Route 11 crash closes lane

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SELINSGROVE – Traffic is snagged on Route 11 due to an accident.  According to PennDOT, a crash has closed the northbound lane of Route 11 in Snyder County.  The crash occured between the intersections of the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission boat ramp and Wagner Hill Road in Chapman Township.  State Police are on the scene.    SnyderCounty 9-1-1 says it was a minor accident that has been mostly cleared.  They are currently waiting for crews to move a tractor trailer from the scene.   The crash does seem to be due to slippery conditions.  Please use extra caution if you must drive in this weather.  (Codi Jade)  

The “American Pickers” are picking in PA

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SUNBURY – It’s been confirmed, the “American Pickers” are picking in Pennsylvania.  Mike and Frank have been spotted numerous times in Northumberland County.  Sebastian Paul, an employee at Klinger’s Fuel in Dornsife, said the guys stopped in for gas around 7:00p.m. Friday night.   “They were real friendly,” Paul said.  “Mike came in and I said, you look like the guy from American Pickers.  He said that’s who he was.  I had an argument with him for a few minutes about who he was, because I didn’t believe him.  He was real cool about it, real friendly.  Then he went outside and brought Frank in.”   Paul said they didn’t say where they’ve been or…

Swengel woman injured in crash

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MIFFLINBURG — One person was taken to the hospital after a crash in Union County Thursday.  19-year-old Nicole Underhill of Swengel was driving just after 7:00a.m. on Swengle Road in Limestone Township when she lost control of the vehicle on the icy roadway.  The vehicle went off the road, struck a ditch and rolled over.  Underhill was taken to Evangelical Community Hospital with a minor injury to her leg. (Sara Bartlett)  

Work on White Bridge

NORTHUMBERLAND — PennDOT will do a maintenance rehabilitation project Tuesday morning on the White Bridge in Northumberland.  Workers will be on the northbound shoulder and work will be done beneath the bridge around pier one on the Snyder County end.  Traffic impacts should be minimal.  The work is weather permitting and is expected to take about two weeks. (Sara Bartlett)      

Is the snow really coming?

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SUNBURY – Many schools have already dismissed early, but is this snow actually coming our way?  AccuWeather Meteorologist Dave Samuel says, yes.  He said we can expect the major snow to start around 2:00p.m. today.   “It’s going to snow pretty hard, it looks like, and it’s going to mix with sleet,” Samuel said.  “We’re not looking at a lot of snow, a few inches here, but the roads are going to be bad with this sleet mixing in for the afternoon and evening commute.”   Wednesday is the official start of spring, but that doesn’t mean the winter weather ends there.  Samuel said March is generally a snowy month in our area, so a…

Four homes destroyed in Ranshaw

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 Photo: Courtesy News-Item RANSHAW – Four homes were damaged by fire Monday in the Village of Ranshaw. The Coal Township blaze was reported around 8:30am, the fire destroyed a double home, and damaged two neighboring homes.   The News-Item newspaper is reporting the fire started at 518 Webster Street in the vacant side of a double home. It destroyed the home and displaced the Janet Millard family on the other side. Also damaged were homes at 520 and 514 Webster Street.   There were no injuries reported at the scene, the fire’s cause is under investigation. WKOK has contacted the fire chief Russ Feese and we hope for more information. About a half dozen, Coal…

GOP Leaders: Use acid water for fracking

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  WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (AP) – Each day, 300 million gallons of polluted mine water enters Pennsylvania streams and rivers, turning many of them into dead zones unable to support aquatic life. At the same time, drilling companies use up to 5 million gallons of fresh water for every natural-gas well they frack.   State environmental officials and coal region lawmakers are hoping Pennsylvania’s newest extractive industry can help clean up a giant mess left by the last one. They’re encouraging drillers to use tainted coal mine water to hydraulically fracture gas wells in the Marcellus Shale formation.   They say that would divert pollution from streams and rivers that now run orange with mine drainage…

Bucknell draws 11 seed in big dance

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Butler opens as No. 6 seed, faces Bucknell   LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) – Hundreds gathered in the Campus Theatre to watch the NCAA tournament selection process last night. The crowd cheered upon learning that Bucknell is even higher than the home fans expected–an 11-seed.   Bucknell a history of NCAA upsets, including a defeat of powerhouse Kansas in the 2005 tournament. This year’s squad is led by standout senior Mike Muscala, a jump-shooting center who can take over games in the post.   Now, Butler faces a potentially tough opening game in the NCAA tournament against the Patriot League champions from Bucknell. The sixth-seeded Bulldogs (26-8) face the 11th-seeded Bison (28-5) in Lexington, Ky., on…

Cleanup project to focus on Susquehanna River

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  The Susquehanna River Cleanup Project is gearing up for its 2nd annual Cleanup to take place along the banks of the Susquehanna River. This year’s Cleanup will be held May 4th and take place at the Chillisquaque Access Area and Boat Ramp, south of Montandon, and proceed to the Point, in Northumberland. For the first time, the event will be followed by a celebratory concert at the Sunbury Amphitheater.   The Cleanup Project is still in need of volunteers to help out with both land and boating cleanups, shuttling volunteers, sorting garbage and recyclables, marketing efforts and fundraising. Sponsors are also needed to provide materials for the event.   The Cleanup Project began as…

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    GREENSBURG, Pa. (AP) – Somber athletes, students and school staff hugged and cried in a century-old chapel on the campus of a small Catholic university outside Pittsburgh, mourning the loss of a coach who died along with her unborn child when the team’s bus crashed on the way to a game. Members of the Seton Hill University community have tearfully gathered on the hilltop campus’ Saint Joseph Chapel to memorialize victims of the crash – especially head lacrosse coach Kristina Quigley, who was remembered as warm, outgoing and a natural leader. The Rev. Jeremiah O’Shea reminded those in attendance of their own mortality asking: “Aren’t we all so helpless in the face of…