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Judge: County juvenile justice ‘12 steps ahead’

After hearing from juvenile probation officials and a judge, Lycoming County commissioners on Thursday agreed to pay $51,200 to house seven juveniles, whose behavior exhausted all local resources, in a residential treatment facility. George Junior Republic is a secure remediation campus ...

Parking meters to be installed

Williamsport Parking Authority said it was preparing to install 200 parking meters throughout downtown. The poles have been cut and the new meters are ready to go, said David Kish, authority operations manager. Some of the meters will be able to cover two parking spaces, said Dr. Anthony ...

Man dies while fishing in McIntyre Township

RALSTON — A fishing outing for two Northumberland County men turned tragic Friday afternoon when their rowboat upset, tossing both of them into a pond at a remote location near here. One of them survived while the other did not, according to investigators. “The two were in a boat and ...

Hiker falls from cliff in Pine Creek area

A leisurely hike near Little Pine Creek became a struggle for survival recently for a Carlisle woman. Sara Hughes and her fiance, Ben Fazio, of Carlisle, were visiting the area and decided to hike the five-and-a-half-mile rugged trail north of Waterville. But when Hughes was separated from ...

Council votes down water authority reappointment

City Council voted against a city resident being reappointed to the Williamsport Municipal Water and Sanitary Authority Thursday. Cindi Perry was rejected in a 5-0 vote. “She’s staying on if she wants to for the remainder of the year,” Mayor Gabriel J. Campana said. Campana ...

Mayor upset by City Hall accessibility delays

As city officials move toward making City Hall more accessible to those in wheelchairs or with other disabilities, the mayor and council are at odds over the speed at which the process is moving. Mayor Gabriel J. Campana issued a statement Thursday prior to the council meeting indicating he ...

Meteorologist: ‘No flooding expected’ for Susquehanna

Rain levels are above average so far this June according to John Banghoff, meteorologist at the National Weather Service in State College. On average in recent years, June has seen about 3.92 inches of rain in Williamsport. However, so far in 2019, June has seen 4.67 inches of rain with 10 ...

Homicide trial begins Monday

A man accused of killing an elderly man after breaking into his Eldred Township home will stand trial next week in Lycoming County Court. Graham N. Norby-Vardac faces charges including criminal homicide, aggravated assault and burglary. He is accused of entering the home of Donald Kleese ...

‘Mummified’ remains declared female legs

Investigators confirmed this week that the bones fishermen discovered last month along the north shore (city side) of the Susquehanna River west of the Hepburn Street dam were two legs from a woman’s body. The bones, found about 9:20 p.m. on May 11, were “remains that were clearly cut ...

Trump considering response after Iran shoots down US drone

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump declared Thursday that “Iran made a very big mistake” by shooting down a U.S. surveillance drone over the Strait of Hormuz and gathered top national security officials at the White House to discuss options. Asked earlier in the day about a U.S. ...

Airport unveils historical display

More than 100 years ago, the forests of central Pennsylvania needed sturdy men to cut the trees and haul them from the woods to be transported to markets. Those lumbering days have come alive at the Williamsport Regional Airport with a retrospective of the era. Keystone Wood Products ...

School board approves budget; no tax increase

MONTGOMERY — The Montgomery Area School Board unanimously approved a no-tax-increase, $16.8 million general fund budget and voted 3-4 against raising lunch prices by 5 cents districtwide on Tuesday. The general fund budget for every school year takes care of everyday expenses including ...

District approves $15K proposal to install sidewalks

MONTGOMERY— The Montgomery Area School Board approved a $15,400 proposal to install sidewalks near the tennis courts Tuesday. The sidewalks, to be installed around the Montgomery Area Community Center where the sports fields are located, would have handicap access for the fields. The ...

Loyalsock approves no tax hike budget

The Loyalsock Township School Board Wednesday night approved a $23.6 million budget for next year that holds the line on real estate taxes. To avoid a tax hike, the district will use money from its unassigned fund balance, according to business manager Daniel Egly. Otherwise, the district ...

Water authority officials on City Council agenda

Several selections for key authority positions in the city are on City Council’s slate tonight. Mayor Gabriel J. Campana has authority to select individuals who he wants to see serve on the Williamsport Municipal Water and Sanitary Authority. Campana has selected Cindi Perry for a ...

City Council considers landscape architect for reappointment

A veteran landscape architect was interviewed by City Council’s finance committee Tuesday after agreeing to take another four-year term on the city planning commission. Christopher Keiser of Larson Design Group, a professional landscape architect, was recommended by Mayor Gabriel J. ...

Shootout aims to raise another $50,000

The fifth annual Shootout at Little Harbor, 7190 Dam Run Road, is happening from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday near Salladasburg. With 40 teams of five people participating, founder Daniel Roupp will have his hands full with competitors and visitors from across the state and beyond. “We have ...

City settles with former employee

The city has settled a civil lawsuit with a former finance clerk at River Valley Transit who alleged she was exposed to repeated racism. Shenique Coates will receive $48,000, which covers pay and attorney fees, following her filing the suit in U.S. Middle District Court last August, said ...

School district approves budget with tax increase

The Williamsport Area School Board voted 7-0 to approve its 2019-20 budget with a .39 mill tax increase Tuesday, lifting its total millage from 16.50 to 16.89. Board members Adam Welteroth and Patrick Dison were absent. The increase, which is below the Act 1 index of 3.2 percent, translates ...

County Commissioners question high youth placement costs

Lycoming County is slated to spend $51,200 per month on seven juveniles placed under court order at a residential treatment facility for their violent crimes and felony charges. Commissioners questioned the cost Tuesday. Efficiency and results should be looked into at George Junior Republic, ...