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Negotiations may stave off city and firefighters union arbitration

The city firefighter union is prepared to go to arbitration with the city administration, but on Thursday its representative also said it is planning to hold private negotiations with the administration Monday as a good faith attempt to stave off bringing in an arbiter. “The union is ...

Chief juvenile probation officer hired

Lycoming County commissioners approved the hiring of a chief probation officer and acted on several purchase requests at their meeting Thursday. David A. Goodwin was hired to fill the top post in the juvenile probation department at an annual salary of $72,000. He replaces Ed Robbins who is ...

Williamsport government looks ahead to major projects

City officials are eager to get projects such as Grafius Run flood control, the levee and street reconstruction done after reviewing the six-year capital projects budget. Council’s finance committee listened to the capital projects proposed by the administration during the meeting held ...

City, firefighters’ union set to go to arbitration

Is it higher salaries, a larger staff, better health care insurance benefits? The public isn’t being told what the hold-up is for the Bureau of Fire and its union, International Association of Firefighters Local 736, which haven’t renewed its contract. The contract expired at the end of ...

Council to consider hiring deputy fire chief

City Council is expected to review a proposal tonight by the administration to hire Mark Calderini as deputy fire chief. After a review of 31 applicants over the past six weeks, the administration decided on Calderini, a paramedic and battalion chief most recently working in Sarasota, ...

No county COVID-19 deaths in last week

Lycoming County has seen zero deaths in the last week to 10 days according to Charles E. Kiessling Jr., Lycoming County coroner. Though that information is a positive, the latest news is that there are 15 new positive cases in the county. “What we’re seeing locally is that case detections ...

Montoursville dog park in the works

Two projects are underway in the south of the borough, as discussed by the Montoursville council on Monday. Zoe Gillespie, a recent graduate of Montoursville High School, along with other volunteers have been working for the past year to create a dog park along Mill Street, behind the gas ...

State tries luck again in mini-casino license auction

HARRISBURG — Pennsylvania will again seek to auction a mini-casino license on Sept. 2, under orders from state lawmakers in search of cash for a treasury starved of tax collections from shutdowns to contain the coronavirus. The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board on Wednesday scheduled the ...

Court: Some employers can refuse to offer free birth control

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court ruled broadly Wednesday in favor of the religious rights of employers in two cases that could leave more than 70,000 women without free contraception and tens of thousands of people with no way to sue for job discrimination. In both cases the court ruled 7-2, ...

United Way puts books into children’s hands

Fighting the summer slide Lycoming County United Way is working to distribute 1,500 books in the area, most recently at Brandon Park Tuesday. The academic decline of school children during the summer months due to a lack of reading is also known as the slide. Once back in school, many kids ...

Pandemic limits recreational options for city youth

It’s not been an easy first year coordinating city recreation opportunities for Kayla Drummond, as she tries to come up with fun and safe ways for youngsters in the city to learn, play and recreate outdoors during the COVID-19 pandemic. Drummond, who is the city recreation department ...

Sheriff’s office gets $122K in riot gear, equipment

Lycoming County commissioners debated the need for emergency gear for law enforcement agencies during their meeting Tuesday. A long discussion regarding the need for a strong police presence for a controversial event that may possibly take place later this month preceded the 2-1 vote by ...

Fire chief calls to tame fireworks ‘war zone’ in city

A proposal by Williamsport’s police chief to have consumer fireworks used for July 4th only in the summer is being eyed by members of City Council’s public safety committee. City Police Chief Damon Hagan said to the committee Tuesday that limiting fireworks use to Independence Day in the ...

City man gets ‘virtual life sentence’ for raping 14-year-old

A 30-year-old Williamsport man could serve up to 73 years in state prison after sentencing Tuesday, for the sexual assault of a 14-year-old in 2018 while on parole for a similar conviction — a “virtual life sentence,” said attorneys. Paul Daniel Lowmiller was sentenced to 42 to 73 years ...

Resident calls for stronger measures to fight COVID-19

A Linden resident told the Lycoming County commissioners to take a more active role in making people safe from the coronavirus pandemic. Bill Fenderson specifically called for commissioners to make it mandatory for people to wear masks in all business establishments as he claims is being done ...

Commissioners to act on personnel, a grant application and more Thursday

Lycoming County commissioners are expected to take action purchase agreements and a personnel hiring at their regular meeting this week. At Tuesday’s work session, commissioners approved a grant application for $87,771 with the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency to support law ...

Avis Borough approves $74K paving bid

AVIS — Avis Borough Council unanimously approved a $73,900 bid from Glenn O. Hawbaker Inc. to pave five borough streets. The action came at council’s in-person meeting Monday night and will now be sent to the streets committee, borough engineer and Clinton County. The streets to be ...

James V. Brown Library reopens to the public

The James V. Brown Library is now open for browsing in all areas of the facility, including the children’s and teen areas. In addition, all other help desk services, such as printing, scanning, copying, genealogy requests and stamps will also be open. Passport services are expected to be ...

165K businesses got federal virus loans so far in Pennsylvania

HARRISBURG (AP) — The Treasury Department on Monday released the names of more than 26,000 businesses or organizations based in Pennsylvania that it says received funds from a federal program intended to support the economy as states shut down to stem the spread of the coronavirus. The ...