Chamber learns about health information technology


DANVILLE – “You are so lucky to live in the SusquehannaValley.  You really are.  I’ve been all over, and this place really seems to have it right.  You should be proud,” said Theresa Younkin, manager of Keystone Beacon Community Engagement.  She spoke to the Greater Susquehanna Valley Chamber of Commerce about the importance of making health information available when and where it is needed. Younkin said, “Health information technology is something that is very very important to the nation at large.  It is a bipartisan issue.” She presented the many innovative ways the Keystone Beacon Community is helping people and healthcare providers network. Their tools include MyKeyCare, health reminders and trusted medical information. The Greater…

Weis in Danville will expand


DANVILLE — Another Weis Markets store is expanding in The Valley.  Work has already begun on the expansion and upgrade of the Danville store on Continental   Boulevard.  The project includes a 3,200 square-foot expansion, a new exterior, all new decor, a new pharmacy and many new departments.  The project is expected to take a year.  In the last several years, both the Lewisburg and one Sunbury Weis Markets have been expanded.  A plan is also in the works to expand the Weis store along Route 522 in Selinsgrove. (Sara Bartlett)   Follow

McGranaghan seeking a second term in Shamokin Dam


SHAMOKIN DAM — Shamokin Dam mayor Joe McGranaghan will seek a second full term. He made the announcement Thursday.  McGranaghan was appointed mayor in January 2009 and elected to a full term in November of that year.  He says “Over the past four years, working closely with borough council, the police chief and borough manager  we have made significant strides in improving what was already a great community.” McGranaghan says they are just beginning to make progress on the Riverfront Project and the fish ladder.  In addition, he says the Susquehanna Valley Thruway could be started in the next few years if the funding cap is removed on the miles allocated to the project.  McGranaghan…

9th annual Dirk Sojka Slam Dunk at Bucknell


LEWISBURG — It is time again for the Dirk Sojka Slam Dunk.  This is the 9th year for the event; a fundraiser for SUNCOM Industries, which helps adults with disabilities reach their potential says SUNCOM’s Peggy Vitale talks about the beginning of the event named for Dirk, a SUNCOM employee for many years. “Gary and Sandy Sojka really worked so hard to help us get to this point.  Their son Dirk came to SUNCOM and attended for over 11 years.  When he passed away, we had talked to Sandy about some type of charity event in his memory.  We never expected it to get to this level.  After nine years it is tremendous and we…

Sunbury bar hit by fire

SUNBURY — Fire gutted a Sunbury bar Thursday morning, but credit is being given to crews who made a quick stop to the blaze before damage got any worse. Sunbury Fire Chief Mike Rhoads says crews from three counties responded to the 4:00a.m. blaze at the Brass Key bar on Reagan and Second Streets.  “Firefighters made a fabulous entry and a great stop before there was more damage done.” Rhoads says the fire started with an electrical short in the basement of the building.  Two vacant apartments above the bar were damaged as well.  Damage estimates are about $200,000, according to Rhoads, and the bar’s owner Anthony Sanutti of Sunbury is insured.  There were no…

Bucknell grad up for an Oscar

LEWISBURG — A Bucknell University graduate has been nominated for a 2013 Academy Award.  Bill Westenhofer was nominated in the best visual effects category for the movie Life of Pi.  Westenhofer holds a bachelor’s degree in computer science and engineering from Bucknell and is also an Oscar award winner for his visual effects work in the 2007 film Golden Compass.  Westenhofer will be coming to Lewisburg January 22 to talk about his work in Life of Pi.  He will be speaking at the Campus Theatre at 7:30p.m. and admission is $2.00.  While in town, Westenhofer will also meeting with Bucknell computer science students. (Sara Bartlett) Follow

Audio and Video: Interesting takes on gun control

If you missed CBS news anchor Harley Carnes “Not Just Another Story” piece on WKOK today, here is the audio.  The topic? Gun control. Another interesting take…Daily Show host The Daily Show with Jon Stewart Mon – Thurs 11p / 10c Scapegoat Hunter – Gun Control Daily Show Full Episodes Political Humor & Satire Blog The Daily Show on Facebook Follow

Latest Pennsylvania news, sports, business, and entertainment

AP logo

  SHAWNEE, Okla. (AP) – A retired professor of early childhood development has pleaded guilty to child exploitation and pornography charges in Oklahoma and an ex-third-grade teacher has pleaded no contest in the same case. Gary Doby of Bloomsburg, Pa., was sentenced to life in prison Wednesday. Former teacher Kimberly Crain of Shawnee pleaded no contest 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…

Blockbuster day today on WKOK:

On The Mark: The rest of the gun control emails, then Hank Truslow on good government…and when it might happen in Washington. Dan Patrick: A preview of Oprah’s Lance Armstrong interview, and NFL playoff preview. Michael Smerconish: General Stanley McChrystal, retired general and intelligence/security expert. Steve Jones: Penn State talk from Neal Rudel of the Altoona Mirror, and ESPN play-by-play announcer Adam Amin. The best of the best, then more of the best, on WKOK! Follow

Today’s AccuWeather with freezing rain


Mostly sunny today. High 43. Increasing cloudiness tonight. Low 28. Periods of rain, rain may freeze on some surfaces for a time early in the morning. High 40. Saturday: low clouds and fog giving way to some sun, milder in the afternoon. High 51. Sunday: cloudy and very mild with some rain or drizzle possible. High 58. Monday: cloudy and mild with some rain possible. High 52. Follow