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Demolition ordinance under review

MUNCY — The borough’s restrictive building demolition ordinance may change following a resident’s situation calling it into question, Tuesday. A shed in the flood zone at 104 E. Mechanic’s St. has fallen into disrepair, said Vic Marquardt, with Codes Inc. The owner, once hearing the ...

City meetings cancelled for remainder of holiday week

City Council has been cancelled for tonight. The police pension board meeting that was advertised also will be cancelled. The council committees on finance, public works and public safety that were scheduled Tuesday afternoon were cancelled.

State to have own insurance exchange

HARRISBURG — Pennsylvania is moving to replace the federally operated Healthcare.gov with its own website to sell Affordable Care Act-compliant policies in a bid to get more people into it and lower their costs. Gov. Tom Wolf signed legislation Tuesday after it passed the Legislature ...

Block grant funding approved for Montoursville municipal building entrance

Montoursville Borough Council Monday night approved Community Development Block Grant funding for a handicapped accessible entrance for the municipal building. The borough’s 2019 allocation of $96,458 is expected to cover the cost for the project which will include the installation of ...

City native blazed a trail in United States Navy

A Williamsport native who became the first African American to command a nuclear-powered U.S. submarine helped advance civil rights for minorities. Chancellor Alfonso “Pete” Tzomes died June 13 at the age 74 in Iowa City, Iowa. Since establishment of the U.S. Submarine Force in 1900, ...

Trees down as city crews prepare to spruce up for holiday

The aftermath of the Saturday thunderstorm left Williamsport riddled with downed trees and catch basins filled with debris, city officials said. City Streets and Parks Department crews were responding to calls Monday, cleaning out catch basins where stormwater drainage takes place and gutter ...

Emissions test could end for local motorists

Legislation to end mandated vehicle emissions testing in several counties of the state, including Lycoming, may become a reality. Last week, the state Senate voted 27-23 in favor of the measure that would save motorists an average of about $40 a month to have their vehicles tested. State ...

Money for voting machines snared by politics of elections

HARRISBURG (AP) — Legislation to help Pennsylvania’s counties afford new voting machines before next year’s election is wrapped up in the politics of voting and election laws. Gov. Tom Wolf said Monday that he’ll decide later in the week whether to sign or veto a bill that was opposed ...

Iran breaches uranium stockpile limit set by nuclear deal

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran has broken the limit set on its stockpile of low-enriched uranium by its 2015 nuclear deal with world powers, international inspectors and Tehran said Monday, marking its first major departure from the unraveling agreement a year after the U.S. unilaterally withdrew ...

Fireworks, parades and picnics to celebrate the nation’s birthday

The West Branch of the Susquehanna River Valley is about to celebrate the nation’s 243rd birthday anniversary. It will do it with parades, picnics and evening fireworks, according to the schedule of events. Among the biggest celebrations is the annual “Set the Night to Music ...

Resurfaced tennis courts open at Brandon Park

Brandon Park has six newly resurfaced tennis courts. The courts were officially dedicated Friday in a ceremony held by Mayor Gabriel J. Campana. The cost to refurbish the courts exceeded $100,000, he said. Lights that can be controlled by the players are soon going to be installed, said ...

‘Unsettled summertime’ weather to linger in area throughout week

When asked to described the forecast this week for Williamsport, meteorologist John Banghoff termed it “unsettled summertime.” While there will be plenty of sunshine today and Tuesday, “there is a 30 to 40 percent chance of showers each day for the remainder of the week, mainly in ...

19th century residents celebrated independence amidst hardship

During the summer of 1808, Lycoming County residents were facing challenging times, but still gathered on the banks of the Susquehanna River to celebrate the country’s independence The county was only 13 years old and a huge portion of the territory was dedicated to farming. The cultivators ...

Severe weather downs trees, cuts power

Mother Nature’s fury was brief — but very intense — late Saturday afternoon when a rain and wind storm pounded much of the city The storm downed countless trees and power lines as well as overflowed some of the city’s storm system, resulting in the temporary flooding of several ...

Cyber charter administrator, parents tout benefits of choice

While it may take a village to raise a child, Jennifer Ferguson of Watsontown wants to pick that village. Ferguson and her husband have enrolled their three children in Commonwealth Charter Academy, a cyber charter school in Harrisburg, with more than 120 students in Lycoming County and the ...

2 bills would help districts reduce costs

The growing trend of sending children to cyber charter schools is pinching the coffers of public school districts, which are required by state law to pay the tuition. Now, school boards and administrators are eagerly watching what is happening in Harrisburg with two proposed bills in the ...

County received $10.5 million from gas tax

Lycoming County received a $10.5 million state disbursement of Natural Gas Impact Tax in 2018, the Marcellus Shale Coalition announced Friday. Northcentral Pennsylvania received $50.6 million and the state, at-large, received $251.8 million. Since the implementation of the tax in 2012, total ...

Loyalsock Township pool offers new ways to play

The new baby-friendly and ADA compliant “splash pad” is open at the Loyalsock Community pool. At a ribbon-cutting for the two-year long project Thursday Shannon Lukowsky, recreation director for Loyalsock Township, was ready to let the children jump in. The original wading pool at the ...

Local senator votes in favor of state budget

By MIKE REUTHER mreuther@sungazette.com State Sen. Gene Yaw, R-Loyalsock Township, joined other lawmakers Thursday in approving next year’s state spending plan calling for no tax hikes. The $34 billion measure includes funding increases for a number of programs including public ...

Fireworks allowed in city limits as of this weekend

More powerful and many types of aerial fireworks can legally be detonated starting this weekend through Williamsport, city officials said. The times they can be detonated are 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. beginning this weekend and covering a period through the end of next weekend, according to the city ...