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George H. W. Bush: ‘Kinder and gentler’ president, dies at 94

HOUSTON — George H.W. Bush played many prominent public roles in nearly a century of life, from when he was a 20-year-old World War II hero to the 41st president of the United States. In between came turns as a congressman, the director of the CIA, an ambassador to the United Nations and ...

Rolley named new publisher of Sun-Gazette

Robert O. “Bob” Rolley Jr. has been named publisher of the Williamsport Sun-Gazette. “The Sun-Gazette has such a strong history of serving its communities,” Rolley said. “I’m honored to come back to my hometown newspaper where I began my career 37 years ago. The newspaper is a ...

Flood insurance rebuilds homes with public money repeatedly

WASHINGTON, N.C. (AP) — Floodwaters rose about 15 inches into Danielle Rees’ home in September when Hurricane Florence drenched this tidewater city on the Pamlico River and overwhelmed a local creek and marshland. The first floor was a sopping mess of gritty, swampy water in three bedrooms, ...

Newberry tree-lighting planned

Santa Claus is expected for the Newberry/Jaysburg Christmas tree lighting at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday. The event of the Newberry Community Partnership will be held on the Brodart property at West Third and Arch streets. Steve Hulslander and West Branch School students will lead Christmas carols.

Festival of Lights brings glow to park

The annual Festival of Lights in Brandon Park took place on Friday with Mayor Gabriel J. Campana flipping the switch and trees throughout the park taking on a festive glow. Musical and dance performances along with Disney characters delighted the crowd as Santa listened to special requests from ...

Commonwealth: Groves planned woman’s murder

LOCK HAVEN — Kathy Heckel had become something toxic in Loyd Groves’ life, similar to the asbestos he removed from the buildings at Hammermill Paper Co. That’s why he killed her. That was just one of many accusations Senior Attorney General Daniel Dye stated in an fiery closing ...

Budget plan shows no tax increase for Clinton County

LOCK HAVEN — There will be no property tax increase needed to balance the 2019 budget. That’s what Commissioner robert “Pete” Smeltz said as the Clinton County Commissioners approved a tentative balanced budget of $39,912,744 for the year 2019, on Thursday. “We will vote on this ...

Drugs, affordable housing among local concerns

The newly released 2018 Community Needs Assessment report is a guide for strategic planning and development directed toward improving services in Lycoming and Clinton counties. The report is the result of census data, telephone surveys of registered voters, online surveys of social service ...

Commissioners approve $241K retirement fund contribution hike

The Lycoming County commissioners unanimously approved a $241,229 increase to the employee contribution to the retirement fund for 2018 Thursday morning. Commissioner Rick Mirabito made the motion, adding a clarification that the payment is not automatically made once the increase is ...

Day 7 of murder trial sees rebuttal from witness

LOCK HAVEN — It was a short day Thursday for jurors hearing the Loyd Groves murder trial, as the majority of day seven saw defense and prosecution attorneys meeting behind closed doors with Senior Judge Kenneth Brown, who is presiding over the case. Groves is charged with first- and ...

Fire chief urges city regionalization

The city’s top fire official this week urged City Council to consider exploring regionalization with volunteer departments to cover major events around the clock. More often than not, volunteer firefighters are having to assist city fire crews during major structure fires in the city, Todd ...

Report warns of crisis in state fire, rescue services

HARRISBURG — A report released Wednesday warns that Pennsylvania’s fire and rescue services face a crisis, saying the number of volunteers continues to fall amid funding needs and training challenges. The 95-page legislative study said there were about 300,000 volunteer firefighters in ...

State commits to new voting machines, election audit

HARRISBURG — Gov. Tom Wolf’s administration is settling a vote-counting lawsuit stemming from the 2016 presidential election, in part by affirming a commitment it made previously to push Pennsylvania’s counties to buy voting systems that leave a verifiable paper trail by 2020. Paperwork ...

Deficit spending drives Williamsport toward fewer personnel, tax increase

Vowing the keep city streets and its people safe, Mayor Gabriel J. Campana said he had to take the necessary steps to remove four positions in the Williamsport Bureau of Police in his proposed $27 million-plus, property tax-increase budget. City Council has reviewed the proposed budget, ...

Lycoming, Tioga counties receive federal aid for storm damage

Lycoming and Tioga counties can be expected to be reimbursed for costs associated with flooding from last summer. Through the public assistance program granted by the federal government, applicants that include counties, municipalities and state agencies requesting aid can receive up to 75 ...

City Parking Authority has no intention of raising rates

The Williamsport Parking Authority said Wednesday that it does not intend to increase parking rates in 2019. The authority does not intend to raise rates as part of the proposed $1.2 million budget, said William E. Nichols Jr., city finance director. The proposed budget has not altered from ...

Williamsport authority: $300K saved on refinanced bond

The Williamsport Municipal Water and Sanitation Authority anticipates saving about $300,000 by refinancing a $28 million bond, according to authority officials who met Wednesday afternoon. The refinancing will take advantage of the lower interest rate in the range of 3.5 percent, according to ...

Defense: Heckel’s cut finger casts doubt in Groves’ case

LOCK HAVEN — On a day when attorneys for accused murderer Loyd Groves promised “bombshells” from the witness stand, they worked hard to deliver evidence and testimony to cast doubt on Groves’ guilt. With victim Kathy Heckel’s blood found in Groves’ van as key DNA evidence, the ...

Christmas celebrations planned all over county

A number of communities in and near Lycoming County have planned their Christmas celebrations. Hughesville will light its Christmas tree at 7 p.m. Friday at the corner of Water and Main streets. The event is sponsored by the Hughesville Rotary Club. Hughesville also will hold a Christmas ...

Jersey Shore School Board passes updated chaperone policy

JERSEY SHORE — After much discussion, a request for an exemption to school policy requiring a one-to-10 chaperone-to-student ratio for a field trip was approved by the Jersey Shore Area School Board on Tuesday. The request was made by the Future Business Leaders of America for them to ...