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Local lawmakers approve of House budget plan

State House Republicans from the area predict next year’s budget will soon be passed, unlike most recent years when putting together a spending plan became a contentious issue. “The talk down here (Harrisburg) is that both houses and the governor are in agreement,” state Rep. Jeff ...

Water, sanitary rate increases coming in 2020

Water and sanitary rates for thousands of customers of the Williamsport Municipal Water and Sanitary Authority will go up in January, officials said Wednesday. In separate votes Wednesday, the 10-member authority adopted its 2020 budgets. The increases amount to 3 percent for water and 4 ...

Park Avenue plan moves to next stage

City Council’s economic revitalization committee Tuesday said it wants to form a committee to work specifically on the Park Avenue plan implementation. The plan includes ways to stabilize the neighborhood that otherwise has lost its identity, according to the discussion. Stabilization of ...

Township supervisors approve Woodlands Bank additions

LOYALSOCK — The Loyalsock Township supervisors unanimously approved commercial additions to Woodlands Bank at 2450 E. Third St. Tuesday. The project includes building additions and site modifications for bank use. The plan brought to the supervisors included four additions to the existing ...

Celebration to include pageant, parade, fireworks

JERSEY SHORE — The 59th Annual Jersey Shore Town Meeting celebration will be held from June 29 through July 6, at the recreation field along Thompson Street in Jersey Shore. There will be rides and free entertainment all week, a gigantic parade, crowning of the Tiadaghton Queen and Baby ...

County health care $2 million over budget

By DEREK DANNEKER ddanneker@sungazette.com Lycoming County employee healthcare expenditures are running 19 percent over budget, commissioners said Tuesday, equating to about $2 million. The healthcare line-item was not “bare-bones” either, said Commissioner Rick Mirabito. The board ...

East Lycoming schools approve tax increase

By MARK MARONEY mmaroney@sungazette.com HUGHESVILLE — East Lycoming School Board adopted a $26.5 million 2019-2020 budget Tuesday night that includes a real estate tax hike. The real estate tax rate will increase to 14.38 mills, which represents a 0.44 mill increase or 3.6 percent. It ...

City commemorates founding father with lessons about his life

Williamsport has an event center, townhouse and hotel room named after the city’s founder — but how much do city residents know about the historical contributions of Michael Ross? History was shared on one of Williamsport’s founders, Michael Ross, recently at the Thomas T. Taber ...

Witnesses testify to seeing alleged killer morning of 2017 slaying

A number of people testified in Lycoming County Court Monday that they encountered a man on a bicycle near the home of Donald Kleese Jr. the day before he was found dead in his Eldred Township residence. Kleese’s bloodied body was found April 6, 2017 in the bedroom of his Quaker Hill Road ...

Tax hike comes with Muncy school’s budget

MUNCY – Muncy School Board adopted an $18.9 million 2019-20 budget Monday night that includes a tax increase. The budget brings a 0.74 millage increase to the local real estate tax, said David Edkin, district business manager. It will add $74 in taxes to a house valued at $100,000. The ...

Jersey Shore School Board approves yearly spending plan

JERSEY SHORE — District homeowners will see a tax raise following the Jersey Shore School Board passing its 2019-20 budget Monday, in a 6 to 2 vote. Voting for the tax increase were Christopher Fravel, Karen Stover, John Pecchia, Mary Thomas, Kelley Wasson and Craig Allen. Voting no were ...

Authority member files ethics complaint

A member of the Williamsport Municipal Water and Sanitary Authority believes another member has violated the ethics of the board including voting to benefit from a downtown development. A state Ethics Commission report has been filed against William Ertel by Cynthia Perry, who recently was ...

Budget cram week starts with eye on saving Pennsylvania some cash

HARRISBURG — Pennsylvania’s budget cram week began Monday, as lawmakers unveiled a compromise spending plan that uses surplus dollars to spread around modest spending increases, hold the line on taxes and make a substantial deposit into a relatively bare budgetary reserve. Votes in the ...

Although chance of rain lingers, a dry break will grace the week

After last week’s slew of storms, lingering chances of rain will hang on throughout the week, but there could be time for the area to regroup under sunshine and typical summer weather. With a relatively dry and warmer week ahead, there’s a chance that the highs could be reaching close ...

‘Burning river’ loses sting in Cleveland 50 years after fire

CLEVELAND — Fifty years after the Cuyahoga River’s most infamous fire helped spawn the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, artists and entrepreneurs have turned old jokes into inspiration and forged decades of embarrassment into a fiery brand of Cleveland pride. “Everybody knows ...

Cuyahoga’s health lauded half a century after blaze

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio’s U.S. senators are recognizing environmental progress on Cleveland’s Cuyahoga (ky-uh-HOH’-guh) River with a bipartisan resolution. U.S. Sens. Sherrod Brown and Rob Portman, a Democrat and a Republican, introduced the measure in Washington this week ahead of ...

Fire leaves 12 homeless

A dozen people, including several children, were left homeless Saturday following an early morning house fire on Scott Street that was caused by unattended cooking, according to city fire Platoon Chief Sam Aungst. The fire broke out in the kitchen at the rear of Stephanie Davis’ home at ...

School districts bleeding money to cyber charter schools

As the end of the school year passes, students are beginning to enjoy summer vacation, but for district administrators this time of year brings with it dealing with ever-increasing budget expenses and resulting deficits. Although wages and retirement benefits are often listed as the drivers ...

Taber Museum holds needlework exhibit

“Make Much of Precious Time While in Your Power” is the summer exhibit now open at the Thomas T. Taber Museum at 858 W. 4th St. The exhibit, featuring around 79 samplers, shows American and European needleworks created by young girls and women during the 18th and 19th centuries. The exhibit ...

City celebrates 34th annual arts, crafts show

The sun shone brightly for those who attended Williamsport Recreation Department’s 34th annual HomeMade Days arts and crafts show Friday. Guests had the chance to walk around the many stands set up in Brandon Park near the bandshell while snacking on food from a multitude of trucks and ...