HUGHESVILLE MAN DIES IN CRASH

It’s not known yet if slippery roads contributed to a fatal crash in Montour County late yesterday afternoon.  State police report that 29 year old Donald Bowers of Hughesville was in the passing lane heading westbound on State Route 54 just outside of Elysburg in Mayberry Township around 5:15 yesterday when he lost control of his vehicle which went into the oncoming lane and was struck by an SUV driven by 43 year old Teresa Genners of Elysburg.  Bowers vehicle was pushed into the guardrail and he was pronounced dead at the scene. No word on if Genners was injured.  The road was shut down until around 8:30 and the investigation continues.

RAISE THE REGION ON THE HORIZON

The First Community Foundation Partnership of Pennsylvania announced yesterday that once again this year, they will participate in Raise the Region.  The 2017 version is a 30 hour fundraising event which will help out non-profits in communities in Lycoming, Montour, Northumberland, Snyder, Columbia and Union Counties beginning on Wednesday March 8th.  Once again this year, the Blaise Alexander Family Dealerships will kick in $150,000 dollars in matching funding.  Donors will be able to go online and donate to the non-profit of their choice.  Other area businesses have also kicked in money for special incentives throughout the event.  Pre-registration by non-profits is required by February 24th at www.RaiseTheRegion.org.

EVERETT AND WHEELAND APPOINTED TO COMMITTEES

With the 2017-2018 legislative sessions underway in Harrisburg, two State Representatives from Lycoming County have found out on which committees they will be serving on.  84th District Representative Garth Everett of Muncy reports that he has been reappointed to the all-important House Appropriations committee which has a big say in where the state money goes.  In addition he will be on the Environmental Resources and Energy, House Judiciary and the Game and Fisheries committees.  83rd District Representative Jeff Wheeland of Williamsport has been appointed to the House Local Government, and the State Government, as well as the Gaming Oversight and Liquor Control Committees.

SOUTH SIDE DISTRICT FACES DEFICIT

Area School Districts are already talking budget for the 2017-2018 school year.  Last night, the South Williamsport Area School Board gave their Business manager the go ahead to move forward with putting a preliminary budget together on which they will vote during their February 6th meeting.  The board found out, that so far the district faces an $800,000 deficit due to part to higher healthcare costs as well as a deficit carryover of $346,000 from this year.  Revenues and expenditures have not been figured in yet. 

SLIPPERY RIDE

Watch out for some slippery conditions this morning as you head out.  Roads in the Williamsport area were slush covered and slippery.  There may be worse road conditions to the north and in the higher elevations in our area.  You are reminded to leave early for your destination, leave plenty of room between you and other vehicles and watch out for state and municipal road crews who are working on clearing things off.  We do have a number of school delays and here is that list.

MIDDLEBURG MEAT MARKET BURGLARIZED

State police in Snyder County say they are investigating the burglary of a meat market in Middleburg which occurred early on Sunday evening.  Sometime between 6:30 and 6:45, someone broke into Troutman’s Meat Market on West Market Street and once inside grabbed a cash box and fled the scene.  Whoever committed the burglary was not done, and they reentered the store and stole two laptop computers. A total amount stolen was not released.  A cash reward is being offered by the business for help in finding and prosecuting the burglar or burglars. Anyone with information is asked to call State Police in Selinsgrove.

METH LAB IN COLUMBIA COUNTY 

State police have announced that they have dismantled and removed a suspected methamphetamine lab in Columbia County.  Police say that an adult probation officer was doing a check on Theodore Johnson of Benton at a Sugarloaf Township residence along State route 118 on Thursday night when he found the working meth lab at the residence.  Special officers were called in and the lab was removed.  No word on if any charges have been filed as of yet. 

UNEMPLOYMENT WORKERS RALLY

Lawmakers in Harrisburg got back in session yesterday and were greeted with angry laid off State Unemployment Compensation workers.  The call center workers were laid off just before Christmas due to funding being pulled by Governor Wolf after his administration and the legislature could not come to an agreement regarding the funding.  A 50% reduction in employees at the call centers followed.  The workers and supporters rallied in Harrisburg yesterday calling for a restoration in funding in order to get back to work.