Expect delays on Route 11 next week

BLOOMSBURG — Some delays are anticipated on Route 11 next week.  PennDOT is scheduled to perform crack sealing operations between Bloomsburg and Berwick .  The crew will begin sealing pavement cracks along the northbound and southbound lanes of Route 11 starting at the north end of Bloomsburg and continuing to the Briar Creek Township line. Traffic patterns will switch daily.  The work will begin on Monday and should end by Friday.  Motorists are asked to stay alert for lane changes and stopped traffic in the work zone. (Codi Jade) Follow

$20,000 grant for Danville Ronald McDonald House

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DANVILLE – The Danville Ronald McDonald House was recently awarded a $20,000 grant to upgrade their facility.  Ann Blugis, Director of Development and Communications for the House, says Mid-Penn Region of the Ronald McDonald House awarded the money this week.  “The grant will be used for a new security key badge camera system.” The Danville Ronald McDonald House is wrapping up its 31st year of taking care of families of critically ill children.  Blugis says they are always grateful for any help they can get.  “We have a current wish list, any monetary donations we seem to have an influx of people who with the spirit of the season want to give.  If people would…

Donations continue for Needy Family Fund

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SUNBURY — The Needy Family Fund has so far reached $5,710.00 of its $75,000 goal.  Recent donations to the fund include a $500.00 donation from the United Lutheran Church- Men in Mission of Sunbury.  A $500 donation was received from Joe and Linda Reid of Northumberland.  Rounding out the current total is a donation of $775.00 from an anonymous giver. Each year, The Daily Item, the Salvation Army of Milton and Sunbury, Susquehanna Bank and the radio stations of Sunbury Broadcasting Corporation team up to raise money for families in need. The Salvation Army distributes toys, food, clothing, and gifts to eligible families. You are asked to please consider a generous contribution to the Needy…

Northumberland police officer files federal suit against borough

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Police officer files a lawsuit against Northumberland *Read the entire complaint here NORTHUMBERLAND – Northumberland police officer Ed Cope has filed a federal lawsuit against the police department, chief of police Tim Fink, former mayor Gretchen Brosius and current mayor, Len Zboray. Cope’s lawyer filed a complaint this morning in U.S. District Court alleging that his civil rights were violated resulting in his unlawful demotion from the rank of detective. Officer Cope claims he was demoted from detective to patrol officer after he repeatedly spoke out about matters of public concern as a citizen, not pursuant to his official duties. Cope says the chief of police and the mayor retaliated against him for speaking out….

Selinsgrove School District will start a week earlier

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SELINSGROVE – The Selinsgrove School District has voted to start school a week earlier. The the school board approved next year’s calendar with classes beginning August 20th and ending June 3rd, as recommended by Superintendent Chad Cohrs. He says the change could help improve student scores on standardized tests.   Cohrs said, “We tried to increase some of the instructional time prior to the state assessment tests as well as the new Keystone Exams for high school students. One of the ways we can help reduce some of the stress and get more instructional time in is by starting the school year earlier.”   The Lewisburg Area School District already opens school a week earlier…

Today on Newsradio 1070 WKOK

Today on WKOK:   On The Mark 8:30am: Open phones, then at 9am, retired International Relations professor Stephen Stamos on the fiscal cliff and politics.   Dan Patrick 10am: To be announced…   Michael Smerconish noon: Should police be able to search your smartphone without a warrant>   Steve Jones 3pm: Steve Jones and Kevin Herr put a bow on the PSU FB season with Ben Jones  of statecollege.com, and talk of Penn State and the College Cup of women’s soccer.   Talk to Santa 6pm: Santa is on, live again, from the North Pole. Kids will be at WKOK talking to Santa via the Magic-Radio.   The best of the best, and Kevin and…

NFF: Lewisburg family could use some assistance

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  LEWISBURG — A Lewisburg family is finding it hard to keep up in these tough economic times. Lois Biddinger and her husband have seen the beautiful things many people in their town have, but they aren’t greedy. They keep a tight budget and are content with what they have. They just want their son to have more.   Their son has cerebral palsy. Mrs. Biddinger takes care of him every day when he is not at SunCom. She said he loves dogs. She’d love to get him a dog for Christmas if she could afford a nice small one. “The doctor says a little dog would help. It would be good therapy for him,…

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    HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – Penn State says its former president had total taxable income of $3.3 million last year, including $2.5 million in severance because he was forced out of the job after Jerry Sandusky’s arrest on child molestation charges. The university said Wednesday that Graham Spanier’s salary in 2011 was $700,000, plus $83,000 in taxable benefits. The severance total will be paid by 2017. Spanier said he wasn’t aware the school had made his earnings public. He declined to comment. Spanier was charged this year in the alleged cover-up of the Sandusky scandal. He remains a tenured faculty member but is on leave. He is seeking a delay of his Dec. 13…

Milton man accused of sexual assault

MILTON – A Milton man has been charged with sexually assaulting a female acquaintance. 25-year-old William Merritt was charged with aggravated indecent assault, indecent exposure and harassment for the incident that took place in June.   Police say Merritt contacted the victim and asked if she would pick him up at a business in Milton. When she arrived, police say he is accused of touching the woman inappropriately and exposing himself to her. Merritt will have a preliminary hearing next week before District Judge Richard Cashman. (Ali Stevens)   Follow