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Evan announces first death; state closes schools indefinitely

As Lycoming County’s positive COVID-19 cases increase to four, Evangelical Community Hospital, located in Lewisburg, Union County, has announced its first death and increased its number of positive cases to six, according to a press release. The county in which the deceased patient lived ...

Pandemic fallout causing historic jobless claims

State Department of Labor and Industry officials note unemployment claims reached 834,684 since March 15, historic levels of joblessness reflective of the economic fallout from Gov. Tom Wolf’s statewide shutdown in order to slow COVID-19. “We’ve gone in a matter of days from a period of ...

City Council business continues remotely

City Council’s business is going to continue through the COVID-19 pandemic. A system is in place to allow people to contribute and listen to the council meeting remotely, said Council President Randall J. Allison. Mayor Derek Slaughter has been briefed about these ongoing efforts by ...

Ruby Tuesday permanently closed

Ruby Tuesday, at 1940 E. Third St., permanently closed Friday after more than 17 years, said that store’s manager while working from the Mill Hall location Monday. The restaurant chain did not provide a statement announcing the closure, she said. Although management did not provide a ...

Salvation Army taking precautions while maintaining most vital services

The Williamsport Salvation Army, located at 457 Market St., is working to continue to feed and assist the community they serve through livestreamed worship services, care packages and their new Corps at the Door approach to social distancing and other mitigation measures. Majors Donald and ...

Trump extends virus guidelines, braces US for big death toll

WASHINGTON (AP) — Bracing the nation for a death toll that could exceed 100,000 people, President Donald Trump on Sunday extended restrictive social distancing guidelines through April, bowing to public-health experts who presented him with even more dire projections for the expanding ...

City partners with company to equip healthcare workers

Mayor Derek Slaughter has partnered with Mask Crusaders to offer equipment donations to frontline workers battling COVID 19. As the crisis escalates, frontline workers who are not able to self-isolate are left with limited resources protecting them. Artists, builders, restaurants and others ...

Area businesses taking impacts ‘day-to-day’

Area businesses are coping the best they can in the midst of the coronavirus which has forced layoffs and created challenges for employers. Dan Klingerman, CEO of Liberty Group, conceded Monday that about 10 percent of his 6,000 employees are temporarily out of work. “Locally, it’s a ...

Mansfield University postpones spring graduation ceremony

Mansfield University is postponing commencement services for spring 2020 due to COVID-19. The graduation event was originally planned for May 2. The university is conducting a survey of graduating seniors in order to determine their preferences for an in-person ceremony to be scheduled for ...

Local militias were ready for Civil War

Long before Confederate warships bombarded Fort Sumter in South Carolina, the seeds of discontent had been planted in the hearts of residents of the South as anti-slavery advocates threatened the southern way of life and its economy. With the election of Abraham Lincoln, who had run on a ...

Reptiland staff confront challenges of closure

ALLENWOOD — In the eerie silence of the reptile house of Clyde Peeling’s Reptiland, zookeeper Kathryn Allen filled a pitcher with warm water. Inside that pitcher was a collection of frozen mice, which needed to thaw to be future meals for the slithering residents of the 56-year-old ...

Legislators have ‘historic week’ in fight against virus

It was, in the words of state Rep. Garth Everett, R-Pennsdale, “an historic week” in Harrisburg that didn’t go by without important, much-needed legislation being passed. The House floor, where Everett and other lawmakers regularly do the state’s business, was less occupied than ...

Comms encourage virtual attendance

Due to the COVID-19 crisis and its associated risks, the Lycoming County commissioners will conduct their regularly scheduled work sessions on Tuesdays and the regular public meetings on Thursdays through live-streaming, according to a news release. Members of the public are encouraged not to ...

Governor again expanding order for residents to stay home

HARRISBURG (AP) — Gov. Tom Wolf has extended his order for residents to stay at home in most circumstances to almost one-third of Pennsylvania’s counties amid an increase in coronavirus cases and a dozen more deaths that brought the total to 34 for the outbreak. The governor on Saturday ...

$1 million fund established to help local businesses

(Editor’s Note: This initiative was first announced and launched on Saturday by the Williamsport Sun-Gazette and Ogden Newspapers.) Businesses throughout Northcentral Pennsylvania can now apply for a grant to help them recover from the effects of the coronavirus pandemic. Ogden Newspapers ...

Local distillery company to make, give out hand sanitizer

Mountain Top Distillery, 5451 Route 654, will donate bottles of hand sanitizer made at the distillery during the COVID-19 outbreak. “Amidst the current outbreak there has been a demand for it,” Sarah Kudlack, owner, said. “Pretty much everyone is out of it. We have one of the main ...

$1 million fund established to help local businesses

Central Pennsylvania businesses can now apply for a grant to help them recover from the effects of the coronavirus pandemic. Ogden Newspapers Inc., the parent company of the Williamsport Sun-Gazette, has established a $1 million fund to help local businesses get back to full strength by ...