Lycoming County Commissioners are getting closer to putting out a budget for 2017 and say they continue cutting into it where they can.  During their meeting yesterday Commissioners said they would probably have a preliminary budget put together and handed on to the county’s Fiscal Services Department by the beginning of next week.  Originally it looked like the county would be about $10 million dollars short, but postponing a project at the landfill has helped to shave off about $6 million dollars.  Once again, healthcare and pension funding are going to be a heavy burden.  The budget will go up for public review and Commissioners say they won’t have to decide whether or not to institute a tax increase until they are ready to take a vote.


Sunbury police say they continue to investigate an accident in the city yesterday morning in which a 15 year old girl was struck by a vehicle. The girl was on her way to school when she was struck in the vicinity of 10th and Chestnut Streets around 7am yesterday just blocks away from the Shikellamy High School.  The girl was taken to Geisinger Medical Center and at last report was said to be in critical condition.  The driver of the vehicle was not injured.  A section of roadway in the vicinity of the crash was shut down for about four hours as crash reconstructionists worked at the scene.  Authorities are not saying whether or not charges will be filed against the driver.


A Williamsport company is back in business today after a fire hit their dust collector system yesterday.  Firefighters were called out around noon yesterday to Williamsport Steel Container in the 300 block of Arch Street for reports of smoke there.  Fire officials say that a spark from a grinder ignited filters in the dust collector system.  It took firefighters around 20 minutes to put the fire out. The company was evacuated and employees sent home.  A damage estimate was not released.  It’s the second fire to hit there in the past few months. 


A former Penn State assistant coach who says he was defamed after his testimony helped to bring down Jerry Sandusky on child sex abuse charges has won his case in Centre County Court.  A jury yesterday awarded $7.3 million dollars to Michael McQueary from Penn State University.  McQueary’s lawyers successfully proved that the university defamed him after it became public that his testimony helped to convict Sandusky after McQueary spotted Sandusky committing a sexual assault on a young boy in a University shower back in 2001.   A Judge still must decide whether he was treated unfairly as the school suspended him and eventually did not renew his contract. 


Governor Wolf now has the power to decide whether or not to allow hunters across the state of Pennsylvania to use semi-automatic rifles while out in the woods. The deer hunting season begins in less than a month and yesterday, both branches of the state legislature passed a bill which would lift the ban on hunters using semi-automatic rifles as well as the ban on air and gas powers rifles. The bill was sent to the governor’s desk for him to sign.  If passed into law, the PA Game Commission would set regulations and rules on what season and which animals could be hunted with those rifles.


Williamsport City Council said yes last night to seeking a federal grant which would help fund improvements at Brandon Park. The $250,000 grant would come from the U.S. Department of Interior and passed through the State Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. The money would help the city to build a Nature Play area, a water area to be used for environmental education purposes, resurface tennis courts, improve pathways and add lighting.  The agreement also would make sure the city keeps the park accessible to everyone.


A Philadelphia man was jailed earlier this week on charged that he tried to sell heroin in Loyalsock Township. On Monday, State police arrested 25 year old Kevin Garris of Philadelphia in the 1700 block of East Third Street and charged him with intent to deliver 100 bags of heroin and related offenses.  In addition, more bags of heroin were recovered from a Park Avenue address in the city.  Garris was arraigned and jailed in Lycoming County Prison in lieu of $250,000 dollars bail.


The Lycoming Creek Anglers Club is looking for help this weekend to get their Trout Hatchery back up and running.  The Hatchery located on Slacks Run Road was destroyed by flooding last week with all the fish there lost.  Tomorrow and Sunday morning’s at 8:30am it’s hoped that volunteers will show up around 8:30am to get the hatchery back up and running.  Volunteers are asked to bring shovels, rakes and wheelbarrows and access the hatchery from Rose Valley Road and Kellyburg Road.  Anyone with questions are asked to call Sam Caldwell at 570-322-6098.


Williamsport City residents can start raking up those leafs and sticking them by the side of the road for collection by the city.  City officials say that collection will begin on Monday and last into December, weather permitting.  Residents should place loose leaves along the curb line on the main streets and all neighborhoods will be picked up on an ongoing basis. Do not bag them up.    Once a street has been cleared it will be at least one week until crews return to the area.  Collection is just for leaves. No brush or yard waste.  The pickup will take place on the main streets only, not along alleyways.