BUDGET IN THE HANDS OF COUNCIL

It looks like good news out of the city of Williamsport regarding the 290 budget there. City Council received the $26.6  million dollar budget form the Campana Administration last night   As expected the budget does not contain a tax increase for city property owners, keeping the tax millage at 14.72 mills.  City officials say an actual decrease in health insurance costs as well as a new financing plan are saving the city money and are contributing to keeping the tax millage the same.  City council will have two budget sessions next Monday and Wednesday going over the budget line by line.  A vote on first reading is expected on December 7th with a final vote hopefully on December 14th

RESCUE OPERATIONS FOR LOST HUNTER

Police, emergency personnel and others were called out overnight for a reported missing hunter who also may be injured. The hunter was reported lost in the Cammal Area off of route 414.  Emergency crews were in contact with that hunter throughout the evening hours with a state police helicopter called  in and searchers spotting that hunter after 11 last night. Due to the rough terrain where that hunter was lost, rescuers had a tough time getting to him and he was finally take out of the woods early this morning. No word on his name or condition. 

CLINTON COUNTY FIRE

Fire broke out at a former business in Clinton County overnight.  Fire broke out at the former APC Printing Specialty Company off of Route 64 outside of Mill Hall yesterday bringing in firefighters from both Clinton and Centre Counties.  At one point the fire broke through the roof of the building, bur firefighters were able to keep it from spreading to a home which was attached by a breezeway and occupied by a couple.  It’s believed the fire started with a woodstove inside the building. No damage estimate was released and no one was injured in that Clinton County fire.

MUNCYMAN ACCUSED OF RAPE OF CHILD

A Muncy man is jailed in lieu of $100,000 dollars bail for the alleged rape of a young girl.  45 year old Charles Jenkins  was reportedly caught int eh act with the 12 year old girl by her older sister and a friend of hers on Saturday afternoon.  He reportedly had a sexual relationship going with the  girl for several months and had even allegedly paid her money to keep quiet about it.  He was taken into custody on Monday and charged with rape of a child, as well as several other counts, arraigned and jailed in Lycoming County Prison. 

HIGWAYS WILL BE BUSY

The highways are expected to be extra busy over the holiday weekend driving period which begins today and ends on Sunday.  Motorists are reminded that state and local police will have extra patrols out looking for aggressive drivers and also making sure that drivers are properly buckling up as well a buckling in their passengers as part of the Click It or Ticket campaign.  No cost car seat fittings are being conducted at various locations through December 3rd as well helping parents and caregivers make sure that their children are properly restrained.

MONTGOMERY MAN INJURED IN CRASH

A Montgomery man was reported in serious condition at Geisinger Medical Center following a Montour County accident on Monday.  The crash happened at Route 54 and Eyer’s Road in Mahoning Township on Monday morning as a vehicle driven by 59 year old Steven Hall of Montgomery slammed into the back of a truck there.  Hall was confined in the vehicle and had to be extricated before being transported to the Medical Center.  The driver of the truck was not injured, and Route 54 was shut down for a period of time with traffic detoured as the scene was cleaned up and police investigated that accident.

FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS PLANNED

Holiday plans for the lighting of the trees in Brandon Park in the city of Williamsport were finalized yesterday by the Brandon Park Commission.  The event will kick off at 6pm on Friday December 1st with the lighting of the trees and will include carriage rides, food vendors and a performance by the Melissa Augustine Dancers.  There will also be an ice sculpture of a snowman which will be carved and displayed at the bandshell there.   The city’s annual Christmas parade

will be held a week later in downtown on Friday December 8th at 6pm. 

DUI ENFORCMENT

State and area police agencies will be participating over the holiday weekend in impaired driving enforcement.  The Lycoming County DUI Task Force will participate in roving DUI enforcement through the weekend in conjunction with a statewide effort to decrease DUI related crashes.  Motorists are reminded that if they plan on drinking to designate a sober driver or get  a ride with a cab or an Uber.  The .08 percent blood alcohol limit will be strictly enforced.