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Opioid crisis, redistricting on state lawmakers’ 2018 agenda

HARRISBURG — There are plenty of reasons to be skeptical that the Pennsylvania Legislature will accomplish much in 2018 — it’s an election year and a yawning partisan gap has divided the Republican priorities of the General Assembly and the Democratic agenda of Gov. Tom Wolf over the past ...

Muncy Township Building sale made official

PENNSDALE — Muncy Township is now the official owner of the Township Building at 1922 Pond Road, according to an announcement made at the Board of Supervisors’ meeting earlier this week. The plan for this action was approved last fall and the papers were signed Dec. 29, according to ...

Woodward Township welcomes new and returning members to board

LINDEN — At their reorganization meeting earlier this week, the Woodward Township Board of Supervisors swore in Wayne Robinson as a supervisor and re-elected Alan Wirth as chairman and Jack Coleman as vice-chairman. Nikki Harsch was approved as township auditor for a six-year term Other ...

Blizzard rolls up East Coast; blast of cold air to follow

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A massive winter storm roared into the East Coast on Thursday, threatening to dump as much as 18 inches of snow from the Carolinas to Maine and unleashing hurricane-force winds and flooding that closed schools and offices and halted transportation systems. Forecasters ...

City union contract approved; long-term gains seen by council

City Council Thursday approved what Mayor Gabriel J. Campana considered to be a historic contract with the city public works union, one lowering health care costs over time borne by taxpayer dollars and reducing the risks that investments have to fund pensions. That is the intended purpose of ...

Billtown gets River Town approval

City officials are anticipating a year of activities further connecting people with the West Branch of the Susquehanna River, its trailways, bicycle paths and the interconnectivity the river has with downtown and the rest of the city. On Thursday night, City Council witnessed the official ...

Shots fired in the city; No victims, suspects, police say

City police were investigating reports of gunfire in the 500 block of West Edwin Street Thursday night. Three to five shots were heard in the area around 9:30 p.m. No victims were reported. One bullet struck a utility pole and two bullet casings were recovered at the scene, according to ...

State OKs 1st medical pot facility

HARRISBURG — Pennsylvania officials on Thursday announced the first all-clear for a medical marijuana dispensary in the state to begin providing the drug once it becomes available from a licensed grower. The Keystone Canna Remedies dispensary in Bethlehem received the state authorization, a ...

Jersey Shore bank robber gets state prison sentence

The Jersey Shore man who stuck up a bank and was found by U.S. Marshals hiding under his mother’s mobile home days later was sent back to state prison for over four years in a sentence handed down in Lycoming County Court. The official time Bryan N. Giacomi, 28, formerly of 404 Eden St., ...

Borough swears in newly elected and returning council members

DUBOISTOWN—Borough Council started the year out with the swearing in of newly elected and returning members along with former councilman and new mayor of the borough Norman J. Cowden at their meeting Thursday night. Council members sworn in by District Justice William C. Solomon were: ...

South Side council reorganizes

The South Williamsport Borough Council welcomed a former councilman back and swore in four for new terms at its reorganizational meeting Tuesday. Daniel A. Cupp will replace Henry Frey Jr. on council and as its representative on the safety committee. Frey’s term on council ended in 2017 ...

Bridge on Southard Road open to traffic

A new bridge on Southard Road in Gamble Township is open to traffic after the previous bridge was washed out during the October 2016 flash flood. According to the state Department of Transportation, the bridge spanning Murray Run still needs road reconstruction and final paving, which will ...

Costs vs. safety weighed for sidewalk repairs at city town hall

Get ready to spend a part of your budget on sidewalk repair, according to discussion Wednesday at a town hall meeting in City Hall. Some in the city will have to do just that since the city codes administration has announced inspections of sidewalks to begin in February or March, further ...

Man gets 32 to 65 years for rape of girls

A Jersey Shore man will spend at least three decades in a state prison for raping two girls over a span of years. The two girls were under 10 years old when Nathan Edward Shaffer, 33, started fondling them in 2001. The abuse escalated over the years to Shaffer molesting and raping them ...

Sunoco gas pipeline shuts down construction

Pennsylvania environmental officials ordered Sunoco on Wednesday to halt construction of a natural gas pipeline across the southern part of the state, citing a series of spills and leaks of drilling fluid and other “egregious and willful violations” of state law that have plagued the $2.5 ...

Winter storm slaps coastal South with most snow in nearly 3 decades

SAVANNAH, Ga. — A brutal winter storm smacked the coastal Southeast with a rare blast of snow and ice Wednesday, hitting parts of Florida, Georgia and South Carolina with their heaviest snowfall in nearly three decades. Forecasters warned that the same system could soon strengthen into a ...

Employee stole $60,000 from Faxon Lanes

A Muncy man admitted to stealing $60,000 from his employer, Faxon Lanes, over the course of three years after an audit proved money was missing from an account. Faxon Lanes owner Mehrdad J. Jahanshahi confronted the business manager of the 1225 River Ave. bowling alley when he noticed that ...

City Streets and Parks contract moving closer to acceptance

The City Council finance committee Wednesday gave a positive recommendation for a four-year contract with city union representing Streets and Parks Department employees. The contract calls for workers to contribute toward health insurance and creates a hybrid pension similar to a retirement ...

Council looks toward the river and at proposed union contract

More “River Town” designation news will be presented tonight to City Council. The city was identified as a River Town last year, meaning it is one of many along the Susquehanna River basin, a designation that can assist in economic growth, funding streams and tourism, according to Mayor ...

Fairfield water tank project nears completion

Construction on the Fairfield water tank is complete and the tank is ready to be filled and tested, Erin Threet, water and wastewater engineer, told the Lycoming County Water and Sewer Authority on Wednesday. She said the tank should be filled by the end of next week with water tightness ...