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    House to take up Wolf tax plan

    HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – The latest push to resolve Pennsylvania’s 3-month-old budget impasse is going before state lawmakers in the form of a proposal by Gov. Tom Wolf to raise billions in new taxes. The state House plans to take up Wolf’s tax proposal on Wednesday with an initial vote that will test support for the first-term Democrat’s proposal. Wolf wants to plug a budget deficit and increase spending on education and human services by increasing the personal income tax rate and imposing a new severance tax on natural gas drilling. The governor’s goal is to raise $1.4 billion for the current fiscal year and $2.4 billion next year. There’s considerable Republican opposition to imposing…

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    Solidarity march draws a crowd in Lewisburg

    LEWISBURG – More than 100 people gathered to take part in a solidarity march Tuesday evening in Lewisburg.  The march is organized by CommUnity Zone, the Social Justice Residential College and Bucknell University Student Government.   Diversity was the theme of the night with a focus on eliminating prejudice, inequality and bullying.  The evening march began at the Peace Pole at Hufnagle Park and traveled through Lewisburg, culminating with performances of poetry, music and dance.  (Michelle Hawley/Ali Stevens)

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    Commissioners hear concerns about housing authority

    LEWISBURG – The recent controversy at the Union County Housing Authority has the attention of county commissioners. At their meeting Tuesday, commissioners heard from residents about the authority’s recent admission that it mistakenly filled a vacant seat.   Commissioner John Showers said they are soliciting resumes for the vacancy, “We are looking for individuals who are willing to serve on the housing authority and this is public notice and there’ll be more public notice that we are soliciting resumes.”   Residents expressed their displeasure that the authority is run by “an outsider” since executive director Bruce Quigley lives in State College. Showers said the concern with the authority runs deeper than that, “[It’s] how the…

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    More money donated to Selinsgrove 5th Grade Camp

    MONROE TOWNSHIP – Monroe Township plans to increase the amount of money donated to Selinsgrove Area School District’s Fifth Grade Camp Fund. With 43 fifth grade students living in the township, supervisors agreed to donate $1,075, which is a major increase from the $200 donated last year.   This equates to about $25-per student in the Township.  The School District initially asked for $4,300.  Students participate in numerous fundraisers throughout the school year to offset the costs of 5th grade camp.  (Lauren Koch)

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    Budget surplus in Northumberland County

    SUNBURY – Northumberland County has a budget surplus. That was the word Tuesday from county commissioner chairman Vinny Clausi. He said the audit from 2014 showed a general fund surplus of nearly $500,000. Clausi says the surplus is due in large part to the reduction in county employees during his tenure, “When I come in the office in 2008, we are 843 employees. Today we are down to 503. So, the total savings, just on the general fund money, it was $10.5 million between payroll and insurance.”   Clausi says the county budget, which was $95 million in 2008 is now $64 million, “I cut everything to the last bone. There is no more to…

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VIDEO:Candidates for DA debate in Northumberland County

SUNBURY – Candidates for Northumberland County district attorney faced off before nearly 100 constituents in a debate Thursday night. Incumbent Ann Targonski and challenger Tony Matulewicz covered issues ranging from the influx of drugs into the county, to prison overcrowding. The debate was sponsored by the Daily Item and was held at the Sunbury Elks Lodge.  Reporters from the local media, including WKOK’s Jennifer Wakeman, were on hand to ask questions of the candidates and they each had two minutes to respond, and 30 seconds of rebuttal. In her opening statement Targonski emphasized her experience as a prosecutor and said she wants to make the county a safer place to live, “I have been working…


Former Celtics star speaks in Mount Carmel

MOUNT CARMEL – A former Boston Celtics star delivered a powerful message to students in Mt. Carmel Tuesday. Chris Herren met with students in grades six through twelve Tuesday afternoon to talk about the dangers of drug and alcohol abuse. Tuesday night, Herren shared his story with members of the public in an event sponsored by the Northumberland County Drug and Alcohol Program and Rep. Kurt Masser (R-107th, Elysburg). Herren, who struggled with substance abuse during much of his basketball career, brought a powerful message for students and parents. Masser said substance abuse is an epidemic in the commonwealth the goal of the event was to “Open a conversation between some parents and some children…

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VIDEO HERE: Line Mountain teachers on strike for higher wages

TREVORTON – Teachers picketed Wednesday at Trevorton Elementary School.  According to Mark Shearer, a seventh grade teacher, the union is asking for salary increases.  The Line Mountain teachers agreed to a salary freeze for the 2011-2012 school year.  The last time teacher’s received a pay increase was September, 2010. Shearer says the school board has provided pay increases to its administrators in excess of 20%.  School board president, Troy Laudenslager has said raising administrator salaries makes Line Mountain more competitive and helps keep top administrators. According to the union, the Line Mountain teaching staff has decreased by 12% with teachers leaving to take jobs in higher paying districts.  Students could be out of school until…