ATV racer recognized for years of excellence

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SHAMOKIN – A local ATV racing legend has been recognized by the city of Shamokin.  A ceremony was held Monday night to give Traci Cecco-Pickens the “Key to Shamokin.”  Shamokin Mayor George Rozinski Jr. presented the award and declared that December 10 is now Traci Cecco-Pickens Day. Cecco-Pickens said, “I was so excited when I found out they were going to present the key to Shamokin to me.  It’s such a great honor.  It’s not something they do all the time.  I’m definitely ecstatic to receive such a great award.” She has been racing professionally for 14 years.  She retired this year as the 9-time Grand National Cross Country ATV women’s racing champion. The plaque she…

Deer season average this year

UNDATED – There is a break for hunters as some wait for archery season to begin.  Union County Wildlife Conservation Officer Dirk Remensnyder says the deer season has been good so far.  “The weather has been very good.  You get a good gauge by talking to the archery hunters early on and they say they have seen more deer, so I think we are having a slow rise of the population in this area.” Remensnyder says there were a record number of hunters.  “Toward the end of the first week, there were a lot more hunters out because of the extended bear season.  There was one Saturday where a hunter could take a buck, a…

Accused murderer sending letters to prosecution from jail

LEWISBURG – Two decisions were made Tuesday during a testimony hearing for accused killer Joel Snider.  The 35-year-old Saint Louis man is charged in the 2010 shooting death of New Berlin yoga master Sudharman.  In Union County Court, defense attorney William Miele asked Snyder/Union County judge Michael Hudock to allow a videotaped deposition of witnesses from Saint Louis who know Snider. Prosecutor Chief Attorney General Frank Fina says normally he would not allow witnesses to testify on videotape, however, these are mostly character witnesses and not fact witnesses, so he feels ok with the decision.  A draft order must be issued to the court by Miele 60 days before the proposed deposition. In another matter,…

Lewisburg Chorus in D.C. today


LEWISBURG — The Lewisburg Area High School Chorus has something to sing about tonight — in Washington D.C. The U.S. Department of the Interior recently chose Lewisburg to perform at the 2012 National Christmas Tree Music Program at a park adjacent to the White House tonight at 8p.m. Hannah Koss, an alto in the chorus, said, “It’s a big deal. It’s a big opportunity. It’s a privilege so we are real excited and we realize that we have to know our music better than usual and memorize it all.” The group is exploring museums for the first part of their trip, then practicing and performing for thousands of visitors viewing the National Christmas Tree. Jacob…

Teaching kids even younger about bullying

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SUNBURY – There is a new effort underway to teach children as young as 2, 3 and 4 about bullying and the dangers associated with it. The Greater Susquehanna Valley United Way has a new effort called “Nice Never Hurts”, where children in preschool are taught valuable lessons about how to treat others and how to prevent bullying.   Keri Albright is CEO of the United Way. She said, “This curriculum for 2, 3 and 4-year-olds teaches them about empathy, how people feel when they are sad, about kindness and how to express their emotions, and how to be a bystander. When they see someone being picked on or bullied, what do you do as…

Snyder County church burglar now charged with assault


SELINSGROVE – A Middleburg man charged with burglarizing several churches in Snyder County has now been charged with assaulting an inmate at the county prison. The Daily Item reports 18-year-old John Shaffer II punched another inmate causing serious facial injuries and a concussion. Shaffer was arraigned on a charge of felony aggravated assault for the incident on November 12th at the Snyder County Prison.   He was already jailed for allegedly breaking into six Snyder County churches and stealing cash and other items in April. Shaffer then fled to Florida, where he was apprehended in late August. (Ali Stevens)   Follow

Hunter shot in the arm in Northumberland County

DALMATIA — A Dalmatia-area man was injured on the first day of deer season when he was accidentally shot in the arm by a fellow hunter. Game Commission officials say Jamie Gasiewski was in a hunting party participating in a deer drive on November 26th when he “got ahead of the drive.” When a buck ran back through the line, another hunter fired a round and hit Gasiewski in his right arm. The shooter, Charles Erdman, of Herndon was charged with a summary offense of shooting at or causing injury to human beings. Erdman could potentially lose his hunting license, the decision will be made by the law enforcement division of the game commission in…

Hearing for accused killer today


  LEWISBURG – The man accused of shooting and killing a local yoga teacher will be in Union County Court Tuesday.  35-year-old Joel Snider is set for a hearing on his petition to preserve testimony.  Snider is accused in the 2010 shooting of 70-year-old Sudharman, a yoga teacher inNew Berlin.  Snider could face the death penalty if convicted of the crime.  His trial is scheduled for next year. (Sara Bartlett) Follow

Well-known restaurant owner has died


SHAMOKIN DAM — The owner of three popular restaurants has died.  John Skotedis died on Monday at the age of 61 at his home in Shamokin Dam.  Skotedis owned Tedd’s Landing and Tedd’s On the Hill along with Skeeter’s barbeque.  His good friend, Fritz Heinemann of Economics Pennsylvania says John will be greatly missed.   He says the Skotedis family has meant a lot to him over the years.  Heinemann said, “ We’ve always held our Adam Smith Leadership Award Luncheon at Tedd’s On the Hill and as a result of my getting to know the family, when John’s brother Victor passed away, we established an award in his name and that has been in…

A crash injured two in Union County

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  LEWISBURG — A traffic accident Monday in the Lewisburg area injured several people. The Route 15 crash atHafer Roadslowed traffic during the evening. Injured were Michelle Hutcheson and Callie Hutcheson, both ofMilton. They were taken toEvangelicalCommunityHospital, according to state police.   Troopers say they were in a car hit by a vehicle that had gone through a red light. A citation will be issued to the other driveR: Telisha Bell of Lewisburg. She was not injured. Several emergency responders were at the scene starting around7:45pmlast evening. Follow