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COVID-19

Businesses get relief from pandemic’s pain through grants, loans

Businesses struggling to get back on their feet from the vicious punch of the coronavirus are grateful to have received local funding for their operations. The second round of dollars from the Williamsport/Lycoming Chamber of Commerce’s Small Business Relief Fund will partially be provided ...

Chamber offers financial relief to local businesses

The Williamsport/Lycoming Chamber of Commerce announced the first set of grants and loans awarded to small businesses in Lycoming County through the Lycoming County Small Business Relief Fund Grant & Loan program. The pool of $200,000 in funds was funded in part by the Covid-19 United ...

Official: ManorCare JS virus patients recovering; no new cases to report

JERSEY SHORE — It seems the coronavirus scourge responsible for 23 COVID-19-related deaths at ManorCare-Jersey Shore has finally come to an end. “There have been no new cases or new deaths reported at ManorCare-Jersey Shore. There are now 49 patients who have recovered from the ...

City has loans for pandemic-hit businesses

Small businesses that closed or lost cashflow during COVID-19 can approach the city Community Development office for loans, city officials said. Council’s economic revitalization committee Friday heard from the administration about the COVID-19 Small Business Loan Program. “It’s a ...

Wolf loosens restrictions in last of counties except Lebanon

HARRISBURG — Parts of Pennsylvania that were among the hardest hit by the coronavirus pandemic will move next week into the less restrictive “green” zone for reopening businesses and restarting group activities, the Wolf administration announced Friday. The 12 counties going from yellow ...

Lycoming County no new COVID-19 cases

HARRISBURG - The Pennsylvania Department of Health today confirmed as of 12:00 a.m., June 20, that there are 504 additional positive cases of COVID-19, bringing the statewide total to 81,266. All 67 counties in Pennsylvania have cases of COVID-19. Lycoming County has had 172 positive cases to ...

High layoffs persist, suggesting a slow economic rebound

WASHINGTON — Three months after the viral outbreak shut down businesses across the country, U.S. employers are still shedding jobs at a heavy rate, a trend that points to a slow and prolonged recovery from the recession. The number of laid-off workers seeking unemployment benefits barely ...

Rep. Fred Keller’s listening tour seeks input on possible police reform

WELLSBORO — Standardized testing and community policing are needed to change police culture and end unnecessary violence, said law enforcement specialists at a roundtable discussion in the Tioga County courthouse. As part of a listening tour by U.S. Rep. Fred Keller, R-Kreamer, who said his ...

State Supreme Court will hear lawsuit over shutdown dispute

HARRISBURG (AP) — Pennsylvania’s highest court on Wednesday granted the Democratic governor’s request and took over a lawsuit by legislative Republicans that could end his pandemic shutdown order. The Supreme Court announced it will decide the case filed by Senate Republicans, seeking to ...

State asks court to shut down Carlisle auto show

HARRISBURG (AP) — A large auto show in central Pennsylvania poses a risk to the public due to coronavirus concerns and should be shut down, the state Health Department argued in an emergency court filing made Wednesday. The agency told Commonwealth Court in a request for an injunction that ...

Lycoming County no new COVID-19 cases

HARRISBURG - The Pennsylvania Department of Health today confirmed as of 12:00 a.m., June 18, that there are 418 additional positive cases of COVID-19, bringing the statewide total to 80,236. All 67 counties in Pennsylvania have cases of COVID-19. Lycoming County has had 172 positive cases to ...

3 Montgomery seniors donate ‘health’ bags to homeless shelters

MONTGOMERY— Three Montgomery High School seniors, Saige Whipple, Emily Wolfgang and Cameron Yeagle, were chosen to work on a social change project with the Pennsylvania College of Technology Youth Leadership program and got their project “Handy Health Bags” funded by the college. The ...

Commissioners OK money for ailing businesses

A proposal to help businesses impacted by the coronavirus pandemic drew pushback from people who want to know why Lycoming County commissioners haven’t used money to move residents from a nursing home. The request by the Williamsport/Lycoming Chamber of Commerce for $150,000 was approved by ...

South school board OKs no-tax-hike budget

The South Williamsport Area School Board Monday night approved a 2020-21 budget that holds the line on real estate taxes. The $19.5 million spending plan is supported by a tax millage rate of 16.78. Other revenue sources in support of the budget are a 1.1 percent earned income tax and 0.5 ...

Community Arts Center uses time off during pandemic for renovation projects

All renovations at the Community Arts Center are slated for completion by the end of June, said administrators. Heavy rain storms a year ago caused the roof to leak above the stage and dressing rooms, warping the 27-year-old maple flooring. With the First Community Foundation Partnership ...

Third Street building a possible option for city’s government

A former bank building on West Third Street has more than enough space on two floors to be selected as a relocation of offices in City Hall. As part of discussion by City Council’s City Hall Building Ad Hoc Committee, Councilman Vincent Pulizzi said he toured the former Santander Bank ...

Area businesses navigate a wedding season impacted by COVID19

vents canceled or postponed, flowers being destroyed because there’s no way to get them shipped, these are just some of the realities of running a business related to the wedding industry in the era of the COVID-19 pandemic. According to The Knot, a popular wedding website, weddings cost ...

Venues adapting to canceled, rescheduled weddings

For brides-to-be in the time of COVID-19, the pandemic has been less about social distancing and hand sanitizing, and more about putting your dreams on hold and postponing that special day. According to Becky Yeagle, general manager at Herman & Luther’s, Montoursville, a wedding venue ...

Local attorneys weigh in on state dispute on COVID-19

Local attorneys were split on the General Assembly’s decision to countermand Gov. Tom Wolf’s actions closing businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic, which will prompt a fight in courts. Where the governor’s emergency powers end is unclear, but state legislators would need to amend or ...

Mayor denying all permits for mass gatherings in July

Mayor Derek Slaughter said he has denied permits for all mass gatherings during July due to the COVID-19 pandemic. That would stop the proposed meeting of the neo-Nazi National Socialist Movement rally that was considering applying for a permit for July 18, according to Slaughter. Lycoming ...