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    Suspicious van spotted in Lewisburg

    LEWISBURG – Buffalo Valley Regional Police are looking for a van that followed a school bus Tuesday morning. Dr. Mark DiRocco, superintendent of Lewisburg Area School District says a bus driver became concerned when, for more than 20-minutes, a van followed the bus during its morning run. Police were called and made contact with the bus near Linntown Elementary school. The police are now looking for the vehicle which is described as a white, older model van with a roof rack. One headlight was not working and it was occupied by two men believed to be in their thirties. Anyone who sees a vehicle fitting the description is asked to call 911 or Buffalo Valley…

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    How to keep downtowns thriving in The Valley

    SUNBURY – Downtown businesses can come and go, with ups and downs in most communities.  Linda Sterling is executive director of the Lewisburg Downtown Partnership and says all downtowns face challenges at some point.   Sterling explained, “There tends to be peaks and valleys in all downtowns.  Right now, Lewisburg is struggling with the loss of CVS downtown.  We are really missing that foot traffic.  We are touching base with businesses just to see how things are going.  We are doing just a little extra to keep us over that hump.”   Jim Wilson, executive director of the Danville Business Alliance, agrees, “Right now Danville is certainly on the upswing.  We certainly have our challenges…

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    Robbery reported at a home in McEwensville

    MCEWENSVILLE – State police are investigating a robbery at a home in McEwensville early Tuesday morning.  Troopers say a known man from Milton, who was not identified, used a razor blade to threaten a woman inside a home on Susquehanna Avenue in McEwensville.   Theman allegedly said he would cut the woman’s throat if she wouldn’t give him oxycodone medication, stored in a secure medicine cabinet.  The man then left the home and the woman was not harmed.  The incident took place at 12:20 a.m. and the investigation continues.  (Ali Stevens)

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    Two men charged with poaching deer

    DANVILLE – Two men have been charged with poaching six deer in Montour and Northumberland County.  The Press Enterprise reports 18-year-old Kevin Smeltzer and 20-year-old Isaac Troutman, both of the Danville area, are accused of using a spotlight at night to kill six doe out of season.   Smeltzer and Troutman are accused of using a rifle, bow and crossbow to kill the deer at various locations.  The Game Commission says the men took only the tenderloins of the animals and left the rest of the meat behind.  A resident called the Game Commission November 15 to report two deer carcasses along the railroad tracks near Boyd Station Road in Rush Township.   Five other…

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    Wolf says ball is in GOP’s court after budget deal blowup

    HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – Gov. Tom Wolf says the ball is in the court of Republican lawmakers after GOP majority leaders backed out of a sales tax increase they had proposed to seal the deal on a five-months-late budget. The Democratic governor also told KDKA-AM interviewers Tuesday morning that there are too many Republican lawmakers who want to “blow things up.” Senate Majority Leader Jake Corman says the sides couldn’t agree on which school districts should benefit the most from $1.4 billion in school property tax rebates. They were to be financed by a state sales tax increase of 1.25 percentage points. Wolf insists Republicans told him Friday they didn’t have the votes to support…

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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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VIDEO: Bucknell trick-or-treat parade at children’s hospital

DANVILLE – Trick-or-treating with the Bucknell University men’s basketball team. That chance was given to patients at the Janet Weis Children’s Hospital Friday. Six players and five coaches from Bucknell men’s basketball teamed up with hospital nurses to form the 30th annual trick-or-treat parade. Each of the hospital’s three floors held their own parade of patients dressed up in many different costumes…and even the nurses dressed up. Bucknell sophomore point guard Steven Brown says this was his first year participating, “I think that’s a great thing that the hospital is doing, especially for the kids, keeping them involved during the holidays, making them happy. It’s a good time to see kids smile and just give…