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The Office of the Coroner ~ Then and Now

“In this world nothing is certain but death and taxes.” ~ Benjamin Franklin   Yes—it is certain. Our days on this earth are numbered. Most of us will live a long, interesting, and fulfilling life. Some of us, unfortunately, will die suddenly, mysteriously, or violently. In those cases, that is the time when the county Coroner comes into the picture.   A Little History Lesson Even before they were known [...]

2016-11-30T11:17:32-05:00By |

The Lycoming County Prison: Then and Now

Throughout history, the question of how to punish criminals has been answered quite differently. Throwing the misdeed-doer in jail has not always been the solution. Corporal punishment, forced labor, and social ostracism were methods more often used in medieval Europe, in England and colonial America. But by the 18th century, the first prisons in the independent United States were known as “penitentiaries” to denote their prisoners as religious “penitents,” [...]

2018-08-06T08:00:22-05:00By |

Courthouse Bell Rings Once Again

The original location of Hedderly bell was the first Lycoming County courthouse, which was built in 1804. A bell has begun ringing in downtown Williamsport recently – and it is one that has been silent for some time. The Lycoming County government maintenance department has repaired the bell in the tower at the courthouse by correcting some corrosion issues with the piston that rings the bell. The [...]

2016-11-30T11:17:46-05:00By |