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State grants to help neighboring county with work on streams

TOWANDA — Bradford County has been awarded two state grants totaling $447,250 to stabilize streambanks, rehabilitate a stream corridor and reduce sediment and nutrient pollution, the state Department of Environmental Protection recently announced. “Flooding events in Bradford County have ...

James F. Cendoma: ‘It was almost like they bombed my backyard’

James F. Cendoma spent World War II aboard a Naval vessel in the South Pacific, doing his part to fight the Japanese. That he was even able to serve his country during the biggest conflict in history is a story in itself. He joined the Navy in 1943 at the tender age of 15. “He did a little ...

Miller resigns from WASD; has option to return to force

Less than two days after accepting a position as supervisor of pupil transportation and school safety at Williamsport Area School District, Jody A. Miller submitted his resignation Friday, leaving open his return to Williamsport Bureau of Police as a sergeant or another position, city and ...

Parents sue over district’s policy to arm teachers

TAMAQUA, Pa. (AP) — Parents are going to court to block a Pennsylvania school district from allowing teachers to carry guns in school, the latest flashpoint in a debate playing out in many states over whether it’s wise to arm educators to protect students from mass shooters. The district ...

Clinton County eyes changes in salary board’s hiring, promotion procedures

LOCK HAVEN — The Clinton County commissioners are considering changes in the way the Salary Board operates when it comes to new hires and promotions. On Monday, immediately following their 9 a.m. work session, they will meet to discuss those changes. “We have pondered an alternative way ...

Two groups join to fight Alzheimer’s disease

Two organizations came together on Saturday night to combat Alzheimer’s Disease. Williamsport’s own Billtown Allstars, a local rock group specializing in benefit concerts, played together at the Genetti once again for a good cause. This time, it was to raise funds for Alzheimer’s ...

Council takes step toward expanding business district

City Council took a step closer Thursday to allowing the expansion of the central business district west and north of parts of Hepburn Street. It voted Thursday to accept a zoning map amendment elongating it from Hepburn Street along West Third and Second streets, west to Center Street. The ...

County taxpayers cover two-thirds of county’s payroll

A breakdown of Lycoming County’s total payroll for 2019 shows taxpayer dollars cover just over two-thirds of pay for county staff. The 2019 budget shows a countywide payroll of $26,036,779. Beth Johnston, director of county fiscal services, broke down that payroll to show county taxpayers ...

Parents welcome first babies of 2019

A Wellsboro couple welcomed one of the first babies of the new year. Shortly after the stroke of midnight, Meghan and Devin Geiser were able to celebrate bringing in 2019 in a much different way than the standard champagne toasts and midnight kisses. They were on their way from their home in ...

Former police captain hired by Williamsport school district

Jody A. Miller, a former captain with the Williamsport Bureau of Police, has been hired by the Williamsport Area School District as the Supervisor of Pupil Transportation and School Safety/School Police Officer, according to an announcement by the district Tuesday. Miller had been with the ...

City man died of stabbing

The body of Ryan Jones, 28, of Williamsport, was found stabbed Tuesday, according to county officials. The stabbing of the city man was among the findings of an autopsy done Wednesday at Lehigh Valley Medical Center in Allentown, PennLive had reported Lycoming County District Attorney Kenneth ...

Hoops may return to Memorial Park

In a reversal of his drug-gang reduction policy five years ago, Mayor Gabriel J. Campana said he wants the sounds of basketballs to reverberate in Memorial Park. “The hoops are coming back,” Campana said Wednesday inside City Hall. In April 2014, Campana ordered the hoops removed, he ...

Few details released in death ruled a homicide

The man whose body was found Tuesday morning behind the Williamsport Bureau of Fire headquarters at 440 Walnut St. was identified as Ryan Jones, 28, of Williamsport, and that his death was a homicide, city Police Chief David Young said in a briefly-worded news release. Officers and paramedics ...

Expansion of business district on council agenda

It is City Council’s first meeting of 2019 tonight and it is expected to be one where council looks closely at the benefits of expanding the Central Business District and adding more trees to the city landscape. Among the agenda items includes council’s possible final step to assist a ...

Autopsy performed on standoff suspect

WATERVILLE — An autopsy was completed Wednesday on the 62-year-old man who was killed Monday in a shootout with state police at his home, but specific details will not be released until later, Lycoming County Coroner Charles E. Kiessling Jr. said Wednesday night. Following a lengthy ...

City worker contract gets finance committee advance approval

The city employees union workers are closer to a three-year contract now that City Council’s finance committee gave the agreement a positive recommendation Wednesday. Councilman Randall J. Allison and Councilwoman Bonnie Katz reviewed the proposed contract that calls for a 2.5 percent ...

Man killed by police in standoff identified

WATERVILLE — The man shot and killed by state police after a 7-hour standoff Monday has been identified as Brant E. Hartung. Hartung, 62, of Cummings Township, fired on police multiple times during the standoff, striking an ambulance before he was shot and killed, according to the state ...

Police: Body of city man found, foul play suspected

The body of a city man in his 20s discovered early Tuesday at the rear of the city fire headquarters has been determined to be a suspicious death, according to the county coroner. Lycoming County Coroner Charles E. Kiessling Jr. said Tuesday the man was taken to Lehigh Valley Medical Center ...

Police investigate vacant vehicle found in river

It appears a vacant vehicle found submerged Monday afternoon was pushed into the West Branch of the Susquehanna River, city officials said. City police said Tuesday the vehicle, which was later determined to be a Chevrolet Tahoe, a type of sport-utility vehicle similar to a Suburban, was ...

Multiple local offices up for election in 2019

A number of offices will be open for election across Lycoming County in 2019, including those for school board positions and municipal spots. All of the county’s row offices, with the exception of sheriff, are also up for election, according to county voter services. Each of the four-year ...