One expert favors the sequestration cuts

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SELINSGROVE – Don’t be afraid of the U.S. government budget cuts—and sequestration. SusquehannaUniversity economics professor Matt Rousu tells WKOK, the massive budget cuts in Washington, are ‘much ado about nothing’ and they won’t significantly, negatively, affect the economy. He said, “To put this in perspective, the $85-billion, the number I saw, I think its 2.5 percent, that’s how much federal spending is being cut. If you are a working person, you’re discretionary spending has just been cut by more than that.  I don’t see the hysteria on that front, and I think the hysteria that we’re seeing about what will happen if this goes through is completely overblown.”   Professor Rousu said, unfortunately, the $85…

Businesses and individuals honored by Chamber


WATSONTOWN –  Many individuals and businesses were honored by the Central PA Chamber of Commerce Thursday.  The Annual Meeting and Awards Ceremony was held at the Watson Inn. The Small Business of the Year award was given to MePush Incorporated, a technology service and sales company based in Lewisburg.  CEO Conor Quinlan accepted the honor.  He said, “I will say a thank you to the Chamber, they’ve been very helpful to us… Thank you for helping us to be a better business.”   Membership and Marketing Director Bruce Smith announced that the Business of the Year is a “homegrown family business that is playing a large role in the economic growth of this region.”   He…

Northumberland woman convicted of theft


NORTHUMBERLAND — A Northumberland woman may see two years in jail following a theft.  Amy Jenkins was convicted Wednesday of retail theft in Northumberland County Court.  District Attorney Tony Rosini said as a misdemeanor of the second degree, Jenkins could face two years of incarceration and a fine of up to $5,000. Jenkins was convicted of theft from the CVS store in Northumberland.  She was discovered inside the store with over $350 worth of new makeup hidden inside her purse in February of 2012. Rosini said, “retail theft is often considered a minor offense, however, it is truly an offense with affects everyone.  The cost of what we buy every day is higher due to…

Lewisburg Relay for Life trying to collect one million pennies

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UNDATED — A penny a day keeps the cancer away.  That is the motivation for Lewisburg Relay for Life’s one million pennies campaign.  Christy Zelechoski says this year is Lewisburg Relay’s 11th year.  “In eleven years, Lewisburg has collected $1 million for cancer.  Our theme this year is The Amazing Race, and so we thought it would be a cool challenge to put out to the community to collect one million pennies.” Kristen Hendrickson says there will be containers at businesses throughout Lewisburg.  “We will have one-gallon containers and two-quart containers.  Two-quart containers hold about 3,000 pennies, which is $30.  A one-gallon container holds about 6,000 pennies, which is $60.  So, one-million pennies is 770…

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  On The Mark 8:30am: Open phones, then Sunbury mayor David Persing, on an incubator, and the Moran site.   Dan Patrick 10am: To Be Announced.   Michael Smerconish noon: To Be Announced.   WKOK’s Steve Jones Show 3pm: Penn State’s big upset over #4Michigan, also ESPN analyst Dan Dakich. News 5pm to 6pm: Codi Jade anchors the news, AccuWeather and sports.   Nittany Lion Hotline 6pm: Steve Jones talks about PSU’s teams.   The best of the best, and Dakich! On WKOK.   Follow

Judge Feudale takes on PSU case

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  HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – A Northumberland County senior judge has named the special prosecutor to examine whether secrecy rules were violated in relation to the grand jury that investigated Jerry Sandusky and three former PennState administrators currently facing criminal charges.   FormerNorthumberlandCounty Common Pleas court judge Barry Feudale, who is now a senior judge overseeing some of the PennState court dealings, ordered the appointment of attorney James Reeder Feb. 8.   Pennsylvania investigative grand juries often work on more than one matter, and it wasn’t clear from the document whether the possible secrecy violations were related the PennState cases or other cases the same jury examined.   Feudale has recently been trying to sort…

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WAYMART, Pa. (AP) – Flags have been lowered to half-staff and a public viewing is scheduled for a corrections officer fatally stabbed at a federal prison in northeastern Pennsylvania. Authorities say Eric Williams was working in a housing unit when an inmate using a homemade weapon attacked him Tuesday night at the Canaan penitentiary in Waymart, about 20 miles northeast of Scranton. On Wednesday, Gov. Tom Corbett ordered all Pennsylvania flags in the Capitol and at commonwealth facilities in Luzerne County to fly at half-staff in Williams’ honor. A public viewing is scheduled for Friday at Greater Nanticoke Area High School and a funeral is set for Saturday. The FBI is continuing to investigate and…

AccuWeather: Sun on Sunday!

Thursday (Today): Rather cloudy today with snow showers this morning, rain showers this afternoon. High today 45. Tonight: Cloudy and colder with some snow showers tonight. Low 29. Tomorrow: Mostly cloudy with a chilly breeze and a snow shower around. High 42. Saturday: Variably cloudy, brisk and cold with some flurries Saturday. High 39 Sunday: Intervals of clouds and sunshine with a couple of flurries; brisk and cold. High 36. Monday: partly sunny and breezy. High 40.   Follow

Persing: Investment is key


SUNBURY — “Investment is the keyword here,” Mayor David Persing said on Wednesday night.  He outlined his plans for the future, highlighting a goal of 100 new and improved properties in the next nine years. “It took us about two and a half years to get 25, so we might have to up the average per year, but it is not out of the question,” he said.  “I think that is a great goal — 100 new properties by 2022.  Just in time for our anniversary.” During his State of the City Address, Persing excitedly informed us of something new.  “I’m happy to announce tonight the opening of a Keystone Innovation Zone Incubator,” he said….

Gun theft in Danville


DANVILLE — Stricter gun purchasing laws may be coming, but gun theft has always been illegal.  Police are investigating the theft of a shotgun from a Danville home. According to Milton State Police, someone entered a home between February 11 and 23 and stole a Benelli Super Black Eagle II shotgun.  The brown and camouflage gun is valued at $1,600.00.  Anyone with information on the theft should contact MiltonState Police.  (Codi Jade) Follow