Sunbury expects profit through growth

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SUNBURY— Growth and development was the talk of Monday’s city council meeting in Sunbury. Mayor David Persing said that they continue to market the city’s former Celotex site to new buyers in hopes that it can improve the local economy. Persing said that about half of the property remains vacant, but that they have high hopes for the future. “Clearly what we have is a piece of property that we’re trying to get developed the best that we can; hopefully create jobs in the future as an industrial site and maybe put homes on the thing. We’re just trying to get something out of it.” Council members also discussed the Redevelopment Authority Project that reclaims…

CSVT work will go from north to south

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SUNBURY — You will see bridge construction first, when bypass plans go into action. Pennsylvania Transportation Secretary Barry Schoch said if the governor’s budget passes, they will start in the north.   “We’ll start the design this summer, and then within a couple of years you would start to see construction,” Schoch said.  “The river bridge section would be the one we’d go with first.  We’d want to complete the northern end first, from Route 147 down, go across the river and do a temporary tie to Route 15 while we finish the southern section, until we get the rest of the section built down to Selinsgrove.  Overall it’s a huge undertaking.”   Schoch said…

Oral cancer survivor stresses early diagnosis

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SELINSGROVE – An oral cancer survivor is reminding residents that April is Oral Cancer Awareness Month and says early diagnosis can be the difference between life and death. Pamela Dixon of Selinsgrove was diagnosed with oral cancer when she was just 28-years-old.   Dixon said, “I had a quarter of my tongue removed and underwent radiation five days a week for two months. About nine months after I finished radiation, I woke up with a huge lump in my neck. It turned out the cancer had spread to my neck and I underwent surgery to remove that. After that, I had chemotherapy.”   Dixon says oral cancer isn’t in the news as much as other…

Shed fire near Richfield on Sunday

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  RICHFIELD — Firefighters were called to the scene of a shed fire Sunday night in West Perry Township, Snyder County. Richfield Fire Chief Dale Maneval tells the Daily Item burning garbage started the fire at the 20-by-30 foot shed at 2335 Middle Road around 9:10 p.m.   The shed was used for horses owned by Jed Frymoyer, but no horses were in the shed at the time of the fire. The shed was destroyed with damages estimated at $2,000. The fire was brought under control within an hour. (Ali Stevens)   Follow

Shamokin man killed in a dirt bike accident

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Shamokin man killed in a dirt bike accident   SHAMOKIN – A Shamokin man was killed in a dirt bike accident Sunday evening.  CoalTownship police tell us 37-year-old Malcolm Walburn was killed when he lost control of his motorcycle around 7:00p.m.  The crash happened on a dirt road just off of Route 225 in Coal Township.   According to Northumberland County Coroner James Kelley, Walburn died as a result of blunt force trauma to the head.  His manner of death has been ruled accidental.   (Ali Stevens) Follow

Today on Newsradio 1070 WKOK

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Today on Newsradio 1070 WKOK   WKOK’s On The Mark 8:30am to 10am: Open phones with co-host Ben Reichley. Then at 9am: Barry Schoch, PennDOT transportation secretary on the CSVT.   Dan Patrick Show 10am to noon: NBA great Dwayne Wade, and words about the men’s and women’s NCAA basketball games.   DEBUT: The Geraldo Rivera Show on WKOK: Noted journalist Geraldo, Fox News Correspondent, launches his show on WKOK noon to 3pm.   WKOK’s Steve Jones Show 3 to 5pm: NCAA basketball analysis. Kevin Herr’s Rant at 4:40pm.   The best of the best, and Geraldo! On WKOK.   Follow

PSP: ATV rider endangered child

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  LEWISBURG – A Lewisburg area man has been charged with endangering the welfare of a child after allowing the child on an ATV, and then crashing it. State police say 49-year-old Jeffrey Thomas was driving the ATV with a 4-year-old girl as a passenger in a private field near Crossroads Drive in Kelly Township.   Troopers say he operated the ATV in a manner that put the girl at risk. Thomas crashed the ATV and the girl sustained a broken leg. Thomas was also injured in the incident last week. Charges of reckless endangerment and endangering the welfare of a child have been filed against Thomas. (Ali Stevens)     Follow

Man charged after Trevorton ATV wreck

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  TREVORTON – State police say a New Jersey man faces a number of charges after an ATV accident in East Cameron Township, Northumberland County. The crash happened on a rural road Sunday around 3:45 p.m.   Troopers say 21-year-old Matthew Moore tried to make a U-turn on his ATV and pulled in front of a car driven by 70-year-old Paul McNutt of Chalfont. McNutt was not injured. Moore was injured, but refused medical treatment. He was not wearing a helmet. The investigation continues. (Ali Stevens)     Follow

Jury selection begins today in beating death

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    MIDDLEBURG — Jury selection begins today (Monday) for three men accused of killing a New Berlin man in July 1997. Three men, 38-year-old Christopher Aucker of Beavertown, 37-year-old Robert Reich of Beavertown and 36-year-old Ryan Sprenkel of Middleburg go on trial.   All three are charged in the beating death of 22-year-old Donald Seebold III. Snyder County District Attorney Mike Piecuch says jury selection will begin tomorrow and trial is scheduled to begin April 29. (Sara Bartlett)   Follow

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  WASHINGTON (AP) – Talks between two influential senators have emerged as the most promising route for a bipartisan breakthrough on expanding federal background checks for gun buyers. Senate aides say one possibility being discussed by Democrat Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Republican Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania could expand background checks to gun show sales and online firearms transactions. Though sales between relatives and some other purchases may be excluded, it would expand the current system, which covers only transactions at federally licensed gun dealers. Aides say the agreement remains a work in progress. An accord between the two lawmakers could make it easier for gun control advocates to win crucial support from moderate…