VIDEO HERE: Special Olympics focus on training, competition and fun

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Watch more from the Special Olympics here: SHAMOKIN DAM – Special Olympics of Northumberland and Snyder Counties is looking for both athletes and volunteers for their spring sports.  Paul Bettendorf of Lewisburg is a Special Olympics athlete and a Global Messenger.  “A Global Messenger is when you try to get more athletes and volunteers to help Special Olympics.” Arden Miller is the Volunteer Public Relations Coordinator for the Special Olympics and says their mission continues to be able to provide athletes with sports training and competition. “School districts do a good job of trying to keep you physically fit, but it is very hard to be on a sports team.  Here you are on a…

Bridy says destroying meeting minute tapes is best practice

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SUNBURY – A vote Tuesday at the Northumberland County Commissioners meeting made it official that all tapes of public meeting from that day forward would be destroyed, following the adoption of the minutes at the following meeting.  Commissioner Stephen Bridy say this is the best practice when it comes to the issue. “I had called two solicitor friends of mine and they said without a doubt, tapes should be destroyed after meeting minutes were approved because it opens up the county to litigation.  If one of us were to misspeak about a personnel issue or somebody that is on maternity leave even, that could open us up to litigation.” Bridy says though that there is…

VIDEO HERE: EconomicsPA awards generous Valley resident

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Watch Skip Wieder’s speech here: SELINSGROVE – It was an awards luncheon you wouldn’t want to skip.  The Adam Smith Leadership Award was presented to Skip Wieder today at the Susquehanna Valley Country Club. Member of EconomicsPennsylvania and President of Sunbury Broadcasting Corporation, Roger S. Haddon, Jr., talked about his first encounter with Wieder at a United Way meeting in the ’90s.  He said, “There was one individual who just seemed more concerned about how we were going to make the community a better place to live.  So, I leaned over to the guy next to me and asked who the guy was.  He said ‘that’s Skip Wieder’… It was right then and there that…

Childhood obesity can’t be solved by schools alone

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SUNBURY — As childhood obesity is a growing concern across the nation, there is a lot of pressure on school districts.  Kevin Oswald, food service director for Selinsgrove and Lewisburg school districts, says the pressure is unfair.   “There’s 365 days in a year.  Students are actually in school for like 173 days,” he said.  “So if a student eats lunch every day for 173 days, what is a student eating when they’re not in school?  We don’t have control over that.  So, to blame school for obesity, I really don’t think that’s fair.”   Oswald said the government has been trying to implement new guidelines to solve childhood obesity, but the students do not…

Audio Here: Mayor pleased with new police chief in Northumberland

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Listen to audio of the meeting here: NORTHUMBERLAND – It was a heated meeting last night in Northumberland regarding the status of Sergeant Cliff Kriner, who was appointed as the new police chief for the borough. The dispute was over whether Kriner should be appointed as “acting” chief or “permanent” chief, following the resignation of Tim Fink, who is moving to Point Township as a patrolman. Mayor Len Zboray read a statement at last night’s meeting regarding Kriner. He stated, “If you have someone who has qualifications and devotion, why not give them the first option of the promotion. It builds a solid foundation and lets other employees know they have a chance for advancement…

A lane closure on I-80 in Northumberland County

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MILTON– Motorists traveling Interstate 80 eastbound in Northumberland County today can expect delays. PennDOT has closed a lane for crack-sealing operations.  The lane closure is in the eastbound lanes from the Union/Northumberland county line between mile 211 to mile 213.   Motorists can expect the lane restriction in place until around 3:00p.m. this afternoon.  Expect slow-moving or stopped traffic near the maintenance zone today.  Please use caution in this area.  (Codi Jade) Follow

Poll shows Joe Sestak in the lead for Democratic candidate for Governor

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UNDATED — A new poll released today shows Democratic candidate for Governor Joe Sestak in the lead over 5 other candidates. The poll done by Harper Polling says 20 percent of those surveyed would choose former congressman Joe Sestak of Delaware County as the democratic candidate over his challengers. With 19 percent of the vote, Allyson Schwartz is close behind. Schwartz is a congresswoman for the 13th congressional district, representing Montgomery County and Northeast Philadelphia. The other democratic candidates for Governor are Rob McCord, Tom Knox, Tom Wolf and John Hanger.   On the Republican side, the poll showed Governor Tom Corbett getting 49 percent of the vote to Bruce Castor’s 21 percent. 30 percent…

CASA information session on Monday

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SHAMOKIN DAM — The Leadership Susquehanna Valley Class of 2013 invites you to attend an information session on the CASA organization on Monday. CASA is a local organization which advocates on behalf of abused and neglected children involved in the court system and living in foster care. Northumberland County CASA is a catalyst for a regional CASA organization, to include Snyder and Union Counties, which will form the Susquehanna Valley CASA-Voices for Children.   The public can attend the information session on Monday from 4 to 5:30 p.m. at the Greater Susquehanna Valley Chamber of Commerce in Shamokin Dam. To RSVP, you can call Northumberland County CASA at 988-2200. (Ali Stevens)   Follow

Today on Newsradio 1070 WKOK

Today on WKOK: On The Mark 8:30am: Gerald Stropnicky of Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble, Kevin Oswald, director of food service at Selinsgrove and Lewisburg schools. Dan Patrick 10am: Ronda Rousey (pictured below), NFL Combine review. Michael Smerconish noon: To Be Announced. Steve Jones 3pm: Kevin Herr does the 440 Rant: Topic…the Steelers. WKOK News 5pm: Codi Jade with the latest news, AccuWeather and sports. Penn State basketball 6:30pm. PSU vs. Northwestern. Steve Jones and Dick Jerardi. The best of the best, and Rousey! on WKOK. Follow

Union County fire damaged small buildings

  LEWIS TOWNSHIP, UNION COUNTY — A fire last evening in the Mifflinburg area damaged or destroyed several small buildings. Union County 9-1-1 tell us, at around 7:40pm, the blaze was dispatched to an area along Second Street.   The Mifflinburg, New Berlin and West End volunteer fire companies were involved in the response. No injuries were reported and the small buildings, and some property, were destroyed. A fire marshall has been requested to help investiate. Volunteers were on the scene until around 9pm.     Follow