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Marvin Harold Staiman

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

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 ...

City Council keeps half-mill tax hike

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 ...

Geisinger CEO: Positivity rate still at concerning levels but falling

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 — ...

Reighard elected planning commission chairman

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 ...

UPMC Susquehanna planning new projects

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 ...

State vaccine allocation overwhelmed

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 ...

State passes 20K COVID deaths

HARRISBURG (AP) — Pennsylvania has surpassed 20,000 deaths from the coronavirus, the state Department of Health reported Thursday. The department said another 260 people died from the virus, pushing the total past 20,120. Pennsylvania’s seven-day average of deaths reported hit its ...

Biden’s climate steps could have big impact on energy firms

NEW YORK — President Joe Biden has put his team to work reviewing dozens of actions taken by former President Donald Trump, aiming to reverse orders that he says harm the environment or endanger public health. For the energy and auto industries, the impact could be far-reaching. Biden ...

County commissioners approve youth services agreements

Lycoming County Commissioners voted to accept several agreements for youth and family services during their meeting Tuesday. A contract approved with Adelphoi Village, Inc. covers foster care and residential care services. The costs, which have been increased by 2 percent from 2020, ...

Blighted properties reviewed by city

The city blighted property review board voted Wednesday to list a city property as blighted and give another property owner more time to complete a rehabilitation. In a public hearing Wednesday on Zoom, the four board members listened as city codes enforcement officials and property managers ...

School board explores refinancing options, approves projects

The Muncy Area School Board unanimously moved to begin surveying its credit rating in preparation of refinancing bonds at next month’s meeting. The district stood to save money on bonds if they refinanced them at present interest rates, according to Audrey Bear, the managing director at ...

Biden takes the helm at president; Harris makes history as VP

WASHINGTON — Joe Biden was sworn in as the 46th president of the United States on Wednesday, declaring that “democracy has prevailed” and summoning American resilience and unity to confront the deeply divided nation’s historic confluence of crises. Alongside him, Kamala Harris became ...

Local leaders hope for nation to move forward

Local leaders are looking forward to the nation navigating a steady course toward a bright future as President Joe Biden assumes leadership of the country. “I just hope we are moving in a positive direction,” Williamsport City Councilwoman Bonnie Katz said. “I think like everyone else I ...

Trump bids farewell to Washington, hints at comeback

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — His presidency over, Donald Trump said farewell to Washington on Wednesday but also hinted about a comeback. “So just a goodbye. We love you,” Trump told supporters at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland where he walked across a red carpet and boarded Air Force One ...

Committee weighs moving, staying options for City Hall

City Council’s Ad Hoc City Hall Committee met Tuesday and honed in on two final options — to remain at the current City Hall or to renovate office space the city owns at Trade and Transit Centre I or II. “I think we are making progress to the point of completion for the committee,” ...

Franklin Township receives grant to update sewer system

LAIRDSVILLE — A sewer project here will receive a $2.76 million grant through the Pennsylvania Infrastructure Investment Authority (PENNVEST), according to state Sen. Gene Yaw, R-Loyalsock Township, and state Rep. Joe Hamm, R-Hepburn Township. As part of the current round of PENNVEST loan ...

Superintendent: District ready when vaccines available

When the COVID-19 vaccine becomes available for staff and faculty in the Williamsport Area School District, Dr. Timothy S. Bowers, district superintendent, assured members of the school board that the district would be ready. Noting that the administration has been proactively reaching out to ...

Audit reveals positive financial year for WASD despite virus

The Williamsport Area School District ended the last fiscal year on a positive note financially, in spite of, or perhaps because of, the COVID-19 pandemic, according to the report from representatives of Baker Tilly who conducted the final audit for the district. The results of the audit were ...

ELSD addresses graduation concerns

HUGHESVILLE — Even though June is months away, graduation is still on the minds of administrators and parents, at least the parents who reached out to the East Lycoming School Board at their meeting Tuesday. One parent questioned if the district had started making plans for the event, ...