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Council selects leadership, changes curfew age

MUNCY — Borough Council elected a new council president and passed an amendment to the borough’s curfew ordinance at council’s biennial reorganization and the first regular meeting of the month, Monday night. Following the swearing in of newly-elected council member, Richard Umpstead ...

New cop in Old Lycoming Township breaks barrier

Not only did Old Lycoming Township pass a no-tax-hike budget in December, the township also brought on board its first female police officer. Shyanne McKivison, a local resident and criminal justice major at Mansfield University, was hired as a part-time officer with the department and will be ...

1st birth of new year for Billtown

Just before 2 a.m. on New Year’s Day, weighing 8 pounds and 9 ounces, a very healthy Noelan Robert Gist was born at the UPMC Susquehanna Williamsport Regional Medical Center, the first newborn of 2018 in the county. He is the first child of Kirstin and Jared Gist, of Jersey Shore. “He ...

Key state, federal offices up for election in November ’18

Voters will have a big say this year in determining the composition of the U.S. Congress and the state Legislature. A number of seats are up for grabs in 2018, including congressional seats and state House spots representing the local region. Voters also will cast ballots for Pennsylvania ...

Iran protests have most violent night

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Protests across Iran saw their most violent night as “armed protesters” tried to overrun military bases and police stations before security forces repelled them, killing 10 people, Iranian state television said Monday. The demonstrations, the largest to strike Iran ...

Community leaders’ ’18 goals include putting ‘smiles on people’

As the old adage goes, “Out with the old, in with the new” — and, for Lycoming County community leaders, that means new community goals and personal resolutions. For many, time is all-important — more time with friends and family, more time for their businesses and more time for ...

Forecaster: More cold

Get used to the bitter cold temperatures because they’re going to be around for a while, at least all this week, according the National Weather Service at State College. “A persistent trough of low pressure is hanging over the eastern part of United States, allowing cold air to spill ...

Local Prohibition-era Prince ‘was no hillbilly moonshiner’

(EDITOR’S NOTE: Today the Sun-Gazette offers the next installment in a weekly history series that tells the stories of those who came before us.) JERSEY SHORE — He was called “the prince” by some and, according to several accounts, he would entertain and hold court like true royalty. ...

South Koreans take ship, allege sanctions violated

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korean authorities have seized a Panama-flagged oil tanker suspected of evading international sanctions by trading with North Korea, officials said Sunday. An official from South Korea’s Foreign Ministry said the 5,100-ton KOTI and its crew members were ...

Witnesses: People prevented much worse attack

CAIRO (AP) — Witnesses to an attack outside a Coptic Christian church in Egypt that left nine people dead said it was residents and worshippers, not police, who kept the death toll from soaring even higher. One man in particular — a 53-year-old resident who pounced on the gunman as he was ...

Callie Cavanaugh and Jenn Gray: Persons of year honored for selfless acts

(EDITOR’S NOTE: Today the Sun-Gazette concludes its seventh annual Person of the Year series. Five finalists were spotlighted each day of the past week leading up to today. Today we salute Callie Cavanaugh and Jenn Gray as our 2017 Persons of the Year because of what we are calling ...

Westmoreland County woman killed in Saturday crash

LOCK HAVEN — An elderly Westmoreland County woman was killed Saturday morning in a two-vehicle crash on Interstate 80 in Greene Township, state police said. Doris W. Smalley. 82, of Greensburg, was pronounced dead at the scene by Clinton County Coroner Zach Hanna following the crash that ...

Clearfield County truck driver dies in Route 6 crash

WELLSBORO — A 46-year-old truck driver has died of injuries he suffered Thursday when the full-loaded logging truck he was operating crashed on Route 6 in Delmar Township, according to state police. Jason R. Kane, of Clearfield was traveling east when the truck went off the road, struck an ...

2 Las Vegas security guards fatally shot Saturday

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Two Las Vegas security guards were fatally shot Saturday while investigating a disturbance in a room at a hotel-casino and the suspected shooter is facing critical injuries after turning the gun on himself, police said. The gunman’s motive wasn’t known but investigators ...

BOLD ACTION: Voters wield power to determine city direction

(EDITOR’S NOTE: Today the Sun-Gazette continues its annual review of the past year’s major news stories.) Never let it be said that local elections don’t have consequences. Those words could be no more applicable than what occurred in the outcome of the general election of Nov. ...

‘Stay inside’: Nurse: Hypothermia, frostbite real concerns

With a wind chill consistently below zero, even during daylight hours, according to the National Weather Service, the cold Williamsport and surrounding areas is experiencing can be dangerous. “There’s a big bubble of cold air that came down from Central Canada and it’s sitting over ...

KARL FISHER: ‘A vehicle for legitimate change’

(EDITOR’S NOTE: Today the Sun-Gazette continues its seventh annual Person of the Year series. Each day will shine a spotlight on each of the finalists. On Sunday, the Sun-Gazette will name its 2017 Person of the Year.) “We had to support our coffee habit somehow.” That’s what Karl ...

Relentless cold snap creates headaches at home, on highways

TOLEDO, Ohio — Already winter-weary parts of the Midwest and East Coast are dealing with a mounting number of weather-related headaches, from highway pileups to frozen pipes and a rash of car thefts. And there’s more to come. Bitter temperatures and snow squalls have been blamed for a ...

County: Property tax prepayments prohibited by law

Thousands of taxpayers statewide are calling their local tax collectors to find out one thing: can they prepay their 2018 real estate taxes? When it comes to Lycoming County and City of Williamsport taxes, the answer is, “No.” “Pennsylvania laws do not allow prepayment of 2018 ...

Bowman Field Commission: ‘This past year was special’

(EDITOR’S NOTE: Today the Sun-Gazette continues its seventh annual Person of the Year series. Each day will shine a spotlight on each of the finalists. On Saturday, the Sun-Gazette will name its 2017 Person of the Year.) Stewards of the city’s minor league ballpark, the Bowman Field ...