Fire at Sunbury Broadcasting Corporation

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SUNBURY — Employees of Sunbury Broadcasting Corporation had an interesting afternoon, as a part of a transmitter suddenly caught fire. All five radio stations were operating as normal when an alarm signaled an issue and employees smelled something unusual.  Alisha Taylor of 94KX first noticed the smell and discovered flames in the transmitter room. Employees attempted to put it out with a fire extinguisher, but due to the transmitter’s encasing, it did not put out the fire.  Emergency crews from Hummels Wharf, Shamokin Dam, Northumberland, Winfield, and Americus Ambulance arrived on the scene and controlled the fire immediately, then spent half an hour clearing smoke. WKOK was off the air for a time between 1:30p.m….

Former D.A. says Piecuch did his job

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SUNBURY — A former district attorney says current Snyder County D.A. Michael Piecuch did the right thing taking a 1997 murder case to trial.  Former Montour County District Attorney Bob Buehner Jr. said even though the three men accused in the beating death of Donald Seebold III were acquitted, Piecuch did his job.   “You always get second guessed as a D.A. when the verdict comes back not guilty, but that is justice,” Buehner said.  “If you believe in the justice system, your job really is not to convict.  I mean, people want you to, and when you bring charges you do it with that goal… but your real job is to seek justice.”  …

Resurfacing of Route 15 in Snyder County

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SHAMOKIN DAM – A $2.4 million roadway resurfacing and bridge rehabilitation project on a three-mile section of Route 15 in Snyder County is scheduled to start Monday. The work will be done on Route 15 from the intersection with Route 11 at Shamokin Dam, north to the Union-Snyder county line. The resurfacing of the roadway will provide a smoother ride and skid resistance. Drivers are being advised that long-term lane closures will be in place causing traffic delays. The roadway project is expected to be complete by September 27th.

Elected officials: lowering salaries is disrespectful

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SUNBURY — After Northumberland County Commissioner Stephen Bridy made a motion to reduce the salaries of county workers by up to 50 percent, many workers say the motion shows a lack of respect for the work they do. Register and Recorder Mary Zimmerman talked about why she disagrees with the idea.   Zimmerman said, “You would end up having the salary of the people that are working in the offices at way higher than what the elected official would be making. Morale is at a terrible low in this county, and it has been for the last couple of years, but it just keeps getting worse.”   Zimmerman said she firmly believes that the county…

Shik budget is ‘worst case scenario’

Members of Shikellamy School District board gathered Thursday to discuss a change in agenda.

SUNBURY—Expenditures are growing at a faster rate than revenue in the Shikellamy School District and the deficit is growing. That grim prospect may not be the end of the line, according to business manager David Sinopoli.  Thursday’s Shikellamy School Board meeting revealed that the deficit could yet be lowered. Amid discussions about next year’s budget, the board showed some optimism about the prospect of building a new middle school. Jamie Doyle of Public Financial Management said market conditions could be prime for the building project. “Long-term fixed interest rates continue to hover near all-time lows. They set new all-time lows in the first week of December 2012 and we’re not quite that low, but in the grand…

Greater Susquehanna Valley talks healthy living

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SHAMOKIN DAM—There’s no better season to talk about healthy living, according to the Greater Susquehanna Valley Chamber of Commerce. Over 50 local chamber members, business owners, and community members gathered Thursday to tout ‘made in the valley moments’ with special emphasis on health care. Nurse Kim Rankin of Geisinger HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital detailed her experiences as a health care professional. “I think as nurses, we live the experience with our patients, so it allows me the opportunity to really just share with the community members the value of the benefits that exist at the rehabilitation hospital. So, I think that firsthand experience lends a different perspective on what it’s like to be a patient in…