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City committee votes to recommend expanded commercial zone

After hearing from two West Third Street property owners on the proposed expansion of the central business district in that area, members of the city’s Economic Revitalization Committee agreed to amending the original ordinance to include properties on both sides of the street. The original ...

Peachie O’ Connor, Jeff Whiteman and cemetery cleanup volunteers

When Peachie O’Connor of Williamsport posted to Facebook late this past summer, in search of volunteers to clean up the Williamsport Cemetery on Washington Boulevard, a light bulb lit up for Jeff Whiteman, a probation officer with the Lycoming County Adult Probation Office. “I told ...

2018 not quite the wettest year on record

This has been a record year for rainfall, and with it came plenty of flooding. Williamsport Regional Airport saw 64.21 inches of liquid percipitation as of Dec. 6, and according to Craig Evanego, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service office in State College, 2018 is headed for the ...

Repeated DUI penalties get tougher in PA

HARRISBURG (AP) — The legal consequences for repeatedly driving under the influence in Pennsylvania have become much more severe under a new law that just took effect. Legislation passed in October by the General Assembly and signed by Gov. Tom Wolf established the state’s first felony ...

Trump signals no end to shutdown; says border wall needed

WASHINGTON (AP) — A shutdown affecting parts of the federal government appeared no closer to resolution Wednesday, with President Donald Trump and congressional Democrats locked in a hardening standoff over border wall money that threatens to carry over into January. Trump vowed to hold the ...

Anonymous donor a ‘good community steward’

Big things rarely happen in the Village of English Center, so when an anonymous donor gave a total of $40,000 toward a county bridge project this year, their generosity was a big deal. Located along Little Pine Creek, English Center’s poplulation fluctuates because most of the homes are ...

Cooking up trouble: One-pot meth labs spiking in shadow of opioid epidemic

As soon as Tiadaghton Valley Regional police Sgts. Brian Fioretti and Michael Crawford walked into the emergency room at Geisinger Jersey Shore Hospital and saw the patient, they could tell the 40-plus-year-old woman was a long-term user of methamphetamine. “She had these big open wounds on ...

City sale of unused fire houses to move in front of council

The city administration’s plan to sell two unused fire houses is moving foward and will need to involve an agreement with City Council. Girio Real Estate has appraisals for the former Almond Street fire house and the former Reighard Avenue civil defense building, Mayor Gabriel J. Campana ...

New event venue in Mifflin Township gets conditional approval

The Lycoming County Planning Commission approved the development of a special event venue in Mifflin Township, with conditions, Thursday evening after a lengthy discussion on the possibility of a graveyard existing on-site and a crucial piece of the property missing from the title to the ...

Ralston area church featured on today’s cover

25A1_paIntingcover The charming quality of the Roaring Branch United Methodist Church was what enticed local artist Mickey Mapstone to capture the building in a watercolor painting which was chosen as the winner of this year’s Bald Eagle Art League’s church painting contest. The winning ...

Injured Jersey Shore football player returns home

JERSEY SHORE — It was a damp and dreary afternoon Thursday as a small crowd gathered in front of 607 S. Broad St. in Jersey Shore. They were waiting for something very special and didn’t mind the gloomy weather at all. Soon they heard sirens and whistles and knew the special gift was on ...

Democracy and politics on display in city election

It was democracy in action at the polls in 2018. Voters soundly rejected referendums calling for the replacement of a strong mayor-council form of government with a council-manager, as recommended by two study groups this year. Those recommendations, which differed, were made by the ...

Local man to be honored for drug prevention work

A local resident and Little League umpire is being honored for his contributions to youth drug use prevention at a Pennsylvania State University basketball game Saturday. While reading an article about a fellow Little League umpire in 2017, Barry Rake was inspired to make an impact on the ...

Nothing more than flurries expected for holiday week

It’s not exactly expected to be a white Christmas with a blanket of snow covering the fields, but a few snow flakes could be seen ahead of Christmas day tomorrow. That’s the National Weather Service forecast Sunday evening for today and tomorrow, showing a slight chance of snow before 7 ...

Santa Claus lives ‘forever’

Eight-year-old Virginia O’Hanlon wrote a letter to the editor of New York’s Sun, and the quick response was printed as an unsigned editorial Sept. 21, 1897. The work of veteran newsman Francis Pharcellus Church has since become history’s most reprinted newspaper editorial, appearing in ...

Robust economy left employers scrambling for workers in 2018

When it comes to jobs, 2018 definitely became an employee market. Those close to the local business scene say the growing strong economy this year has provided job seekers with more options, but that can make it tough for employers. Williamsport/Lycoming Chamber of Commerce Vice ...

Talks continue as gov’t closing expected to drag into Christmas

WASHINGTON (AP) — The federal government was expected to remain partially shut down past Christmas as the standoff deepened Saturday over President Donald Trump’s demand for funds to build a border wall with Mexico. With Trump’s insistence on $5 billion for the wall and negotiations ...

What happens in the event of a partial shutdown

WASHINGTON (AP) — As President Donald Trump and Congress bicker over Trump's call for $5 billion to build a border wall with Mexico, government agencies are preparing for a partial government shutdown set to begin at any moment. The dispute could affect nine of 15 Cabinet-level ...

Envoy to anti-IS coalition quits over Syria move

WASHINGTON (AP) — Brett McGurk, the U.S. envoy to the global coalition fighting the Islamic State group, has resigned in protest over President Donald Trump’s abrupt decision to withdraw U.S. troops from Syria, a U.S. official said, joining Defense Secretary Jim Mattis in an ...