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Re-entry alumni distribute to American Rescue Workers

Shank Valentine, left, and Thomas Stark, far right, two alumni of the Geo Re-entry program for inmates helped to distribute food and clothing as part of the alumni group’s drive to give back to the community Friday. Accepting the donations of non-perishable food items and clothing was Mike ...

Gifted tree seedlings help honor student

Donald E Schick Elementary received about 100 tree seedlings from PPL’s Community Roots program to plant in honor of third-grade student Callie Cavanaugh. “She battled cancer for two years. She just passed away,” said Suzanne Foresman, principal. “All of our third-grade students went ...

Grafius Run contract tabled pending legal review

City Council delayed approving a year-long contract for $60,000 with a Washington, D.C. lobbying firm on Thursday night looking for money on design and construction of projects to curb flooding of Grafius Run. Thomas Keller Partners wants to be paid $5,000 a month but the contract must first ...

County approves funds for gateway project, STEP 

The Lycoming County commissioners approved contributions exceeding $660,000 toward two projects Thursday, declaring no taxpayer dollars will be used. The commissioners committed $511,882 to the East End Gateway Project, specifically for infrastructure improvements, and $150,000 was committed ...

Committee welcomes transportation updates, new member

More than half of River Valley Transit’s 33 buses now run on compressed natural gas, putting Williamsport in the running to become the second Pennsylvania city with a bus system that runs solely on compressed natural gas, Kevin Kilpatrick, River Valley Transit planning manager, told local ...

Democratic 12th District candidate vows to fight for the people

Judy Herschel is a newcomer to politics but maintains her philosophy has long been about standing up for those not often heard or best served. It’s a big reason why the Susquehanna County resident decided to run for Democratic nomination for the 12th Congressional seat in the spring ...

Williamsport Regional Airport improvement projects continue

Multiple projects, including the new terminal building, are nearing completion at the Williamsport Regional Airport and the airport authority approved multiple bill payments Thursday evening. The following were approved: $384,526 to Lobar Inc.; $74,317 to LTS Plumbing and Heating; $196,330 to ...

Local officials warn high rate of Lyme disease from tick bites

With summer just around the corner, officials are concerned about the surge of Lyme disease carrying ticks throughout the area. Dr. Rutul Dalal, medical director of infectious disease for UPMC Susquehanna, said ticks are growing in numbers every year and also spreading Lyme ...

Project Bald Eagle disbands as funding dwindles

Project Bald Eagle, formed in 2014 to combat the ever increasing problem of the opioid epidemic in Lycoming County, announced it has eliminated the nonprofit’s board of directors and stopped the many projects the organization has done to raise awareness in the county. This happened after a ...

East Lycoming school budget step closer to passage, tax hike

HUGHESVILLE — Residents of East Lycoming School District will face a tax increase next year as the district’s $25,626,889 budget moved one step closer to final approval, it was announced at Tuesday’s board meeting. The proposed tax increase of 0.44 mills brings the real estate tax rate ...

Rail authority issue far from settled, say North Shore officials

Officials for North Shore Railroad claim a decision over who will ultimately become the operator of SEDA-Council of Governments Joint Rail Authority’s five shortline freight routes is far from being settled. A three-member Commonwealth Court appellate panel last week overturned an earlier ...

Rider Park annual hosting open house

A variety of activities from bird watching to snake and bat shows will be featured at the fifth annual open house at Rider Park, from noon to 5 p.m. May 20. About 600 people attend the event each year, according to Erin Ruhl, director of community engagement at the First Community Foundation ...

Borough to start fining for county ordinance on house numbers

MONTGOMERY — An influx of notices sent to homes violating a county ordinance about the visibility of house numbers led borough council Tuesday to address the issues for the third time in recent weeks. Code Enforcement Officer Walter J. Bohner told council he issued 33 notices to homes that ...

2 inmates get more time for assaults

Two men found guilty of assaulting inmates in federal prison were sentenced to more time in prison at two separate hearings before Judge Matthew Bran on Wednesday. Troi Venable, a New Jersey man who pleaded guilty to assaulting a fellow inmate at the United States Penitentiary in Lewisburg ...

Cash for growing network of trails coming

More than $5 million is going to be put into bicycle trails and other connections between designated rivertowns, state officials announced Tuesday. The funds are meant to promote healthy living and the connecting of communities along rivers. Projects in Lycoming, Clinton, Tioga and Union ...

County to approve $662K in local investments

Lycoming County is taking strides to invest locally this week, with plans on Thursday to approve contributions of $511,882 toward the East End Gateway Project and $150,000 toward STEP Inc.’s pending renovations to the Loyalsock Center for Healthy Aging. Neither of the contributions will use ...

Grant could fund revitalization project

City Council’s finance committee gave a positive recommendation Tuesday for River Valley Transit to seek a $1.1 million grant from the state Department of Transportation as part of the East Third Street/Old City Revitalization. The money, if approved, would go toward the realignment of ...

Corrections officer gets probation, avoids possible decade in prison

A former corrections officer at the women’s state correctional institution in Muncy pleaded no contest to charges of harassment and disorderly conduct on Monday, a day before his scheduled three day trial in Lycoming County Court. Mark Hoover, 47, of Lewisburg, was facing a maximum of 10 ...

Montoursville Area School Board: Tax increase less, but still above index

Montoursville Area School Board Tuesday night approved a proposed final budget for next year that raises real estate taxes by 0.55 mills. The tax hike represents a smaller increase than that considered last month, but remains a figure that exceeds the state Act 1 index of 3.1 ...