Two Snyder County fires

There were two fires in Snyder County today. SELINSGROVE — A shed went up in flames on the Isle of Que this evening. The 7:25pm blaze destroyed the structure near Pine Street. A car was in the shed at the time. DH & L volunteers responded. Selinsgrove police are investigating. Also today, the American Red Cross said a family of five was displaced by a fire in Middleburg. They assisting the family with housing and other needs. The fire reported on the home on Furnace Road this afternoon.

PSU Updates: Pacino to play Paterno

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PennState Update: Trustees meeting   STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) – PennState trustees are weighing whether to make the university president and the governor nonvoting members of the school’s Board of Trustees. A trustees committee recommended the change Thursday, though the full board needs to give its consent for the change to occur. That may not happen for at least another couple months, as the board studies other potential governance reforms. Making the president and governor nonvoting members were two recommendations made by former Auditor General Jack Wagner in a report last year looking at university governance. It’s also a point in legislation that has been introduced by Rep. Scott Conklin, D-Centre. The size and make-up…

Milton police discover stolen car

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MILTON — State Police in Milton have discovered a stolen vehicle.  According to reports, police were contacted on Wednesday about an abandoned vehicle at the Super 8 motel in Montour County. Upon further investigation, they discovered the vehicle had been reported stolen by Wilkes-Barre Police.  The vehicle is described as a Hertz Rental.  The investigation continues.  (Codi Jade)

Local reverend reviews fracking movie

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UNDATED – A recently released movie may have many celebrities in it, but it is not so much movie magic as real life.  Promised Land was filmed mainly in the Pittsburgh area and tells the story of a fictional gas company who comes to a small Pennsylvania town trying to convince residents to lease their land so the company can drill. Reverend Leah Schade of the United in Christ Lutheran Church in Lewisburg is an environmental advocate who saw the movie and says no matter what side of the fracking issue you are on; the film gives a true look of what took place before drilling even began.  “I saw the film with several ‘fracktivists’…

Shamokin man charged in fatal crash

TREVORTON — A Shamokin man was charged Thursday in a 2012 crash that killed his passenger.  19-year-old Kyle Koontz was arraigned before District Justice John Gembic on charges of homicide by vehicle while driving under the influence. Koontz was the driver in a June 14, 2012 crash that killed his friend, 19-year-old David Dorsett of CoalTownship.  They were traveling westbound on Anthracite   Road, ZerbeTownship, when Koontz lost control of the vehicle.  The car went off the roadway, impacted a ditch and rolled over.  Dorsett was pronounced dead at ShamokinAreaCommunityHospital.  Koontz and two other passengers sustained minor injuries in the crash. Koontz was released on $20,000 unsecured bail.  A preliminary hearing is scheduled for January…

Professor says Obama is not Hitler

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SELINSGROVE — A Susquehanna University professor says history is not repeating itself.  Dr. David Imhoof, whose emphasis is the study of German history, talked about the Nazi references in connection with the United States’ weapons regulations. Imhoof said it is important to learn from the past, but history never truly repeats itself, because every situation is unique.  He said, “We are not Germany in the 1920s and 1930s.  We are much more internationally connected.  We’re a much larger nation.  Our resource base is infinitely larger.  The diversity of our nation is infinitely greater.  There is a million ways in which the United States is radically a different place.” In connection with that, he said comparing the…

Flu season starts earlier than usual

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LEWISBURG – The flu is impacting people all across the country and local health care workers are busy treating flu patients. Katherine Staller is a registered nurse at Evangelical Community Hospital in Lewisburg. She said, “This season started much earlier than in past years. We are probably about three weeks ahead of what we consider the norm.”   She says the influenza strain this year is one of those targeted with the flu shot, so it is recommended that if you haven’t had one to get one as soon as possible. Staller says it’s a common misconception that getting the flu shot will make you sick.   Staller said, “Some people do have that misconception….

Today on Newsradio 1070 WKOK

Today on WKOK: OTM 8:30 am: Open phones, the president’s gun control measures, then guest history professor David Imhoof. MS noon: The presidents proposals to curb gun violence. SJS: The NHL season begins, Steve will talk to Tim Saunders,  the play by play voice of the Phila. Flyers. Shikellamy wrestling tonight 7pm… Shikellamy vs. Shamokin.

Valley man charged with illegal gun sale

  PENNS CREEK – State police have charged a Penns Creek man with stealing a gun, then selling it.  20-year-old Tyler Saylor is charged with theft and receiving stolen property and was arraigned before District Judge Jeffrey Mensch.   Saylor is accused of taking a .22 caliber revolver belonging to a man from the Village of Penns Creek man on Centerville Street.  Saylor then sold the gun for $75.00.  The incident took place sometime Monday night or Tuesday morning.  (Ali Stevens)

Flu brings state health sec to The Valley

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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 DTaP 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)