MVA with injury in Northumberland

NORTHUMBERLAND — A motor vehicle accident is causing a traffic snag in Northumberland County.  The accident is at King Street and Water Street in Northumberland.  County 9-1-1 reports that at least one person has been injured in the accident.  Traffic is expected to be moving slowly in that area. We will update you with more details as they become available. (Codi Jade) Follow

New cardiac rehab center helps many in the Valley

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LEWISBURG – The new cardiac rehabilitation center at Evangelical Community Hospital is serving patients all across the Valley in a number of ways. Vicki Crebs is a registered nurse and coordinator of cardiac rehab at the facility. She says getting certain screenings done such as cholesterol and blood pressure tests can make a big difference.   Crebs said, “That’s why it is sometimes referred to as the silent killer. With heart disease, you often don’t have symptoms when you are building up the plaque in your arteries.”   Crebs explained who is treated at their facility. She said, “They receive patients after some sort of heart event where heart disease is diagnosed. That would include…

Students to dance for funds at THON

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STATE COLLEGE — Penn State University is holding their annual dance marathon this weekend.  The Penn State IFC/Panhellenic Dance Marathon, more commonly referred to as “THON,” is a fundraising event to support children undergoing pediatric cancer treatment. Cat Powers is the PR person for Thon.  She said Saturday night, 15,000 people will fill the Bryce Jordan Center to support Hershey Medical Center’s Four Diamonds Fund.  She explained what the fund is.  “They help pick up where insurance leaves off for these families.  They also support other funds, like if a family needs gas paid for or hotel rooms paid for.  They set them up with social workers therapists and nutritionists.  They also allocate millions of dollars…

Three homes damaged by fire in Mount Carmel

MOUNT CARMEL – Three homes were heavily damaged by fire on Tuesday evening in Mount Carmel. The fire started around 6:20 p.m. at the corner of East Center and North Locust Streets. Homes at 445 , 447 and 449 E. Center Street were heavily damaged.   The blaze took about an hour to bring under control. The fire spread through the attics of the three adjoining structures. Firefighters from Shamokin, Coal Township, Mount Carmel Township, Ashland and Kulpmont assisted at the scene. There were no injuries reported. The investigation continues and the homeowners have not been identified. (Ali Stevens)   Follow

Congressman says State of the Union was “typical rhetoric”

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WILLIAMSPORT – Congressman Tom Marino (R-10th, Cogan Station) is calling out the president following last night’s State of the Union address, saying the speech was “typical rhetoric” with no specifics. Marino said he heard no solutions last night to lower the price of gasoline, create jobs or bring industry back. He said we have a President that wants to change this country, but we have a $17-trillion debt to face. Marino said he has goals to achieve, but believes the President hinders the process.   Marino said, “I will continue working on eliminating job crushing laws that this administration wants to put into effect. It’s trying single-handedly to destroy the coal industry. The administration is…

Today on WKOK

On The Mark 8:30am: Open phones with guest co-host Joe McGranaghan. Then at 9am: Weis dietitian’s Karen Buch and Elizabeth Stark.   Dan Patrick Show 10am: More S-U swimsuit models, Ray Rice.   Michael Smerconish noon: More on the saga of the shooter who shot Bin Laden. State of the Union reaction.   Steve Jones Show 3pm: Team USA’s Kellen Russel on Olympic wrestling and Eric Hackenberg SU standout and Christian Hackenberg’s dad.   News, AccuWeather and sports…5 to 7pm: The latest news, traffic, expanded AccuWeather, Wall Street, Codi Jade anchoring.   Shikellamy Sports 7pm: Shik Basketball at Jersey Shore. Kevin Herr and the chief Dave Richie.   The best of the best, and Hackenberg’s…

Commissioners try to control the public and reports

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  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 citizens and public input. In addition, 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.   Clausi and Bridy also…

Discussing the budget for sewage in Point Township

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  POINT TOWNSHIP – A member of the Point Township Supervisors is concerned about the Northumberland Sewer Authority, saying they have exceeded their budget. Montie Peters expressed his concern at last evening’s meeting about their role in paying for the proposed sewer upgrades for Northumberland and Point Township.   He said, “We have an issue with an entity that is willing to spend $6 or $7 million dollars of our money…without a seat at the table.” He went on to add, “It seems that we are spending up a tremendous amount of money that the area, nor the town can afford.”   The initial plan, which was agreed upon with the Department of Environmental Protection,…

Penn State Update: Trustee doubts Freeh report

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  STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) – Another Penn State trustee is urging a close look at the Paterno family’s critique of a school-sanctioned report by former FBI director Louis Freeh on the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal. Trustee Ryan McCombie says the findings should give pause to “closing the book and moving on” from the scandal.       Follow

Fire damages a home near Beaver Springs

BEAVER SPRINGS — Fire heavily damaged a home in Spring Township, Snyder County Tuesday. The fire was a 3846 Sandhill Road near Beaver Springs and started in the morning. Firefighters were called in from Beaver Springs, Beavertown, and Bannerville. The Daily Item reports the homeowner, Jim Kodlick, was emptying a bucket of hot ash when the wind blew the ashes onto the porch of the home, setting off the fire. Kodlick will stay with family following that fire. (Ali Stevens)       Follow