Jeptha Hughes: The man who put the Hughes in Hughesville 

By Don Everett Smith Jr. | September 19, 2022 | 1 Comment

HUGHESVILLE – In the southeastern position of Lycoming County is the borough of Hughesville, which was incorporated in 1852. However, the borough’s history goes decades before that with the purchase of the land in 1816 from a farmer named John Heap. He sold the property to Jeptha Hughes. “(Jeptha Hughes) soon…laid out a town. It…

Mayor: Juvenile crime a community issue, gang violence concerning but rare

By Anne Reiner | September 9, 2022 | 1 Comment

Recent juvenile gang violence, while concerning, is an abnormality in Williamsport, according to city Mayor Derek Slaughter, adding that it is spearheaded by a small number of youths in the community. “I think that was an anomaly,” Slaughter said. “It ebbs and flows. And then we had those (shootings) that week or so in a…

Local scuba-diver finds a piece of railroad history in Loyalsock Creek 

By Joseph W. Smith III | September 2, 2022 | 0 Comments

When a fallen steam locomotive was pulled from the waters of Loyalsock Creek in 1906, photos of the wreck showed the engine missing its smokestack; but no one ever noticed this. Not until John Smithkors found that smokestack lying in the creek more than 100 years later. It was July 2013, and Smithkors had decided…

Captured by Iroquois on an ill-fated hunting trip to Lycoming County

By Don Everett Smith Jr. | August 29, 2022 | 0 Comments

OLD LYCOMING – In 1780, three men ventured on a hunting party near the Susquehanna River and a run-in with the region’s renowned Iroquois Indians would change their lives forever.  The Iroquois Indians, who would ally themselves with the British during the American Revolution, were a prominent tribe in the region, in addition to the…

Williamsport clothing closet helps newly released prison inmates start anew 

By Anne Reiner | August 24, 2022

Release from prison often brings with it a chance for a new start at life, but also means entering a new world with nothing but the clothes on your back.  This is the reality for many of the men and women who enter the Transitional Living Centers in Williamsport.  “People do come in with just…

About On the PULSE

On the PULSE is a team of dedicated journalists intent on bringing quality, in-depth reporting to the Central Pennsylvania region. We are dedicated to helping create informed readers who engage with their community. 

That means not white-washing the issues. Not bowing to big government. And not ignoring the struggles that affect you and your neighbors.

Sign Up!

Physicians: Robotic-Assisted Knee Replacement Surgery

By On the PULSE | September 20, 2022 | 0 Comments

As you grow older, you may find that your knees are starting to hurt. While joint pain is not uncommon, it can begin to interfere with one’s quality of life if the knee pain continues to progress. If left untreated, it may result in the need for a knee replacement surgery. Having any type of…

Therapist: Help is always available

By On the PULSE | September 13, 2022 | 0 Comments

September is National Suicide Prevention Month, and its purpose is to provide awareness and information about a subject that is often considered to be taboo. According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), suicide is a leading cause of death in the United States, with almost 46,000 in 2020. This equates to approximately one…

Physician: Back-to-school health advice for parents

By On the PULSE | September 6, 2022 | 0 Comments

School is back in session across the north central region of Pennsylvania. While there is plenty of excitement to go around for both children and parents, it may be a difficult transition for your family. To help with this period of change, it is important to prioritize your children’s health as well as your own.…

Physician: Understanding complex concussion injuries in sports

By On the PULSE | August 31, 2022 | 0 Comments

In recent years, concussions have been at the forefront of sports medicine, and for good reason. A complex injury that is difficult to diagnose, concussions can seem devastating to a young athlete’s career, but they are treatable if you know the signs and symptoms. Concussions do not always involve being “knocked out” or a loss…

Four common ways to hear your baby’s heartbeat at home

By On the PULSE | August 26, 2022

For many expecting mothers, hearing their baby’s heartbeat provides an outstanding level of peace and comfort. Because much of what we perceive in this world is tangible, the inability to see the growing baby in the womb can stir up a lot of anxiety. If you’re looking for ways to hear the heartbeat at home,…

Expert: Important health screening milestones for women

By On the PULSE | August 23, 2022

It’s never too late to begin building a strong foundation to protect your health now and in the future. Each section below provides suggestions of what to expect throughout the years of female health care. It’s important to note that personal factors may help determine the timing of each test or screening to meet your…

Expert: Types of headaches and how to treat them

By On the PULSE | August 20, 2022

If you have experienced a headache or migraine, you know how debilitating they can be. As of 2018, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported that 3% of all annual emergency department visits in the United States are due to complaints of headaches. While most headaches are not the result of a serious…

