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Lycoming County hardships were an inspiration for famous author

A famous author spent his formative years in Lycoming County and the White Deer Valley. Conrad Richter experienced struggles growing up in these farmlands and used it later as fodder for novels and writings that would win him a Pulitzer Prize for fiction in 1951, according to Larry Stout, ...

Variety of food brings crowds to the Lycoming County fair

For some, a night at the Lycoming County Fair is spent riding the Ferris wheel to see the highest view of the grounds. For others, it is spent listening to the live music of Big Tiny Young. No matter the choice of entertainment, it’s the fair foods that call just about everybody to the ...

Jersey Shore, Old Lycoming approve police study

Jersey Shore Borough and Old Lycoming Township have each approved a letter of intent with the State Department of Community and Economic Development for a regional police study between Tiadaghton Valley Regional Police Department and the township. Borough and township officials noted a ...

Storm crawls ashore, weakens to tropical storm

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Carrying “off the chart” amounts of moisture, Barry crawled ashore Saturday in Louisiana and quickly weakened to a tropical storm that promised to dump heavy rains that could last for days and pose a test of the flood-prevention systems built after Hurricane Katrina ...

Heavy rain impacts environment of Gulf

Hurricane Barry could affect the environment of the Gulf coast and Lower Mississippi Valley in numerous ways, from accelerating runoff of farmland nutrients to toppling trees and damaging wildlife habitat and fisheries, scientists say. But the extent of the damage — and whether it will ...

37 take part in naturalization ceremony

Thirty-seven immigrants from 22 different countries received their United States citizenship after a naturalization ceremony held at the federal courthouse on West Third Street on Friday. U.S. Middle District Judge Matthew W. Brann, along with seven members of Daughters of the American ...

Website new to county will help with reentry

A new resource connection website available to inmates in the prison system will be an effective tool for their reentry into society, county prison board members announced Friday. The GEO Group, Inc. expanded their online services into Lycoming County, connecting reentrants to job searching ...

Woman pleads guilty to charges from 2016 wreck

A West Virginia driver whose husband died following a car crash in Woodward Township in 2016 pleaded guilty to aggravated assault by vehicle and other charges in Lycoming County Court. Stacy Emahiser, 45, faces a possible maximum prison sentence of nine years and six months on charges that ...

Heavy rains in parts of Pennsylvania turn deadly

BOYERTOWN (AP) — A series of storms socked the Northeast with heavy rains and strong winds, causing the deaths of a 9-year-old boy and his pregnant mother whose car was swept away by floodwaters while she was on the phone with emergency officials. The rain started falling Thursday and ...

Lycoming County Fair kicks off this weekend with rides, food, games

For most of the nation, July 10th is just another day of summer vacation. For Lycoming County, however, it is the kick off date of the 174th Lycoming County Fair. In Hughesville, the fairground gates open to continue the tradition of promoting agriculture while also creating a ...

Stormwater fee administration is a ‘nightmare’

South Williamsport Borough is the first of many to follow the trend of charging its residents fees for their stormwater usage through the Lycoming County Water and Sewer Authority — but officials described the fee as an “administrative nightmare” to the authority board Wednesday. As ...

Commissioners seek to lower county payroll

Despite approving a new part-time position within the county Monday, Lycoming County commissioners continue to insist they must tighten up staff numbers. Over $33,000 will be saved with inhouse bookkeeping, according to a report. The county paid James V. Brown Library $75,000 every year ...

Codes barely able to keep up with violations

It’s the dog days of summer and nobody wants to live next to a residential or commercial property that has high grass and weeds or garbage left out to rot in the sun. Unfortunately, too many city residents are encountering just that nuisance as many property owners are either ignoring code ...

Keller receives committee assignments

U.S. Rep. Fred Keller, R-Kreamer, has been appointed to the House Committee on Education and Labor and the House Committee on Oversight and Reform for the 116th Congress. He has also been appointed by Republican Leadership to serve on the House Energy Action Team (HEAT), which promotes energy ...

Airport loading bridge to be ready by end of July

Passengers making their way in or out of the Williamsport Regional Airport soon will walk directly onto or off their flights, according to members of the airport authority Thursday. A roughly-$500,000 project to install a loading bridge should be completed by the end of next week, said John ...

Winners of Billtown race to compete for championship in Ohio

After the 10th annual Soap Box Derby Race down Market Street Hill, the two champions — Lucas McCahan racing in stock and Sarah Stugart racing in super stock — make their way to Akron, Ohio, this weekend to compete in the “First Energy All-American Soap Box Derby Race Week.” The ...

Broadband feasibility explored for rural Lycoming County

Many rural areas of the nation, including much of Lycoming County, are not served by broadband. But that can change if residents, community leaders and business owners commit to wanting the high-speed service. A number of residents attended a public meeting in Williamsport Wednesday toward ...

Empty grocery store to be plasma donation center

A former Weis Markets is going to be a medical facility that allows people to sell plasma found in human blood, the city administration said. Plasma sales are growing nationally, and can earn individual donors up to $300 per month, according to the American Red Cross. The empty structure at ...

City Hall projects require rebidding

The elevator modification, accessible front door ramp and security improvements in the City Hall lobby need to be rebid following a botched bid opening earlier this week that involved a complaint by a contractor. One company bid $180,000 more than another because it added a project the other ...

Costs to be shared in dump truck purchase

HUGHESVILLE — The borough approved the purchase of a modified 2020 Ford F650 dump truck for about $41,000 Monday to help public works employees with the transfer of heavy loads, such as concrete curbing. The borough passed the spending with a clause stipulating that the Hughesville Water ...