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COVID-19

Leadership Lycoming class graduates amid COVID-19

Masks were the fashion accessory of the day as members of the Leadership Lycoming Class of 2020 received their plaque at graduation ceremonies Thursday. In delivering the remarks for the class, spokesperson Brittany Fischer commented on how the class’ year which had begun as a regular and ...

Insinger’s contract questioned with future of HS sports hazy

Members of the Loyalsock Township School Board, earlier this week, discussed how to handle a recommendation to extend a contract with Ronald Insinger, the district’s athletic director, for the upcoming school year factoring in the uncertainty of school sports during the pandemic. One board ...

Loyalsock aims to stick with in-person learning plan

Loyalsock Township Superintendent Gerald McLaughlin told the district’s board that plans to bring students back to school for the fall five days a week for in-person instruction are moving forward with the date for opening set at Aug. 31. McLaughlin made the comments at the board’s ...

US jobless claims fall below 1 million but remain high

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of Americans applying for unemployment dropped below 1 million last week for the first time since the coronavirus outbreak took hold in the U.S. five months ago, but layoffs are still running extraordinarily high. The figures show that the crisis continues to ...

For Americans waiting on aid amid the ongoing pandemic, no new relief in sight

WASHINGTON (AP) — With talks on emergency coronavirus aid having stalled out, both sides played the blame game Thursday rather than make any serious moves to try to break their stalemate. Official Washington is emptying, national politics is consuming the airwaves and the chasm between the ...

Mummers won’t strut through South Side this year

The 75th annual South Williamsport Mummers Parade that had been set for October has been canceled, with organizers citing regulatory obstacles in obtaining a permit from the state Department of Transportation. “I’m very frustrated,” Dori Rankinen, who has been involved with organizing ...

Evangelical officials seek more funding, PPE, telehealth permanence

LEWISBURG — “I don’t think anybody would have imagined that we would all be sitting in a room wearing masks to do many things,” Congressman Fred Keller, R-Kreamer, said in a roundtable discussion with Evangelical Community Hospital administration this week. Keller, alongside ...

United Way survey examines virus impact on working poor

The United Way of Pennsylvania is conducting an online survey on the impact that the COVID-19 pandemic has had on people categorized as “Asset-Limited, Income-Constrained, Employed” (ALICE), or the working poor. “ALICE represents the 24 percent of Pennsylvanians who work, but struggle ...

Not everyone happy with hybrid model in Montoursville

Montoursville Area School District’s plan for students to start the school year under the hybrid model was discussed at Tuesday’s board meeting with some people expressing concern that students will not be in classrooms five days a week. Superintendent Christina Bason told residents and ...

East Lycoming schools maintain plans to reopen Aug. 26

HUGHESVILLE — East Lycoming School District’s plans to reopen schools Aug. 26 with in-person instruction five days a week were reinforced this week by district Superintendent Michael Pawlik. Pawlik told the school board that parents may choose other options, such as a blended model or ...

Penn College holds graduation ceremony

This year has been one of change and innovation and the combined commencement at The Pennsylvania College of Technology for the Spring and Summer 2020 semesters was certainly indicative of creative adaptation. Held over the course of three days, a total 512 students received their diplomas ...

6 firefighters test positive for COVID-19

In the past week all staff members of the Williamsport Bureau of Fire were tested for COVID-19. As of Monday, six staff members have tested positive and 27 staff members have tested negative for the virus. According to a news release from the bureau, no members who have tested positive are ...

Big Ten season still up in air

As the Big Ten season seems one day closer to official cancellation due to the coronavirus, conflicting reports persist. A published report appeared Monday morning in the Detroit Free Press that the Big Ten football season will be canceled, which was followed by a report on the Dan Patrick ...

Montoursville schools talk hybrid learning model

Montoursville Area School District's plan for students to start the school year under the hybrid model was discussed at Tuesday's board meeting with some people expressing concern that students will not be in classrooms five days a week. Superintendent Christina Bason told residents and ...

PIAA responds to governor’s pessimism on fall sports

Gov. Tom Wolf sent shockwaves throughout the sports world Thursday when he recommended at his daily press conference that no sports should be played until Jan. 1. The response came when a reporter asked for guidance regarding fans and spectators at high school sporting events this fall. The ...

Worries about 2020 census’ accuracy grow with cut schedule

ORLANDO, Fla. — The U.S. Census Bureau is cutting its schedule for data collection for the 2020 census a month short as legislation that would have extended the national head count’s deadlines stalls in Congress. The move is worrying researchers, politicians and others who say the change ...

Rental evictions restart at month’s end

Evictions can legally begin at the end of the month, said area landlords and city officials. Landlords who’ve been asked to hold off on issuing eviction notices can begin the process on Aug. 31. On May 7, Gov. Tom Wolf imposed a four-month moratorium on evictions and amended it later to ...

White Deer staff reportedly test positive for COVID-19

Staff members have tested positive for COVID-19 at White Deer Run of Williamsport, 901 Westminster Drive, according to an administrative assistant there, though CEO Jeff Thomas said the company would not comment on positive staff members due to privacy concerns. “We do not have any ...