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Mayor: Refrain from touching city playground equipment

Mayor Derek Slaughter, following Centers for Disease Control advice, has asked streets and parks employees to put signs up at city parks to ask people to refrain from using playground equipment. The move done this week as part of the effort to control spread of COVID-19, is just one of the ...

County to remove recycling drop-offs

According to Lycoming County Director of Administration Matt McDermott, the county is removing recycling drop-off boxes countywide and all boxes should be collected by this afternoon. Municipalities are asked to use orange cones to block off those areas and individuals found past those areas ...

Congressman to host ‘town hall’ with expert

U.S. Rep. Fred Keller, R-Kreamer, will hold a COVID-19 tele-town hall with UPMC Williamsport Infectious Disease Expert Dr. Rutul Dalal from 5 to 6 p.m. tonight. Constituents can call in to 866-641-6837.

Trump taps emergency powers as virus relief plan proceeds

WASHINGTON — Describing himself as a “wartime president” fighting an invisible enemy, President Donald Trump on Wednesday invoked rarely used emergency powers to marshal critical medical supplies against the coronavirus pandemic. Trump also signed an aid package — which the Senate ...

LH mayor declares state of emergency

LOCK HAVEN — Lock Haven City Mayor Joel Long has declared a state of emergency for the city through April 5. It will not affect private businesses, only city operations, he said. The declaration comes only days after council canceled its regular meeting Monday night and shut down city ...

Comms OK funding for projects; $1.28M for library system

Lycoming County commissioners on Tuesday approved grant and monitoring agreements, including $125,000 for the Williamsport Regional Airport and $1.28 million for the Lycoming County Library System. Services and programs will be funded from either the county’s share of Act 13 natural gas ...

WASD to offer automotive course to adults

Adult auto technicians will now have an opportunity to update their skills following approval by Williamsport School District board Tuesday of Andrew Leigey, automotive technology teacher at the high school, to teach the course. The course, which relates to state vehicle safety inspections, ...

Armed robbery in Muncy Creek Township

LYCOMING COUNTY: Robbery: The Pennsylvania State Police (PSP), Montoursville Station, is investigating a robbery that occurred at Sam's Place Lottery and Tobacco, 1374 E. Penn St., Muncy Creek Twp., Lycoming County, PA, that occurred on March 18th, 2020, at approximately 2154 hours. At this ...

Geisinger: Three possible coronavirus cases in system

DANVILLE — Geisinger confirmed Tuesday evening its first three patients with presumed positive results for the novel coronavirus that causes the COVID-19 illness. “The patients are within our system of care,” confirmed Marc Stempka, Geisinger media relations specialist, adding ...

Food bank ‘running full crisis response’

The Central Pennsylvania Food Bank is “running a full crisis response,” according to Joe Arthur, executive director of the food bank. Because they are an emergency response organization for food assistance, during the shutdown of the state recommended by the governor, the food bank is ...

Impacts of virus on region announced

Restaurants Restaurants making special provisions to feed people during this time may contact the Sun-Gazette to have their plans announced in this space. Grocery stores Grocery stores in the area remain open at this time, as do drug stores. Dollar General allowing seniors-only shopping ...

Area organizations continue to serve society’s most vulnerable

Each day brings news of closures, but for those seeking a hot meal or a place to sleep at night, many sites are still available. The American Rescue Workers Saving Grace Homeless Shelter remains open and is allowing residents to stay at the shelter during the day. They are also operating ...

Jury duty canceled, non-emergency court duties moved to telephone

The Lycoming County president judge declared a judicial emergency Tuesday, canceling jury duty and ordering non-emergency court matters will be held by telephone. More information will be available today following a news conference held by the Lycoming County commissioners at 10 a.m. in ...

Lawmakers suspend visits to offices

To help contain the spread of the coronavirus and protect the health and safety of local residents and office staff, local lawmakers are suspending walk-in visits from constituents and the rest of the public. State Sen. Gene Yaw, Loyalsock Township, announced that his Williamsport and ...

City Council delays meeting

As part of an effort to keep residents and visitors safe from potentially contracting COVID-19, City Council’s meeting Thursday has been canceled until next month. Council committees on safety, finance, public works and economic revitalization will be held as usual, according to Council ...

Buses, airport and parking authority battle virus

To prevent the spread of COVID-19, local transportation providers are cleansing facilities and equipment and some are no longer doing business until further notice. At River Valley Transit, 1500 W. Third St., efforts are under way to keep surfaces free of the virus. “We are disinfecting ...

State to open virus testing sites; job losses spike

HARRISBURG — Pennsylvania’s Department of Health is working on a plan to open public testing sites for the coronavirus, as more services shut down and the state sees a spike in people filing for unemployment compensation. The Department of Labor and Industry said unemployment compensation ...

People make mad dash for alcohol

Beer distributors and liquor stores were thrown into confusion Monday as long lines emptied their shelves following Gov. Tom Wolf’s order that non-essential businesses close in the wake of COVID-19. For two hours, the city’s Fine Wine & Good Spirits stores were held in limbo after ...

Health care officials, lawmaker: ‘Don’t panic’

U.S. Rep. Fred Keller, R-Kreamer and UPMC Susquehanna officials held a press conference Monday morning to assure everyone that they are staying on top of the coronavirus. Keller said there has been good cooperation among federal and state officials as the situation evolves. “We should ...