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    Offensive Coordinator John Donovan Relieved of Duties

    UNIVERSITY PARK, PA./ – Penn State head football coach James Franklin announced today that offensive coordinator and tight ends coach John Donovan has been relieved of his duties, effective immediately. “I have tremendous respect for John and the work he has put in over the last five years,” Franklin said. “I wish him and his family nothing but the best in the future.” Donovan spent the last five seasons on Franklin’s staff as offensive coordinator at Penn State (2 years) and Vanderbilt (3 years). He also spent 10 seasons at Maryland (2001-10), serving in several roles, including quarterbacks coach, running backs coach and assistant recruiting coordinator. From 1998-00, Donovan was the offensive graduate assistant at…

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    Publicly owned rail lines at center of lawsuit

    LEWISBURG – Should the SEDA-COG Joint Rail Authority be forced to privatize its rail lines? Questions continue to swirl amid a lawsuit filed against the JRA by Reading, Blue Mountain and Northern Railroad. Wayne Michel, president of Reading & Northern (R&N) maintains that the JRA, as a government agency, competes illegally against private companies. In an email to WKOK, Michel cites the construction of a facility in Ranshaw, near Shamokin, as the JRA’s attempt to divert anthracite coal business from R&N. Michel says, “JRA used millions of federal grant dollars to build a facility in Ranshaw.” Jeff Stover, JRA executive director says while the authority did build a siding for future use moving municipal solid…

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    Valley small business breaks into new market

    LEWISBURG – A father-daughter team from The Valley is bringing a new tech accessory to market. Stephanie Phillips-Taggart started Upper Desk after her dad Roderick Taggart had a moment of inspiration, “He found himself hunched over his technology and he was also fearful of spilling something on his expensive computer. So, he just knew there had to be a better way and he looked around the kitchen and he saw the cabinet as an opportunity. It was at that moment that the Upper Desk concept was born.” The Upper Desk mounts to a cabinet to suspend any size smart phone or tablet. Based on positive feedback, Phillips-Taggart says they expanded the product line, “Consumers and industry…

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    Union County Commissioners looking for board members

                LEWISBURG – The Union County Commissioners are looking for volunteers to serve on the various boards and authorities in the county. The commissioners issued a statement calling for interested people to serve on the housing authority, redevelopment authority and several other boards. Commissioner John Showers says the individuals can donate time and talent, and help the county balance citizen interest with the county’s mission and regulations. Board and authorities must be registered voters in the county. If you are interested, or wish to nominate someone, contact the commissioners office at Openings currently exist on the housing, industrial development, hospital, higher education and redevelopment authorities, as well as the…

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    Two people charged after hit and run

                  WATSONTOWN – Two people are facing charges related to a hit and run in Watsontown. 23-year-old Kyle M. Stahl of Mifflinburg is charged with two counts each of driving without a license and driving with suspended operating privilege. Watsontown police say Stahl was in the parking lot of Watson Mart Sunoco November 19 when he struck another vehicle, causing damage. Stahl left the scene without notifying anyone of the incident. The accident was caught on surveillance video from the store. Stahl returned to the store November 22. The owner recognized him and called police. When officers arrived, Stahl denied knowing he hit a car in the parking lot….

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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…