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Mussina gets inducted into Cooperstown today

As a child, Mike Mussina threw a rubber ball against a concrete wall in his parents’ basement. He emulated baseball’s best pitchers and dreamed big. Then Mussina lived his dreams. He became the one that kids emulated. And now Mussina is living the ultimate baseball dream. Mussina ...

Poor 2020 census response would hurt county

If Lycoming County doesn’t improve its response rate in the coming 2020 census, it will lose the fair apportionment of the federal government’s $675 billion discretionary spending, according to census officials Thursday. The census starts April 1, 2020. Historically, Lycoming ...

Everett talks education

State spending for public education for pre-kindergarten through grade 12 students continues to increase each year. And while that’s not necessarily a bad thing, the additional annual spending has not led to best results, according to a local lawmaker. State Rep. Garth Everett, R-Muncy, ...

Local derby racer earns All-American status in Akron

Two area youths who competed in Saturday’s national Soap Box Derby in Akron, Ohio, fell short of first place finishes, but are champions just the same. Lucas McCahan, of Muncy, finished seventh in the Stock Division, good enough to achieve All-American status. Sarah Stugart, of ...

Area residents recall historic day that man stepped on moon

But would they return? That was among the many emotions, thoughts and concerns of local people who watched the historic first moon landing of Apollo 11 50 years ago today — July 20, 1969 — as it was broadcast in grainy black-and-white images on television sets across the nation. Many ...

Local derby racer earns All-American status in Akron

Two area youths who competed in Saturday’s national Soap Box Derby in Akron, Ohio, fell short of first place finishes, but are champions just the same. Lucas McCahan, of Muncy, finished seventh in the Stock Division, good enough to achieve All-American status. Sarah Stugart, of ...

Apollo 11 memorabilia on display at museum

A collection of items related to the Apollo 11 moon mission is on display through Sept. 1 at the Taber Museum on West Fourth Street. The collection, from late local teacher Will Huffman, includes photos from NASA, a letter to the Sun-Gazette, autographs from the three astronauts on the ...

City officers to receive financial settlements

Two city police officers are expected to receive financial payouts through a former city insurance carrier after they filed civil claims against their supervisors in U.S. Middle District Court. City officials said Friday police Lts. Steven Helm and Fred Miller each will receive money as part ...

How to stay cool during heat wave

With the area in the middle of a three-day heat wave, today expected to be the hottest of the three, area residents should be aware that when the heat index is predicted to top out at over 100 degrees staying cool becomes critical. Staying hydrated is the number one priority. “No matter ...

Bicyclist rides cross-country to raise money for cancer research

In early May, Dan Hurwitz, originally of Williamsport, started a cross-country bike trip to raise money for the Dana Farber Cancer Research facility in Boston, Massachusetts. Planning a bike trip from one end of the country, starting in San Jose, California, to the other has been one of ...

Library launching bookmobile campaign

Looking to future library trends, the James V. Brown Library will launch a Bookmobile campaign in Spring 2020, Barbara S. McGary, the library’s executive director told the library trustees on Thursday. The program is expected to be implemented in 2021. McGary noted that in the next six ...

City schools ready for new year

Williamsport area school staff are busy readying the buildings and grounds for the coming school year by cleaning classrooms and hiring new staff, said officials. Work is continuing on Millionaire Road, leading to the high school. The focus is on the schools getting back to 100 percent ...

Historical buildings, sites list amended; grants possible

State grant funds may be available for owners of the city’s historically significant properties. City Council listened this week to Mary Rucinski, of community development, present a proposal to amend a list of such buildings and sites. “They will be put on the Lycoming County website ...

Rain poses challenge for farmers

Though a multitude of crops are grown in the river valley, heavy rain showers coupled with high winds bode well for some plants and bad for others, according to local farmers. Flooded fields and atypical growing patterns are recurring problems this summer. “It’s been pretty good, but ...

Officials: Hospital may bring $200 million to area in 2020

The Lycoming County commissioners approved the Geisinger Authority’s application to distribute tax-exempt bonds Thursday. The hospital could bring up to $200 million to the area, said officials. “In addition to providing healthcare, the economic impact is extremely important for rural ...

Council elects new president, vice president

Randall J. Allison was elected president of City Council and Liz Miele as vice president Thursday night. Their terms last through the end of the year, when a new mayor and council members are elected and a reorganizational session follows in January. Allison thanked his colleagues on ...

County prothonotary now accepting card payments

The Lycoming County Prothonotary began accepting electronic payments over-the-counter Monday, with efforts to move the office into electronic filing in the future. Credit card payments will be accepted over the counter, and telephone for copy requests, but not for bail transactions, summary ...

PHARE funds coming to Lycoming county

The Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency Board has approved the release of $2.47 million in Pennsylvania Housing Affordability and Rehabilitation Enhancement (PHARE) funding to be distributed across Lycoming, Bradford, Sullivan, Susquehanna and Union counties. Since 2012, the PHARE program has ...

Children compete in their own demolition derby

The sun set on the Lycoming County Fair Saturday as the drivers took their place in this year’s Kids Power Wheels. Folks throughout the grandstand counted down from five to start the first demo derby of the night. The kids broke free from their lineups and began the night of collisions ...

Hot days ahead, meteorologists issue caution

With a short-lived heat wave expected to come close to 100 degrees — a historical rarity in this area — the National Weather Service advises Pennsylvanians take caution. Though it’s only a few days, it will still be “dangerous,” said Aaron Tyburski, meteorologist. “We’re ...