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MLK Dream Week speaker from MOVE encourages community building

People should look inward for a form of government, said a member of MOVE to an audience of about 50 at Pennsylvania College of Technology’s Klump Auditorium Thursday to conclude Dream Week. “It’s time for people to rise up and change,” said Mike Africa Jr. during an opening ...

State trooper charged in two criminal cases, suspended

A 10-year veteran of the state police faces several charges, including theft by deception and impersonating a public servant for allegedly “pretending to conduct a police drug investigation” while off duty in order to obtain money from another individual, according to an ...

Police allowed to go after professional accreditation

City Council gave Williamsport police permission Thursday to begin what is expected to be an 18-month-long process of reaching a professional accreditation. Such standards are set by the Pennsylvania Chiefs of Police Association based in Harrisburg. The first step includes getting the ...

South Williamsport woman, officer save injured merlin

Patty Kline was on her way to church earlier this week when she saw an injured bird in the middle of Arlington Street in South Williamsport. “I slowed down and, as I got closer to it, I realized it had to have been hurt,” Kline said. “It was hopping and it had one wing out.” She ...

Commissioners mull ordinance for hunting preserve

A Muncy Township resident expressed concerns to Lycoming County officials Thursday about a proposal for a hunting preserve. William Keller said he’s not opposed to hunting, but is worried along with other neighbors about people using high-powered rifles to hunt game near their ...

Despite long wait list, county’s housing authority saw improvement in 2019

The Lycoming Housing Authority finished 2019 strong with many opening rental properties being filled by the end of that month, according to year-end reports reviewed by the board of directors Thursday. “The (waiting) list is still long, over 1,200 folks on the list to start the year, so ...

Volunteer’s first aid training saves first-grade student

It was what Odren Polk called a “usual day in the cafeteria” at Stevens Primary School. But if not for Polk’s quick thinking and the first aid training he had received for his job working at the school through AmeriCorps, it would have been anything but business as usual for first-grader ...

State trooper charged in two criminal cases

A 10-year veteran of the state police faces several charges, including theft by deception and impersonating a public servant for allegedly "pretending to conduct a police drug investigation" while off duty in order to obtain money from another individual, according to an affidavit. Trooper ...

Local college receives grant to fight sexual assault

Lycoming College will receive $29,808 in funding through the “It’s On Us” state grant program to improve campus security and provide resources to reduce the risk of sexual assault. The announcement was recently made by state Sen. Gene Yaw, R-Loyalsock Township. According to Kate ...

School board pursuing tax increase

MONTGOMERY — The Montgomery school board unanimously voted to adopt the proposed preliminary 2020-21 district budget of $17,013,976 with a tax increase of 0.90 mills on Tuesday night. In addition, the vote included advertising the district’s intent to file for an exception with the state ...

WASD awarded grants to expand computer training

Williamsport Area School District and Intermediate Unit No. 17 each have been awarded $35,000 PASmart targeted grants to be used to expand computer science programming and training in the local districts. The announcement came from the office of Sen. Gene Yaw, R-Loyalsock Township. According ...

Architect talks with Williamsport school board

A study on facilities within the Williamsport Area School District has primarily been in the information gathering stages, according to Scott Cousin, an architect with Crabtree, Rohrbaugh & Associates, which is doing the study. Cousin shared an update at the district’s board meeting ...

Police accreditation on city council agenda

Among the big ticket items for City Council tonight is a review of a request by the Williamsport Bureau of Police to join a program that would assist it toward becoming an accredited professional department. Such accreditation, which could take up to 18 months to achieve, could provide a ...

City to directly collect business taxes

Among the changes at Williamsport City Hall is the tax collector and treasurer’s office handling all of the city’s tax loads. For years, collection of certain taxes was done by an outside agency, Berkheimer, said Nicholas Grimes, city tax collector and treasurer. Grimes said he’s ...

Keller says ‘no’ to union bill

U.S. Rep. Fred Keller, R-Kreamer, has made it clear he opposes the Protecting the Right to Organize Act, a bill he claims would hurt both employers and employees. The lawmaker huddled with local business leaders and others Tuesday during a roundtable discussion with the Williamsport/Lycoming ...

Woodward supers approve 1 mill fire tax

DUNNSTOWN — The Woodward Township supervisors unanimously approved an ordinance which sets a fire tax for 2020 at 1 mill based on a home’s assessed value. That 1 mill would be a tax of $100 per $100,00 of assessed property per year. The issue has been a hot topic among residents, many ...

K9 contract gets initial committee nod

Tacoma and other city police K-9s look as though they can be further trained under a proposed contract with a dog training academy. Tacoma is the Belgian Malinois/German shepherd mix to be put into service and handled by Officer Tyson Minier, both of whom return from another academy at ...

District’s buildings project set to start

Design plans for the South Williamsport School District buildings project could get under way as early as this year. Vern McKissick, of McKissick Architecture, Harrisburg, unveiled a preliminary outline for the project at Monday night’s school board meeting. The firm was hired by the ...

District in ‘good’ financial standing

HUGHESVILLE — The East Lycoming School District is in a “good financial position,” said the business manager as the board worked through a proposed budget, Tuesday. “Remember this is still early in the process,” said David Maciejewski, of the more than $26-million budget. Over ...

Commissioners put off subdivision land development fee increase conversation

Lycoming County commissioners discussed the possibility of raising subdivision and land development ordinance fees during their meeting Tuesday. The SALDO fees cover development occurring in municipalities without their own fee assessment plans. Shannon Rossman, county planning director, ...