Shikellamy to reap benefits of bonds


SUNBURY — The Shikellamy School District will be getting some money, thanks to some outstanding bonds.  The bond series from 2008 had a 5-year call period, so the school board decided to go ahead and recall the bonds on Tuesday. David Sinopoli is the Business Manager of the Shikellamy School Board.  He said, “Interest rates looked good when we decided to look at this a few months ago.  We had the bond sale today, and savings were approximately $850,000.  It worked out to the district’s advantage to recall those bonds and replace them with the series of 2013.” Sinopoli said there were a number of things the district could do with the $850,000 in savings….

Casey joins Toomey on Senate Finance committee


HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – U.S. Sen. Bob Casey is joining his Pennsylvania colleague Pat Toomey on the Senate Finance Committee.  Casey said Tuesday that he has been appointed to the panel that oversees taxation, trade and certain health programs. Toomey, a Republican, was appointed in January.  Casey, a Democrat, says the assignment will give him a voice in shaping tax and trade policies, ensuring that Medicare works for current and future beneficiaries and ensuring that children have affordable health care. He will continue to serve on the Foreign Relations Committee, the Health Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, the Special Committee on Aging and the Joint Economic Committee.  Casey previously served as Pennsylvania’s elected auditor general…

New rules at public meeting


SUNBURY — Following a rowdy commissioner meeting in January where the police were called during the public comment portion of the meeting, a motion was passed pertaining to rules for conduct at Northumberland County public meetings. On a one page document, nine rules were outlined that pertain to public meetings, including a two minute time limit for citizen’s and public input.  Also, you may not comment if it is “scandalous, slanderous, profane, obscene, vulgar or threatening.” Another rule states that all comments must be addressed to the chairperson and no others without the chairperson’s approval.  Commissioners Stephen Bridy and Vinny Clausi voted in favor of the nine rules.  Commissoner Shoch stated his concern about a…

Fatal hit and run in Centre County


BENNER TOWNSHIP — State police are searching for the driver in a fatal hit and run in Centre County.  According to reports, 32-year-old Sherry R. Houtz of Bellefonte was struck and killed by an unknown vehicle on Interstate 99 southboud near mile marker 73.  The accident happened around 4:00a.m. Tuesday morning. The investigation continues. There is no information on the make and model of the vehicle involved.  Police believe it could have damage to the passenger side from the front corner to the back.  Police are asking anyone who may have been traveling on I-99 between 3:30a.m. and 4:03a.m. to contact the police station at 814-355-7545.  (Codi Jade) Follow

Front Street partially blocked

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Front Street in Sunbury is partially blocked by an accident between Chestnut Street and Walnut Street. Traffic is very slow. Avoid that area if you can. Follow

Accident blocks Sunbury traffic


SUNBURY — A two-vehicle accident was blocking traffic on Route 147 in Sunbury.  Front Street between Walnut and Chestnut streets was being detoured onto Route 61 and Second Street.  PennDOT reports that both lanes have reopened around 3:15 today. According to Northumberland County 9-1-1, the accident involved a car and a tractor-trailer.  One person was injured in the accident.  We will update you with more details on that accident as they become available. (Codi Jade)   Follow

Milton man charged with arson

MILTON – A Milton man is locked up in the Northumberland County Prison charged with arson. Police say 31-year-old Gary Shemory set fire to a shed in the borough on Friday night. Police say they followed Shemory’s footsteps in the snow. Charges against Shemory were filed in District Court. (Ali Stevens) Follow

Sheetz wins title of favorite Pennsylvania Convenience Store


UNDATED — Harper Polling has completed a survey of Pennsylvania’s favorite convenience store and the winner was Sheetz, grabbing 51 percent of the vote. The next closest store was Wawa with 26 percent of the vote, followed by 7-Eleven, Rutters and Turkey Hill. The survey was features this week in the New York Times, where reporter Trip Gabriel visited the Sheetz location in Selinsgrove. Those choosing Sheetz as their favorite say the touch screen ordering system and the freshly prepared food are their reasons for stopping at Sheetz. The Sheetz chain began on a dairy darm in Altoona in 1952. It took them more than 10 years for the Sheetz brothers to open their second…

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Riverfront wall damage to be repaired in Sunbury

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  SUNBURY – Sunbury City Council has voted to draw up plans to fix a section of the flood wall that was damaged during Tropical Storm Lee in 2011. Sunbury Mayor David Persing explained.   He said, “Council decided to get moving on part of the riverfront project, which is left over from the main project and addresses flood control. There is a section of the flood control, on the river side, that needs repaired. We have some holes in it right now. It’s been worsened by the high water we have had in the last year. We have some money left over from the original project. We are going to get everyone involved including…