VIDEO HERE: Extension for tire burner

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LEWISBURG — Local leaders want to give the public more time to speak up.  Following a DEP public meeting Thursday night concerning the White Deer tire burning project, State Representative Fred Keller (R-85, Middleburg) held a press conference Friday.  He explained there will be a 90 day extention to allow the public more time to review the project. Watch a portion of the press conference here: Keller said having a tire burning plant in White Deer Township is a large public concern, and the public needs more time to provide input. “The one thing we want to make sure is, we were looking for an extended period of time for public input and comment before the…

Group says prison conditions are not ideal

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SUNBURY — The NorthumberlandCounty prison can’t operate effectively because of understaffing, too many inmates, and major facility issues. That’s the opinion of a statewide group which calls the lockup ‘one of the worst in the state.’   Bill DiMascio is the Pa Prison Society President.  He said, “NorthumberlandCounty Prison is an example of a facility that is overcrowded and underfunded.  That makes it very difficult for the staff to do anything effectively.”   Pa Prison Society member David Young said prison is not as comfortable as some people believe, and there is opportunity for harsh treatment.   In response to commissioner Vinny Clausi’s claims that a prisoner had to unclog a toilet with his own suit,…

Fire heavily damages a home in Coal Township

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  COAL TOWNSHIP – Fire heavily damaged a home in Coal Township this morning. The fire started at 9:20 a.m. at 1019 W. Arch Street. The News Item says the residents, Walter and Helen Neiswender were able to get out safely along with an elderly neighbor in an attached home. The Neiswender’s dog was killed in the fire. Officials believe the fire started in the kitchen on the first floor and spread to an addition in the rear of the home. The exact cause of the fire is still under investigation. (Ali Stevens)   Follow

Middleburg man charged with harassment

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MIDDLEBURG — A Middleburg man is facing assault charges after an incident at a Snyder County tavern.  Selinsgrove State Police say 48-year-old Dale Hodgdon is charged with inappropriately touching a 30-year-old woman at an establishment in Middleburg around 1:30a.m. Thursday.  Hodgdon is charged with indecent assault and harassment. (Sara Bartlett)   Follow

VIDEO HERE: Water enthusiasts can look forward to a full boating season

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Watch Video Here:   SUNBURY — With warmer weather comes boating season and water enthusiasts will enjoy a May to October season along Lake Augusta.  During a public address Thursday, State Representative Lynda Schlegal-Culver (R-108, Sunbury) says The Valley is lucky to have such a great asset. “We are blessed to have the Shikellamy State Park complex.  The amount of people visiting, shopping, eating in the area, and using our beautiful river is amazing.  I know when we shorten the season, even by a little bit, people get very upset.  They have an investment in their boats and want to get that full investment on the river.” Schlegal-Culver was joined by former ShikellamyState Park manager…

Crash injures two on Route 11

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POINT TOWNSHIP — Two people were injured in a crash on Route 11 in Point Township Thursday afternoon.  No names have been released yet, but two people involved in the noon accident were reportedly taken to GeisingerMedicalCenter for major injuries. The crash happened along Route 11 when a woman was attempting to turn left near the UPS Plant.  She was struck by a vehicle driving in the center lane through a construction zone.  A detour was put in place for about an hour while crews cleared the scene.  More information is expected to be released soon. (Sara Bartlett) Follow

Shamokin man jailed after high-speed chase

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ZERBE TWP — A Shamokin man is facing charges after a police chase.  Stonington State Police say they attempted to stop 26-year-old Kaddafi Loatman for a minor traffic offense on West Coal   Street in Zerbe Township, Northumberland County around 5:00p.m. April 14. That is when police say Loatman fled from police at high speeds.  Police stopped him in an area between Trevorton and Shamokin.  Loatman was taken into custody and jailed on outstanding warrants, which stemmed from prior harassment and drug related charges. (Sara Bartlett) Follow

Alumni election, reform talk, await PSU trustees

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STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) – Two Penn State trustees will learn Friday whether they’ll remain on the school’s governing board when alumni elections results are released.  The contentious election ends the same day that the board is slated to weigh changes to university governance. The makeup and decisions of the board have been under scrutiny since November 2011, when the arrest of former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky on child sex abuse charges sparked a sweeping scandal. The firing of Hall of Fame coach Joe Paterno and the board’s handling of former FBI director Louis Freeh’s scathing internal report into the scandal remain sore subjects for some alumni and former players.  Thirty-nine candidates were on…