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Raising hotel tax rate draws opposition from some

An upcoming vote on increasing the Lycoming County hotel tax from 3 percent to 5 percent was met with opposition by some community members and one county commissioner on Tuesday. While Commissioners Jack McKernan and Tony Mussare are eager to pass the new ordinance and take advantage of the ...

Facebook killer takes own life as police close in

ERIE (AP) — The man who randomly gunned down a Cleveland retiree and posted video of the crime on Facebook killed himself Tuesday during a police chase in Pennsylvania that began when a McDonald’s drive-thru attendant recognized him. It marked a violent end to the nearly 48-hour ...

US VP Pence says to North Korea: ‘The sword stands ready’

YOKOSUKA, Japan (AP) — From the wind-swept deck of a massive aircraft carrier, Vice President Mike Pence early today warned North Korea not to test the resolve of the U.S. military, promising it would make an “overwhelming and effective” response to any use of conventional or nuclear ...

County hopes to continue to recycle select electronics

As the ability to recycle select electronics dwindles across the state,Lycoming County is looking for ways to maintain the service for county residents. “There’s a lot of municipalities and townships in the state that have no option right now,” said Jason Yorks, director of the ...

Williamsport district hires new assistant superintendent

The Williamsport Area School Board unanimously approved Susan L. Bigger as the assistant superintendent for the district at a salary of $135,000 for a term of five years, effective July 1, during its meeting Tuesday. Bigger, of Unityville, currently is the federal programs director. She will ...

Heart of Williamsport to share year’s results at event on April 26

For the past year, the Heart of Williamsport has been gathering video clips of those who have told stories about their likes, dislikes, hopes and dreams for their community. Now, as the yearlong activity draws to a close, the Heart of Williamsport wants to share the results and to gain ...

Repasz Band to get historic signage

Nancy Eischeid, a member of the Repasz Band publicity committee, was “thrilled” to announce at Tuesday’s Brandon Park Commission meeting that the band has been approved for signage through the state Historical and Museum Commission. Eischeid’s request to put the sign in Brandon Park ...

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Traffic gathers on East Third Street at Mulberry Street during the afternoon rush. East Third Street, from Market to Mulberry streets, is being eyed as a potential two-way corridor as part of the East Third Street Gateway Old City Revitalization project, William E. Nichols Jr., city finance director and general manager of River Valley Transit, told Williamsport Rotary Club Monday.

Video allows Rotarians to ‘fly’ over East Third proposed developments

Rotarians in Williamsport got to see a bird’s-eye view of proposed developments east of Market Street in a project called the East Third Street Gateway and Old City revitalization on Monday. They saw a video allowing them the same vantage as a bird flying over the proposed project area in ...

Ambushed trooper describes rifle injuries left by ‘coward’

MILFORD (AP) — A state police trooper who was shot in a 2014 ambush that killed his colleague said Monday the “coward” who opened fire left him with debilitating injuries, choking up as he described his long, painful road to recovery. Trooper Alex Douglass testified in the trial of Eric ...

Montoursville restructures, cuts position

Montoursville Borough Council Monday night took steps to cut expenses and restructure staff. Council approved the termination of the streets/water commissioner and to use existing personnel to handle those duties. That decision leaves Ron Smith, a 42-year borough employee who held that ...

Police baffled by Facebook video killing

CLEVELAND (AP) — In a rambling video, Steve Stephens said, “I snapped, I just snapped.” But as the manhunt dragged on Monday for the man accused of posting Facebook footage of himself killing a retiree, police were unable to explain what set him off. “Only Steve knows that,” ...

Trump talks tough on NKorea, says Kim ‘gotta behave’

PANMUNJOM, South Korea (AP) — The White House displayed a tough and unyielding approach to North Korea and its nuclear ambitions Monday, with President Donald Trump warning that Kim Jong Un has “gotta behave” and Vice President Mike Pence sternly advising Kim not to test America’s ...

Online summer school program at Muncy

MUNCY — Muncy School District will implement a blended cyber summer school program for the first time this year. This is a change from the previous joint summer school program with Montgomery and Warrior Run, Superintendent Dr. Craig Skaluba said. The summer school program will be ...

Official: Pepsi plant employee shot another worker in leg

MCKEES ROCKS (AP) — Authorities in western Pennsylvania say an employee of a Pepsi plant near Pittsburgh shot another worker in the leg, but the victim is expected to survive. Allegheny County officials said the shooting at the plant in Stowe Township was reported just after 2:30 ...

Power outage planned for Wellsboro

WELLSBORO — Much of the Wellsboro Electric system will be without power from 11 p.m. Wednesday to 6 a.m. Thursday while the utility’s transmission supplier, Penelec, makes repairs to its 115,000-volt transmission system in the Niles Valley area. Craig Eccher, president and CEO of ...

Union County recycling drop-off site to reopen

TURBOTVILLE — A drop-off recycling facility in Union County that closed at the end of March is expected to reopen on Thursday. The facility in Lewis Township was closed because the costs of hauling became greater than the amount received for selling recyclables. The latter amount had ...

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Firefighters respond Sunday when a tree fell on Route 654 a mile west of DuBoistown.

Sun expected today, rain likely later in week

While sunny skies are expected to prevail during the beginning part of the week, keep you umbrella handy because you just might need it again on Wednesday, according to Peter Jung, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service at State College. “It’s going to be mostly sunny skies, a ...

The people of Lycoming County and the Great War, 100 years later

(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.) Millions already had died in the entrenched battlefields all over the world in the three years of what was known as “The War to End All Wars” ...

President: China, US working on ‘North Korea problem’

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — President Donald Trump asserted on Sunday that China was working with the United States on “the North Korea problem,” and his vice president told American and South Korea service members that the North’s latest “provocation,” a failed missile launch shortly ...

City exempts some from towing fee

Locally elected and appointed officials voted on the following matters in the past week: Federal • The U.S. Senate and House of Representatives did not vote last week. State • The state Senate and House of Representatives did not vote last week. County • The Lycoming County ...