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Water report: City nearly 20 inches above average

The region is 20 inches above normal rainfall for the year, a plus for reservoirs providing fresh drinking water. Williamsport Municipal Water Authority is using 4.4 million gallons of water per day, Wendy Walter, director of safety and compliance, told the authority board on Wednesday. On ...

Montgomery school district shares complex expansions

MONTGOMERY — After five years of planning and construction, Montgomery Area School District held an open house for its newly expanded athletics and community center. The center has acted as a home for Montgomery athletics for years and the expansion, which includes a larger weight room, ...

Stormwater takeover could mean added fees

The proposed transfer of city stormwater management systems to the Williamsport Municipal Water and Sanitary Authority was the subject of a closed-door session held Wednesday afternoon. “It was on property acquisition related to stormwater management,” confirmed Michael Miller, authority ...

Money from fund went to many area improvements

The World of Little League Museum, the James V. Brown Library and two local communities are among the organizations and municipalities that have benefited from the Keystone Recreation, Park and Conservation Fund to provide dollars for improvements and upgrades to facilities. Representatives ...

Drug charges dropped against woman

JERSEY SHORE — Drug charges have been dropped against a 35-year-old mother who overdosed in her apartment while her 3-year-old daughter was in the next room. While Tiadaghton Valley Regional police withdrew charges of possession of controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia ...

Couple waives hearings in alleged arson-for-hire incident

Two people who allegedly played key roles in an arson-for-hire case last month, Richard Hall Wheeler and Abbi Lynn Orrico, waived their preliminary hearings Wednesday before District Judge William Solomon. Old Lycoming Township police allege Wheeler, 36, of 450 Colvin Road, was hired by James ...

Backers of child sex abuse lawsuit window rally in PA Capitol

HARRISBURG (AP) — Survivors of child sexual abuse and others sought Wednesday to ramp up pressure on Pennsylvania’s Republican senators to vote on a bill that would give victims a two-year window to file lawsuits that would otherwise be outdated. More than 100 people rallied at the state ...

City Council likely to review gas main, flood mitigation

City Council is expected tonight to review a large gas main installation project affecting individuals living on and near Cemetery Street. UGI and its contractor are preparing to replace the gas main and insert gas main on Cemetery Street near Memorial Park, according to Dave Columbine, codes ...

30 graduate GEO reentry program

A paralegal mom of two children stepped into the spotlight to share her story with a crowd of people gathered for the GEO Group’s reentry transition ceremony Tuesday afternoon at the Community Theatre League. The woman, Stephanie Rolley, introduced herself as a 2017 graduate of the reentry ...

Young to retire; Miller to be top cop for Williamsport

After just two years leading the Williamsport Bureau of Police, David J. Young plans to retire as police chief in January as Mayor Gabriel J. Campana named his replacement, Capt. Jody Miller, a 19-year veteran in the department. Campana chose City Council’s finance committee to announce ...

Former Muncy wrestling coach sues district

MUNCY — A former Muncy High School wrestling coach is suing the school district, its superintendent and a district board member after he says the superintendent and board member defamed his name. Denny L. Harer, Muncy School District’s wrestling coach since 2005, did not have his annual ...

City falls short of $5M goal for Grafius Run

Despite early optimism, the Grafius Run flood damage estimate survey process is lagging in returns. That could spell trouble for a city trying to get the state Department of Environmental Protection to build a flood-mitigation project, according to discussion Tuesday at City Council’s ...

Commissioners remain at odds over new prison hire

Each of the three Lycoming County commissioners has a different take on a personnel issue that generated much discussion last week — the hiring of a new maintenance person in the prison. The action was delayed to this week, and Commissioner Rick Mirabito again presented his idea Tuesday of ...

Paving extensions given positive recommendation

Council’s public works committee gave a positive recommendation Tuesday on a resolution authorizing an extension until spring for paving of Arch Street between West Fourth Street and Glynn Avenue on behalf of the Williamsport Municipal Water Authority. A “scratch” or light coat on top ...

Juvenile probation arrests plummeted over past 20 years

The number of youths placed in the charge of the Lycoming County Juvenile Probation Office has fallen by about 50 percent since 1998, Ed Robbins, chief probation officer, told the county commissioners Tuesday. Robbins went before the commissioners to explain three contract renewals he is ...

City contractor urges governor to add millions for levee

A city contractor is trying to convince Gov. Tom Wolf to add $250 million in fiscal budget 2019 and 2020 to help fund a competitive grant program that could assist in the levee recertification and other flood control projects. In 2008, the Pennsylvania General Assembly established the H20 PA ...

Loyalsock Township to review ordinance to reduce semitrailer traffic

Loyalsock Township’s board of supervisors reviewed an ordinance that would restrict semitrailer trucks from driving through a number of residential streets in the township during a meeting Tuesday night. The proposed ordinance would stop commercial 18-wheelers from driving through Faxon and ...

East Lycoming School District addresses flooding

HUGHESVILLE — In his report to the East Lycoming School board, David Maciejewski, the district’s business manager, told the board that the district would be receiving the payment on its insurance claim of $170,000, minus the $25,000 deductible, due to flooding in the locker room area of the ...

Williams convicted of 1st degree murder

Scott Cole’s family and friends burst into tears in a quiet Lycoming County Courthouse Monday night after Rashawn D. Williams was found guilty of first degree murder. Since the beginning of the trial on Oct. 15, Cole’s loved ones have arrived in support of the 36-year-old victim who lost ...

School board votes on clubs, nixes some

JERSEY SHORE — Around 14 students from the Jersey Shore Area School District advocated for extracurricular clubs at the district’s board meeting Monday night. Citing the need for clubs to enhance their academic experience, the students articulated their opinions and in the end the board ...