February means Rock Red for Healthy Hearts

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Sunbury- Did you know cardiovascular disease is the number one killer of women age 20 and over? It is because of staggering facts like this that WKOK is  teaming up with Evangelical Community Hospital to make February Rock Red for Healthy Hearts month. Along with our partners we will be bringing you tips and the latest events to ensure that we are all doing our best to stay heart healthy. Dr. Petra Lynch, a Geisinger Interventional Cardiologist and member of the on site Evangelical Cardiovascular Care Team, explains that, “Heart disease, especially in our area is completely under estimated.” She also emphasized the importance of “Listening to your symptoms, especially exertional symptoms.” Dr. Lynch listed chest…

Shoch: Job cuts were vindictive

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SUNBURY — Last year’s job cuts within Northumberland County are still an issue for debate. Commissioner Richard Shoch says he was against cuts in the prothonotary’s office. “In my opinion it was done for vindictive purposes,” he said. “There was no discussion of cuts being made to the prothonotary’s office until there was a letter that came from an employee from the prothonotary’s office complaining about some things.  Then suddenly the next day Mr. Clausi was talking about making cuts…I think he feels he is giving some sort of payback to the people in that office, but what he doesn’t realize is that he’s hurting the public.  He’s hurting the county.” Jayme, a former worker…

Man in custody in Sunbury after pursuit

SUNBURY – Sunbury Police have one man in custody after a police pursuit yesterday afternoon. Edwin Santana is in custody, locked up in the Northumberland County Prison.   Police say Santana was wanted for a parole violation and as police tried to stop him, he drove through several stop signs before crashing into a pickup truck. He then jumped from the moving vehicle and took off on foot. Santana was apprehended in the 200 block of South River Avenue after jumping over a fence.   Santana was wanted for a DUI violation. He is now facing multiple charges for the incident yesterday in Sunbury. (Ali Stevens)   Follow

Snow squalls cause hazardous conditions

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SUNBURY — Snow squalls are causing some hazardous conditions across The Valley.  According to the National Weather Service, snow squalls are passing through the area this evening.  Wind gusts up to 45 mph are likely with these snow squalls. Squalls may have already passed through parts of our listening area. The band of snow is generally moving east at 40 mph.  The snow is expected to cause poor visibility.  Drivers should be prepared for a wide range of conditions. Local drivers are having trouble getting around Northumberland County.  According to Northumberland County 911, Routes 54 and 61 are extra slippery between Elysburg and Mount Carmel.  Only local traffic is being allowed over the Natalie Mountain…

6th grader wins Milton Cultural Festival contest

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MILTON – The 6th annual Milton Cultural Festival is four months away, but the planning committee is in full swing with making the 2013 event bigger and better.  This year, 6th grader at Meadowbrook Christian School Abby Terwilliger has chosen the festival’s theme: “Our Community, A Cultural Collage.” “I thought about how all the different cultures are different pieces of the community.  I like art, so I just thought of it like a collage.” For winning the theme contest, Terwillinger will be one of the ambassadors of this year’s Milton Cultural Festival.  In addition, she will get a savings bond.  A student in the Milton Area School District will also be chosen to create a…

Sunbury evaluating impact of transporting prisoners

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SUNBURY – Sunbury has been in charge of transporting their own prisoners to court hearings for a month now, after the Northumberland County Commissioners said constables could no longer be paid to do that. Mayor David Persing says they are now evaluating the financial impact this has made. Persing said, “We’ve just taken the month of January and figured out how many hours it’s costing our police department to do this new project, which includes transporting the prisoners down to hearings on Tuesdays. Since we’ve gone through four weeks in January, we are just sitting down and taking a look at it so we can get some sort of an estimate. We budgeted $31,000 for…

Fire in Coal township caused by an electrical outlet

  COALTOWNSHIP — A faulty electrial outlet caused a fire that gutted a home in CoalTownship on Monday evening.  The News Item reports a state police fire marshal says the fire at 1479 Wabash Street was accidental.  The home was under renovations at the time of the fire.  The investigation showed that an outlet on the first floor of the home malfunctioned and triggered the fire.  Several pets were killed in the fire, but the two tenants got out safely.  (Ali Stevens) Follow

Prison time for a woman who shot a neighbor’s dog

DANVILLE — A MontourCounty woman was sentenced to 45 days in prison for tying her neighbor’s dog to a tree and fatally shooting the dog.  The Press Enterprise reports 57-year-old Suzanne Thomas of DerryTownship was sentenced on Wednesday in MontourCounty for animal cruelty.  Thomas claims she was protecting her rabbit pen when she shot the neighbor’s dog in January of 2011.  The judge called her actions “downright mean” and deserving of an aggravated sentence.  (Ali Stevens) Follow

Route 61 blocked by large tree, more road closings

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STONINGTON — Route 61 is blocked in the vicinity of the Stonington Fire Company. A large tree is blocking both the north and the south bound lanes. Snydertown Road is being used for a detour. Stay tuned to WKOK for more information. Also in Northumberland County, Shakespeare Road in East Chillisquaque Township, between Route 45 and Hobbes Road, is closed for flooding.  It is expected to reopen Friday. In Northumberland borough, the signal at Route 147 and Route 11 (Duke and Water Street), the signal is in flashing mode. Traffic is slower than normal for Duke (Rt. 147) traffic. Rt. 11 (Water Street) is normal there. Fire police have been summoned. In Union County, Mifflinburg,…

Windy weather knocks out power for hundreds

  UNDATED – The tumultuous weather lately has caused some problems.  PPL is reporting–in their  overall service area–over 8,000 customers don’t have electricity. Over those outages, 360 are in Northumberland County (300+ in Point Township) 100 in Snyder County, 60 in Union County, and 73 in Columbia County.   Winds have knocked down trees and power lines but we know of no roads closed as a result. Volunteers in a few communities were called out overnight for minor problems. Top wind speeds lately have been between 30 and 40-miles per hour. The Wind Advisory posted for The Valley today says we could receive up to 45-miles per hour winds.   Rainfall around The Valley has…