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No tax hike expected in township

LINDEN — The tax rate for residents of Woodward Township will remain the same for 2018, according to supervisors, who introduced the proposed budget at their meeting Wednesday night. The balanced budget reflects 0.514 mills for real estate and 0.470 mills for the fire tax. The total income ...

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Authorities said Tuesday a gas pad spilled about 63,000 gallons of flowback fluid into the above creek.

State: Gas pad spills 60,000-plus gallons into creek

Over 60,000 gallons of flowback fluid from a natural gas fracking site accidentally spilled into a small tributary of Loyalsock Creek early Monday morning. Both the state Department of Environmental Protection and the Fish and Boat Commission confirmed the spill. The release of filtered ...

District clarifies 2 elementaries could be closed

JERSEY SHORE — Faced with escalating retirement costs that are unsustainable based on tax revenues and state subsidies, the Jersey Shore Area School District superintendent is proposing the school board close both Avis and Salladasburg elementary schools. Superintendent Dr. Jill Wenrich ...

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Chad Eckert, city arborist, right, and Dave Oliver, of the city’s Streets and Parks Department, plant a flowering cherry tree in Brandon Park. The cherry was one of 12 varying trees planted in the park Tuesday, helping to replace those lost after a storm in May. Another six will be planted today.

City replaces trees in Brandon Park

The Streets and Parks Department in collaboration with the Brandon Park and Shade Tree commissions planted 12 new trees in Brandon Park on Tuesday, helping to replace those felled during a storm in early May. Another six will be planted today. Chad Eckert, city forester, said they’re ...

Township expects property tax cut

The first reading of Loyalsock Township’s upcoming budget shows a decrease in taxes for 2018. The township expects to have just under $3 million left of the $8.3 million total budget — meaning taxes will decrease by 0.2 mills. The decrease means the 0.5-mill tax rate will cost $50 on ...

Gunman kills 4 in northern California

RANCHO TEHAMA RESERVE, Calif. (AP) — A gunman driving stolen vehicles and choosing his targets at random opened fire “without provocation” in a tiny rural Northern California town Tuesday, killing four people and wounding at least 10 others, including a student at an elementary school, ...

Major changes to state liquor code discussed at DUI advisory meeting

There’s been some pretty serious amendments to the state liquor code in the past two years that completely change some of the ways businesses can sell alcohol to consumers, according to the speaker at the Lycoming County DUI Advisory Council meeting Tuesday. Jeff McGinnis is a former state ...

Commissioners to consider services for juvenile probation

The Lycoming County Juvenile Probation Office will seek approval for two new contracts and three contract renewals at Thursday’s commissioners meeting, said Ed Robbins, director of the office. A professional service agreement with a detention center in Northampton County will give the ...

Parking permits, budget discussed in Montgomery

MONTGOMERY — In an effort to solve the problem of neighborhood residents parking in the municipal parking lot at the corner of Main Street and Houston Avenue, borough council voted Tuesday night to designate six parking spaces for permit parking from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. All other spaces in ...

City schools won’t exceed tax-index limit

The Williamsport Area School Board unanimously approved that the district’s revenue sources will be sufficient to balance the 2018-19 school district final budget without having to exceed the Act 1 Index during its board meeting on Tuesday. The district’s Act I Index is 3.4 percent. The ...

RASHELLE CAREY/Sun-Gazette Santa waves to the crowd at Williamsport's Holiday Parade Friday night as he makes his way down Fourth Street to the new Santa house at the corner of Fourth and Hepburn. Here Brenden Kuriga, 3, son of Chris and Erin Kuriga, as well as other 3 to 9-year-olds played bells with the Annabells of St. John's Newberry United Methodist Church after the lighting of the downtown Christmas Tree.

Christmas parade set for magical Saturday evening

Williamsport’s downtown will light up in color, festive holiday balloons, bands and floats, and — of course — the arrival of Santa and Mrs. Claus at their temporary house on the Williamsport Green. Mayor Gabriel J. Campana, along with city Recreation Department and commission officials, ...

Bowman Field playing schedule to be submitted to Major League Baseball

The city finance director will take a request of schedules for baseball games of high school and college teams to be played at Bowman Field to Major League Baseball following a Bowman Field Commission meeting Tuesday. William E. Nichols Jr., finance director, said he would take the request to ...

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Elementary students sing songs and salute the veterans in thanks during the Veteran's Day activities at Lyter Elementary School in Montoursville on Monday.

Elementary students celebrate veterans

Elementary students in the Montoursville Area School District welcomed veterans into Lyter Elementary School on Monday in a celebration honoring Veterans Day. Paula Pulizzi, librarian and Veterans Day event coordinator, said this was the 12th year of the event. A similar event also took place ...

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Court documents that became public on Monday reported, among other things, that after pulling into Sheetz on Route 220 in Woodward Township last week, gunman Paul Heath, 27, pulled out two handguns and began firing at police officers who were pursuing him.

Police: Third Street homicide started as robbery

The shooting death of 33-year-old Shawn Graham inside his house at 2225 W. Third St. last week appears to have been the result of a home invasion and robbery, according to an affidavit city police filed with a search warrant that was made public Monday. Also, an affidavit filed with a second ...

Man killed Sunday identified

The man found shot to death Sunday night along Poco Farm Road in Loyalsock Township was identified as Maurice William Dowling, 25, of Philadelphia, according to Lycoming County Coroner Charles E. Kiessling Jr. Dowling, who state police said was the father of one child, was found along the ...

District mulls closing school

JERSEY SHORE — A deficit budget may have dire consequences for students and teachers in the borough’s school district. On Monday, the Jersey Shore Area School Board discussed the possibility of closing one of its three elementary schools, as well as making program cuts or a combination of ...

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Denise Parke, UPMC Susquehanna Muncy Valley Hospital emergency room educator, middle, shows off the secure room during an open house of the expanded and renovated hospital emergency room on Monday.

Hospital unveils $14.2 million in improvements

A $14.2 million expansion project will allow UPMC Susquehanna Muncy Valley Hospital to better accommodate the 16,500 emergency department visits it sees on average each year, according to UPMC Susquehanna officials. The original building was meant to accommodate only about 6,000 visits per ...

Montoursville’s proposed spending plan has 0.7-mill tax increase

Montoursville Borough Council Monday night approved a proposed 2018 spending plan that hikes real estate taxes 0.70 mills. The vote was to 5-1 in favor of the $2.92 million spending plan and the tax increase. Voting yes were Eric Greenway, Mark Tillson, Rosemary Holmes, Ted Haines and Tina ...

Tax hike passes in South Williamsport

The South Williamsport Borough Council approved a 2018 budget including a 0.32-mill tax increase to improve the functionality of the fire department. The current tax rate in the borough is 4.8 mills. Although the general purpose and sewer tax rates won’t see any changes under the new ...