STUDENTS WEIGH IN

Jersey Shore High School students had their voices heard regarding the future of the school district there.   The school board which has a week until they make a decision whether or not to close two elementary schools and reconfigure the district to help close a budget gap, heard results of a survey amongst about 75 9th, 10th and 11th graders at the high school regarding a realignment which would send 7th and 8th graders to the high school.  Students there are concerned about overcrowding, maturity differences, their education being compromised and bullying.  A vote is scheduled for next Monday on whether or not to close one of both of the Avis and Salladsburg Elementary Schools. 

SMOKE COMING FROM CONTROLLED BURNS

With hazy smoke hanging over our area yesterday, State officials had an explanation for that smoke.  The State Department of Environmental Protection says that conditions were ripe for controlled burns.  They say winds out of the south as well as moist and hazy conditions helped the smoke from those burns spread across the area.  Burns were reported in both Centre and Perry Counties, and even though it was believed that the state would also burn at R.B. Winter State Park in Union County, that burn did not take place.  With rain on the way this week, state officials wanted to get those burns in while conditions were good to do so. 

PROM SEASON ENFORCEMENT

Lycoming County’s DUI Task Force will be busy over the upcoming prom season.  Officials say that underage drinking and driving will be targeted during the enforcement effort and are reminding those under the age of 21 that they are not allowed to have any alcohol in their system.  If they are caught drinking and driving, the .02% alcohol law as well as other related offenses will be strictly enforced.  Underage drinking as well as DUI results in license suspension, court costs as well a other sanctions.  Officials say the laws are being enforced in order to prevent a tragedy.

INVESTMENT POSSIBLE IN WILLIAMSPORT AND TOWANDA

It’s hoped that various neighborhoods in both Williamsport and Towanda will be included in a federal program which would invest in low income neighborhoods.  Federal approval is set for Mid-May for a program which would help out neighborhoods deemed as census tracts and both Williamsport and Towanda have been added to the nomination list.  According to State Senator Gene Yaw, the program would help build on ongoing community development efforts taking place. It is designed to allow private investors to receive unrealized capital bains by investing in those neighborhoods.

MAN CRITICALLY INJURED IN SNYDER COUNTY CRASH

A crash in Snyder County on Sunday evening sent a man to Geisinger Medical Center.  State police in Selinsgrove say that 49 year old Jay Meckley of Selinsgrove was riding his motorcycle on Stetler Avenue in Monroe Township around 5;30 on Sunday evening when for an unknown reason the bike went off the roadway, struck an embankment and then went back on the roadway throwing Meckley from the bike.  He was transported to Geisinger Medical Center and reported in critical condition.  No one else was involved in the crash and state police continue their investigation.

FIRE IN NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY

A two alarm fire struck in Delaware Township, Northumberland County last night leaving an unknown number of persons homeless. The fire broke out shortly before 10pm in a home in the 12,300 block of Route 405 between Watsontown and Dewart. When firefighters arrived, they had to call in a second alarm, bringing in personnel from other area companies. The occupants were said to have made it out of the house without injury.  Damage was extensive, though an estimate has not been released. The cause of that Northumberland County fire remains under investigation. 

SUNBURY MAN AREESTED IN WILLIAMSPORT

A Sunbury man wanted on an outstanding warrant was arrested in the city of Williamsport earlier this month and found with heroin as well as other contraband.  City police found 26 year old Christian Rodriguez in the 500 block of Market Street in April 10th, finding the man with 18 bags of suspect heroin as well as drug paraphernalia.  He was charged with several counts and jailed in lieu of $50,000 dollars bail. 

TASK FORCE TO LOOK INTO USAGE OF EMPTY MALL SPACE

With yet another store now closing at the Lycoming Mall, Lycoming County officials say it’s time to look into what kind of uses can work at the empty buildings in and around the mall.  The Macy’s building is already for sale.  The Toys R Us building as well as Sears, Penny’s, The former Grizzly Building and now Bon Ton are all or will all be empty soon.  WNEP-TV 16 reports this week that the newly formed Lycoming County Economic Development Task Force will begin meeting and look into find uses for the empty buildings. They could include filling them with businesses other than retail, including the possibility of light manufacturing.

WOLF WANT TO EXPAND BACKGROUND CHECKS

Pennsylvania’s Governor Tom Wolf wants the state legislature to pass a measure expanding background checks on firearms in Pennsylvania and end an exception on shotguns, sporting rifles and semi-automatic rifles known as the gun show loophole.  The legislature is considering various bills aimed at more gun control in the wake of the Parkland High School Shootings in Florida.  The Republican controlled legislature has long resisted gun control measures and appears unlikely to expand background checks or ban certain guns such as assault style weapons or bump stocks.