Greater Susquehanna Valley United Way holds annual meeting

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LEWISBURG — The Greater Susquehanna Valley United Way said thank you to their many supporters Tuesday at their annual meeting.  Honors were given out to an area company and local residents.  President and CEO of the Greater Susquehanna Valley United Way Keri Albright announces the business of the year. “This business has consistently supported United Way as well as many other organizations in The Valley.  It is with great honor that we announced the 2012 business of the year to Bingaman & Son Lumber.” The Kreamer company’s Human Resources Director Mike Worrell says they were surprised by the honor.  He says the company has been working with the United Way for at least 10 years. …

Heated commissioner meeting in Northumberland County

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SUNBURY — It was a rowdy Northumberland County commissioner public meeting Tuesday and this time the police were called.  During the public comment portion of the meeting, Dave Kaleta of Shamokin was given two minutes to give comments. After two minutes, Clausi pounded the gavel and told Kaleta to sit down.  Kaleta refused and kept talking.  Clausi warned Kaleta to sit down, but eventually called a security guard to escort Kaleta from the meeting room.  Kaleta again refused to sit down or leave and the guard told Kaleta he would have to call the police. It’s not clear if the police responded. Last year, Kaleta filed suit against the county after he claims to have received…

Shoch accused of using county money for consulting

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SUNBURY — Northumberland County Commissioner Vinny Clausi is alleging a fellow commissioner of misuse of funds.  At Tuesday’s commissioner’s meeting, Clausi says Commissioner Rick Shoch used county money for consulting and needs to pay that money back. Clausi said Shoch owed $420 for consulting with attorney Mike Apfelbaum regarding the Boris and Jones lawsuit. Clausi said Shoch cannot spend county money without asking and could have gotten the information he wanted from the county solicitor for free. Shoch responded saying he has a right as a commissioner to request depositions of attorneys an will not be paying the $420 bill. He added that Commissioner Clausi has done the exact same thing many times. He also…

Meteorologist says cold temps not unusual

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SUNBURY — As temperatures are hanging in the teens, it may be hard to remember the last time it felt this cold.  Although, AccuWeather Chief Meteorologist Dave Bowers said it really is not very unusual. “It is really not that atypical to have weather this cold in the middle of January.  We are at the coldest time period of the year.  It’s not record cold, the records are much lower than this.  As a matter of fact, the record for today’s date is negative 26, back in 1994.” Bowers said the wind is the real culprit.  “Wind-chill factors are in the minus 10, minus 20 degree range.  This very cold weather pattern will persist right…

Campus shooting in Texas

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*Update:  US official: 1 in custody in Houston shooting, possible 2nd gunman sought; multiple injuries.* HOUSTON (AP) – A college campus in Texas is on lockdown amid reports of a shooter on campus.  Lone Star College System issued an alert on its website Tuesday telling students and faculty on its Houston-area campus in north Harris County to take immediate shelter or avoid the campus. Spokesman Jed Young says there are reports of a shooter.  Aerial footage from local television stations shows emergency personnel attending to some people on stretchers and at least one is being taken into an ambulance. Others can be seen running from a building led by officers.  The Harris County Sheriff’s Office says…

Economics PA announces award recipient

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SELINSGROVE – Each year, Economics Pennsylvania, based in Selinsgrove, presents their Adam Smith Leadership Award to someone who helps students learn valuable lessons about economics and entrepreneurship. This year’s award recipient was announced today by the President and CEO of Economics PA, Fritz Heinemann.   He said, “We chose Skip Wieder, who is so well-known in our community. He has given just so generously of his time and efforts and resources when he was with Geisinger and now doing almost full-time public service volunteer work. Skip will be our honoree this year.” Previous winners include former state representative Merle Phillips and current Senator John Gordner (R-27th, Berwick).   Wieder will be honored at a luncheon…

American Legion supports Evangelical Hospice

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LEWISBURG – American Legion Post 957 of New Berlin has given Evangelical Community Hospital a check for $11,754 to support the Evangelical Hospice program. Evangelical Hospice was selected as a recipient of the Legion’s support because of what Hospice does in the community to care for families and friends of loved ones receiving end-of-life care.   Volunteers with Evangelical Hospice visit with patients and families, provide bereavement services and assist in the Hospice office. For more information about the Hospice program or to become a volunteer, you can call 522-2550.   Follow

40th year for Daffodil Days for ACS

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  SELINSGROVE – This is the 40th year that the American Cancer Society is selling daffodils and stuffed bears as part of their annual “Daffodil Days” fundraiser. Kim Kalinyak is from the American Cancer Society office in Selinsgrove.   She said, “It’s basically a symbol of hope. It’s our spring fundraiser. And it’s kind of symbolizing the roll from winter into spring and symbolizing the hope for ending cancer. That is what we are fighting for.”   Kalinyak says there are different ways to purchase daffodils and this year’s bear, “The Ray of Hope” bear. She said, “The bunches start anywhere from $10 and then if you would like to buy a bear, it goes…

Six vehicle crash closes Interstate 80

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LEWISBURG — A six vehicle crash on Interstate 80 eastbound in White Deer Township shut down the highway for about three hours yesterday. State police say the accident took place around 3:30 p.m. at mile marker 207. Trooper say a truck driver from Ottawa, Kansas was driving too fast in the snow and the rig jackknifed, causing several other vehicles to crash.   No injuries were reported. Three tractor-trailers and three other vehicles were involved in the pileup. No local drivers were involved. Both lanes of Interstate 80 eastbound were closed for cleanup. (Ali Stevens)   Follow

Luzerne County man busted for drugs in Danville

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DANVILLE — A Luzerne County man was arrested Saturday in Danville for possession of crack, heroin and prescription pills. The Press Enterprise reports 31-year-old Jason Riegel of Edwardsville had 29 packets and two baggies of heroin along with some crack cocaine and prescription drugs and $1,496 in cash when his car was stopped along Woodbine Lane.   The car was impounded and Riegel was charged with felony possession with intent to deliver and several other counts. He was jailed in the Montour County Prison on $50,000 bail. (Ali Stevens)   Follow