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Judy VanSant, of Williamsport, holds the Hunger Hero Award she received Thursday for her 15 years of volunteer service to the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank.

Food bank uses partnerships, volunteers to feed the hungry

The Central Pennsylvania Food Bank is making strides to battle hunger through volunteerism and renewed strategies. Some of the key groups and volunteers responsible for helping feed the needy hungry were recognized Thursday during the Hunger Action Month Breakfast. Executive Director ...

Is this the mythical ‘Big One’?

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — They call it the Big One — a mythic, massive hurricane that would obliterate the densely populated southeast coast. And it has long been the stuff of Florida’s nightmares. Irma, it appears, could be it. The storm has triggered near-panic in a region of more ...

Nations rush to help devastated islands

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti — French, British and Dutch military authorities rushed aid to a devastated string of Caribbean islands Thursday after Hurricane Irma left at least 11 people dead and thousands homeless as it spun toward Florida for what could be a catastrophic blow this ...

Commissioners stress value of suicide prevention

The Lycoming County commissioners emphasized the importance of suicide prevention awareness Thursday, introducing guest speakers such as county Coroner Charles E. Kiessling Jr. to provide a local perspective on the matter. “Depression and suicide are significant public health problems ...

Muncy Industries accepting donations for Harvey victims today, Saturday

From 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. today and Saturday, Muncy Industries will collect a variety of goods to ship to Texas to help those displaced by Hurricane Harvy. Muncy Industries is looking for donations and help to pack the truck that will take the donations from Pennsylvania to those affected by the ...

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Students of Lycoming College and Williamsport locals protested on Wednesday against the Trump administration's recent move to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals policy founded by the Obama administration.

‘A moral issue’: Protesters support immigration policy

Local protesters rallied outside of Congressman Thomas Marino’s office on Commerce Park Drive on Wednesday. The action followed President Donald Trump’s announcement Tuesday that he will dismantle the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals immigration policy. The group, made up of ...

PennDOT: Plans for Third Street unresolved

The state Department of Transportation is planning the reconstruction of Third Street — from Campbell Street east to Basin Street — in the spring of 2021, according to the agency “This project could take two to four years to complete, depending on utility impacts,” according to ...

BILL HALL

Former city councilman tries another run at seat

Bill Hall, of 1212 Monroe Place, is running as an independent candidate for City Council on Nov. 7. Hall previously served on council from 2004 through last year. As a councilman, he said he always researched issues facing the city, tried to organize ahead of time and find any compromise ...

Independent hopefuls on ballot in fall

Several people running for government offices in Lycoming County in the November general election will appear on the ballot as independent candidates. They include one candidate seeking to become a common pleas judge, along with two others eyeing mayoral positions. Mary Kilgus, a local ...

Florida braces for Category 5 ‘monster’

MIAMI — Florida residents picked store shelves clean and long lines formed at gas pumps Wednesday as Hurricane Irma, a Category 5 monster with potentially catastrophic winds of 185 mph, steamed toward the Sunshine State and a possible direct hit on the Miami metropolitan area of nearly 6 ...

Powerful winds lash Puerto Rico

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Hurricane Irma lashed Puerto Rico with heavy rain and powerful winds Wednesday night, leaving nearly 900,000 people without power as authorities struggled to get aid to small Caribbean islands already devastated by the historic storm. Florida rushed to prepare ...

Residents upset with speeders in Muncy Borough

MUNCY — Several residents of the Penn Street area of the borough voiced their concerns at Tuesday night’s council meeting about cars speeding, especially near the intersection of Penn and Washington streets. Richard Tamagno told council he witnessed two crashes at the intersection ...

College to host talk from Ferguson minister about social injustice

Lycoming College will host a talk by the Rev. F. Willis Johnson, senior minister of Wellspring Church in Ferguson, Missouri, to discuss social justice and racial understanding at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 11 in Clarke Chapel at Lycoming College. The event is free and open to the public. “It is a ...

Beaver Lake residents unhappy with sewer rates

Representatives of the Beaver Lake community spoke out against a sewer rate increase to be imposed next year at Wednesday’s Lycoming County Water Sewer Authority meeting. Among other issues, Peter Hunter, Ralph Bitler and two others expressed unhappiness with the set increase from $131 to ...

Meeting tonight about Grafius Run flooding

Due to continuing problems with Grafius Run flooding, the city is holding a public meeting about the waterway at 7 tonight at the Michael Ross Room, Trade and Transit Centre II, 144 W. Third St. The meeting will allow residents to share their concerns, Rebecca Haladay, city engineer, ...

Identities of 2 hurt in Lewis Township crash released

The identities of the two people injured in Saturday night’s crash on Route 14 in Lewis Township have been released by state police. Todd J. Deuel, 52, of Trout Run, was reported in serious condition in Geisinger Medical Center, Danville, a nursing supervisor said Wednesday night. A ...

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Norm Wengert, husband of the late Marguerite Bierman, presents Diane Glenwright, retiring CEO of the YWCA Northcentral PA, with a Bierman print during Glenwright’s retirement celebration at the YWCA in Williamsport on Tuesday.

YWCA celebrates retiring CEO’s legacy

The YWCA Northcentral Pennsylvania chapter held a retirement celebration for Diane Glenwright, CEO, who retires this month after 16 years. In honor of her time with the YWCA, it held an open house with refreshments and many spoke about times they shared with Glenwright. Norm Wengert, ...

$2.68 million for flood buyouts

Lycoming County commissioners will accept a $2.68 million grant Thursday to buy out 11 homes deemed to suffer “severe repetitive loss” due to flooding. Josh Schnitzlein, hazard mitigation planner for the county, announced the award Tuesday. He said the homes chosen meet the Federal ...

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Joseph Gerardi, city codes administrator, is seen Tuesday afternoon walking into the business office of Firetree Limited at 800 W. Fourth St., also known as the Park Home. Gerardi said he has learned the company wants to apply for a permit to bring a counseling service for inmates in the Lycoming County Pre-Release program into the building but that would be a non-conforming use in a residentially zoned part of the city, requiring a variance from the city zoning hearing board.

Pre-release program at Park Home must meet city zoning requirements

A business in Park Home on West Fourth Street wants to start a program meant to rehabilitate inmates who are trying to re-enter society, but the building isn’t in a zone that permits that type of service. Firetree Limited, 800 W. Fourth St., has been exploring that kind of service in his ...

Deadline in 6 months as rollback of program for immigrants begins

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Tuesday began dismantling the government program protecting hundreds of thousands of young immigrants who were brought into the country illegally as children. Attorney General Jeff Sessions declared the Obama administration’s program “an ...