Top News

PHILIP A. HOLMES/Sun-Gazette
Police investigate the scene of a homicide Sunday night on Poco Farm Road in Loyalsock Township.

Police: 1 dead in homicide

A 25-year-old man was found shot to death Sunday night along Poco Farm Road in Loyalsock Township, according to state police and the county’s Chief Deputy County Coroner Jerold Ross. The body was discovered about 7:30 p.m. along the east berm near where Poco Farm Road intersects with the ...

PAT CROSSLEY/Sun-Gazette Correspondent
Members of the Honor Guard from Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5859 demonstrated the proper procedure for folding a flag and what each fold represents.

Gold Star Mother shares experiences at vigil

JERSEY SHORE — Gold Star Mother Jean Ann Herold told the crowd of about one hundred people at the 13th Annual Veterans Day “Prayer for America” Service how while she and her family were watching the 2008 Super Bowl, her son, Navy Seal Michael E. Koch’s team was attacked by terrorists in ...

Commissioners: Possibility of casino up to municipalities

The Lycoming County commissioners said they are interested in learning more about bringing a casino into the county, and will support it if doing so does not burden the taxpayers — but they’re not the ones to ask. “The counties are out of it completely,” said Commissioner Jack ...

Agendas included stormwater transfer in city, Muncy curfew

(EDITOR’S NOTE: Each Monday, the Sun-Gazette summarizes major votes of the past week and, more specifically, how our locally elected and appointed officials voted on each matter. Watch for it each Monday in the Sun-Gazette.) Locally elected and appointed officials voted on the following ...

Tax shifts may hit some hard

HARRISBURG — Movement in Pennsylvania to slash school property taxes and Congress’ bid to cut federal taxes could pack a nasty one-two punch to some taxpayers. Both seem sure to produce winners and losers, tax analysts say. Some income taxpayers in Pennsylvania could even lose twice, in a ...

Lions boosted sight research through eye banks

(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.) Lions clubs long have been considered “knights of the blind,” donating eyeglasses to those in need, sponsoring cataract surgeries, helping ...

Congressman defends record on fighting drug abuse

A local congressman stands by his legislation that critics claim cramped a federal agency’s ability to go after drug companies that don’t report suspicious and large orders for narcotics. U.S. Rep. Tom Marino, R-Cogan Station said his opponents were doing a hatchet job on him. The ...

D. EVERETT SMITH/Sun-Gazette Correspondent 
From left, PFC Don Hills, Lt. Terry Banfill, and Sgt. William Peck, of the Lock Haven Color Guard, are ready to present colors at Montoursville’s ceremony Saturday.

Montoursville ceremony remembers sacrifices

In spite of temperatures hovering just below 20 degrees, over a hundred people gathered at the Montoursville Cemetery Saturday, to pay tribute to Americans who served in the armed forces. With the large American flag lowered at half-staff, folks of all ages stood, while dozens more sat in ...

Symposium addresses river health

LEWISBURG — The 12th annual Susquehanna River Symposium began Friday night at Bucknell University, welcoming over 120 student and faculty researchers from 16 universities and colleges. The two-day event, hosted by the Watershed Sciences and Engineering Program of the Center for ...

Legislator wants landowners protected if tax passes

A severance tax may be moving closer to reality in the state with at least one area Republican lawmaker counting himself among those leaning toward supporting the issue. State Rep. Garth Everett, R-Muncy, feels the time has come for the gas industry to pay a tax on production ...

MARK MARONEY/Sun-Gazette
Sgt. Charles Libby, 100, a World War II Army veteran who served in the 628th Tank Destroyer Battalion, shares accounts with students at the South Williamsport Area Junior-Senior High School auditorium Friday morning.

100-year-old veteran shares experiences

From sparing the life of a German whose genius in rocket technology led to Americans standing on the moon, to giving blood to a dying girl and meeting the woman’s daughters 65 years later, Sgt. Charles Libby has lived a rich life. On Friday, students, teachers and administrators got to hear ...

KATELYN HIBBARD/Sun-Gazette
Pennsylvania College of Technology unveiled its new Veterans and Military Resource Center Friday, dedicated in the name of Retired Army Maj. Gen. Fred F. Marty, who served for 30 years before becoming a public servant, which included a three-year stint as director of administration for Lycoming County. Pictured from left, Penn College President Davie Jane Gilmour, Fred Marty’s granddaughter Teagan Marty, an ROTC member and state Sen. Gene Yaw, chairman of the college’s board, post the colors in the lobby of the Student and Administrative Services after dedicating the new resource center.

Veterans center unveiled

Retired Army Maj. Gen. Fred F. Marty, of Missouri, spent only three years of his life in Lycoming County. But those three years had a big impact. Pennsylvania College of Technology, along with Marty’s family, honored his memory and the college’s veteran and active-duty students by ...

Council member describes years of stormwater transfer process

For three years, City Council’s public works committee watched and took action on what has finally occurred, a city agreement to transfer its stormwater assets over to the Williamsport Sanitary Authority. The decision, approved Thursday, allays the cost estimated at $5 to $10 million to ...

Use of outside legal counsel questioned

A Williamsport councilman wants to know who pays for legal fees for the city administration, which obtained advice to revise a stormwater transfer resolution from an law firm outside of the city. Councilman Clifford “Skip” Smith, chairman of the council public works and safety committees, ...

Talking tough on trade, president pushes ‘America first’ in Asia

DANANG, Vietnam (AP) — President Donald Trump stood before a summit of Asian leaders keen on regional trade pacts and delivered a roaring “America first” message Friday, denouncing China for unfair trade practices just a day after he had heaped praise on President Xi Jinping in ...

Clinton calls for universal health care in Danville

DANVILLE — Former presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton on Thursday called for universal health care and renewed efforts toward solving the opioid crisis claiming lives across the U.S. “Clearly, what we are doing is not working,” said Clinton, the keynote speaker at the ...

MARK NANCE/Sun-Gazette
Beth Johnston, director of fiscal services explains the budget during a Lycoming County Commissioners’ budget feedback meeting at the Jersey Shore Library Thursday.

Array of tactics to be used to trim county deficit

The most recent 2018 Lycoming County budget shows a $5.2 million deficit, even with the inclusion of a .75 mill tax increase, or an increase of 13 percent over the current rate. To balance the budget without dipping into the fund balance, or backup funds, the commissioners made a proposal at ...

Stormwater transfer gets council’s OK

In a step that was three years in the making, City Council Thursday night agreed to transfer stormwater assets to Williamsport Sanitary Authority. The authority plans to do its due diligence and can either accept or decline the agreement, according to Steven W. Cappelli, authority chairman, ...

National Weather Service testing new warnings for snow squalls

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — The National Weather Service is testing a new snow squall warning system designed to help motorists in whiteout conditions avoid deadly chain reaction crashes at high speeds. During the winter, the agency now issues advisories and warnings involving storms that can ...

Senate bill would postpone corporate tax cut

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Republicans revealed the details of their sweeping tax legislation Thursday, including a one-year delay in plans for a major corporate tax cut despite opposition from the White House and others in their own party. Their bill would leave the prized mortgage interest ...