Plans are dropped for a low-income housing complex

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SELINSGROVE – Plans have been dropped for a 100-unit low-income housing complex in Monroe Township, Snyder County. The Monroe Township Planning Board made the announcement on Monday that Home Leasing II of Rochester, New York withdrew it’s request for special zoning to develop apartments on the property between the Susquehanna Valley Mall and Mill Road. Numerous community members voiced their concerns recently at a Monroe Township Zoning Board meeting on December 10th. (Ali Stevens) Follow

Local resident moved from Newtown, Conn

SHAMOKIN – A resident from Shamokin lived in Newtown, Connecticut for a number of years and is having a tough time watching the news following the school shooting on Friday. Dennis was a telephone guest on WKOK’s On The Mark and says he was born in Shamokin, but moved to Newtown when he was 11-years-old.   He explained that the town was very special to him. Dennis said, “We can’t wrap our minds around this. It hit too close to home for everybody. It’s just an amazing little town. I would just say it’s idyllic because it draws a lot of culture. The town always had an influence in culture there.”   Dennis said he…

Norry mayor says health costs forced a tax increase


NORTHUMBERLAND — Taxes are set to go up in the Northumberland Borough. The borough council Tuesday night approved its budget for next year. The $2.5 million budget will include a 1 mill tax increase. It comes out to an average of $16 more for taxpayers in the borough. Northumberland Mayor Len Zboray tells us increases in costs for health insurance for employees and workman’s compensation expenses forced them to raise taxes. They also were used to getting $50,000 from the sewer authority, but no longer receive that money since they now oversee the sewer system. Also, police salaries and benefits increased, adding to the expenditures. (Sara Bartlett) Follow

Therapist says mentally ill aren’t to blame for mass shootings

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SELINSGROVE – As the investigation continues to determine a motive for the tragic school shooting in Connecticut on Friday, a local family therapist says blaming the mentally ill is wrong and the attention should be focused on assault weapons. Tony Butto is director of the Courtyard Counseling Center in Selinsgrove.   Butto said, “We’re looking at the wrong end of the problem. Yes…we should address our issues around mental illness of course. But, what have we done? We’ve cut funding drastically. I think blaming the mentally ill is a mistake. We really need to keep guns out of the hands of people who will not be responsible with them.”   Butto gave an example of…

Needy Family Fund distribution begins


SUNBURY — The annual distribution of toys, food, clothing and gifts for needy families is underway in Sunbury and Milton for recipients of the Needy Family Fund. WKOK’s Mark Lawrence was in Sunbury today for the beginning of distribution. He said, “Dozens of very grateful recipients have already come in for food baskets, toys, clothing and gifts and volunteers are busy handing out the items.” The distribution is taking place at the ASA Softball Hall of Fame training center in Sunbury.   Lawrence said, “Over the next two days, 425 families will come in for their items and boxes will also be taken to families at Chestnut and Scott Towers in Sunbury and the Front…

Two injuries after a crash on Routes 11 and 15


  PORT TREVORTON – There were two people injured in a crash on Routes 11 and 15 yesterday outside of Port Trevorton. State police say 18-year-old Jeremiah Skidmore of Liverpool was traveling south around 8:15 p.m. when he failed to see another vehicle slow ahead of him to make a turn. Skidmore struck the vehicle, driven by 26-year-old Clinton Kantz of Port Trevorton. Kantz and his passenger, 27-year-old Brandi Kantz, were taken to Geisinger Medical Center for treatment of unknown injuries. Skidmore was not injured and will be cited for driving too fast. (Ali Stevens)   Follow

Needy Family Fund making progress

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SUNBURY — The Needy Family Fund has so far reached $54,552 of its $75,000 goal.  Recent donations to the fund include a $105 donation from Wanda, Marjean and Carol of Watsontown. A $40 donation was received from the Hess family of Milton. Rounding out the current total are $520 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. Each year, The Daily Item, the Salvation Army of Milton and Sunbury, Susquehanna Bank and the radio stations of Sunbury…

NFF: Widow doesn’t like asking for help


ALLENWOOD — A widow from Allenwood hates to ask for help.  She is embarrassed to need help, but at 71-years-old with arthritis and cataracts, she has nowhere else to turn.  The woman, who asked that her name not be used, has three sons spread across the country.  One lives in Williamsport, but he works long hours and hardly has time to visit.  She also has eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren that she doesn’t often get to spend time with. She is originally from England and most of her family lives there.  She moved here to marry her husband, who passed away in January 2010.   She began to cry as she said, “Since he left it’s…

White Christmas unlikely

UNDATED — It’s only a week away, so will The Valley see a white Christmas?  AccuWeather Meteorologist Matt Alto says they will be watching the storm system that is coming into the state Thursday evening into Friday.  “Initially the storm will start off with rain, that could be heavy at times.  In the wake of the storm there will be cold air and as a result the lake effect snow machine will kick in. But, in the SusquehannaValley it takes a pretty good lake effect snow event to even get snow.  There may be a few flurries, but it won’t accumulate to anything.”  Alto says although it may not happen Christmas day, we may get other…

Piano motor caused Sunday’s Warrior Run fire

WARRIOR RUN — An overheated motor on a player piano started a fire at a Warrior Run area home on Sunday.  The blaze happened at 6:20p.m. at 9 Meadowvale Drive in DelawareTownship, Northumberland County.  The home is owned by John Ravert.  Warrior Run Fire Chief Mark Burrows says crews responded to the scene to find heavy smoke. He said there was a working fire on the first floor of the home.  The fire originated in a music studio, where there was a player piano, also known as a self-playing piano.  There were no injuries reported.  Smoke, fire and water damage is estimated at $500,000.  The family is displaced and are insured. (Sara Bartlett) Follow