Sunbury to remove snow overnight

SUNBURY — Sunbury plans to clean some streets overnight.  The city will be removing snow on Market and all metered streets tonight through tomorrow morning.  The public work’s department will begin removing the snow at 11:59p.m. tonight and work through 8:00a.m. tomorrow.  The city is warning residents to move all vehicles from these areas before midnight.  Failure to move cars may result in a ticket or towing.  (Codi Jade) Follow

New game commissioner encourages public comment

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HARRISBURG – A new game commissioner for the Central Susquehanna Valley region was appointed at the end of 2012 and is now encouraging residents to attend public hearings in 2013. Charles Fox of Troy is a graduate of Williamsport High School and Bucknell University and was appointed by Governor Tom Corbett as a Pennsylvania Game Commissioner for District 5, which includes Northumberland, Union, Montour and Columbia Counties.   Fox said, “The cornerstones of my involvement have mostly been with youth programs. I’m state coordinator for the NRA’s Youth Hunter Education Challenge. I also do the Youth Education Summit. When the governor had a Youth Advisory Council, I was one of the mentors. I guess being…

Sunbury to host big billiards tournament

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SUNBURY — Sunbury is gearing up to host a big billiards tournament.  Each year the Fraternal Order of Eagles holds a pool tournament across the state.  This year the nearly 800 shooters will be coming to Sunbury for a second time. Sunbury Eagles No. 503 treasurer Jeremy Frits said, “In 2010 it was here in Sunbury for the first time and we partnered with the city of Sunbury at the Sunbury Community Center.  We were able to fit in more tables than they could anywhere else in the state.  The people around the state really enjoyed the venue here.” The tournament was originally scheduled to be in Littlestown, Adams County, but a scheduling conflict left the…

Chip Kelly is Eagles new head coach

The Philadelphia Eagles will hire Oregon coach Chip Kelly as their new head coach.  The Philadelphia Eagles confirmed their decision to hire Kelly.  This will be his first job as head coach of an NFL team.   “Chip Kelly will be an outstanding head coach for the Eagles,” said owner Jeffrey Lurie in a press release. “He has a brilliant football mind. He motivates his team with his actions as well as his words. He will be a great leader for us and will bring a fresh energetic approach to our team.”   More details to come and tune in to the Steve Jones Show on WKOK from 3-5pm for the latest details.      …

Bicentennial celebration underway in Union County

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LEWISBURG – Those traveling down Market Street in Lewisburg can now see the first Union County Bicentennial Banner, marking the 200th anniversary celebrations taking place in Union County in 2013. Union County Commissioner John Showers says they have been planning for the bicentennial for five years.   Showers said, “There’s been a group of about 22 who have been planning for the bicentennial. The original intent, and we are pretty much sticking to that, is that we are taking existing community events and expanding them by giving them a bicentennial twist.”   Showers says there are about 60 events with the bicentennial officially beginning March 22nd. He gave some of the history surrounding the bicentennial….

Secretary of Health to visit Coal Township flu clinic

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COAL TWP — Pennsylvania’s Acting Secretary of Health will be making a visit to Coal Township Thursday.  Michael Wolf will attend a free flu vaccination clinic for the public at Our Lady of Hope Church.  In addition to the free flu vaccines, the health department will be distributing adult pneumonia and Tdap vaccines to those who are uninsured or underinsured.  The clinic will be open from 4:00p.m.-6:30p.m. at Our Lady of Hope Church along Chestnut Street in Coal Township. (Sara Bartlett)       Follow

Penn St. attacks claims by ex-assistant McQueary

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – Penn State’s lawyers are asking a judge to throw out a whistleblower and defamation lawsuit filed by a former assistant football coach who testified he saw Jerry Sandusky attack a boy in a school shower more than a decade ago. The university made a court filing Tuesday that says Mike McQueary’s lawsuit is too vague and doesn’t meet legal standards to support claims of defamation and misrepresentation.  McQueary is suing the university for millions of dollars, saying the president made him a scapegoat after Sandusky, a retired assistant football coach, was arrested. The school’s lawyers say it’s not enough for McQueary to have been embarrassed or annoyed. The filing says he…

Bloomsburg man charged with rape

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BLOOMSBURG — A Bloomsburg man is in jail after raping a young girl.  The Press Enterprise reports 38-year-old Jeffrey Thomas is accused of having in appropriate relations with a 12-year-old girl at TownPark Village apartments.  Thomas allegedly forced himself on the girl, then forced her to take a shower while warning her not to tell anyone what had happened.  When the girl’s mother arrived home, she took her daughter to the hospital to have a sexual-assault examination.  Thomas is facing charges including rape, sexual assault and indecent assault.  He is in jail on $250,000 bail. (Sara Bartlett)     Follow

Family left homeless after Milton blaze

MILTON — A Milton home was destroyed by fire Tuesday.  Crews were called to 668 Mahoning Street just after 2:00p.m. where they found heavy smoke and fire coming from the home.  The home is owned by Michael and Traci Messinger and they are insured. The Milton Fire Department worked to extinguished the blaze, but all crewmembers were evacuated from the structure when the roof and walls began to cave.  No one in the home was injured.  One firefighter was taken to Evangelical Community Hospital for a minor injury. The investigation into the blaze will continue.  Milton was assisted by White Deer Township, Warrior Run, Montgomery and Hummels Wharf fire crews. (Sara Bartlett)   Follow

About 2 to 4 inches of snow falls overnight

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SUNBURY – About 2 to 4 inches of snow fell overnight in the Central Susquehanna Valley, prompting a delayed opening for most area schools. Several minor accidents have been reported across the region, due to snow covered roads early this morning. PennDOT crews are out in full force plowing and salting area roads.   The snow may turn to sleet and freezing rain this morning according to Accuweather, so motorists are advised to use caution. A winter weather advisory remains in effect through 11 a.m. today. Snow delays and cancellations are posted online at www.wkok.com. (Ali Stevens) Follow