Local daycare holding fundraiser after theft

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SELINSGROVE – A local children’s daycare is holding a fundraising event following a theft from their business.  Children’s Discovery Center, a nonprofit daycare in Selinsgrove, will host Kids Day Out Saturday at the VFW in Selinsgrove.  The day will feature live music by Billy Kelly and KJ Reimensnyder, story time and a drum circle.  There will also be crafts, balloon art and refreshments, and for the grown-ups there will be a basket raffle.  Kids Day Out is Saturday from 10:30a.m. -2:00p.m.  Cost is $5.00 per child with free admission for one adult, and $3.00 for an additional adult. In August, 41-year-old Pamela Crites of Milton was charged with stealing over $34,000 from the daycare, where…

Local family band releases first album

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SUNBURY — The Morgan Family has come a long way since we first heard them three years ago.  You may recognize the Sunbury area family as the winners of The Valley’s Got Talent in 2010.  David Morgan is the patriarch of the family band.  He says it’s been quite the journey.  “Things have gotten a little busier for us.  We have been able to get our music out more and people have contacted us and asked us to play at holiday festivities, church, bazaars, carnivals.” The band is made up of Dave, his wife Mary, their daughters 12-year-old Maggie, 11-year-old Jessie and 8-year-old Abbie, their 5-year-old son Hank, and uncle Tim.  Each member plays at…

Rotarians prep for Shop for Tots

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SUNBURY – The annual Shop for Tots event, hosted by the Sunbury Rotary Club is set for Saturday, December 14th. Victoria Rosancrans is organizing the event, where children from low-income families in the Shikellamy School District are treated to a shopping spree, to buy gifts for their families.   Rosancrans said, “The parents might not have the means to give them the Christmas that they are looking for. This is a way for us to give back to the children and also for the children to be able to go out and shop and provide a gift for their family. It’s important for the kids to be able to give to Mom and Dad as…

Blind Chitlin Kahunas perform at Santa Fest

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SELINSGROVE – Selinsgrove Projects Incorporated has started a new music tradition called Santa Fest, which will take place December 8th inside downtown businesses. Restaurants and stores are participating by hosting a live local musician at their establishment that evening.   However, prior to the live music that night, the musicians are each debuting an original holiday song on our sister station 94KX and people can vote for their favorite song online. One of the holiday songs you can vote for is called “Help Me Santa” by the Blind Chitlin Kahunas.   Kim “Kimbo” Reichley explains what their song is about. He said, “It’s about a guy who loses his girlfriend on Thanksgiving Day and he’s…

Death penalty will stand for a Shamokin man

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SHAMOKIN – The death penalty will stand for a former Shamokin man convicted of shooting and killing a Kulpmont man during a home invasion in 1994. The News Item reports 40-year-old Kevin Marinelli had sought his conviction and death sentence to be overturned and to be granted a new trial. However, a federal judge denied the request.   Marinelli claimed that his constitutional rights were violated during the trial, but on Monday, Judge Robert Mariani of the U.S. Middle District Court said the claim was meritless. Marinelli was 23 when he was convicted of killing Conrad Dumchock on April 26th of 1994. His death warrant was signed in 1997 by then Governor Ed Rendell, but…

Curley and Schultz want hearing delayed

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HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – Two former high-ranking Penn State officials want to delay their preliminary hearings on charges they concealed sexual abuse allegations against former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky.   The request Tuesday by former university Vice President Gary Schultz and athletic director Tim Curley seeks to have a Dec. 13 hearing postponed amid legal wrangling over the latest charges filed against them.   Schultz and Curley were charged last year with perjury and failure to report suspected child abuse. Earlier this month prosecutors filed additional charges including obstruction and conspiracy against both men and former school President Graham Spanier.   Testimony from former university counsel Cynthia Baldwin is key to the new charges….

Sunbury drug dealer draws state jail term

SUNBURY — A Sunbury man was sentenced to 1 to 2 years in state prison after pleading guilty to multiple drug counts. 23-year-old Joseph Rubendall Jr. was sentenced Monday afternoon in Northumberland County Court. Rubendall pleaded guilty to possession with intent to deliver heroin, Suboxone and another pain medication. He was already incarcerated at SCI-Mahonoy on a state parole detainer, so he was sentenced by video conference. (Ali Stevens) Follow

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Condemnation order issued for Danville Manor

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  DANVILLE — Residents of Danville Manor, which had been a group home for mentally challenged individuals, has been condemned by the borough’s codes officer. More than a dozen who live there have now been forced to find alternate housing. The Press-Enterprise reports that officials will make sure everyone is out of the building later today.   The structure stands adjacent to the Montour County Courthouse. The owner, Joseph Gerst, had been ordered to scale back three years ago when more than 60 violations were found by inspectors. Gerst said most of the violations were related to paperwork and were satisfied. The building is listed for sale online for $415,000. (Matt Bowen)   Follow

Cars, schools affected by first snowfall

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Car crash on slippery roads   STONINGTON– A car rolls over during the first snow of the season.  A Shamokin woman was traveling north on a slippery Route 61 inNorthumberlandCountywhen she lost control of her vehicle.  The accident took place around7:50a.m.Tuesday morning.   The car travelled off the roadway, hit a ditch and rolled over before coming to a stop on the north roadside.  The woman was wearing a seat belt and was not injured.  (Codi Jade)   Accident closes a portion Route 235   BEAVER SPRINGS — A portion of Route 235 near Beaver Springs,SnyderCountywas closed due to a crash.  The one-vehicle accident occurred nearThree Rivers Roadand knocked power lines across the roadway.  No…