less than a month away, you might expect federal officials to be wrapping up efforts to safeguard the vote against expected Russian interference. You’d be wrong. Federal efforts to help states button down elections systems have crawled, ...

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Wizards in Williamsport

The Harlem Wizards played some ball in front of a full house at Williamsport Area High School Monday to help raise money for the Williamsport Area School District Education Foundation. The Wizards played against Williamsport teachers, performing tricks like John “Big J” Smith’s dunk ...

School board weighs tax increase to fight deficit

JERSEY SHORE — In an effort to fight the district’s roughly $2.1 million deficit, the area school board listened to a presentation about the district’s budget and applying for exceptions to raise the real estate Act 1 Index above the district’s 3.3 percent. A district’s Act 1 Index ...

River Valley Transit to begin service Clinton County

LOCK HAVEN — Daily fixed-route bus service between Williamsport and Lock Haven will begin at 5:45 a.m. Feb. 20, according to officials with River Valley Transit. The buses will operate six days a week, with rides on the new Clinton County bus routes free for the remainder of February during ...

Son eyes House seat of retiring lawmaker father

LOCK HAVEN — The son of a longtime Democratic lawmaker has announced he is running for the seat held by his father. Mike Hanna Jr. is seeking the 76th House seat being vacated by state Rep. Mike Hanna Sr, R-Lock Haven. Hanna Sr., who has held the seat since 1991, announced he will not ...

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A city firefighter inspects the burned out attic of a home at 932 Mary St. The fire was brought under control around 9:30 p.m. Monday.

House fire leaves 2 homeless in city

Two city residents were left homeless Monday night after flames shot out of the attic of their 932 Mary St. home. The fire, which began at around 9 p.m., was contained to the front of the attic, as local firefighters quickly knocked the second alarm fire down in 20 minutes. There were two ...

Trump’s budget balloons deficits, cuts social safety net

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump unveiled a $4.4 trillion budget plan Monday that envisions steep cuts to America’s social safety net but mounting spending on the military, formally retreating from last year’s promises to balance the federal budget. The president’s spending outline ...