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48 re-entry grads now ready for ‘triathlon’

A class of 48 celebrated its graduation from the Lycoming County Re-entry Service Center program during a transition ceremony Tuesday at the Community Theatre League — the largest class since the program’s inception in 2014. Before handing out certificates of completion, several guest ...

South Side looking at tax increase

The South Williamsport Area School Board unanimously passed its proposed 2018-19 budget, reflecting a real estate tax increase of 0.5 mills, during its meeting on Monday. The proposed budget can be changed until the final budget is adopted on June 25. Currently, the budget reflects 15.75 ...

East Lycoming one step closer to tax hike vote

HUGHESVILLE — East Lycoming School Board unanimously approved the district’s proposed general fund budget for the 2018-19 school year Tuesday night. The $25 million budget, which is a 0.62 percent increase from last year’s budget, has $311,000 in expenditure increases for salary, health ...

Montoursville administration get pay raises

The Montoursville Area School Board Tuesday night approved a five-year contract for district administrators that calls for salary increases of between 1.5 percent to 2 percent annually. Under the agreement covering school principals and assistant principals, administrators will pay more out ...

County to apply for loan to initiate bridge-bundling program

Lycoming County will apply for a Pennsylvania Infrastructure Bank loan to set a ‘bridge-bundling’ program in motion. The commissioners adopted a resolution Tuesday approving the application for $7 million to cover the program. “We have 17 municipal-owned bridges that are structurally ...

City committee eyes $600,000 grant for Bowman renovations

The city administration will go after a $600,000 state grant for continuing the renovations at BB&T Park at Bowman Field. On Tuesday, City Council’s finance committee listened but did not vote on the next Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program grant to go before the Office of Budget, ...

Basketball league for youth looking for a court

After 97 years of traveling up and down the basketball court, the John Bower Sunday School League finds itself without an arena in which to play, according to Bob Cellini, league secretary. The oldest and the largest church basketball league in America, it was founded in 1921 by John Bower, a ...

12 Jersey Shore teachers furloughed, $500K saved, district says

JERSEY SHORE — Twelve full-time teaching positions were furloughed during the Jersey Shore Area School Board meeting on Monday. In a vote of 6-3 to furlough positions, the following positions were furloughed: • five elementary teachers. • one music teacher. • one technical education ...

Muncy School District OKs proposed budget with tax increase

MUNCY — The Muncy School Board unanimously approved the 2018-19 proposed budget at a meeting Monday night. The budget, which will bring a 0.48 millage increase to the local real estate tax, is a small difference from last year’s budget of 15.5 mills, according to David Edkin, the ...

Home rule commission nears decision for city government

The Williamsport Government Study Commission members and volunteers will be going door-to-door to distribute a survey that also will be online. The group, meeting Monday at City Hall, said it decided to put the survey out soon in order to garner insight as it drafts a home rule charter and ...

Sunny days ahead for region

Didn’t get your tall grass cut on Sunday? You’ll have more chances this week to get your lawn mowed because sunny skies are in the forecast, according to Craig Evanego, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in State College. “The first 19 days of this month have definitely ...

County’s 2nd courthouse caused strife, remembered fondly

Lycoming County’s original courthouse, built in 1804, stood for 56 years before a growing population put plans in motion to build a second, larger courthouse. Controversy first surrounded the public’s interest to begin construction on a new courthouse, according to “The History of ...

LEGISLATIVE TALLY: House votes no on ‘Farm Bill’

Locally elected and appointed officials voted on the following matters in the past week: Federal • The Senate voted 52-47 to approve restoration of net neutrality. Voting yes was U.S. Sen. Robert Casey, D-Scranton. Voting no was U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Zionsville. • The House voted ...

US, China put trade war on hold as talks bring progress

WASHINGTON — The United States and China are pulling back from the brink of a trade war after the world’s two biggest economies reported progress in talks aimed at bringing down America’s massive trade deficit with Beijing. “We are putting the trade war on hold,” Treasury Secretary ...

Awards highlight best and brightest in theater

While many young actors and actresses won awards at the 10th annual Ray of Light Awards at the Community Arts Center Saturday afternoon, it was humility and gratitude taking center stage. “I couldn’t have done this without you,” Rhamir Hatcher, of Williamsport Area High School, told his ...

Cuba: 110 died in plane crash, 3 survivors ‘critical’

HAVANA — The only three survivors of Cuba’s worst aviation disaster in three decades were clinging to life Saturday, a day after their passenger jet crashed in a fireball in Havana’s rural outskirts with 113 people on board. In the first official death toll provided by authorities, ...

Donors honored at 4th annual Lifetime Achievement celebration

Out of appreciation for their many contributions, hard work and constant dedication over the years to local health care, many community members were honored during the Susquehanna Health Foundation’s fourth annual Lifetime Achievement Awards Celebration at DiSalvo’s Friday ...

Economy task force to address Lycoming Mall at first meeting

The new Economic Development Task Force will hold its first meeting, focusing on reuse of vacancies in and around the Lycoming Mall, on Wednesday, Kurt Hausammann Jr., director of Lycoming County planning, told the county planning commission Thursday. “The last anchor store announced its ...