Tax increases may balance Shikellamy budget

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SUNBURY—The Shikellamy School District could soon impose more taxes on residents. The school board met Thursday to discuss the impending budget approval and agreed that tax increases in the district could help to decrease the $893,000 deficit. Superintendent Pat Kelley said there is still time to avoid new taxes. “There’s plenty of time to balance the budget. We gave the school board a recommendation and they have the opportunity to go back and alter any of the recommendations in any way they see fit.” Other sources could help balance the budget. If the district cannot make enough cutbacks, the school board could pull from emergency funds to alleviate the substantial deficit. Kelley said that the…

Buffalo Valley Rail Trail may get longer

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LEWISBURG —  The Buffalo Valley Rail Trail may be getting an extension.  While the trail is currently 9-miles long, some believe that is not long enough.   Lewisburg Borough is hoping to extend the trail to the West Branch Susquehanna River.  They will be holding an informational meeting on Thursday May 23, to discuss the proposed extension.  The purpose of the meeting is to present a general overview of the extension plans.  The focus will be on the section from 5th   Street to the West Branch Susquehanna River.  The area is currently occupied by St.   John Street.   Several concept designs will be shared and discussed during the meeting.  There will also be…

Milton to hold session on bullying

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MILTON — Bullying is a growing issue across the country, and one local community wants to do something about it.  Members of Milton are coming together to address the topic during their Creating a Community that Cares campaign.   Jilline Bond, Pastor at the Revival Tabernacle Church in Milton, said, “I don’t think there will ever be a change in any situation, regardless of what the topic is, unless there is awareness and education.  That is what we are hoping to do with this upcoming Sunday night event we are having, which will be the first of many events.  We have gotten together and informed a group of people that are creating a community that…

Recycling made easy in Sunbury

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SUNBURY — The Sunbury Municipal Authority would like to take some of your garbage.  There will be a curbside recycling pickup in the city on May 16.  Aluminum cans, glass bottles and jars will be collected that morning.  All materials must be left on the curb by 8:00a.m. Those items, along with newspaper, steel cans, magazines, catalogs, and corrugated cardboard will also be accepted at the drop-off center located at the transfer station on South   4th Street.  The Sunbury Municipal Authority hopes to make recycling as easy as possible.  If you need more information about the program, you can contact the business office at 286-5858. (Codi Jade)     Follow

VIDEO HERE: Route 11 crash injures two people

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NORTHUMBERLAND — Route 11 is now open in Point Township following a crash that injured two people.  Watch raw footage of the crash scene here: Traffic was detoured for about an hour today following a noon crash. Motorists were being detoured onto Lythia Springs Road, at Sunbury Christian Academy, onto the Old Danville Highway, which is a road that runs parallel to Route 11. Witnesses say the accident occurred around noon in front of the UPS Plant on Route 11 when a woman was attempting to turn left.  She was struck by a vehicle driving in the center lane through the construction zone.  Injuries have been reported in that accident.  Two people were taken to Geisinger Medical Center…

Local priest reacts to the bishop’s death

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SELINSGROVE — Following the sudden death of Bishop Joseph McFadden Thursday morning, a local priest is remembering the time he spent with him last week in Selinsgrove. Father Dan Powell said Bishop McFadden was at St. Pius for the confirmation of 8th grade students on Friday night. Powell said, “He was in great spirits. He seemed normal. He didn’t seem unhealthy at all and didn’t seem concerned about anything or have anything heavy on his heart. I just got a letter from him today thanking me for the confirmation and how nice it was. So, that was very strange to open that letter and then get the news that he had passed away.” Father Powell…

Fire at a mobile home in Union County

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WINFIELD — A state police fire marshal will investigate the cause of a fire at a mobile home in the Winfield area early this morning. The fire started around 3 a.m. at 158 Goodheart Circle off of County Line Road. Multiple fire crews from Union and Snyder County were called to the scene. The couple living in the mobile home made it out safely and the home was heavily damaged. They are being assisted by the red cross. The cause of the fire is undetermined and the investigation will continue. (Ali Stevens)   Follow

Bishop Joseph McFadden has died suddenly

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Bishop Joseph McFadden died suddenly this morning.  The archdiocese of Harrisburg released the following statement.   It is with deep sadness that we inform you of the death of Bishop Joseph P. McFadden. He died unexpectedly while attending a meeting of the Catholic Bishops of Pennsylvania being held in Philadelphia.   While staying at a rectory he awoke feeling ill and was taken to a hospital where he was pronounced dead at approximately 7:40 a.m. A cause of death has not yet been announced. The governance of the Diocese of Harrisburg passed to the College of Consultors upon his death. They will have eight days to elect an Administrator who will be in charge of…

Culver and Nanna to give marina update

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  SUNBURY – This evening, state representative Lynda Schlegel Culver (R-108th, Sunbury) is holding a meeting about the Shikellamy State Park Complex. The meeting at the Sunbury Social Club and the public is welcome to attend.   Frank Nanna, former park manager, will give an overview of the 2013 park complex, including future plans for the marina and the marina building. Culver and Nanna will be available before and after the meeting to answer questions from the public. The meeting gets underway at 6 p.m. this evening. (Ali Stevens)   Follow

PA state top headlines summary

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  HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – Business advocates are defending Gov. Tom Corbett’s comments about too many Pennsylvanians being unemployed because they cannot pass a drug test. Democrats are lining up to criticize the Republican since he made the remarks Monday. The partisan clash over drug testing echoed the furor over Corbett’s suggestion during his 2010 campaign that some Pennsylvanians would rather collect unemployment checks than go to work. David Taylor of the Pennsylvania Manufacturers Association estimated Wednesday that 6,000 to 7,000 manufacturing jobs are unfilled for reasons that include applicants who walk away once they learn they have to pass a drug test. State Labor Secretary Julia Hearthway says no statistics exist on the relationship…