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Area schools approve safety plans for reopening

(EDITOR’S NOTE: Each Monday, the Sun-Gazette summarizes major votes of the past week and, more specifically, how our locally elected and appointed officials voted on each matter. Watch for it each Monday in the Sun-Gazette.) Locally elected and appointed officials voted on the following ...

Geisinger’s medical bus helps fill care gaps in region

JERSEY SHORE — The “On the Road to a Healthier You” Geisinger Care Gaps Bus makes blood work, imaging and necessary check-ups for individuals with diabetes “convenient,” “educational” and helpful in “maximizing their quality of life.” The bus, which is rather new according ...

Courts to resume jury selection with social distancing, masks

With both face masks and shields required for jury duty, Lycoming County court officials said they are condensing the selection process and lengthening the list of valid excuses. “We take the health and safety of our jurors very seriously,” said Adrianne Stahl, court administrator. “We ...

Fire chief: 2 city workers in isolation

Two city employees are in quarantine to prevent the spread of COVID-19, according to Fire Chief Mark Killian. The nature of their sicknesses, exposures to the virus and their identities and places of work are not public information due to privacy laws. Killian noted they are public safety ...

Montoursville school building renovations could take 3+ years

A decision over renovations and buildings in Montoursville school district would not yield results for at least three years, said board members at the fourth virtual feasibility session Wednesday as some parents questioned the need for upgrades during COVID-19. Scott Cousin, project manager ...

Longtime city official announces formal retirement

The longtime city community and economic development director is retiring and this time the COVID-19 pandemic won’t stop her. Stephanie Young was scheduled to retire in April, but she remained on to assist during the pandemic. Mayor Derek Slaughter acknowledged as much to City Council ...

Geisinger partners with Highmark Health on Muncy Township healthplex

PENNSDALE — Geisinger Medical Center Muncy, a joint project between Geisinger and Highmark Health, located off of Route 220 near the Pennsdale exit in Muncy Township, is set to be completed and open by the fall of 2021 according to Geisinger President and CEO, Dr. Jaewon Ryu. “This (the ...

John Lewis: Civil rights leader, icon and brother to all

John Lewis, widely known United States congressman, civil-rights leader, author and honorable man, passed away on Friday, July 17, while battling pancreatic cancer. Many nationwide praise his work for being life-changing — including Edward “E.J.” Rymsza, local criminal defense lawyer, ...

Food Bank’s rescue efforts rewarded with $100K grant

The Central Pennsylvania Food Bank hopes to use a recently awarded $100,000 grant to continue its food rescue efforts, which have already saved nearly 10 million pounds of food since the COVID-19 crisis began in March. In addition, the funds will enable the Food Bank to create a new night ...

Lycoming County commissioners approve CDBG funds for four agencies

The Lycoming County commissioners approved federal Community Development Block grants in the amount of nearly $150,000 from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development for four local agencies they say are integral in providing services to those affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The ...

State introduces gender-neutral driver license option

HARRISBURG (AP) — Pennsylvania as of Thursday is offering driver licenses and identification cards with a gender-neutral designation for people who do not want to be identified as either male or female. The state Department of Transportation said that people can now choose that option in ...

Pajama Factory application gets initial nod from finance committee

A $2 million state Redevelopment Assistance Capital Improvement Project grant awarded last year to the Pajama Factory is today closer to being used for three construction improvements proposed at the haven for creative artistic expression on Rose Street. City Council’s finance committee ...

Williamsport police overtime hours increase amid pandemic; City Council probes

City police overtime hours used this year have caught the attention of City Council’s finance committee. In his fiscal snapshot given to the committee for each quarter of the year, Joseph Pawlak, city interim finance director, was questioned this week on the police overtime expenses through ...

US labs buckle amid testing surge

WASHINGTON — Laboratories across the U.S. are buckling under a surge of coronavirus tests, creating long processing delays that experts say are actually undercutting the pandemic response. With the U.S. tally of infections at 3.9 million Wednesday and new cases surging, the bottlenecks are ...

Williamsport schools aim for one device per student

The Williamsport Area School District is working to get a computer into the hands of each student in the event that the status of the pandemic dictates a return to all remote learning in the fall, Dr. Timothy S. Bowers, district superintendent, told the school board this week. He noted that ...

Pig roast to raise money for Muncy area farmer suffering from spinal injury

Organizers are planning a pig roast benefit for Harley “Chubby” Fry, a farmer who suffered serious injuries in mid-May. Fry injured his spinal cord and underwent surgery on May 13 to relieve pressure on his spine. When taken to the hospital, he had limited movement in his arms, none in ...