Traffic signal malfunctions may cost Northumberland

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NORTHUMBERLAND – Northumberland may need to dish out some green to fix their red lights.  The borough has been having issues with traffic signal cameras at several intersections.   These cameras are used only to tell the traffic light when to change from red to green, not to record criminal activity.  The camera at King and Water Streets is having trouble detecting traffic during certain hours of the day due to glare and shadows, while the camera at Duke and Water Streets is currently not working at all.   Northumberland borough council is considering buying a new infrared camera for King and Water Streets.  This camera uses new technology that would allow it to detect…

What does our future look like? Dr. Emanuel Knows

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Lewisburg- What does the future hold? While no psychics were available to answer the question, Ezekiel Emanuel MD, PHD took a crack at it Tuesday night at a lecture that discussed the future of health care in our country.   Eziekiel Emanuel explained, “We have a lot of change going on, probably more change in the healthcare system in the last hundred years. So people are concerned… they do not know if they are going to be better or going to be worse.”   If you don’t quite understand what is going on in the new healthcare system you are not alone” It is a complicated piece of legislation, but also the healthcare system is…

Local official reacts after Texas DA murder

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LEWISBURG — Following the tragic shooting death of a district attorney and his wife in Texas, a local district attorney is talking about the safety of the profession.  Pete Johnson is district attorney in Union County.  “It is normally not something in the forefront of our minds unless there are circumstances or events that happen in a case where there are legitimate concerns.  Otherwise, I pretty much go through a normal day case by case.  That does not mean I am not prudent, but I do not want to be overwhelmed by fear.  I would not be able to do my job effectively.” Johnson says he, and many DAs he knows, have received legitimate threats…

Selinsgrove bridge construction starts tomorrow

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SELINSGROVE — Preparation for the Route 522 green bridge project is underway, a day before construction is set to begin.  Starting Wednesday, the steel bridge over Penns Creek will be getting a facelift.   PennDOT’s Rick Mason explained the process.  He said, “They’ll be making structural steel repairs to the bridge and replacing the deck and sidewalk.  Pedestrian traffic access will be maintained through the project.  The work will be done in half-width construction.”   Mason said there will be some traffic delays throughout the construction process.  “The contractor will implement the detour for northbound traffic only,” he said.  “Southbound traffic will continue to use the bridge through the project.”   The prime contractor for…

Traffic slow going in Northumberland

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NORTHUMBERLAND — Traffic was backed up in Northumberland this afternoon.  We received several reports of slow going traffic in all directions due to utility work in the borough.   The work has ended for the day, but is expected to return tomorrow.  Delays are expected once again when the workers return.  Please use caution in that area.  You may want to consider an alternate route.  (Codi Jade)

Libraries For Health Expo is Saturday

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LEWISBURG – The Union County Library System is hosting their 2nd annual Libraries for Health Expo on Saturday. Coni Marie Sheridan organizes the event.   Sheridan said, “It’s a standard health fair with a lot of fun things. There will be information, demonstrations, activities for kids and health screenings.”   Other contributors to the health expo include Geisinger Health Systems, the Union-Snyder Agency on Aging, the Penn State Cooperative Extension and Evangelical Community Hospital. Linda Homa of the Union County Library System explains how the expo idea took shape.   She said, “In 2010, we were fortunate to get a library services technology grant for health materials. As part of that grant, we took a…

March

Friday 3/29/13 John Resnick of Legends of Success joins for a talk about the legendarily successful folks on ‘Legends.’ Thursday 03/28/13 Tom Hylton from Save Our Lands, Save Our Towns Wednesday 3/27/13 S-U economics professor Matt Rousu Tuesday 3/26/13 Open phones and Reverend Dr. Mark Radecke Monday 3/25/13 Union County Bicentennial with commissioner John Showers and history author Jeanette Lasansky of the Union County Historical Society. Plus your calls on Gay Marriage. Friday  3/22/13 Another raucous open phones Friday with guest co-host Ben Reichley. Harry Campbell, executive director of the Pennsylvania Chesapeake Bay Foundation, on the new DEP river study. Thursday  3/21/13 Pastor Andrew Weaver of the Mt. Pleasant Mills area, we’ll talk about some critical health and…

Will beer distributors be hurt by liquor privatization?

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SUNBURY — Some beer distributors have been vocal opponents against liquor privatization in Pennsylvania, saying increased competition from the private sector would hurt their business. However, State Representative Lynda Schlegel-Culver (R-108th, Sunbury) said they are trying to be sensitive to the needs of the beer distributor with this legislation.   She said, “They are the only outlet that would be able to sell beer, wine and liquor. No one else will be able to do that. We are trying to make distributors a destination. They would also be able to sell six-packs and mixed cases under this legislation.”   Schlegel-Culver admitted this will be a transition. She said, “We get about $500-million a year in…

Milton man receives prison time for arsons

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SUNBURY — A Milton man will serve up to eight years in prison for setting a barn fire and a truck fire near Milton. Zane Snyder, a former volunteer firefighter, is already serving time for arsons in Montour and Union Counties. He was sentenced Monday for incidents near Milton in 2012. Snyder and Charles Jacobs were both members of the Potts Grove volunteer fire company when police say theya set several fires in the three counties. (Ali Stevens)

Today on Newsradio 1070 WKOK:

WKOK’s On The Mark 8:30am to 10am: Open phones, then at 9am: State representative Lynda Schlegel Culver for a 1-hour radio town meeting. Dan Patrick 10am to noon (and again 7pm to 10pm): Major League Baseball picks, NCAA basketball update, and NFL words. Michael Smerconish Show noon to 3pm: More about Michael’s bracket and the ‘smell of the day.’ Geraldo Rivera airs in this time slow next week. WKOK’s Steve Jones Show 3pm to 5pm: Kevin’s Fantasy Baseball analysis, and NCAA analysis with Matt Shepard, play-by-play voice of University of Michigan basketball. The best of the best, and Lynda! On WKOK