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Bomber in ambulance detonates at Afghan checkpoint; 95 dead

KABUL, Afghanistan — A suicide bomber drove an ambulance into a commercial area by pretending to be carrying a patient to a hospital and then detonated his explosives at a checkpoint near the European Union consulate, killing at least 95 people and wounding 158 more in an attack claimed by ...

Board hears public rumblings over closure

JERSEY SHORE — With an estimated $2.3 million deficit causing the school board to consider options for lowering it, the school district held its Salladasburg Elementary School closing public hearing on Friday. The district is also considering the possibility of closing Avis Elementary ...

New Jersey Shore school would be ‘all hands on deck’

JERSEY SHORE — The proposed reconfiguration of the district includes a new set up of administrators under the recommendation of Superintendent Dr. Jill Wenrich as the school district takes a look at battling it’s estimated $2.3 million deficit. During two public hearings regarding the ...

Pricey City Hall repairs to be tackled

City Hall has urgent repair needs in order to comply with federal law and to make employees and visitors feel more comfortable and safe, city officials said Friday. The estimated cost to meet the repair needs is estimated at more than $450,000, according to Mayor Gabriel J. Campana, who added ...

Relations between Trump, global elites seem to thaw at Davos summit

DAVOS, Switzerland — Snow was piled high outside, but inside the Davos summit, relations between President Donald Trump and the assembled global elites seemed to thaw. Before Trump’s debut appearance at the World Economic Forum, critics speculated that the president would function as a ...

Michigan St athletic director retires over Nassar sex abuse

EAST LANSING, Mich. — Michigan State University’s athletic director retired Friday, two days after the university president resigned over the school’s handling of sexual abuse allegations against its disgraced former sports doctor, Larry Nassar. Mark Hollis, who had been in the job for ...

Tensions high at school’s public hearing to address possible closures

JERSEY SHORE — A decision about whether to close Avis Elementary School will not be made until at least three months from now, the Jersey Shore Area School District solicitor said Thursday. Attorney Austin White made the statement at the beginning of the public hearing the district held ...

Reentry bid goes to GEO with 2-1 vote

After lengthy discussion Thursday, the Lycoming County commissioners chose incumbent GEO Group over Firetree Limited by a 2-1 vote, with Rick Mirabito voting against. The commissioners elected to choose a vendor for re-entry services and later negotiate a contract with that vendor. Before ...

Salary hike for landfill position approved, $90K

The Lycoming County commissioners unanimously approved changing the Resource Management Services business manager position to a title of comptroller/business manager and upgraded the payscale to a $90,000 annual salary. The commissioners explained that a comptroller, or head of financials, ...

City charges non-compliant landlords with $600 fee

The city Bureau of Codes has started citing rental property owners $600 if rental properties are not inspected every four years. “We have issued at least a dozen citations this year,” said Joseph Gerardi, city codes administrator, on Thursday. “Many experienced landlords are ignoring ...

Businesses garner chamber awards

Business leaders were recognized for their entrepreneurial spirit and contributions to the community during the Williamsport/Lycoming Chamber of Commerce annual awards banquet Thursday. Among the businesses honored for special recognition, were Accelerated Speed Dynamics, PMF Industries, and ...

Nichols inducted to Crosscutters Hall of Fame

Above, Bill Nichols Jr., left, accepts a plaque from announcer Ken Sawyer upon being inducted into the Williamsport Crosscutters Hall of Fame during the annual Hot Stove Banquet at the Genetti Hotel Wednesday. Nichols was honored for his efforts to raise funds for renovations to Bowman Field ...

Marino talks redistricting, gov’t shutdown

The state Supreme Court ruling earlier this week striking down the state’s congressional map has drawn blasts from Republican House members, including U.S. Rep. Tom Marino, R-Cogan Station. Marino said it’s outrageous that the state Legislature must now come up with a replacement map by ...

Public rails against talk of school closures

JERSEY SHORE — Residents of the area school district here aren’t buying into the board’s preliminary plan to hold hearings about closing two schools to help reduce its $2.3 million deficit. “It’s beyond my comprehension why the school board and administration would consider a matter ...

Gym doctor gets 40 to 175 years in prison

LANSING, Mich. — The former sports doctor who admitted molesting some of the nation’s top gymnasts for years under the guise of medical treatment was sentenced Wednesday to 40 to 175 years in prison by a judge who proudly told him, “I just signed your death warrant.” The sentence ...

Toys R Us’s 180 closures include local branch

PENNSDALE — The Toys R Us store next to the Lycoming Mall near Muncy is among 180 targeted to close in coming months. The closures are part of a bid to restructure the company and emerge from bankruptcy protections, according to Toys R Us officials. Opened in 1994, the local Toys R Us is ...

Gander Outdoors to hold grand opening

PENNSDALE — Gander Outdoors will hold a grand opening Saturday at the former Gander Mountain store near the Lycoming Mall. The newly branded store will occupy the former Gander Mountain location at 66 Mall Parkway and employ more than 70 part-time employees and full-time staff. The ...

Commissioners addresses salary bump for landfill position

The Lycoming County commissioners announced Tuesday that the business manager position for county Resource Management Services will change to business manager/comptroller, with comptroller being the term for someone in charge of financials. Since then, concerns were raised over the position’s ...

Practice & preparation: Hostage-taking exercise a training for the worst

PENNSDALE — It’s happening across the nation, in schools and malls. Active shooters and hostage-takers are becoming a reality, almost daily. On Wednesday, emergency personnel with the North Central Task Force, trained for such a scenario in the Lycoming Mall. The action began ...

Partnership awards grants to area nonprofit organizations

The First Community Foundation Partnership of Pennsylvania, 201 W. Fourth St., awarded grants to many local nonprofit organizations on Wednesday. Jennifer Wilson, foundation president and CEO, said FCFP Connects is the title of the group of events that happened on Wednesday. “We had ...