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Phone problems for Verizon users reported in area

Verizon phone users were experiencing call problems beginning late Friday afternoon. Many customers in central Pennsylvania, including Williamsport, were unable to receive or make calls or send texts. Much of the eastern half of the state and New Jersey was affected, according to Verizon ...

17th annual Education Celebration awards locals

The 17th annual Education Celebration hosted by the Williamsport/Lycoming Chamber of Commerce was held at the Williamsport Country Club on Thursday. The event honors outstanding achievements in education throughout the county, including honoring one student from each of the county’s school ...

Council delays levee grant application request

City Council held off Thursday on approving submitting a $5 million grant application for levee improvements. The reason is to get the wording right, making sure the city and Lycoming County’s roles are clear. The $5 million state Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program grant through the ...

Local medical group offers EMS services for region

To help ease the growing burdens on municipal fire and emergency medical service agencies, Susquehanna Regional EMS is reaching out with a partnership proposal, an official told the Lycoming County commissioners Thursday. “EMS response is something that’s become significantly ...

NWS: Rain, snow, wind hit the city and region

Rain, snow and strong winds will hit this morning and are expected to continue throughout the day, according to the National Weather Service in State College. Depending on the region, the snow could be several inches to a dusting, according to Craig Evanego, a meteorologist with the ...

Putin shows new Russian nuclear weapons: ‘It isn’t a bluff’

MOSCOW — An underwater drone armed with a nuclear warhead powerful enough to sweep away coastal facilities and aircraft carriers. A hypersonic vehicle impossible to intercept as it flies in a cloud of plasma “like a meteorite.” President Vladimir Putin said Thursday that Russia has ...

Duboistown Boro Council approves parking, traffic changes

DUBOISTOWN — Under public safety, DuBoistown borough council approved a motion at their meeting Thursday night that would change parking and traffic restrictions on several borough streets. Included in the proposed amendment are the following changes: • No parking on the east side of ...

School board ponders options to reduce district’s deficit

JERSEY SHORE — The Jersey Shore Area School Board discussed the 12 options of program cuts provided by administration in order to deal with the district’s deficit and did not eliminate any as possibilities for the district. The district is faced with a tough decision in deciding if it ...

Chemical found in water of 6 Rose Valley homes

TROUT RUN — Traces of a potentially harmful chemical found in a residential well near Rose Valley Lake has led to bottled water being brought to five occupied impacted homes. A sixth impacted rental property is vacant. The state Department of Environmental Protection began its ...

DA drops charges against nephew of slain city woman

Charges against the nephew who involved his 55-year-old aunt, who later was shot and killed outside of his Brandon Avenue double home in 2015, were dropped in Lycoming County Court Wednesday. Keith Freeman Jr., 33, was living at 421 Brandon Ave. when Knowledge Dante Frierson, 24, also of ...

Retailers Dick’s and Walmart take harder line to restrict guns sales

NEW YORK — Dick’s Sporting Goods and Walmart took steps Wednesday to restrict gun sales, adding two retail heavyweights to the growing rift between corporate America and the gun lobby. Dick’s said it will immediately stop selling assault-style rifles and ban the sale of all guns to ...

Appeals filed against school district in court

After the Montoursville Area School Board voted against the superintendent’s suggestion to fire its long-time technology coordinator, the employee argues he then was demoted, given a pay cut and burdened with unreasonable job expectations to force a resignation. Paul Smith is appealing ...

City police officer suspended, but details scant

A city police officer has been suspended with pay for six months and remains the subject of an internal police department investigation, city officials said. Cpl. Eric Houseknecht, who joined the department in 1998, was suspended for unspecified reasons, according to Mayor Gabriel J. ...

Tioga County commissioner running for state House seat

A Tioga County commissioner has announced his intent to seek the state’s 68th Legislative House seat, which represents Tioga County, western Bradford County and part of Potter County. Mark Hamilton, a Republican, said his working knowledge of the district, his leadership experience, and ...

Report: most agencies field few open records requests

HARRISBURG — Most agencies receive few or no requests for records under Pennsylvania’s public access law and only a fraction of them are appealed, according to a report on law’s costs released Tuesday. A drastic revision of Pennsylvania Right-to-Know Law was enacted a decade ago, ...

Local PPL workers help Puerto Rico recover

Two local men returned home last week after working countless hours helping to bring electricity back to Puerto Rico, months after Hurricane Maria left most of the island without power. Philip Brant, of Hughesville, and John Marquette, of Montgomery, both PPL Electric Utilities employees, ...

Will truck drivers be area’s next boon?

Truckers are expected to flow more freely and with greater volume into Williamsport and the area once a bridge across the Susquehanna River is open in 2022. The potential of capturing economic benefits and developing properties before the rush occurs was among the topics of discussion ...

Supervisors to fire company: Reveal your funding sources

MONTGOMERY — Money earned by the Clinton Township Volunteer Co. was questioned by the township supervisors at a meeting Monday night. In an ongoing discussion between the township and its fire department, township supervisors asked the department’s chief to show funds that the ...

Congressional boundaries still in doubt

HARRISBURG (AP) — The first day for congressional candidates in Pennsylvania to circulate petitions will arrive amid legal challenges to week-old court-ordered boundaries of the state’s 18 U.S. House districts. The map of districts continued Monday to spur more would-be candidates to ...