Top News

Tax hike on way for Muncy Borough homeowners

MUNCY — A tax hike is looming for homeowners in Muncy Borough. Council voted Tuesday to advertise the 2018 budget and an accompanying half-mill increase, which increases the real estate tax rate from 4.8 to 5.3 mills. That means residents will pay $50 more for every $100,000 of their ...

PHOTO PROVIDED
Williamsport Area School District’s Cochran Primary School students help put together hygiene packs and cleaning supplies at Cochran Primary School recently in order to help those in need due to hurricane disasters.

Elementary students help hurricane relief

Even local elementary students are trying to do their part to help with hurricane relief efforts after so many people have been affected by the natural disasters over the last few months. Williamsport Area School District’s Cochran Primary School teamed up with First United Methodist ...

Local races the highlight of Election Day

Lycoming County residents registered to vote will have a chance to strike their ballots or a number of candidates on both the local and state level in today’s general election. Polls will open at 7 a.m. and close at 8 p.m. Perhaps the most anticipated local race is that for common pleas ...

Mayor: Casino in city could stop tax hike

Mayor Gabriel J. Campana wants to bring a casino in the city for four main reasons: to help bring in additional revenue that could widen annual tight budgets; to help prevent property tax hikes; and to provide construction- and gambling-related jobs. “Hey, I’m interested after the ...

South Side school district updates strategic plan, new learning methods

The South Williamsport Area School Board had an update on the districtwide strategic plan during its board meeting on Monday. “The strategic plan is all focused on the teaching and learning process. It’s a five-year model. It’s a look at how we teach differently so kids have a chance to ...

President Trump strikes hard line against NKorea in Japan

TOKYO — President Donald Trump struck a hard line against North Korea’s nuclear weapons program Monday and urged Japan to do the same as he closed out two days of talks, dinner and golf diplomacy with ally Japan. The president refused to rule out eventual military action against the ...

South Side grant pushes tennis courts to toward completion

The little remaining work still left on the South Williamsport tennis courts will be finished using a recently awarded grant from the United States Tennis Association. The association announced the awarding of $20,000 to the borough’s park and recreation department last week. Work began ...

New Lock Haven boat dock proposal gets green light

LOCK HAVEN — Lock Haven City Council heard some big news Monday evening. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has approved the city’s request to place a floating boat dock in the river. The Corps of Engineers had to be consulted because the dock’s installation could affect the flood ...

CARA MORNINGSTAR/Sun-Gazette
Cooper Mackey, 6, and his brother Jackson Mackey, 10, work on getting their cardboard box camp for the evening set up during the Box City event for Family Promise of Lycoming County and American Rescue Workers at Lycoming College campus on Friday. Participants slept in cardboard boxes overnight in order to promote awareness for homelessness.

Box City brings attention to local homelessness ‘problem’

In an effort to bring awareness to homelessness, American Rescue Workers and Family Promise of Lycoming County joined forces in hosting the Box City event for the first time together at Lycoming College campus on Friday. “The American Rescue Workers have been doing it for five years, ...

Law enforcement officials work the scene of a fatal shooting at the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, on Sunday, Nov. 5, 2017. (Nick Wagner/Austin American-Statesman via AP)

26 killed in church attack in Texas’ deadliest mass shooting

SUTHERLAND SPRINGS, Texas — A man dressed in black tactical-style gear and armed with an assault rifle opened fire inside a church in a small South Texas community on Sunday, killing 26 people and wounding at least 16 others in what the governor called the deadliest mass shooting in the ...

06BurrowsA

Montoursville founder spent winter with George Washington

(EDITOR’S NOTE: Today the Sun-Gazette offers the next installment in a weekly history series that tells the stories of those who came before us.) Motorists on heavily traveled Loyalsock Avenue in Montoursville pass by the Gen. John Burrows Historical Society, but do they know that not only ...

NWS: Cold blast moves in for Election Day, chilly week ahead

Temperatures are lower than average for the area this week, but rain will hold off for Election Day on Tuesday, according to the National Weather Service in State College. Those heading to the polls can expect a partly sunny day with high temperatures in the upper 40s. “It’s ...

Legislative Tally: Tax hike added to ’18 proposed county budget

Locally elected and appointed officials voted on the following matters in the past week: Federal • The House voted 242 to 174 to pass a bill Friday reauthorizing the lapsed Children’s Health Insurance Program. Voting yes were U.S. Reps. Tom Marino, R-Cogan Station, and Glenn “G.T.” ...

Property tax relief question goes to voters

Voters going to the polls Tuesday will not only select candidates for government offices, they will also have an opportunity to decide on a ballot measure opening the door for property tax relief for homeowners. The proposed amendment to Article VIII of the state constitution would increase ...

KATELYN HIBBARD/Sun-Gazette
Above, the Twin Sinners, made up by Stacia Abernatha, of Williamsport, and Allen Combs II, of Bloomsburg, kicked off the annual Fall Into the Blues fundraising event on Saturday. The Twin Sinners are one of three bands that will go to Memphis, Tennessee, in January to compete in the International Blues Challenge.

Fundraiser helps send musicians to Memphis

The Genetti Hotel was a-rockin’ Saturday night as Fall Into the Blues brought at least 200 blues music lovers together to support the Billtown Blues Association. With five different acts, merchandise for sale, a silent auction and more, there were plenty of reasons to dance the night away. ...

Car under repair crushes, kills man

COLLOMSVILLE — A man repairing a belt underneath a car on Saturday afternoon was killed when the jack supporting the vehicle shifted, allowing the car to land on top of him, according to Lycoming County Coroner Charles E. Kiessling Jr. Volunteer firefighters responded to the scene on ...

Police: Officer becomes ill during drug bust

There were some very scary moments for city police on Thursday afternoon when one of their own suddenly became ill as she was searching a car that contained a purse that had more than 250 packets of suspected heroin in it. “It hits home when one of your own officers may have been subjected ...

Sears at mall to close in January

Customers suddenly have fewer days to head out to the Lycoming Mall Sears store to shop. The longtime anchor store is shutting its doors in late January, according to company officials. Sears Holdings has targeted the local store for closure in early 2018, along with 17 other Sears sites ...

City preliminary budget does not increase taxes

Mayor Gabriel J. Campana said he plans to present a preliminary budget to City Council that holds the line on a property tax hike. “Our residents can’t afford another tax increase,” he said this week. “Taxpayers have seen increases of about 3 mills in tax over the past two years for ...

Report details fiscal burdens for communities

Communities across the state are struggling as never before with high tax burdens and shrinking tax bases. A Pennsylvania Economy League report shared with government and business leaders Friday revealed that communities with their own police departments on average had twice the municipal ...