Budget balanced for Selinsgrove schools

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SELINSGROVE—Expenses continue to outweigh revenues in the Selinsgrove School District. With a 1.3 mill tax increase for residents, Monday’s school board meeting revealed a balanced budget for next year. Superintendent Chad Cohrs said that the $35 per household increase is necessary to offset decreases in future funding. “The state budget dollars—the basic [education] subsidy is supposed to increase for next year, but federal dollars, which is partly due to the sequestration at the federal level, means that reduction in federal dollars for school districts.” Despite ‘moderate local economic growth,’ the school board noted that increases in costs and decreases in funding could be an issue in the near future. Cohrs said that with ObamaCare and…

Montour County Commissioners defend prayer practices

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SUNBURY — The Montour County Commissioners have been criticized for conducting public prayer prior to their weekly meetings. Chairman Trevor Finn explained why he believes the weekly prayer is nothing to be upset about. “Well first of all, it’s not a Christian prayer, it is non-denominational.  Secondly, we do it before our meeting.  We ask anybody that wishes to, to participate.  You know, they can rise if they want to.  And then we say the pledge of allegiance.” Ian Stone, of KeystoneIndependent Media Center, has targeted the commissioners for this practice.  He says Solicitor Robert Marks, who receives a county salary, leads the prayer on county time. Finn said no one in the county seems to…

Doctor found guilty in three baby deaths

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PHILADELPHIA– (AP) – A Philadelphia doctor accused of performing illegal, late-term abortions in a filthy clinic has been found guilty of first-degree murder in the deaths of three babies born alive but acquitted in the death of a fourth baby. Dr. Kermit Gosnell was also found guilty of involuntary manslaughter in the overdose death of a patient. Following the verdict, Michael Ciccocioppo, executive director of the Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation, said, “The Kermit Gosnell case is a tragedy on so many levels, not just for our Commonwealth but for our nation. Officials believe Gosnell actually killed hundreds of newborn babies and injured their mothers, but he destroyed most of the evidence. These were heinous crimes and…

Local police K-9 dies

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SUNBURY – The Sunbury Police Department is mourning the loss of their K-9 friend.  Chief Stephen Mazzeo says their K-9 Brecken has died.  “We miss him as our K-9 and we miss his capabilities.”   Brecken was certified in drug detection, tracking and protection.  “All K-9s are of tremendous value,” says Mazzeo.  “They have an extreme sense of smell, the ability to track controlled substances and more.” Mazzeo says Brecken died of natural causes Sunday while off-duty at the home of his handler Sunbury Police officer Scott Hause.  “A K-9 and his handler usually form a very tight bond.  The dog lives with the officer, so the family develops a bond as well.  Our condolences go…

Candidate wants to give back to his hometown

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SUNBURY — A Libertarian has decided to run for Sunbury City Council.  Drew Bingaman announced his candidacy Monday.   Bingaman said, “I have lived and worked in Sunbury all my life, the people and businesses have given me everything, it is time to give back.”   Bingaman is a 1997 graduate of ShikellamyHigh School and SUN Area Career and TechnicalCenter, and received a degree in Electronics Engineering Technology from ITT Technical Institute.  He is the chair of the Legislative Action Committee of the Libertarian Party of Pennsylvania.   He said, “I believe that the city is headed in the wrong direction in certain areas, and I would like to change that.  I will be another…

VIDEO HERE: Celebrating Culture in Milton

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MILTON – The sixth annual Milton Cultural Festival drew a crowd despite the rain Saturday. The event was filled with vendors, food and entertainment from all different cultures and backgrounds. Special guest Paul Boiardi of Milton, and nephew of Hector Boiardi, known as Chef Boyardee, spoke before the festival began: Musical entertainment spanned from a steel drum band, to belly dancers, contemporary singers, a puppet show, drum circles and more. Italian, American, Puerto Rican, Mexican and more foods were featured in the downtown Milton event:   Follow

Hundreds run Girls on the Run 5K

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BEAVER SPRINGS – More than 300 people participated in the Girls on the Run 5K spring race on Saturday at the Middlecreek Area Community Center in Beaver Springs. The 5K race wraps up the spring session of Girls on the Run in schools in the Midd West, Selinsgrove, Lewisburg and Mifflinburg Area School Districts. Girls in grades 3 through 5 participate in the program, which teaches them about important topics including self-esteem, peer pressure, bullying and body image. Girls in grades 6 through 8 can also participate in a program called Girls on Track. This spring’s race was supported by a grant from Evangelical Community Hospital in Lewisburg. The hospital donated $2,000 to Girls on…

Six people killed in a Pottsville fire

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POTTSVILLE – A state police fire marshal is investigating the cause of a fire in Pottsville that left four children and two adults dead last night. The fire was at a home in the 200 block of Pierce Street and crews were unable to save 2-year-old Elijah Brown, 3-year-old Emily Brown, 7-year-old Jeremiah Brown and 8-year-old Joy Brown. Their father, 30-year-old Eric Brown was also killed along with the family’s sister-in-law, 26-year-old Kristina Thomas. The mother, Kelly Brown, was not at home at the time of the fire.   Fire officials also say five firefighters were injured while battling the blaze. Firefighters said the floors and roof of the home collapsed.   Follow

Two Valley road projects start today

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  MONTOURSVILLE — PennDOT says a pair of road projects start today on busy Valley roads–and there will be long delays. Route 15 north and south, between Shamokin Dam and the Snyder/Union County line, will see a major road work, lane restrictions and some expected delays. Work starts today and continues until the end of September.   In Union County, a railroad bridge replacement project will begin Wednesday–and White Deer Pike will be closed at the railroad overpass between Old Route 15 and the Nurse Helen Fairchild Bridge at Watsontown. A detour will use Old Route 15, and the Route 44 bridge. That project and the detour will wrap up by the end of August….

I-81 could reopen Tuesday

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    HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – Transportation officials hope to reopen Interstate 81 on Tuesday morning following last week’s tanker fire that damaged a ramp over the highway near Harrisburg. PennDOT officials said Sunday they hope I-81 will ready for the morning commute on Tuesday.   The interstate has been shut down since Thursday when a tanker carrying diesel fuel overturned and burst into flames. The intense heat buckled steel beams and damaged the road so badly officials feared it could collapse onto the interstate. Long-term repairs could take months and traffic restrictions will remain in place while the damage is assessed.   Follow