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Last night, around 20 people attended the first public hearing conducted by the Jersey Shore School District  board to give residents of the district a chance to voice their opinions on the possible closure of district schools.  The schools in question are the Avis and Salladasburg Elementary schools and if closure of both or either is ultimately approved, the action won’t take place until the 2020-2021 school year.  The board also is exploring the possibility of closing the District Administration Building at 175 A&P Drive.


Williamsport City officials yesterday said that City Council is not expected to review a proposed $600,000 scoreboard purchase and ways to match the grant.  Councilman Randall J. Allison said that the issue remains prescient but not ready for discussion as it is in legal hands.   Mayor Gabriel Campana has said the scoreboard and upgrades are among the promises the city made to satisfy the Williamsport Crosscutters, but Campana has said he opposes any borrowing for the scoreboard or stadium improvements.  While City Council did not review the proposal, the Council’s finance committee did review monetary accounts for Bowman Field, Brandon Park and a city hazardous tree removal program.



Two alleged area drug dealers are in jail after trying to force an undercover officer to shoot up heroin.  The officer had met up with the two men, Shyheem Gadson and Timothy Kelly to make what police call a “controlled buy” in the 700 block of West Fourth Street..  The situation became very tense  within minutes when both men demanded the officer to  use a bag of heroin in his car.  The officer was able to call for backup officers who were in the area.  Kelly ran but was nabbed near Sixth Avenue without a struggle.  Gadson did struggle and it took four officers to get him under control.  Both men were arrested on drug charges and committed to the Lycoming County Prison without bail.


The Montoursville Area school board will soon look at the general condition of school buildings in the district.  A report outlining some of the infrastructural needs, deficiencies and other aspects of the different schools has been put together.  Specifics of the report were not shared with the public during Tuesday’s board work session.  While the board feels the report is important and will be shared with the public, Board President Scott Konkle, for one, said he has not had a chance to study the report.


The Lycoming County Zoning Hearing board voted last night to reverse a partial decision from June to approve construction of a venue and winery along Rose Valley Lake in Gamble Township.  A public hearing on Wednesday allowed citizens to voice concerns and support.  The board approved both the venue and winery with restrictions.  The conditions state that outdoor music cannot be amplified and stated a maximum allowable parking space.  In addition, the venue can only be open from noon till 10 pm.


The Williamsport Sun-Gazette and Lock Have Express have partnered with The Williamsport Community Arts Center to bring the U.S. Army Jazz Ambassadors to downtown Williamsport for a free concert on March 12th.  Tickets for the show will be available at both the offices of The Williamsort Sun-Gazette and The Lock Haven Express.


On Tuesday, monetary accounts for Bowman Field, Brandon Park and a city hazardous tree program were reviewed by Williamsport City Council’s finance committee.  Bowman Field has $150,000 available for use including use of it to match a $600,000 grant for a new video scoreboard and office upgrades.  City Finance Director William Nichols Jr. says that Council will hear how the city can find the match for the grant in the coming weeks.  The committee also gave a positive recommendation to adjust compensation for the mayor, controller, treasurer and council over the next four years.