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Hot air, cool fun: Cloud cover gives way to Balloonfest

HUGHESVILLE — Planes dashed across the sky and skydivers gracefully landed at the 12th annual Balloonfest at the Lycoming County fairgrounds on Saturday. Since its inception, the festival, held by Rotary International, has continued to grow in size — adding new events and performers ...

Florence pours on the rain

NEW BERN, N.C. — The Marines, the Coast Guard, civilian crews and volunteers used helicopters, boats and heavy-duty vehicles Saturday to rescue hundreds of people trapped by Florence’s onslaught, even as North Carolina braced for what could be the next stage of the disaster: widespread, ...

As campaign cash rolls in, 2 House races tilt to Democrats

HARRISBURG — Money is starting to pour into Pennsylvania’s midterm congressional races and, with the GOP’s control of the U.S. House on the line, ominous signs are surfacing for Republicans in races that several months ago had been considered even contests. Republican groups, ...

Report: Trump going ahead with plans for new China tariffs

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is going ahead with plans to impose new tariffs on about $200 billion of Chinese imports, The Wall Street Journal reported Saturday. Both sides were preparing to hold new talks on their tariff dispute. Last week Trump told reporters such a move could ...

Photographer shoots from the cockpit of historic plane

“Off we go into the wild blue yonder, climbing high into the sun” — so begins “The U.S. Air Force” song, by Robert MacArthur Crawford. The song came to my mind on Friday morning, as Roger “Fritz” Fritzler, of The Lima Lima Flight Team, piloted his yellow Beechcraft T-34 plane ...

Month by month, rainfall records being smashed

By mid-September, 2018 already is among the top 10 rainiest years Lycoming County has seen since such record-keeping began in 1895, said Michael Colbert, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in State College. As of Thursday, nine out of 13 days in September saw at least a trace ...

4 dead as Hurricane Florence moves in

WILMINGTON, N.C. (AP) — Blowing ashore with howling 90 mph winds, Florence splintered buildings, trapped hundreds of people and swamped entire communities along the Carolina coast Friday in what could be just the opening act in a watery, two-part, slow-motion disaster. At least four people ...

Bids opened for next section of thruway project

Bids for the fourth contract of the Central Susquehanna Valley Transportation project have been opened, the state Department of Transportation recently announced. The bids pertain to paving of the new alignment of the project’s northern section from Route 15, south of Winfield, in Union ...

After lengthy investigation, fatal shooting of man ruled self-defense

AVIS — After a nearly yearlong investigation, Clinton County District Attorney David A. Strouse has ruled the fatal shooting last year in Pine Creek Township was a case of self defense. “This is a clear example of the Pennsylvania Castle Doctrine,” he said Friday in announcing Philip ...

Area farm celebrates a century of hard work

Farming is “a tough business,” according to David Fenstermaker. Nonetheless, he continues to turn the soil and nurture crops at a Limestone Township farm that has been in his family since 1908. This week, the farm was designated as a Century Farm by the state Department of ...

City approves transferring stormwater system to authority

City Council agreed Thursday to transfer the city stormwater management system to the Williamsport Sanitary Authority. “This is a major step but not the final step,” said Council President Jonathan Williamson. The process several years in the making must get final approval from the ...

Downtown crow roosts topic of informative talk

Downtown Williamsport has a few hotels, though not just ones for people, according to a Penn State University wildlife resources professor. “Crows have always been in our area and are a helpful part of the ecosystem,” Dr. Margaret Brittingham told an audience that attended her ...

Guilty verdict returned on most charges in rape trial

Video evidence depicting graphic sexual acts against two minors and the statements of a third victim helped a jury in Lycoming County Court Thursday convict Carlos Reuben Castro Jr. Castro, 37, of Williamsport, was charged with 23 felonies and six misdemeanors for rape of a child, indecent ...

‘Threat becomes reality’: Florence begins days of rain, wind

WILMINGTON, N.C. (AP) — The big slosh has begun, and the consequences could be disastrous. Hurricane Florence’s leading edge battered the Carolina coast Thursday, bending trees and shooting frothy sea water over streets on the Outer Banks, as the hulking storm closed in with 100 mph ...

Pennsylvania sends troops, water rescue team for storm help

HARRISBURG (AP) — Pennsylvania is sending National Guard troops, helicopters and other specialists and equipment to help with the response and recovery efforts for Hurricane Florence. Gov. Tom Wolf said Thursday that the deployment involves more than 25 guardsmen, six technicians from the ...

South Side schools OK contract for health care

The South Williamsport Area School Board approved a contract with BAYADA Home Health Care Inc. to provide nursing services to the district for the upcoming school year at a recent meeting. According to Dr. Mark Stamm, district superintendent, although the district employs registered nurses, ...

School district seeks construction track building, concession stand

The Loyalsock Township School Board approved a proposal for architectural services for the construction of a track team building and concession stand at Schick Elementary school Wednesday. The proposal from Robert Lack, of Lewisburg, was in the amount of $15,000, or 6 percent of the ...

Loyalsock supervisors submit grant application for improvements

Loyalsock Township supervisors approved a $156,000 Community Development Block Grant application on Tuesday. The application, which will include sidewalk repairs for homeowners with low to moderate income, handicap-accessible curb cuts and a handicap-accessible restroom in the township ...

PennDOT: Mud, rockslides partially close Route 87

A single lane of Route 87 was opened to traffic Thursday afternoon after multiple mudslides closed the road, according to the state Department of Transportation. The affected portion of state road is off of Route 973 in Upper Fairfield Township to Hoppestown Road in Hillsgrove Township in ...

Jersey Shore council OKs pension allocations

JERSEY SHORE — Borough council approved the minimum municipal obligation pension allocation for 2019 and took action on other items during its regular monthly meeting Monday night. The pension allocation, amounting to $36,059, covers borough employees. Voting in favor were Sean Simcox, ...