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    Work continues on a state budget

    HARRISBURG – Legislators in Harrisburg are back to work on a budget deal as the impasse approaches its sixth month. Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf and the Republican-controlled legislature say they expect final budget legislation to emerge for votes this week. Wolf’s original budget proposal called for a nine percent increase in spending, a $3.2 billion package to reduce school property tax bills and a new $426 million-a-year rent rebate for those earning $50,000 or less. At this point, it appears lawmakers are settling on a spending plan of about $30.75 billion, up about six percent, but without any reduction in school property tax bills or an expansion of rent rebates. The governor has secured an…

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    Family of six living in a camper

    MILTON — Heather can’t give her children what they would like to have for Christmas — a house. “The biggest thing they have requested I can’t give them. Nobody can help us with that. We live in a camper,” said the mother of four whose name has been changed. As the only one in the family working, it is difficult for the family of six. Her husband lost his job, underwent neck surgery and has back problems. He is trying to receive disability payments which would help them out financially. ‘It’s been a struggle since it’s so cramped,” she said. “We were in a house before, but because of the family situation we had to…

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    Rifle deer season begins today

    HARRISBURG — One of the most popular hunting seasons of the year kicks off today in Pennsylvania.  Today marks the start of rifle deer season in Pennsylvania. An estimated 750 thousand Pennsylvanians are expected to take to Penn’s Woods over the next 14 days, according to the state Game Commission. This first day traditionally draws the largest amount of hunters, with several school districts extending the Thanksgiving holiday by one day.  Travis Lau, Spokesman, PA Game Commission, says there are some changes to be aware of, including what types of deer can be taken. The first part of the season is for the hunting of antlered deer, with the antlerless deer hunt starting on Saturday.   

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    School district police offer now on duty

    LEWISBURG – A Valley school district now has its own police force of one. Lewisburg Area School District police officer Matthew Burrows was sworn in by Judge Michael Sholley of the Union County Court of Common Pleas on November 9. Burrows, a retired state trooper, has been on duty at Kelly Elementary School since November 13. Dr. Mark DiRocco, Lewisburg superintendent says officer Burrows will be on site at Kelly Elementary School on a regular basis to monitor the facility, offer support on law enforcement issues, and help in the planning of school safety drills with students and staff.  Burrows will also serve as the truancy officer for the entire school district, issue citations for non-attendance, and…

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    Late Shoppers’ Nights in towns around The Valley

                  SUNBURY – Get a jump on your holiday shopping at stores around The Valley. Late Shoppers’ Nights are scheduled in four towns with treats, entertainment, special deals and more. Selinsgrove kicks things off Tuesday, December 1 followed by Sunbury on December 3 with store open until 10p.m. Lewisburg and Danville have a Late Shoppers’ Night scheduled for December 4. In Danville stores are open until 11p.m. and most stores in Lewisburg will be open until midnight. You can find details here:

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Sunbury business touts Buy Fresh, Buy Local

SUNBURY— A Sunbury small business is a hub for the buy fresh, buy local movement. The Sunbury Market House has been the ‘go-to’ spot for produce, meats, and baked goods since 1897. New owners took over in 2011 and continued the ‘local emphasis.’ Ross Family Farm near Sunbury is one of The Market House’s 17 vendors. Owner Perry Ross says farmers thrive on local business, “My firm belief is that Sunbury cannot be revitalized without the rural area, because that’s where all the ingredients come from for a society. When they buy local they are keeping the money local.” He said The Market House is helping to preserve their farm, “(If not for them), this…


Lewisburg Green Dragons, State Champions

HERSHEY – The Lewisburg Green Dragons brought home a state championship and coach Skip Kratzer says words can’t describe how happy he is for them. The Lewisburg boys soccer team completed an undefeated season with a 4-0 win over South Park in the Class AA championship game Saturday afternoon at Hersheypark Stadium. Nearly 2,000 Lewisburg fans cheered on the team and Coach Kratzer says they deserve it. “This is such a great group of guys, I’m on top of the world right now for them,” said Kratzer. Lewisburg finishes their season 25-0. It was the first Green Dragons state championship since 2000. (Jennifer Wakeman/Sara Lauver)   Listen to head coach Skip Kratzer’s interview from Monday’s…


Rusty Rail Brewery drawing crowds in Mifflinburg

  MIFFLINBURG – Residents from across the state are flocking to the new Rusty Rail Brewing Company in Mifflinburg.  WKOK was given a recent tour of the facility including the brewing operation below the restaurant level.   Head Brewer at Rusty Rail, Michel Spuesens explains how they brew their beer on site, “We mix our crushed grain with water. It sits in a giant like tea bag, you would say.  We are trying to extract all of the sugars from the grain.  Then we will actually recycle it and push all of the sugars towards the bottom.  Then we will collect it into a brew kettle.”  Hops are then added as well as additional flavors…