MORE DELAYS

We have a few school delays due to the cold and possible slippery conditions in parts of our area this morning.  You are reminded there could be patches of black ice and to take it easy driving this morning.  The following districts are on two hour delays this morning. They are Hazleton, Lourdes Regional, Mt. Carmel, North Schuykill, Northumberland County CTC, Shamokin and Southern Columbia.

WEAPONS BAN IN PARK CLOSE TO BEING REPEALED

Amongst its agenda last night, Williamsport City Council took the first step towards amending a ban on carrying weapons in Brandon Park.  On first reading last night council voted unanimously to amend the ordinance which was instituted around 40 years ago.  The amendment would allow a licensed gun owner to carry a concealed weapon the in the park. City officials say they have to change the law as it is not enforceable and perhaps maybe unconstitutional.  The city could be sued if a licensed gun owner is prohibited from carrying their weapon in the park. 

WOMAN ARRESTED AFTER ASSAULTING NURSES

A Hughesville area woman was jailed on Wednesday after allegedly assaulting two nurses at the Williamsport Regional Medical Center Emergency Room.  Around 10am on Wednesday, police were called to the emergency room after 29 year Brittany Fox became unruly, shoving one nurse, and punching another in the chest. She then allegedly threw a cellphone at one of the nurses as well. It is not known why the woman was there or what started the incident.  She was arraigned on charges of aggravated and simple assault and harassment and jailed in lieu of $15,000 dollars bail.

MAN ASSAULTS WIFE IN SNYDER COUNTY

State police in Snyder County are looking for a man who assaulted his wife there last night.  An as yet unidentified man allegedly assaulted his wife at their apartment on Brown Street in McClure.  The man also told the woman he was going to make her watch him commit suicide. The woman was finally able to get away from the house and the man took off in an unknown direction.  Police say they are looking for him. No word on the woman’s injuries and that investigation continues.

LYCOMING COUNTY COMMISSIONERS AWARD GRANTS

During their meeting yesterday, Lycoming County Commissioners awarded a $90,000 dollar grant to the Community Arts Center in Williamsport.  Commissioners had already built that into the county budget last year, and say that the support is much needed with the arts center serving many organizations with support from the county allowing it to offer programs at a fraction of their cost.  IN addition, yesterday, commissioners approved a $75,000 dollar grant from the State Department of Emergency Management to update the county’s hazard-mitigation plan and reduce the area’s vulnerability to natural disasters.

 VEHICLE CRASHES INTO RADIO STATION

A woman was not seriously injured last night after running her vehicle into a building owned by a Williamsport Radio Company.  The woman drove right through the front doors of Clear Channel Communications in the 1500 block of West Fourth Street around 11pm last night.  It’s believed that the back seat of the car was on fire for some reason and firefighters were able to put it out. The woman who has not been named was taken into custody under suspicion of driving under the influence.  No word on the amount of damage at that building this morning.

CONTRACTS AWARDED FOR BLOOM FLOOD PROTECTION PROJECT 

The Bloomsburg flood protection project has moved another step closer to being with the awarding of contracts for work. A company outside of Philadelphia has been awarded a $22.4 million dollar contract for general construction while a Bloomsburg Company has won the contract for electrical work totaling more than $418,000 dollars.  The system has a total estimate cost of $30 million dollars and will consist of a U-shaped flood wall over a mile in length protecting Autoneum North America and the former Windsor Foods site. Groundbreaking is scheduled for next month.

WEGMANS MAKES THE LIST ONCE AGAIN

For the 18th consecutive year, a grocery chain which has a local store has been listed amongst the best 100 companies to work for in the United States by Fortune Magazine.  Wegman’s Food Markets Inc, rates 7th on the list of 100 this year.  Wegman’s is one of only 12 companies that have been on the list since its inception in 1998. They are also the highest ranked retailer. The magazine follows certain criteria including reading through employee comments.  Wegman’s will celebrate tomorrow with free cake for customers with the times posted in the store’s entryway.

MAN ANNOUCED CANDIDACY FOR COMMISSIONER

Another area man has decided to run for one of three Lycoming County Commissioner seats.  Jack McKernan of Loyalsock Township has announced that he will seek the Republican nomination for the post of commissioner in the May primary.  McKernan is the president of the Williamsport Moving Company ad of Keystone Relocation in State College.  McKernan says if elected he would like to find solutions to the county’s fiscal problems by working closely with the heads of each county department.  He says after attending several comment periods to discuss the county’s 2015 budget, he came away unsatisfied with the answers.