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ShopVac doles out termination notices

Williamsport has taken a huge hit with a major vacuum manufacturer conducting mass layoffs as plant workers were given notice of termination. Many of the first-shift workers Tuesday at The Shop-Vac Corp., 2323 Reach Road, located in the industrial park, carried out letters of termination in ...

Commissioners allocate $9 million in COVID-19 relief

Lycoming County Commissioners Tuesday allocated $9 million of $10.2 million in Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act Block Grant funds for urgent needs in the pandemic. The $9 million is an initial allocation and the commissioners put into their motion reallocation can take place ...

South Williamsport schools talk spectator guidelines for athletic events

The South Williamsport Area School Board discussed spectators at sports events at Monday’s meeting — while acknowledging much of what was being discussed depended on decisions in the state government. One plan the district is considering, contingent on the state Legislature lifting the ...

Superintendent: WASD students must remain within chosen learning platforms

Entering the third week of school, Dr. Timothy S. Bowers, Williamsport Area School District’s superintendent, reported Tuesday that students will have to remain in whichever platform of schooling, either hybrid or fully remote, they have selected going forward in order to maintain ...

School year off to good start for South Williamsport

School administrators told the South Williamsport Area School Board Monday night that the students’ return to schools went well, thanks to ample support from parents and staff. Kristin Bastian said the district has three new teachers this year in special education programs, who were ...

Commissioners: Illegal dumping to be prosecuted

The city’s recycling center continued to be the site of illegal dumping, a Lycoming County commissioner said. Scott Metzger, chairman of the county board of commissioners, said Tuesday that most recently he was made aware that a mattress and box spring were seen dumped at the city recycling ...

Electric car chargers to be installed in Jersey Shore

JERSEY SHORE — Jersey Shore Borough Council unanimously approved a conditional use for the state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources to put in an electric car charger at the parking lot on Railroad Street in the borough on Monday night according to Joseph Hamm, borough ...

Church shares thanks for first responders

PENNSDALE — “It’s a calling. A full-time, non-paid job.” That’s what Genie Wines, emergency medical services captain for Muncy Township Volunteer Fire Co. said, as she and more than a dozen other first responders recently were honored by a church pastor and the congregation here in ...

Judge: State’s pandemic restrictions unconstitutional

Gov. Tom Wolf’’s administration said Monday it will appeal a federal judge’s ruling that pandemic restrictions that required people to stay at home, placed size limits on gatherings and ordered “non-life-sustaining” businesses to shut down are unconstitutional. U.S. District Judge ...

Flanigan Park basketball courts reopened

The sound of basketballs bouncing and boys and girls playing the sport will be heard at Roy A. Flanigan Park again. The courts, built in 2017 through generosity of Alize Johnson, a National Basketball Association player from Williamsport, were opened back up Monday morning. The gates will ...

Penn College celebrates welding lab expansion

“Penn College rightfully sits right where it should be. It ranks as one of the best colleges in the U.S.,” said Dennis Alvord, deputy assistant secretary for economic development for the U.S. Economic Development Administration. Alvord spoke remotely at a ceremony commemorating the ...

South Side searching for new police chief

South Williamsport Borough Council approved an advertisement for a chief of South Williamsport Borough Police Department Monday night. The borough has not had a full-time chief since the start of the year but has incorporated DuBoistown Police Department and provides coverage 24-7 for both ...

Route 220 safety improvements project continues

JERSEY SHORE — Motorists who travel Route 220 are advised that lane restrictions will be implemented next week in Woodward and Piatt townships. Work will be conducted during off-peak hours to minimize traffic impacts. Work will include removal of signs within right of way, shoulder widening ...

US budget deficit hits record $3 trillion through 11 months

WASHINGTON — The U.S. budget deficit hit an all-time high of $3 trillion for the first 11 months of this budget year, the Treasury Department said Friday. The ocean of red ink is a product of the government’s massive spending to try to cushion the impact of a coronavirus-fueled recession ...

East Lycoming hires teacher in special meeting

The East Lycoming School Board approved hiring Dana Williams as a secondary English teacher at a salary of $63,825 per year, effective for the current school year. The hiring was approved pending receipt of the required paperwork. The action was taken at a special meeting held virtually at ...

Super: Smooth start to Jersey Shore schooling

JERSEY SHORE — The first couple of weeks of school have gone “extremely well,” Superintendent Dr. Brian Ulmer reported to the Jersey Shore Area School Board via a virtual meeting Monday evening. Attributing the success of the new school year to the students following the health and ...

State universities look to cut costs through retrenchment

Faced with declining enrollments, Dan Greenstein, Chancellor of the state system of high education, has been encouraging schools in the system since the beginning of the year to find ways to achieve sustainability through retrenchment, which is essentially the reduction of costs or spending ...

Council OK’s ordinance through veto override

City Council and Mayor Derek Slaughter recently tussled over an ordinance Slaughter vetoed and council overrode the veto of which lays out additional organizational structure at City Hall, including the director of finance and administration. The ordinance also expands council’s advice ...