Patience a must for Thanksgiving travel

SUNBURY — WKOK is getting reports of heavy traffic conditions across The Valley.  Traffic is moving slower than usual, particularly on Route 11 from Selinsgrove to Northumberland.  Be patient during your commute.   AAA Mid-Atlantic expects more than 1.6 million Pennsylvanians to travel 50 miles or more between Wednesday and Sunday.  According to The Associated Press, state police will be watching motorists to make sure they stay safe with measures including sobriety checkpoints and speed traps. Thanksgiving Eve is known to be a very social night, so remember to be mindful of others on the roadway, and do not drink and drive.  (Codi Jade) Follow

Coalition looks to promote positive youth development


SELINSGROVE — A coalition is seeking volunteers interested in promoting positive youth development.  The  has been in the works for about a year says member Deborah Shaffer, and is made up leaders throughout the community. They are looking for more help says Shaffer.  “We have an event coming up in December and it is our first annual coalition meeting.  Anyone that works, lives or plays in Snyder County and is interested in positive youth development is invited.” The coalition is part of the communities that care process, which guides communities through a model to prevent adolescent problem behaviors.  Shaffer says they will work with all sorts of youth.  “We target anyone from pre-school to high…

How EPA regulations effect local farmers

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LEWISBURG — When does government regulation become over regulation?  That was the topic recently discussed during a joint forum of the greater Susquehanna Valley and Central Pennsylvania Chambers of Commerce. Farmer Jim Brubaker of Buffalo Valley Farms in Union County says there are some regulations which farmers think go too far.  “EPA is telling us that we are going to need to set aside 20%, or 600,000 acres, of prime ag-land and not harvest, till or plant.  That will be a huge impact for us and we see it as an overreach.” Brubaker says many of the regulations revolve around preserving the Chesapeake Bay, and in that respect they have made many great strides.  “Agriculture has done more…

Wood stove starts a fire in Point Township

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POINT TOWNSHIP – An improperly installed wood stove touched off a fire at a home in Point Township this morning. Point Township Fire Chief Jim Geise says the blaze started around 4:30 a.m. at 1315 Water Street off of Diner Road. A resident sleeping in the home woke up and smelled smoke and was able to escape safely. Geise says they were able to make a quick stop and prevent the fire from spreading beyond a wall. Damage was estimated at about $5,000. There were no injuries reported. Geise said there were no smoke detectors in the home, so they gave some detectors to the residents. Mahoning Township and Northumberland firefighters assisted Point Township at…

Another suspect charged for a burglary in White Deer Township


MILTON – A third person has been charged for a December 2010 burglary at a home on Creek Road in White Deer Township. The Daily Item reports 28-year-old Leann Guisewite, formerly of Milton, was charged in Union County with burglary, theft and conspiracy. Police say Guisewite, along with Brant Zeiber of Milton and Jeffrey Adams of Shamokin, broke into the home through a second-floor window and stole a safe containing nearly $90,000 in stocks, along with money and coins valued at $7,000 and 10 guns valued at $3,500. Guisewite had been living in Georgia, but was recently located. (Ali Stevens) Follow

U.S. Marshals arrest Scott Binsack


  SHAMOKIN — A man who had been on the run from authorities since late October has been captured in New York. Shamokin Police Chief Edward Griffiths told the News Item Scott Binsack was arrested Tuesday night near Bath, New York. Binsack was wanted for a parole violation by the Pennsylvania Board of Probation and Parole. Binsack has been taunting law enforcement and city officials on YouTube by making videos while he was eluding authorities. Binsack is a former Shamokin resident who has spent time in prison for deceptive business practices.   He and a business partner attended a Shamokin City Council meeting with plans to revitalize the city using $13.5-million in investment funds. Binsack…

Today on Newsradio 1070 WKOK

Today on WKOK: On The Mark 8:30am: Open phones with co-host Ben Reichley…We’ll ask again–What’s the best thing about your school district? Dan Patrick Show 10am:Tony Dungy and Jimmie Johnson return for an NFL preview. Michael Smerconish noon: Smernack returns with predictions. Steve Jones Show 3pm: Previews of the Bucknell/PSU BB game, and the Wisconsin/PSU football game. The best of the best, and Smernack on WKOK! Follow

NFF: Income doesn’t last a whole month

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  MIDDLEBURG — Earl Kuhns and his longtime girlfriend Linda have been struggling to make ends meet.  They’ve lived together for 20-some years now.  While Linda jokes that she can’t remember exactly how long they’ve been together because “time flies when you’re having fun,” she admits that times are tough.  “We rely on his monthly income and sometimes it doesn’t last a whole month,” Linda said.   The bad luck seems ongoing.  Linda was laid off and can’t seem to find a job.  Their car broke down and they don’t have the funds to fix it.  Regardless of their struggles, the Needy Family Fund makes the holiday season a bit brighter.  Linda said, “They help…

Fire damages a home in Point Township this morning

POINT TOWNSHIP – Fire has damaged a home on Water Street in Point Township early this morning. The fire started at 4:30 a.m. at 1315 Water Street. Dispatchers say the fire started in a wall and was quickly contained. Firefighters were only on the scene for about an hour. There were no injuries reported. We will bring you more details as they become available. (Ali Stevens) Follow

Father gets 2-years for child’s death

  SUNBURY – The father of a one-year-old child who died in October of 2010 in Sunbury has pleaded guilty to endangering the welfare of a child and reckless endangerment.  Lopaka Loner was sentenced by President Judge Robert Sacavage to up to 2-years in prison.   The baby girl, Aneela Loner, died from 20 hours of heat exposure after she was left alone in a small room with a heating device.  The child’s mother and grandmother were also charged in the case.  Both Heidi Yocum of Lewisburg and Bertha Dreese of Selinsgrove are awaiting court dates on involuntary manslaughter charges.  (Ali Stevens) Follow