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Community’s ‘Day of Service’ helps neighbors

Nearly 450 people from all walks of life came together to volunteer their time Monday to pack 2,250 meal kits and 1,000 backpacks for families in need throughout our area. In all, the volunteers helped move 12,000 pounds of fresh produce for the Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service project at ...

Ministries gather to celebrate MLK, week of unity

Several service agencies gathered at the Castellano Center at the end of the day Monday to inform the public of their missions and to send out a call for unity in the spirit of Martin Luther King Jr., whose birthday was celebrated across the city and country. According to Father Brian Van ...

Recycling grant approved for use at city brush pile

The city’s brush pile and its long-standing illegal dumping violations may be coming to an end. City officials reserved comment on Monday, but confirmed they were notified that Williamsport was the recipient of a $280,000 grant from the state Department of Environmental Protection. Jason ...

Former member of council to again serve borough

A familiar face will represent the residents of South Williamsport Borough Council’s First Ward until Dec. 31, 2021. Hilarie German, who previously served on council, was voted in on Monday to fill a vacancy left by Robert Cronin at a special meeting of the council. German was one of ...

Planning commission chairman re-elected

The Lycoming County Planning Commission re-elected Carl Nolan as board chair during its regular monthly meeting Thursday. Nolan, of South Williamsport, is serving his second term on the board. His term expires in December. Joe Reighard was elected vice chair and Brett Taylor was ...

Civil rights leader foretold of ‘new age’

It was about two years before 1960 when Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. arrived in Williamsport to discuss a “new age.” King spoke at Lycoming College on April 24, 1958, according to Sun-Gazette archives. King was touring several colleges and universities around the nation. He was ...

Experiment with prohibition sees 100-year anniversary

NEW YORK — In this era of bottomless mimosas, craft beers and ever-present happy hours, it’s striking to recall that 100 years ago the United States imposed a nationwide ban on the production and sale of all types of alcohol. The Prohibition Era, which lasted from Jan. 17, 1920, until ...

Cold and dry weather kicks off the week

A steady pattern of cold, dry weather will settle over the area during the next several days before a slight warm-up later in the week with the possibility of freezing rain or snow. For today, clouds should give way to sunshine by the afternoon, according to the National Weather ...

Parking Authority in stages to build ramp

Williamsport Parking Authority headquarters will soon be made accessible for all who go there for business or meetings, according to Dr. Anthony Cipolla, authority executive director. A rendering of a ramp and some surveying of the building at the corner of West Third and Officer Thomas ...

First winter storm of season hits Lycoming County

The first large snowfall of the year bore down on the city Saturday, but officials and itinerants said they felt confident in their handling of the three to five inches anticipated by meteorologists. Reports of the pending storm allowed for substantial pre-treatment, said Adam Winder, ...

Mussare looks to tackle property tax reform, other issues

Lycoming County Commissioner Tony Mussare shares concerns that many people have about property taxes. But as a local government official who serves as chair of the County Commissioners Association of Pennsylvania (CCAP), he perhaps has a bigger voice for pushing some type of tax ...

United Way working to find ‘root causes’ of community issues

Working with over 27 program partners and outreach programs in Lycoming County alone, the United Way touches many lives in the community in ways that are not always obvious. From helping to finance the comprehensive emergency assistance program at the American Rescue Workers, the oral ...

Plowing, cindering, salting in the cards ahead of snow storm

The radar indicated a nasty combination of snow, sleet and freezing rain. In response, the public works department of Williamsport and at the state Department of Transportation in Montoursville were prepping the plow trucks and even starting to treat some roadways Friday. The forecast from ...

Wheeland addresses budget, taxes, minimum wage

The state ended the last fiscal year with total revenue collections $883 million above the official estimate. While that’s good news and helps put the state on good financial footing as it prepares to put together next year’s budget, at least one lawmaker feels it’s no time for ...

Man freed in aggravated assault ‘accident’

A Lewisburg man, whose alleged Rock Run scuffle resulted in a victim’s eye being penetrated with a kebab skewer, will be released following a bail modification Friday. Marvin Agosta-Melendez, 33, has been in jail since Nov. 21, 2019, when he was charged with aggravated assault and several ...

Commissioners approve district attorney’s requests

Lycoming County Commissioners on Thursday approved two positions in District Attorney Ryan Gardner’s office. The new positions are part-time, assistant county detectives, both of which are not to exceed 1,000 hours a year and are set at $23.09 per hour effective Tuesday. Commissioners ...

Hollister next to close Lycoming Mall location

Hollister in the Lycoming Mall will close its doors today, store managers confirmed Thursday. Corporate had not given a reason for its sudden closure, said an employee at the store. The Southern California-style clothing store follows the trend of stores discontinuing their business ...

JVB Library looks to expand Bookmobile campaign

The Bookmobile campaign, which was launched last year, was highlighted as a top priority for this year by Barbara McGary, executive director of the James V. Brown Library. Plans are to fundraise this year, purchase the vehicles in 2021 and implement programs in 2022. McGary made the ...

Tensions high at borough meeting about resettling refugees

JUNIATA TERRACE — The public was out in full force Tuesday night for the Catholic Charities group presentation of their refugee resettlement plan to the Juniata Terrace Borough Council. Anne Lusk and Amin Habeeb from Catholic Charities spoke about the resettlement to the public and the ...

Grant to help South Williamsport stop debris from getting into storm drains

South Williamsport Borough officials were notified it will receive a $280,000 grant from the state Department of Environmental Protection to assist with its recycling and cleaning up of stormwater systems. The grant is expected to arrive in March, said Steven W. Cappelli, borough ...