Sue Paterno’s letter to Penn Stater’s

The following is a letter to Penn Stater’s from Sue Paterno. Letter Credit: Photo Dear Lettermen, For the past fourteen months I have refrained from commenting publicly about the Jerry Sandusky scandal and the related actions by the Board of Trustees, Louis Freeh, the President of Penn State and the NCAA. There have been many times, of course, when I wanted to speak out, but I needed time to deal with the loss of Joe and I believed also that this was a situation that demanded careful, thoughtful, objective analysis. The last thing Joe would have wanted is for me to become just one more voice making claims and assertions that were unsupported…

Saturday’s AccuWeather forecast: Cold but sunny


Today: Mostly sunny, breezy and colder today. High 32. Tonight: a starry night. Low 10. Tomorrow: Partly sunny and not as cold tomorrow. High 38. Monday: rain and freezing rain in the morning, there could be some ice spots on roadways and sidewalks; otherwise, cloudy. High 43. Tuesday: partly sunny. High 41. Wednesday: mostly cloudy skies. High 39. Follow

Ice coats Valley, 100 lose power


  UNDATED — The Valley got a coating of snow and ice but not too many problems are reported today. Some schools dismissed early Friday to avoid the snow only to find the precipatation didn’t begin until after the normal school day. There were some minor mishaps in The Valley during the afternoon commute, and last evening, but no major problems were reported.   There are a few WinterNet announcements today posted, along with the full AccuWeather forecast, at PPL reports about 100 outages in the Catawissa and Berwick areas of Columbia County. PennDOT is reporting all roads are open. We have no road closures reported to WKOK.   Follow

PA ACLU director coming to the Valley


PA ACLU director coming to the Valley   NORTHUMBERLAND — The Executive Director of the ACLU of Pennsylvania will be making an appearance in the Valley this month. Reggie Shuford will be the keynote speaker at the Central Susquehanna ACLU Dinner on Sunday, February 17 at the Front Street Station.   Shuford will be discussing his views on “Overincarceration and Criminal Justice Reform.” He said there is a problem when the United States has 5% of the world’s population, but 25% of the world’s prison population. He believes there are two reasons for this strange statistic.   Shuford said, “The first is the growth of the private prison industry. It’s a money making proposition really….

Turf decision lays ahead for Shik board

Members of Shikellamy School District board gathered Thursday to discuss a change in agenda.

  SUNBURY — The Shikellamy School Board is discussing the possibility of replacing Shikellamy High School’s football field with a turf field. Several high schools locally, who place athletics as a high priority. The issue was raised after complaints about the field’s grass quality. Consultants from Penn State are expected to assess the field in the next few weeks to determine the best course of action.   The issue was raised at the Shikellamy School Board’s meeting about cost of the field. The board noted that any cost would not fit into this year’s budget and a full assessment would need to be done considering both the cost of installing the field and its maintenance…

Trevorton man charged with hit and run


  TREVORTON – A Trevorton man is facing a number of traffic violations for a hit and run accident on Friday evening. State police say 18-year-old Michael Lorenz was traveling west on Coal Street in Trevorton when he struck a parked pickup truck.   Lorenz fled the scene of the accident and was tracked down later that night. Troopers say the road was snow covered at the time of the accident around 5:45 p.m. Lorenz was not injured. (Ali Stevens) Bucknell student charged with assaulting hospital staff     Follow

Drunk teen wreaks havoc at Evan

Drunk teen wreaks havoc at Evan   LEWISBURG – A 19-year-old is facing charges after state police say he assaulted a security guard and an emergency room nurse at Evangelical Community Hospital. 19-year-old Nicholas McCormick of Virginia is accused of biting and choking the security guard and kicking the nurse in the jaw.   The student from Virginia is now charged with aggravated and simple assault, disorderly conduct, public drunkenness, and underage drinking. The incident took place in mid-January in the emergency room at Evan. (Ali Stevens)           Follow

Lewisburg mom gets no mercy from judge

  SUNBURY — A Lewisburg woman will get no mercy from a Northumberland County judge.  Judge Charles H. Saylor decided he will not lesson the sentence of the mother that left her infant home alone for hours in a hot room, resulting in the child’s death.   On Thursday, Saylor issued an order outlining his decision to uphold the 12 to 60 year state prison term he gave 30-year-old Heidi S. Yocum in January.  Yocum pled guilty to misdemeanor endangering the welfare of children for the death of her 1-year-old daughter, Aneela Loner.   The infant died from hyperthermia in October 2010.  In his statement, Saylor said, “The consequences of (Yocum’s) failure to follow any…

Tough decision ahead for Shik board

  SUNBURY – In light of expected enrollment increases, the Shikellamy School District is exploring options to open a new Middle School. The physical site of the school prompted discussion at last night’s school board work session. Superintendent Pat Kelley summarized the options being considered noting the C.W. Rice building, Sunbury Middle School and Chief Shikellamy Elementary School as possibilities. While Kelley could not provide a timeline for when the project will be put in place, the school board members noted they are still in talks with architects.   Hunt Associates, an engineering, architecture and land surveying company, advised board members on potential sites that could accommodate the Shikellamy School District’s expanding size. The options…

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    STROUDSBURG, Pa. (AP) – It’s snowing heavily in parts of eastern Pennsylvania. The National Weather Service now expects the Poconos to get 8 to 10 inches of snow, with lower accumulations elsewhere in Pennsylvania. Philadelphia can expect 1-2 inches. PennDOT has been treating major roads with brine. No road closures have been reported. Airports canceled flights, hundreds of Pennsylvania schools dismissed early, and all sorts of Friday-night events are postponed due to the storm.   HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – Attorney General Kathleen Kane’s office has more time to consider a contract that Gov. Tom Corbett’s administration signed with British firm Camelot Global Services to take over management the $3.5 billion Pennsylvania Lottery. Kane’s…