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Jersey Shore takes step toward $445K bridge replacement

JERSEY SHORE — Borough council Monday night approved a memorandum of understanding with Lycoming County to become part of the local bridge bundling program. The agreement opens the way to tap the bundling fund to pay for the $445,000 Wilson Street Bridge replacement project. About ...

Lawsuit: Staff ignored, ridiculed sick inmate

HARRISBURG (AP) — The family of a sick inmate who died inside a rural jail two years ago claims guards and medical professionals ignored and even ridiculed his medical distress while they documented his agony the last two weeks of his life. A federal lawsuit filed Friday by the mother of ...

Commissioners talk taxes, lost revenues

Lycoming County has 51,993 taxable parcels with an assessed value of more than $5.7 billion. Of the parcels, 2,016 are tax exempt with an assessed value of about $1 billion, according to figures released at Tuesday’s county commissioners meeting. With next year’s county tax rolls up for ...

Business manager recommends staying within tax index

JERSEY SHORE —In his report to the board on the preliminary 2020-21 budget, Ben Enders, business manager, recommended the board stay within the Act 1 index, which has been set at 3.6 percent, when considering real estate tax rates for next year. The index for the current fiscal year is 3.2 ...

WAHS hires secondary curriculum supervisor at salary of $107K

Dr. Charles F. Greevy IV was approved by the Williamsport Area School board as the district’s new secondary curriculum supervisor at a salary of about $107,000 Tuesday night. He replaces Dr. Bernadette Boerckel who resigned from the position in September. Greevy comes to the district ...

Supervisors set for budget work session

Old Lycoming Township supervisors said Tuesday during their meeting they are preparing to hold a budget work session at 9:30 a.m. Thursday at the township building at 1951 Green Ave. The meeting will be the first time the public can listen and hear about the proposed 2020 general fund budget, ...

Bids, other business on Thursday’s agenda

Lycoming County Commissioners are expected to act on personnel, bids, service contracts and other business at their Thursday meeting. They were presented Tuesday with personnel to be hired or promoted to various county positions in the Department of Public Services, Resource Management ...

Group honors veterans’ sacrifice in Montoursville

Well before the rifle salute and the playing of “Taps” and Arno Vosk had closed the event with his bagpipes rendition of “Amazing Grace,” a decided feeling of solemnity surrounded the Veterans Day ceremony held under gray November skies at the Montoursville Cemetery. A state ...

South Side passes budget with no increase in tax rate

South Williamsport Borough Council approved a no-tax-increase budget Monday night. The borough adopted a 2020 budget of $2.4 million. The tax rate is 4.48 mills for general purposes and 0.64 mills for fire protection service, for a total of 5.12 mills, said Steven W. Cappelli, borough ...

Tie on vote to close Jersey Shore schools stalls decision

JERSEY SHORE — The Jersey Shore Area School Board ended its Monday meeting with a tied vote on a motion to close Avis and Salladasburg elementary schools and reconfigure the grades. The vote was 4-4. On the agenda were six options, but only one made it to the floor, only to be voted down. ...

Accidental death reported at World’s End State Park

There was a report of an accidental death at World’s End State Park, in Forksville Township, at about 8 a.m. Sunday. State Trooper Weaver, working out of Laporte, received the call and is investigating the death at the park. According to a public release, it was a hiker, 17, of Philadelphia, ...

Collapse of Berlin Wall signaled end to the Cold War

Perhaps no event symbolizes the end of the Cold War more significantly than that of the collapse of the Berlin Wall 30 years ago. On Nov. 9, 1989, a tidal wave of East Germans poured across the West Berlin border separating them from their West German neighbors when travel restrictions ...

Cold temperatures with a little snow expected this week

Colder temperatures will bring a bit of snow to the area this week, according to Charles Ross, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service, in State College. Although the weather this week isn’t abnormal for November, the temperatures are. This week will be colder with temperatures in ...

Aging US dams pose risk to thousands of Americans

On a cold morning last March, Kenny Angel got a frantic knock on his door. Two workers from a utility company in northern Nebraska had come with a stark warning: Get out of your house. Water was coming over the top of a nearby hydroelectric dam, they told him before fleeing in their ...

Council to form ad-hoc committee on City Hall

“You would not believe the amount of work this building really needs.” That’s what Adam Winder, general manager of city streets and parks department, told City Council Thursday night. The council has been provided with an estimate of $2 million worth of work needed to bring the ...

Federal funding for project approved for 46th year

City Council adopted an ordinance for the 46th year for the 2020 Community Development budget amounting to $1.3 million. Money from the Housing and Urban Development provides housing assistance, rental rehabilitation and street reconstruction for the city. It is also used to help ...

Municipal officials anticipate incoming storm water fees

DuBoistown, with its smaller population base, is expected to be the hardest hit by the stormwater mandate, so far — potentially raising fees by $15 per month or $180 per year, on average, according to officials. A final fee structure is scheduled to be enforced by July 2020. Until then, ...

Next steps for Keystone after voting against Sugar Valley

Following a vote by the Keystone Central School Board Wednesday to not renew the charter for Sugar Valley Rural Charter School, a three-step process is triggered to deal with the issue, according to Tracie Kennedy, CEO for the school. Noting that the school was not surprised by the vote, ...

Bacteria that killed 3 infants traced to hospital equipment

A Pennsylvania hospital said Friday it has discovered the source of a waterborne germ that sickened at least eight premature infants, killing three. Geisinger Medical Center in Danville said the process it was using to prepare donor breast milk led to the deadly outbreak in the hospital’s ...