PETITION TIME IS ALMOST HERE

With a challenge put forth to the U.,S. supreme court following the release of congressional district maps in Pennsylvania by the State Supreme Court, congressional candidates are getting set to get out their petitions to get in the ballot for the May Primary.  The first day that petitions can be circulated are February 27th with the final day to get them in, March 20th. Current 10th district Republican Congressman Tom Marino will be seeking re-election, but as the map stands now will be doing that in the 12th congressional district.  Republican Doug McClinko of Towanda and Democrat Judy Herschel of Susquehanna County would also re running in the 12th district.

COMMISSIONERS LOOKING FOR LEVEE GRANT

Lycoming County Commissioners yesterday took a step towards securing state funding towards an estimated $10 million dollar levee project which is part of a recertification process of the flood protection system in the Williamsport Area. The county is applying for up to $5 million dollars from the state’s Redevelopment Assistance Capital program and adopted a resolution to do so yesterday. The rest of the money would have to be provided locally though area officials are hoping for money through the federal government to help offset that local cost. 

MAN TURNS HIMSELF IN

A Hughesville man, wanted in connection with the assault of a Watsontown resident earlier this week turned himself in yesterday to face those charges.  Watsontown police say that 30 year old Weston Dewalt and 32 year old Jamie Thompson drove to Watsontown on Tuesday and assaulted a resident in a home there.  Dewalt is also accusd of endangering a 3 year old child who was in the room at the time.  Dewalt faces charges of simple assault, harassment and disorderly conduct and was released after posting $15,000 bail.  Thompson was charged with disorderly conduct.

PHILADELPHIA MAN ARRESTED FOR DRUG DEALING

Williamsport police have arrested a Philadelphia man accused of trying to deliver cocaine in the city on Valentines Day.  Police pulled over 25 year old Kadeem Middleton on Interstate 180, finding three bags of cocaine. Middleton was charged with possession with intent to deliver the cocaine and related counts, was arraigned and was jailed in Lycoming County Prison in lieu of $50,000 dollars bail. 

Emergency crews were called out in Loyalsock Township yesterday morning for reports of a pedestrian struck by a vehicle there. That person was struck in the 2100 block of Reed Street around 10:45am.  An ambulance was called to the scene and it was believed that person was taken to the hospital for treatement.  Their name and condition have not been released.  Crews were on the scene for about two hours following that accident yesterday. 

AREA BUSINESSES AWARDED GRANTS

Close to a million dollars has been awarded to businesses across the state as part of the Department of Environmental Protection’s Small Business Advantage Grants helping to reduce costs, energy consumption and waste.  Ecks Garage in Lycoming County has received $7,000 dollars towards a more than $38,000 dollars investment to do an LED Lighting upgrade.  Bucks Service LLC and Pik Rite Incorporated both in Union County have received $4,175 and $7,000 respectively also for LED Lighting upgrades.  Officials say the grants help businesses to cut expenses, reduce or eliminate their environmental impact and allows them to be more competitive.

LOOKING AT HI-TECH METERS

Looking at going hi-tech and saving space at the same time, the Williamsport Parking Authority met yesterday and discussed purchasing new meters which would not only call the person parking there when they are running out of time, but also would allow them to pay a number of ways including right from their phone.  Authority officials say that by the end of the year, they are updating 175 parking meter spaces and installing 150 new single-space parking meters.  The Authority is looking at different meter companies before making their decision.

THREAT JUST A RUMOR

Rumors of a threat in the Warrior Run area school district were just that, a rumor.  The rumor circulated through the high school in Turbotville yesterday, with Warrior Run officials calling in police to investigate.  The district then sent out an email to parents and staff as a follow up to phone calls notifying then that district officials were investigating along with law enforcement.  It was found that there was no credible threat with the call message noting that there were no immediate safety concerns.