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Marvin Harold Staiman

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Williamsport lost its most prolific news clipping service and one of its most beloved citizens when Marvin Harold Staiman, 93, passed away from complications of Covid-19 on Sunday, January 17, 2021. Marvin departed this world less than four months after losing his childhood sweetheart and the ...

Pandemic’s impact on tax revenue begins to become clearer

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There’s no formula to determine whether the coronavirus had an economic impact resulting in more tax bill delinquencies in the communities comprising the Greater Williamsport region than before the virus emerged — but the financial picture is starting to emerge. Williamsport has to get ...

Biden’s US revives support for WHO, reversing Trump retreat

Health

GENEVA — The United States will resume funding for the World Health Organization and join its consortium aimed at sharing coronavirus vaccines fairly around the globe, President Joe Biden’s top adviser on the pandemic said Thursday, renewing support for an agency that the Trump ...

Indoor farmer AppHarvest starts shipping tomatoes

Business

AppHarvest — an indoor farming company backed by Martha Stewart — thinks the agriculture sector is ripe for disruption. And now, its tomatoes are ripe for eating. The Morehead, Kentucky-based company said Tuesday it has begun shipping beefsteak tomatoes to Kroger, Walmart, Publix and ...

Biden’s Bible puts him in line with inaugural tradition

Religion

WASHINGTON — Joe Biden and Kamala Harris took their oaths of office on Wednesday using Bibles that are laden with personal meaning, writing new chapters in a long-running American tradition — and one that appears nowhere in the law. The Constitution does not require the use of a specific ...

City Council keeps half-mill tax hike

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City Council decided to not reopen the 2021 budget. In doing so, the half-mill tax increase — $50 more a year on a property assessed as a $100,000 value — will remain as it was adopted in 2020 and approved by Mayor Derek Slaughter. Council President Randall J. Allison said at the ...

Unemployment rate stable as payrolls shrink

Business

HARRISBURG (AP) — Pennsylvania’s unemployment rate remained stable and on par with the national rate in December, although the labor force and payrolls shrank, according to state figures released Friday. Pennsylvania’s unemployment rate was 6.7%, down one-tenth of a percentage point ...

Geisinger CEO: Positivity rate still at concerning levels but falling

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DANVILLE — Over the last week Geisinger started to see a slight downward trend in COVID positivity test rates, but the healthcare professionals are continuing to urge locals to utilize the mitigation measures ­— masking, social distancing, not congregating outside of your household — ...

Final beam in place at new Geisinger facility in Muncy

Health

PENNSDALE — The final beam for the new 120,000-square-foot Geisinger Medical Center healthplex in Muncy Township was placed on Nov. 17. Due to the placement of the beam during the COVID pandemic, Geisinger, Highmark and their construction crews held a private ceremony to celebrate the ...

Construction business receives three quality paving awards

Business

Glenn O. Hawbaker, Inc., a heavy construction services and products company received three quality paving awards at the 61st annual PAPA Conference. PAPA works in conjunction with PennDOT to determine and award the best paving project in each of PennDOT’s 11 engineering districts. They ...

Footsteps to Follow: Nowhere to run, nowhere to hide

Religion

Most everyone has heard the stories about Jonah. I am reminded of a song from the Vietnam era, “Nowhere To Run To; Nowhere To Hide.” Adam and Eve learned this, and Jonah did too. When God calls us to do something and we choose to do it our way, no matter where we hide, God will find ...

Reighard elected planning commission chairman

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The Lycoming County Planning Commission elected Joe Reighard as chairman on Thursday. Reighard replaces Carl Nolan who was elected secretary. The board also elected Brett Taylor as vice chairman. He previously served as secretary. In other matters, it was agreed to begin the search for a ...

Ask UPMC: When are antibiotics safe for children?

Health

Antibiotics are a weapon to fight disease through targeting the bacteria that can cause illness. However, overuse of antibiotics can cause bacteria to develop a resistance to antibiotic treatment, which allow bacteria to continue to grow and make them difficult to kill. According to the ...

Existing home sales rise in 2020 to highest in 14 years

Business

WASHINGTON — Sales of existing homes rose 0.7% in December, pushing the entirety of 2020 to a pace not seen in 14 years and providing one of the few bright spots for a U.S. economy mired in a global pandemic. Rising sales in the final month of the year lifted activity to a seasonally ...

UPMC Susquehanna planning new projects

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New services and projects at local UPMC facilities are expected to come to the Susquehanna Region hospitals and facilities later this winter and spring, according to Steve Johnson, UPMC Susquehanna president and CEO. Projects such as hospital upgrades, new locations, expanded services and ...

Lock Haven woman heads to court over death of boy, 9

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LOCK HAVEN — Jamie Lynne Jackson, 36, charged with criminal homicide in the death of her 9-year-old nephew, was bound over on all charges by District Judge Keith Kibler following a preliminary hearing Thursday afternoon at the Clinton County Courthouse. Jackson is also charged with ...

Montgomery man arraigned on rape charges

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A Montgomery man allegedly raped an underaged girl six years ago, according to a state police investigation this January. Brian Morehart, now 48, of 112 Broad St., Montgomery, faces several charges pertaining to the indecent assault on a victim, who is now 15, after that victim brought her ...

State vaccine allocation overwhelmed

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Tuesday’s expansion of eligibility for Pennsylvanians to receive a COVID-19 vaccine has left many state residents asking “How can I get the vaccine?” The answer is not clear-cut, and involves a lot of waiting. On Tuesday, the Pennsylvania Department of Health expanded the list of ...

Eight people receive sentences

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Eight people were recently sentenced in Lycoming County Court. One person was sentenced to state prison. He is: • Stephen Moore, 31, of Williamsport, 18-36 months for distributing a controlled substance (cocaine) and criminal use of a communications facility. One person was sentenced to ...