Attorney says governor’s lawsuit is financially and politically motivated

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WILLIAMSPORT — A Williamsport lawyer, who also represents one of the victims of Jerry Sandusky, is giving his opinion on Governor Tom Corbett’s lawsuit against the NCAA.  Cliff Rieders says he believes the complaint is financially and politically motivated. “What Corbett is saying is that this is big money to the state, the state needs the money.  Also, as a result of the recent campaign by the new attorney general, who was critical of Corbett for not investigating the Sandusky claims earlier, Corbett may be very sensitive to that.” Rieders says Corbett will argue that the state has standing to bring up the economic impact of the NCAA’s sanctions.  “That is what he is alleging…

Sunbury to make New Year’s Eve bash annual

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SUNBURY –  Sunbury Revitalization Incorporated hosted such a successful New Year’s Eve party this year, that they plan to make it an annual event.   Meghan Beck is the new president of SRI.  She said everyone seemed to enjoy the night in Sunbury. “It was very well received.  We got a lot of positive comments from everyone,” she said.  “Some people even called it a mini Times Square.” Beck said before they start planning for next year’s bash, they are currently working on the Hometown Veterans Banners program.  The banner’s, which hang in Sunbury throughout the year, include a soldier’s name, era and branch of service, a photo, hometown and sponsor name. SRI is accepting applications…

Black and Blue Ball will raise money for Children’s Miracle Network

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WATSONTOWN — A Watsontown woman is once again holding a fundraiser for the Children’s Miracle Network.  20-year-old Kayla Shoemaker will be holding a Black and Blue Ball next Saturday at the Watson Inn.  “People can come either dressed in their best black tie attire or come casual in blue jeans and a t-shirt.” Shoemaker says she began getting involved in fundraisers for CMN five years ago and so far has raised about $5,000.  “I started when I was in the 10th grade and we did a fundraiser called Kisses for Kids.  We sold  Hershey Kisses and the money went to CMN.  I told my mom I wanted to get more involved in fundraising.  I see…

Corbett’s lawsuit against NCAA

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STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) – An antitrust lawsuit by Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett against the NCAA argues the organization acted illegally and was motivated by a desire to gain power for its president and weaken the university. The 43-page complaint being filed Wednesday seeks to vacate all of the punishment related to the Jerry Sandusky child molestation scandal, including a $60 million fine and four-year bowl ban. The lawsuit claims the NCAA was motivated by a desire to “gain leverage in the court of public opinion.”  Corbett says the university and state have been harmed by what he calls “harsh penalties.”  He says the sanctions are hurting students, student-athletes, and others who had nothing to…

New Year’s Day fire in Col. Co.

BLOOMSBURG – Fire damaged a home in the Rolling Hills development in Mount Pleasant Township, Columbia County on Tuesday night. The Press Enterprise reports a wooden deck surrounding a flue pipe to a wood-pellet stove started burning at the home of Joseph and June Mainzer at 331 Rolling Hills North. The Mainzers called 911 after smelling smoke just before 7 p.m. The fire spread to the exterior wall of a second floor bedroom. Crews from Buckhorn, Millville, Orangeville, Lightstreet and Espy responded. (Ali Stevens)

Tons of corn stolen in Herndon

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HERNDON – State police are investigating after 20 tons of corn was stolen from a silo in the Herndon area. The corn, valued at about $9,000 was taken from the Herndon Reload Company on Pennsylvania Avenue. Troopers believe the corn was taken sometime between December 14th and the 18th. Anyone with information on the theft is asked to contact State Police at Stonington. (Ali Stevens)

Selinsgrove company sending free coffee to soldiers

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An online Selinsgrove based company is busy sending coffee to soldiers stationed overseas. Fresh Roasted Coffee LLC is roasting and packaging indivuals packets of coffee that make a full pot of coffee for soldiers that receive them. They are using names and addresses provided by the VFW in Selinsgrove.  Fresh Roasted Coffee, located 600 South High Street in Selinsgrove, is sending 500 packets of coffee overseas to the deployed soliders. The company is paying for the shipping costs and donating the coffee.  The effort is called Java for Joe and you can find out more online at www.freshroastedcoffee.com.        

Today on WKOK

Today on On The Mark 8:30am to 10am: Open phones with guest co-host Than Mitchell. We’ll discuss the Fiscal Cliff and other topics.   Dan Patrick Show 10am to noon: Dan and the Danettes return for a new year.   Michael Smerconish Show noon to 3pm: Why averting the Fiscal Cliff accomplished nothing and Washington is still broken.   Steve Jones Show 3pm to 5pm: Kevin, Sara and Steve are reunited for the Roberto Clemente discussion. Author Mike Lowenstein helps discuss the baseball great.   The best of the best, and Roberto Clemente talk, on WKOK!

Evan and Geisinger announce New Year’s Babies

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UNDATED — EvangelicalCommunityHospital didn’t have to wait too long to claim the title as the birthplace of The Valley’s, ‘First Baby of the New Year.’ Just after 2am, a spokeswoman tells us, a boy was born to Megan Swope and Jedd Hoover.   GeisingerMedicalCenter in Danville has announced their New Year’s Baby.  Marin Rose Snyder was born at 10:27a.m. on January 1.  The New Year’s baby weighed in at seven pounds, 14 ounces, and is 20 1/2 inches long.  She is the daughter of Beth and Kyle Snyder of Elysburg.  She will join her two brothers at home, Benjamin, 4, and Aiden, 1. (Codi Jade)

Barletta and Marino oppose congressional pay raises

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WASHINGTON D.C. — Congressmen Lou Barletta (R-11th, Hazleton) and Tom Marino (R-10th, Williamsport) have expressed their distaste with President Barack Obama’s decision to end the federal employee pay freeze, which allows raises for the vice president, members of Congress and other appointed officials.   They issued a joint statement saying, “At a time when families across America are struggling to make ends meet and are worried about tax hikes, it is reprehensible that the President would order a pay raise for the vice president and members of Congress.”   They also say they will do everything within their power to prevent a pay increase and say they are working with their colleagues in the House…