WBT residents continue to clean up after the storm

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WEST BUFFALO TWP – Residents in West Buffalo Township, Union County are busy cleaning up following Hurricane Sandy, which ripped through the area leaving many people without power, along with downed trees and power lines.  Mark Trutt, Roadmaster in West Buffalo Township says he believes the storm may have been more than just wind and rain.  “I personally think the way it looks down here, a twister came through and took it all down.” This resident of West Buffalo Township had a tree fall on a portion of his home.  No one was injured, but the damage was extensive.  “Our summer kitchen is ruined and the ice house is ruined.  There is some side and…

Congressional debate a no go

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UNDATED — It looks like Sandy ruined a congressional debate, too.  Congressman Tom Marino (R-10)  and his opponent Phil Scollo (D -10) were scheduled to debate on WVIA-TV on Tuesday, but the debate had to be rescheduled due to the hurricane.  Now, Marino says he can no longer debate due to scheduling conflicts. Scollo requested that Marino release his schedule to the public to show why he is missing the debate.  He said, “This election is too important to let scheduling difficulties get in the way of a full debate on the issues facing Pennsylvania families and seniors.  Marino should step-up to the plate and debate.” On the other hand, Marino’s campaign manager Ryan Barton…

New bridge opens tomorrow

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MIDDLEBURG — A new bridge on Iron Bridge Road in Snyder County is expected to open Friday.  The old truss bridge near Middleburg has been removed, and a modern concrete bridge has replaced it.  It should be open to traffic Friday afternoon. The old bridge was rated as structurally deficient, functionally obsolete, and had weight and height restrictions.  The new bridge has no restrictions.  If it opens as scheduled tomorrow, it will have been completed two weeks ahead of schedule.  (Codi Jade)

Concert to honor area teen

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SELINSGROVE — A concert that was dreamed up over two years ago by an accomplished teenage violinst will finally happen Friday night.  The concert will be held in honor of Brandon Bitner, the Susquehanna Valley teen who stepped in front of a tractor trailer along Routes 11 – 15 and took his own life in 2010.  The bullying victim planned the concert for his senior project, but never got to see it through.  Now, his friend Hunter Tompkins will be presenting the concert in honor of him. Tompkins said she hopes the concert promotes awareness about bullying and suicide, and encourages young people to get involved in music. The concert will be a mix of…

Power slowly coming back on for some

  MILTON – Power outages still persist for some local residents as PPL works to restore power to thousands impacted by the storm.   In Snyder County, there are still 126 customers without power with outages scattered across the county. In Union County, 890 customers have no power. West Buffalo Township is the hardest hit area with 467 customers still in the dark.   In Montour County, there are 119 customers without power, with many located in Derry Township. In Northumberland County, there are still 149 customers without power. About 40 are in Point Township and 35 in Turbot Township.   Columbia County still has about 400 customers without power. These latest numbers are as…

Libertarian candidate explains their purpose in the election

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SELINSGROVE – Eric Viker of Selinsgrove is a Libertarian candidate for State Representative in the 85th legislative district, but says not everyone understands what Libertarian stands for.   Viker said, “Libertarian comes from the word liberty and not from liberal. Personally, I’m not running against Fred Keller. I’m running in favor of more than the same two choices on the ballot time and time again.”   Viker says he didn’t expect to be elected to Selinsgrove Borough Council, but was chosen and then won re-election. Viker says the Libertarian party candidates don’t expect to unseat incumbents in the election. They are doing this for the future, so their grandchildren will have more than two choices…

Ex-Penn St. president charged in Sandusky case

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HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Former Penn State President Graham Spanier was charged Thursday with hushing up child molestation allegations against Jerry Sandusky, making him the third school official to be accused of crimes in the alleged cover-up. Prosecutors also added counts against athletic director on leave Tim Curley and retired vice president Gary Schultz, who were already charged with lying to the grand jury that investigated the former Penn State assistant football coach.  Spanier was charged with perjury, obstruction, endangering the welfare of children and conspiracy. Curley and Schultz face new charges of endangering the welfare of children, obstruction and conspiracy. Announcing the charges today, state Attorney General Linda Kelly said, “This was not a…

Former police officer died a crash Wednesday

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MIFFLINBURG — A former Sunbury police officer died in a one-vehicle crash on Wednesday evening. 65-year-old William Hudson was pronounced dead at the hospital after the 6:45pm crash. State police say the accident happened when Hudson, who was driving a pick-up truck west on Route 192 near Forest Hill, drove off the road and hit a tree.   Hudson was a police officer for the Sunbury Police Department in the 1980’s and retired in the early 90’s. Current Police Chief Stephen Mazzeo said Bill Hudson was a special person. Mazzeo said, “I got to meet him shortly after I became chief. Bill was a legend within the police department and that was a well-earned reputation….

Today on Newsradio 1070 WKOK

Today on WKOK:   Stay tuned for the Graham Spanier charges…some details already posted at www.wkok.com.   On The Mark 8:30am: Open phones, more Sandy impact, and Erik Viker, state house candidate debates…himself.   Dan Patrick Show 10am: Why the NHL won’t restart soon, and World Series follow-up.   Michael Smerconish Show noon: More climate analysis and Sandy coverage.   Steve Jones Show 3pm: Purdue previews…   The best of the best, and the climate…covered, on WKOK.

PPL lists 1,800 Valley outages

Currently, Columbia County has 514 outages. Montour has 147. Snyder County has 136. Union County 908 and Northumberland County has 192 outages reported.