Security Features to Install on French Doors

By On the PULSE | August 15, 2022

Enhancing an entryway beautifies a space and adds protection to the most vulnerable door types, such as French doors. Without the correct modifications, French doors are vulnerable to break-ins. Diminish the possibility of intruders by installing security features on your French doors. Try a Three-Point Locking System A locking system is the best thing to…

Physician: Understanding the side effects of cancer treatment

By On the PULSE | August 13, 2022

A cancer diagnosis is life changing. While advances in treatment have helped improve outcomes, patients still face many challenges, especially when it comes to managing their overall health during treatment.  Cancer care can be lifesaving, but many patients experience a range of adverse side effects due to the nature of the chemotherapy, radiation and other…

Breastfeeding provides health protection for mom and baby

By On the PULSE | July 28, 2022

Breastfeeding is often thought of as a gift between mother and baby. Not only does it provide bonding time, but the health benefits for both baby and mom are undeniable. Breastfeeding gives your baby all the nutrition and disease protection needed for normal growth and lifelong disease protection. August is National Breastfeeding Month, a month…

Physicians: Robotic-Assisted Knee Replacement Surgery

By On the PULSE | September 20, 2022 | 0 Comments

As you grow older, you may find that your knees are starting to hurt. While joint pain is not uncommon, it can begin to interfere with one’s quality of life if the knee pain continues to progress. If left untreated, it may result in the need for a knee replacement surgery. Having any type of…

Therapist: Help is always available

By On the PULSE | September 13, 2022 | 0 Comments

September is National Suicide Prevention Month, and its purpose is to provide awareness and information about a subject that is often considered to be taboo. According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), suicide is a leading cause of death in the United States, with almost 46,000 in 2020. This equates to approximately one…

Physician: Back-to-school health advice for parents

By On the PULSE | September 6, 2022 | 0 Comments

School is back in session across the north central region of Pennsylvania. While there is plenty of excitement to go around for both children and parents, it may be a difficult transition for your family. To help with this period of change, it is important to prioritize your children’s health as well as your own.…

Activities for Bow Hunters during the Off-Season

By On the PULSE | September 12, 2022 | 0 Comments

Whether bow hunting season just ended or is yet to start, improve or use your archery skills in other ways. Explore these activities for bow hunters in the off-season. 1. Bowfishing Consider fishing with specialized archery equipment. In bowfishing, you mount a reel on your bow with the heavy line attached to a barbed arrow.…

4 Simple Ways to Reduce Forklift Downtime

By On the PULSE | September 12, 2022 | 0 Comments

Forklift downtime can incur expenses related to repairs, overtime, lost business and expedited shipping fees. Fortunately, good practices regarding the use and maintenance of forklifts can keep your equipment working safely and efficiently. Consider implementing these four simple ways to reduce forklift downtime. 1. Keep Records of Each Forklift Detailed records of each lift truck…

The Basics of Conservation Fishing: What You Should Know

By On the PULSE | September 9, 2022 | 0 Comments

What is conservation fishing, and why does it matter?  Simply put, it’s the practice of fishing while keeping an eye on the environment and preserving the local fish population. If people overfish a lake or river, fish populations suffer and the environment is thrown off balance. Here’s what you should know about the basics of…

Five lesser-known Tom Hanks films you won’t want to miss

By Joseph W. Smith III | November 23, 2021 | Comments Off on Five lesser-known Tom Hanks films you won’t want to miss

The entertaining new post-apocalyptic movie “Finch”—starring Tom Hanks—is currently available only on Apple TV. For PULSE readers who don’t have that service, here are five other lesser-known Hanks films to keep an eye out for: NOTHING IN COMMON (1986) Writer-director Garry Marshall had extraordinary success on TV—as creative force behind “The Odd Couple,” “Mork &…

A fistful of neo-westerns: Top 10 must-see films

By On the PULSE | October 20, 2021 | Comments Off on A fistful of neo-westerns: Top 10 must-see films

Despite such masterworks as “Gran Torino,” “Richard Jewell” and “Changeling,” Clint Eastwood is still perhaps best known for the Westerns he either starred in or directed (or both). Eastwood’s latest, “Cry Macho,” is a “neo-Western”—that is, one that has common themes and tropes from the genre but is set in modern times. In honor of…

A Tribute to “Twelfth Night … and Studio 570”

By Joseph W. Smith III | September 15, 2021 | Comments Off on A Tribute to “Twelfth Night … and Studio 570”

 “Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon them.” This famous quote from Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night” is nicely borne out by many available versions of the Bard’s beloved late-career comedy. To some degree, these diverse productions are all “born great,” because Shakespeare’s original multi-strand story is so rich, so funny and…