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Veterans Memorial Park Commission is 2018 Person of the Year finalist

Perhaps no greater thought has gone into a war memorial design and construction than from veterans experiencing combat. That much may be said by the veterans who helped to bring the latest memorial to reality at Lycoming County Veterans Memorial Park, with an unveiling planned for Memorial ...

Fire officials: Williamsport blaze displaces 5 after dog turns on stove burner

An accidental kitchen fire that broke out late Friday morning in a six-unit apartment building at 332 Campbell St. was brought under control in a matter of minutes, but not before causing in excess of $20,000 damage and displacing five tenants, according to city fire officials. The fire in ...

Massacre, sex abuse among Pennsylvania’s biggest stories

(EDITOR’S NOTE: Today the Sun-Gazette continues its annual review of the past year’s major news stories.) An anti-Semite with a cache of weapons visits terror upon a Pittsburgh synagogue. Grand jurors savage the Catholic Church, rekindling a global crisis over clergy abuse. In the first ...

Court rules mothers’ drug use in pregnancy isn’t child abuse

HARRISBURG — Pennsylvania’s highest court ruled Friday that mothers who use illegal drugs while pregnant cannot be considered perpetrators of child abuse against their newly born children under the state’s child protection law. The Supreme Court’s main opinion said the law’s ...

Alize Johnson: ‘I find it hard to stop talking about him as a person’

Williamsport native and St. John Neumann graduate Alize Johnson made a lasting impact on area children, schools, and families in a matter of months this year after being selected with the 50th overall in the 2018 NBA Draft this past June by the Indiana Pacers. After struggling academically at ...

Rainy summer challenged schools to reopen

Mold was the ugly word across the area as schools tried to reopen at the end of an unusually wet summer. The cost of dealing with the problem totaled just under $650,000, and that has area districts taking a closer look at ways to avoid a repeat performance in future years. The excessive ...

Muncy OKs budget with no tax increase

MUNCY — Borough council unanimously passed a no tax increase budget for 2019, Thursday, as well as adopted a new zoning ordinance that was contested after it passed 4-2. With Muncy’s current 5.3 mills, residents who own $100,000 of property will pay $530 per year in taxes. The borough ...

City committee votes to recommend expanded commercial zone

After hearing from two West Third Street property owners on the proposed expansion of the central business district in that area, members of the city’s Economic Revitalization Committee agreed to amending the original ordinance to include properties on both sides of the street. The original ...

Peachie O’ Connor, Jeff Whiteman and cemetery cleanup volunteers

When Peachie O’Connor of Williamsport posted to Facebook late this past summer, in search of volunteers to clean up the Williamsport Cemetery on Washington Boulevard, a light bulb lit up for Jeff Whiteman, a probation officer with the Lycoming County Adult Probation Office. “I told ...

2018 not quite the wettest year on record

This has been a record year for rainfall, and with it came plenty of flooding. Williamsport Regional Airport saw 64.21 inches of liquid percipitation as of Dec. 6, and according to Craig Evanego, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service office in State College, 2018 is headed for the ...

Repeated DUI penalties get tougher in PA

HARRISBURG (AP) — The legal consequences for repeatedly driving under the influence in Pennsylvania have become much more severe under a new law that just took effect. Legislation passed in October by the General Assembly and signed by Gov. Tom Wolf established the state’s first felony ...

Trump signals no end to shutdown; says border wall needed

WASHINGTON (AP) — A shutdown affecting parts of the federal government appeared no closer to resolution Wednesday, with President Donald Trump and congressional Democrats locked in a hardening standoff over border wall money that threatens to carry over into January. Trump vowed to hold the ...

Anonymous donor a ‘good community steward’

Big things rarely happen in the Village of English Center, so when an anonymous donor gave a total of $40,000 toward a county bridge project this year, their generosity was a big deal. Located along Little Pine Creek, English Center’s poplulation fluctuates because most of the homes are ...

Cooking up trouble: One-pot meth labs spiking in shadow of opioid epidemic

As soon as Tiadaghton Valley Regional police Sgts. Brian Fioretti and Michael Crawford walked into the emergency room at Geisinger Jersey Shore Hospital and saw the patient, they could tell the 40-plus-year-old woman was a long-term user of methamphetamine. “She had these big open wounds on ...

City sale of unused fire houses to move in front of council

The city administration’s plan to sell two unused fire houses is moving foward and will need to involve an agreement with City Council. Girio Real Estate has appraisals for the former Almond Street fire house and the former Reighard Avenue civil defense building, Mayor Gabriel J. Campana ...

New event venue in Mifflin Township gets conditional approval

The Lycoming County Planning Commission approved the development of a special event venue in Mifflin Township, with conditions, Thursday evening after a lengthy discussion on the possibility of a graveyard existing on-site and a crucial piece of the property missing from the title to the ...

Ralston area church featured on today’s cover

25A1_paIntingcover The charming quality of the Roaring Branch United Methodist Church was what enticed local artist Mickey Mapstone to capture the building in a watercolor painting which was chosen as the winner of this year’s Bald Eagle Art League’s church painting contest. The winning ...

Injured Jersey Shore football player returns home

JERSEY SHORE — It was a damp and dreary afternoon Thursday as a small crowd gathered in front of 607 S. Broad St. in Jersey Shore. They were waiting for something very special and didn’t mind the gloomy weather at all. Soon they heard sirens and whistles and knew the special gift was on ...