Video Here: Serving people “well” at Christ Wesleyan Church


MILTON – With a congregation of 1,500 people and growing, those at Christ Wesleyan Church in Milton thought an expansion was needed.  So, as Lead Pastor Arlie Davis explains, they went big.  “We really feel like if you are going to offer something to God, you need to offer your very best.  We wanted to make sure we didn’t do something careless or sloppy and that we did something of excellence that will bring honor to God.” The Well consists of a coffee shop, a fitness center and a Christian bookstore.  Jed Epler, Business and Recreation Director, says the urban yet laid back design of the coffee shop is welcoming to all.  “We have over 100 seats…

Two new rides coming to Knoebels


ELYSBURG — As if there wasn’t already enough fun, food and fantasy at Knoebels Amusement Resort, they are adding more!  According to park officials, there will be two new rides at Knoebels when the park opens in April. The StratosFear will be a big addition.  Litterally.  The drop tower ride will measure 148 feet tall, which is even higher than the Giant Wheel and the Twister.  According to The Daily Item, the StratosFear will reach speeds of up to 47 mph. Knoebels is also excited to introduce a new family ride in 2013.  The Crazy Submarine will provide a thrill for the kids, while appealing to the parents with a likeness to The Beatles Yellow…

Evan to “Freeze Out Breast Cancer”


LEWISBURG — Evangelical Community Hospital’s Thyra M. Humphrey’s Center for Breast Health plans to “Freeze Out Breast Cancer” this month.  The 8th Annual Mammothon is coming up January 22-24. Thousands of women will receive phone calls designed to encourage them to schedule their annual Mammogram. Throughout the past 8 years, the center has completed 5,000 calls, with 1,000 women committing to a scheduled mammogram. Andrea Bertram, Director of the ThyraM.HumphreysCenter for Breast Health, says, “We have invited Evangelical physicians, nurses and other caregivers to launch this year’s event by making the calls personally. They will not only encourage their patients to schedule a mammogram but will also address questions or concerns.” The center recently received…

Bloomsburg man sentenced for child porn

BLOOMSBURG – A Bloomsburg man has pleaded guilty to child exploitation and pornography charges in Oklahoma.  He is a retired professor of early childhood development. Gary Doby was sentenced to life in prison Wednesday. An ex-third-grade teacher, Kimberly Crain of ShawneeOklahoma, pleaded no contest in the same case and faces a minimum of 25 years in prison at her sentencing March 22. The two had been set to go to trial Monday. Prosecutors allege that Crain took photos of young girls while they were changing clothes in her classroom and at her home, then shared the images with Doby. They were charged with sexual exploitation of a child under 12, conspiracy to commit sexual exploitation…

No one elected to baseballs Hall of Fame

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NEW YORK (AP) — Steroid-tainted stars Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens and Sammy Sosa have been denied entry to baseball’s Hall of Fame with voters failing to elect any candidates for only the second time in four decades. Bonds received just 36.2 percent of the vote, Clemens 37.6 and Sosa 12.5 in totals announced Wednesday by the Hall and the Baseball Writers’ Association of America. They were appearing on the ballot for the first time and have up to 14 more years to make it to Cooperstown. Craig Biggio, 20th on the career list with 3,060 hits, topped the 37 candidates with 68.2 percent of the 569 ballots, 39 shy of the 75 percent needed. Among…

Woman pleads guilty to giving her daughter drugs

  MIDDLEBURG – A Beaver Springs woman will be sentenced in March after pleading guilty to supplying drugs to her daughter beginning when the girl was only 12-years-old. Snyder County District Attorney Mike Piecuch tells us 39-year-old Brandi Baumgardner pleaded guilty Tuesday to endangering the welfare of a child and other counts. Baumgardner was accused of supplying drugs including pain killers, crack cocaine and marijuana to her young daughter for several years. Baumgardner was arrested in July of 2011 and faces up to a year and four months behind bars when she is sentenced. (Ali Stevens)   Follow

Cabin destroyed by fire in Port Trevorton

PORT TREVORTON – A cabin was destroyed by fire early this morning in the Port Trevorton area. Fire Chief Doug Lauver says a passing motorists called in the fire at the cabin along Shady Lane , off of Routes 11 and 15, near the Susquehanna River. Lauver said the fire was fully involved when he arrived on the scene. They were able to bring the fire under control quickly but the cabin was destroyed.   A state police fire marshal investigated and ruled the fire undetermined, due to the extent of damage. The cabin was vacant and no injuries were reported. The cabin is owned by Tim and Diane Shaffer of Richfield and damage is…

Shamokin man wanted for a crowbar assault

SHAMOKIN – A 33-year-old Shamokin man is wanted by police following an assault with a crowbar on Friday. The News Item reports Greg Latsha faces charges of aggravated assault and disorderly conduct in connection with the attack around 4:30 a.m. at Commerce and Coal Streets in Shamokin. Police say Latsha hit a 40-year-old Coal Township man in the face and head with a crow bar several times. The victim was bleeding when he arrived at the police station to report the assault. He was then transported to Geisinger Medical Center for treatment. An arrest warrant has been issued for Latsha. (Ali Stevens) Follow

Rain: Revised AccuWeather for The Valley


Turning out mostly cloudy with a shower in places this afternoon. High 48. Partly cloudy tonight. Low 27. Sunshine and patchy clouds tomorrow. High 44. Friday: some rain at times, could freeze on surfaces in the morning. High 42. Saturday: milder with intervals of clouds and sun. High 49. Sunday: cloudy and quite mild with some rain or drizzle possible. High 58. Follow

Prevention and treatment for the flu


  LEWISBURG – With the cold weather comes the flu and a local doctor says this year is no exception.   Dr. Michael Donegan the Medical Director of Emergency Services at EvangelicalCommunityHospital 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, achiness 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…