Bloomsburg gets flood protection help

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BLOOMSBURG — Columbia County is getting some help with flood protection.  The Economic Development Administration is giving the county a $15-million grant to build a flood wall. The EDA made the announcement on Wednesday.  The money will be used to build control systems that will help protect vital business infrastructure in Bloomsburg from flooding.  The area was impacted by flooding as a result of Tropical Storm Lee in 2011. U.S. Senator Pat Toomey said, “I am so glad the U.S. Economic Development Administration has decided to fund this important project.  This grant will go a long way toward keeping jobs in Pennsylvania and protecting the citizens of Columbia County.” Toomey, Senator Bob Casey and Rep….

Stabbing victim’s condition improves

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MIDDLEBURG – A Middleburg man stabbed by his grandson has been upgraded to fair condition at Geisinger Medical Center.  Dale Snook sustained injuries to his arm and was taken to the hospital in serious condition early Sunday morning.  Meanwhile, his grandson, Joshua Snook remains locked up in Snyder County Prison on a parole violation. Police say Joshua Snook and his wife Jennifer Snook were involved in the incident along Creek Road where Dale Snook’s wife Bonnie Snook was stabbed to death.  Joshua Snook is expected to face more charges according to Snyder County District Attorney Michael Piecuch.  Jennifer Snook faces burglary and theft charges and has a preliminary hearing Thursday morning. (Sara Bartlett)

Lottery rejection a bad move say officials

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UNDATED – Governor Tom Corbett’s administration has returned a $50 million security deposit to a British firm that had submitted the only bid to manage the Pennsylvania Lottery before Attorney General Kathleen Kane rejected the contract as illegal. According to Department of Revenue Secretary Dan Meuser, Corbett disagrees with Kane’s conclusion.  “Of course we believe it to be constitutional and legal and we have six or seven years of legal opinion before this administration on our side.  We are trying to do something new, different and creative and not just tax and spend.  We are trying to bring a public-private partnership into this for the benefit of all Pennsylvanians. Meuser says they were never interested in selling…

Millersburg woman dies following crash

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MILLERSBURG — A Millersburg woman died after a head-on crash on Route 147 in Dauphin County Tuesday morning. According to The Daily Item, 70-year-old Lorena Lemons’ SUV collided with a pickup truck around 11:30a.m. Tuesday.  She later died at the Harrisburg Hospital. Lykens State Police said the driver of the pickup truck was 30-year-old Justin Wallace of Millersburg.  He was taken to Hershey Medical Center for treatment.  The cause of the crash is unknown.  The investigation continues.  (Codi Jade)

Geisinger doctor investigating Army suicides

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DANVILLE – A look into Army suicides shows increasing numbers.  Dr. Joseph Boscarino is a senior investigator with Geisinger’s center for Health Research and analyzes the psychological health of former soldiers, including a focus on post-traumatic stress disorder. “PTSD is hard to diagnose; it gets misdiagnosed, underdiagnosed and over diagnosed.  It is associated with military suicides, but there seem to be other factors as well, including financial problems, personality issues and other things not necessarily linked to military service.” Boscarino says a current study is underway that will delve further into veterans’ suicide.  “We are doing a comparative analysis with groups of patients that are veterans discharged from our trauma center and patients in our…

Sunbury looks to honor more veterans

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SUNBURY — The city of Sunbury is looking to honor local veterans again this year.  The 2013 Hometown Veterans Banner Program has begun, and Sunbury Revitalization Incorporated is looking to hang more banners than ever. Meghan Beck is president of SRI.  She explained the importance of these high flying banners across the city. “It’s a really heartwarming program where individuals get to honor their families and share the pride that they have of their family members in the city.  Although, there are also many banners that are sponsored by corporations in the city or other non-profit groups,” she said. Jess Runkle is the Elm Street Manager.  She explained how you can get involved.  “We need you…

Expanded cardiovascular care available at Evangelical Community Hospital

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LEWISBURG – Many residents may not even know about the expanded cardiovascular care that is available at Evangelical Community Hospital in Lewisburg. Now that the hospital has expanded their cardiovascular services at the Donehower-Eisenhauer Pavilion, they have doubled the amount of patients they are able to help with cardiac care. Janele McKeta is Director of the Cardiac Catheterization Team and explained some of the things they are able to do to help patients with a blockage.   McKeta said, “A balloon that expands. It doesn’t use air like a normal balloon, but uses a mixture of water and a contrast so we can see it under X-ray and we can expand the blockage. If that…

Pat Toomey’s staff hosts a casework day in Mifflinburg

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— U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa., announced that his staff will hold a casework day from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday at state Rep. Fred Keller’s office in Mifflinburg.   During the casework day, Sen. Toomey’s staff will be available to help constituents who are experiencing difficulties with federal agencies. Constituents are encouraged to bring relevant documents they have received.   Steve Kelly, Sen. Toomey’s central Pennsylvania regional manager, will be on hand to help area residents. Keller’s office is located in Suite 1, at 343 Chestnut St., Mifflinburg.  

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Middleburg area stabbing details emerge

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    MIDDLEBURG – A Middleburg man and his wife are facing multiple charges after a homicide in Middleburg.  According to the police affidavit, Joshua Snook, grandson of 71-year-old Bonnie Snook, stabbed his grandmother in the neck at her home along Creek Road in Middleburg around 4:00a.m. Sunday.   The police report states that Joshua Snook and his wife, Jennifer Snook, were at a bar with a friend in Northumberland, when a fight broke out between the friend and Joshua.  Police say the couple left the bar and went to get a gun at Joshua Snook’s grandparent’s home.  Jennifer Snook reportedly waited in the car while Joshua Snook went inside and grabbed a 9-millimeter handgun….