PennDOT to fund transportation study


UNDATED – PennDOT will be conducting a transportation study in six area counties, which include Northumberland, Montour and Columbia Counties.  The aim of the study is to provide options to counties, transit services and the North Central Pennsylvania Public Transportation Taskforce as they look to expand public transportation programs in Central Pennsylvania. There are currently five demand responsive systems in the area, which provide access to daily needs such as medical appointments, senior centers and employment training.  Counties contribute to their fixed route systems and, in many cases, individuals who use the transit program pay a fee.  The study will help make sure these funds are being used cost effectively. Some possible cost-cutting options are…

Minor accidents in the snow


UNDATED — Emergency services across The Valley are preparing for nuisance snow.  Snow has been falling since about 2:30p.m.  911 centers in Northumberland County say they had a two-vehicle accident that backed up traffic for a time near North 7th and Reagan Streets in Sunbury.  The cars slid off the road.  No injuries were reported. Snyder and Union counties have said there are a few minor vehicle accidents, but nothing reportable.  Snow is expected to continue through the evening.  Roads will be slick and caution is advised when driving. (Sara Bartlett)       Follow

Free flu shots in Northumberland County

Flu Season

SUNBURY — As the cold weather continues, so too does the flu.  While there are many places to receive a flu shot across the Valley, one place in Northumberland County is offering the shot for free. NorthumberlandCountyStateHealthCenter, at 247 Pennsylvania Avenue in Sunbury, will be providing free flu shots on Monday.  They will be taking appointments between 3:00 and 7:00p.m. Local doctors have said the flu shot is the best line of defense for influenza.  Dr. Michael Donegan the Medical Director of Emergency Services at EvangelicalCommunityHospital said the more people that are vaccinated; the less flu will be spread around. Dr. Lisa Esolen, System Director, Infection Control for Geisinger Health System said, “It is absolutely not…

Audio Here: Hall of Fame wrestling coach has died


SUNBURY – Pennsylvania Hall of Fame wrestling coach Phil Lockcuff has died at the age of 75. He was known for leading Shikellamy’s wrestling program into an era of wins and statewide dominance. He was also a veteran WKOK broadcaster. Dave Ritchie, Shikellamy graduate and friend said he met Lockcuff when he was 15 as a student. Ritchie said, “I looked up to him as being what I thought a teacher and coach should be. He was not only a coach, but he was a great mentor and someone you could learn a lot from.” Dick Hort, WKOK’s football analyst and longtime friend of Lockcuff, said Lockcuff was dedicated to the Shikellamy School District. Hort…

Today on Newsradio 1070 WKOK

On The Mark 8:30am: The four minute Kaleta confrontation from the Northumberland County Commissioners meeting this week. Open phones…Right to Work and other emails. Dan Patrick 10am: Super Bowl and Pro Bowl previews. Danny Mateo. Michael Smerconish noon: Women in combat, and the Sen. Kerry hearing. Steve Jones Show 3pm: Dan Bohner from CBS Sports, and tony DeFazio of the Pittsburgh Sports Report. And Kevin’s Rant! The best of the best, plus local news, AccuWeather and sports, on Newsradio 1070 WKOK and Follow

Fatal accident in Montour County

Fatal Crash

  DANVILLE — A Danville woman was killed in a vehicle accident in Montour County Thursday night. The 9:30pm accident happened on Route 642 (Liberty Valley Road) in LibertyTownship. State troopers say 29-year-old Tiffany Jo Weaver Robbins died at the scene, according to the Montour County Coroner Scott Lynn.   Troopers say she was traveling east on the road, near Narehood Road, and they don’t know why her car went off the road hit two ditches, and several trees. She was wearing seatbelt. Volunteers from ValleyTownship, LibertyTownship, and Danville assisted state troopers responding to that fatal accident in MontourCounty last night.     Follow

Police nab suspect thanks to WKOK

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  SHAMOKIN DAM — WKOK helped nab a suspect on the run yesterday…A 25-year-old man is in Snyder County Prison after leading Shamokin Dam Police on a chase Thursday afternoon. The WKOK Text Connect Alert was pivotal and capturing the suspect.   Shamokin Dam Police Chief Tim Bremigen says Christopher Biddinger, last known address, Muncy, was the subject of an arrest warrant in NorthumberlandCounty and also was wanted on a state parole warrant.  It is unknown what his warrants are for, but Bremigen says Biddinger would have been considered dangerous, although he was not armed.   Just after 1:00p.m., police were approaching a room at a Shamokin Dam hotel along Routes 11/15 when Biddinger fled…

Another fire at an abandoned building in Shamokin

  SHAMOKIN – Police are investigating after another fire at an abandoned building in Shamokin.  This time a fire was reported at North Shamokin Street and East Shakespeare Avenue around 7:15 p.m.  Fire crews were on the scene for several hours.  The water used to put out the fire quickly froze due to the bitter cold weather.  One crew remains on the scene as a precautionary measure.   This is the second fire at an abandoned building in Shamokin on Thursday.  Early Thursday morning, there was a fire in an abandoned building at the corner of East Sunbury and North Shamokin Streets.  Police were looking for a suspect seen near the building at the time…

Sandusky victim threatens to release abuse documentary


SUNBURY – One of the attorney’s suing Penn State says, they have a ‘big stick’ they are willing to use against the university and the state of Pennsylvania. Attorney for one of the victims, Cliff Rieders of Williamsport, they had to generate some incentive for the university to move forward with negotiations. Rieders said, “All the lawsuits against Penn State and Sandusky are currently stayed, pending a decision by the Attorney General, as to whether she is going to prosecute on behalf of other victims. The good thing of course is that Jerry Sandusky has a very long prison term and he’ll never get out. On the other hand, there are other victims.” Regarding the…

Local anthracite museum featured on Travel Channel


  UNDATED — A portion of Knoebels Amusement Resort was featured on the Travel Channel Thursday night.  The show Mysteries at the Museum looked at Knoebel’s Anthracite Mining Museum.  There were images from the museum and the show’s host looked at a makeshift harness that played a role in a 1960’s dangerous mine rescue in Sheppton, Pennsylvania.  Mysteries at the Museum is on the Travel Channel. (Sara Bartlett)   Follow