Volunteers to help manage rail trail

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LEWISBURG — The Buffalo Valley Rail Trail has some new volunteers.  LARA has created an Adopt-a-Trail program to help maintain and enhance the trail, and eight groups have signed on to help. This year’s volunteers include Cub Scout Pack 3538 and Boy Scout Troop 538, Computer Support Services Inc., Dr. Shawn and Kelly McGlaughlin, Litter Critters, Cub Scout Pack 3509, Don and Nancy Bowman, the Bell-Gustafson and Vollymayre-Lee families, and the Buffalo Creek Watershed Alliance.  They will be in charge of monitoring a specific section of the trail for one year.  The primary duty of the volunteers is to travel the trail and pick up litter and keep the trail surface clear of obstacles. As…

Two in custody following Middleburg homicide

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  MIDDLEBURG – Two people are in custody following a Middleburg homicide.  A Snyder County Prison official confirms Joshua Snook and Jennifer Snook are inmates there. According to WNEP, Joshua Snook is the victim’s grandson.  He is locked up on a state parole violation.  His wife, Jennifer, is charged with “conspiracy to commit criminal homicide” and weapons charges. The District Attorney has said Joshua Snook had an altercation with a man from Sunbury, before he and Jennifer went to his grandparent’s house to get a gun to “kill the man from Sunbury.”  The DA did not say what happened inside the Snook house. Milton State Police say they were called to the incident along Creek…

Degenstein Foundation invests in Marcellus Shale study

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DANVILLE — Geisinger Health System has more fuel for their gas drilling study.  The Degenstein Foundation has invested a $1-million grant to assist in the research of health impacts of Marcellus shale gas drilling. The study is the first large-scale, scientifically rigorous assessment of the health effects of natural gas production.  Jeffrey Apfelbaum is co-trustee of the Degenstein Foundation.  He said, “The foundation board is always in search of innovative funding opportunities that have the potential to better the lives of the residents of the central SusquehannaValley… we are proud to support this important initiative.” The majority of funds from the grant will be used to underwrite growth of the necessary data-gathering infrastructure.   Funds will…

Columbia County turns 200

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BLOOMSBURG — Columbia County will be hosting a big celebration next month.  March marks the county’s 200th birthday. Commissioner Dave Kovach talked about the county’s history.  He said, “Columbia County separated from Northumberland March 22, 1813.  At that point, Columbia County included Montour.  Around 1845, Montour said ‘we want to be our own,’ and then they split off from us.” Kovach said there will be a big celebration starting on March 22, with a reenactment at the courthouse.  Dignitaries from local, state and federal government will be invited to help with the proclamation.  Then Saturday, the celebration continues with a 5K race and parade. Kovach said, “We’re inviting every group in Columbia County that has…

Hanger looks to unseat Corbett

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SUNBURY — It looks like Governor Corbett has some competition.  Democrat John Hanger is planning to run for Governor in the next primary.  Hanger is a former Secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection.  His campaign stresses the four “E’s”:  Education, Economy, Energy, and Environment. In a quick overview of some of the issues he supports, Hanger said, “I support a drilling tax.  I oppose gas drilling on state parks.  I support taking the $4-billion per year from the federal government, it’s your tax money that’s going down to D.C., I would bring it back so that it could be spent on local hospitals.  I support doing something about our bridges and roads.  I…

Outstanding warrant sends Lewisburg man to jail

LEWISBURG — A Lewisburg man with a warrant in New York City is now in jail.  Milton State Police say they observed 46-year-old Francisco Nieves going into a Kelly Township store just after 11:00p.m. Saturday.  Police knew Nieves faced an outstanding warrant from New York City Police Department.  Nieves was taken into custody and is in Union County Prison. (Sara Bartlett)

One dead, one injured in Middleburg incident

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MIDDLEBURG — Police say they are investigating an active homicide in Middleburg. Selinsgrove State Police were called to 1542 Creek Road in Beaver Township, Snyder County around 4:00 Sunday morning. 71-year-old Bonnie Jean Snook was pronounced dead.  Her husband Dale Snook is in serious condition at Geisinger Medical Center. Milton State Police trooper Matt Burrows tells us they did take a person of interest into custody and that person is being held in Snyder County Prison on a state parole violation. More information is expected to be released soon. (Sara Bartlett)  

Knife point hold-up in Snyder County

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RICHFIELD – Police are investigating an armed robbery in Richfield.  Selinsgrove State Police say two men entered a convenience store in West Perry Township, Snyder County around 10:30p.m. Sunday.  Both men climbed over the counter.  One man grabbed a store employee, holding her at knife point.  The other man removed a cash box from the register.  Both men then fled the scene on foot.  There were no injuries reported.  The only description of the suspects is two white males.  The investigation is continuing. (Sara Bartlett)          

Fire damages a home in Upper August Township

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  SUNBURY — A fire in the Sunbury area heavily damaged a home and left several people homeless. The 1:30pm blaze was reported along Red Fox Lane in Upper Augusta Township, Northumberland County. Fire fighter’s efforts were hampered by high winds. No injuries were reported and at 4pm, numerous pieces of apparatus were still on the scene. More information on that Sunbury area fire should be out later today.   Additionally, there was a damaging fire in Sunbury Saturday night, and the Red Cross is assisting one person left homeless by a fire this weekend in Mt. Carmel. That fire Saturday in the 400 block of E. Centre Street in Mt. Carmel, Northumberland County, was…

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STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) – Student organizers of the annual Penn State dance marathon say they’ve raised $12.37 million for pediatric cancer research and care, shattering last year’s record by nearly $1.7 million. The IFC/Panhellenic Dance Marathon is billed as the largest student-run philanthropy in the world. Students have now raised more than $100 million for the Four Diamonds Fund at Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital since 1977. The event, commonly known as THON, requires more than 700 participants to stand on their feet for 46 hours, supported by thousands of volunteers. Pediatric cancer patients and their families also attend the event that takes over the Jordan Center basketball arena. The festivities ended 4 p.m….