Audio Here: Mystery disease hits fish in Susquehanna River

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Listen to Sara Bartlett’s full interview with the Fish and Boat Commission here:   UNDATED – A mystery disease is causing sickness in the Susquehanna River’s smallmouth bass.  John Arway, Executive Director of the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission, says the certainty is the fish are sick.  The uncertainty is why they are sick. “It is kind of like when you go to the doctor’s office because you know you are sick, but you don’t know why.  In this case the DEP is the doctor and we are taking the sick river to them trying to figure out the sources and causes for the sickness.  We are asking DEP to put the river on the list of…

Audio Here: 1/22 Northumberland County Commissioner’s meeting

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The Northumberland County Commissioners met Tuesday.  Listen to the meeting here: Part 1: Part 2:    

Panetta opens combat roles to women

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WASHINGTON (AP) – Senior defense officials say Pentagon chief Leon Panetta is removing the military’s ban on women serving in combat, opening hundreds of thousands of front-line positions and potentially elite commando jobs after more than a decade at war.  The groundbreaking move recommended by the Joint Chiefs of Staff overturns a 1994 rule banning women from being assigned to smaller ground combat units. Panetta’s decision gives the military services until January 2016 to seek special exceptions if they believe any positions must remain closed to women.    

AccuWeather forecast: Nuisance snow Friday

Tonight: Mostly cloudy and bitterly cold tonight. Low 7. Tomorrow: Clouds giving way to some sun tomorrow, brisk and quite cold. High 22. Tomorrow night: Partly cloudy and frigid tomorrow night. Low 4. Friday: very cold and turning cloudy with some snow in the afternoon and evening, accumulating 1-2 inches. High 21. Saturday: breezy and quite cold with periods of clouds and sunshine. High 22. Sunday: intervals of clouds and sun; not as cold in the afternoon. High 30.

Man injured when car hits garbage truck

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MILTON — A Mifflinburg man suffered major injuries when his vehicle hit a garbage truck.  According to State Police in Milton, 38-year-old Lennie Boop was traveling east on Buffalo Road in West Buffalo Township around 8:20a.m. Wednesday morning.  A garbage truck, owned by Waste Management of Central PA, was stopped on the road for garbage pickup.  Boop struck the back of the garbage truck. Police say 57-year-old Kenneth Zweizig was at the rear of the truck collecting garbage when he saw Boop coming and ran out of the way to avoid being struck.  Boop suffered a major head injury.  He had to be taken to GeisingerMedicalCenter by Life Flight.  We will update you on his status…

Evan Children’s Health Fair this weekend

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SELINSGROVE — There is a healthy event coming up this weekend for children.  Evangelical Community Hospital’s 24th Annual Children’s Health Fair promises activities for fun and learning.  Deana Carson, Community Health Instructor at Evan, explained what the kids can look forward to at the Susquehanna Valley Mall. She said, “We have activities for children ages 2 to 10.  Every child who registers can get a free T-shirt.  There’s going to be about 65 to 70 area agencies all throughout the mall, so kids can come and have a great time and learn lots of healthy information.” Carson said this year is full of unique and exciting events for kids. “Our special guest is Clifford the Big…

Commissioner responds to accusations of misusing county money

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SUNBURY — Northumberland County Commissioner Rick Shoch is responding to accusations by fellow commissioner Vinny Clausi that Shoch misused county money for consulting. On Tuesday, Clausi said Shoch owed the county $420 for consulting with attorney Mike Apfelbaum regarding the Boris and Jones Lawsuit.   Shoch said he has a right as a commissioner to look into matters involving litigation that we are involved in. He said, “That particular litigation is being handled by attorneys other than our solicitors. I often will ask solicitors for the matters that they are handling for information. In this case, it was an outside attorney who was handling it. Basically I contacted attorney Apfelbaum and asked him to make…

Two-minute rule triggers argument in Northumberland County

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SUNBURY — A rule limiting public comment to two minutes at Northumberland County commissioner meetings triggered an argument yesterday, which resulted in the police being contacted, but two commissioners feel the rule is needed to maintain order.   When Dave Kaleta of Shamokin tried to question Commissioner Vinny Clausi about whether he was involved in illegal activities, Clausi pounded the gavel and told him to sit down, saying he had been given his two minutes to speak. Kaleta still refused the leave, even when confronted by a guard and Sunbury police were called.   WKOK asked Commissioner Stephen Bridy his opinion on the 2-minute rule after the meeting. Bridy said, “Vinny Clausi is the chairman…

Sunbury resident admits to his role in a deadly crash

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SUNBURY — A Sunbury teen has pleaded guilty to felony charges of homicide by vehicle in a deadly crash that killed 16-year-old Travis Tillet of Northumberland. Justin Miller was in Union County Court on Tuesday and admitted causing the September 14th crash on Route 304 near New Berlin.   Tillett was thrown from the vehicle and died the next day. Two other passengers from Shikellamy High School, 19-year-olds Robert Coleman and Samuel Mull, both suffered serious injuries.   The students were traveling to Sun Area Technical Institute in New Berlin. Miller is accused of driving 89 miles per hour in a 55 mile per hour zone when he tried to pass another motorist in a…

Very busy day here at WKOK

Today on WKOK: On The Mark 8:30am: Open phones, then 9am co-host Ben Reichley interviews SU prof Matt Rousu on Right to Work, and the economic impact of new gun restrictions. Dan Patrick Show 10am: Howie Long, Terry Francona, and Tim Brown. Michael Smerconish Show noon: Is Joe Biden getting ready to run for president? Steve Jones Show 3pm: Ron Cook of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, and Aaron Carter of the Centre Daily Times Updated state and local news 5pm to 7pm: Codi Jade and Sara Bartlett anchoring. Shikellamy Sports 7pm: Shik boy’s basketball with Kevin Herr and Dave Ritchie. The best of the best, and Reichley, Rousu, Long, Francona, Brown, Cook, Carter, Jade, Bartlett, Herr, and…