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Hurricane Michael slams into Florida, charges into Southeast

PANAMA CITY, Fla. — Hurricane Michael slammed into the Florida Panhandle with terrifying winds of 155 mph Wednesday, splintering homes and submerging neighborhoods before continuing its destructive charge inland across the Southeast. It was the most powerful hurricane to hit the continental ...

Streets and parks grant matters on council agenda

City Council looks at several grant-related matters tonight that are designed to rebuild streets across the city and continue the restoration of Way’s Garden. Among the topics for the council to tackle is a request of a reimbursement of $798,000 from the state Department of Transportation ...

Leaf collection to begin in city

The city streets and parks department will begin its fall leaf collection Oct. 29, city officials said. “Leaf pickup will continue, weather permitting, into December,” said Adam Winder, department general manager. Residents should place leaves along the curb line of the main streets and ...

South Side reverses assessment appeals policy

The South Williamsport Area School Board voted 6-2 Tuesday night to upend a policy adopted in May to appeal the assessed values of some properties sold in the school district in the past three years — but first, the board members listened. The now-former policy recorded property sales in ...

City school district approves new board member

The Williamsport Area School Board approved city resident Barbara Reeves as its newest member at a special meeting Tuesday. Reeves, who has lived in the Susquehanna Valley for 22 years and Williamsport for 12, was one of three people who were interviewed for the position. Barbara Smith and ...

Lycoming County radio system overhaul estimated at $7.4M

Lycoming County officials have hinted at overhauling its public safety communication system on various occasions over the past year. On Tuesday morning, the commissioners heard a presentation from Michael McGrady, president of MCM Consulting Group, detailing that a study lasting longer than ...

Employees fall for phishing scam test email

Lycoming County Commissioner Tony Mussare reminded county employees and community members alike to be wary of the emails they choose to open. The information services department recently sent out a phishing scam test email to see whether county employees might be susceptible to opening ...

Pathway to Health funding on final phase moves forward

A project linking UPMC Susquehanna to Interstate 180 via several city streets with updated pedestrian walks, sidewalks, lighting and paving moved ahead Tuesday. City Council’s finance committee gave a positive recommendation for a resolution to approve a transportation alternatives program ...

Hughesville to tackle combining wards in 2019

HUGHESVILLE — The borough will consider combining its two wards in an effort to save costs for a mandatory update of voting machines with federal mandates, according to Solicitor Ryan Tira. Tira said by 2020, all voting machines must be updated. Because of this, Forrest K. Lehman, the ...

Loyalsock OKs new paramedic truck

Loyalsock Volunteer Fire Co. is replacing a Freightliner paramedic truck that has amassed over 315,000 miles since it was purchased in 2006. The new truck, scheduled to be delivered to the fire station by Monday, is expected to be ready to respond to calls after it has radios installed and is ...

Montoursville school district approves busing rates

The Montoursville Area School Board met briefly to consider bus rates and other business during its regular monthly meeting Tuesday night. The daily transportation rates for Promiseland Busing, which provides for special needs students, were approved for the 2018-19 school year. It was ...

Safety committee eyes K-9 for city police

A K-9 or police dog is being eyed by city police after conferring with a member of City Council who sits on the public safety committee. Such drug-alerting and police dogs haven’t been available to the department since 2014, and at least five or six officers favor exploring the idea and ...

Arch Street milling delayed until spring

City Council’s public works committee Tuesday held a discussion on the reconstruction of Arch Street, which has been delayed until the spring due to continuous rain during street construction season. “Some scratch coating has been put down,” said Adam Winder, city streets and parks ...

Official: No rabies reported locally, but still cause for concern in area

Although cases of rabies in humans are rare, each year there are reports of animals exhibiting strange behavior, which through testing is confirmed as rabies. So far this year, there have been no cases reported in Lycoming County, according to Will Nichols, press officer for the state ...

Jersey Shore to consider cutting clubs as attendance levels to be evaluated

JERSEY SHORE — Budgetary concerns were at the forefront at Monday’s Jersey Shore School board meeting as it considered trimming a roster of 36 student clubs at the high school and 13 at the middle school. Board members raised concerns that each club requires a teacher advisor, which on a ...

KC district resumes search for new super

MILL HALL — A renewed search for a permanent superintendent at the Keystone Central School District has begun. The district just announced an updated protocol to find a new district leader amid Superintendent Dr. Alan J. Lonoconus’ temporary tenure. “The Keystone Central School ...

South Side hires new police officer

The South Williamsport Police Department officially welcomed its second new police officer this year during its meeting Monday. Officer Seth Stropp began working at the department late last month at a salary of $48,888 and officially was sworn in by Mayor David J. Lechniak at the start of the ...

Williamsport Halloween carnival set

The Williamsport Recreation Commission Monday finalized its plans for a city Halloween Carnival at the Susquehanna State Park at on the Hiawatha Paddlewheel Riverboat. The carnival event is scheduled from noon to 4 p.m. Oct. 21. A costume cruise on the riverboat will take place from 11 a.m. ...

Habitat for Humanity helps locals fulfill dream of becoming homeowners

Since 1986, the Habitat for Humanity Homeownership Program has been helping individuals in the Williamsport area overcome, what may have seemed insurmountable obstacles, in order to realize the dream of owning their own home. Now the group is in the process of building a duplex on Scott ...