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Group honors veterans’ sacrifice in Montoursville

Well before the rifle salute and the playing of “Taps” and Arno Vosk had closed the event with his bagpipes rendition of “Amazing Grace,” a decided feeling of solemnity surrounded the Veterans Day ceremony held under gray November skies at the Montoursville Cemetery. A state ...

South Side passes budget with no increase in tax rate

South Williamsport Borough Council approved a no-tax-increase budget Monday night. The borough adopted a 2020 budget of $2.4 million. The tax rate is 4.48 mills for general purposes and 0.64 mills for fire protection service, for a total of 5.12 mills, said Steven W. Cappelli, borough ...

Tie on vote to close Jersey Shore schools stalls decision

JERSEY SHORE — The Jersey Shore Area School Board ended its Monday meeting with a tied vote on a motion to close Avis and Salladasburg elementary schools and reconfigure the grades. The vote was 4-4. On the agenda were six options, but only one made it to the floor, only to be voted down. ...

Accidental death reported at World’s End State Park

There was a report of an accidental death at World’s End State Park, in Forksville Township, at about 8 a.m. Sunday. State Trooper Weaver, working out of Laporte, received the call and is investigating the death at the park. According to a public release, it was a hiker, 17, of Philadelphia, ...

Collapse of Berlin Wall signaled end to the Cold War

Perhaps no event symbolizes the end of the Cold War more significantly than that of the collapse of the Berlin Wall 30 years ago. On Nov. 9, 1989, a tidal wave of East Germans poured across the West Berlin border separating them from their West German neighbors when travel restrictions ...

Cold temperatures with a little snow expected this week

Colder temperatures will bring a bit of snow to the area this week, according to Charles Ross, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service, in State College. Although the weather this week isn’t abnormal for November, the temperatures are. This week will be colder with temperatures in ...

Aging US dams pose risk to thousands of Americans

On a cold morning last March, Kenny Angel got a frantic knock on his door. Two workers from a utility company in northern Nebraska had come with a stark warning: Get out of your house. Water was coming over the top of a nearby hydroelectric dam, they told him before fleeing in their ...

Council to form ad-hoc committee on City Hall

“You would not believe the amount of work this building really needs.” That’s what Adam Winder, general manager of city streets and parks department, told City Council Thursday night. The council has been provided with an estimate of $2 million worth of work needed to bring the ...

Federal funding for project approved for 46th year

City Council adopted an ordinance for the 46th year for the 2020 Community Development budget amounting to $1.3 million. Money from the Housing and Urban Development provides housing assistance, rental rehabilitation and street reconstruction for the city. It is also used to help ...

Municipal officials anticipate incoming storm water fees

DuBoistown, with its smaller population base, is expected to be the hardest hit by the stormwater mandate, so far — potentially raising fees by $15 per month or $180 per year, on average, according to officials. A final fee structure is scheduled to be enforced by July 2020. Until then, ...

Next steps for Keystone after voting against Sugar Valley

Following a vote by the Keystone Central School Board Wednesday to not renew the charter for Sugar Valley Rural Charter School, a three-step process is triggered to deal with the issue, according to Tracie Kennedy, CEO for the school. Noting that the school was not surprised by the vote, ...

Bacteria that killed 3 infants traced to hospital equipment

A Pennsylvania hospital said Friday it has discovered the source of a waterborne germ that sickened at least eight premature infants, killing three. Geisinger Medical Center in Danville said the process it was using to prepare donor breast milk led to the deadly outbreak in the hospital’s ...

More area retailers closing their doors

The KMart in Loyalsock Township likely will be closing soon. USA Today reported Thursday that the store on the Golden Strip is one of 45 locations shutting down. Other locations in the region to close include the KMart stores in Berwick and Wilkes-Barre. Going-out-of-business sales will ...

Toomey presses for bulwark against future fracking ban

HARRISBURG — Republican U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania said Friday that he is seeking passage of a measure that’s squarely aimed at several Democratic presidential candidates and designed to prevent a president from banning hydraulic fracturing. At a news conference in Harrisburg, ...

Levee grant passes initial hurdle

City Council’s finance committee Tuesday gave a positive recommendation for the city to join in a $500,000 grant application with South Williamsport to be submitted by Lycoming County for levee rehabilitation. The authorization would be for the county to submit what’s known as an H20 PA ...

Annual dinner highlights outstanding area women

The 11th Annual Women of Excellence recognition dinner on Thursday evening honored more than a dozen women to celebrate inspiring stories of hard work, inclusion and cultural impact. “Tonight we have the honor of recognizing the achievements of 14 women of excellence along with five young ...

Handicapped community threatens legal action against city

Advocates for the handicapped in Williamsport said Thursday they were preparing a civil action in U.S. Middle District Court against the city for failing to make City Hall accessible and for violation of civil rights. The representative for the Center for Independent Living handed out a ...

Expert testifies on ability to consent in rape trial

A mentally disabled woman, who police said was raped or sexually assaulted numerous times, is unable to give consent as a result of her impairment, a psychologist testified Thursday. Bruce D. Stuart, 60, of 316 Ridge Top Road, in Eldred Township, is facing 32 felonies and 28 misdemeanor ...

DuBoistown delays decision to dissolve police department

A decision to dissolve the borough police department was tabled Thursday, following a 285-signature petition and public outcry. Though the council originally voted to deny a motion to form a steering committee 5-2, they unanimously passed the motion in a second vote. Council members Eric ...