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Plan for new playground shifts to Cochran

Installation of an all-inclusive playground at the Cochran Primary School could begin as early as mid-June, according to the multi-organizational partnership which has raised over $430,000 for the project. The Kids United Community Playground is the culmination of two years of planning and ...

State files 28 new charges against ex-cop

The Pennsylvania Attorney General’s office has filed new charges against Eric Derr, a former city police officer initially accused of abusing his position across 34 charges. Those initial charges evaporated into three following a preliminary hearing where three were withdrawn because a ...

Firms open for questions at council meeting

Representatives of two economic development consultants are expected to be available tonight for City Council, as each firm seeks a contract not to exceed $84,000 a year. Staff members for Thomas Keller and Associates and Delta Development Group are expected to be available for council to ...

Body of missing Williamsport teen found in river at Hummels Wharf

A body recovered Saturday afternoon from a section of the Susquehanna River in Northumberland County was that of 16-year-old Maverick Wilton, a Williamsport resident who had been missing since early December, Northumberland County Jim Kelley confirmed to the The Daily Item in Sunbury. Attempts ...

City resident seeks Democratic nomination for Council seat

A city resident with an eye toward improving the quality of life in the city of Williamsport is seeking the Democratic nomination for City Council in the May 18 primary election. Larry Manson, 59, of 621 Lloyd St., who has worked at Williamsport Wirerope Works Inc. for 23 years, said he ...

Commissioners act on housing needs

Lycoming County commissioners approved agreements with local agencies to fill housing needs during their meeting Tuesday. The Homes-In-Need program with STEP Inc. provides repairs for residences through a $250,000 Pennsylvania Affordability and Rehabilitation Enhancement ...

Superintendent commends technology department

In his report to the Williamsport Area School Board, Dr. Timothy S. Bowers, superintendent, gave a “shout out” to the district’s technology department for all that they have accomplished during the year of COVID when the reliance on the ability to do things remotely as well as reliance ...

Energy company to give up ownership of Montour Preserve

An agreement signed Tuesday between an advocacy group and an energy company aims to preserve the natural beauty of the Montour Preserve. In the deal, Talen Energy agreed to hand over the 165-acre Lake Chillisquaque and the rest of the preserve to a yet-undecided group chosen by the Middle ...

1 injured in Loyalsock Township Crash

A woman was taken by ambulance to UPMC Williamsport, where she was treated for injuries she suffered when the vehicle went over an embankment on Pleasant Hills Road, just north of Northway Road Extension, in Loyalsock Township about 8:20 a.m. Tuesday. Emergency personnel believed the driver ...

Toomey called out for not helping airport

Lycoming County commissioners on Tuesday blasted a federal lawmaker for failing to back local efforts toward commercial air service. Commissioners Tony Mussare and Scott Metzger at their weekly meeting noted their utter disappointment that U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Zionsville, is refusing a ...

Shared bus rides offered to get to vaccination sites

Individuals on their way to receive a COVID-19 vaccination may contact River Valley Transit to arrange a free ride, River Valley Transit officials said. “It is for any person in the community served by River Valley Transit throughout the pandemic,” said Adam Winder, general manager of ...

None injured in Renovo active shooter ordeal

RENOVO — A cold, windy morning turned into a fear-filled hour for many residents of Renovo Tuesday as news and eventually emergency broadcast alerts of an active shooter broke around 8 a.m. Less than an hour later, after the unidentified man had fired about 10 shots, forcing residents ...

Former police chief announces bid for county sheriff

Daniel Strailey seeks to draw on his vast law enforcement experience and background to serve as the sheriff of Lycoming County. He is seeking the Republican nomination for the position in the spring primary. Strailey, a former police chief for Montoursville Borough Police Department, has ...

Williamsport crimewatch website given positive recommendation

A $6,000 a year residential and business surveillance camera registry that is on city police platform was given a positive recommendation Tuesday by City Council’s public safety committee. Crimewatch, if approved by City Council, will cost the city $3,000 a year, with half the cost paid for ...

Contracts for city economic consultants get positive nods

City Council’s finance committee gave a positive recommendation Tuesday to two economic development consulting firms who presented contracts not to exceed $84,000 a year each. The committee recommended approval of the contracts carrying “fixed costs” for Delta Development Group, of ...

Montoursville Council OKs layout for disc golf course in Indian Park

Montoursville Borough Council approved a course layout for a disc golf course during their regular monthly meeting Monday night. In January, council approved a request by Ryan Nittinger and Thomas Smith to locate the 18-hole course in Indian Park. Private donations through fundraising ...

90-year-old touts fly-tying, fishing as ‘best therapy you could ever have’

“Tying flies is just like riding a bike, you never forget,” said Karl Henthorn of his pastime. For the past eight decades, Henthorn has crafted artificial flies to catch fish. These days, Karl may still be found tying flies at his home at Valley View Nursing and Rehab near Montoursville. ...

Levine questioned on missing nursing home data in federal confirmation hearing

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. Sign up for our free newsletters. HARRISBURG — During a federal confirmation hearing Thursday, ...

Williamsport brush pile open, automation arriving soon

In just days, the residents of the city will start to rake up the debris in their yards, small twigs, brush and other materials as they prepare their properties for the spring renewal. As such, city residents need to have access to the city brush pile, 1500 W. Third St., which is open most ...