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    Clausi: No contamination at new prison site

    SUNBURY – There is no contamination at the new prison site, says Northumberland County Commissioner Chairman  Vinny Clausi. A public meeting is scheduled for Thursday night to answer questions about the environmental assessment conducted by Apex Companies, but Clausi says the press has been misleading the public as to the site’s contamination, “Listen, there was nothing there. The press mislead the public and I think it’s not fair. It’s not fair to mislead the public because there’s not contamination on that site, period.” The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection as well as representatives of Apex will be on-hand at the meeting to answer questions. Commissioners Clausi and Bridy approved payment of $16,900 to Apex for…

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    New Columbia man exposes himself to school children

    NEW COLUMBIA – A New Columbia man was arrested after exposing himself to children on a school bus.  27-year-old Bradley Deitrick drove his white pickup truck beside the bus on Route 15 in the area of White Deer Pike and exposed his genitals to children on the bus, while touching himself. This occurred on three separate occasions in April and May to the same school bus.  The fourth incident occurred on Monday.   The bus driver was able to get a vehicle registration of the truck and the owner was located.  State police say Deitrick admitted to all four incidents. Deitrick has been charged with four counts each of indecent exposure and careless driving.  He was…

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    Sustainability challenge from EconomicsPA

    SELINSGROVE – Students will learn about natural resources and the environment in a new version of the Stock Market Game being debuted by EconomicsPennsylvania.  Fritz Heinemann is president and CEO of the organization and explained how they help students through the Stock Market game and other programs they offer.   Heinemann said, “Basically we are trying to help them understand personal responsibility.  You can’t spend more than you have and to understand with every decision you make, there is probably going to be an economic financial consequence.”   Heinemann says sustainability will be included in a new program they are offering called the Sustainability Challenge, “Sustainability, right now that’s the hot topic.  We’re not taking…

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    New scoreboard for Selinsgrove football

    SELINSGROVE – Big upgrades are happening for Selinsgrove High School football this season. The Selinsgrove Area School District has a new scoreboard for its football stadium that will be ready for the team’s first home game September 11. The cost is $45,000. However, Selinsgrove Superintendent Chad Cohrs says the district didn’t pay a dime for the project, “Funds were raised and spearheaded by one individual, Dennis Wolf, a former school board member, actually undertook the campaign and raised money for the scoreboard as well as trying to raise funds for a new press box.” Cohrs says the new press box is the next step, “The press box is a little bit more of an expensive…

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    Well-known Scout leader from Sunbury has died

    SUNBURY – A popular Scoutmaster from Sunbury has died at the age of 97.  Herbert Wiand entered scouting at the age of 10 in 1928 with Troop 3 of Zion Lutheran Church.  After serving in the Army, Wiand returned to scouting and served as Scoutmaster for Troop 333 for 18 years.   He served in numerous other capacities for the Boy Scouts’ Susquehanna Council.  He retired from scouting just a few weeks ago, completing a 73 year career.  Contributions in Herb’s memory may be made to Zion Lutheran Church in Sunbury or to the Boy Scouts of America.  (Ali Stevens)

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Republicans call on Governor to negotiate

LEWISBURG – Valley Republican state representatives are on the road urging the Governor to get to work on a budget. At a press conference in Lewisburg Wednesday, Rep. Fred Keller (R-85th, Kreamer), Rep. Lynda Culver (R-108th, Sunbury) and Rep. Kurt Masser (R-107th, Elysburg) were joined by other Republicans who say the Governor is playing games with the state budget. Keller said Wolf’s plan takes more money out of the pockets of all Pennsylvanians, “The Wolf regime is spreading misinformation, vastly underestimating the intelligence of Pennsylvania’s citizens. Tom Wolf wants more money and he’s coming after all Pennsylvanians to get it.” Masser said the Governor isn’t telling the whole story about his budget for education funding,…

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VIDEO HERE: Giant Food Stores opening in Lewisburg

  LEWISBURG – After nearly 20 years, Giant Food Stores is opening in Lewisburg. The 66,000 square foot store features a beer garden and eatery, a fresh hall with produce, deli, bakery and expanded dairy section. Marvin Mann, Lewisburg store manager says the state-of-the art SCAN IT! technology is an added convenience, “You simply scan you bonus card, you scan your items throughout the store, you come up front and it pulls the total and you’re completed with your transaction.” More than 165 associates are part of the Giant team. Mann says employees and customers alike are excited about the grand opening, “I have a lot of new employees from the area that are all…

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VIDEO: Brandon Kramm Memorial Golf Tournament brings NFL QB to town

LEWISBURG — One of the New York Jets NFL team members was in our Valley for a fundraiser Friday. Ryan Fitzpatrick, a quarterback for the Jets played in a fundraiser for the Green Dragon Foundation. Held at the Bucknell Golf Club Friday, the 2nd Annual Brandon Kramm Memorial Golf Tournament raised funds for a scholarship fund as well as an endowment established in Kramm’s name. Brandon Kramm was a Lewisburg High School graduate who died in 2013 from a rare liver disease.  Fitzpatrick was Brandon Kramm’s roommate at Harvard, and he told WKOK, it’s important to take time out to remember his best friend, “This is a really important day for his family, and I…