GOVERNOR IN TOWN
The Governor was in town yesterday participating in a spirit of cooperation amongst everyone involved. Governor Wolf and 23rd district State Senator Gene Yaw presided over a round table discussion yesterday on the opioid problem in the state, specifically the heroin crisis. It was agreed upon that the problem is a non-partisan issue and that everyone needs to work together to tackle it. The governor want to spend $34 million dollars in the 2016-2017 state budget to address the crisis and yesterday’s discussions were over the best way to spend the money. Wolf is holding roundtables across the state to decide how best to proceed.
COUNCIL APPROVES DEMOLITION OF POOLS
Williamsport City Council met last night and went ahead and approved the demolition work at two city pools, closed due to lack of money to operate and keep them up to date. Council voted to award a contract of $14,250 dollars to R.L. Steinbacher to demolish the swimming pools at Brandon Park and Shaw Place Park in the city’s East End. Officials say the demolition is due to monetary and safety reasons. It was reiterated last night, that the parties involved in transferring funds from a fund set up by a city man before he died to take care of the pool at Brandon Park to using for upkeep at the Memorial Pool was done legally.
TWO ARRESTED FOR HEROIN SALE
Two men were arrested on Tuesday, charged with trying to sell heroin in Loyalsock Township. Police say that Robert Johnson, no address and Raysheed Johnson of Williamsport were arrested after trying to deliver four bags of heroin in the 2700 block of Fieldcrest Drive off of Hays Lane in Loyalsock Township on Tuesday of this week. The two were charged with possession with intent to deliver and related charges arraigned and jailed in Lycoming County Prison in lieu of $100,000 dollar bail apiece.
MAN ACCUSED OF BREAKING INTO S. WMSPT HOME
South Williamsport police have announced the arrest of a Williamsport man accused of breaking into a borough residence earlier this month. Police say they have charged 27 year old William Wyatt with the break in at a home in the 700 block of West Central Avenue in South Williamsport on April 14th. It’s not been reported if the man got away with anything, but he has been charged with burglary and related offenses. Following arraignment, he was jailed in Lycoming County Prison in lieu of $35,000 dollars bail.
Residents in certain parts of Loyalsock Township and South Williamsport looking to hook up to Williamsport Water Authority Service will be able to take advantage of a reduction in the hookup fees. Williamsport Municipal Water Authority officials reported on Wednesday that the residents in the Four Mile Drive Area of the Township and those in parts of South Williamsport including Mountain, Eight and Ninth Avenues would see discounts of $800 dollars per customer which would be extended. Officials say that the cost to hook up to the water system would then be lowered from $2800 dollars.
$7 MILLION DOLLAR GIFT TO LHU
Students at Lock Haven University will benefit for years to come thanks to the generosity of an area musician and businessman. On Wednesday, the University honored Stephen Poorman and his wife Pamela who have donated the largest gift ever received from an individual donor in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education’s history. The university has received a gift of 7 million dollars from the couple and has named the College of Business, Information Systems and Human Services after Poorman. In remarks during Wednesday’s ceremony, Poorman said that the formation of a curriculum focused on creating real-work, entrepreneurial and business experiences for students stand at the forefront of his priorities for the donation.
BALLPARK WORK APPROVED
Williamsport Crosscutters fans will see plenty of baseball this coming summer as always, but they will also see plenty of work taking place at the BB&T Ballpark at Historic Bowman Field as well. The Crosscutters have announced that final approval has been given by Williamsport City Council which will pave the way for construction of a new premium deck to go in the area where the right field bleachers were at the ballpark. The two tiered deck is expected to accommodate upwards of 250 people and will feature rail seating, high top and 4 top tables on both levels along with full bar and food service for fans. Groundbreaking will be held prior to the start of the new season with the deck officially opening in 2017. It was also announced that the Crosscutters and city have agreed on a four year extension of the ballpark lease through the 2020 season.
HIGH STREET RESTRICTIONS
Motorists in the area of the High Street Bridge are reminded to watch for lane restrictions there again today. Between 9am and 3pm. Crews will be inspecting the underside of the bridge connecting the city of Williamsport with Old Lycoming Township. High Street Southbound will be reduced to a single lane today. The ramps from High Street to Route 15 and from Route 15 to Lycoming Creek road which run underneath the bridge will be closed completely this morning from 9am to 10:30am as a crane is used in that inspection.