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Progress being made on new terminal building

The clear, blue sky reflected off the tinted windows of the “sawtooth” roofing on the new Williamsport Regional Airport terminal building Thursday afternoon, as construction workers labored away inside to lay down floor tiles, assemble the luggage conveyor belt and continue other ...

Suspended city officer fired; reasons still unreleased

A city police corporal was fired by City Council Thursday for alleged, but undisclosed, acts of insubordination and “rule breaking” he was said to have committed over a period of five months. Eric Houseknecht allegedly committed 27 infractions in that time, two of which four members of ...

Commissioner: Turning levee over won’t solve core problems

Lycoming County Commissioner Jack McKernan admonished community members against Williamsport Mayor Gabriel J. Campana’s proposal to turn control of the levee system over to the city Municipal Water and Sanitary Authority Thursday. “I don’t want people to get the idea that turning the ...

PennDOT crash-impact vehicle hit by tractor-trailer saves lives

A crash-impact vehicle on the back of a state Department of Transportation dump truck proved its worth in gold Thursday morning when a tractor-trailer truck slammed into it in the right northbound lane of Route 15 at the Beautys Run Road interchange. Both the PennDOT employee sitting in ...

Penn State board ponders freeze on in-state tuition next year

READING (AP) — Penn State’s board is considering a proposal to keep in-state resident undergraduate tuition at current levels next year, the second such freeze in recent years. The board’s finance committee endorsed the proposal during a meeting in Reading on Thursday. For Penn ...

Grafius Run survey to begin today, will probe flood damage

City residents living near Grafius Run may soon hear a knock on their door or find a survey left near it. City officials and a city consulting firm have begun to ask residents for a damage assessment of flooding caused directly by Grafius Run. The first house to be surveyed is in the 500 ...

Muncy council mulling new zoning map

MUNCY — Three areas will experience big changes if borough council approves the zoning ordinance that was rolled out at a work session Thursday night. According to Councilwoman Linda Stein, the areas affected are industrial, oil and gas facilities and a new open space district. The open ...

City officials look to upcoming projects

The levee recertification, tree plantings to replace dying and diseased ones, and neighborhood revitalization are among the long slate of projects city administration officials are taking on to improve the lives of residents and visitors alike. Chelsea Myers, who has been the director of ...

Condemned city building to see repair through fire escrow insurance funds

The city has begun a program whereby it will use fire escrow accounts on abandoned and vacant rental properties. The first of the properties in recent years is one at 823 Hepburn St., a vacant multi-unit apartment house, said Joseph Gerardi, city codes administrator. The city has kept ...

City charter’s final report due in two weeks

The city Charter Commission said Wednesday it anticipates voting on its final report in two weeks. The seven-member commission is leaning toward a council-manager form of government with a mayor elected by council and acting as the president of council. The manager would be hired for his or ...

Newberry pavilion construction begins next week in Newberry

Construction of a new concrete pavilion in Phillip Prezoisi Park in Newberry begins in a week, city officials said. City Council’s public works committee discussed the pavilion concept this week. It is a “Plan B” in terms of adding quality of life to the park. Earlier this year, ...

Locals protest Trump in city march

Joining approximately 130 other March For Truth rallies nationwide, a contingent of protesters held a candlelight vigil and walked across the Market Street bridge in Williamsport on Wednesday. The group took issue with the Trump administration on a variety of topics.

Goats prized at annual 4-H show

HUGHESVILLE — The goat barn was a hub of activity Wednesday morning as owners prepared their animals for the 4-H show at the Lycoming County Fair. Hair was being trimmed and brushed as competitors readied their animals for their time in the arena under the discerning eye of Kurt ...

Grants,‘gateway’ contracts on tonight’s council agenda

City Council tonight will review a state grant to receive 80 shade trees to replace diseased and dying ones. The grant, which is for about $8,700, is from the state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. It is called the Tree-vitalize program and is meant to do just that in cities, ...

Dinosaurs make first appearance on the fairgrounds

HUGHESVILLE — For their first time in Pennsylvania, dinosaurs are at the Lycoming County Fair. Dino Roar! Ohio is a traveling educational show featuring dinosaurs such as a triceratops, velociraptor and Tyrannosaurus rex, and fossils, said JD Nicolais, owner. Each show differs based on ...

Man robs Santander; still on the loose

A masked man who had much of his body covered with clothing held up the Santander Bank branch office at 251 S. Market St. in South Williamport about 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, fleeing with an undetermined amount of cash, borough police said. No one was injured during the hold up, police ...

Lawmakers dispute Trump remarks on Russia meddling

President Donald Trump has taken heat for his apparent refusal earlier this week to acknowledge that Russia meddled in the 2016 presidential election. The criticism has come from Republicans and Democrats alike, including those who’ve accused Trump of treasonous actions. Even U.S. Reps. ...

Mayor suggests giving levee control to water authority

To alleviate financial hardships on taxpayers, Mayor Gabriel J. Campana is proposing turning over control of the levee system to the city Municipal Water and Sanitary Authority. It’s “very similar to how they do it in Sunbury in Northumberland County,” Campana said. The cost of ...

City fireworks law changes still need work, officials say

A proposal by the emergency personnel in the city to limit the amount of time fireworks can be shot off needs more work, city officials said. City Police Capt. Jody Miller said prior to Council’s public safety committee the intention is to get input from the fire department and others in ...