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Hydraulic fracturing ban unpopular among area lawmakers

A decision by the Delaware River Basin Commission to permanently ban hydraulic fracturing of natural gas wells along the river may not directly impact drilling in northcentral Pennsylvania, but it has drawn its local critics just the same. State Sen. Gene Yaw, R-Loyalsock, said the ban is not ...

Shooting leaves Beech Creek man dead, Lock Haven man in jail

LOCK HAVEN — One local young man is dead and another is charged with criminal homicide following a shooting on Friday night. Jakob Lee Haines, 21, of Beech Creek, was pronounced dead at the scene of the incident by Clinton County Coroner Zach Hanna, who said Haines died of a “close ...

Veteran city councilwoman seeks Democratic nomination for re-election

A veteran of Williamsport City Council has announced her intention to seek the Democratic nomination for City Council in the May 18 primary. City resident Liz Miele, who serves as council vice president, has announced her intention to seek the nomination and re-election. Miele was first ...

Frisco announces bid for Loyalsock Township supervisor

Lauren Baumann Frisco is announcing her candidacy for Loyalsock Township supervisor. Frisco lives in Loyalsock with her family and is a first-time candidate for office. She will circulate her nomination petition as a Democratic candidate for the May 18 primary. “Loyalsock is an ideal place ...

Area teenager keeps raising money for community, with over $63K donated so far

Cecilia Fink is a testament to the fact that compassion has no age limit. Couple that compassion with a passion to help others and you have a young woman who has raised over $63,000 for local charities by the time she was a senior in high school. Her introduction to fundraising began the ...

Transit mishaps shared at first accessibility advisory session

A city man who is sight-impaired has a beef with River Valley Transit. Timothy West, a voting member of the new Williamsport Accessibility Advisory Commission, shared his experiences and his friend’s, who is blind, getting dropped off at the wrong bus stop, blocks from their homes. “I ...

Shutdown of facility follows state order; DEP says closure was voluntary

A Loganton company facing disciplinary action by the state Department of Environmental Protection has not been ordered by the agency to shut down its operations. DEP issued a statement Thursday confirming enforcement measures against Nicholas Meat were done to ensure regulations are followed ...

COVID-related nursing home deaths in Pennsylvania fuel blame

HARRISBURG — Republican lawmakers in Pennsylvania on Thursday used a hearing to ask Gov. Tom Wolf’s top health official whether it was a mistake to order COVID-19 patients to be readmitted to nursing homes, although it is far from clear that the policy led to an outbreak or death. Since ...

Council mulls housing, economic revitalization, other matters

City Council is laying out a clear set of goals it believes can help various working committees save taxpayers money, taking the proverbial bull by the horns to steer city programs in a direction where they are more efficient. Council members dissected where the city committees on finance, ...

Commissioners target goals moving forward

From streamlining county government to improving the quality of life of residents, Lycoming County commissioners have set strategic goals for this year and into the future. Commissioner Scott Metzger said nine specific goals have been identified by county officials as the top ...

Supply remains low, mass vaccination clinics in question for region

Though the supply of COVID-19 vaccinations still remains extremely limited, UPMC seems optimistic about the opportunity to open larger vaccination clinics to vaccinate “thousands” of patients according to Susan Duchman, vice president of patient care services and chief nursing officer of ...

Registry used to determine eligibility, does not guarantee appointment

The new online tool, Vaccine.UPMC.com, which is used for registering for COVID-19 vaccines is available across the UPMC system for those who fall under the phase 1A group in the state; however, just because a patient registers does not guarantee them a vaccine appointment. Tyler Wagner, UPMC ...

County sees fewer ‘first vaccinations’ as people complete process

The number of Lycoming County residents receiving the first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine has slowed down this week, according to data provided by the state Department of Health. Up until last Saturday, the rate of first-dose vaccines maintained a net positive. When a county resident ...

More than 300 elderly residents get vaccine at Dunnstown clinic

DUNNSTOWN — Local folks have been waiting for weeks to get appointments for COVID-19 vaccines, frustrated that the shots weren’t arriving in Clinton County fast enough and getting no answers as to when more doses might be available. For more than 300 people, the long wait ended ...

Montoursville Area School Board considers budget revenues

The Montoursvillle Area School District budget for next year appears to show a $300,000 revenue increase to put it at $30.5 million. Business Manager Brandy Smith reported to the board that real estate taxes can be expected to bring in $12.1 million and earned income taxes another $3.6 ...

UPMC receives $100,000 grant for ‘ambulance bus’

UPMC Susquehanna has received a $100,000 grant from the PPL Foundation to fund a special response vehicle that was used for the first time on Monday to bring COVID vaccinations to Williamsport senior residents in a high-rise building. “This project is a long time coming,” Jim Slotterback, ...

UPMC launches online vaccine registry

UPMC launched a new website this week to allow those who are 75 and older to determine if they are eligible and register to make an appointment for a COVID vaccine. On the website, Vaccine.UPMC.com, there is a survey to determine eligibility for the vaccine, which asks for information like ...

Feds increase state’s first dose vaccine allocation

HARRISBURG — The maximum allocation the state will be receiving for first doses this week is approximately 225,890, which is an over 40,000 jump from last week’s allocation of around 183,000. According to Barry Ciccocioppo, Department of Health Communications director, the snow delayed ...