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Expert: Negative test does not mean clear of virus

The holidays have arrived and with this festive time of year has been a surge in the numbers of people testing positive for COVID-19. Dr. Rutul Dalal, medical director, infectious diseases, said UPMC provides PCR testing at the local hospitals within its system as well as the off-site ...

Williamsport students shifted to remote model

All students in grades K-12 in the Williamsport Area School District will temporarily shift to full remote learning from Dec. 1 through 4. All schools within the district are expected to return to five-day, in-person instruction on Dec. 7. The move was made due to the increased risk of ...

Teenager allegedly shot after argument

State police reported that a shooting at a residence in Williamsport’s East End Monday night likely occurred following a verbal altercation between two groups. A 14-year-old boy, police said, was struck by gunfire at about 6 p.m. on the front porch of the home in the 900 block of Penn ...

OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma pleads guilty

Purdue Pharma pleaded guilty Tuesday to three criminal charges, formally taking responsibility for its part in an opioid epidemic that has contributed to hundreds of thousands of deaths but also angering critics who want to see individuals held accountable, in addition to the company. In a ...

Superintendent: Switch to remote learning went ‘extremely well’

JERSEY SHORE — When what had been planned as a practice day for the remote learning platform ended up evolving into the Jersey Shore Area School District going to remote learning until Dec. 1, Dr. Brian Ulmer, superintendent, said the process went “extremely well.” “As I said in my ...

American Rescue Workers cooking up a socially distanced dinner

With gathering in large numbers being discouraged, the American Rescue Workers is adapting its annual Thanksgiving meal into a “to go” event. Typically, the agency hosts between 150 to 200 people for its turkey dinner. “American Rescue Workers recognizes that there is a population in ...

Proposed city budget includes 2.5 mill tax hike

Mayor Derek Slaughter Monday proposed a $29.7 million 2021 budget calling for a tax hike of 2.5 mills. The proposed spending plan is subjected to adjustment by City Council. The proposed budget sets the real estate tax rate at 18.22 mills, with 1 mill of real estate tax producing about ...

Athens teen killed in Tioga County

State police reported a teenager was killed and another person injured in a single-vehicle crash late Sunday afternoon in Tioga County. Police said the victim, a 17-year-old boy from Athens and driver of the vehicle, was pronounced dead by the county coroner at the scene of the crash along ...

Committee looks to avoid spot zoning amid ordinance edits

As City Council’s economic revitalization committee reviewed proposed amendments to the zoning ordinance, it’s trying to be careful not to create the impression of “spot zoning” or giving favors to certain developers. The committee, which met Friday morning, is taking steps to be ...

County by county, state officials report vote results

HARRISBURG — County election boards across Pennsylvania faced a deadline Monday to certify election results to the Department of State, an important milestone in the tabulation of votes for the presidential contest and other races. A Department of State spokesperson declined to say which ...

Committee aims for safe family fun this holiday season

McELHATTAN — The Wayne Township Recreation Committee has made plans for the community to keep the holidays safe, while still being able to enjoy all of the decorations, lights, the smell of Christmas pine trees and more. Jane White, committee member, said that the community can expect the ...

County Planners OK development

The Lycoming County Planning Commission approved a land development plan off Route 220 in Muncy Township during its regular monthly meeting Thursday. Plans call for building a second home on the 55-acre parcel, according to Joshua Billings, subdivision and land development administrator. A ...

COVID holidays inspire behaviors, expectations for life in new year

For many Pennsylvanians, the late fall and early winter holiday seasons hold memories of coming together with friends and loved ones; a time of happiness and unity. Unity can be defined as many things: the state of being brought together, the quality of not being divided, a condition of ...

Trump attorneys to take case to Supreme Court

Lawyers for President Donald J. Trump said Sunday that a federal court judge’s dismissal of their case Saturday on trying to stop the results of the election from being certified by state Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar gives them opportunity to bring their case to the U.S. Supreme ...

Geisinger president urges precautions

“We are seeing concerning trends,” said Dr. Jaewon Ryu, Geisinger president and CEO, in a press briefing. “The spread is pretty prevalent in our communities. It becomes even more critical to tackle all of the precautionary measures.” Some of these trends include the positivity testing ...

Delivery driver uninjured after shots fired

The report of another delivery driver targeted by a shooter in Williamsport has drawn a warning from Mayor Derek Slaughter who vowed to go after the criminals responsible. “Fortunately, this time, nobody was injured,” Slaughter stated. “We cannot and will not allow these types of ...

Inequality ‘baked into’ virus testing access as cases surge

The day after Amanda Serulneck found out she might have been exposed to COVID-19, she visited a rapid testing center in New Jersey but was turned away because they ran out of tests. She returned at 7 a.m. the next day. After waiting for an hour, officials said they had run out again. On her ...

Federal judge dismisses president’s campaign lawsuit

Pennsylvania officials can certify election results that currently show Democrat Joe Biden winning the state by more than 80,000 votes, a federal judge ruled Saturday, dealing President Donald Trump’s campaign another blow in its effort to invalidate the election. U.S. District Judge Matthew ...

Public safety building would bring emergency services under one roof

A Williamsport public safety building is expected to cost millions of dollars, but could modernize police, fire, codes and emergency management services. The idea is under consideration as Mayor Derek Slaughter considers options for city facilities and improved accessibility. Police are on ...

Community Theatre League to stay put

As Mayor Derek Slaughter looks at the option of relocating City Hall administration offices to Trade and Transit Centre I, one of the tenants expressed fear of being evicted. The Community Theatre League, 100 W. Third St., occupies the first floor of the Trade and Transit Centre I, where it ...