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Candidates for local offices speak on issues

Three candidates running in the November election took turns addressing the Williamsport Rotary Club about issues facing the city and county Monday. Lycoming County Commissioner Tony Mussare is a Republican seeking re-election. Derek Slaughter, a Williamsport City councilman, is a Democrat ...

Armies move in Syria for potentially major conflict

AKCAKALE, Turkey (AP) — Syrian government troops moved into towns and villages in northeastern Syria on Monday, including the flashpoint region of Manbij, setting up a potential clash with Turkish-led forces advancing in the area as long-standing alliances in the region began to shift or ...

Vote to close Jersey Shore school pulled from agenda

JERSEY SHORE – A vote by Jersey Shore Area School board Monday night on which of the six options presented earlier this year for either school closings or reconfiguring was pulled from the agenda due to the absence of two board members. Christopher Fravel and Karen Stover both were ...

Engineer helps students understand real-world algebra

“Math is not a subject, it’s a language,” is the mantra of “Engineers Teaching Algebra,” a program for middle and high school students developed by engineer-turned-educator Mark Love. Love, who began his career as a civil engineer, said that he has been bringing the program to ...

Oval named for unique shape of area’s landscape

OVAL — In the southwest corner of Lycoming County is the Nippenose Valley. Within this valley is Limestone Township and in the midst of this township are five villages; four of which are called Rauchtown, Jamestown, Collomsville and Bastress. Near the center of Limestone is the fifth village ...

Sunny skies on hand for most of the week

Except for Wednesday, the weather for the week ahead will be sunny, but quite cool as chilly air behind a cold front from southern Canada makes it way to central Pennsylvania, according to Steve Travis, a meteorologist for the National Weather Service in State College. Sunshine is in order ...

Kurds look to Syrian government for protection

AKCAKALE, Turkey (AP) — Syria’s Kurds said Syrian government forces agreed Sunday to help them fend off Turkey’s invasion — a major shift in alliances that came after President Donald Trump ordered all U.S. troops withdrawn from the northern border area amid the rapidly deepening ...

US pulling out of northern Syria; full withdrawal could be in near future

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States appears to be heading toward a full military withdrawal from Syria amid growing chaos , cries of betrayal and signs that Turkey’s invasion could fuel a broader war. Defense Secretary Mark Esper said Sunday that President Donald Trump had directed U.S. ...

Rising prescription drug prices leave seniors struggling

Whether because of the cost of medicine itself or the insurance required to get it, prescription drugs can be a strain on the budget for anyone. However, seniors living on a fixed income especially are having a hard time keeping up with ever-increasing drug prices. According to Mike Evans, ...

Forums to spotlight candidates for key city, county posts

The Williamsport Sun-Gazette and Backyard Broadcasting are teaming up to hold two political forums this month featuring candidates for Lycoming County commissioner, city mayor and City Council. The first forum will offer voters an opportunity to hear from five candidates for county ...

Airport board approves study of airport use

The Williamsport Municipal Airport Authority accepted a proposal from Volaire Aviation Consulting for a leakage study. The $12,600 study will be used to learn various statistics including air passenger destinations and departures and what airports are being used by travelers. Airport ...

City renaming some streets, more discussion called for one

City Council is working closely with Lycoming College officials on naming and renaming streets linked to the college’s gateway building and new southern entrance. Council spent several minutes before concluding that, to allow the college to keep its address of 700 College Place while moving ...

Haunted Barn back in Pennsdale

The deceptively small barn brings big scares by the Pennsdale Volunteer Fire Co., which some visitors call the best in the area. Going into its ninth year, Dawn Palmatier, an organizer, said 25 to 30 workers offer their services to operate the Pennsdale Haunted Barn, at 261 Village Road. The ...

One flown to hospital after violent car crash

TROUT RUN — The driver of a Suzuki Aerio SX was seriously injured Friday afternoon when his car crossed the centerline and crashed head on with an oncoming cement mixer truck on Route 14, about a mile north of Trout Run, according to state police. The crash occurred at about 2:10 p.m. and ...

Lycoming College fundraises over $79 million

A fundraising campaign launched in 2016 by Lycoming College has exceeded the goal set by more than $14 million, according to the results released by the college. “Our goal was $65 million, which is the largest goal we have ever set for a campaign,” said Chip Edmonds, executive vice ...

Convicted murderer denied gun charge acquittal

A convicted killer’s gun charge will hold, the judge decided Friday. He awaits sentencing in a double-murder and is alleged to have committed a third. Joseph S. Coleman III, 38, was found guilty in the Oct. 31, 2016, home invasion and murder of Shane Wright, 27, and his mother, Kristine ...

Infant’s death ruled homicide after autopsy

Who killed 19-month-old Ky’Mani Moore? That is the question a team of investigators are trying to answer after Lycoming County Coroner Charles E. Kiessling Jr. released autopsy results this week that revealed the death of the Old Lycoming Township toddler, who died 10 months ago, was the ...

Organization raises questions about equal representation

A local group is pushing for better representation of women serving on Lycoming County boards, authorities and commissions. The Williamsport Chapter of the National Organization of Women claim just 17 percent of women make up such local governing bodies and would like to have a policy in ...

Community spends evening united in music

The city was alive with music Friday evening as the Lycoming County United Way sponsored Live United in Music, a concert at the Community Arts Center with local musicians performing live at various locations. During the evening’s event, Dr. Oscar W. Knade Jr. was presented with the first ...

$2 million line of credit seen as positive cash flow

City Council, on first reading, approved the administration’s request for a $2 million line of credit Thursday night with Citizens and Northern Bank. The credit line provides the flexibility for the city to cover the cost of projects such as Grafius Run flood-mitigation, East Third Street ...