DEMOLITIO BACK ON BUT NOT FOR 120 DAYS

Williamsport City Council has once again paved the way for the demolition of the former YMCA dormitory, Children’s Discovery Workshop Building on West Fourth Street in the city, but they will leave time for someone to come up with an idea to save the building.  Council last night approved the demolition permit for the almost 100 year old building a 343 West Fourth Street, but that will not happen until after September 21st as they have given 120 days to councilperson Liz Miele to find a suitable developer.  Miele says she welcomes any suggestions as to a good reuse of the building which currently owned by developer Herman Logue, who wants to demolish the building.

GAS IMPACT FEE FUNDING REVEALED

The numbers have been released as to the distribution of Natural Gas Impact Fees across Pennsylvania.  23rd District State Senator Gene Yaw’s office has announced that more than 40 million dollars will be distributed across his district which includes, Lycoming, Bradford, Union and Susquehanna Counties.  In all the PUC will distribute more than $209 million, 500 thousand dollars in unconventional gas well fee revenues across the state of Pennsylvania.  Lycoming County itself will receive $3.7 million dollars while municipalities across the county will share in more than $5.2 million dollars, totaling up to almost $9 million dollars all together.  Bradford County and it’s municipalities will share in almost $13.8 million dollars in impact fees.

UNION COUNTY CRASH SENDS MAN TO HOSPITAL

A Mifflinburg man was sent to Geisinger Medical Center with an unknown injury after his motorcycle was struck by another vehicle in Union County yesterday. The crash occurred on Forest Hill Road in West Buffalo Township around 3:30pm when a vehicle driven by Margaret Schmader of Millmont attempted to pull in front of the cycle operated by 69 year old Timothy Brickley of Miflfinburg.  He was taken by ambulance to Geisinger and his condition was not released.  Schmader was not injured. 

FAMILY OF 9 HOMELESS

A Northumberland County woman and her 8 children are homeless following a two alarm fire at their Point Township home yesterday.  Fire broke out yesterday afternoon around 1:10pm at the two story home along Epler Roand at the home occupied by Rachel Savidge and her children. Firefighters from 8 companies were called to the scene. Savidge and five others inside the home at the time were able to make it out without injury.  The home was extensively damaged though a damage estimate has not been released. It’s believed the fire started in the basement and that cause is under investigation.

CITY MAN ACCUSED OF STEALING

A Williamsport man was arrested earlier this week and charged with stealing a pick up truck from his employer, then driving it to a former employer and then stealing money from there.  The incident happened on Tuesday morning as 25 year old Jason Wurster took a truck from J.B. Gibbons construction, then drove it to The Car Wash at Faxon, and used two keys he had from there to take $565 dollars from the machines He has been charged with several counts and was committed to Lycoming County Prison in lieu of $25,000 bail.

CHICKENS AND DUCKS STOLEN

State police in Montoursville are looking for a fowl thief.  Police report that on June 10th, someone entered a shed in Wolf Township in Lycoming County in the 3,000 block of Route 220 and proceeded to take 18 chickens and 8 ducks.  The property owner is not identified and State police say they continue their investigation and are asking anyone with information regarding the theft to give them a call at 570-368-5700.

FORMER CROSSING GUARD SENTENCED

The former Selinsgrove crossing guard who was caught selling marijuana on the job is going to jail in Snyder County  Kathryn Miller, who lost her job as a crossing guard with the Selinsgrove School District in February after being caught selling marijuana was sentenced to 90 days in Snyder County Prison this week.  She will also have to serve three years of probation once she gets out. 

ROADS TO BE PAVED

Residents in Woodward Township in Lycoming County will be soon be encountering paving on Township roads. The Woodward Township Supervisors have accepted a bid from a contractor out of Fayette County to repave township roads at a cost of a little over $99,000 dollars.  As part of a regular road maintenance project, blacktop will be put down on the roadways there. It’s believed the paving project will be finished up by early September. 

WORK BEGINS MONDAY ON ROUTE 15 BRIDGE

Work begins Monday on a heavily traveled bridge on Route 15 in Union county.  As part of a multiple route improvement project in Union County workers will begin work on Monday on the Route 15 northbound and southbound bridges in West Milton.  The contractor will replace joints on the bridge and traffic will be restricted to a single lane in both directions.  A 12 foot lane restriction will also be in place while the work is performed.  Motorists are reminded to slow down and drive with caution in the work zone.