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    Knoebel’s employee injured during coaster test

    ELYSBURG — An employee at Knoebels Amusement Resort was injured on the job Thursday.  The man, whose name or age has not been released, was helping with testing of the park’s new roller coaster Impulse, when he was struck by one of the passing coaster cars.  It happened just before 10:00a.m. Stacy Ososkie, public relations at Knoebels, tells us the employee was not on the track when he was hit.  He sustained cuts on his head and hand, and was taken to a local hospital for treatment. Ososkie says they have shut down testing on the new coaster until an investigation into the incident is complete.  She also say that Knoebels passes along “thoughts and…

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    Mifflinville home destroyed by fire

    MIFFLINVILLE — A home was destroyed by fire in the Mifflinville area this (Thursday) morning.  The Press Enterprise reports James and Patty Harvey and their adult son made it out of the home after being awakened by smoke detectors and were treated for burns and smoke inhalation.   The home at 39 Hofnagle School Road was heavily damaged and the family car parked in the driveway was also destroyed.  Dozens of volunteer firefighters from neighboring communities were called to the fire.  The families dog was killed in the blaze.  The cause of the fire is not yet known.  (Ali Stevens)

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    Selinsgrove man pleads guilty to sexual assault

    SUNBURY – A Selinsgrove man charged with sexually assaulting a teen girl in Coal Township has pleaded guilty to statutory sexual assault.  27-year-old Dustin Gearhart was sentenced to serve one to two years in county prison.  Police say Gearhart sexually assaulted a 15-year-old girl on April 3, 2014 in the Bear Valley area. Gearhart reached a plea agreement, keeping the victim from having to testify at a trial.   (Ali Stevens)

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    Attempted homicide suspect gets house arrest

    SUNBURY – A boy charged with attempted homicide has been granted house arrest.  The News Item reports 15-year-old Gage Hertzog will be permitted to reside with his parents in Atlas following a ruling Wednesday by Judge William Wiest.   Hertzog must wear an electronic monitoring device and is not permitted to have contact with his grandmother, who also is facing charges for the December 9 incident.  Police say Hertzog and his grandmother, Carol Whary, shot at Whary’s stepson and neighbor, Dean Whary, in a field behind Whary’s home.  Police say evidence from the scene will take several months to process, so a trial date has not yet been set.

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    GSV United Way honors community leaders

    LEWISBURG — The Greater Susquehanna Valley United Way celebrated their great work in 2014 with their annual meeting Wednesday.  Several awards were handed out including the Lifetime of Caring Award., which went to Charlie Benner, a well-known agriculture advocate in The Valley, who also is an active member on many boards and committees. The Florence Pyle Dedicated Service Award was given to Amber Gabrielson, VP Relationship Manager at Swineford National Bank.  Business of the Year was awarded to Bucknell University.  A new award this year, the Mission United Award, was given to Northumberland Area Head Start.  Gary Grossman, publisher of the Daily Item, was given the Pat Toole Leadership award. Sara Lauver, Community Investment Director…

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VIDEO HERE: Student leadership conference

SELINSGROVE – Over 200 students, part of school districts from Snyder County to the New York border, gathered in Selinsgrove over the weekend for the Pennsylvania Association of Student Councils district conference. Harvey Edwards is a Selinsgrove High School teacher and the faculty advisor for the student council, “We will have two days of student leaders from a number of high schools and middle schools showing off their leadership skills, as well as getting information and insights about other things they can take back to their schools to make their communities better.” This year’s theme is S.E.A.L. (Students Educating and Leading) the Deal.  Senior at Selinsgrove High School Kaitlyn Rice is president of the student…

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VIDEO HERE: Official kickoff for Raise the Region

MUNCY – Raise the Region kicked off Wednesday.  It’s the chance to donate to over 260 nonprofits in Snyder, Union, Northumerland, Montour, Columbia and Lycoming Counties.  Online donations will be accepted through 11:59p.m. Thursday. About 400 people were in attendance at the official kickoff at Blaise Alexander Chevrolet Buick Wednesday in Muncy.  The family car dealership will contribute $150,000 as ‘stretch funds’ to nonprofits as donations come in. During the 30-hour event, there are several cash prizes awarded to the nonprofits as well. You can check out the leaderboard and donate at raisetheregion.org. (Sara Bartlett)

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VIDEO HERE: Danville Drama Club to perform Bubble Boy

DANVILLE – It will be a groundbreaking musical in Danville.  In fact, Bubble Boy, which will be presented by the Danville High School Drama Club, just became a musical in 2014 and Danville will be the first public high school to perform it.  It is the story of Jimmy Livingston, a boy born with no immune system and therefore confined to a bubble. John Brady is Danville’s Drama Club Advisor, “It is so out there that you can take such artistic licenses and we have taken it to be the story being told in a comic strip.  It’s unbelievable, but it’s wonderful.” Director Caleb Sizemore says the group always tries to do a little something…