WKOK’s Flu resource page is new available

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Newsradio 1070 WKOK and the Sunbury Broadcasting Corporation are interested in addressing the flu instances which are affecting The Valley. Our new web page is available at http://wkok.info/the-flu/

Geisinger takes action on flu prevention

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DANVILLE — Geisinger Health System has released a temporary system-wide visitor restriction.  They will not be allowing visitors under the age of 12 on hospital inpatient floors until the threat of influenza has passed or returned to normal seasonal levels.  Dr. Lisa Esolen, System Director, Infection Control for Geisinger Health System said the flu has definitely come early this year. Dr. Esolen said, “It is absolutely not too late for people to get the flu shot.  Even though the flu season has started early, it may not have quite hit the particular community.  Sometimes it might come in a second wave as well, so we tell people to get the flu shot.  It is not…

Sunbury man attempts to steal from Wal-Mart

SELINSGROVE — State Police in Selinsgrove are charging a Sunbury man with retail theft.  According to reports, 26-year-old Rafael Pagan attempted to steal several items from the Wal-Mart store in Snyder County. He is accused of placing four miscellaneous items in his shopping cart and walking out of the store without paying.  He was then stopped and detained by workers in the vestibule area until police arrived.  The value of the merchandise he attempted to steal totaled $220.29.  (Codi Jade)

Winter weather advisory issued for our region

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STATE COLLEGE – The National Weather Service in State College has issued a Winter Weather Advisory from 7 p.m. until 11 a.m. on Wednesday. The advisory means that periods of snow will cause travel difficulties. Motorists should be prepared for snow covered roads and limited visibility. The advisory is for our entire region. Accuweather predicts 2 to 4 inches of snow will fall during this time frame. (Ali Stevens)

Persing seeking reelection in Sunbury

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SUNBURY — Sunbury mayor David Persing will seek a second term.  He made the announcement Tuesday.  Persing said he has led the City through three years of no tax increases, decreased crime with the City’s Police force, an increase in City tourism, and the “New City” goal of improved neighborhoods through the resurgence of a much supported Redevelopment Authority. Persing said, “With our city’s strategic plan done, I would like to continue forward with all the positive projects taking place within the city and into our future.” He admits that future budgets will be tough based on out of control pensions and health care.  He said, “We will take one investment, one property, and one…

Time to buy your Girl Scout cookies

SUNBURY — Girl Scouts across the country and here in the Central Susquehanna Valley are busy selling their famous cookies to raise money for their troops. Lura Wasileski is Membership Recruiter for Girl Scouts In The Heart Of Pennsylvania.   She said, “A cookie can help a girl do anything she wants to do. Every cookie has a purpose. The proceeds go directly to support the local troop or the local Girl Scout. The cookie program is actually the longest running fiscal responsibility program for young women in the nation. It helps girls with goal setting, life skills, financial responsibility and merchandising and marketing. All of the things that go into being little entrepreneurs.”  …

Senator Gordner named Labor and Industry Committee chairman

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HARRISBURG – Senator John Gordner (R-27th, Berwick) has been named chairman of the Senate Labor and Industry Committee for the 2013-2014 session of the General Assembly. Gordner said one issue they will be dealing with as a committee is workforce development.   Gordner said, “We still have in different areas, including locally, a high rate of unemployment. We have lots of workforce development programs and we want to make sure they are up to date. Also, we need to make sure that the skills that workers need in order to get the jobs that are out there are in fact, skills that are being offered through these programs.”   Gordner said they will also hold…

Man wanted for hitting police cars surrenders

  SUNBURY – Sunbury police say a West Virginia man wanted for slamming his van into two city police cars in May has turned himself in. Sunbury Police Chief Stephen Mazzeo says 31-year-old Derek Lavoie walked into the Sunbury Police Department yesterday and surrendered.   A warrant was issued for Lavoie in May when he failed to show up in court on several charges. State police say Lavoie’s blood-alcohol was twice the legal limit when he struck the Sunbury police vehicles parked in front of the police station on May 9th. Damages were estimated at more than $20,000. Lavoie is locked up in the Northumberland County Prison. (Ali Stevens)  

New AccuWeather with 2″ to 4″

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  Another nuisance snow is on the way… AccuWeather’s latest forcast:   Today: Mainly cloudy today. High 39. Tonight: Periods of snow tonight, accumulating 2-4 inches, with 1-2 inches north of I-80. inches, before ending tomorrow morning. Low tonight near 30. The rest of tomorrow: clouds giving way to sun. High around 40. Thursday: Brisk with clouds and sun. High 39. Friday: intervals of clouds and sunshine. High 35. Saturday: mostly cloudy and breezy. High 43.

Mother charged in daughter’s death

SUNBURY — A Lewisburg woman will spend up to five years in prison in connection with the death of her young daughter.  29-year-old Heidi Yocum was sentenced Monday in Northumberland County Court. She is accused in the October 2010 incident in Sunbury after leaving her 1-year-old daughter alone in a room for nearly 20 hours.  The girl died of heat exposure after being left in the small room with a heating device. Yocum was not in the home at the time, but Northumberland County President Judge Charles Saylor says that was neglectful.  63-year-old Bertha Dreese was in the home at the time, but also failed to check on the child.  Dreese is facing involuntary manslaughter…