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No county tax increase expected; budget hearings announced

No Lycoming County tax increase is expected at this time, said county commissioners Tuesday upon announcing a copy of the preliminary 2019 budget will be available on the county’s website by the end of Thursday. “Next year’s encouraging,” said Commissioner Jack McKernan. “We’re ...

Mayor hands out flood survey in city door-to-door

Mayor Gabriel J. Campana and the city engineer-in-training headed out Tuesday night to more than 250 residences to begin to distribute flood-damage surveys late in a government survey process, but nevertheless with a few weeks to spare, a city official said. The distribution of the surveys ...

McCall Middle School evacuated

Near the end of the school day on Tuesday, students were evacuated from the C. E. McCall Middle School, at 600 Willow St., in Montoursville, after a possible threatening remark was discovered on a bathroom mirror, borough police said. Using liquid soap, someone made mention on the mirror of ...

Supporters of Home Rule clear up questions in final push before election

A professional manager could begin to tackle the many inefficiencies in the city of Williamsport. That is one of the pervasive findings of the Williamsport Government Study Commission on Home Rule, in its nine-months of research, according to Jennifer Ayers, an attorney and its ...

Officials announce plans to increase City Hall security

Movement in City Hall may get a bit more restricted as city officials announced Monday they are preparing to heighten security in the building by the end of the year. Plans are in the works and in the design and cost analysis stage to hire a security officer and redesign the foyer with ...

Donald Stocum

Donald Stocum, 76, of Blossburg, passed away Friday, Oct. 26. Donald was a proud veteran of the US Army having served two tours of duty in Viet Nam. He was a truck driver by trade and knew this land better than most. Donald is survived by son, Donald, and daughter, Tawny; as well as by ...

Synagogue massacre defendant appears in court in wheelchair

PITTSBURGH (AP) — The man accused in the Pittsburgh synagogue massacre appeared briefly in federal court in a wheelchair and handcuffs Monday to face charges he killed 11 people in what is believed to be the deadliest attack on Jews in U.S. history. Robert Gregory Bowers, who was wounded in ...

Injured football player out of coma, improving everday

JERSEY SHORE — The holidays aren’t yet here, but the Leone family has already begun to celebrate Thanksgiving, thanking God and rejoicing at the amazing improvement their 17-year-old son is making after a tragic accident on the football field in August. And their Christmas wish this ...

Keystone Central staff, students holding fundraisers for Caleb

MILL HALL — Keystone Central schools held a benefit recently and raised $850 for Caleb Leone, a Jersey Shore High School student athlete who was seriously injured at football practice in August. Buildings in Keystone Central School District hold special days to raise money for district ...

Halloween has always held a special place in Lycoming County

Halloween is fast upon us and it is that beloved day when the children of Williamsport and Lycoming County will go from door to door dressed in costumes saying “Trick or treat!” It’s always been a day where disguise and candy are the continued traditions from the forgotten days of long ...

Police: Synagogue gunman said ‘I just want to kill Jews’

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Tributes rolled in Sunday to the victims of the Pittsburgh synagogue massacre as authorities worked to piece together the background and movements of the suspected gunman, who authorities said expressed hatred of Jews as he opened fire with an AR-15 rifle and other weapons ...

Forecaster: Leaves turning later than usual, but still time

This coming weekend just might be the ideal time to enjoy the fall foliage. “There’s still some color yet to come,” Craig Evanego, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in State College, said Sunday night. “The leaves are clearly turning color later this year than ...

Those unable to pay medical bills jailed in hospitals worldwide

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Doctors at Nairobi’s Kenyatta National Hospital have told Robert Wanyonyi there’s nothing more they can do for him. Yet more than a year after he first arrived, shot and paralyzed in a robbery, the ex-shopkeeper remains trapped in the hospital. Because Wanyonyi ...

Migrant caravan rests; 2nd group await entry into Mexico

Mexico (AP) — Thousands of Central American migrants took a break Sunday on their caravan’s long journey through southern Mexico while vowing to press ahead toward the U.S. border roughly 1,000 miles away. Hundreds more migrants pushed for entry into Mexico at the Guatemala border. The ...

Residents rappel down Hepburn high rise to raise community funds

Sixty-five people rappelled down the nine-story William Hepburn Apartments Saturday during Over the Edge Williamsport to raise funds for The YMCA, YWCA and the Williamsport Area School District Foundation. Saturday. Over the Edge, which coordinated the fundraiser, works with nonprofits on ...

Staff photographer recounts rappelling from 9 story building

“One small step for man, one giant leap for mankind”, so said Neil Armstrong upon setting foot on the moon for the first time. Backing off the top of the nine story William Hepburn Apartments building might not be considered such a monumental task as setting foot on the moon, but it ...

Gunman attacks synagogue; 11 killed

PITTSBURGH (AP) — A gunman who’s believed to have spewed anti-Semitic slurs and rhetoric on social media barged into a Pittsburgh synagogue on Saturday and opened fire, killing 11 people in one of the deadliest attacks on Jews in U.S. history. The 20-minute attack at Tree of Life ...

House candidates talk budget

Candidates for the 83rd state House seat are incumbent Jeff Wheeland, a Republican, and Airneezer Page, a Democrat. The district includes Williamsport, South Williamsport, DuBoistown, Montgomery and the townships of Loyalsock, Old Lycoming, Armstrong, Clinton, Susquehanna and Woodward. The ...

Sun-Gazette names new city editor

Michael Maneval, a long-time Sun-Gazette editorial staff member, has been named city editor of the Williamsport Sun-Gazette, publisher Bernard A. Oravec announced. Maneval has a long history with the Sun-Gazette, having served as a night desk editor and business editor here for more than a ...

Split views for Governor seat

HARRISBURG (AP) — A look at where the two candidates for Pennsylvania governor — Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf and Republican nominee Scott Wagner — stand on some key issues, from abortion rights to taxes. Wolf is seeking a second 4-year term. Wagner, who runs a waste-hauling company, served ...