Local rugby club ranks nationally

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SELINSGROVE – Rugby may not be well known in The Valley, but one Valley rugby team is now known in the nation. The Susquehanna University men’s rugby team finished the 2012 fall season ranked 19th in the nation by the National Small College Rugby Organization. The Crusader team went 6-2 to earn their national ranking. The 2012 season was the most successful season the club has had since 1996. This year’s team won the Eastern Pennsylvania Rugby Union (EPRU) DIII West Division with a 5-0 mark. They beat PSU-Berks in the EPRU semifinals, then went on to the championship game against Gettysburg, where they were narrowly defeated 28-24. Susquehanna then subsequently fell to Montclair State…

Another year passes with no CSVT project


SELINSGROVE – As 2013 approaches, there is still no commitment of funding for the Central Suquehanna Valley Transportation project. Joe McGranaghan has been actively pursuing leads to make the project a reality for a number of years and spoke to PennDOT’s Rick Mason about the efforts on WKOK’s Tuesday On The Mark Program.   McGranaghan said, “PennDOT has done about all they can do in the way of final design planning on the northern section, without identifying funding streams. We’ve talked for years about the danger of splitting the project and the fact that it couldn’t be done. Yet, the money isn’t there to do the whole project.”   McGranaghan added, “The secretary of transportation…

Sunbury trying to hold the line on taxes


SUNBURY – Sunbury Mayor David Persing says city council is doing what they can to prevent an increase in taxes when the budget is passed at the end of the year. Persing said, “The council does not want to raise taxes and that’s our goal. We really do think we can get it without a tax increase again this year”   He talked about some challenges they are facing. Persing said, “You know, we have an unfunded mandate that we just got from the county for transporting prisoners. I’ve talked to like every mayor in Northumberland County and we just can’t seem to get our hands on what it’s going to cost us.”   He…

Avoiding allergies during holiday


UNDATED – Could your Christmas tree be causing your allergies?  Allergy and Immunology Specialist at Geisinger Medical Center Dr. Michael Facktor says yes.  “The turpentine agents that are in the pine trees are a strong airway irritant.  You don’t have to be allergic to develop symptoms.” Facktor says to get a small tree, or if it is very bothersome, do not get a live tree at all.  He says it is also important to ventilate the house so there is air moving through. (Matt Bowen)   Follow

Rape suspect out on bail after no trial date

SUNBURY – A Sunbury man charged with raping his ex-girlfriend has been released on bail.  Prosecutors failed to bring Ben Scheller’s case to trial within six months of his arrest. The Daily Item reports Scheller was released Monday after Judge Charles Saylor granted him nominal bail.  Both Judges Robert Sacavage and William Wiest had to recuse themselves from the case due to a conflict of interest in the case. The judge’s secretary had been romantically involved with Wade Lytle, a former police officer in Point Township, accused of having a romantic relationship with the victim in the Scheller rape case.  Scheller is accused of sexually assaulting his ex-girlfriend and firing a gun in her home. …

Needy Family Fund makes progress

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SUNBURY — The Needy Family Fund has so far reached $53,072 of its $75,000 goal.  Recent donations to the fund include a $100 donation in memory of Joyce and Irvin Snyder of Sunbury. A $50 donation was received in memory of Mae Erdley of Port Trevorton.  Rounding out the current total are $575 in donations from anonymous givers. The Degenstein Foundation has added a $25,000 challenge grant, so, if and only if, the fund hits $75,000, the grant will be added to the total. In recent years, the grant has helped the Needy Family Fund reach well over $100,000. (Codi Jade) Follow

NFF: Costly year for mom and daughter


SUNBURY – A mother and her daughter had a costly year because they have had to travel to New York City frequently for family emergencies.  Two cousins, one 4 and the other in her 40s, died this year. Most of her family lives in New York, said the woman, who did not wish to have name published. “We try to live past it and look to God,” she said. “You can only do what you can.” Also sharing her household is the woman’s 10-year old daughter and 22-year old niece. Her niece moved in about two years ago because the woman felt Pennsylvania would be a better fit for her than New York. Her niece…

One jailed after drug and assault charges

KELLY TWP — A woman is in jail after assaulting two hospital employees in Lewisburg.  The incident began Friday evening when 31-year-old Jayme Clark was found in hotel lobby restroom in Kelly Township, Union County.  Police also found heroin and drug paraphernalia.  After being transported to Evangelical Community Hospital, police say Clark became combative and assaulted two employees. Clark was arraigned before District Judge Leo Armbruster and faces charges including aggravated assault, simple assault, harassment and drug related charges.  She is in Union County Prison.  Police did not identify Clark’s current address. (Sara Bartlett) Follow