Northumberland County adopts 2013 budget

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SUNBURY — Northumberland County Commissioners voted 2-1 to adopt their 2013 budget, which totals about $77.3-million and calls for a 3-mill tax increase.  Commissioner Richard Shoch was the lone no vote at Thursday’s meeting. The budget increases were necessary to compensate for an expenses increase of $600,000, plus $10-million to improve the county 911 system. Current financial conditions were also discussed.  It seems 2012 is the first time in several years that the county has been able to meet their budget.  Commissioner Vinny Clausi was pleased about making the budget for what he said will be the “first time in five years,” but he apologized for all the cuts they had to make this year….

Sunbury Eagles donate $5,000 to community clinic

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SUNBURY — A Community Clinic in Sunbury, which provides health care to uninsured residents, received a $5,000 donation from the Sunbury Eagles.  The Sunbury Eagles held their meeting on December 10th and decided on the amount for the clinic.   Deni Jo Long is a member of the Sunbury Eagles and also a medical assistant at “A Community Clinic”.  She has been with the clinic since it opened 11 years ago and recommended the donation to her fellow Eagle members, which they approved.   The money will be used for patient care.  Medical care for approved patients at the clinic is given free of charge.   Dr. John Pagana of Sunbury is the volunteer medical director…

Legislation introduced addressing NCAA fine

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HARRISBURG – Senator Jake Corman (R-34th, State College), who represents the State College area, says he will introduce legislation in January to direct the $60-million fine assessed on Penn State University to child sexual abuse prevention programs in Pennsylvania. Additionally, Corman says he will file a lawsuit to ask the courts to prevent the NCAA or their endowment from releasing any funds to organizations outside the state.   Corman said, “I believe the money, which is coming from Pennsylvania residents, should stay in Pennsylvania and benefit our organizations and children.” He said keeping the money in-state is not only appropriate, but could significantly help the state achieve the goals and preparedness the Pennsylvania Task Force…

Teen hurt in a crash this morning in the Trevorton area

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TREVORTON – A 14-year-old girl from Sunbury was hurt in an accident on Route 225 this (Thursday) morning in Zerbe Township, Northumberland County. State police say the girl was a passenger in a vehicle driven by 38-year-old Joseph Walker of Sunbury, who was traveling north on Route 225 when he lost control of his vehicle due to slush on the road. Walker’s vehicle slid into an embankment and flipped onto its side around 9:45 a.m. The girl was treated for minor injuries. Three other passengers, including two other teenagers, were not injured. (Ali Stevens)

Special light bulb made for Sunbury’s New Year’s Eve

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SUNBURY – A special light bulb will be part of Sunbury’s New Year’s Eve celebration taking place at 4th and Market Streets. Sunbury City Councilman Jim Eister was in charge of making the light bulb for the ceremony to take place at midnight, bringing in 2013.   Eister said, “We built an eight-foot light bulb and we’ll be installing Christmas lights on it. It will be posted on the front of the Edison Hotel and we will light the light bulb at midnight to celebrate 2013. It was made out of steel and reinforcing rods. It will be saved and used at other events in the years to come. It will be a piece of…

Middleburg man who made threats charged with drug possession

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  POINT TOWNSHIP – The Middleburg man accused of threatening to kill a woman, which caused the lockdown of the Shikellamy School District, is facing additional charges.  37-year-old Jeremy Church is now charged with possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia after Point Township police searched his vehicle December 20th.   Church was previously charged with three counts of terroristic threats for telling a woman he would kill her, and stating that he would go to Priestley Elementary to get his daughter.  Church told the woman he would do whatever it took to get her from the school and “make the Newtown incident look like nothing.” He remains behind bars in the Northumberland County Prison.  …

One-mill tax increase for Snyder County residents

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MIDDLEBURG – The Snyder County Commissioners have unanimously adopted their budget for 2013, which totals about $16-million and calls for a one-mill tax increase. Commissioner Malcolm Derk explains they have plans that require an increase.   Derk said, “We have chosen to do several major projects in upgrading lighting fixtures at the courthouse and the county prison. We anticipate that will have tremendous savings to the taxpayers in the years ahead. Much of the lighting in the courthouse and the prison is old and inefficient. If we do the project early next year, we would be eligible for some PPL programs to get some of the cost of the projects defrayed.”   Derk also talked…

Former Army Reserve Building purchased by Union County

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LEWISBURG – The former Army Reserve Building on Hafer Road in Kelly Township has been purchased by Union County for $1.00. The Daily Item reports the facility will become the permanent home for the Union County Day Reporting Center. The Army is giving the property to the county for a buck under what is known as a quit claim deed. The Day Reporting Center will provide therapy, education, mental health services and job training for non-violent offenders who would otherwise be held in the Union County Prison. (Ali Stevens)

Snowfall ‘gums up’ The Valley

  UNDATED — The late winter snow storm is great–for kids sledding and enjoying their Christmas vacation from school. The Valley received a 3 to 4 inch blanket of snow and sleet and rain overnight. Most roads are covered with at least slush, and some are covered with packed snow and ice. The plowing of state, local, township and city roads is underway and roads are slowly being cleared.   There were numerous delays and cancellations last evening and today. WKOK’s WinterNet has a list of announcements today and those announcements are listed here. Numerous minor traffic accidents were reported Wednesday but no major crashes were reported. AccuWeather says more snow is on the way,…

NFF exceeds goal to help Valley families

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  SUNBURY — The Needy Family Fund has topped its $75,000 goal – as today’s balance is $114,175.46.  Recent contributions to the fund include a $150 donation from Olivia Reichley of Selinsgrove. Tom and Liz Mertz of Selinsgrove donated $500.  A $70 donation was recieved in memory of Desiree A. Knechel.  There were also recent anonymous donations totaling $3,668.61.   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…