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    Commissioners hire clerk for judge-elect

    SUNBURY  — Controversy is brewing over Northumberland County’s hiring of a law clerk. Commissioners voted Tuesday to hire John P. Muncer as a judicial law clerk for judge-elect Hugh A. Jones. The contract with Muncer, which is effective January 1, 2016, passed with two votes from commissioners Vinny Clausi and Stephen Bridy. Rick Shoch abstained. The approved contract engages Muncer for one year as a law clerk at a rate of $55,000 per year. Commissioner Rick Shoch tells WKOK, at 11a.m Tuesday morning, the contract was for $66,000 per year, but last-minute negotiations reduced the salary. The salary seems out of scale, according to commissioner-elect Kymberley Best. Other law clerks are employees of the county…

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    Search continues for Riverside woman

      RIVERSIDE— Police and others are looking for a missing Riverside woman. Crews are currently looking by boat for 76-year-old Joyce Kotzen. Riverside Borough Police are coordinating the search along with area agencies from Danville and Northumberland. Rescue Hose Co. Sunbury is also on the scene.   Kotzen disappeared about noon from her home on the north end of Avenue E near the Susquehanna and Merck Co. chemical complex. She had left a note on the kitchen table saying she was going for a walk. Her husband George arrived home about 11:15 Monday morning. He later called people in the area who know her. He also contacted Riverside police at 4:42 p.m. The search has…

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    Accident on Route 890 outside Sunbury

    SUNBURY – Emergency responders were called to an accident on Route 890 outside Sunbury this afternoon.  The accident took place just before 1 p.m. near Route 61 in Upper Augusta Township.  Injuries were reported and one vehicle was said to be over an embankment.  We will bring you more information as it becomes available.  (Ali Stevens)

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    Milton man sentenced for sexual assault

    SUNBURY – A Milton man was sentenced to 22 to 44 months in prison for sexually assaulting a woman  in June of 2012.  28-year-old Willie Merritt pleaded guilty to aggravated indecent assault and harassment in Northumberland County Court.   He was sentenced Monday before Judge Charles Saylor.  Merritt will get credit for 151 days spent in prison.  Police say Merritt assaulted a woman who offered him a ride in her vehicle.  The two were acquaintances before the assault.  (Ali Stevens)

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    Kane taps former Maryland AG to lead porn email probe

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) – A former attorney general of Maryland will lead a team to investigate the exchange of pornography and other objectionable content in emails by Pennsylvania prosecutors, judges and others on state-owned computers. Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane announced Tuesday that she’s hired Doug Gansler to look into what she calls “racist, misogynistic, homophobic and religiously offensive” emails. The team will look for violations of Pennsylvania’s criminal, civil or ethics laws. Kane’s law license is currently suspended while she awaits trial on charges she leaked secret grand jury material to a newspaper and lied about it. The state Senate is considering whether to initiate a process to remove her from office. Gansler was Maryland’s…

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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…

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