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Comms OK levee grant

Lycoming County commissioners approved a $1 million grant for materials and labor in support of the levee system during their meeting Thursday. The Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program (RACP) grant will target improvements needed for the levee, which protects the city from flooding, to ...

Council extends service contracts

City Council authorized the extension of legal and professional contract agreements on a month-to-month basis Thursday, while the administration prepares a request for proposals from law and consulting firms. The 5-1 vote included a negative by Councilwoman Liz Miele, who expressed concern ...

Wolf plans to veto natural gas manufacturing tax credit

HARRISBURG — Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf will veto a bill that would provide millions in tax breaks for new construction of facilities that use natural gas extracted in the state to produce fertilizer and other chemicals, his spokesman said Wednesday. The bill, which passed both legislative ...

DuBoistown talks first steps of South Side police deal

DuBoistown Borough council reviewed the first police department report after starting South Williamsport Police Department coverage on Jan. 1 at their meeting on Thursday. According to Steve Cappelli, South Williamsport borough manager, there were only 25 calls, none of which were of serious ...

Guru of mass transit, finance leaves with unrivaled legacy

William E. “Bill” Nichols Jr., whose city career spanned 43 years and eight mayors, got up each day of the work week and thought either about mass transit needs or financial advice, city and Lycoming County colleagues say. The recently released general manager of River Valley Transit and ...

Senate majority against removal

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump won impeachment acquittal Wednesday in the U.S. Senate, bringing to a close only the third presidential trial in American history with votes that split the country, tested civic norms and fed the tumultuous 2020 race for the White House. With Chief ...

State Attorney General files criminal charges in fracking spill

More than two years after an excess of 60,000 gallons of frac water spilled from a well pad in Eldred Township, much of it landing in a tributary, the state Attorney General’s Office has filed criminal charges against two companies. The spill occurred because an employee, working for a ...

Korean War vet recognized

Korean War veterans from Lycoming County have been honored at different times through the years for their brave and diligent duty including in public ceremonies. Richard Hurd can be counted among those few who somehow was overlooked for special recognition given to those veterans. Hurd, 91, ...

Borowicz plans re-election effort

McELHATTAN — State Rep. Stephanie Borowicz, R-McElhattan, has announced she is seeking the Republication nomination for a second term in the 76th Legislative District of the Pennsylvania State House of Representatives in the May primary election. The 76th Legislative District includes all ...

County Water and Sewer Authority approves lateral project

The Lycoming County Water and Sewer Authority gave the go-ahead for a sewer lateral project in Montoursville during its regular monthly meeting Wednesday. McTish-Kunkel & Associates, of Montoursville, will perform the work along Church Alley and Loyalsock Avenue at a cost of $33,172. It ...

Wolf calls for $435M in education investments

Calling on the Legislature to envision a “Commonwealth where anyone can come and anyone can build a better life,” Gov. Tom Wolf put forth a proposed agenda Tuesday during his yearly budget address which he believes would set in motion that vision starting with the education system. ...

Ice, sleet on the way

The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory effective through Thursday morning. The advisory starts around 8 Wednesday night as a storm approaches from the southwest. Central and North-central Pennsylvania are in store for mixed precipitation – ice, sleet and snow ...

Lawmakers critical of governor’s latest budget plan

Local lawmakers are less than supportive of Gov. Tom Wolf’’s budget plans for next year calling for a more-than 4 percent increase in spending. “It’s like most of these budget addresses: high on aspiration, but low on details,” state Rep. Jeff Wheeland, R-Loyalsock Township, said. ...

Felony sexual assault charges dismissed against former officer

Sexual assault-related charges against a former Montgomery Borough policeman have been dismissed, although the defendant pled guilty to disorderly conduct in relation to the incident. State police alleged Laurence C. Wilcox Jr., 70, while acting as a patrolman in Montgomery Borough, sexually ...

Geisinger Jersey Shore receives $250,000 grant to build helipad

A planned helipad at Geisinger Jersey Shore Hospital received a $250,000 grant Tuesday to help get the project off the ground. The grant, administered by the Williamsport Lycoming Community Fund at the First Community Foundation Partnership of Pennsylvania, will create a “community ...

Commissioners approve purchase of district judge site

Lycoming County commissioners Tuesday unanimously approved a resolution to buy property to house the offices of a district magistrate. Commissioners had been searching for about two years to locate a new home in Old Lycoming Township for District Judge William Solomon. By purchasing the ...

Commissioners want answers about flights from airport

Lycoming County commissioners voiced collective disgruntlement at their Tuesday meeting over news that flights to and from Williamsport Regional Airport will be reduced from two to one per day beginning next week. Williamsport Regional Airport Executive Director Richard Howell confirmed with ...

Borough concerned with industrial encroachment

Concerned with industry encroaching on residential areas, about 25 people attended a hearing on Blaise Alexander Family Dealerships’ proposed zoning map amendment along Fairfield Road at the Montoursville Borough meeting Monday. No decision was made by the council, whose members said they ...

Training, rail trail project on Clinton County agenda

LOCK HAVEN — The Clinton County Commissioners’ work session Monday morning addressed plans for a rail trail project and funding for law enforcement training. Teresa Sparacino, of Delta, a national consulting firm who has been retained by Lycoming and Tioga counties to apply for the Build ...

WASD board reacts to state budget proposal

“I have to say we were a little surprised” was the response of Dr. Timothy S. Bowers, district superintendent at the Williamsport Area School District, to Gov. Wolf’s 2020 budget address which had been delivered Tuesday. Bowers made his comments at the district board meeting. “Gov. ...