Northumberland County celebrates first Veterans Court graduation


SUNBURY – “Veteran court reflects that military mindset of ‘we leave no one behind,” said Judge Charles Saylor at Northumberland County’s first ever Veterans Treatment Court Graduation. Judge Saylor spoke very proudly of his county for creating this program for Veterans.  He explained that Veterans have served and sacrificed for our country and they deserve special consideration.  He said this court is different from other treatment courts in the area, because the Veterans are paired with fellow Veteran mentors.  He said their interaction with people they can relate to aids in their recovery. Military historian John Deppen was the keynote speaker at the ceremony.  He said there are nearly one million veterans living inPennsylvaniaright now,…

Vera Bradley’s daughter visits The Valley


RIVERSIDE– Flowery quilted purses and handbags with the Vera Bradley logo are a hot commodity these days, found in boutiques across the region.  However, few know that Vera Bradley was not the founder of the handbag line. Her daughter, Barbara Bradley Baekgaard, along with a friend, Patricia Miller, were the co-founders of the operation that began in 1982. Joan Bradley Reedy, another daughter of Vera Bradley, visited the English Garden boutique in Riverside Thursday evening. She explained how the Vera Bradley business, named after their mother, has grown from finding materials and patterns to make the bags.   She said, “They put an ad in the paper for seamstresses.  They cut the patterns in Barb’s basement,…

Framing Paterno documentary on OTM


LOS ANGELES – A Los Angeles based documentarian has released a mini-documentary called “The Framing of Joe Paterno”. The video written and directed by John Ziegler is posted on YouTube and on his website Ziegler says the media did not cover the Jerry Sandusky scandal properly, which led to Paterno’s framing.   Ziegler said, “Unfortunately, the media is no longer instructed to be able to get into the facts, know the details and take enough time to find out what the real truth is. The truth doesn’t really seem to matter in anything, whether it’s the election or whether it’s something like what happened with Penn State.”   Ziegler said his documentary gives the…

New Berlin Post Office will stay open

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NEW BERLIN – It was announced at a meeting last night the New Berlin Post Office will stay open. Selinsgrove postmaster Michael Wolfberg made the announcement at a meeting at the New Berlin Fire Company, which was attended by about 40 residents.   Lorrie Rich is postmaster at the New Berlin post office and tells us there hours will be cut back as a cost-savings measure. Instead of being open 8 hours daily, they will be open six hours, Monday through Friday, although the exact open and close times are not yet clear. The lobby hours will not change.   The Postal Service retirement fund currently has an $11-billion deficit so the Postal Service is…

Fire in Mount Carmel is ruled accidental

  MOUNT CARMEL – A fire that destroyed three homes and left 10 people homeless in Mount Carmel has been ruled accidental. Mount Carmel Fire Chief Jack Williams tells the News Item the blaze on Wednesday began near a coal stove on the first floor of the home at 244 East Second Street and quickly spread to adjoining homes. Williams said the heat near the stove built up over time, drying the area, allowing for the fire to ignite inside the wall. Damage to the homes is estimated at more than $300,000. (Ali Stevens)   Follow

Troopers seek getaway pick-up truck


BEAVER SPRINGS – State police are looking for a vehicle that may have been used in recent bank robberies in Snyder and Mifflin Counties. A maroon Ford extended cab pick-up truck was identified in the series of crimes. The latest bank robbery happened Monday morning at the Swineford National Bank in Beaver Springs. The same suspect tried to rob a bank in McClure prior to the robbery in Beaver Springs, but was unsuccessful.   The man was described as a white man in his 20’s wearing a dark or camouflage jacket. He has also been linked to two other bank robberies in Thompsontown and Port Royal. Anyone with information is asked to call state police….

Today on WKOK

Today on Newsradio 1070 WKOK: On The Mark 8:30am: Open phones, Veterans Day words with Harold Aucker of the Selinsgrove VFW. The John Ziegler and his documentary: Framing Paterno. The Dan Patrick Show 10am: Mark McGwire Ben Roethlisberge r. The Michael Smerconish show noon: TIME author Michael Share talks about Obama’s micro-targeting voters. Steve Jones Show 3pm: A PSU BB preview, and Bill O’Brien. The best of the best–and Framing Paterno, on WKOK! Follow

Person of interest in a death has been released

MILTON–A man being called a “person of interest” in the death of a Milton woman was in police custody, but has since been released. Milton police say Mark Boyles was taken into custody after being spotted in the Lewisburg area.  However, Boyles did not remain in custody for long.  A person close to the case said there was not enough evidence to hold Mark Boyles for further questioning.   Police have provided no additional information on Boyle’s release.  On Sunday, Boyle’s mother, 80-year-old Vennie Boyles, was found dead at her and Mark Boyle’s residence.  An autopsy was completed this week, but an exact cause of death has not been determined.  Anyone with information about the case…

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Latest Pennsylvania news, sports, business, and entertainment   BELLEFONTE, Pa. (AP) – Condemned killer Hubert Michael can look forward to returning to his home prison in southwestern Pennsylvania – at least until Gov. Tom Corbett signs a new death warrant. An 11th-hour ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court ended any chance of Michael being executed by lethal injection Thursday night for the murder of a teenage girl 19 years ago. The high court agreed with a federal appeals court ruling earlier in the day that stayed the execution at Rockview State Prison in Bellefonte and prevented Michael from becoming the first person executed in the state since 1999. Corrections Department spokeswoman Sue McNaughton says another…