Selinsgrove works to combat concussions


SELINSGROVE – Selinsgrove is taking steps to save brains.  The school district is developing a concussion management team to combat the common head injury. Superintendent Chad Cohrs explained the process during the school board meeting Tuesday.  He said, “The Central Susquehanna Intermediate Unit has what is called a “brain steps” program. It’s really a scripted process for districts to follow to help students that have suffered a concussion, so that we can closely monitor both their academic and physical process.” Cohrs said a school nurse and psychologist are being trained to monitor concussions within Selinsgrove School District.  “We’re hoping to actually be able to implement it later this spring,” he said.  “We have the basis…

Arianna Huffington says, “Disconnect”

Irony: Web goddess encourages disconnection   “If we do not learn to disconnect we lose touch with ourselves,” perhaps a surprising remark from Arianna Huffington, Editor in Chief of the Huffington Post, an interactive news platform. While Arianna Huffington did speak to audience members about the drawbacks of technology, she spoke about the benefits too. She spoke at the spring semester’s final installment of Bucknell University’s Tech/No series.   Huffington drew on the fact that we now consume news differently, quoting Rapper Will.I.Am, “We used to consume news sitting on a couch we now share it sitting on a horse.” Huffington drew on the fact that technology has allowed us to interact with our news,…

Salvation Army receives check for efforts


SUNBURY — The check is in.  After all of the hard work, those involved in the Needy Family Fund get to see their efforts in tangible form – a giant check with the numbers $123,400.00 written on it. The radio stations of Sunbury Broadcasting Corporation, The Daily Item, the Salvation Army of Milton and Sunbury and Susquehanna Bank have teamed up throughout the past months to raise money for families in need.  The giant check shows just how much effort everyone put in. Major Robert Carney of the Milton Salvation Army said he is impressed by the generosity of people in The Valley.  He said, “Each year it gets a little more difficult to raise…

Day Reporting Center now operating in Union County

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SUNBURY — One of about ten “Day Reporting Centers” in the state is now operational in Union County. Commissioner Preston Boop was a guest on WKOK’s Tuesday On The Mark program and talked about the purpose of the Day Reporting Center.   Boop said, “It’s an alternative to incarceration and for much lesser crimes and poor decision making. For individuals who need to have some accountability for their actions and very possibly, some training and education. The Day Reporting Center would be a place that they would go to. Show up in the daytime and go home and be with their families in the evening.”   Boop says an assessment would be done on those…

Over $21,000 for Ronald McDonald House


Danville- Food Check-Out Week means many full bellies at Danville’s Ronald McDonald House. Area Farm Bureau chapters helped to raise over 21,000 dollars to stock the Ronald McDonald House’s pantries for nearly the entire year. Senior House Operations Manager Mike Turlis discussed the importance of this partnership. Not only do the donations help to stock the pantry supplies for a year at the Ronald McDonald House, but also it helps to provide meals for the day guest program, which provides breakfast, lunch, and dinner to families that are not staying at the Ronald McDonald house. Food Check-Out Week is part of an effort to examine the affordability of the American Food Supply. Food Check-Out Week…

Three incidents reported this morning

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STONTINGTON      — At Spruce Road and Captain        Bloom Road, an injury accident is reported      after 10:30 this morning.   MANDATA      — Accident on Route 225 at Turkey Valley Road      in LowerMahanoy       Township.  Injuries are reported in that 9:45am wreck.   BLOOMSBURG      — Two structures on fire in Bloomsburg at 304        State Street.       Multiple crews are responding. Follow

Today on Newsradio 1070 WKOK:

  On The Mark 8:30 to 10am: Union County Commissioners on Great Stream Commons, the new Reserve Center, a community garden, the Bi-Centennial, and your questions. Then at 9am, Dr. Lance Kisby, a Geisinger dentist on how we’re killing our kid’s teeth!   Dan Patrick 10am to noon: Breaking down the NBA All-Star game.   Michael Smerconish noon to 3pm: Is it a crime to plant a seed? A man is challenging Monsanto at the US Supreme Court. And words about Downton Abbey.   Steve Jones 3pm to 5pm: The Kevin Herr Rant, and more of Kevin’s words about Danica Patrick. Steve will talk about sports.   News, AccuWeather and Winternet 5 to 6pm: Codi…

AP Business and Entertainment headlines

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The Latest Business News   NEW YORK (AP) – Can the S&P 500 index post an eighth straight week of gains? In addition, can the Dow Jones industrial average reverse course after suffering a second straight weekly loss. On Friday, indexes ended the day more or less, where they started as investors held back ahead of a meeting of global finance ministers and central bankers in Moscow. The Dow edged up 8 points to 13,981, while the Standard & Poor’s 500 edged down 1 1/2 points to 1,519. The NASDAQ composite lost 6 1/2 points.   (Copyright 2012, The Associated Press, All Rights Reserved)   Features & Entertainment   MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) – Guess they…

Six pigs killed in a two-alarm barn fire

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NEW BERLIN – Six pigs were killed in a barn fire last night outside New Berlin. The fire started around 11:30 p.m. at the Saurers Haven Farm along Route 304. Robert Saurers reports hearing a loud “boom” which triggered the fire, and he believes it may have been a furnace malfunction.   The two-alarm fire destroyed the barn and contents, which included hay and other equipment. Audrey Saurers is daughter of Robert Saurers and said, “This is sheer devastation, but we will rebuild.”   They were able to get the steers out of the barn safely, but six pigs were killed. The family says there was an insufficient amount of water available while battling the…

A Millville man was killed in a crash last night


  MILLVILLE – A Millville man is dead after an accident on Route 42 last night in Greenwood Township, Columbia County. State police say 34-year-old Franklin Hays III was traveling north on Route 42 around 9:15 p.m. when he lost control of his pick-up truck and drove off the road. The truck struck a guiderail and the bridge over Little Fishing Creek. The truck went airborne and struck a rock embankment and landed in the creek. Hays was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident, just south of Route 442. He was wearing a seatbelt. (Ali Stevens)   Follow