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Crosscutters scramble to welcome more fans

The staff of the Williamsport Crosscutters had to throw out many of their preseason plans Tuesday afternoon — but the team’s staff are the first to acknowledge that it’s a great thing. When Gov. Tom Wolf announced beginning on Memorial Day occupancy restrictions were being lifted, the ...

Area school officials forewarn of ‘funding cliff’ arriving soon

Public school superintendents warned Thursday during a conference in Williamsport that a “flat funding” model of state aid to districts won’t meet educational needs and will likely result in tax increases and fewer services now and in the future. Superintendents spoke at the PA Schools ...

Muncy Borough denies parade request, cleans oil spill

Borough council turned down a request from the Muncy Veterans of Foreign Wars to host a Memorial Day parade due to several obstacles due to compliance with Pennsylvania Department of Transportation policy. According to Borough Council President Ed Feigles, the VFW asked the borough to stand ...

City parks survey for accessibility under development

A community survey of city parks is the next project the city accessibility advisory commission has undertaken. It would be a query of city residents and others offering them a chance to answer questions on their viewpoints are of city parks, to gain insight as the commission continues to ...

Loyalsock fills school board vacancy, updates bus schedule change proposal

The Loyalsock Township School Board approved Hal Gee to fill the seat of board member John Raymond who had resigned, effective April 8. Gee will now be sworn in by a member of the judiciary prior to the next meeting, May 12. Because Raymond had served as board vice-president, the board ...

Community members voice concerns about student protest

About 20 people intent on schooling the school board concerning a rally at the Williamsport Area High School in April, which they alleged was in support of Black Lives Matter, attended a recent meeting to offer their feedback. Voicing their concerns over the rally, which they contend was not ...

WASD early budget comes with tax hike; changes expected

The Williamsport Area School Board gave their approval to a proposed final budget for 2021-22 with a .53 mill increase in real estate taxes, although Wanda M. Erb, board secretary and business administrator, told the board that before the final budget is approved in June, that number should be ...

Lawmaker visits city businesses

Government policies and restrictions have prevented businesses from hiring more workers and returning to pre-pandemic operations, according to U.S. Rep. Fred Keller, R-Kreamer. The lawmaker took time this week to visit with business owners in his 12th Congressional District including ...

WIlliamsport Area School District talks mental health, fills vacant board seat

Two new coordinator of trauma and mental health services positions were approved by the Williamsport Area School Board to help to deal with what Dr. Richard Poole, the district’s director of student services, termed a significant growth and need among students K-12 in the district. “There ...

One ritzy fundraiser shows how tough selling lobbying reform may be

Editor’s note: Spotlight PA is an independent, non-partisan newsroom powered by The Philadelphia Inquirer in partnership with PennLive/The Patriot-News, TribLIVE/Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, and WITF Public Media. HARRISBURG — For the first time, the Pennsylvania legislature’s top leaders ...

First Fridays to kick off with salute to gardening

The widely popular Lycoming Arts First Friday event is coming back to downtown Williamsport. “We are thrilled,” said Shanin Dougherty, co-chair of the First Friday Committee. “We have missed it over the last year. ... we are hoping that people can get out and experience First Friday, ...

2 dead in crash near Ralston

RALSTON — Two elderly women from Bradford County were killed instantly in a violent head-on collision that involved two pickup trucks on Route 14, about a half a mile north of Ralston, at 1:10 p.m. Tuesday, state police confirmed. The two were passengers in a northbound Toyota Tundra ...

Lycoming County Commissioners approve grant for gas line

Lycoming County commissioners approved a $287,379 state grant to fund a gas pipeline extension to the Timber Run Industrial Park at their meeting this week. Digger Specialties, Inc. is set to open a facility for employing up to 150 people at the site along Route 15 across from the county ...

Mother speaks on law enforcement relations with autistic people

In the fourth virtual meeting to address criminal justice reform for Pennsylvanians with Autism, a Lycoming County woman and parent of a person with autism, spoke candidly about her experiences and provided suggestions for change in protocols in the courtroom and with law enforcement. Shelly ...

South Williamsport District Board votes to add positions

In order to address issues resulting from the shutdown of schools last year, South Williamsport Area School District’s Superintendent Mark Stamm recommended staffing changes, including hiring an additional second grade teacher, elementary instructional intervention teacher and replacing the ...

Montoursville set for paving road work

Montoursville Borough Council approved Glenn O. Hawbaker Inc. for street improvement work at a cost of $402,598 during its meeting this week. The project, set to get under way this summer, is to include paving of Walnut Street and replacement of curbs. Council also approved the paving of ...

Budget vote to come later this month at South Williamsport

Jamie Mowrey, business manager at the South Williamsport Area School District, repeated her recommendation that the board increase real estate taxes in the district by .32 percent for the 2021-22 fiscal year, but action on the measure will not be taken until the next meeting. During a ...

Little League World Series announces US-only tournament for 2021

Little League International president and CEO Steve Keener announced Monday there will be a World Series in South Williamsport this summer, but it will not feature any international teams. Instead, the annual event will be comprised of 16 American teams. The decision to not have international ...

Mansfield University president speaks on board vote to integrate schools

“Focus on the opportunities for students,” said Dr. Charles Patterson, president of Mansfield University, commenting on the integration implementation plan approved by the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education Board of Governors. “This is about students. The whole plan is really ...

Economic committee hears from manufacturing specialist

The city is looking to promote its many resources and pluses as a prime host location to prospective manufacturers. “How do we target and find the right businesses?” asked City Councilman David Banks, chairman of the city economic revitalization committee, which met recently with an ...