Flu season earlier this year

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LEWISBURG – With the cold weather comes the flu and a local doctor says this year is no exception.   Dr. Michael Donegan of Evangelical Community Hospital says, “Generally it is a winter time illness that peaks around February.  This year it is peaking earlier.  Usually it is a fairly abrupt onset of an illness where a patient develops a fever, aches and respiratory-type symptoms like a cough or a sore throat. Donegan gives flu prevention tips such as covering your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze, wash your hands often, avoiding touching your face and stay at home when you are ill.  But, what if you feel you already have the flu?  “If…

Sunbury to step up code enforcement

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SUNBURY — A new committee is being established in Sunbury.  Mayor David Persing says the 2013 budget for the code department has been increased and the department’s work will expand to taking care of properties in the city. The new committee will be responsible for improving the day-to-day working of the code department and the communication between property owners and the city’s Redevelopment Authority.  Persing says the plan is for the city to put its foot down on property owners who refuse to cooperate with the code enforcement office by issuing them fines. Persing will ask Sunbury City Councilmen Joe Bartello, Kevin Troup and Jim Eister to serve on the new committee during next Monday’s…

Districts to receive report card

SELINSGROVE – Not only do students receive report cards, but school districts will soon receive them as well.  The Department of Education will be conducting profiles. Selinsgrove Superintendent Chad Cohrs explained that these profiles will use data including PSSA scores, attendance records, SAT scores, and advanced placement enrollment to give each district their own report card. Cohrs said these profiles can be used to benefit schools in several ways.  They will be a tool for comparison between school districts throughout the state.  Schools may also use them for teacher and principal evaluation.  Cohrs said, “they will be very helpful in identifying performance.” According to Cohrs, the public release of this information is tentatively scheduled for…

Police investigate Lewisburg cafe burglary

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LEWISBURG — “It could have been worse.”  That’s what the manager of Cherry Alley Cafe in Lewisburg, Heather Adams, said about Monday night’s break-in to the restaurant.  She says they are lucky there wasn’t more damage. Police are still investigating, but Adams says the incident forced them to close Tuesday.  “Someone kicked in our back kitchen door.  They took our cash register and our backup money.  The main property damage is to the back door, so we have to replace that and also go to the bank to restock.” Police have not released the exact amount of money stolen.  “It was a good amount of money,” says Adams, “and then there’s also the money we…

Watch the video here: Farm Show asks visitors to buy local

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HARRISBURG – Looking for something fun and educational for the entire family? You may want to check out the Pennsylvania Farm Show. The theme of the 2013 Farm Show is: “made in PA, it makes a difference.” PA Preferred, a branch of the Department of Agriculture, has tables set up throughout the complex. They are asking visitors to sign the “Pa Preferred Pledge.” Bryan Keister, PA Preferred Coordinator, talked about the significance of the pledge. He said,“When you sign the pledge you are actually promising to make a conscious effort to buy local products. By purchasing Pennsylvania products you are supporting our communities and helping strengthen our economy.” Along with signing the pledge, there are…

Small games of chance reports postponed

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HARRISBURG – The deadline for nonprofit organizations and charities to submit reports as part of the updated Small Games of Chance Act, has been extended for a year. The Corbett Administration announced the deadline is being extended from February 1, 2013 to February 1, 2014. At that time, licensees will have to submit reports to the Pennsylvania Department of Revenue.   Eligible organizations with proceeds in excess of $2,500 in a year will be required to file the reports electronically. The Small Games of Chance law was updated last session to give nonprofit organizations the ability to increase prize limits for their games. (Ali Stevens)

Local resident says no to gun control

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SUNBURY – As the White House hears this week from gun groups, victims’ organizations and others on how the nation can curb gun violence, some still feel gun control is not needed. Dave Decoteau of Danville is owner of Riverside Adventure Company and voiced his opinion on gun control on WKOK’s On The Mark program.   Decoteau said, “For one, it’s not really addressing the school shooting situation since there has been all different types of guns. There’s been all different kinds of ways guns have been obtained. There’s also been situations where they’ve used bombs. In Japan they used a samurai sword. I guess my concern is are we getting off topic when it…

Small games of chance seminar in Sunbury

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SUNBURY – A special seminar on the new state law requirements regarding small games of chance will be held this week in Sunbury. The seminar is open to the public and is hosted by State Representative Lynda Schlegel Culver at the Sunbury Social Club on Thursday at 6 p.m.   Others attending the seminar include Todd Merlina, an enforcement officer of the Bureau of Liquor Enforcement’s auditing and gambling enforcement unit, who will lead the presentation. Also Northumberland and Snyder County’s treasurers will be in attendance along with the District Attorney’s from Northumberland and Snyder county.   The seminar is about two-hours long and will feature a question and answer session. All officers, trustees and…

Man flashes a gun at motorist

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  ALLENWOOD – State police are investigating after a man flashed a gun at another motorist while driving on Route 15 yesterday in Allenwood. Troopers say a woman from Williamsport was traveling behind the man and beeped her horn after waiting for him to pull through a green light. The man reportedly reached for a gun and pointed it at her before driving away. The man’s vehicle was described as a green colored Saturn sedan. No injuries were reported. The incident took place along Route 15 at the entrance to the Allenwood Penitentiary around 10:30 p.m. (Ali Stevens)  

Selinsgrove looks to improve on safety

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SELINSGROVE — “Safety is at the forefront here at our district,” said Selinsgrove Superintendent Chad Cohrs at Monday night’s school board meeting. Cohrs took some time to report on safety measures within the district.   He said, “In light of the recent incidents that happened, we have administratively taken a look at our procedures and protocols that we have in place in each of our buildings.  We’ve emphasized making sure all of our outside doors locked.” He said the district will be looking into buying buzzer systems for the middle and intermediate school doors, as well as more security camera’s throughout campus.  He also mentioned that several police units have been voluntarily patrolling around the campus…