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Trump advocates turn on Mueller

WASHINGTON (AP) — High-profile supporters of President Donald Trump are turning on special counsel Robert Mueller, the man charged with investigating Russian interference in the U.S. election and possible collusion with Trump’s campaign. As Mueller builds his legal team, Trump’s allies ...

Jersey Shore to receive grant for residential improvements

JERSEY SHORE — The borough once again will receive a $350,000 state Department of Community and Economic Development grant for home improvements. Borough Manager Joseph Hamm informed council of the funding during Monday night’s regular monthly meeting. The money is targeted for income ...

South Williamsport council contributes to tennis courts

By approving $35,000 to a fundraising group focusing on replacing tennis courts at the South Side park Monday, the South Williamsport Borough Council took another major step toward revitalizing its park. The Community Park Improvement Association formed in 2012 with the focus of building ...

Hughesville council addresses traffic woes

HUGHESVILLE — Traffic problems, including drivers running through stop signs and restrictions on right turns in the borough, dominated discussion at Monday night’s borough council meeting. “A lot of discussion has been on reckless drivers,” Mayor Walter Reed said at the end of the ...

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Levi Wifthoft, left, helps Olivia Brundage, 5, pick a face painting design as her sister, Sophia Brundage, 7, stands by during the Way’s Garden Art Show in Williamsport on Sunday.

Day of celebration

It was a day of celebration Sunday as the 61st Way’s Garden Art Show was held in the city park that borders West Fourth and Maynard streets. Originally started in part by late artist and teacher Eve Archer, the show continues as a way to showcase art and encourage young artists. Bonnie Bell ...

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Michael Connor directs Williamsport’s Gesang Verein Harmonia choir in the United Singers Federation of Pennsylvania's 85th Sangerfest at Messiah Lutheran Church in South Williamsport Saturday. The group is celebrating its 125th anniversary.

Gesang Verein Harmonia Club observes 125 years

In the winter of 1891, a few residents of Williamsport had songs in their hearts and a flare for belting them out in their native German language. Proud of their heritage, they belonged to the choir of St. Boniface Church. Unbeknownst to them, they would be the founding members of what was ...

City Council takes the first step for charter commission

Locally elected and appointed officials voted on the following matters in the past week: Federal • The House voted 231-51 to pass the Anti-Border Corruption Reauthorization Act. U.S. Rep. Glenn “G.T.” Thompson, R-Howard, voted yes. U.S. Rep. Thomas Marino, R-Cogan Station, did not ...

GOP urges Trump on tapes; Sessions to testify Tuesday

WASHINGTON (AP) — Fellow Republicans pressed President Donald Trump on Sunday to come clean about whether he has tapes of private conversations with former FBI Director James Comey and provide them to Congress if he does — or possibly face a subpoena, as a Senate investigation into ...

Child shot at Park, Sixth avenues

A young boy was struck by gunfire, suffering a grazing wound to the leg during a gun battle between a black man and a white man on Park Avenue near Sixth Avenue and west of Thomas Avenue early Saturday evening. City police responded to a report of shots fired in the 1000 block of Park Avenue, ...

Gunshot victim’s friend discarded stolen gun

(EDITOR’S NOTE: Today the Sun-Gazette continues a five-week Sunday series on unsolved homicides in the city since 2014. Investigators say they have no new information to release on any of the homicides but they are seeking the public’s help.) On the night of Feb. 9, 2015, a van pulled up ...

Firefighters cope with explosions in garage fire

COGAN STATION — Firefighters responded to a garage fire in Anthony Township that continued to explode as men and women from multiple fire stations arrived on the scene. “When we got here we had a garage well involved with multiple explosions inside,” Hepburn Township Fire Chief Jeff ...

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Dave Brumbaugh, of the Uptown Music Collective, right, conducts a guitar workshop to teach  guitar basics to all ages from children to adults during the 28th Annual Billtown Blues Festival at the Lycoming County Fairgrounds Saturday.

Blues back in town with festival at fairgrounds

HUGHESVILLE — Local, regional and national talent ranging in ages from 14 to 85 was featured as the Billtown Blues Association held its 28th Annual Blues Festival under warm and sunny skies at the Lycoming County Fairgrounds on Saturday. “I can’t believe it’s been that long since we ...

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Two children race soap box cars down Market Street hill Saturday during the city’s annual Soap Box Derby race. Two winners will advance to the international championship in Akron, Ohio. About 150 volunteers assisted children in building their cars.

Racers compete in Soap Box Derby

Two young boys dominated the hill on Market Street during the eighth annual Soap Box Derby on Saturday. Benjamin Hakes, 8, of Williamsport won first place in the stock division, ages seven to 11. It was his second year participating in the derby. He went undefeated against the other 31 ...

Council takes 1st step in restructuring

Leave it up to voters. That was the general tone after discussion Thursday night, as City Council passed an ordinance 5-1. It set the stage for voters to answer a referendum question in the fall on the ballot of whether they want to see a seven-member, elected and unpaid Charter Commission ...

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Former social studies teacher Elijah McNaughton surprises the Loyalsock Township graduates by delivering their school's “first diploma.”

Seeing red: 2 area schools graduate

Loyalsock Township High School held its 56th Annual Commencement at the Kenneth M. Robbins Stadium Friday, while Montgomery Area High School held its commencement ceremonies Friday at the Montgomery Area Athletic and Community Center.

Heat, humidity likely ahead

Summer will arrive this weekend like a blast of air from a hot furnace. The month of June has cooler than normal temperature so far, but that soon will change. “It will get increasingly warmer over the weekend,” said National Weather Service forecaster Aaron Tyburski. “Sunday, we ...

Council members: Charter question prompted by public concerns

The Charter Commission question, which could be on the fall election for voters if approved in two weeks by City Council, didn’t happen overnight. It would ask voters whether they want to see a panel of seven elected commission members take nine months to study the various forms of ...

Grafius Run relief may be coming

Years of “Band-Aid” approaches to flood-mitigation efforts on Grafius Run may be coming to an end. That’s what City Council hoped for as it approved a nearly $65,000 contract with an engineering firm, RETTEW, which will begin to look at ways to reduce floods in the northern section of ...

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Loyalsock Township Constable Steven Bowman present Jacob Stopper with the title of Junior Deputy Constable along with an honorary sweater, with help from his German shepherd, Maisy.

9-year-old named junior constable

A student at Donald E. Schick Elementary was named Junior Deputy Constable in front of a crowd of his classmates on Wednesday. Jacob Stopper, 9, has wanted to be a police officer as long as he and his teachers remember. When Loyalsock Township Constable Steven Bowman met Stopper, he knew ...

President turns ‘lying’ charge back on former FBI director

WASHINGTON (AP) — Punching back a day after his fired FBI director’s damaging testimony, President Donald Trump on Friday accused James Comey of lying to Congress and said he was “100 percent” willing to testify under oath about their conversations. Trump cryptically refused to say ...